In the Classroom 1/18/16 - 1/22/16

posted Jan 19, 2016, 3:10 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in kindergarten we are reading the stories The Mitten and The Hat.  We will be comparing and retelling these stories to build comprehension. In math, we are beginning our unit on the numbers greater than 20. Students are beginning their exploration into writing opinion stories in writing workshop.  Our sight word of the week is "am" and our new hunk and chunk is "th".

1st grade:  Math- We are finishing up Chapter 4 and working on Chapter 5 in Go Math. Addition and subtraction strategies have been our main focus and we are continuing to work on these.

Reading- Focuses include guided reading groups work, different reading strategies to use, building sentences, hunks and chunks, and continuing to build stamina when working through Guided Reading block activities. We have begun our spelling program and students are working to practice their spelling words during our Word Work time.

Writing- We are beginning Unit 3 in writing. This unit focuses on informational pieces. We are continuing to practice writing complete sentences and using correct capitalization and punctuation.

Social Studies- This week we are learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and why he is an important historical figure.

We will also continue working on being respectful, responsible, and learning to be peaceful problem solvers throughout the day.


2nd grade:  It’s hard to believe that we are already starting the third quarter of the school year!  In writing we are continuing to work on informational writing. We are encouraging the students to include text features in their writings.

In math, students continue to take math fact quizzes twice a week.  The goal for the end of the year is for students to pass all of their quizzes to +9 and -9!  Students continue to work on solving double digit subtraction problems.

In reading, classes are practicing answering questions from informational texts.  Students are looking back in the text to find proof to answer the question.  They are then working hard to restate the question and answer in a complete sentence. We are excited about introducing biographies this quarter.


3rd grade:  It is hard to believe we are already into the first week of third quarter. Time flies when you are working hard!

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week; consonant clusters.  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 begin work on adverbs. They will learn that an adverb describes the how, when and where of what is happening. Unlike an adjective which describe nouns, adverbs describe verbs.

In reading, our mini-lessons this week are focusing on main idea and details. We will continue to work on this skill in guided reading groups. They will be using graphic organizers and answering questions. Some groups will be extending their reading by using higher level texts, and some groups will be working on decoding and phonics. While the teacher is working with students independently, the rest of the class is working on their center work that reinforces ELA skills.

In math, students are continuing Chapter 7: Division Facts and Strategies. The students are doing a great job using strategies to solve division problems.

In writing, the students are starting their third unit of Lucy Calkins on Persuasive Speeches, Petitions and Editorials. They will begin by gathering and supporting opinions as they write persuasive speeches!

We have finished our Science unit on Life Cycles and Heredity and are now switching back to Social Studies where the students will be learning to read timelines and talk about how our community has changed.

4th grade: Math - In math this week, students will be learning how to solve problems using the correct order of operations.  Students will also be practicing multiplying by multiples of 10 as we start unit 3 in math.

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.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.  This week we will be finishing running records.

Language Arts - This week will be the on-demand opinion writing session.  This is the time when students apply what they have learned through the quarter on an assessed piece.  Another focus for this week, and the quarter, is to write complete sentences without run-ons.  Students will reread and revise their writing looking to make corrections on any run-on sentences they find.

Science - In science, students will are learning about Earth’s surface changing through the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  Students are using their Science Fusion books to learn about these topics.

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.


Music:  In 2nd Grade we have continued to work on songs using Mi Re Do in them.  We are already working towards becoming 3rd grade music students by playing the melody of songs on the instruments.  Students will also be improvising different melodies on the instruments within the songs.  In a couple weeks we will start our unit on instruments in the orchestra.  Students will learn about different instruments and their families.  

Art:  This week in art we will be working on art show projects.  Mrs. Stehlins’ class and Mrs. Maybury’s class made Pennsylvania Dutch symbols.  Students drew symbols on paper plates colored in with crayon and outlined with marker.  Our theme for the art show is art around the world and the next project for these classes will be to make 3-D Koi fish from Japan.  Mrs. Christopher and Mrs. Broering’s classes are drawing and painting Panda bears with their environment.  Mrs. Kingsley’s third grade has drawn a beautiful Australian landscape and will be adding paper Kangaroos.  All classes have been busy making decorations for this Fridays’ Elda sock hop.  Enjoy the fun!

Physical Education:  Students in the 2nd grade are continuing our new exercise routine consisting of giant leg swings, hip rotation exercises, donkey kicks, push ups and burpees.  Remember students are to be practicing push ups and planks at home 3 times a week.  

We are learning a dancing routine the students can perform at the Sock Hop this Friday.  

Our sport activity this week is hockey.  Our focus will be spacing, control of our hockey stick, and learning the positions and the responsibility each position has.  

Jump Rope for Heart is coming up.  I will be talking to the children about this event that takes place in February.

Remember to keep this web address handy for class information and other homework information.