In the Classroom 1/17/17 - 1/20/17

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:55 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten we have a variety of themes.  We will be discussing Martin Luther King and listening to stories by Ezra Jack Keats.  We will also be exploring sound.  Students will get to experiment with different instruments and see how sound works.  In math, we are beginning subtraction.  In writing, we are beginning our persuasive unit.  Students will be writing opinion stories and defending their opinions.

1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and identifying compound words. The end of 3rd quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level H.

Writing-In Writer’s Workshop we will be focusing on Informational (Teaching) stories. During this unit of study, each child will write lots of information books about lots of different topics and will revisit his or her writing to self-assess and revise, as expected by the Common Core State Standards.  This unit is designed to give children the support and practice they will need to organize their information, name a topic, give facts, and provide a sense of closure.

Math- This week students will finish chapter 9 of GoMath. In this chapter students worked on nonstandard measurement and telling time to the hour and half hour.

Social Studies-Students will focus on the life and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2nd grade:

In math we have continued to work on money skills.  You can help your child at home by practicing counting coins and by showing values is different ways for example 51 cents could be QQP or DDDDDP as well as counting on by fives. Next we will be moving on to telling time. In reading we are working on asking questions about the text.  We will be working with the biography genre for the next few weeks focusing on one historical person each week.  Our science and writing is combined as students write like a scientist.  Some classes are working on friction and other classes are working with magnets.

3rd grade:  

Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.

In language, the students will be working with prefixes and suffixes. They will learn that prefixes come before a root words and suffixes come at the end of a root word.  They will also learn that adding prefixes or suffixes to a root word can change its meaning.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on identifying main idea and support details. The students will be reading fiction and nonfiction passages and looking for keywords that repeat,  looking at headings/titles, and reading the first and last sentences in a text to help them determine the main idea.

This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on division. This week we will focus on two-step word problems. Students will learn different strategies to help them identify the question and solve. Students will have the opportunity to retake any multiplication fluency tests they may have missed. Continue to practice facts!

In writing, students will continue writing opinion pieces.  This week they will learn to address the audience as they write their speeches. We will continue to work on supporting our opinions with reasons and evidence.

In science, the students will continue their Life Cycles unit. We will continue to experiment animal adaptations. This week we will experiment with bird beaks and which type of beak is best to collect different foods (worms, seeds, etc).

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are analyzing texts looking for context clues.   Students are also working on using texts to support their thinking with specific evidence

Writing:  Students are working on writing various informational writing topics.   A part of the writing is doing research and learning how to avoid plagiarism.   

Math:  Students are continuing to work on division strategies.   Students are also learning about number patterns and fractions..

Science:  Students continue to learn about the Earth’s surface through studying animal changes, fossils, and how environments change over time.

Social Studies:  Students are learning about conflicts in Ohio, between Native American groups, settlers, and countries leading up to the French and Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War.  Students have begun to learn about the Revolutionary War.


Physical Education: Students are right back to being active in physical education!  Students in grades three and four this week will be focused on striking, strategy, and teamwork!  The students will participate in an activity called Mat Ball!  Students in grades one and two will focus on throwing, dodging, and fitness!  Students will be participating in an activity called Rescue 911!  We also have been practicing our country western dance for the dance on Friday!  We are so excited to be moving in PE!

Art: Students in grade three have been learning about a variety of artists.  Students are creating artist inspired works of art for this year’s art show.  Mrs. Stehlin’s third grade are creating Wayne Thiebaud inspired ice cream cones. Students are drawing their pictures on them and making torn paper collages.  Mrs. Count’s art class are making crayon resist cityscapes inspired by artist Rizzi.  Mrs. Fry’s class are learning about artist Degas and his colorful paintings.  Mrs. Maybury’s class are creating interior design rooms inspired by Matisse.  All classes are working to make decorations for the Western dance January 20th.  


1st Grade: Students continue to work on So and Mi songs, and soon will be adding a new note La! Their steady beat and rhythm practice is starting to produce songs that have actual rhythms notes like Ta and Ta-di.  Pretty soon they will start working on our concert, Kings & Queens!

2nd Grade: 2nd grade students will be reviewing lots of concepts we started to cover before our concert.  We will work on songs using the pentatonic scale, Do Re Mi So and La. Students will also continue to work on performing songs in Rounds.

3rd Grade: As we begin the new year, 3rd grade will be beginning a lot of new concepts.  Students will be learning about higher notes in the scale.  They will also start to learn about faster notes like sixteenth notes. Putting all of these new concepts into songs will help us to learn more difficult pieces.

4th Grade: Recorder season is upon us!  Students will continue to work on Recorder Karate songs on their own at home for extra credit.  In class students will be learning recorder pieces to play with the other instruments in the classroom.  Students will work towards being able to improvise melodies on the recorders.