In the Classroom 10/5-10/9

posted Oct 5, 2015, 12:49 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in Kindergarten we will be learning all about our five senses.  We will be exploring apples all week through read alouds and will work up to an apple taste test on Friday.  In writing workshop we are practicing adding more to our pictures and words.  Students are continuously learning to stretch out their sounds and write the sounds they hear to spell words on their own.  Our new sight word this week is "in".  We will complete our Phonics Dance by learning letters "Y" and "Z".  The Ross Fire Department will provide us with an extra special lesson on fire safety this week!

1st grade:  First graders are continuing a 2-week unit on seasons and weather. In math first graders continue to work on math facts. In reading first graders are learning to use their reading strategies when they come to a tricky word. 

2nd grade: It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through the first quarter!  In reading, students are working in small, guided reading groups.  Students read and work with books that are at their individual levels!  This week classes will begin focusing on asking and answering questions with fictional stories.  Students know that when they ask and answer questions about what they read, it helps them to better understand the story! 

In 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.  This week we will introduce writing an ending that gives closure to the story.   

Weekly math lessons have focused on using a variety of addition strategies. Students are also writing to explain how they solve math problems.  All second graders have started to take math fact quizzes in class.  Please continue practicing these at home! 

3rd grade:  In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week; short /oo/ sound.  Throughout the week students will be doing a variety of sorts that relate to the weeks spelling pattern.  Students will also be forming “Million Dollar Sentences” with their 5 high frequency words.

In language, the students will use their knowledge of last week’s pronouns, to work on pronoun-antecedent agreement.

In reading, we will be reviewing story elements and introducing inside and outside character traits. Teachers will be using read alouds to help introduce characters traits by using graphic organizers.  We will also be focusing on the setting of stories.  We will be focusing on these skills in our guided reading groups also. Some groups will be extending their reading by using higher level texts, and some groups will be working on decoding and phonics.

We have completed Chapter 1 of Go Math, and have now begun Chapter 2: Representing and Interpreting Data using a variety of graphs.  

In writing, this week we will be working from our Units of Study for narrative writing. The students have been working on the heart of their stories and adding paragraphs and dialogue to their narratives.

In science, the students are wrapping up their unit on Earth’s Resources, and will taking a final summative assessment this week. They will be finishing up with “Vampire Electronics” and electrical circuits.

4th grade: Math - This week, students will be working on understanding place value.  Knowing the places in our number system and the value of digits in numbers.  They will also be practicing comparing, ordering, and rounding numbers to given places.  Another focus for the week will be finding exact and estimated sums and differences.

Reading - Reading this week will be more practice for students on listening to their own thoughts as they are reading.  They are learning to make connections, inferences, responses, and asking questions as they read.  They will also be learning to recognize when they are learning new things while reading and asking different types of questions.

Language Arts - Students are working on identifying and writing good sentences with subjects and predicates.  They are also continuing to work on their fictional narratives for the quarter.  They will be using those ideas to write scenes, storyboards, leads, and to begin drafting a fictional narrative.

Science - In science, students are learning what it means to be a scientist.  They are learning skills that scientists use through reading and class discussions.

Social Studies -  The focus is still on timelines.  Students are reading and creating them with significant events from history and their own lives.  The goal is to turn the significant events from their lives into a “History of Me” project.  Up next is the study of prehistoric people of Ohio.



Music:  4th Grade students have been learning about new musical concepts.  The students worked on improvising their own melodies on the instruments.  We have now started working on syncopated rhythms and how they sound off the beat.  The students will also be learning about the new composer of the month soon, Edward Grieg.

Media Center:  Fourth grade students have been learning about Internet Safety during media classes this month.  We are discussing Acceptable Use Policies, Intellectual Property, Texting safety, and Cyber-bullying.

Art: First grade students in art this week are completing their Fire Prevention posters. First grade classes are also drawing pumpkins and adding faces with construction paper.  Some classes made ghosts from white paper.  Students drew faces with markers then added streamers to complete their 3-D ghosts.  Mrs. Chuhak’s class made black cats from construction paper.  

Physical Education: Students in the 1st grade will be learning a new stretching routine this week.  I will be stressing to increase their effort to prepare for some upcoming data collection on your child’s flexibility.  We have learned a new game, Finding Nemo, which works on teamwork and defensive tactics.  This is a class favorite.  It also is another one of our fitness style games because of the constant running   Students have been reminded to continue to work on their homework of push ups and sit ups 3 times a week.  Please keep this web address handy for class information and other homework information. Looking forward to an awesome year!