In the Classroom 2/27 - 3/3

posted Feb 28, 2017, 1:31 PM 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 listening to Dr. Seuss stories all week.  We will be discussing the rhyming words, word families, and story elements throughout these stories.  In math, students are continuing their work with the tricky teens by focusing on the upper teen numbers from 16-19.  We are wrapping up our opinion writing unit by completing our on demand writing pieces.  This piece of writing will give students the opportunity to show everything they have learned about writing persuasive stories.

1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and identifying the main idea of a story. The end of 3rd quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level H.

  • Writing-In Writer’s Workshop we will continue to focus on Informational (Teaching) stories. During this unit of study, each child will write lots of information books about lots of different topics and will revisit his or her writing to self-assess and revise, as expected by the Common Core State Standards.  This unit is designed to give children the support and practice they will need to organize their information, name a topic, give facts, and provide a sense of closure.

  • Math- This week students will continue chapter 12 of GoMath. In this chapter, students will sort and describe two-dimensional shapes.

  • Social Studies-Students will learn about U.S. presidents and their role in the government as well as their place in history.

2nd grade:

After completing a unit on measurement, we have moved on to a Geometry. In writing the classes have been doing an excellent job writing about their books.  They can be very persuasive. Last week our biographies focused on Abe Lincoln and George Washington.  The Second Grade Wax Museum 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 homophones. They will learn that a homophone is a work that sounds the same but looks different and has a different meaning. Example: one, won.

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.

This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions. We will start the week off comparing two or more fractions. Students will use fraction tiles or the “draw it out” strategy to support their understanding. By the end of the week we will be focusing 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 continue to study the changes in communities over time. We will be exploring, changes in recreational activities, technology and businesses/employment. Students will engage in comparing and contrasting between past and present. We will be sequencing changes as we look at primary sources.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are working on reading texts for details and practicing key reading skills.  Students are also looking at Greek Myths to find meanings of sayings and themes of myths.

Writing:  Students continue to work on their informational writing pieces.  Soon, students will be working on their writing for the report card.

Math:  Students are continuing to work on fractions.  Students will be learning about multiplying, adding, and subtracting fractions.  They will also be working on converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  

Social Studies:  Students are learning about the events of Ohio between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Science:  Students are continuing to learn about measurement and practice science skills.


Physical Education: I want to thank everyone for being a part of such a successful Jump Rope for Heart!!  All the donations go straight to the American Heart Association!  It is such an amazing program to be apart of, and Elda made a huge difference!  Thank you!  This week in P.E. students in grades one and two will continue working on their jump rope skills in a fun activity called Jump Rope Battleship!  We will focus on guarding, underhand throwing, and jump rope skills.  In grades three and four, students will be challenged in a teamwork activity called Hula Hut Throwdown!  This activity focuses on teamwork, throwing, defense, and creativity!  Again thank you so much for the hard work in Jump Rope for Heart!  Way to go Elda!

Art: Students in art are working on art show projects!  Our art show is March 9, 2017!  First grade students have been learning how to draw cartoon bunny rabbits from shapes.  This is a bunny rabbit coloring contest for the art show.  The best drawings will get a stuffed bunny rabbit.  The cartoon bunny rabbit drawings will be on display in the cafeteria during the art show.  First grade classes are all completing art show projects and working on decorations.


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.