In the Classroom 11/9-11/13

posted Nov 10, 2015, 11:33 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week we will be working on making predictions by reading the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series by Laura Numeroff. We will add can and you to our word wall and continue working on stretching out the sounds we hear in words to write true stories in Writing Workshop. In math, we will work on representing and comparing numbers to 10. On Wednesday, the AM class will attend the Veteran’s Day Assembly. On Thursday, both classes will take a trip to the Book Fair to buy books or make a wish list!

1st grade: This week in first grade, students will continue to work 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. Students will also continue to grow as readers working with teachers in guided reading groups.

2nd grade: On Wednesday, students will honor our local Veterans during our Veteran’s Day assembly! In spelling, students are spelling words that contain ui and ew to practice long u patterns.  In reading, classes are practicing comprehension skills by asking and answering questions about informational or nonfiction books that we read.  In math, we are finishing our unit on comparing numbers place value.  We will be moving onto a money and time unit next. In writing, we will be wrapping up our personal narrative unit.  The students are working on editing and revising an old piece of writing

3rd grade:  In reading, we will be focusing on inferential questions using evidence.  Students will use their schema to help come up with their conclusions.  

In language, we will be focusing on 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. Some of us will also be introducing adjectives.

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 be wrapping up learning concepts of multiplication in chapter 3 of Go Math.  We will be starting Chapter 4 where we will be learning factors of multiplication by using strategies that were taught in Chapter 3.

In science, we will be wrapping up our energy with the Energy Unit Test.  Learning about electrical energy and Magnetic Energy.

4th grade:  Math - This week in math students will be learning to multiply using the partial products method.  They are in the process of learning several different methods of multiplication.  In the end, we want students to be able to choose the method that works best for them.

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.

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.



Media Center:  Monsters have invaded the Media Center this week!  Monster Readers that is.  All students will be visiting the book fair this week and browsing through a wonderful selection of books for all ages. Book Fair will also be open Tuesday & Thursday evenings for family shopping until 7:00 pm.

Art: Students in grade one are completing American Indian projects.  Students created buffalo hides with Indian symbols, Indian headbands, jewelry, etc.  Students are creating 3-D turkeys made with construction paper.  Some classes are painting stripes of colors with watercolor then adding a paper turkey to their pictures.  Students will soon begin making a variety of Christmas projects.

Physical Education:  Students in the 4th grade will continue with their new stretching routine this month.  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 planks 3 times a week.  

We are learning how to shoot a lay up this week.  We will also begin playing basketball this week.  I will adjust some of the rules in an attempt to get everyone involved in our team game.

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