In the classroom 2/13/17 - 2/17/17

posted Feb 14, 2017, 7:18 AM by Jesse Kohls


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.  In math, students will be finishing up the unit on subtraction.  In writing workshop, students are continuing to develop their opinion stories.  Students are still focusing on using capitals at the beginning of sentences, using finger spaces, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.

1st grade:  

  • Reading- This week in reading, we are focusing on text features during Daily 5. This is a fun topic to cover because students can read and learn about these features and then carry over what they learned and apply those skills while writing their own stories in writing workshop! Each first grader is growing everyday!

  • Math- This week we will begin Chapter 12 of GoMath! with a focus on two-dimensional geometry! Ask your first grader what they learned about shapes and shape attributes this week!

  • Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are continuing writing informational chapter books. This week we will be perfecting our informational chapter books by pretending to be a reader to look for ways to add more to our writing.

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 begin working with antonyms. They will learn that a antonym is a word or phrase that means the opposite of another word or phrase in the same language.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on cause and effect. The cause is what would happen first. The effect is what happened after the cause. For example, the strong winds had blown a tree onto the power lines (cause) and our electrical power turned off (effect).

This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions and how to compare fractions with the same denominator as well as the same numerator. They will then be taught how to order fractions from the smallest to greatest using fraction tiles to assist them. Continue to practice those multiplication facts!

In writing, students will continue writing opinion pieces.  They will continue to 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. We will be reviewing, changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation. We will also talk about 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 continuing to make predictions about events and details in texts, as well as comparing two texts about a similar topic.  

Writing:  Students are continuing to do research and work on their informational writing pieces.  Students will be finishing these up in the next few weeks.

Math:  Students are learning and continuing to practice division strategies, as well as adding and subtracting fractions.

Social Studies:  Students are learning about Ohio statehood and events in Ohio after the revolutionary war.  

Science:  Students are learning about animals and fossils, states of matter, and measurement skills and conversions.


Physical Education: We are so excited to bring Jump Rope for Heart back into Elda for another great year!  Each child in grades 1-4 will be receiving some information on how to get involved in the great program!  This week in PE students will participate in fun and active jump roping stations to get their hearts pumping!  Jump Rope for Heart will continue for two weeks.  Jump Rope for Heart brought in a zoo theme to get the kids even more excited!  Please be sure to wear your gym shoes!  I cannot wait to see all the great jump roping skills Elda has to bring!   

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 art are working on art show projects!  Our art show is March 9, 2017!  What’s happening in art this week grade 3 is continuing to complete art show projects.  I would like to encourage 3rd Grade students to participate in the recycled sculpture contest and the photo contest during the art show.  Mrs. Counts’ class completed Rizzi cityscapes adding people and taxis in the artist’s style.  Mrs. Fry’s class created Picasso’s guitar man using blue colors inspired by the artist.  All classes are progressing very well on all their art projects. Mrs. Jelinek’s second graders are making Henri Rousseau inspired jungle pictures.   Students also learned about the art of Andy Warhol and Paul Klee.  Students in Mr. Williams’ class created painted butterflies.  They are also learning about the artist Claude Monet.  Mrs. Clawsons’ second grade made colorful yarn paintings.  Students in Mrs. Jackson’s class are learning how to draw still lifes.  The class will be painting them in the pointillism style like artist Georges Seurat.


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.