In the Classroom 3/27-3/31

posted Mar 28, 2017, 2:02 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Plants.  We will be learning about what a plant needs to live, the parts of a plant, and the difference between living and nonliving.  In math, we are wrapping up our unit on the numbers 20 and beyond.  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- This week in reading, we are focusing on contractions during Daily 5. We are also learning about an author, Kevin Henkes, We will be reading a different text from this author each day and focusing on a different text feature/topic within that read. The topics include; character traits, theme or big message, text to self connections, and prediction.

  • Math- This week we will take our chapter 11 GoMath! test. We will also continue working with 3D shapes by looking at their attributes and charting what we see in our classroom!

  • Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are continuing writing opinion pieces. This is a super fun topic to cover because students are able to talk out their opinions, persuade others, and have productive arguments! We are also able to talk about what to expect when reading/writing opinion pieces as a class and with a writing partner! We are working hard to support our opinions with reasoning.

2nd grade:

In math we are working on to Geometry. In writing the classes have been doing an excellent job writing about their books.  We have been working on silent e.  In reading we have been reading and discussing fables.  Keep reading at home and keep working hard!

3rd grade:  

Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print. This week’s pattern involves r- controlled vowels.

In language, the students will continue working with non-literal language in the form of idioms and similes. They investigate the different idioms and try to find and understand their meanings.

Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on preparing for the ELA AIR Test, which we will be taking next Tuesday and Thursday. The students will be reviewing various skills taught throughout year to help prepare for the test.  We will be using practice test from the state of Ohio, along with teacher created assessments using Edulastic.  The practice tests we will be using will help the students feel more confident with the format on the day of the test.

During math this week, the students are finishing up the chapter on different forms of measurement. They have been working hard on telling time,finding elapsed time and working with measurement of length, volume, and mass. The next chapter will focus on finding perimeter and area.

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. Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.

4th grade:  

Reading:  This week students will be completing the Reading AIR Test.

Math:  Students are working on fractions and geometry skills, as well as reviewing for the AIR Test.

Social Studies:  Students continue to learn about Ohio history, government, and economics.  

Writing:  Students are working on reading texts and responding through writing.

Science:  Students are learning about measurement and states of matter in science.


Physical Education: I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable spring break!  Time flies when we are having fun, and now it is time to get back to PE!  I am so excited for the fun and exciting things we have coming in PE!  This week students in third and fourth grade are ready to tackle the mile run and the timed planks!  We have been working so hard all school year and ready to beat our times from the beginning of the school year!  Students in grades one and two are also ready to get their bodies moving!  We will be focusing on cardio, chasing, fleeing, and dodging!  Teamwork will be essential in the upcoming activities!  Sportsmanship is going strong, as always!  Keep it up, Elda!

Art: Students in fourth grade are working at stations in art.  One of our stations is Computer Art:  Students are working cooperatively how to make I-movies.  Students first take pictures with the computer program Photobooth then import their photos into I-movie.  Once their photos are imported students then use words, transitions, and music to make their own I-movie.  Some of the other stations students can go to are Digital camera, colored pencils, painting, drawing, and jewelry making.  Each week we will add different stations.


1st Grade: New Notes Galore!  In first grade we have just learned about our new rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di.  We are using them in all kinds of songs and games.  We are working hard to put our steady beat skills to use when playing on the barred instruments.

2nd Grade: This month 2nd grade will be creating lots of rhythms and songs.  We will be working with some “egg”-cellent rhythms soon to create our own songs for the Easter Bunny!

3rd Grade: Singing, playing, and creating; we are having so much fun in the music room.  3rd grade is using all the concepts they have learned this year and applying them to all kinds of songs in the music room.

4th Grade: We have begun working on our concert.  This year we will be creating songs all about things that happen at night.  4th Graders will be performing their concert on Tuesday May 2nd!