In the classroom 1/4-1/8

posted Jan 5, 2016, 9:39 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten we are learning about the season of winter.  We will be discussing the different characteristics of winter during our read aloud stories.  In math, we are continuing our work with the "tricky teens".  In writing workshop, students will be showing everything they have learned by writing their final narrative stories.  Students will be learning the "sh" hunk and chunk this week and our new sight word is "she".  We will be starting our winter MAP testing in the computer lab today and will be continuing our testing on Friday.  We will continue to assess students for the end of the quarter within our small reading groups. 

3rd grade: Reading- We will continue activating our schema and along with metacognition to make inferences about our reading. The kiddos will interact with wordless books and mystery bags to help them master making inferences.

Spelling- Throughout the week students will be doing a variety of sorts that relate to the week’s spelling pattern.  Students will also be forming “Million Dollar Sentences” with their 5 high frequency words and practicing typing these on their Google classroom.

Language- In Language, third graders will be exploring adjectives.

Writing- This week we will continue working on our informational pieces.  We will focus on reorganizing and revising our table of contents to make our writing clearer for our readers as well as adding definitions and facts to our writing.

Math- As we continue our focus on multiplication, we will apply our knowledge of facts and properties to help us identify patterns, solve for the unknown in an equation and explain our thinking. . Our multiplication tests will continue on Friday, so keep practicing those facts!

Science - This week we will dive into life cycles. This week we will be looking at the life cycles of a butterfly and plants. We will begin our plant life cycle study by planting our beans and tracking their growth!


4th grade: Math - This week in math students will be learning to multiply multi-digit numbers using the standard method.  Students will also be making multiplication comparisons, determining how many times greater one number is than another number.  They will also be learning some basic algebra.

Reading - Students are getting the opportunity to work with their peers to discuss articles from their Storyworks magazines or novels that they are reading.  They are recording their thinking and answering journal prompts.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.  This week will mark the beginning of round two of running records.

Language Arts - Students are continuing to view samples of good opinion writing as they work through writing their own.  They are currently working on a second practice piece, going through the process of choosing a topic, writing a lead, developing quality paragraphs for the body of their piece, and writing a conclusion.  Another focus for this week, and the quarter, is to write complete sentences without run-ons.  Students will reread and revise their writing looking to make corrections on any run-on sentences they find.

Science - In science, students will are learning about Earth’s surface changing through the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  Students are using their Science Fusion books to learn about these topics.

Social Studies -  The historic people of Ohio is what students will be studying this week in social studies.  Students will be learning about the Shawnee, Delaware, Ottawa, Miami, Mingo, and Wyandot people.

Other - Students will be doing their second round of MAP testing this week.  Reading on Tuesday, Math on Thursday, and Science on Friday.


Media Center:  This is MAP testing week in the media center for kindergarten and first grade students, So, regular media classes won’t meet until next week.  When classes resume, our fourth grade students will be exploring our Online Public Access Catalog, or OPAC for short.  We will be practicing different ways of searching for books, and how to use the search results to locate the books they want to read.

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