In the Classroom 2/26/18-3/2/18

posted Feb 27, 2018, 10:05 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Dr. Seuss.  We are celebrating Right to Read Week by learning about the famous author and students will be listening to Dr. Seuss stories all week.  We will be discussing rhyming words, word families, and story elements throughout these stories.  In math, students are finishing up the unit on subtraction and beginning chapter 7.  Chapter 7 focuses on representing, counting, and writing the numbers from 11 to 20.

1st grade:  

**This week is Right to Read week! We are super excited to take a little extra time out to focus on reading and how important it is to grow our brains! Ask your child about DEAR and where they read in the building this week!

Daily 5- In reading groups, we are going to be working on identifying the author’s message and the theme of a book. We will read some really fun Mo Willems books that portray a message that is relatable to our first graders.  They will also tie into our Second Step SEL lessons so I am excited to see the connections our first graders will make!

Math- This week, we are continuing our work with two dimensional shapes. We will start a shape journal this week where students can record their findings about different shapes and where we see those shapes in the classroom/ school. Take a look at the journals on Friday with your student to see their discoveries!

Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with informational stories.

We are wrapping this unit up and will take our On Demand writing test next week. We have had so much fun this unit picking topics we know a lot about and then teaching our readers about that topic. I am excited to see what stories the students come up with on their writing test!

Dr. Seuss- First graders at Elda will be learning all about Theodor Seuss Geisel this week through reading and discussing Dr. Seuss books in the classroom. Each day we will learn about the author, his books, and, of course, read those books all week long! This unit is so fun for first graders! I am excited for this week of fun-filled teaching and learning!

2nd grade:

Reading:  This week we read about Thomas Edison.  We worked on Author’s Purpose, main idea and details, and answering questions about this famous inventor.

Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we wrote opinions about characters.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO.  O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.

Math:  Measurement is the focus for chapter 8.  Students are measuring the length of objects with rulers.  We are measuring to the nearest inch.  Students also practiced estimating the lengths of objects.

Second Step:  Second step is a program we are using to build and support social-emotional skills.  This week we practiced calming down.  Ask your child how he/she could calm down if he/she is having a strong feeling.

  1. Use your stop signal

  2. Name your feeling

  3. Take belly breaths

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 the non-fiction text structure sequencing. Students will be connecting important events in a story by looking for keywords. Students will also explain the relationship between events by recalling them in paragraph form.

In language, the students will be working with prefixes and suffixes. They will learn that prefixes come before a root words and suffixes come at the end of a root word.  They will also learn that adding prefixes or suffixes to a root word can change its meaning.

This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions.  Students will use fraction tiles or the “draw it out” strategy to support their understanding. We will continue working on equivalent fractions (fractions that are show an equal amount). For example: ½ and 3/6 are equivalent fractions they both shade half of the shape. 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 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 begin to learn about different types of energy.  We will be learning about the different forms of energy, and how each form is related to the others.  Students will have a quiz next week on the states of matter, chemical and physical changes, and the conservation of matter.   

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.


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

Monday-Add Fractions Using Models (Lesson 7.3-homework, pages 401-402, page 402 and Enrichment 7.3).  

Tuesday-Subtract Fractions Using Models (Lesson 7.4-homework, pages 407-408 or page 408 and Enrichment 7.4).  

Wednesday-Assessment-Compare Fractions  and Compare and Order Fractions (Lessons 6.7-6.8).  

Thursday-Add and Subtract Fractions (Lesson 7.5-homework-pages 413-414 or page 414 and Enrichment 7.5).  

Friday-Assessment-Add and Subtract Parts of a Whole, Write Fractions as Sums, Add Fractions Using Models (Lessons 7.1-7.3).

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

Monday-Prime and Composite Numbers (Lesson 5.5, homework, pages 308-309 or 309 and Enrichment 5.5).   

Tuesday-Algebra:  Number Patterns (Lesson 5.6, homework, pages 315-316 or page 316 and Enrichment 5.6.  

Wednesday-Thursday-Generate Equivalent Fractions (Lesson 6.2, homework, pages 337-338 or page 338 and Enrichment 6.2).   

Friday-Assessment:  Factors and Multiples, Prime and Composite Numbers, and Number Patterns (Lessons 5.4-5.6) .        

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

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

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

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

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

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

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

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


Physical Education: All students are jump roping, and rocking it!  The last day for Jump Rope for Heart is March 2nd!  The American Heart Association truly appreciates all the hard work and generosity from all students and their families!  We will continue jump roping this week with an activity called Jump Rope Battleship!  Students will put their jump rope skills to the test with a team work activity!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days.  

Art: Students in grade four are working to complete art show projects.  Mr. Kiefer’s class have created sunset landscapes, added digital photos of their self.  The class is also creating paper collage giant fish.  Students will be painting a background when their paper collage fish are complete.  Mr. Jefferson’s class and Mr. Gray’s class are cutting out landscape overlapping pictures.  Mrs. Brosiers’ class are completing paper collage jungle pictures with tigers. All classes will continue to work on Imovies when their art projects are completed.


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!