In the classroom 10/19-10/23

posted Oct 19, 2015, 1:43 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in Kindergarten we will be reading about pumpkins.  We will be reading nonfiction stories about how pumpkins grow and some fiction stories about pumpkins.  In writing workshop we are finishing up our first narrative unit and writing on-demand pieces to show what we have learned so far in kindergarten.  Our new sight word this week is "see".  In math, we are continuing to compare numbers and identify shapes.  We have a naturalist coming into our classrooms on Wednesday to teach us about how animals prepare for winter!

 1st grade: We have been busy bees in first grade!  

 Our upcoming units of study include:

*Language Arts- sight words, rhymes, syllables, short and long vowels, “hunks and chunks”

*Social Studies- Christopher Columbus, calendar skills

*Writing- Personal Narratives, complete sentences, capitalization & punctuation, bringing our stories to life

*Science- weather, sun, energy, bats, pumpkins

*Math- addition & subtraction story problems, combinations of 10, skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, doubles, building number sense, odd and even numbers

Guided Math groups and Daily 5 literacy centers are in full swing!  We are building our reading stamina and working on making smooth and responsible transitions during center time.  These centers are differentiated to meet your child’s specific learning needs.

2nd grade: Second graders are practicing how to spell words with long e patterns.  Many classes are focusing on the ee and ea hunks and chunks for the spelling pattern this week.  In language, students were introduced to the meaning of an adverb.  They are practicing using adverbs in sentences to make the sentence more interesting.  In reading, students are exploring how rhythm, repeated lines, alliteration, and personification are used in literature to give stories and poems rhythm and meaning! 

Students continue to write small moment personal narratives.  This week, students focused on using authors as mentors to make their writing more powerful.  Students are also using the 2nd grade writing checklist to revise and edit their writing.  

In Math students will be learning about place value with numbers up to 1000. We will be working on different ways to show a number, counting on and counting back by 10, algebra patterns, comparing numbers and problem solving.

 3rd grade:  This week is the last week in the 1st quarter. Report cards will be coming home next Friday, October 30. The skills they have learned in the first quarter have been assessed with a Reading and Math quarterly assessment that was given by all third grade classes.

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week; plurals with -y.  Throughout the week students will be doing a variety of sorts that relate to the weeks spelling pattern.  Students will also be forming “Million Dollar Sentences” with their 5 high frequency words.

In language, the students will use their knowledge of this week’s spelling pattern, to work on irregular plural nouns.

In reading, we will continue to introduce and work on non-fiction text elements such as answering literal questions using the text, text features and illustrations to comprehend. Some groups will be extending their reading by using higher-level texts, and some groups will be working on decoding and phonics.

We have started Chapter 3:Understanding Multiplication. Students are using equal groups to find out how many in all, relating addition to multiplication facts and using arrays. Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!

In writing, this week we will be finishing up our Units of Study for narrative writing. The students will be writing an on-demand piece sometime this week that will be graded using the narrative rubric. The next Units of Study is informational writing.

In science, the students are beginning our next unit in science: Energy. They are learning about different types of energy forms such as heat energy, light energy and electrical energy.


4th grade: Math - Practice those multiplication facts.  Chapter 2 in math involves multiplication of extended facts and various multi-digit multiplication methods.

Reading - In reading this week, students will continue to work on making inferences about the text they are reading and using nonfiction text features to help them understand what they are reading.

Language Arts - Using quotation marks is one focus for this week.  Also, students will be writing their assessed fictional narrative.  They will be required to apply the skills learned throughout the quarter to complete this piece in a 45 minute session.

Science - In science, students will be learning about the water cycle and how Earth’s surface changes through weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Social Studies - Students are continuing to work on their “History of Me” projects.  Some are already finished and presented in class.  Next we will be studying The prehistoric people of Ohio.



Music:  2nd Grade students are working on Halloween songs that have new rhythm and melody notes in them. Students are working on learning Do and Two-o notes.  This week students will be putting melodies on songs on the instruments.  Next week we will be starting our concert songs! Winter is just around the corner and we will need to get ready fast!

Art:    In art students in grade two are working on a Red Ribbon Week collaborative project.  Students are creating giant vases full of colorful flowers to represent our beautiful world staying drug free. Their giant vase will be on display in the lunchroom during Red Ribbon Week.  Students are also working to complete fall art projects and beginning Thanksgiving projects.  Students are also learning about American Indians. 

Physical Education:  Students in the 3rd grade will be performing their push up test this week in PE.  This test is performed in the beginning of the year and then followed up at the end of the year to show improvement throughout the year.  This is also a way to measure if the boys and girls are doing their homework consistently.   Students have been assigned homework of push-ups and sit ups 3 times a week.  

Students this week will also begin recording their daily activity log and create a plan for a year-long fitness goal.

The activity/game we are playing this week is Blob tag.  This game incorporates teamwork and sliding technique.  We use the sliding technique for defense in many activities and sports.

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