In The Classroom 3/14-3/18

posted Mar 15, 2016, 3:59 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in kindergarten we are reading books about St. Patrick's Day and sneaky leprechauns!  We are wrapping up our writing unit on opinion stories by sharing some of our final writing pieces.  In math, we are continuing to discuss measurement.  Our new sight word of the week is "say".  A few extra special events this week: dental hygienists will be visiting our room on Wednesday to discuss dental health, students will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day by sorting and graphing Lucky Charms, and we have our Spring Party on Friday!

1st grade: Math- This week we are finishing Chapter 8 in Go Math. This chapter focused on adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. Chapter 9 in Go Math focuses on measurement and telling time to the hour and half hour.

Reading- Focuses during guided reading include using different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and identifying the main idea and supporting details from a text. The end of third quarter benchmark is an instructional level H.

Writing-We have been focusing on informational (teaching) stories this quarter. 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. Students will write a final teaching story the week of March 14th.

Science-This week students will be focusing on the physical needs of living things.  Energy from the sun, nutrients, water, and air are some of the physical needs of living things.  


2nd grade: It is hard to believe that next week is the end of the third quarter, this year is flying by. This week will be a busy week at Elda. The Wax Museum projects are due on Monday and our classes will be presenting their projects on Tuesday or Wednesday @ 2:30. On Thursday Mrs. Kerr will be hosting the Art Show. The hallways are looking great with all the student’s art work.

Finally, we will be celebrating Easter with our Spring party on Friday @ 2:40. We are wrapping up the money section in the math unit. We will moving on to time on Monday. The students are doing a great job with identifying coins but need to count with care.

In writing we have been focusing on creating stories that are longer, stronger and more convincing. The students are encouraged use juicy story words, think about their audience and give evidence from the book to support their opinion.


3rd grade: Intervention for all students continued last week. This week we will be switching classes and working on informational 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. 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” to make sure they are using the correct homophone in the sentence.

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 8: Understanding Fractions and will be tested on their skills at the this week. In Chapter 9 we will be looking at comparing fractions and 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 will learn 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 - Division again this week.  Students will spend more time learning the partial quotients method.  They will also be learning how to use the regrouping method.  Students will continue completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.

Reading - For the next couple of weeks students will be learning about themes of books.  They will be finding themes for short picture books and use details from those books to support their thinking.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.

Language Arts - This is the week for students to write their information on-demand.  Up next in writing, literary essays.

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 -  In social studies this week, students will continue learning about early Ohio history.  They will learn about the War of 1812, and the different immigrants that populated Ohio.



Media Center:  Fourth grade will be reviewing  Internet Safety  and website evaluation this week in the Media Center.  Each fourth grade student will receive a bookmark with information on keeping yourself safe when using the internet and what to consider when determining if a website presents valid/trusted information.


Art: Students in grade 3 are completing art show work and making signs and decorations.  Students in grade 3 participated in a bunny rabbit drawing and coloring contest.  Winners will be announced at the art show Thursday, March 17.  Students in Mrs. Counts and Mrs. Broering’s class completed Japanese banners painted in tempera adding tissue blossoms.


Physical Education: Students in the 1st grade will be taking a couple of PE tests this week.  We are first going to measure our flexibility with a sit and reach test.  Next we will see how long we can hold a plank for.  Third we will see how many right angle push ups we can do.  We are also back to working on increasing our running endurance in preparation for our half mile run later in the spring.  The students are doing a great job!   

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