In the Classroom 11/6 - 11/10

posted Nov 6, 2017, 11:22 AM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

This week, we will be starting Chapter 4 in math. In this chapter, we will be focusing on subtraction strategies including counting backwards, using addition to subtract, breaking apart numbers, and using a ten frame.

In Daily Five we are working hard and doing a wonderful job at rotating through our rounds. Guided reading groups are continuing to explore books as we search for vowels (long and short), multisyllabic words, and common and proper nouns. We are continuing to practice our hunks and chunks as well as identifying sight words within our text.This week, we will start discussing verbs!

In writing, we will continue working on Realistic Fiction. First graders are hard at work when it comes to thinking up fiction stories that could really happen! Be sure to ask your first grader about their stories!

This week in Social Studies, we will be focusing on Veterans Day!

2nd grade:

On Friday, students will honor our local Veterans during our Veterans Day assembly!  2nd grade students have been practicing several patriotic songs and are excited to perform them at our assembly on Friday!

In reading, classes are practicing comprehension skills by asking and answering questions about informational or nonfiction books that we read.  In math, students are learning to add two digit numbers.  Students will begin solving problems with 3 and 4 addends!   In writing, we are finishing our unit on narrative writing.  Next we will write informational texts.  It’s going to be a great week!

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 continue literal questions with nonfiction texts. Students will highlight and look for evidence in the texts. Going back into the text allows students to prove their answers. Students will continue to  answer questions in complete sentences, using the question in their answers.

During language, the students will work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. They will be describing themselves and others in class in order to use this knowledge to apply it to characters in texts.

Math continues our study of multiplication. We have learned several strategies for solving multiplication problems: creating arrays, skip counting, the distributive property, the associative property, drawing pictures, and learning new chants and fun sayings that go along with some facts! Fluency in multiplication facts is a standard in third grade, and starting next week, we will be taking timed tests! Be sure to be studying at home!

In writing, students will continue with informational writing. This week students will pick a topic they know a lot about and we will discover how to talk (and write) like an expert. Students will teach (rehearse) their information many times before writing their first informational piece. We will use this first piece of writing to organize, structure and improve our writing.

We will continue working on government. This week we will focus on Social and Political Responsibilities. 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: This week fourth graders will be taking a unit test on Ohio’s Native Americans on Thursday and Friday. We are reviewing in class all week. Study tips are available on Google Classroom. We are excited to present our Historic Tribes of Ohio projects next week! Students will present for approximately 3 minutes.  Geography studies continue as well with Google Expeditions.


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

Monday-Finish-Investigate:Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3, homework-pages 161-162 or page 162 and Enrichment 3.3).  

Tuesday-no school.  

Wednesday-Quiz over Lessons 3.1-3.2).   

Thursday-Friday-Multiply Using Partial Products (Lesson 3.4-homework-pages 167-168 or page 168 and Enrichment 3.4)

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

Monday-Problem Solving-Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lesson 2.9, homework-pages 117-118 or page 118 and Enrichment 2.9).  

Tuesday-no school.   

Wednesday-Order of Operations (Lesson 2.12, homework-problems 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 77).  Thursday-Quiz over Lessons 2.1-2.2.  

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

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

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

Wednesday and Thursday-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.

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

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Wednesday-Lesson 2.9, multistep multiplication problems.  Homework will be pages 117-118 or lesson 2.9 PMT.

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

Friday-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.

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


Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  I am loving all the amazing sportsmanship and hard work!  This week in PE students in first and second grade will focus on their throwing, accuracy, and teamwork in an activity called firefighters!  Students in third and fourth grade will focus on their basketball dribbling skills in dribble tag!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  

Art:  Students in first grade are completing 3D colorful turkeys.  Students’ Thanksgiving turkeys are made from construction paper, feathers, and a variety of colorful paper strips.  Students learned how to construct a turkey from shapes.  This was a mixed-media art project.  Mrs. Martin’s first grade learned how to weave making a Thanksgiving placemat.  All classes will be creating Elda’s Thanksgiving turkey soon!  The turkey is made from cardboard boxes, covered in brown paper, and adding feathers from students, staff, and visitors to complete.  The Thanksgiving Art Gallery is now displaying student’s art work!  If your child has art in the Elda Art Gallery you will receive a note letting you know they are doing a great job!  


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.