In the classroom 4/4-4/8

posted Apr 5, 2016, 7:58 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten we are reading books about spring!  We are discussing different characteristics of spring and going on a spring scavenger hunt.  We are continuing to write ‘how to’ stories and we are learning how to create illustrations to help teach the reader more.  In math, we are continuing to discuss subtraction by working with counters and other manipulative materials.  Our new sight word of the week is "by".

1st grade: Math- Keep working 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.

2nd grade: Students came back from Spring Break ready to learn!  In reading, students are learning about fictional texts again!  This week we are focusing on fables.  Students are learning that fables are short stories that usually have animals as characters and teach a lesson.  Students are writing a recounting (summary that includes the characters and main events) of the fables they read and finding the moral (lesson learned) of the fables.  In writing, students are continuing with our unit on opinion writing. The students are going a grade job of making their writing very convincing by using evidence from the text. In math we have moved on to measurement.

 3rd grade: This week we will be switching classes and working on our writing skills that will help us all prepare for ELA AIR testing. Testing will begin in April for all third grade students.

In language, the students will be working on and distinguishing the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases and introducing metaphors and similes.

In reading, our mini-lessons this week we are focusing on Theme.  We will use our schema to ask ourselves what books we have read that relates to topics discussed.  We will be discussing how Theme and the Main Idea of a text are different.  

In math, students are finishing up Chapter 9: Comparing and finding Equivalent Fractions.  The Students will be beginning Chapter 10.  In Chapter 10 we will be reviewing time and introducing elapsed time.

In writing, the students are starting a brand new unit.  Students will be learning how to write fairy tales.  We will be adapting fairy tales as a class, will it be a happy ending…..

This will be our last week on our Science Unit on Matter.  The Ss will be learning all about how all things contain mass and volume.  Ss will rotate through centers and experiment measuring liquids and their volume.

4th grade: Math - You guessed it!  More division this week.  Students will be finding and interpreting remainders.  They will continue completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.

Reading - Students are back to 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 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 -  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.


Art: Students in art this week will be working at different stations in the art room.  Our stations are:  computer art with the photo-booth program, water color painting, drawing, portfolio work, large easel painting and clay station.  The art stations will be changing each week.  We will add photography, oil pastels, 3-D drawings, etc.   Art show art-work will be coming home in the next two weeks.  

Physical Education: Students in the 2nd grade will be taking a couple of PE tests this week.  We are finishing up our right angle push up test.  We continue to practice for our Pacer test at the end of each class.  

The game we are playing for the next couple of weeks is kickball.  This activity will satisfy our kicking assessment and catching assessment as well as give us good practice on defensive tactics for baseball/softball.  Base running and defense are the major areas of focus with this unit.

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