In the Classroom 1/22/18 - 1/26/18

posted Jan 22, 2018, 11:00 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Penguins!  Students will be listening to nonfiction stories about penguins and learning lots of different factual information.  In math, we are continuing to review addition and provide hands on experiences to build knowledge of addition.  In writing, we are continuing to write opinion stories by stating an opinion and backing up the opinion with reasons why.   


1st grade:  

WOW! We are almost through January and we are heating up in the classroom with some fun new things!


Daily 5- This week in reading groups, we are going to be working on decomposing sentences in small group! Kiddos really get to put their brains to work by identifying all the parts of a sentence they have learned thus far! We are excited for our first full week back to school and will continue practicing our Daily 5 rounds!


Math- This week, we are continuing our work with clocks and exploring all parts of it! We are also working hard on telling time to the hour and to the half hour! Be sure to practice this skill with your kiddo at home! One of their favorite questions is, “What time is lunch?” By the end of this week, they will be able to know that information on their own :).


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with informational stories. First graders are hard at work fixing up their drafts and learning from one another. Students learn that it is OK to make mistakes and how to fix them up and revise an already terrific story.


Social Studies- This week we are learning about geography and maps! We will look at the features of a map and label our own, we will explore where we are on an actual map as well as explore cardinal direction. This is a fun week of finding where we are on the map!


2nd grade:

Reading:  Students are practicing many skills using biographies.  This week we are focusing on Rosa Parks.  Students are picking out important events from his life and making timelines, finding the main idea of sections of the book, comparing two texts on this famous American, and practicing using nonfiction text features like diagrams to help them better understand what they are reading!  


Writing:  Students are finishing up their “All About” informational books and will be writing scientific lab reports!  We will be doing experiments with force and motion and writing about them in the form of  a lab report.  It will include a materials list, hypothesis, procedures, and results.  


Math:  Students will begin counting collections of coins and telling time in 5 minute intervals.


Bookmobile comes on January 25th!  It is going to be a busy week!



3rd grade:

*Math MAP will be taken on Wednesday!


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, students will be working on main idea and details. We will work on ways to find the main idea and details that support the main idea. Students will use the title, repeated words throughout the text and the first and last sentences to determine the main idea.


During language, the students will be working with adverbs.  They will understand that adverbs “add” to the verb.  


This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on division with specific numbers. The students have been working on several strategies for solving finding quotients such as: creating arrays and bar models, and drawing pictures. We will continue timed multiplication facts tests to help with fluency. Being fluent in multiplication facts makes division much easier, so be sure you are continuing to practice multiplication facts at home with your child. Flashcards and online games are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will be diving into opinion writing.  This week we will be gathering opinions through thinking about problems and solutions. Students will use these opinions to write a thesis and gather reasons and evidence to support their opinion.


The students will continue their Life Cycles unit in Science. They are learning how plants from the past are like plant’s today, how animals are grouped, animal adaptations and how they grow and change.


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: Students will be writing informational pieces. Research and notetaking will be done on a variety of topics along with citing sources. Fourth graders will use a variety of techniques to organize their information into well-thought out, organized pieces of writing with many non-fiction features such as pictures, maps, and diagrams.


Science: This week, students will begin learning about matter.  Our focus for the next few weeks will be on solids, liquids, and gases.  Also this week, students will be taking the MAP test for science.  


Social Studies:  This week, our fourth graders will be introduced to the Declaration of Independence; who wrote it, why it was written and the ideas in the document. They will gain an understanding of the difficulty of the Continental Congress in agreeing to the contents of the Declaration. Determination and unity was important for the Colonists in order to become a free country and an advantage to the Colonial troops. Students continue to work from Google Classroom, Ohio Studies Weekly and will be having another quiz on the American Revolution the week of January 22nd.


Math:  

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

Monday-Factors and Multiples (Lesson 5.4, Homework-pages 303-304 or page 304 and Enrichment 5.4).  

Tuesday-Midchapter Checkpoint over Lessons 5.1-5.3.  

Wednesday- Prime and Composite Numbers (Lesson 5.5, Homework-pages 309-310 or page 310 and Enrichment 5.5).

Thursday-Algebra: Number Patterns (Lesson 5.6, Homework-pages 315-316 or page 316 and Enrichment 5.6).   

Friday-Investigate:  Equivalent Fractions (Lesson 6.1).


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

Monday--Partial Quotients (Lesson 4.8, homework-pages 245 and 246). Tuesday-Wednesday-Divide by 1-Digit Numbers (Lesson 4.11, Homework-pages 263-264 or page 264 and Enrichment 4.11).   

Thursday-Assessment over Partial Quotients (Lesson 4.8).  

Friday-Interpreting Remainders (Lesson 4.3).


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

Monday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lesson 4.8, then lesson 4.9, modeling division with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 251-252 or lesson 4.9 PMT.

Thursday-Lesson 4.10, dividing using the standard algorithm.  Homework will be pages 257-258 or lesson 4.10 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 4.11, dividing by 1-digit numbers.  Homework will be pages 263-264 or lesson 4.11 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lesson 4.8, then lesson 4.9, modeling division with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 251-252 or lesson 4.9 PMT.

Thursday-Lesson 4.10, dividing using the standard algorithm.  Homework will be pages 257-258 or lesson 4.10 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 4.11, dividing by 1-digit numbers.  Homework will be pages 263-264 or lesson 4.11 PMT.


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



Specials:

Physical Education: Everyone is doing fantastic in PE!  Last week we continued to practice our Luau dance for the PTO dance last Friday!  This week students will be focusing on their throwing, blocking, catching, and balance!  Students in 1st and 2nd grade students will play an activity called sinkerball and the students in 3rd and 4th grade will play a fun activity called save the statues!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  


Art: Students in grade four are currently working on Zentangles.  Zentangles are structured patterns that create a picture.  Our fourth graders drew an icecream cone, layered each section with design patterns then outlined with black marker and topped with a Valentine.  Students can also create Zentangles on their own black and white or color for the art show.  Their Zentangles can be any size if they look great we will put them on display in the cafeteria during this years’ art show.  Our fourth grade classes will also be creating nature banners and paper cuts for the art show.  


Music:

1st Grade: 1st grade students have been hard at work learning and using their beginning rhythm notes.  Students can clap, sing, write, and even decode songs using Ta, Ta-di, and Rest.  Soon we will begin adding melody notes to our vocabulary! Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


2nd Grade: Great job at the concert!  Students really worked hard from October through December to get ready to showcase what they have been learning in music class.  We will be continuing our work on rhythm and melody notes.  Students will begin to practice and play more simple melodies on the barred instruments.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


3rd Grade: With a new year comes new rhythm and melody notes.  Third grade students are going to be hard at work learning all kinds of new songs and melodies with these new notes.  We will be playing lots on the instruments too, so make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!


4th Grade: Hopefully recorder practice has been going well at home!  I know students were excited to be able to take home their recorders and share all their wonderful songs with you.  Students are able to get extra credit by learning and recording videos on google classroom.  These songs are a part of the Recorder Karate program.  We will be using recorders in music class as well as continuing to sing and play other instruments. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!
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