In the Classroom 2/16 - 2/19

posted Feb 16, 2016, 12:38 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten we are learning about Presidents' Day and some of the presidents.  We will also be using some beginning map skills to read and create maps.  We are continuing our opinion writing by stating our opinions and using words to support our opinions.  We are continuing to develop a deeper understanding of addition in math. Our sight word of the week is "be" and our new hunk and chuck is "or".

1st grade: This short week will be filled with President Abraham Lincoln and President George Washington learning activities, American symbols and coins!

In math, most classes are finishing up Chapter 5 and beginning Chapter 6 in GoMath!  

Progress reports will be coming out on Wednesday, February 17th and our conferences will be held on Thursday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 23.  Please be sure to schedule a conference to discuss your first graders progress.

First graders are really busy working on their writing and reading and it's the perfect time of year (Winter) to encourage these skills at home too!  Nothing is better than writing or reading a book during a cold winter's night!  Remember reading with your child next to you or on your lap cannot be replaced by an APP!

Next week, all classes will be visited by Sharon Edwards and learning about animal adaptations.  The lesson is called "What's For Dinner?" and students will be studying and discovering how animals adapt to their environment in order to survive.  

2nd grade: We are starting a new type of writing!  Students are beginning to learn about opinion or persuasive writing! By the end of the quarter, students will be expected to write an opinion piece of writing in which they state their opinion at the beginning and set the reader up to expect that the writing is trying to convince them of it, includes reasons for their opinion, and writes an ending that reminds the reader of the opinion.  We will work hard throughout the quarter to practice including all of these different components.  

Second graders continue to read biographies!  This week we are focusing on Rosa Parks.  We are practicing many skills using biographies about Rosa Parks.  Students are asking and answering questions about the text, finding the main topic, identifying important events and creating timelines, comparing different texts about Rosa Parks, and reading articles to find facts about her on  Students are also learning skills to help them find the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary terms when reading.  We are reading, rereading, and reading ahead to find context clues to determine the meaning of these tricky words.

 3rd grade:  Reading- This week in reading we will be focusing on characters feelings/motivations and relating it to our schema.  

Math- This week in Math we are wrapping up Chapter 7 and division.  The students will be working on their problem solving using two-step problems and learning how to solve an equation using the “order of operations” without parentheses.  Moving right along into fractions for Chapter 8.

Social Studies- The students are learning all about time lines.  The students will be choosing timelines in small groups and presenting their timelines to the class.  By the end of the week the students will be creating their own timeline of their lives using pictures of their lives growing up.

Writing- This quarter’s focus on opinion writing continues as we focus on our reasons for our opinions and making convincing arguments.  The students are choosing small moments where they can find a problem to fix or choosing a noteworthy person to write about.

4th grade: Math - In math this week, students will continue to work on finding estimated products and exact products of multi-digit factors.  They will learn how to use the regrouping method of multiplication to find exact products.  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 writing informational pieces.  They will continue working on their first pieces for the quarter.  Students are writing about a social studies topic or science topic.  They will also be learning about modal auxiliaries like can, may, and must.

Science - In science, students are learning about Earth’s surface changing through the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and landforms that are created because of these processes.  After landforms, they will be learning about animal adaptations that help them survive in their environment.  Students are using their Science Fusion books and their Chromebooks to learn about these topics.

Social Studies -  Christopher Columbus and early Ohio history will be the topics of study once again this week.  Students will learn about how Europeans helped make Ohio what it is today.



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!

Media Center:  Our first grade students have been introduced to INFOhio, so this week they will be exploring WorldBook’s Early World of Learning. This is an online encyclopedia specifically designed for young learners. The format is mostly images with short articles that offer the student the ability to read it on their own or have it read to them.  Early World Of Learning can be accessed at home at no cost, through the INFOhio website. Please contact Mrs. Francis in the Media Center for the username and password.

Art: Students in third grade this week continue to work on art show projects.  Mrs. Counts and Mrs. Broering’s classes are completing Antarctica mixed media penguins.  Both classes will be working on Japanese flower banners using tissue paper, tempera paint, and crayon.  Mrs. Maybury’s class will be completing a mixed media Queen Elizabeth portrait.  Mrs. Stehlin and Mrs. Maybury’s classes are completing Scottish landscapes. All third grade students are encouraged to make a recycled sculpture for the art show.  Third grade students can participate in the digital photo contest for the art show as well.

Physical Education: Students in the 2nd grade will be continuing Jump Rope for Heart.  This week we will focus on both individual rope and long rope activities.  We will work on two foot and single foot jumping as well as single jump and double jump combinations in the individual rope.  With our long rope we will play a class favorite ‘helicopter’.

Jump Rope for Heart runs from February 1-21.  Packets/envelopes will be returned the week of February 22-26.  Please note the American Heart Association is requesting no cash turned in.  Parents should make a check out to the American Heart Association for the amount of cash the students have raised.

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