In the Classroom 3/19-3/23

posted Mar 20, 2018, 8:08 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Plants and the Living Life Cycle.  We will be learning about what a plant needs to live, the parts of a plant, how a plant grows, and the difference between living and nonliving.  In math, we are wrapping up our unit on the numbers from 11-19. In writing workshop, we are continuing to read examples of how-to stories to gain a better understanding of how to write this type of story.  We are also continuing to discuss topics that would be appropriate for “how-to” stories and are in the beginning stages of learning how to write a how-to story.

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 continue to 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:  Fourth quarter focuses on fables and fairy tales!  This week students will continue to 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:  Multiplication is the focus for the week!  Students will be learning that multiplication is repeated addition (4x2 is the same as 4+4).  They will also draw arrays and equal groups to solve multiplication problems!

Wax Museum:  To wrap up our quarter on biographies, students will be participating in a wax museum.  Each student researched a famous person, will dress up like that person, and will give a speech to summarize his/ her life.  Students are very excited about showing off all of their hard work on this project!

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 spend a few more days  comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic. We will also be focusing on author’s point of view and purpose.

In language, the students will continue working with basic prefixes and suffixes, to understand how they change the meaning of base/root words.  We will also be learning about different figurative language, focusing mainly on idioms this week.

During math this week, we will be finishing up our math unit on fractions and then move onto our measurement unit. Our measurement unit will focusing on telling time, finding elapsed time, measuring in inches, etc.

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.   This week we are comparing original fairy tales to adapted fairy tales. We will compare and contrast their charters, settings, plots, and themes.

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 working on literary opinion essays.  In these, students will make a claim and work to support their claim with reasons and evidence from the texts.  

Science: This week, students will continue learning about different types of energy.  This week, students will learn about different types of circuits. Students will complete several hands on activities over the next several weeks all about electricity.  Students will also begin to learn about different measurement units and unit conversions.

Social Studies:  Money makes the world go ‘round! Fourth graders will be learning about the history of money, using money, where money is made and a bit about the stock market. Our next geography quiz will be over the western states of America. There is a timeline homework this week as well. After Spring Break - The Civil War!


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

Monday-Multiply a Fraction by a Whole Number Using Models (Lesson 8.4-homework, pages 479-480 or page 480 and Enrichment 8.4).  

Tuesday-Assessment-Multiples of Units Fractions and Multiples of Fractions (Lessons 8.1-8.2).  Wednesday-Problem Solving:Comparison Problems with Fractions (Lesson 8.5, homework, pages 485-486 or page 486 and Enrichment 8.5).  

Thursday-review for Chapter 8 assessment tomorrow.  

Friday-Chapter 8 assessment.

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

Monday-Tuesday-Compare and Order Fractions (Lesson 6.8- homework-pages 375-376 or page 376 and Enrichment 6.8).  

Wednesday-Investigate:Add and Subtract Parts of a Whole (Lesson 7.1-homework, pages 389-390 or page 390 and Enrichment 7.1).   

Thursday-Write Fractions as Sums (Lesson 7.2-homework, 395 and 396 or page 396 and Enrichment 7.2).  

Friday- Assessment-Compare Fractions and Compare and Order Fractions  (Lessons 6.7 and 6.8).

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

Monday - Lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

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

Thursday - Lesson 6.7, compare fractions.  Homework will be pages 369-370 or lesson 6.7 PMT.

Friday - Lesson 6.8, ordering fractions.  Homework will be pages 375-376 or lesson 6.8 PMT.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday - Lesson 6.4, common denominators.  Homework will be pages 349-350 or lesson 6.4 PMT.

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

Friday - Lesson 6.7, compare fractions.  Homework will be pages 369-370 or lesson 6.7 PMT.

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


Physical Education: This week in P.E. students in third and fourth grade will participate in their second round of the pacer fitness test!  We are excited to reach our goals and have fun while being fit. Students in first and second grade will demonstrate top notch throwing and catching in an activity called Jail House!  All students continue to show their amazing sportsmanship in the gym! Please remember gym shoes on PE days.

Art: Students in grade 4 will be working at stations in the art room.  We will be doing collaborative painting projects. We will also be doing an assortment of drawing exercises.  We will begin a unit on art history. Looking at art work closely to find objects with famous masterpieces that are unique to each artist.   


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!