In the Classroom 5/1 - 5/5

posted May 2, 2017, 1:31 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is the Ocean and Fish. Students will be listening to a variety of stories on these two themes.  In math, we are continuing our unit on measurement.  Students are comparing heights and weights of objects.  In writing workshop, we are completing our final on-demand story.  This story will be scored and sent home in report cards at the end of the school year. Kindergarten will finish the week with their Field Trips to Farbach Werner Nature Preserve!

1st grade:  

Reading- This week in reading, we are focusing on making connections during Daily 5. We are working hard on reviewing skills we have learned this year as the year is coming to an end!

Math- This week we are working hard on chapter 8 of GoMath! This chapter is all about solving addition and subtraction problems using two digit numbers!

Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are taking our ON Demand writing test on opinion writing. Students had so much fun with this unit writing reviews on their favorite movies, toys, restaurants, and more! Ask your first grader to share their “best” review!

We will start Animal Research this week! We are going to be using animal books, websites, and other resources to find facts about animals! Each first grader will be able to chose an animal, research it, and finally put together a report on their animal! Just in time for our field trip to the Zoo- how fun!

2nd grade:

It is hard to believe that it is the last month of school already!  We will be working hard during this last month so that students will be prepared for third grade.  In reading, students continue to read fairy tales.  Students read the original version of a fairy tale and then compare it to other versions of the same story.  In writing, students are working on poetry.  They are working hard to use comparisons in their poems.  We are finishing up the last couple of chapters in our math program.  They focus on graphing data and metric measurement.  It is going to be a busy 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. 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.