In the Classroom 9/12-9/16

posted Sep 13, 2016, 7:20 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in kindergarten we will be focusing on exploring the five senses.  Students will be listening to books by Eric Carle to gain a better understanding of each of the five senses.  In math we are finishing up our first unit focusing on the numbers 0-5.  In writing workshop, students are focusing on adding pages to their stories and adding more detail.

1st grade:  We have been busy bees in first grade!  

*In math we are exploring numbers: equivalent names for whole numbers, place value, combinations of 5 and 10, skip counting, odd and even numbers, adding on and sequencing numbers from 0-120.  

*In science we’ve learned what it means to be a scientist.  We all ask questions and try different ways to answer them. We are eager to learn all about apples and John Chapman!

*In writing we are continuing to compose personal narrative stories.  Ask your child to tell you some strategies they’ve used to revise their “small moment stories.”  

*In reading we are continuing word work with sight words, rhymes, building reading fluency, and reading “just right” books.  Ask your first grader to tell you about our Daily 5 Centers!  We are working on building our “reading stamina” during center time.  

*In social studies, we learned what it means to be a good citizen.  We created classroom rules together that incorporated good citizenship traits and our Elda pledge:

Be respectful.

Be responsible.

Be a peaceful problem solver.

2nd grade: This week in reading, students will practice asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading a book.  We will continue to work in reading stations so students can receive individualized instruction that meets their specific needs.

In math, students will learn addition strategies to build math fluency!  We will practice using doubles facts (1+1, 2+2, etc.), making tens to add, adding 3 addends, and using related addition and subtraction facts (fact families).

During writing workshop, students will practice writing focused small moment stories.  We will work on zooming in on a specific topic to develop the story.  Students will practice using details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, too!

In science, students will learn about worms!  We will focus on how living things can change the environment.  On Friday, we will celebrate Constitution Day.  Classes will read the book We the Kids.  We will review or write our class promise.  It’s going to be a great week!

3rd grade:  Students are working on individualized spelling words this week. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.

In language, the students are studying conjunctions. They have been practiced using conjunctions such as “and, but, so, etc” to join together sentences. They’ve watched and enjoyed the classic “Conjunction Junction.”

During reading this week, we are working with Story Elements. Story elements include the setting, characters, problem, key events and solution. Using mentor texts, students will work to master identifying each of these elements of a story. This will really help us when we start summarizing!

During math, we are shifting focus to subtraction. This week we will work on several strategies, such as rounding, using number lines and compatible numbers to subtract. Students will also practice using place value to subtract. These strategies will help students become fluent in subtraction. Have your kiddo teach you their favorite strategy.

In 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 picture their story and telling their story bit by bit.

In science, 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 working on understanding texts through analysis.  Students will be looking for details in both nonfiction and fiction texts that allow them to make inferences, identify the main idea, and answer questions that require deep thinking and interpretation.

Writing: Students continue to work on realistic fiction narratives.  These narratives will be about a realistic event, but since they are fiction, will be an event that hasn’t happened yet.

Math: Students continue to work on place value, number concepts, and are beginning to learn strategies of multiplication.  Continue to practice multiplication facts.

Science: Students continue to learn about the water cycle, as well as Earth’s landforms.

Social Studies:  Students are beginning to learn about the first people to live in Ohio, as well as make connections between map skills, timelines, and these groups.


Art:  Students in fourth grade are working on animal portraits. They will be creating two dog portraits and two cat portraits.  Students will be drawing their animal portraits in pencil and coloring them in with crayon.  Best animal portraits will be added to the September Cat and Dog Art Gallery show in the hallway by the art room or in the art room.  Students will receive a certificate if their animal portraits are on display in the gallery. There are many awesome art displays in Elda’s hallway now.  Mr. Jefferson has drawings of gigantic insects on display showing use of pencil and shading techniques.  Mrs. Helmes’ class has creative mixed media abstract portraits of their self dreaming of something like being a soccer player, etc.  Mr. Kiefer's’ class has drawings of theirself moving up to fourth-grade.  

Physical Education:  Students in Physical Education are staying active!  This week in grades one and two, students will have fun with their movement patterns and motor skills!  Students will be applying strategies and tactics to this week’s fun game Keeper of the Castle!  In grades three and four, students will be focusing on their throwing and catching skills in a teamwork activity.  Lots of movement and fun will be happening in the gym!!

Media Center: One-to-one! We now have carts with devices in every classroom!

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.