In the Classroom 10/2 - 10/6

posted Oct 2, 2017, 11:26 AM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

  • Daily 5- This week in reading, we are continuing to focus on choosing “just right” books to read independently as well as continuing to make smooth transitions during daily five!

  • Math- This week we will continue working in chapter 2 of GoMath!. In this chapter, we are focusing on subtraction! First graders are doing a great job at completing their math rounds which consist of a teacher group, an independent round, a math game and a technology round!

  • Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are continuing with strengthening our small moment stories! First graders are adding more and more to their writing and bringing their characters to life by showing them move, feel and talk in their stories!

  • Reading Workshop/Science- This week we will be discussing the WEATHER! We will observe and record weather conditions over a period of time.

2nd grade:

Bookmobile is a new experience for second graders!  Students visited the Lane Public Library Bookmobile last week to check out exciting books.  

Reading:  Students are learning about rhythm and meaning in poems, stories, and  songs.  This week students will search for rhyming words, alliteration, and repetition in poetry!  Students will discuss how different types of figurative language give meaning to the poems.  

Math:  Students will learn addition strategies to build math fluency!  We will practice using doubles facts (1+1, 2+2, etc.), making tens to add, adding 3 addends, and using related addition and subtraction facts (fact families).

Writing:   Students are writing personal narratives.  Second grade is focusing in on writing about special small moment stories.  Students have been working hard to write a beginning that includes the setting or an action that hooks the reader.  In the middle, students have been practicing zooming in and giving lots of details.  We have also been working on writing an ending that gives closure to the story.

Science:  Students are learning about worms and ants.  We will focus on how these animals change their environments.

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. The spelling pattern for this week is short a and e.

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. This 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 continue their knowledge of pronouns and expand on it when working with pronoun antecedent agreement.

In math the students are working on chapter 2, which is data analysis and creation. The students are reading picture graphs, tally charts, frequency tables, bar graphs, and line plots. The students are also creating each of these and using them to answer questions and analyze information.

In writing, students continue to work on telling narratives. Students are working on the editing process with the teacher. Then, will begin publishing their writing by typing it on their Chromebook.

In science, all classes continue to study Earth’s Resources. We have been learning about different energies such as minerals and fossil fuels, and renewable energies such as solar, wind, and hydro power.

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, and the difference between fact and opinion.

Writing: Students are learning about writing realistic fiction narratives.  They are studying example texts to look for details that show a text is realistic.  Students are also working on adding dialogue to show when characters are talking.  

Science: This week, students will be participating in an experiment about weathering and erosion on the Earth’s surface.  Also this week, students will begin to learn about Earth’s different landforms, and how weathering, erosion, and deposition can shape these.  

Reminder:  Water Cycle Display projects are due on September 26th for students who have Mr. Jefferson or Mr. Gray.  They are due September 27th for students who have Mrs. Brosier or Mr. Kiefer.  

Social Studies: The study of prehistoric people of Ohio continues on into October. We are investigating cultural changes throughout time such as farming, trading, tools, and religious practices. We’ve learned about so many of the great artifacts left behind and the many resources used in their everyday life. This week there will be a test over the prehistoric tribes learned about thus far.


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

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

Tuesday-The Distributive Property of Multiplication (Lesson 2.6-homework-pages 97 and 98 or pg 98 and Enrichment Page 2.6)  

Wednesday-Thursday-Partial Products (Lesson 2.7, homework-pages 103 and 104 or pg 104 and Enrichment Page 2.7).  

Friday-Quiz over Lessons 2.5-2.6

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

Monday-Multiplying by 10s, 100s, and 1000s (Lesson 2.3, homework-pages 79 and 80 or pg 80 and Enrichment Page 2.3).  

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

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

Friday-Quiz over  Lessons 2.3-2.4.

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

Monday-Lesson 2.4, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 85-86 or 2.4 PMT.  

Tuesday and 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.

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

Monday-Lesson 2.3, multiplying by tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 79-80 or lesson 2.3 PMT.  

Tuesday-Lesson 2.4, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 85-86 or 2.4 PMT.  Wednesday and Thursday-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.  

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 doing such a great job in PE!  We are working hard to gain even more strength and endurance!  This week, third and fourth graders will be working on their striking, throwing, catching, and teamwork in continuous kickball!  First and second grade students will focus on chasing, invading, and teamwork in shark attack!  Last Friday we had a special guest from Miami University!  The Miami staff talked to us about skating, and we had a blast!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  

Art: Student  in third grade in art have been creating Kaleidoscope designs.  Students drew their design in pencil then colored it in with crayon.  They have been making fall pictures using tissue paper and adding printed trees. This week we will begin Halloween art.  Students will be creating 3-D pumpkins.


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 grade levels will be discussing what makes a good book, award winning books and the upcoming Buckeye Children’s book award. This is an award is chosen strictly by children in Ohio nominating titles they like and then voting on the top five titles once a year.   

Check out this year’s nominees at