In the Classroom 11/30-12/4

posted Nov 30, 2015, 12:57 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in Kindergarten we are starting a two-week long Gingerbread Unit! We will be reading a number of variations of the traditional Gingerbread Man story. We will talk about what makes each story different and how they are all similar as well. We will add the sight words an and and to our word wall as well as start our first word family list with -an words. In Writing, we will continue to refine our narrative story skills by writing the story across three pages (a beginning, middle, and an end). In Math, we will continue to build our number sense by using 10 frames to build and compare numbers to 20.

1st grade: Our ‘fabulous firsties’ have been hard at work!  

Our upcoming units of study include:

Reading Workshop: summarizing stories, comparing different versions of the same story, identifying story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution), and making connections while reading.

Math: solving addition and subtraction story problems, doubles combinations, doubles +1, adding number strings, and skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.

Writing Workshop: composing realistic fiction stories across five pages, writing complete sentences, and using correct punctuation.

Spelling- We will be administering our 100 word list assessment very soon!  Keep practicing those sight words!

2nd grade: Reading this week will continue to focus 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 be 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 went sent home last Tuesday, November 24. Please make sure they come back signed as soon as possible.

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week; making words past tense by adding -ed.  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 verbs - action words. The students will be acting out different verbs and having the other students guess what verb they are trying to show.  We will also be identifying verbs in sentences.

In reading, we will be working on a variety of skills, such as, schema (background knowledge), inferring information by providing evidence, and inferring character feelings related to schema and inferring information. 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 will be finishing Chapter 4: Multiplication Facts and Strategies and will begin Chapter 5: Use Multiplication Facts this week. We will continue our timed multiplication facts tests this week on 5 and 10 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. We will continue to work on create Table of Contents to help guide us in our writing.  

In social studies, the students have begun their unit on government. They have learned about the different types of communities.  This week we will be focusing on their responsibilities as citizens, problem solving skills, the differences between rules and laws and the consequences.


4th grade: Math - This week in math students will be learning to multiply multi-digit numbers using the standard method.  Students will also be making multiplication comparisons, determining how many times greater one number is than another number.

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.  Another focus for this week, and the quarter, is to write complete sentences without run-ons.

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 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.


Media Center:  Third grade students will continue their exploration of the Dewey Decimal System using rubber duckies this week!  We will be examining the 10 ducks in the ‘Duck, Duck, Dewey’ collection and determining what types of materials can be found in each category based on the Dewey Duck for that category.  Relating the categories to a fun visual helps students to remember the Dewey numbers for some of their favorite topics.

Art: Students in grade 3 will be working on a variety of Christmas projects.  We will be turning this year’s turkey into a soft sculpture Santa.  Santa will soon be arriving in the lobby for our Christmas display.  Students are encouraged to write letters to Santa, (gift lists of course) and place them in Santa’s sack.  Third graders have been busy making 3-D peppermints for display, as well as Christmas chains, Christmas cards, etc.

Physical Education: Students in the 2nd grade are continuing our new exercise routine consisting of 12 push ups and a 45 second plank.  This is modeling the homework routine the students are to be practicing at home 3 times a week.  

We are learning scooter hockey for the next couple weeks.  Our game is a spatial awareness activity as well as a striking game.  We will focus on roles/positions in hockey.  We will learn the history of hockey as well as work on developing some basic hockey offensive and defensive tactics.

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