In the Classroom 10/31 - 11/4

posted Oct 31, 2016, 12:08 PM 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 wrapping up unit four in math and preparing for addition in unit five. In writing workshop, students are working on writing readable stories and writing all the sounds in the words they are sounding out.  We look forward to week two of conferences!

1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing nouns.

  • Writing-First grade writers will continue to write realistic fiction stories. In this unit, students will be lead step by step, through the process of creating a pretend character, giving that character adventures in more than one booklet, elaborating and revising across books, and finally, creating a “boxed set” of their stories.  

  • Math- This week students will begin chapter 4 of Go Math. This chapter helps students develop an understanding of subtraction and strategies for subtraction within 20.

  • Science-First graders will differentiate between living and nonliving things. Students will understand that all living things grow and change and that the needs of all living things include air, water, and food.

2nd grade:

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.  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.

In language, the students will continue to work on adjectives - describing words. The students will describe themselves as well as one another using the adjectives they learn.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on using illustrations in informational books. As a whole class, the students will be looking at different types of illustrations and answering questions using them.

This week in math, the third grade students are finishing up Chapter 4: Multiplication Facts and Strategies and will begin Chapter 5: Use Multiplication Facts this week. We will begin timed multiplication facts tests starting the week of November 14 on 0 and 1 to help with fluency. Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!

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, the students have begun their unit on government. They have learned about the different types of communities.  This week we will be focusing on their responsibilities as citizens, problem solving skills, the differences between rules and laws and the consequences.

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 continuing 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.


Media: All grade levels are wrapping up their Internet Safety unit and are getting ready to vote for the Buckeye Children’s Book Award book of their choice.  There are five books in each of four age ranges, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and Teen.  We have been discussing how different kinds of books appeal to different people, and how to figure out which one is best in your own opinion.  Voting will take place the week of November 7th.

Art: Students in grade two are currently working on decorations for Thanksgiving in art.  All second grade students are creating cool-color / hot-color turkeys.  Students are using a variety of construction paper layering the colors adding feathers and final details to complete their turkey.  There were ten students in second grade who got their cat and dog portraits selected for a display at the Ross’ Animal shelter.  There were 40 pictures chosen for the display ten for each grade level.  If the students have their art on display at the animal shelter they will receive a certificate with additional information.  The art display will have the students pictures on a slide show on their t.v. screen there.   

Physical Education:  Students are having a blast in physical education class!  In grades three and four, students will be working on balancing, chasing, fleeing, and dodging!  These skills will be performed in a fun activity called bag the beanbag!  In grades one and two, students will be focusing on chasing, invading, spatial awareness, and cardio!  These fun skills will be demonstrated in an activity called black hole!  All students are working so hard!  We love showing awesome sportsmanship!    


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.