In the Classroom 2/12 - 2/15

posted Feb 13, 2018, 10:37 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:

This week in kindergarten our theme is Valentine’s Day.  Students will be listening to stories focusing on the holiday and how the holiday is celebrated.  Students are using multiple strategies to gain a better understanding of subtraction in math.  In writing workshop, students are continuing to defend their opinions by stating their opinions and supporting their opinion with reasons why.  We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day at our parties on Thursday, February 15th!


1st grade:  

First graders enjoyed having Ms. Edwards come in and teach us all about animal teeth! We were able to touch skeletal remains and compare the teeth of many different animals. We learned the reason some teeth are sharp and others are flat. We compared the way we chomp our food to that of the foods animals eat.


We are gearing up for a fantastic week celebrating friends we care about. We will have our Valentine Party on Thursday!


Our Second Step program has given us many tools to employ if we are feeling upset or frustrated. We know to stop, name the feeling we are having, and calm down so the problem doesn't get out of control. Belly Breathing is a great way to manage our stress if we feel these ways. It is good to have strategies that help in situations we feel uncomfortable in.




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.


For reading this week, the students will be focusing on text structure.  We will be focusing on chronology/sequence, cause and effect, and comparing and contrasting in the next few week.


In language, the students will begin working with synonyms, antonyms, and homophones. They will learn that a antonym is a word or phrase that means the opposite of another word or phrase in the same language, a synonym is a word that mean the same, and a homophone is a word that sounds the same, but have different spellings and meanings.


In math this week, the students will be begin/continue to work with fractions. Students will work on relating fractions to whole numbers, fractions of a group, and problem solving with fractions. They also will be practicing partitioning and representing fractions. On a side note, we should start to become fluent with our multiplication facts. Please continue to practice your multiplication facts nightly!


Students will continue to work on opinion writing pieces this week. 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. 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 will study the changes in communities over time. The students will focus on changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation in this unit of study. We will also be discussing how the community has been modified, discuss the different cultural groups in communities and look at line graphs to see how data changes over time.


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:  What does it take to become a state around here? Fourth graders will be learning about the frontier movement from the east coast to Ohio; who wanted to live in Ohio, first towns, how they got here and the Northwest Ordinance! What states were included in the Northwest Territory and the criteria to belong will be the focus of study. Later this week we will hold a mock town council meeting. Homework this week includes State Dailies.


Math:  

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

Monday-Compare Fractions (Lesson 6.7, homework, pages 369-370 or page 370 and Enrichment 6.7).  

Tuesday-Assessment-Equivalent Fractions and Simplest Form (Lessons 6.1-6.3).  Wednesday-Compare and Order Fractions (Lesson 6.8).  

Thursday-Assessment-Common Denominators and Comparing Fractions Using Benchmarks (Lessons 6.4 and 6.6).   

Friday- No School-In Service.


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

Monday-Factors and Divisibility (Lesson 5.2, homework, pages 289-290 or page 290 and Enrichment 5.2).  

Tuesday-Problem Solving:  Common Factors (Lesson 5.3, homework, pages 295-296 or page 296 and Enrichment 5.3).  

Wednesday-Factors and Multiples (Lesson 5.4).  

Thursday-Assessment-Factors, Factors and Divisibility, and Common Factors (Lessons 5.1-5.3).  Friday-No School-In Service.        


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

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 5.2, factors and divisibility.  Homework will be pages 289-290 or lesson 5.2 PMT.

Wednesday-Lesson 5.3, common factors.  Homework will be pages 295-296 or lesson 5.3 PMT.

Thursday-Chapter 5 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint.  Then lesson 5.4, factors and multiples.  Homework will be pages 303-304 or lesson 5.4 PMT.

Friday-No school, In Service


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 5.2, factors and divisibility.  Homework will be pages 289-290 or lesson 5.2 PMT.

Wednesday-Lesson 5.3, common factors.  Homework will be pages 295-296 or lesson 5.3 PMT.

Thursday-Chapter 5 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint.  Then lesson 5.4, factors and multiples.  Homework will be pages 303-304 or lesson 5.4 PMT.

Friday-No school, In Service


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



Specials:

Physical Education: What a week we had last week!  Students had a blast participating in PE Olympics!  We have one more day of the Olympics on Monday, and then we move right into Jump Rope for Heart for two weeks!  We will begin jump rope stations and learn about a healthy heart!  Students will start going home with Jump Rope for Heart paperwork to begin raising money for the American Heart Association.  We look forward to a healthy, fun week!


Art:  Students in grade 3 are working on art show projects.  Students in Mrs. Stehlin’s class and Mrs. Kingsley’s class are drawing computer pictures then on the computer screen they are drawing Carribean pictures and coloring in with crayon. Mrs. Maybury’s class are working on jungle collages with toucans and other animals.  Students can paint pictures for the painting gallery in the gym during the art show, make collages for the gallery in the library, and make zentangles for the cafeteria.


Music:

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!
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