In the Classroom 1/23/17 - 1/27/17

posted Jan 23, 2017, 12:40 PM by Jesse Kohls


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 subtraction and provide hands on experiences to build knowledge of subtraction.  In writing, we are continuing to write opinion stories by stating an opinion and backing up the opinion with reasons why.  We also have special visitors this week from Dr. Diers’ dental office.  These visitors are going to help teach the students all about dental health.

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:

This week in reading, we have been reading biographies about MLK.  We worked on questioning and timelines.

In math we introduced telling time.  The students will be need to tell time to five minutes as well as being familiar with the vocabulary that goes with telling time (quarter to, quarter after, half past, etc.).  If you would like to offer a challenge to your student you can practice elapsed time.  In writing we have been working on writing like a scientist.  The students are writing lab reports and then conducting the experiments.  This aligns with our science unit on force and motion.

3rd grade:  

The third grade students have made it to 100 school days this week!

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 the theme of a text. The students will be reading fiction books and passages and searching for the author’s big message.

This week in math, the third grade students are focusing on fractions. Students will practice partitioning and representing fractions. 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 utilize a checklist to ensure that their writing is detailed and complete. Students will practice writing a strong thesis statement and supporting their opinions with reasons and evidence.

In science, the students will be learning about plant life cycles. Students will grow lima beans to observe the stages of plant life. They will learn all about the different parts and functions of a plant.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are working on skills in reading such as comparing two texts about a similar topic, using context clues, and continuing to practice making inferences and identifying key details.  

Writing:  Students continue to work on research and writing their informational pieces.  We are working on introductions, conclusions, and dividing into sections of work.

Math:  Students are continuing to learn about multiplication, division, and fractions.  The more familiar students are with multiplication facts and strategies, the easier their tasks will be in math.  

Science:  Students are learning about changes to Earth’s surface, animal adaptations, fossils, and states of matter.

Social Studies:  Students are learning about the causes of the American Revolution, as well as what happened as a result and after the revolution.


Physical Education: Students did such a great job learning the Cotton Eye Joe dance for the country western dance!  We had so much fun!  This week students in grade one and two will continue to work on their throwing, dodging, speed, and force.  We will be participating in an activity called Hide Out!  Students in grades three and for will continue to work on their teamwork, kicking, and strategy!  We are all very excited about Continuous Kickball!  All students are working hard to keep up their great sportsmanship!  

Media: This week in the Media Center third grade students are learning about the card catalog.  We are exploring keyword searching, discussing the difference between a search engine and a database, and practicing locating books by their call number.

Art: Students in grade four are working on art show projects.  All classes are creating artist inspired artwork with this year’s theme in mind, The Elda Art Museum.  Students in Mr. Jefferson’s class are learning about artist Rene Magritte and creating Surrealism projects.  They also are learning about Henri Matisse and creating artist inspired paper cuts.  Mrs. Helmes class created Andy Warhol self portraits. Mrs. Helmes’ class did an awesome job creating their Pop Art portraits!  Mr. Kiefer’s fourth grade are making Picasso Heads.   Their abstract cardboard Picasso Heads are very colorful and large.  Mrs. Brosier’s class learned about artist Keith Herring.  They made moving silhouette figures in Keith Herring style.  Mrs. Brosiers’ class are  drawing a Van Gogh inspired room interior.  Students are learning how to draw interiors using lines and angles to make their room pop out. Mr. Grays’ class are learning how to make their own Abstract picture using Georges Braque’s cubism style.  All classes will be receiving Recycling Contest papers this week.


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.