In the Classroom 12/5 - 12/9

posted Dec 5, 2016, 9:32 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Gingerbread Men.  Students will be listening to the gingerbread stories and discussing the setting, character, problem, and solution. We will be comparing the stories and talking all about the different versions of the stories. In math students are continuing to build their knowledge of addition and problem solving by using manipulatives to model and solve addition facts.  Students are adding more information to their narrative stories and continuing to practice everything they have learned the first half of the year in preparation for our final narrative writing assessment.

1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The end of 2nd quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level F.

Writing-First grade writers will write their final realistic fiction story. Students are expected to create a pretend character, give that character a name and imagine an adventure for their character to go on. All stories must have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Math- This week students will finish chapter 6 of GoMath. In this chapter students developed an understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones.

2nd grade:

Happy December!  This is a very busy week in second grade.  Monday is our music concert.  Students will perform for their families on Monday, December 5th at Ross High School!

In reading, students are learning about Author’s Purpose. They are learning that Author’s Purpose is as easy as P.I.E.  They will look at texts and decide if the author wrote it to persuade, inform, or entertain the reader.  In language, students are reviewing collective nouns, possessive nouns, and reflexive pronouns. Writing continues to focus on informational texts and all about books!  In math, students are learning how to add 3-digit numbers. Students will try a variety of strategies to add these big numbers like drawing pictures of base ten blocks, breaking the numbers apart into expanded form and adding the value of each digit, and the standard algorithm.  It’s going to be a great week!  

3rd grade:  

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 (VCe pattern) in print.

In language, the students will be working with verbs. They will learn about the different types of verbs and different irregular verb tenses.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on character’s feelings and motivations. The students will be reading passages and using their schema and text connections to determine what the characters’ motivations are and how they affect the rest of the events in the selections.

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 continue working on informational writing. The students are working on given topics in preparation for the on-demand piece coming up in a couple of weeks at the end of the quarter. Students are working to read a text and take notes on the topic. They will then create a table of contents, write an introduction, 3 chapters, and a conclusion. The students will also be choosing words to add to a glossary for their informational piece.

In science, the students are beginning our Life Cycles unit. They will be starting to learn about plants and the parts of them.

4th grade:  

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: Students are working so hard in physical education, and having a blast while doing it!  This week in grades one and two students will be demonstrating their throwing, accuracy, defending, and scooter skills.  They will focus on these skills in an activity called sink the ship.  Sink the ship calls for lots of teamwork and focus.  Students in grade three and four will be participating in a fun activity called container ball!  The focus in this activity consists of throwing, catching, chasing, and dodging!  Awesome job to all students!  

Art: In art second grade students are working on torn paper collage Santas.  Students in Mr. Williams’ class created gigantic Santas with a variety of paper, added striped sleeves, and Christmas trees to Santa's’ hands.  Mrs. Jelinek’s class created torn paper Christmas trees. Students added construction paper to the shape of the tree then decorated the tree with colorful beads.  Mr. Williams’ class created elves of themselves made from construction paper, digital photos, and pompoms.  Mrs. Clawson’s second grade created mixed media snowmen.  On display this month in our art gallery is featured Christmas art.   


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.