In the Classroom 11/16 - 11/24

posted Nov 17, 2015, 11:03 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in Kindergarten we are reading about being thankful and about Thanksgiving!  We are discussing the different story elements of these stories. In math we are beginning to work on addition. In small groups we are sorting letters by the sounds we hear and finding beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words. The kindergarten writers are working on adding more details to their stories.  Our new sight words this week are "the" and "my".  

1st grade:  First graders have started a new writing unit called "Authors as mentors".  We will be learning how authors use various crafts to create realistic fiction pieces of writing.  As first grade writers, we will use these crafts in our own writing.  Some of these lessons include; writing with ellipses, come back lines, a many moments story, writing a many moments story with details, editing for publication and writing "About The Author" blurbs.  

Most first grade classrooms have begun Chapter 3 - Addition Strategies.  This chapter will cover strategies such as adding doubles, using double to add, doubles plus 1 and doubles minus 1, add 10, make a 10 to add, and adding 3 numbers.

This week we will focus on wants and needs not only in our life, but the animals that live around us!

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 child!  

Reading this week has focused on asking and answering questions about informational texts.  Students have been reading informational texts and then creating questions to “test” the class and their teachers!  This has been a great way for students to show that they understand what they are reading.  

In writing, students have been fancying up their best personal narrative.  We will be doing the final on demand personal narrative very soon.  Our next unit of study will be wring informational text.  The students will be writing how to, all about and lab reports.

In math, students will begin working on time and money. Students will need to tell time to five minutes. Students will need to be able to identify coins and count mixed collections of coins. 


3rd grade:  Progress Reports will be sent home next Tuesday, November 24. Thank you to everyone who attended conferences last week!

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week; silent e.  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 adjectives - describing words. The students have been describing themselves as well as one another. 

In reading, we will continue to introduce and work on using inferences and inferential questioning. 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 completing Chapter 4: Multiplication Facts and Strategies and will begin Chapter 5: Use Multiplication Facts this week. We will begin timed multiplication facts tests this week on 0, 1, & 2 to help with fluency. Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!

In writing, this week we will continue work on our informational pieces. The students have been working on taking notes and finding important information about their topics. They have also been practicing writing topic sentences with details to create paragraphs.

In social studies, the students have begun their unit on government. They began by learning about the different types of communities. 

4th grade:  Math - This week in math students will be learning to multiply multi-digit numbers using the standard method.  They are in the process of learning several different methods of multiplication.  In the end, we want students to be able to choose the method that works best for them.

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.

 Language Arts - Students are continuing to view samples of good opinion writing as they work through writing their own.  They will also be learning about what a prepositional phrase is and how to use them in their writing.

Science - In science, students will be learning about the water cycle and how Earth’s surface changes through weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Social Studies -  The prehistoric people of Ohio is what students will be studying this week in social studies.


Art: Students in grade 2 will be completing this years’ school turkey in art this week.  The turkey is a soft sculpture made from paper scraps in plastic bags covered in brown paper.  All students, staff, and visitors will be adding their names to the feathers.  The school turkey should be on display in the lobby Tuesday of this week.  Students are also beginning a variety of Christmas projects.  

Physical Education: Students in the 1st grade are learning a new exercise routine consisting of 7 push ups and a 30 second plank.  This is modeling the homework routine the students are to be practicing at home 3 times a week.  

We are learning a target game called ‘Knock Out’.  The objective is to use an overhand or underhand throw to knock down the other team’s bowling pins.  We use this game to sharpen our skills for throwing.  The pins are set about 20 feet away from the half court line so this requires some skill to throw a ball that distance on target.  We are learning to keep the ball high and stepping with the opposite foot for an overhand throw.

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