In the Classroom 8/29-9/2

posted Aug 29, 2016, 12:13 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten students will be learning about colors and color words.  In writing workshop, we will begin learning all about how to write narrative stories.  In math, we will begin our first Go Math unit focusing on how to count, represent, and write the numbers from 0-5.  Kindergarten students will also take their first MAP tests in the computer lab this week.  We are continuing to work on building routines within the classroom.

1st grade:  This week first graders are in full swing with routines and expectations. Teachers have had a great couple of weeks getting to know the students and have begun baseline data to form instructional reading groups. MAP testing round one is finished! Students will test again in the winter and are expected to show a lot of growth in areas of reading and math. First grade students are working with addition concepts and various adding strategies within ten. They are exploring math in calendar work and developing strong skills in using various teaching/learning tools such as number lines, 100's grids and manipulatives. They are increasing their responsibility skills with keeping up with homework and center work, and doing a fabulous job at making choices! It is going to be a great year!

2nd grade: It’s hard to believe that we are already starting the third week of school!  In math, students will learn to write numbers in different ways.  They will write the number in word form, expanded form, and standard form.  We will continue to study place value concepts with tens and ones.  Students will explore patterns when counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s.  We will use these patterns to help solve story problems.  

In reading, students are being introduced to reading stations or Daily 5.  Students will work independently or with a partner at different stations so that the teacher can read with small groups or individual students.  This week students are focusing on the beginning, middle, and end of a fictional story.

Students are writing narratives.  They will practice choosing a topic, planning their ideas, and stretching the story over several pages.  It’s going to be a great week!

3rd grade:  The students are finishing up our spelling pretests so that we can establish individualized high frequency word lists for each child. This week in spelling students will be choosing the own personalized spelling words based on this week’s spelling pattern, which is short vowel sounds.  We will use this pattern to sort words in different ways, such as open sorts, closed sorts, and speed sorts.  They will be using their personalized spelling words to write sentences and for homework.

In language, the students review nouns and categorizing them. This week’s focus will be identifying common and proper nouns.

During Guided Reading and Centers, the teachers will begin assessing the students for their DRAs. While the teacher is working with students independently, the rest of the class is working on their center work that reinforces ELA skills. The teacher is also guiding the students through these at this point in order to get the kids understanding what is expected of them in each center.  We will also be discussing what “real reading” means and practice this skill using thinking stems, such as, “I’m wondering..., I’m feeling…, etc.

We have started our Go Math series this week and math centers. We are focusing on rounding numbers to the nearest tens and hundreds. We will be using our rounding skills to estimate sums.  We will also practice different methods to add.

In writing, the students will brainstorm ideas for their personal narratives and practice writing with writing sprints

In science, we will continue our unit on Earth’s Resources. We have learned about renewable and nonrenewable resources  We will be completing experiences about solar, wind, hydro energy.

4th grade:  Students are reading literature, they are working together discussing characters, setting, and events drawing on specific details in the text. Language Arts time is also busy with writing! Our young authors are working on realistic fiction stories, again, keying in on developing relatable characters and establishing a setting for their story. We are working collaboratively to come up with exciting leads to really “hook” readers in! Fourth graders continue to work on map skills this week; cardinal and intermediate directions along with knowing their global address. Place value and number sense continues to be a focus in math this week as well.


Media Center: MAP testing continues in the Media Center this week, with our Kindergarten classes.  We have added 4 chromebook carts to the 2nd grade classrooms this week. We now have carts with devices in every classroom!

Art:  Students in Grade 2 are working on a variety of fall projects.  Some classes have made giant sunflower crayon resist pictures.  Students drew the flowers close up then outlined in thick black crayon, and painted them with watercolor and fluorescent tempera paint.  Second grade classes will be participating in the first ever drawings of dog and cat show pictures grades 1-4.  This is a fun way for students to explore how to draw pets from shapes, add texture lines, and color.  We will be having a gallery showing of the pet portraits in September.  This week we will be printing leaves as a collaborative project grades 1-4 and displaying their prints in our hallways.  

Physical Education:  We are having fun in physical education!  All students are continuing to work on their awesome sportsmanship!  The students in grades one and two will be focusing on their pathways!  We will challenge our balance skills going zig-zag, straight, and curved.  Students in grade three and four will be focusing on their locomotor skills!  Please remember to wear gym  shoes on P.E. days!  

Music: 1st Grade: We are having so much fun in music class.  Students are singing and dancing to all kinds of songs.  We are learning about the steady beat of music and how to tap it on our body.  We get to use our singing, whisper, talking, and calling voices.

2nd Grade: 2nd grade students are starting off reviewing rhythm notes we learned about in 1st  grade.  We are saying these notes, clapping them, and even playing them on instruments.  Students will be learning some fun dances to move their bodies to.

3rd Grade: The 3rd grade concert is the first one of the year, October 10th!!! We will be doing a concert all about the Olympics! Students are learning how to sing and play songs about different events.  We will even be learning some songs from Brazil to share with family and friends at the concert.

4th Grade: 4th graders are starting off by reviewing how to play instruments and how to teach themselves melodies on the instruments.  We will be learning about different meters and rhythmic sequences that we can use in harder songs.