In the Classroom 5/2-5/6

posted May 2, 2016, 12:41 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week the kindergarteners are learning all about caterpillars and butterflies.  We will be reading both fiction and nonfiction books about butterflies this week and learning all about the butterfly life cycle.  We will be adding the sight word "go" to our word wall.  In writing workshop, we are practicing writing introductions and conclusions that will help the reader gain a better understanding of the writer's how-to story.  In math, we are wrapping up our 3D shape unit by comparing and contrasting the different attributes of the sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid.


1st grade:  First graders are wrapping up the year with opinion writing in which they state reasons for how they feel or what they think about an array of topics. They can show evidence of their opinions beyond "it's awesome" and "it's so good". They are on their way to being second grade writers in which they will develop this skill even more next school year. 

In preparation for the upcoming Zoo trip, they are researching some incredible animals. They are able to use various forms of information from books to online resources. They really enjoy the fun facts they find and will share all of this knowledge with classmates soon. 

As the weather continues to warm, it is the perfect time to plant flowers and watch them grow. Most classroom have lima beans sprouting in the windows with just a wet paper towel and plastic baggie, as well as sunflower seeds planted in soil as we take care of providing adequate sunlight and water. We are hoping for some mature sunflowers to continue growing as students take these home and nurture. 

May will be a month of fun activities as we continue to learn. Have a great week!


2nd grade:  Second grade students have started a new reading unit about fairy tales!  Students will learn about characteristics of fairy tales.  We will also discuss characters within the story and different points of view.  Students will learn about the structure of the fairy tale, including how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.  This week students are reading and listening to different versions of Cinderella!  Math continues to focus data and graphing.  Students will write poetry for the rest of the year in writing.


3rd grade:  Reading- Our exploration of figurative language continues as we review idioms, explore similes and metaphors and practice using them to enhance our reading and writing.  This week we will be focusing on elements of poetry as we explore the use of figurative language and how understanding it aids our reading experience.

Math- Wrapping up perimeter and area means that we now get to focus on two dimensional shapes.  We can’t wait to show off with all of the new vocabulary we are learning!

Science/SS- Now that we are certain of the properties of each of the three states of matter, we will be experimenting to see if we can determine states of matter without seeing them.  We will then put our tech skills to work as we create a slideshow detailing everything we have learned about states of matter, including their properties and how they can change form.  Once we finish that, we will begin a unit on economics.

Spelling-In spelling, we will be working on our individual word pattern of the week.  Throughout the week students will be doing a variety of sorts that relate to the week’s spelling pattern.  Students will also be forming “Million Dollar Sentences” with their high frequency words.

Language- In language, we will learn and reinforce where to add commas in addresses. Pretty soon we will be addressing letters like pros!

Writing- In writing, the students will continue working on adapting fairy tales. The students have read classics and then made changes to the characters, settings, motivations, and solutions. We can’t wait to turn these amazingly creative stories into books at the end of the year!


4th grade: Math - This week in math, students will continue working with fractions.  Specifically they will be finding common denominators and then comparing fractions.  Once that is mastered, they will then be putting fractions in order from least to greatest or greatest to least.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.

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.  Now that students have selected a thesis statement, they will begin to write leads and endings for their literary essays.

Science - In science students are learning about ecosystems.  How they change rapidly, and how they change slowly.  

Social Studies - Grandparents/VIP day is coming up and students are going to begin interviewing their grandparents/VIP about their childhood.  On Grandparents/VIP day the class will share what they found.


Art: Students in art are working at stations.  The stations are as follows: Digital photography, oil pastels, painting, drawing, and computer art.  Students are also learning about a variety of architects and their designs.  Students are completing their Carnival posters and Carnival signs.  This Friday May 6 is Elda’s school Carnival at R.M.S. 5:00-8:30.  Be sure to mark your calendars to enjoy a fun filled evening!  


Physical Education:  Students in the 4th grade will be playing a modified game of ultimate frisbee.  We will use a ball instead of the frisbee.  This is an excellent movement game that will hopefully have us prepared for the mile run.  Our students still have one more physical test this year, the mile, in early May.  I encourage my students to get outside and practice before this test.


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