In the Classroom 4/4/17 - 4/7/17

posted Apr 4, 2017, 9:40 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Insects and Bugs.  Students will be listening to stories about different kinds of insects and discussing the information presented within the stories.  In math, we are beginning our unit on identifying and describing two-dimensional shapes.  In writing workshop, we are continuing to write how-to stories.  Students are working on including multiple steps when writing their how-to stories.  They are also reading their stories to make sure they include the most important steps.

1st grade:  

  • Reading-Focuses during guided reading include retelling stories from beginning to end and identifying facts vs. opinions. The end of the year reading benchmark is an instructional level J.

  • Writing- In Writer’s Workshop this quarter we will be focusing on writing reviews and opinion pieces. The unit begins with teaching students that writing can give them a way to make and defend important decisions, such as “Which is my best beanie baby?  My best baseball cap?  Action figure? Which is second best?  Which is the worst?”  Children will learn to write their judgments and their reasons for those judgments and to organize their reasons and supply supporting details for those reasons.  In first grade, the expectations for opinion writing are that students will compose pieces in which they introduce the topic they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.

  • Math- This week first graders will begin chapter 5 of the Go Math program. This chapter focuses on addition and subtraction relationships. Students will learn how relating addition and subtraction can help them better understand facts within 20.

  • Science- Students will focus on force and motion this week.

2nd grade:

Second graders have a special guest speaker this week.  Jennifer Ketchmark, a meteorologist from Channel 9, will be speaking to students on Wednesday!  This goes along with the weather unit that students started this quarter!

In reading, students will be learning about folktales this week!  We are going to be looking at folktales from cultures around the world.  This week, we will focus on African folktales.  Students will practice recounting the folktale and discussing the moral or what the folktale explains.  

In math, students are working on measurement.  Students are measuring objects in inches and feet.  They are deciding what tool (inch ruler, yardstick, or measuring tape) would be best to measure objects around the room.  We continue to do math fact quizzes each week.  Please continue to practice math facts at night!  

In writing, students are writing opinion letters about books they are reading.  They are focusing on writing opinions about characters and parts of the story.  It's going to be a great week!

3rd grade:  

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.

In language, the students will continue working with non-literal language in the form of idioms and similes. They investigate the different idioms and try to find and understand their meanings.

Reading mini-lessons this week are going to focus on preparing for the ELA AIR Test, which we will be taking Tuesday and Thursday.  The practice tests we have been using will help the students feel more confident with the format on the day of the test.

During math this week, the students are finishing up the chapter on different forms of measurement. They have been working hard on telling time,finding elapsed time and working with measurement of length, volume, and mass. The next chapter will focus on finding perimeter and area.

The last quarter of writing is focusing on adapting fairy tales into our own narratives. The students will read classics, and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions.

Science finds us wrapping up our unit on matter. The students have been studying the different phases of matter and how their atoms are arranged. Our last unit in Social Studies will focus on Decisions and Economics.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are learning about plot and character details in fiction texts.  When reading nonfiction, students are learning and practicing using details to find problem and solution, as well as cause and effect.

Math:  Students are working on fractions and geometry skills, as well as reviewing for the AIR Test.

Social Studies:  Students continue to learn about Ohio history, government, and economics.  

Writing:  Students are working on reading texts and responding through writing.

Science:  Students are learning about measurement and states of matter in science.


Physical Education: Elda students sure are moving in PE!  Third and fourth graders have been working so hard in their fitness exercises!  We will be wrapping spring results up in the next couple weeks.  The pacer running test is coming up!  The pacer is always a kid favorite!  The first and second graders continue to work on our throwing, rolling, dodging, and teamwork activities!  This week we will be finishing up Pinball and moving into Turmiopallo!  We are all working hard on our sportsmanship and many movement skills!  All students, myself included, are anxiously waiting for some sunshine to get PE outside!

Art: Students in first grade 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!