In The Classroom 2/1/16 - 2/5/16

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:14 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten we are reading stories about Dinosaurs.  We will be discussing the different story elements of these stories. In math, we are continuing to practice the numbers greater than 20.  We are counting by 1's and 10's.  We are also looking at the 100's chart and discussing why the number grid can help us count to 100. Students are continuing their exploration into writing opinion stories in writing workshop.  Our sight word of the week is "said" and our new hunk and chunk is "all".  We will be celebrating our 100th Day of School on Wednesday! 

1st grade: First graders are ushering in the 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 3! It has been fun counting the days we have been in school, with straws, number grids, and tally marks. On Wednesday we will trade in ten bundles of straws for 100!!!! Of course that is not the end of first grade. We still have a lot of counting to do until the end of the year. Our classrooms are full of activities that will celebrate 100's Day and reinforce our excellent counting skills. Our Go Math program offers a lot of different strategies for adding and subtracting that are helpful to us. We continue to work on facts within 10 and using tens frames to make 10 before adding more to it.

We also are beginning our unit on maps in which we will learn how to read maps using legends, keys, and the purpose of the compass rose. We will draw our own maps and study other maps that show how to get from one place to another. 

Third quarter is in full swing in first grade and we are working hard to prepare for second grade! 

2nd grade: The second grade students are enjoying the biography unit.  We continue to work on asking and answering questions, using part of the question in the answers. We are also introducing timelines to our classes.  Watch for a special timeline homework to come home soon.

In math, we are finishing up double-digit subtraction with regrouping.  We will be moving on to triple-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home.

In writing, the students are becoming experts in writing all about stories.  They are doing a great job at organizing their stories and including great introductions. We are continuing to work on slowing a story down to add more details.  Students are also practicing adding text features such as diagrams and bold words with definitions.

3rd grade: Reading- This week we will be focusing on point of view.  As you read with your child, encourage them to focus on who is telling the story, what point of view it is being told from (first person, third person, etc.), how points of view differ and how the story might be different from a different point of view.  Comparing similar texts like The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is a great way to explore point of view!

Math- Chapter 6 continues as we model multiplication with bar models, relate subtraction and division, model with arrays, relate multiplication and division and write related facts.  We have even started writing division sentences using the proper symbols and reading them with appropriate vocabulary such as dividend, divisor and quotient.  Our timed multiplication tests will continue this Friday, so keep practicing at night with your child!

Science- As we continue learning about life cycles, we will learn how animals grow to look like their parents and how some traits for survival are learned from parents and some are environmental adaptations.  As we dive into this topic, we will learn how we can identify the traits we are born with and the ones we have learned from our parents.

Spelling-Each child will continue working on their feature for the week.  Encourage your child to notice parts of words and relate new words to familiar ones to help them with their phonics and spelling.

Writing- This quarter’s focus on opinion writing continues as we focus on our reasons for our opinions and making convincing arguments.  I know your child has a lot of opinions, so this is a great chance to encourage them to express their reasons for their opinions!

4th grade: Math - In math this week, students will continue to work on finding estimated products of multi-digit factors.  Area models and the partial products method of multiplication will also be topics for the week.   Students will continue completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.

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.

Language Arts - Students this quarter are going to write informational pieces.  They will be looking at samples of informational writing and begin to choose topics to write about.  Students will also be learning about progressive verb tenses.

Science - In science, students will are learning about Earth’s surface changing through the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and landforms that are created because of these processes.  Students are using their Science Fusion books and their Chromebooks 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.  After learning about the historic Native Americans, Christopher Columbus and early Ohio history will be the topics of study.


Music:  It’s RECORDER TIME in 4th grade.  The students have been waiting their whole lives for this month it seems like, they are so excited.  We are starting with some sound experiments and then moving into our songs.  We will be working through a program called Recorder Karate which has 9 songs at increasingly difficult levels. In a couple weeks, once we have practiced a lot in class, students will be able to take their recorders home to practice even more.  By practicing at home students will be able to move through the Recorder Karate songs faster and work toward that exclusive black belt! 

Art: First grade students in art this week are working on art show projects.  This year’s art show theme is Art around the world.  Art students are travelling around the world learning about artists and art from other cultures.   Mrs. Ellinghausens’ first grade students are creating paper collage flamingoes.  Mrs. Campbell’s students are creating Italian artist Pablo Picasso cubism inspired pictures from construction paper.  Their class is also cruising to the Bahamas creating seascapes and adding drawings of cruise ships.  Mrs. Chuhak’s class created African Kente cloth and will be adding printed symbols to their work.  Mrs. Martin’s class are creating painted elephants from India and also creating birds like New York artist James Ritzi.  

Physical Education: Students in the 4th grade will be starting Jump Rope for Heart this week.  Your children will be coming home with their packet to begin raising money for this great program.  Elda is one of the best schools in Ohio for supporting this program.  We raised just under $14,000 last year!!  We will be jumping rope and learning about our heart over the next three weeks.

I have created a Google Classroom and have posted some assignments for the class.  The first assignment is due this Friday.  Look regularly for posted assignments.

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