In the Classroom 1/30-2/3

posted Jan 31, 2017, 10:23 AM 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 subtraction.  In writing, we are focusing on using convincing language to help support our opinions within writing workshop.

1st grade:  

Most first grade classrooms have started Chapter 10 in GoMath!  This chapter focuses on how to represent data. Lessons include how to read picture graphs, make picture graphs, read bar graphs, make bar graphs, read tally charts and make tally charts.  

In science, students will be discovering magnetism and forces like gravity.  Students continue to write all about books that include how to's in them.  They are learning how to incorporate many different types of writing pages in their books to teach about their subject.  

2nd grade:

It has been another busy week in second grade.  We are wrapping up our lab reports this week and will be moving on to persuasive writing.  We will use literature as our foundation for this unit by writing book recommendations.  In math we have completed our unit on time and money. Although we are moving on to measurement please continue to practice telling time  and counting money at home.  In reading we will continue with our biography unit.  The students really enjoy learning about historical people.  Finally, keep an eye out for a packet about the Second Grade Wax Museum.  This will be on March 7 and 8 and students will need to research, write a speech and create props for their assigned person.

3rd grade:  

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 continue 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 sequencing and placing events in chronological order from a text. The students will practice using a variety of passages given to them by their teacher.

This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions. Students will practice partitioning and representing fractions. 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 social studies, the students continue to study the changes in communities over time. They have been working in reading timelines, as well as creating their own. The students will be focusing on changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation.

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: All students did such a great job with our cotton eye joe dance!  We had so much practicing and preparing for the dance!  This week in grades one and two students will be focusing on their throwing, agility, coordination, and sportsmanship!  The activity calls for lots of movement and physical activity!  Students in grade three and four will focus on throwing, dodging, speed, and force!  This activity will be great to get our hearts really pumping!  We continue to improve our sportsmanship every day!  Way to go Elda!

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 one are working on art show projects.  Mrs. Ellinghausen’s first grade class created

Jackson Pollock artist inspired Abstract paintings.  Miss Campbell’s class created Miro paper collages. Mrs. Martin’s class painted crayon resist sailboat pictures in the style of artist Romero Britto.  Mrs. Chow’s class have been learning about artists Miro and  Mondrian.  All classes are doing a great job preparing for this year’s art show March, 9th, 2017.


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.