In the Classroom 10/30 - 11/3

posted Oct 30, 2017, 10:33 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Denise Fleming.  Students will be listening to stories and discussing the story elements of a variety of books by Denise Fleming.  Students will also be identifying rhyming words within the text.  Students will be beginning chapter four in math.  Chapter four focuses on representing and comparing numbers up to 10.  In writing workshop, students are working on writing readable stories and writing all the sounds in the words they are sounding out.

1st grade:  

The weeks are flying by! Here is a look into what first grade is doing!

Daily 5- First graders are working hard and doing a wonderful job at rotating through our Daily 5 rounds. Guided reading groups are exploring books as we search for vowels (long and short), multisyllabic words, nouns, and this week we will look into common and proper nouns! We are also practicing hunks and chunks and looking for sight words within our reading and writing!

Math- This week, we are taking our Chapter 3 GoMath! test. This assessment focuses on using addition strategies that we have learned thus far. These strategies include counting on, using doubles, using doubles plus and minus one, and adding with three numbers!

Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with realistic fiction stories. First graders are hard at work when it comes to thinking up fiction stories that could really happen! Be sure to ask your first grader about their stories!

Science- In science this week, our focus is living and nonliving things. We will take a look at what living things need to survive as well as classify living and nonliving things and then compare and contrast what we come up with!

2nd grade:

The second grade team would like to thank all of the parents and guardians that attended conferences.  We love getting the chance to talk with you about your student!  

In reading, classes are practicing comprehension skills by asking and answering questions about informational or nonfiction books that we read.  

In math, students are learning to add two digit numbers.  We are learning several strategies to add 2 digit numbers.  Some of the strategies include: using compensation, breaking apart addends into tens and ones, modeling regrouping with base ten blocks, and the standard algorithm!  

We are finishing up our narrative writing unit.  This will be the last week with this type of writing!  Students are practicing using a checklist to revise and edit their writing.  Students will do one final narrative writing this week to show how much they’ve learned about writing so far this year!

In science, students have been learning about how animals interact within their habitats.  This week, naturalist Sharon Edwards will visit our classrooms.  Students will participate in a habitat program!

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 reviewing asking before, during and after reading. Students will be going back into the text and finding the evidence. Going back into the text allows students to prove their answers. We will also be working on how to start our answers by “RAP”ping! R-restate part of the question...A-answer the question...P-prove it!

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 finishing 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 continue working 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: Students will continue to learn about relationships among animals.  Students will be learning about symbiotic relationships of plants and animals.  Students will also be participating in a STEM activity connecting math, science, and fire safety.  

Social Studies: Fourth graders continue with the study of Historic Native American culture; legends, law/rules, roles of children and conflicts with European settlers and explorers. Students continue their unit by reading from their Ohio Studies Weekly and working on research for their project for the Native American Fair coming in November!


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

Monday-Tuesday-Multiplying with Tens (Lesson 3.1, homework-page 149-150 or page 150 and Enrichment 3.1).  Wednesday-Estimating Products (Lesson 3.2, homework-pages 155-156 or page 156 and Enrichment 3.2).  

Thursday-Assessment over Lessons 2.9-2.12 (Multistep Story Problems and Order of Operations).  

Friday-Investigating Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3).

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

Monday-Multiplication Comparisons (Lesson 2.1, homework-pages 67-68 or page 68 and Enrichment 2.1)

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

Wednesday- Thursday-Algebra: Comparison Problems (Lesson 2.2, homework-page 73 and 74).  Friday-Problem Solving: Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9).

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 doing a wonderful job in PE!  We are all working hard and loving the beautiful weather!  This week students in first and second grade will focus on their throwing, rolling, catching, and teamwork in an activity called sink the ship!  Students in third and fourth grade will work on their throwing, accuracy, and teamwork in an activity called firefighters!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!

Art:  Students  in grade 4 are working on Thanksgiving turkeys.  These turkeys are holding a picture that the students designed by inspiration from Marc Chagall and Rene’ Magritte works of art.  Students combined imagination and Surrealism to create their own masterpiece for their turkey to show off.  Fourth-grade students are creating a school turkey from large boxes to be displayed in Elda’s lobby.  


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.