In the Classroom 3/12-3/16

posted Mar 14, 2018, 9:47 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Lio Lionni.  We will be reading a variety of his books and learning about the famous author.  We will be discussing important story elements within these stories. In math, we are continuing our unit on the numbers between 11 and 19.   In writing workshop, we are beginning our final unit. This unit will focus on writing informational stories. Students will be writing “how-to” stories to teach their readers how to do something.  We will also be learning about the season of spring!

1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include practicing different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and introducing contractions. The end of 4th quarter reading benchmark is an instructional level J.

Writing-In Writer’s Workshop this quarter we will be focusing on opinion writing. In first grade, the expectations for opinion writing are that students will compose pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

Math- This week students will begin chapter 11 of Go Math. In this chapter, students will identify and describe three-dimensional shapes.

Science- First graders will learn all about magnets. This topic focuses on how magnets attract and repel each other and certain kinds of materials.

2nd grade:

Reading:  We are starting our quarter of fables and fairy tales!  This week students will read fables like The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and many others.  They will practice summarizing the fable and finding the moral or the lesson in it.

Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we will write about favorite parts of the book, characters, and illustrations.  When we write our opinion paragraph, we think OREO. O-opinion, R-reasons, E-explanations, O-opinion restated.

Math:  Measurement is the focus for chapters 9.  We are estimating and measuring lengths of objects in centimeters and meters.  

Second Step:  Second step is a program we are using to build and support social-emotional skills.  This week we practiced calming down when we need to focus and stay on task. Below are the steps that we practiced.

  1. Use your stop signal

  2. Name your feeling

  3. Take belly breaths

  4. Count

  5. Use positive self talk

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.

During reading mini-lessons this week, the students will continue to compare and contrast two texts on the same topic. Given a variety of different passages on various topics, the students will read each passage and then compare and contrast the information found in each.

In language, the students will continue working with basic prefixes and suffixes, to understand how they change the meaning of base/root words.

During math this week, the students will be moving onto our measurement unit. They have been working hard on telling time to the quarter, five and nearest minute. We will be working on finding elapsed time in intervals as well.

The last quarter of writing is focusing on adapting fairy tales into our own narratives. The students will read classics, and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions.

Science finds us wrapping up our unit on matter. The students have been studying the different phases of matter and how their atoms are arranged. The students will also observe the different states of matter as we conduct an experiment with rootbeer floats! Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.

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 learning about different types of energy.  This week, students will learn about conductors and insulators. We will first focus on conductors and insulators of heat, and then conductors and insulators of electricity.  

Social Studies:  Fourth graders are concluding their study of the Transportation Revolution. They are presenting their informational mini-slides on immigrants, countries and a few famous figures. We will review Tuesday and Wednesday and have a unit test on Thursday and Friday.


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

Monday-Problem Solving:Multistep Fraction Problems (Lesson 7.10, homework, pages 446-447 or page 447 and Enrichment 7.10.  

Tuesday-Multiples of Units Fractions (Lesson 8.1, homework, pages 459-460 or page 460 and Enrichment 8.1).  

Wednesday-Chapter 7 Assessment.  

Thursday-Multiples of Fractions-(Lesson 8.2-homework, pages 465-466 or page 466 and Enrichment 8.2).  

Friday-Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number Using Models (Lesson 8.3).

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

Monday-Tuesday-Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks (Lesson 6.6-homework, pages 363-364 and page 364 and Enrichment 6.6).  

Wednesday-Compare Fractions (Lesson 6.7, homework, pages 369-370 or page 370 and Enrichment 6.7).  

Thursday-Compare and Order Fractions (Lesson 6.8).  

Friday- Assessment-Common Denominators and Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks (Lessons 6.4 and 6.6).

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

Monday - Lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.3 then lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lesson 6.4 then lesson 6.6, comparing fractions using benchmark fractions.  Homework will be pages 363-364 or 6.6 PMT.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday- Lesson 6.2, generating equivalent fractions.  Homework will be pages 337-338 or lesson 6.2 PMT.

Wednesday -  Lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.3 then lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

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


Physical Education: I want to thank everyone so much for such a great Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser!  The American Heart Association truly appreciates the support and generosity from the Elda family!  This week in PE, students will show their stuff in different stations around the gym! Students will dribble a basketball, play a small sided game of scooter hockey, demonstrate locomotor skills, and more!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days.

Art: Students in grade 3 are completing all art show projects.  Our art show is March 15, 5:30-7:00. Please mark your calendars!  Third grade students are also working on art show decorations. Third grade students that are participating in the recycling contest, creating an animal from recyclables, will need to place them on the table provided in the Elda’s lobby.  Students will need to make sure their first name, last name, grade, and teacher code is written on their projects.


1st Grade: It is almost concert time!  Our concert is titled “Sea of Song”.  Students will be performing their concert on Monday March 20th at 7pm at Ross High School.  Students will need to be dressed nicely, in various colors based on class. Information will be sent home soon, telling which colors for which class.  Students will need to arrive by 6:45 for the performance. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

2nd Grade: Students have been hard at work writing and playing their own melodies.  We created songs for Great Big House in New Orleans, Zudio, and our Mud song.  In March we will be writing rhythm songs for a sneaky leprechaun. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

3rd Grade: More new notes.  3rd grade students will begin learning about the notes in the lines and spaces.  The line notes are labeled “Every Good Boy Does Fine” and the space notes are labeled “FACE”.  We will be using these notes to learn how to read music. Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!

4th Grade: More recorder songs have been happening in the music room.  Students have also been working on singing and playing in different parts.  4th graders have been reviewing musical different concepts. We will start learning songs for our concert real soon.  Make sure to check out the SeeSaw app to see what we will be doing!