In the Classroom 10/23 - 10/27

posted Oct 23, 2017, 12:48 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Halloween!  Students will be listening to stories focusing on this topic.  Students will begin working on how to compare and represent numbers up to ten in math.  In writing workshop, students are focusing on how to write narrative stories that a reader will really want to read.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Halloween party!

1st grade:  

First quarter flew by! We’re jumping into second quarter ready to practice the following skills:

In reading we continue to employ a variety of reading strategies to decode text.  Please take time to practice first grade sight words, hunks-and-chunks and long and short vowel sounds with your firsty! Ask your first grader about our Daily 5 centers.  Students  are continuing to build their reading stamina and make smooth transitions during center time.

In writing workshop, children are composing realistic fiction narratives with correct capitalization, punctuation and a beginning, middle and end.  Keeping a daily journal or diary is an excellent way to practice writing skills at home!  

Our little mathematicians have been busy adding and subtracting numbers and learning those combinations of ten!  Please help your student memorize their doubles facts (0+0, 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5, 6+6, 7+7, 8+8, 9+9, 10+10). Our math vocabulary is growing! Ask your child to explain the difference between the sum and the difference.

2nd grade:

It is Red Ribbon Week at Elda!  Students are focusing on being healthy and happy kids!  Each day we will celebrate with a different theme!  This week in reading, students will continue to read informational or nonfiction books.  We will work on the comprehension skill of asking and answering questions when reading.  Students will learn that good readers ask and answer questions before, during, and after reading a text!  In math, students will continue to explore big numbers!  We will be adding two digit numbers this week using a variety of strategies.  Writing workshop will continue to focus on writing narratives!  We will look at expert authors as our writing mentors.  Students will incorporate their mentor’s writing moves into their own writing!  In science, students will finish the unit on interactions within habitats.  We are all excited for the Halloween parties on Friday!  Happy Halloween!

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.

In reading mini-lessons, we will be familiarizing students with AIR test format, structure and tools. We will spend some time looking through practice tests, asking questions about the tools provided, and learning how to use the interface of the testing system. This time will be spent making students comfortable with the testing format. Third grade students will take Part 1 of the ELA AIR test on Thursday, October 26th. Please be sure your kiddo gets a good night's sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and comes to school on time and ready to show off their ELA skills!

During language this week, we will begin working on possessive nouns, by adding an apostrophe s to nouns to show ownership.

In Math, all classes will be continuing work in the Chapter 3 unit of multiplication.  Students will be working with different strategies throughout this unit to understand the process of multiplication, focusing on equal groups, repeated addition, skip counting and arrays. A great way to understand the strategies is to have your kiddo teach each strategy to you! You get to learn along with your child, and it gives them an opportunity to reinforce understanding of the skill.

In writing, students will continue with informational writing. This week students will pick a topic they know a lot about and we will discover how to talk (and write) like an expert. Students will teach (rehearse) their information many times before writing their first informational piece. We will use this first piece of writing to organize, structure and improve our writing.

We will begin our first social studies unit on government. This week we will focus on Social and Political Responsibilities. Students will learn their responsibilities as citizens and we will relate these to our responsibilities in the classroom. We will discuss respecting others, being informed, paying taxes and the importance of voting.

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: This week, students will begin to learn about opinion writing.  They will look at many opinion examples to find common elements, and begin creating ideas and arguments.  

Science: This week, students will begin  to learn about the relationships between living things and their environments.  Students will be learning about instincts, behavioral adaptations, and physical adaptations.  Students will also learn how environmental changes can affect animals and other living things.  

Social Studies: Students have joined Social Studies Google Classroom where project information is located and often other assignments. We continue with our study of Historic Native Americans of Ohio, learning about village life, legends, roles of men and women and religious beliefs. Geography and map skills continue as well.


Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-Monday-Problem Solving: Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9, homework-pages).  

Tuesday-Quiz over Lessons 2.1-2.2 (Algebra).   

Wednesday-Thursday-Algebra: Solving Multistep Problems Using Equations (Order of Operations) (Lesson 2.12, homework-pages 135-136 or pages 136 and Enrichment 2.12).  Friday-Multiplying with Tens (Lesson 3.1).

Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-Monday-Quiz over Lessons 2.5 and  2.6 (Distributive Property)

Tuesday-2-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication with Regrouping (Lesson 2.10, homework, pages 123-124 or pg 124 and Enrichment 2.10)

Wednesday-3-Digit and 4-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication with Regrouping (Lesson 2.11, homework-pages 129-130 or page 130 and Enrichment 2.11).  

Thursday-Multiplication Comparisons (Lesson 2.1).  

Friday-Quiz over Lessons 2.7, 2.10, and 2.11 (Multiplication Using Partial Products and Traditional Algorithm).

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

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 2.1, multiplication comparisons.  Homework will be pages 67-68 or lesson 2.1 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 2.2, comparison problems with algebra.  Homework will be pages 73-74 or lesson 2.2 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 2.10, multiplying with the standard algorithm.  Homework will be pages 123-124 or lesson 2.10 PMT.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

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

Tuesday and Wednesday-Lesson 2.1, multiplication comparisons.  Homework will be pages 67-68 or 2.1 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Lesson 2.2, comparison problems with algebra.  Homework will be pages 73-74 or lesson 2.2 PMT.

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


Physical Education: Students are working so hard in physical education!  We are so excited for the Halloween stations this week!  All stations will be Halloween theme with spooky music playing!  All students will participate in these fun stations!  Our stations will consist of a zombie walk, pumpkin pull-ups, brain toss, jumping spiders, bowling with ghosts, and the batmobile!  Students will be working on skills such as rolling, throwing, balancing, muscular strength, and scooter skills!  

Art:  In third grade students are completing all Halloween projects and working on Thanksgiving projects.  All classes will be creating the school turkey.  Our turkey is made from cardboard boxes and will be covered with brown paper and display the schools feathers with names on the background of the turkey.  Grade three is making construction paper turkeys adding them to a colorful camouflage background of tissue paper.  Classes are also creating turkeys that are cooks.  Students will use their imagination to make hats for their turkeys, adding spoons and forks to a bowl full of food.  Students created an awesome Red Ribbon Week display in the cafeteria.  


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 students are watching a Book Fair preview video highlighting a few titles that will be available at the book fair.  Our theme for the fair is a Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read!

Book fair is open every day this week and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00pm. All classes will have a 30 min. Time period to browse/buy books from the book fair.