In the Classroom 10/10 - 10/14

posted Oct 10, 2016, 12:25 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Bats!  Students will be listening to stories to learn facts about bats.  They will also be exploring the difference between day and night.  In math we are finishing up chapter 3.  Students will be writing their on-demand writing piece this week in writing workshop.  This piece of writing will be shared at conferences.

1st grade:  

Most first graders will be assessed on a DRA (developmental reading assessment) for the first quarter.  Our reading expectations for the end of first quarter to be considered on track is an instructional level "D" or level 6.

First graders are working to finish up Chapter 3 in GoMath!  This chapter introduced subtraction and several strategies to work through problems.  

We will be learning about Christopher Columbus and diving into nonfiction features of text.  We will also learn how to use some of these nonfiction features in our writing to make it more interesting.

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 e patterns using ee and ea.  In language, students will review parts of speech learned so far this year (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs).  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 explore 3-digit numbers!  This week students will look at different ways to show these numbers, practice counting on and back by 10 and 100, search for number patterns, compare numbers, and solve story problems! We have a busy week planned!

3rd grade:  

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.

For language this week, the students will work on possessive nouns. We will be working on regular plural nouns. Students will learn when to add -s or -es to a noun.

For reading mini lessons this week, the students will be focusing on answering questions with text support. Our third graders will be RAP-ers with their answer. They will Restate the question, Answer the question and Prove their answer with text support.  We will begin this week with color coding answers in our text. By the end of the week your kiddo will be RAP-ing their answers!

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 our personal narratives unit with their final personal narrative writing piece.

In science, we are wrapping up our Earth’s Resources unit by discussing the different types of energy sources such as wind, water, and solar energy. We will also be looking at electrical circuits and currents and how appliances and electronics can be “Energy Vampires”! After we take the Earth’s Resources test, we will be moving into social studies and learning about Government.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are studying texts for different features.  All classes are reading short fiction and nonfiction texts, and some classes are using novels to practice reading strategies as well.  

Writing:  Students are completing their On Demand writing for their report cards.  Students will begin working on responding to texts with informational and opinion writing.

Math: Students are working on multiplication strategies for solving problems, and then using these strategies to solve complex, multi step problems.  

Social Studies:  Students are continuing to practice reading timelines, identifying primary and secondary sources, and learning about the first Ohioans.

Science:  Students are learning about changes to the Earth’s surface through weathering, erosion, and deposition.  Students will learn how these processes impact both the formation of landforms and changes to existing landforms.  


Art: Students in Grade 3 are creating 3-D construction paper pumpkins.  The third graders are also creating haunted houses.  Students have painted watercolor backgrounds and are adding construction paper haunted houses with precut windows and doors.  This month's gallery show is Halloween art.   

Physical Education:  We are moving in physical education!  All students are doing an outstanding job with all of their skills and fitness!  This week in grades one and two, students will be focusing on base running!  We will learn about the baseball field, the bases, and get into a fun activity outside!  Students in grade three and four are pushing their fitness to an amazing new level!  We are almost finished with all our fitness record board activities!  This week students will begin working on our striking skills!  Grades will be playing a team activity that will focus on striking and team play!  


1st Grade: Moving, singing, instruments, oh my! We are doing so many things in first grade music.  The students have learned about steady beat and rhythm.  They have been able to play on the big instruments to help tell our story “Up, Up, Down”.  We have even begun to talk about some singing notes called So and Mi.

2nd Grade: We are working on lots of rhythm reading, writing, and playing in 2nd grade.  Students have been composing their own rhythm sections to the songs we are singing.  Students recently learned about a new singing note, Do.  We are using Do in all of our songs now.

3rd Grade: 3rd grade students are hard at work for their concert.  The Olympics will be happening on October 10th at the high school.  Students are to wear Red, White, and/or Blue to support Team USA.  The concert will begin at 7pm,  students need to arrive at 6:45. It is going to be a great show!

4th Grade: 4th graders have been learning about some new ways to create music.  Students have been improvising on the instruments and with their voices.  4th graders have also been working on using a new rhythm sequence “syncopa” which makes the rhythm more bouncy and jazzy.