In the classroom 9/11-9/15

posted Sep 11, 2017, 12:19 PM by Jesse Kohls


We are continuing to work in Chapter 1 GoMath!  We are learning how to count and represent numbers 2,3,4 and 5!  Also, we are learning how to properly write these numbers.  

This week classes will start going to computer lab and media.  We are very excited to incorporate these specials into our daily routine.  

During Writing Workshop, we are learning how to think of a story and put our ideas onto paper.  Stretching out sounds and writing what we hear is a huge part of learning how to be a writer!  

1st grade:  

Reading-Focuses during guided reading include using different reading strategies, hunks and chunks, and identifying short vowels. The end of first quarter benchmark is an instructional level D.  In Reading Workshop we will read many books by Eric Carle. We will also practice identifying story elements (character, setting, problem, solution).

Writing- First grade writers will continue to write about small moments. We will sharpen our craft by focusing on important details in small moment stories. All of our stories should contain a beginning, middle, and end.

Math- This week we will continue Chapter 1 of Go Math. This chapter focuses on addition concepts. Students will work on adding numbers within 20.

We are super excited for Grandparent/VIP day!

2nd grade:

It is going to be a busy week in 2nd grade!  Today, we will celebrate Patriot Day.  Students will listen to the book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and complete a booklet about how we can remember the day.  On Wednesday, we will celebrate Grandparents and VIP day!  Students will enjoy a morning of fun activities with an important person in their lives.  Friday is Constitution day!  Students will discuss the Constitution and what it means to be a good citizen.  

This week in reading, students will practice asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading.  Thinking and talking about what we read is an important part of being a good reader!  In math, students will begin Chapter 2 of our math program.  This chapter focuses on numbers to 1,000!  Students will explore different forms of numbers, place value, and counting on and back with different patterns to 1,000.  The focus for writing continues to be personal narratives.  This week, students will write the outside and inside story.  By writing the inside story, students will add feelings to make the story more interesting!  It’s going to be a great week!

3rd grade:  

This week in 3rd grade, we will be MAP testing in Science. We will be finished with MAP testing after this week.

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. This week’s pattern is long E patterns (ee,ea,y,e_e) or Long I (-ie, igh, y, i_e). They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.

During Guided Reading and Centers, the teachers will continue 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.

In language, the students will be reviewing proper nouns and common nouns. We will also be understanding how to use conjunctions in sentences to transform our simple sentences to complex sentences.  

During math, we have been reviewing addition using one of the strategies we learned in our Go Math series. This week in math, we are shifting focus to subtraction. This week we will work on several strategies, such as rounding and using place value to subtract. These strategies will help students become fluent in subtraction. Please keep reinforcing addition and subtraction skills at home.

In writing, this week we will begin working from our Units of Study for narrative writing. Students are focusing on setting goals as writers. They will be utilizing checklists to help them come up with great third grade goals. Throughout the week they will write several true stories in their writer’s notebooks. They will work on showing their story through details. Students will practice picturing their story in their heads and telling their story bit by bit.

In science, we have begun our unit on Earth’s Resources. We have learned about renewable and nonrenewable resources. This week we are learning all about soil. We were lucky to be visited by the “Soil Trailer” this week. The third grade scientists got to explore the inside of this trailer, completing a Soil Scavenger Hunt. They are becoming experts on the different layers and properties of soil.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are learning to analyze texts for deeper understanding.  Students are reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction passages to find deeper meaning in.  While students are reading, they will also be learning about literary elements.  

Writing:  Students are learning about writing realistic fiction narratives.  They are studying example texts to look for details that show a text is realistic.  Students are also working on adding dialogue to show when characters are talking.  

Science:  This week, students will be learning about the water cycle.  We will be learning about different stages such as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.  Learning about the water cycle will help us prepare as we move into learning about changes to Earth’s surface.  

Social Studies: The fourth grade will honor Patriot Day;  discussing the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Students will use age-appropriate text to have age-appropriate conversations  about the events of September 11th.  Students will discuss what it means to be a Patriot.

