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3/30/15

posted Mar 30, 2015, 1:32 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in kindergarten we will be starting our final unit of writer's workshop on opinion writing. We will begin talking about the power of writing to express ourselves and to make positive changes all around us! We will add the sight word "day" to our word wall and continue working on handwriting and the correct formation of upper and lowercase letters. In math, we will continue working on subtraction, using word problems and pictures to show our work. We will also be getting ready for our Spring Party by making baskets for the egg hunt!

1st grade: 

Reading - all first graders are reading each and everyday to reach the end of first grade reading benchmark of a level 16/I.  Help your first grader strengthen their comprehension by asking them to retell the beginning, middle and ending of the story. 

Math - beginning of fourth quarter brings our unit of Geometry.  Students learn about shapes and their attributes.

Science - we will welcome spring with studying plants, plant needs, and plant parts. 

 

2nd grade: Students are finished with writing their opinion letters.  We spent the last few days of the quarter discussing and practicing good introductions and conclusions.  In math, we are reviewing measurement, multiplication, and graphing.    

 

 3rd grade: 

In math we will continue to work on fractions.  We are locating fractions on a number line and introducing equivalent fractions.

For Guided Reading we are still reading informational texts and wrapping up DRA’s and Running Records for the Spring.

During language this week we are starting pronoun- antecedent agreement. The spelling pattern this week are the silent letters “l” and “t”.

In science, we will be wrapping up our unit on Life Cycles and getting ready to start our social studies unit on Decisions and Economics.

We are starting our new writing unit for the quarter.  We are going to be learning how to write Narrative Fairy Tales.  

 

4th grade: 

Math--Students are beginning to learn some geometry concepts like line segments, rays, lines, and angles.  Then students will be using their knowledge on those concepts to classify triangles and quadrilaterals.

Reading--Students are working on strategies for comprehension and supporting answers with examples from texts. The focus of this quarter will be on literary texts.  Students will be writing journal entries and discussing their texts in small groups.

Social Studies--Students continue to focus on various periods in Ohio’s history.  We’ve explored from the early settlement of the Ohio area to Ohio becoming a state including the Northwest Territory and Northwest Ordinance.

Science--Students are continuing to learn about fossils and changes to ecosystems.

Writing--Literary essays will be the focus for this quarter.  Students will be coming up with thesis statements, and supporting them with evidence from the text.

 

Specials:

Music:  This week 1st Grade is beginning songs for their concert.  The first grade concert is all about books we love to read.  We will be learning songs for Dr. Seuss, Pete the Cat, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and many more.  This will be a very exciting time for 1st grade.  The students will be able to use all their music knowledge they have learned so far this year.  The concert is set for April 21st.  More information will come home closer to the concert.

Art: Students in grade 4 continue to work on art show projects and sculptures.  Fourth grade will be receiving handouts soon on how to make their recycled sculptures and our photo contest for the art show.  Mr. Jefferson’s class will create a 3-D wave picture of themselves surfing.  Mrs. Brosier’s class will complete their Hawaiian city painting of Honolulu and Oahu. 

Physical Education: Students in the second grade will continue to play baseball/tee ball this week.  We will be learning a new warm up exercise that will tax the students cardiovascular system, the burpee.  This is going to get us ready for our upcoming physical fitness test of the fourth quarter, push ups.  The students have been working all year long on improving the score from the first quarter with practice in class and assigned practice at home.  If we have been working hard our students will show great improvement on this test.  We are continuing our classroom discussion on proper nutrition and how it plays an important role in being healthy.

Media Center:  Students in Third grade will continue to practice using the card catalog to search for books they would like to check out.  We will review where to find the call numbers on the screen, how to locate books by call number and practice using the right search key (author, title, subject or keyword) to maximize their search. 

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