In the Classroom 1/29/18 - 2/2/18

posted Jan 29, 2018, 1:46 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Dental Health and Germs.  Students will be listening to stories about how to take care of their teeth and how to stay healthy.  We will also focus on Groundhog’s Day and make predictions for if the groundhog will or will not see a shadow!  In math, we are working with different manipulatives to expand our knowledge of addition.  In writing, we are focusing on using convincing language to help support our opinions within writing workshop.  

1st grade:  

Wow! We will be celebrating our 100th day of school on Wednesday!

Daily 5- This week in reading groups, we are going to be working with homophones! Students will begin identifying and working with words that sound the same but have different meanings. We are continuing to work hard during read to self, read to someone,work on writing and spelling stations!  

Math- This week we will begin Chapter 10! In this chapter, we will begin working with different types of graphs! Students will use graphs to compare information and answer questions by looking at data on graphs.

Writing Workshop- We are continuing to work hard this week on informational stories. Students are continuing to inform their readers by writing on something they know a lot about! We are also continuing to peer edit and revise our stories to make them the best they can be!

Science- This week we will discuss Groundhogs day! Will we have six more weeks of Winter or will Spring come early? Students will predict what will happen and we will discuss as a class the importance of Groundhogs day!

2nd grade:

Reading:  Students are reading biographies and studying famous Americans!  This week, students will read about Susan B. Anthony.  They will read books and short passages to learn about her.  They will practice several comprehension skills, such as finding the main idea and details, comparing and contrasting, asking and answering questions, and identifying the author’s purpose!

Math:  This week is all about money!  Students will continue counting collections of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

Writing:  Students are writing scientific lab reports.  They will conduct experiments on force and motion.  They will write lab reports that include a question to study, a hypothesis, procedures, and results.

3rd grade:

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.

Reading mini-lessons this week focus on theme. Students will be reviewing what they know about main idea, and working on understanding the difference between theme and main idea.

In language, the students will be working with synonyms, word that mean the same or nearly the same. The students will be matching words and creating “synonym rolls” with words of their choosing.

In math this week, the students will be continuing to work with fractions. Fractions were introduced last week, and students began learning about equal parts, numerators, and denominators. This week students will be relating fractions to whole numbers, fractions of a group, and problem solving with fractions.

Students will continue to work on opinion writing pieces this week. The students have written quick speeches about problems they see around them, and how they think others should respond to those problems. The students will continue to write, taking their audience into consideration, editing as they go, and setting writing goals for themselves.

In social studies, the students have begun our Changes in Communities unit. They have been working on timelines; understanding years, decades, centuries, reading timelines, and creating timelines. The students will be learning about our community in the past from education to transportation and communication.

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 continue to learn about matter.  We are going to begin the week by completing a STEM/Makerspace activity to focus on one physical property of matter--density.  At the end of the week, students will learn about different ways matter can change and be combined.  

Social Studies:  It’s Colonial Week! Fourth graders will experience what it was like to go to school in the 1700’s. Students will work from McGuffey Readers, study geography, do arithmetic and will learn all about the daily life of the time. Fourth graders have a Colonial name and parent occupation to study and share with the class. Discipline should not be a problem, Miss Whitehill will keep things in order.


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

Monday-Wednesday(Lessons 6.1 and 6.2, homework, pages, 337-338 or page 338 and Enrichment 6.2).

Thursday-Simplest Form (Lesson 6.3).    

Friday-Assessement over Multiples and Factors, Prime Numbers and Composite Numbers, and Number Patters (Lessons 5.4-5.6)..

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

Monday-Tuesday-Interpreting Remainders (Lesson 4.3,-homeowork, pages 213-214).  Wednesday-Thursday-Problem Solving: Multistep Division Problems, (Lesson 4.12-homework-pages 269-270 or page 270 and Enrichment 4.12.  

Friday-Model Factors (Lesson 5.1, homework, pages 283-284).  

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

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

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

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 4.3, interpret the remainder.  Homework will be pages 213-214 or lesson 4.3 PMT.

Friday-Quiz over lessons 4.10-4.11, then lesson 4.12, multistep division problems.  Homework will be pages 269-270 or lesson 4.12 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-Lesson 4.10, dividing using the standard algorithm.  Homework will be pages 257-258 or lesson 4.10 PMT.

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

Thursday and Friday-Lesson 4.3, interpret the remainder.  Homework will be pages 213-214 or lesson 4.3 PMT.

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


Physical Education: Everyone is doing fantastic in PE! This week students will be focusing on their throwing, blocking, catching, and balance!  Students in 1st and 2nd grade will play an activity called Save the Statues and the students in 3rd and 4th grade will play a fun activity called Sinkerball!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!

Art: Students in grade one are creating some very interesting pieces of art for this years’ art show.  Ms. Campbell’s class are painting crayon resist flowers.  They are also making a giant fish aquarium.  Ms. Van Natta’s class are making colorful paper collage lions,  They are also painting crayon resist flowers.  Mrs. Martin’s class are creating crayon resist flower gardens.  Mrs. Chow’s and Mrs. Priore’s  classes are painting fluorescent sky and dragonfly pictures.  


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!