For Constitution Day we will be using our Ohio Studies Weekly; discussing what is a Constitution, the Preamble, the Bill of Rights, and the right to ask the government to change.


Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-Renaming Numbers (Lesson 1.5, homework-pg 36 and Enrichment 1.5).  

Tuesday-quiz over Lessons 1.3-1.4.  

Wednesday-Adding and Estimating Sums (Lesson 1.6, homework-pg 42 and Enrichment Page 1.6)

Thursday-Subtracting and Estimating Difference (Lesson 1.7, homework-pg 36 and Enrichment 1.5).  

Friday-Subtracting and Estimating Difference (Lesson 1.7, homework-pg 48 and Enrichment 1.7).

Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-Finish Rounding (Lesson 1.4, homework-pg 28 and Enrichment 1.4).  Tuesday-Renaming Numbers (Lesson 1.5).

Wednesday-Quiz over Lessons 1.3-1.4.  

Thursday- Finish Renaming Numbers (Lesson 1.5, homework-pg 36 and Enrichment 1.5).  Friday-Adding and Estimating Sums (Lesson 1.6, homework-pg 42 and Enrichment Page 1.6)

Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)-

Monday and Tuesday-Mid-chapter checkpoint.  Then renaming numbers, lesson 1.5.  Homework will be pages 35-36,  page 36 and Enrichment 1.5, or 1.5 PMT online.  

Wednesday and Thursday-Adding Whole Numbers, lesson 1.6.  Homework will be pages 41-42, page 42 and Enrichment 1.6, or l.6 PMT online.  

Friday-Subtracting Whole Numbers, lesson 1.7.  Homework will be pages 74-48, page 48 and Enrichment 1.7, or 1.7 PMT online.

Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)-

Monday-Rounding, lesson 1.4.  Homework will be pages 27-28 or page 28 and Enrichment 1.4.  Tuesday and Wednesday-Mid-chapter checkpoint.  Then renaming numbers, lesson 1.5.  Homework will be pages 35-36,  page 36 and Enrichment 1.5, or 1.5 PMT online.  

Thursday and Friday-Adding Whole Numbers, lesson 1.6.  Homework will be pages 41-42, page 42 and Enrichment 1.6, or l.6 PMT online. ***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.


Physical Education: We are getting stronger in PE!  Students have been focused on their locomotor skills, fitness exercises, and goals!  This week in physical education, students in first and second grade will demonstrate chasing, invading, and space awareness skills in Keeper of the Castle!  Students in third and fourth grade will demonstrate direction and level changes, teamwork, and invading skills!  We continue to develop outstanding sportsmanship, and could even earn a P.E. star!  

Art: Students in grade one are creating very colorful line designs.  Students are learning how to draw with shapes and how artists use a variety of lines to create pictures.  First graders created circle crayon resist pictures and are painting them with primary colors.   Students will be creating self portraits using a variety of construction paper, then adding yarn hair to complete their pictures.  Students artwork will be on display in Elda’s hallways.  Students who have completed their artwork in class that have done a great job will receive  a Mona Lisa award. Outstanding artwork will be placed in the hallway by the artroom in the Art Gallery.  


1st Grade: We have been having so much fun in 1st grade music.  We have found our singing voices and have started practicing the steady beat.  We move to different types of music and have even been learning some fun folk songs.

2nd Grade: 2nd grade students will be reviewing lots of concepts we covered in first grade.  We practiced some melody and rhythm notes.  Soon we will start playing melodies on the barred instruments.  We love to sing and dance to songs as well.

3rd Grade: From the first day of school 3rd graders have been hard at work on their concert.  We are singing, dancing, and playing instruments in anticipation of our upcoming performance.  Look for a paper soon with more information about the concert.

4th Grade: Review time for 4th grade.  We have been reviewing all sorts of concepts, songs, rhythms, and melodies that we have done in the past.  We just started working on a new rhythm pattern called Syncopa as well as finding songs in different meters.