In the classroom 3/7-3/11

posted Mar 7, 2016, 12:20 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten we will explore the world of sounds while learning about jungle animals! We will talk about the difference between loud and soft sounds and how different sounds are made. We will add "let" to our word wall and “ow” to our hunks and chunks. In writing we will start the final few pieces of our Opinion Writing Unit before the end of the quarter. In math, we will be working on non-standard measurement using things in our classroom to measure and compare various objects and even ourselves!


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: We hope everyone is enjoying preparing for the Wax Museum.  The speeches are due on Monday, March 14.  We will take some time to practice our presentations on Monday afternoon.  This will build the students confidence and help make the Wax Museum a huge success.  


In math we have started working on counting money.  The students are doing a great job of counting coins and creating different combinations of coins to represent a value.  One difficulty is identifying quarters and nickels in our math books.  We will keep working on this.


The students are doing an amazing job writing about the books they have read.  They are stating their opinion and giving reasons.  We are working on telling small retellings and avoiding retelling the whole book.


3rd grade:  We only have three weeks left in the third quarter of school. 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: homophones.  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 language, the students will be working on synonyms and antonyms. We will practice using a thesaurus and finding words that mean the same and opposites, along with other activities.


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 end of 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 begun 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 - More division this week.  Students will be learning how to divide using the distributive property and place value.  They will also be learning how to divide using the method of partial quotients.  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 - Students this quarter are writing informational pieces.  They are now working on writing a piece comparing and contrasting the harpy eagle and bald eagle.  They will also continue learning about modal auxiliaries like can, may, and must.


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 -  This week we are still focusing on the Northwest Ordinance and how Ohio became a state.




Media Center:  
This past week all students had the opportunity to nominate their favorite new book for the Buckeye Children’s Book Award. This is an annual award given to one book in each of four categories by children to honor the books children like best. The top five nominations from across the state of Ohio will be announced by April 1, 2016.  Voting will take place between September 1 and November 10, and the winner will be announced in December.



Art: Students in art grades 1-4 are participating in a cartoon bunny rabbit drawing/coloring contest.  Students who are the winners of the contest will be announced at this year’s art show March 17th.  Students are completing art show projects and beginning to create decorations for the show.  



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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