In the classroom 2/29 - 3/4

posted Mar 1, 2016, 6:40 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in kindergarten we are celebrating Right to Read Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday!  We will be reading books written by Dr. Seuss and learning a little bit of information about the famous author. In writing we are continuing to write our opinions and support our opinions with supporting reasons. We are beginning our measurement unit in math.  Our new hunk and chunk is "oo" (as in the word "boot"). Our sight word of the week is "because".

1st grade:

  • Math- We are finishing up Chapters 6 and 7. We have been focusing on place value and comparing numbers in these chapters. We are getting ready to move into Chapter 8 and begin working on adding bigger numbers together.
  • Reading- Focuses include guided reading groups work, different reading strategies to use, building sentences, hunks and chunks, and continuing to build stamina when working through Guided Reading block activities. We are practicing to use there/their/they’re correctly in sentences. We are working on past, present, and future endings of words as well. (-ed, -s, -ing)
  • Writing- We are continuing Unit 3 in writing. This unit focuses on informational pieces. We are working to write teaching books. Students are choosing a topic to teach about. We are also working on How To pieces. We are continuing to practice writing complete sentences and using correct capitalization and punctuation.
  • Science- We are finishing up work with matter this week. We are working to identify the three different states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases.
  • This is Right to Read week and we are going to be doing some fun Dr. Seuss book activities.
We will also continue working on being respectful, responsible, and learning to be peaceful problem solvers throughout the day.

2nd grade: Another great week in second grade! We are loving our biography unit. The students are enjoying learning about a variety of historical figures. This week we focused on Rosa Parks.  On Monday the students will be bringing home their packet about the Wax Museum.  For homework the students will be researching and writing about a historical person. The project will be due on Monday, March 14.  This will give us a chance to do a practice presentation before we invite families to school to participate in the Elda Wax Museum.  In math we have just finished the unit on triple digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Our next unit of study will be time and money. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home.

In writing we are continuing to learn about opinion writing.  This week we emphasized including retelling and finding evidence for you opinion in the pictures.

3rd grade: Thanks to everyone who attended conferences! It’s been wonderful seeing so many family members interested in their child’s education! On another note, we only have three weeks left in the third quarter of school. Intervention for all students began last week. We are switching classes and working on literary, informational, and writing skills that will help us all prepare for ELA AIR testing. Testing will begin in April for all third grade students.

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week: vowel combinations oa,ee,aw.  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 be working on synonyms. They will create synonym shamrocks throughout the week using a thesaurus and finding words that mean the same thing. For example, other words that mean big are large, enormous and giant.

In reading, our mini-lessons this week are focusing on using two texts and comparing the main idea and details with the texts. 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 finishing up Chapter 9: Compare Fractions and will be tested on their skills at the beginning of the week. In Chapter 10, students will be working on time, length, volume and mass. Students will practice telling time to the nearest minute and then will begin measuring time intervals. They will then use these skills and apply them to story problems.

In writing, the students are continuing to work on Persuasive Speeches, Petitions and Editorials. They are  gathering and supporting opinions as they write persuasive speeches about topics they choose.

We have began our Science unit on forms of matter. Students have learned that everything is made up of matter and that all matter is made up of tiny particles called atoms. Matter comes in three states: solid, liquid and gas.

4th grade: Math - In math this week, we will be finishing up our unit on multi-digit multiplication.  Next students will be dividing by one digit numbers by multiples of tens, hundreds, and thousands.  They will also be learning how to divide using the distributive property.  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.  Students have been working on a second piece based off of a nonfiction book they checked out from the media center.  They will also continue 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 Ordinance and how Ohio became a state.


Media Center:  Students have been introduced to INFOhio and 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 art grades 1-4 are participating in a cartoon bunny rabbit drawing/coloring contest.  Students who are the winners of the contest will be announced at this year’s art show March 17th.  Students are completing art show projects and beginning to create decorations for the show.  Some of our first grade classes used their imagination and  created Mickey and Minnie mouse drawings. Students then added their pictures to Magic Kingdom drawings.  Mrs. Jelinek's class learned about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and created portraits of the artist.

Physical Education:  Students in the 4th grade will be finishing Jump Rope for Heart.  This week we will finish long rope activities with our game of ‘School’.  This activity works on entering a moving rope as well as exiting a moving rope. Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing some fitness testing.  Our first test is the sit and reach test for flexibility.  Next we will have our plank test.  

Jump Rope for Heart packets/envelopes were due last week.  If your child has not returned them they are due ASAP.  Thank you!  The support for this program is excellent.

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