In the classroom 2/22-2/26

posted Feb 25, 2016, 5:48 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in Kindergarten we will be “brushing up” on our dental health since February is Dental Health Month. We will be learning about healthy habits for our teeth and what to expect with a visit to the dentist. We will be meeting some local dental hygienists on March 16th! We will learn the “oo” chunk (as in hook) and add “look” and “good” to our word wall. In math we will continue exploring addition and in writing we will continue with our opinion pieces and work to add reasons to support our opinions!

1st grade:  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!

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: It is so nice to conference with parents. We love having the opportunity to talk about the progress students are making. We also want to emphasize the leap in expectations when going to third grade and how important it is that we encourage students to become independent and responsible.

In math, we have shifted to triple digit subtraction with regrouping. It seems to be going very well, all the repetition is paying off.

In reading, we spent time reading biographies about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The students are doing a great job of working with vocabulary, timelines and finding evidence in the story to answer comprehension questions. Keep an eye out for information about the Wax Museum, coming home soon.

In writing, we have moved on to persuasive writing.  The students need to write their opinion about favorite books or characters and then defend their opinions with evidence from the book.


3rd grade: Thanks to everyone who attended conferences last Thursday, and to those that are coming on Tuesday! It’s been wonderful seeing so many family members interested in their child’s education!

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week: the digraph oi, oy.  Throughout the week students will be doing a variety of sorts that relate to the weeks spelling pattern.  Students will also be forming “Million Dollar Sentences” with their 5 high frequency words.

In language, the students will continue to practice and work with suffixes. We have been learning about the suffixes -ly, -ful, -less, and we will continue to add to our list with -ish, -ness, and a cumulative review of suffixes.

In reading, our mini-lessons this week are focusing on theme. We will continue to work on this skill in guided reading groups. They will be using graphic organizers and answering questions. Some groups will be extending their reading by using higher level texts, and some groups will be working on decoding and phonics. While the teacher is working with students independently, the rest of the class is working on their center work that reinforces ELA skills.

In math, students are continuing Chapter 9: Compare Fractions. We have been working on understanding and applying fractions in word problems, learning about the difference between the numerator and denominator, and now comparing fractions in a variety of ways.

In writing, the students are starting their third unit of Lucy Calkins on Persuasive Speeches, Petitions and Editorials. They will begin by gathering and supporting opinions as they write persuasive speeches!

We have finished our Social Studies unit on Changes in Communities last week, and will begin our Science unit this week on forms of matter.


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.  Near the end of the week, the topic of study will be dividing by one digit numbers.  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 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.  They will also be learning about the Northwest