In the Classroom 2/5/18-2/9/18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 11:23 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is US Symbols.  Students will be listening to stories focusing on various US Symbols.  In math, students will be beginning the unit on subtraction.  In writing workshop, students are continuing to develop their opinion stories.  Students are still focusing on using capitals at the beginning of sentences, using finger spaces, and punctuation at the end of a sentence. This week we also celebrate our 100th Day of school in Kindergarten!

1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and reviewing non-fiction text features. The end of 3rd quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level H.

Writing-In Writer’s Workshop this quarter we will be focusing on Informational (Teaching) stories.  This unit prepares children to write information texts of all sorts across this year’s curriculum. 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 finish chapter 10 of Go Math. In this chapter, students identified how graphs and charts help us organize, represent, and interpret data.

Science- First graders will learn all about matter and will be able to identify solids, liquids, and gases.

2nd grade:

Reading:  Students are reading biographies and studying famous Americans!  This week, students will read about Susan B. Anthony.  They will read books and short passages to learn about her.  They will practice several comprehension skills, such as finding the main idea and details, comparing and contrasting, asking and answering questions, and identifying the author’s purpose!

Math:  This week is all about money!  Students will continue counting collections of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

Writing:  Students are writing scientific lab reports.  They will conduct experiments on force and motion.  They will write lab reports that include a question to study, a hypothesis, procedures, and results.

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 sequencing and placing events in chronological order from a text. The students will practice using a variety of passages given to them by their teacher.

In language, the students will begin working with antonyms. They will learn that an antonym is a word or phrase that means the opposite of another word or phrase in the same language.

In math this week, the students will be continuing to work with fractions. Last week students worked on relating fractions to whole numbers, fractions of a group, and problem solving with fractions.This week in math, students will practice partitioning and representing fractions. On a side note, we should start to become fluent with our multiplication facts. Please continue to practice your multiplication facts nightly!

Students will continue to work on opinion writing pieces this week. This week they will 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. The students will continue to write, taking their audience into consideration, editing as they go, and setting writing goals for themselves.

In social studies, the students continue to study the changes in communities over time. Last week, the students focused on changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation. This week they will talk about 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 continue to learn about matter.  We are going to begin the week by completing a STEM/Makerspace activity to focus on one physical property of matter--density.  At the end of the week, students will learn about different ways matter can change and be combined.  

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--Simplest Form (Lesson 6.3-homework, pages 343-344 or page 344 and Enrichment 6.3).  

Tuesday-Wednesday-Common Denominators (Lesson 6.4-homework, pages 349-350 or page 350 and Enrichment 6.4).

Thursday-Assessment-Equivalent Fractions and Simplest Form (Lessons 6.1-6.3).  

Friday- Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks (Lesson 6.6).

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

Monday-Factors and Divisibility (Lesson 5.2).  

Tuesday-Assessment-Traditional Division, Interpreting Remainders, Multistep Story Problems with Division (Lessons 4.11, 4.3, and 4.12).  

Wednesday-Factors and Divisibility (Lesson 5.2, homework, pages 289-290 or page 290 and Enrichment 290).  

Thursday-Problem Solving:  Common Factors (Lesson 5.3, homework, pages 295-296 or page 296 and Enrichment 5.3).  

Friday-Factors and Multiples (Lesson 5.4).

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

Monday-Lesson 5.1, modeling factors.  Homework will be pages 283-284 or lesson 5.1 PMT.

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

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)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 4.3, interpret the remainder.  Homework will be pages 213-214 or lesson 4.3 PMT.

Wednesday-Quiz over lesson 4.3, then lesson 5.1, modeling factors.  Homework will be pages 283-284 or lesson 5.1 PMT.

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

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


Physical Education: The Winter Olympics has begun in PE!  All students will participate in our Olympic stations!  Stations include curling, scooter hockey, speed skating, bobsled, and a ski jump!  Students will also get a chance to create their very own gold medal!  We are so excited for the fun week!  

Art:  In Second Grade Art we are working on art show projects.  Our art show is March 15, 2018.  All second  grade classes are creating a variety of different types of bird collages.  Students are making a camouflage background with construction paper bird collages.  Mrs. Jelineks’ class will be making paper collage hot air balloons with their own pictures added.  Mrs. Christopher’s class will be making an undersea picture with crayon resist jellyfish.  All classes will also be working on art show signs, sculptures, and decorations.  Students may bring in the following: paper collages for display in the library, watercolor pictures for display in the gym, and Zentangle drawings in color or black and white for display in the cafeteria.


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!