In the Classroom 10/24-10/28

posted Oct 26, 2016, 10:51 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Halloween!  Students will be listening to fictional stories about Halloween and discussing the settings and characters of the stories.  Students will continue to work on representing and comparing numbers up to ten this week in math.  In writing workshop, students are focusing on how to write stories a reader will really want to read.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Halloween Party on Friday and during the next two weeks of conferences.

1st grade:  

  • Reading- This week in reading, we are continuing to focus on choosing “just right” books to read independently. In small group guided reading we are working on identifying short and long vowels, blends, and this week, introducing syllables!

  • Math- This week we will wrap up chapter 3 of GoMath! And take our end of the chapter test. We will dive into Chapter 4 with learning to count backwards to subtract!

  • Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are on our second week of writing realistic fiction stories! Ask your child to tell you what they know about realistic fiction stories.

  • Science- This week we are learning about PUMPKINS! We will learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin and on Thursday, we will do pumpkin math. This includes measuring a pumpkin, recording how many lines are on a pumpkin, observing its characteristics, and estimating and counting how many seeds our pumpkins have!

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.  Students will use base ten blocks to model regrouping and will learn the standard algorithm when adding.  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, 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 abstract nouns. The students will be learning all about nouns that you can’t touch such as bravery.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on text features of information books. As a whole class, the students will participate in a text features mini-lesson; discussing the different items found in non-fiction books. The students will be going on a text features hunt using their non fiction book from the media center.

This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on multiplication. Students will be working with different strategies throughout this unit to understand the process of multiplication. This week we will be focusing on arrays and solving story problems with multiplication. They will be looking for patterns, and learning more about multiplying by 8 and 9. The students will also be completing a graphing activity using Google Sheets and surveying their peers about favorite Halloween candy.

In writing, students will continue working on informational writing and finding what they are experts in. The students will think of topics that they are experts on and will write factual information. Students will write about many topics; such as football, energy, penguins, etc. The third grade writers will work to organize their writing into paragraphs about their topic. Students will also be choosing chapters for their informational pieces and creating tables of contents.

In social studies, we will be learning about Government. Students will learn about their civic responsibilities and a little about voting.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are studying texts for different features.  All classes are reading short fiction and nonfiction texts.  Classes continue to analyze different novels for fictional text features and details 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 how weathering and erosion.  They are learning how landforms are impacted by these as well.  Students are also learning about animals and environmental changes..  


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:  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!    


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.