In the Classroom 10/09 - 10/13

posted Oct 10, 2017, 11:56 AM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing bossy e. The end of first quarter benchmark is an instructional level D.

  • Writing-First graders will work on revising their stories using a checklist. Students will check to make sure that their sentences start with a capital letter and end with punctuation. They will also check to make sure sight words are spelled correctly and that they have sounded out unfamiliar words. Next quarter we will begin realistic fiction writing.

  • Math- This week students will be introduced to odd and even numbers.

  • Social Studies-First graders will learn all about Christopher Columbus.

2nd grade:

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of the first quarter!  Students have grown and learned so much from the beginning of the year.  This week, second graders are practicing how to spell words with long a patterns using ai and ay.  In language, students will review parts of speech learned so far this year (nouns, verbs, adjectives, plural nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns).  Reading continues to focus on literature.  Students are reviewing how to ask and answer questions when they are reading to better understand the story.

Students continue to write small moment personal narratives.  This week, students will look at authors as mentors.  They will try to incorporate powerful moves that the authors use in their own writing!  

In math, students continue to practice addition strategies.  This week we will work on making a ten to add, adding 3 addends, and using fact families. We have a busy week planned!

3rd grade:  

The first quarter ends on October 13.

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. The spelling pattern for this week is short i, o and u.

In reading mini-lessons, we use our knowledge of story elements to write thorough retellings using the prompts first, next, after that, and in the end. We will also work on retellings using “Somebody Wanted But So Then” in order to assure that all essential elements are included within the retelling. We will also be learning about different text features in nonfiction books and discussing their purpose and how they help us when we read. These skills will carry over into small guided reading groups so that students can work with the teacher to practice at their instructional level using appropriate texts. While the teacher is meeting with groups, students will be engaging in independent reading or centers.

During language this week, students will learn about regular and irregular plural nouns. Students will learn when to add -s or -es to a noun. We will also be working on nouns that end in f. The students will work to turn leaf into leaves and half into halves.

Math this week we will be starting our multiplication unit. Students will be working with different strategies throughout this unit to understand the process of multiplication. This week we will be focusing on equal groups, repeated addition, skip counting and arrays.

In writing, students are working hard writing their personal narratives about important people and places in their lives. Students will wrap up the personal narratives unit with their final personal narrative writing piece this week.

In science, we have been learning about what energy is and how energy can change form. Next week we will begin to discuss different types of energies.

4th grade:  

Reading: Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  

Writing: Students are wrapping up their narratives for the quarter.  Students will be writing their on demand essay for the report card.  Our next unit will be opinion writing.  

Science: This week, students will finish working with observations and inferences.  Tuesday and Wednesday this week, students will review for their test over the water cycle, weathering and erosion, and landforms.  Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Gray’s classes will have their test Thursday.  Mrs. Brosier and Mr. Kiefer’s classes will have their test Friday.  

Social Studies: Students will be getting ready for their next geography quiz over North America. We will also be studying how geography affects our lives, and the five themes of geography - location, place, region, human/environmental interaction and movement.


Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-Tuesday-Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers with Regrouping (Lesson 2.10, homework-pages 123-124 or pages 124 and Enrichment 2.10)  

Wednesday-Quiz over Lessons 2.5-2.6.  

Thursday-Friday-Multiplying with Three-Digit and Four-Digit Numbers with Regrouping (Lesson 2.11, homework, pages 129-130 or page 130 and Enrichment Page 2.11)

Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Estimating Products (Lesson 2.4- homework-pages 85 and 86 or pg 86 and Enrichment 2.4).

Tuesday--Investigating the Distributive Property (Lesson 2.5).  

Wednesday-Quiz over  Lessons 2.3-2.4.

Thursday-Investigating the Distributive Property (Lesson 2.5, homework-pgs. 91-92 or pg 92 and Enrichment Page 2.5).  

Friday-The Distributive Property of Multiplication (Lesson 2.6)

Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)-

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 2.6, multiplying using expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT

Friday-Lesson 2.7, multiplying using partial products.  Homework will be pages 103-104 or lesson 2.7 PMT.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)-

Monday-Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 2.3-2.4, then lesson 2.5, the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 91-92 or lesson 2.5 PMT.  

Thursday and Friday-lesson 2.6, expanded form.  Homework will be pages 97-98 or lesson 2.6 PMT.

***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  We are loving the beautiful weather to get outside once in awhile!  This week in PE, students in grades first and second grade will focus on direction and level changes, teamwork, and invading skills!  Students in third and fourth grade will demonstrate throwing, catching, and blocking skills in an activity called eyes up hands up!  Everyone continues to work on our sportsmanship and teamwork!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!   

Art:  In grade 1 in art we are making pumpkins with faces adding stems and vines.  This is a mixed media project.  First graders are also making 3-D ghosties.  The ghosties are made from construction paper, faces in black marker, and streamers to complete.  Outstanding art projects will be added to the Elda Art Gallery by the art room.  If students artwork is put on display in the  art gallery the students will receive a note so parents will know that their child’s art is in the gallery.


1st Grade: We have been having so much fun in 1st grade music.  We have found our singing voices and have started practicing the steady beat.  We move to different types of music and have even been learning some fun folk songs.

2nd Grade: 2nd grade students will be reviewing lots of concepts we covered in first grade.  We practiced some melody and rhythm notes.  Soon we will start playing melodies on the barred instruments.  We love to sing and dance to songs as well.

3rd Grade: From the first day of school 3rd graders have been hard at work on their concert.  We are singing, dancing, and playing instruments in anticipation of our upcoming performance.  Look for a paper soon with more information about the concert.

4th Grade: Review time for 4th grade.  We have been reviewing all sorts of concepts, songs, rhythms, and melodies that we have done in the past.  We just started working on a new rhythm pattern called Syncopa as well as finding songs in different meters.


All grades will begin a unit on Digital Citizenship this week.  Kindergarten, First and Second grade students will discuss safe sites and how quickly close out of problem sites.  While Third grade students will discuss AUPs (Acceptable Use Policies) what they are and how they affect you.  Finally Fourth grade students will discuss personal information, what it is and how to keep it safe.