In the Classroom 12/12/16 - 12/20/16

posted Dec 13, 2016, 12:08 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Christmas and holiday traditions. Students will be listening to fictional stories about Christmas and listening to some non fiction stories about the holidays.  In math students are wrapping up their unit on addition.  We will be jumping into subtraction after break.  In writing, students are writing their final narrative stories.  We hope everyone has a wonderful break!

1st grade:  

First graders are busy this week wrapping up end of second quarter assessments in all subject areas. They have worked very hard in reading and are expected to be at a level F or beyond by report card time. It is crucial for students to remain emerged in text over the holiday break to keep skills fresh! There are many great holiday stories to enjoy. Don't forget to log into your child's Raz-Kids accounts for countless books at their independent level, if this has been made available to you by your child's teacher. We are going to be returning in January for the second administering of the MAP tests in Math and Reading. Hoping everyone has a relaxing and wonderful holiday season with family and friends.

2nd grade:

This is going to be an exciting week in 2nd grade!  Students will be “traveling around the world” to learn about how other countries celebrate the winter holidays!  While in each country, students will learn about the traditions, language, and food.  

Ms. Edwards will visit our classes this week.  She will share a slideshow about polar bears and teach students about polar bear adaptations and how we can help save this animal!

In reading, students will listen to The Polar Express.  Students will recount the story, analyze characters, sequence events, and many other reading activities!  

In math, students are subtracting 3 digit numbers.  We will take our chapter 6 math test later this week.  It will cover 3 digit addition and subtraction.  The second grade team wishes everyone a happy holiday season!

3rd grade:  

The second quarter ends on December 20. Report cards will be sent home on Friday, January 6! This week students will be working through their quarterly assessments in reading and math for second quarter.

Students are continuing 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 (silent l, t) in print.

In language, the students will be working with subject-verb agreements. They will learn that singular subjects need singular verbs and plural subjects need plural verbs.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on explaining a story through illustrations. The students will be reading passages and looking at illustrations to determine what is happening in the stories.

This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on division. We will continue timed multiplication facts tests to help with fluency. Flashcards and online games are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!

In writing, students will finish up working on informational writing. The students will be reading and taking notes in preparation for the on-demand piece coming up at the end of this week. They will then create a table of contents and will also be choosing words to add to a glossary for their informational piece. During the on-demand, the students will write an introduction, 3 chapters, and a conclusion.

In science, the students have started their Life Cycles unit. They will be learning how plants from the past are like plant’s today and then we will be moving onto how animals are grouped and how they grow and change.

4th grade:  

The second quarter ends on December 20. Report cards will be sent home on Friday, January 6!

Reading: Students are working on using texts to draw conclusions, use context clues to make inferences, and continue to practice using text evidence when giving answers.  

Writing: Students are finishing up practicing their opinion writing for the quarter.  In the next two weeks, students will complete their on demand writing for their report card.  

Math: Students are continuing to learn multiplication strategies for up to four digit times one digit, as well as two digit times two digit problems.  Students are also learning ways to divide numbers with remainders up to four digits.  

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.


Physical Education: We cannot believe it is the last full week before Christmas break!  How time flies when we are having fun!  This week students will be participating in fun and exciting Christmas activities!  How the Grinch stole Christmas and beat the Grinch are two activities that focus on our scooter skills, fitness, chasing, and fleeing skills!  The students will be involved in some healthy competition trying to defeat the Grinch!  We have an exciting week ahead of us!  

Art: Students in grade three in art have been completing woven Christmas trees and Christmas cards.  Mrs. Stehlin, Mrs. Kingsley, and Mrs. Maybury’s classes made Rudolph the reindeer silhouettes.  The art gallery is currently displaying Christmas art in the hallway by the art room.  Students who are doing a great job in art on their projects are receiving Mona Lisa awards.  Students letters to Santa are on display in the cafeteria.   


1st Grade: Moving, singing, instruments, oh my! We are doing so many things in first grade music.  The students have learned about steady beat and rhythm.  They have been able to play on the big instruments to help tell our story “Up, Up, Down”.  We have even begun to talk about some singing notes called So and Mi.

2nd Grade: We are working on lots of rhythm reading, writing, and playing in 2nd grade.  Students have been composing their own rhythm sections to the songs we are singing.  Students recently learned about a new singing note, Do.  We are using Do in all of our songs now.

3rd Grade: 3rd grade students are hard at work! We are working on lots of rhythm reading, writing, and instrument playing in 3rd grade.   

4th Grade: 4th graders have been learning about some new ways to create music.  Students have been improvising on the instruments and with their voices.  4th graders have also been working on using a new rhythm sequence “syncopa” which makes the rhythm more bouncy and jazzy.