In the Classroom 3/5/18 - 3/9/18

posted Mar 5, 2018, 11:26 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Kevin Henkes.  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 chapter 7.  Chapter 7 focuses on representing, counting, and writing the numbers from 11 to 20. In writing workshop, we are sharing our favorite opinion stories and getting ready to clean out our writing folders!

1st grade:  

Daily 5- In reading groups, we are going to be working on identifying pronouns. Students will work on identifying pronouns in a sentence while reviewing other parts of speech. We are continuing to work hard in work on writing and word work stations!  

Math- This week, we are continuing our work with two dimensional shapes. Students will continue to identify vertices and number of sides of each shape. We are also working on dividing shapes into halves and fourths. Students are so excited to see shapes all around our classrooms and school!

Writing Workshop- This week in writing we will be taking our on demand writing tests! Students have been working so hard on teaching their readers about a topic. It is time to show what they have learned! I am excited to see the amazing stories they come up with.

Science-This week we will be investigating plants! We will be taking a look at the plant life cycle and studying what a plant needs to survive.

2nd grade:

Reading:  This week we will read about the Wright Brothers.  We will work on Author’s Purpose, main idea and details, and answering questions about these famous inventors.  

Writing:  We are writing opinions about books.  This week we wrote opinions about characters.  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 8 and 9.  Students are measuring the length of objects.

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 are angry. Ask your child how he/she could calm down if he/she is having a strong feeling.

  1. Use your stop signal

  2. Name your feeling

  3. Take belly breaths

  4. Count

  5. Be assertive when communicating your problem.

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 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 be working with basic prefixes, to understand how they change the meaning of base/root words.

During math this week, the students will be wrapping up our fractions unit. They have worked to identify fractions, create fractions, locate fractions on a number line, compare fractions, order fractions, and find equivalent fractions. The students have worked to find equivalent fractions including models, fraction tiles, and cross multiplying.

Writing this week finds the students preparing to, and writing, their on-demand opinion pieces for the end of the quarter. Students will write their own thesis, supporting evidence, and conclusions to substantiate their opinions.

Students have begun our science unit on matter! We have been discussing the three phases of matter and the differences in their particles. Students will continue to explore the various states of matter throughout this unit. They will also be discussing how substances can change states.

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.  To begin the week, students will work on creating instruments for our sound STEAM project with Mrs. Croskey.  They will be sharing these instruments in science, and using them in music. The week will end with students learning about the difference between conductors and insulators of heat.   

Social Studies:  We are finishing up our chapter on the War of 1812 and beginning our study of the Transportation Revolution. First boats, first steam engine, how it worked and how it revolutionized American travel and trade industry. Students will gain an understanding of how railroads and canals were built - by hand! Homework this week includes finding out where their ancestors are from - Family Tree.


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

Monday-Tuesday-Rename Fractions and Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.6-homework, pages 421-422  or page 422 and Enrichment 7.6).

Wednesday--Add and Subtract Mixed Numbers (Lesson 7.7-homework, pages 427-428 or page 428 and Enrichment 7.7).  

Thursday-Subtraction with Renaming (Lesson 7.8).  

Friday-Assessment-Subtract Fractions Using Models, Add and Subtract Fractions and Rename Fractions and Mixed Numbers (Lessons 7.4-7.6).

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

Monday-Generate Equivalent Fractions (Lesson 6.2, homework, pages 337-338 or page 338 and Enrichment 6.2)).   

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

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

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

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

Monday and Tuesday - Quiz over lesson 5.2-5.6.  Then lesson 6.1, equivalent fractions. Homework will be pages 331-332 or lesson 6.1 PMT.

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

Thursday and Friday - Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.2.  Then lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday - Lesson 5.5, prime and composite numbers.  Homework will be pages 309-310 or lesson 5.5 PMT.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Quiz over lesson 5.2-5.6.  Then lesson 6.1, equivalent fractions. Homework will be pages 331-332 or lesson 6.1 PMT.

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

Friday-Quiz over lessons 6.1-6.2.  Then lesson 6.3, reducing fractions to simplest form.  Homework will be pages 343-344 or lesson 6.3 PMT.

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


Physical Education: All students are jump roping, and rocking it!  The last day for Jump Rope for Heart was March 2nd!  The American Heart Association truly appreciates all the hard work and generosity from all students and their families!  We will continue jump roping this week with an activity called Jump Rope Battleship! Students will put their jump rope skills to the test with a team work activity!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days.

Art: Students in grade 2 are completing Easter coloring pages of bunny rabbits.  Students are also completing art show pictures in the art room. Our second graders are working on collaborative art projects for the art show as well.  We will be completing a feather project inspired by artist Kelsey Montague. Kelsey Montague created wing art where wings are painted all over the world and people can stand between the wings and have their pictures taken.  We will have a photograph area for our student’s created wings so everyone visiting the art show can have a photo taken. Everyone can take part in our art! Some second graders are finishing hot air balloon collage pictures with their photo of their self included.   


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!