In the Classroom 4/24/17 - 4/28/17

posted Apr 25, 2017, 7:38 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Frogs!  Students will be learning about the Life Cycle of a Frog and learning other interesting facts about frogs.  This information will help prepare the students for their field trip next week!  In math, we are beginning our unit on measurement.  In writing workshop, we are preparing for our 4th quarter, on-demand writing piece. Kindergarten will kick off the week with their Grandparent’s Day celebration!

1st grade:  

Boy, have our first graders been working diligently and stretching their brains!  We are ready to finish the year off strong!  

*In math we have explored the relationship between numbers by learning all about fact families.  We are finishing up our final math unit that includes double digit addition and subtraction.  Be on the lookout for our First Grade Math Memory Book.

*In science we learned all about the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, energy, and force & motion.  Ask your kiddo about our “roller coaster challenge!”  

*In writing we are wrapping up our opinion unit.  Students are eager to delve into our animal research unit next!

*Upcoming end-of-year assessments include: MAP (Measure of Academic Progress), 100 sight word assessments, 100 spelling word assessment, writing on-demand, assessment, science and social studies common quarterly assessments, and the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment).  Your first grader has worked so hard and they are ready to show us what they know!

2nd grade:

Second graders will travel to the Great American Ballpark on Tuesday!  We will participate in a social studies program, learn about baseball history in the Hall of Fame, and tour the ballpark!  Reading this week continues to focus on fairy tales.  Students will read different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We will compare the different versions of the story and discuss different points of view.  Math will focus on metric measurement.  Poetry continues to be the focus for writing.  This week students are stretching out comparative language throughout their entire poems!

3rd grade:  

This week is the last week of important testing in third grade! Students will take the MAP reading assessment on April 25 and the MAP Math assessment on April 27.

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 finds the students studying comparative (er) and superlative (est) adjectives and adverbs.

In language, the students will be working on comparatives and superlatives adjectives and adverbs as well. Comparative forms of adjectives and adverbs compare two people or things. Superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs compare three or more people or things.

Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on the moral or lesson of a story. This ties in with the fairy tales we are working on in writing.

The students continue work on their fairy tale adaptations in writing. They are enjoying using traditional fairy tales as mentor texts and making their own versions by changing elements such as the characters, the setting, and the events. The students are also working to add action and dialogue in their adaptations as well as tethering objects to a character.

We are starting our last unit in math this year will teach the students all about two-dimensional shapes. This week we will be describing plane shapes, talking about different angles and will be able to identify polygons.

The students will be finishing up their unit on economics in social studies this week. They have been learning about budgets, producers, consumers, decisions, renewable and nonrenewable resources, human resources, and capital resources. We will be watching a series of videos called “Econ and Me” to wrap everything up! The last thing we will cover in social studies this year is geography.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are working on reading texts and finding meaning of passages.  Students are also working on interpreting what authors say between the lines.  

Math:  Students continue to learn and practice various math concepts to get ready for fifth grade.

Social Studies:  Students will take the Social Studies AIR test this week.

Science:  Students will take the Science MAP test this week.

Writing:  Students are continuing to work with example texts to compare and contrast characters, and look for similar themes as they write responses.  


Physical Education: Time sure flies when we are having fun!  All Elda students are working so hard in PE!  We are enjoying the sunshine with going outside as much as we can!  This week in PE with the first and second graders, students will focus on their speed, specific ball skills, and teamwork in Steal the Ball!  Students in third and fourth grade, students will focus on their agility, teamwork, strategy, and speed in an activity call Invade and Conquer!  We are getting closer and closer to Field Day!  We look forward to the YMCA helping out and running the stations!  We hope to see you here to spend the fun day with your child!  

Art: Students are working at stations in art.  Students are learning how to use the Photobooth program to create pictures of themselves with a variety of effects.  Some of our other stations are painting, drawing, building sculptures, cartooning and jewelry making, etc.  Our stations change every week.


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!