In the classroom 4/18-4/22

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:06 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten we will be learning all about Earth Day and ways we can take care of our earth on a daily basis.  In math we are beginning our unit on three-dimensional shapes.  In this unit we will get to explore many 3-D shapes through comparing the shapes.  During writing workshop we are continuing to add more details to our how-to stories.  We will add the sight word "stop" to our word wall and work with the "ip" word family.


1st grade:

  • Math- We are finishing Chapter 10 this week. This chapter is all about graphing. We will then move on to 2-D shapes, 3-D shapes, and fractions.
  • Reading- Focuses include guided reading groups work, different reading strategies to use, hunks and chunks, and reviewing the skills we have learned this year.
  • Writing- We are in our final unit of writing for the year. Students are working to write opinion pieces. They are using the word “because” to explain their reasons and are working to write convincing reviews of their favorite things.
  • Science- We are learning about Earth Day this week. We are planning on reading different books and doing some fun activities to learn about this important day.

We have our music concert this week at 7:00 at the High School! We are all very excited about it and hope many families will be able to come and enjoy the performance.


2nd grade:

Second graders have been learning about folktales again this week!  We are going to be looking at folktales from cultures around the world.  This week, we focused on Asian and South American folktales.  Students practiced recounting the folktale and discussing the moral or what the folktale explains. In math we continue to work on measurement with a focus on metric. Also, please work on addition and subtraction facts with your child.  We will be wrapping up our unit on opinion writing this week and moving on to poetry. We are looking forward to our field trip next week as well as a visit from Channel 9's meteorologist. 


3rd grade:

Last week we completed our two parts of AIR ELA testing. Students worked hard for the timed sessions and hopefully improved their scores from the fall. This week we begin AIR testing in Math. We have two sessions to complete, and that will be over a two day period as well. The students have been working hard to prepare and practice their test-taking skills so that they can show what they have learned this year in Math.

In spelling, the students will be working with the word pattern of the week: soft and hard g.  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” with their 5 high frequency words.

In language, the students will be working on correctly editing dialogue in sentences by adding commas and quotation marks. 

In reading, our mini-lessons this week we are focusing on comparing and contrasting two literature books by the same author. We will discuss the similarities and differences between the characters, setting and plot.

In math, students will be completing a review on chapter 11 and will also have a test over the skills from this chapter, which revolves around perimeter and area. Our last chapter in Go Math! for the year will teach the students all about two-dimensional shapes.

In writing, the students are continuing to work on adapting fairy tales. The students have read classics, and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions. They are having a great time creating these new narratives which they will turn into books towards the end of the year.

Social studies continues to find us thinking about economic problems! We have discussed budgets and making choices. We have also been learning about profits and costs! We will begin watching “Econ and Me” this week to review what we have learned so far about economics.


4th grade:

Math - Math, math, and more math.  Students will be doing several things in math this week.  They will be comparing fractions, finding equivalent fractions, reducing fractions to the simplest form, and finding common denominators.  Students will also be learning some geometry concepts.  Lines, line segments, rays, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, and quadrilaterals.

Reading - Students will be working in their reading groups.  They are reading novels, tracking their thinking while they are reading, having group discussions, and writing journal entries.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.  

Language Arts - The focus in writing for the quarter will be a literary essay.  Students will be using comics from “Calvin and Hobbes” to help them practice this type of writing.  This week they will be focusing on what struggles characters have and what motivates characters.  They will also be coming up with thesis statements about characters.

Science - In science, students will be learning about different measurement units.  Units of length, weight, mass, and liquid volume in standard and metric units.

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.  Tuesday and Thursday students will be taking their Social Studies AIR tests.