In the Classroom 11/13 - 11/20

posted Nov 13, 2017, 12:05 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is all about being Thankful and the holiday of Thanksgiving.  Students will be listening to fictional stories about characters who are learning about being thankful and learning how to help others.  Students will also be listening to nonfiction stories to learn a little bit more about Thanksgiving.  In math, students are applying their foundational knowledge to help represent the number ten using different combinations. In writing, students are working on creating a clear beginning, middle, and end.  The kindergarten students will have their special Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria this week.

1st grade:  

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

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 finish chapter 4 of Go Math. This chapter helped students develop an understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20.

Social Studies- First Graders will learn about the past and the present. They will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast life in the past, to life right now.

2nd grade:

Reading: We are reading nonfiction books in reading groups!  Students are using text features like the table of contents, photographs, captions, headings, and glossaries when reading.  They are asking and answering questions to show that they understand the content of the book, too!  This week students are being introduced to author’s purpose.  They learned that author’s purpose is as easy as P.I.E.!  Author’s write books to Persuade, Inform, or Entertain the reader.

Math:  We will finish our 2 digit addition unit this week.  We will also start our 2 digit subtraction chapter!  

Writing:  Students are starting informational writing.  This week we will focus on writing “how to” books.  Students will write a sequence of directions to teach the reader how to do a chosen topic.

Social Studies:  This week students will compare past and present life.  We will study Native American artifacts and learn about Thanksgiving!

Please remember that as the weather gets colder, the students still go outside most days for recess.  Please remember to send your child with warm clothing!

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 using information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

During language, the students will continue to work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. The students will identify adjectives in sentences.

Math continues our study of multiplication. Next week in math, the third grade students will be shifting their focus from multiplication to division.  We will begin timed multiplication facts tests starting this week on November 14 on 0 and November 16 on 0-1 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. Last week students gathered their information and formed subtopics to support their main topic. This week, students will begin writing chapters from their table of contents. Students will work towards writing over an extended period of time. We will study mentor text structure and work to enhance our writing with details, fun facts and imagery.

We will continue working on government. This week we will focus on learning about the various roles and responsibilities of local government. 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: We are concluding our unit of Native Americans with presentations this week! Students will be presenting a part of the culture they chose to research and share. Fourth graders will also be learning a bit about coal, our first natural resource of study and will be learning about Ohio’s borders and Great Lakes near us.


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

Monday-Finish-Multiply with Regrouping (Lesson 3.5, homework-pages 175-176).  Tuesday-Quiz over Area Model of Multiplication and Partial Products (Lessons 3.3-3.4).  Wednesday-Choose a Method of Multiplication (Lesson 3.6, homework-pages 181-182 or page 182 and Enrichment page 3.6).  

Thursday-Friday-Problem Solving:  Multiply 2-Digit Numbers (Lesson 3.7, homework-pages  187-188 or page 188 and Enrichment 3.7).

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

Monday-Order of Operations-(Lesson 2.12, homework-problems 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 96, 97, 99).

Tuesday-Multiply by Tens (Lesson 3.1-homework-pages 149-150 or page 150 and Enrichment page 3.1).  

Wednesday-Quiz over Multistep Multiplication Problems and Order of Operations (Lessons 2.9 and 2.12).  

Thursday-Estimating Products (Lesson 3.2-homework, pages 155-156 or page 156 and Enrichment page 3.2).  

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

Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over lessons 2.9 and 2.12, then lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Wednesday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.

Thursday and Friday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday-Lesson 2.12, solving multistep problems using equations.  Homework will be pages 135-136 or lesson 2.12 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 2.9 and 2.12, then lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Thursday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.

Friday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.

***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  Students are getting stronger and having a blast doing it!  This week students are continuing to work on their throwing skills!  When we throw we are focused on our opposite foot and hand, accuracy, and consistency.  Students are also working on our catching!  When we catch a ball, we remember to make our W with our fingers, and squeeze the ball when it comes into our hands.  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!

Art:  Students in second grade are completing mixed media Thanksgiving turkeys.  Students drew the turkeys, outlined them with black crayon, and painted them with fluorescent tempera paint.  Students then added gold foil beaks, construction paper wings and feathers, etc.  This project is a crayon resist and mixed media project.  Students are also beginning to work on Christmas projects as well.  


1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.

2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.

3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.

4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.