In the Classroom 1/11/16 - 1/15/16

posted Jan 11, 2016, 1:32 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in Kindergarten we will be welcoming the snow by reading snowman stories! We will add the sight word “at” to our word wall and focus on the “ch” chunk. In Writing Workshop we will be finishing up our second narrative writing unit by doing an independent piece to keep for grading as well as cleaning out our folders and sending all of the hard work we did this quarter home to share! In Math we are working on the late teen numbers and number 20 before we start addition next quarter. We will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he was a peacemaker to gear up for the holiday next Monday!

1st grade:  At the end of second quarter, first graders will be given DRA's to determine instructional reading levels.  Second quarter reading benchmark goal is a level "F". 

First grade classrooms were visited by Sharon Edwards and we studied "Animals In Winter".  Some animals hibernate, others migrate and some "stay active" during cold winter Ohio months.

We are beginning Chapter 4 in GoMath!  This chapter is all about subtraction strategies.  There are many strategies to show that you know how to subtract and we will be learning them!

We will be beginning our third quarter writing series, Opinion Writing.  This type of writing consists of stating your opinion, listing reasons and examples for that opinion and closing by restating your opinion!

2nd grade: Students are getting back into the routine of school after having a nice long winter break.  Spelling will focus on three hunks and chunks this week—ir, ur, and er.  In reading, students are being introduced to author’s purpose.  They are learning that author’s purpose is as easy as P.I.E. (persuade, inform, or entertain).  After reading, students are deciding why the author wrote the text.  In math, students are being introduced to double digit subtraction with regrouping. In writing, students are working on writing all about books and lab reports that are related to movement.  They will use what they know about forces and motion (push, pull, friction, gravity, etc.) and relate it to something they know a lot about (soccer, flying a kite, riding a bicycle, etc.). It’s hard to believe that the end of second quarter is this week and that we are almost halfway through the school year! 

3rd grade: This week is the last week of the second quarter. Students will be assessing and finishing up their informational writing pieces.

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week; silent w, b, and k.  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 continue to work on subject-verb agreement. This is something that the students have begun last week, and are already familiar with.

In reading, we will be working more on main idea and supporting details. They will be using graphic organizers and answering questions.. Some groups will be extending their reading by using higher level texts, and some groups will be working on decoding and phonics.

In math, students are continuing Chapter 7: Division Facts and Strategies. The students are also taking their MAP Math assessments.

In writing, the students are completing their informational pieces and will be writing their final on-demand pieces for the report cards.

In science we are finishing up our life cycles unit, and will be reviewing and assessing. The students will also be taking their MAP Science test.

4th grade:  Math - In math this week, students will be learning how to solve problems using the correct order of operations.  Students will also be practicing multiplying by multiples of 10 as we start unit 3 in math.

Reading - Students are getting the opportunity to work with their peers to discuss articles from their Storyworks magazines or novels that they are reading.  They are recording their thinking and answering journal prompts.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.  This week we will be finishing running records.

Language Arts - This week will be the on-demand opinion writing session.  This is the time when students apply what they have learned through the quarter on an assessed piece.  Another focus for this week, and the quarter, is to write complete sentences without run-ons.  Students will reread and revise their writing looking to make corrections on any run-on sentences they find.

Science - In science, students we are learning about Earth’s surface changing through the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  Students are using their Science Fusion books to learn about these topics.

Social Studies - The historic people of Ohio is what students will be studying this week in social studies.  Students will be learning about the Shawnee, Delaware, Ottawa, Miami, Mingo, and Wyandot people.



Music: 1st Grade students are working on the difference between beat and rhythm.  They are practicing both by patting and clapping to different songs.  Students have also learned what Soprano, Alto and Bass instruments and singers are.  Goldilocks and the 3 Bears helped us to discover that different instruments make high and low sounds.  This month 1st graders will also be learning about a new person on Music Street named Mrs. La.  She will join our melody friends Mrs. So and the Mi family.  We are always singing, dancing and playing instruments in the music room.

Media Center:  Our fourth grade students will be exploring our Online Public Access Catalog, or OPAC for short.  We will be practicing different ways of searching for books, and how to use the search results to locate the books they want to read.

Art: Students in second grade are working on art show projects.  The art show theme this year will be as follows:  Art, Artists, Animals, and Sports from around the World.  Mrs. Clawson’s second graders are drawing symmetrical Brazilian butterflies.  Mr. William’s second grade students are learning about the Mexican culture and creating Mexican Folk paintings.  Mrs. Fry’s class are learning about Africa and creating paper collage giraffes.  The art show this year is March 17th, 5:30-7:00.

Physical Education: Students in the 1st grade are continuing our new exercise routine consisting of giant leg swings, hip rotation exercises, donkey kicks, push ups and burpees.  Remember students are to be practicing push ups and planks at home 3 times a week.   

We are learning our lead up skills for soccer.  This past week and this week we are learning to use the inside of our foot to pass and dribble the soccer ball.  We have also been working on the skill of trapping the ball so we can gain control of the ball from the passer or if we are losing control of our dribble.  This week we will be playing ‘Green light, Yellow light, Red light’ while we are dribbling a soccer ball.  This game is centered around dribbling and trapping our soccer ball.

Jump Rope for Heart is coming up.  I will be talking to the children about this event that takes place in February.

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