In the Classroom 11/2-11/6

posted Nov 3, 2015, 10:46 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in Kindergarten we will be reading fictional books about monsters!  We will be discussing the different story elements of these stories and focusing on the setting and characters in each story.  In math we are working with the number 10 by comparing it to other numbers, representing it with manipulatives, and writing it in notation form.  Our kindergarten writers are continuing to stretch out words and are beginning their second unit on narrative writing. Our new sight words this week are "no" and "so".

1st grade:  This week in first grade, students will be introduced to our next unit of study in Writer’s Workshop.  This quarter we will be focusing on writing fiction.  First graders will be lead, step by step, through the process of creating a pretend character, giving that character adventures, and elaborating and revising their stories. In math, students will be working hands-on with a pumpkin to complete different activities such as measuring their pumpkin with cubes and counting the number of seeds in their pumpkin.  In science, students will focus on the life cycle of a pumpkin. 

2nd grade: The first week of the second quarter has been very busy!  Students have been working on enhancing their personal narrative writing with dialogue, interesting leads and correct punctuation.

Reading has taken a shift in the second quarter.  The first quarter focused on fiction.  Second quarter will focus on informational or nonfiction texts.  This week, students are learning about the different nonfiction features like titles, headings, subheadings, photographs, diagrams, charts, tables, table of contents, glossary, and more!

In math, students continue to practice their math facts and take quizzes every Tuesday and Thursday.  This week, students have been learning how to represent numbers in different ways.  We have been using base ten sets to show different combinations of hundreds, tens and ones to create the same number.

3rd grade: In reading, we will be wrapping up identifying text features and using them to ask and answer questions.  We will begin to learn how we can use the text and illustrations to help us comprehend what we are reading while some of us move into exploring schema and how we can use our knowledge and experiences to make connections while we read.

In language, we will be focusing on possessive nouns and will begin learning about abstract nouns, which are nouns that represent intangible things, like feelings, ideals, concepts and qualities, and we will learn how to recognize them in sentences.

In writing, we will continue our information writing unit and focus on the features that make good information writing.  We will work to plan out a topic with subtopics, write a strong table of contents, and organize our topic in different ways.

In math, we will continue working on learning concepts of multiplication in chapter 3 of Go Math.  We will model multiplication to solve problems, model multiplication with arrays, explore the commutative property of multiplication, and multiply with the numbers 1 and 0.

In science, we will be working on our energy unit including heat, light and electrical energy and will be visited by Kay Edwards for interactive classroom lessons on energy and its forms.

4th grade:  Math - This week in math students will continue working on extended facts, as well as finding estimated products.  They will also be learning how to multiply using the distributive property.

Reading - Using various texts, students will be practicing questioning the text, making inferences, using text features like pictures, captions, and headings to help them understand what they are reading.

Language Arts - Using quotation marks is one focus again for the week.  The second quarter writing piece will be opinion writing.  Students will start by looking at samples of opinion writing to help them see how these pieces should be written and organized.

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. 


Music: Students are working on learning Do and Two-o notes.  This week students will be putting melodies on songs on the instruments.  Next week we will be starting our second grade concert songs! Winter is just around the corner and we will need to get ready fast!

Media Center: Second Grade students will be exploring an exciting new section of the library over the next few weeks!  They are learning about nonfiction text in their classrooms, and in the Media Center.  We will review the characteristics of nonfiction books and discuss how these books are arranged in libraries. We will take a break the week of Nov. 9th - 13th for BookFair, and then jump right back into our nonfiction collection!

Art:  Students in art are completing Thanksgiving turkeys!  Students in grade 4 wrote a message to Mr. Turkey then added a construction paper turkey around the message.  We will begin our art show projects soon!  Our art show this year is in March before Spring break.  Students will be given information soon about our contest for recycled sculptures during this year’s art show.

Physical Education: Students in the 3rd 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 are almost done with the first of our push up tests for the year.  We take this test in the beginning and the end of the year to see our growth in upper body strength.  Students have been reminded to continue to work on their homework of push ups and sit ups 3 times a week.  


We are playing ‘Knock out’ in class for our basketball component.  This game is a shooting game that the students love to play.

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