In the Classroom 10/17 - 10/21

posted Oct 17, 2016, 12:46 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Pumpkins!  Students will be listening to stories about how pumpkins grow and a variety of other stories to fit the pumpkin theme.  Students will begin chapter four in math this week.  Chapter four focuses on representing and comparing numbers up to ten.  In writing workshop we are beginning our second unit of writing.  This writing unit will help the kindergarten writers gain a deeper understanding of how to write narrative stories.

1st grade:  

*In math we continue to explore the relationships between numbers, addition and subtraction story problems, combinations of 10, doubles combinations, skip counting, odd and even numbers, and sequencing numbers from 0-120.  

*In science we’ve been meteorologists, studying our weather, exploring weather tools, and discovering why seasons change. Ask your first grader to sing “The Water Cycle Boogie” for you!  

*In writing we wrapped up our personal narrative unit.  We will begin a new writing unit that focuses on composing fiction stories.  Please check your child’s folder for a copy of the fiction story rubric.  

*In reading we are continuing word work with sight words, rhymes, long and short vowels, blends, “hunks and chunks,” building reading fluency, and reading “just right” books.  Ask your first grader to perform our “Phonics Dance!”  

*In social studies, we continue to reinforce what it means to be a good citizen.  

Every day we recite our Elda pledge:

I can be respectful.

I can be responsible.

I can be a peaceful problem solver.

I can learn and I will learn.  

2nd grade:

The first week of the second quarter will be very busy!  Reading will take a shift in the second quarter.  The first quarter focused on fiction.  Second quarter will focus on informational or nonfiction texts.  This week, students are learning about the different nonfiction features like titles, headings, subheadings, photographs, diagrams, charts, tables, table of contents, glossary, and more!  In math, students are finishing chapter 2 which focused on exploring place value with 3-digit numbers.  We will begin chapter 3, which focuses on 2-digit addition.  Students will explore fossils during science.  Writing workshop will continue to focus on writing small moment personal narratives.  It is going to be a great week!

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:  This week, students are beginning to write opinion pieces based on texts.  Students will be expected to include text evidence in their final pieces.  

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.