In the Classroom 9/18 - 9/22

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:32 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week Kindergarteners will be finishing up our first chapter in GoMath!  We learned about numbers 1 through 5 and how to represent those numbers.  

It’s been a busy first weeks of school.  We’ve learned how to become responsible Elda students and how to be kindergarten learners in our classroom.  The learning fun continues this week as we focus on seasons, especially the fall season!  

As writers, we are learning how to be independent and become strong each day by stretching out words.  We have many good stories to tell, now we need to practice putting them on paper!

1st grade:  

Boy, are we having fun in first grade!  

In reading we continue to employ a variety of reading strategies to decode text.  Please take time to practice first grade sight words, hunks-and-chunks and vowel sounds with your firsty!

In writing workshop, children are composing personal narrative (small moment) stories with correct capitalization, punctuation and a beginning, middle and end.  Keeping a daily journal or diary is an excellent way to practice writing skills at home!

Our little mathematicians have been busy adding numbers and learning those combinations of ten!  Ask your child to tell you what an addend and a sum is!

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 explore 3-digit numbers.  They will practice making the numbers with base ten blocks, write the numbers in expanded form, discuss place value, and talk about value of the digits.  We will continue to do math fact quizzes!  These weekly quizzes will help build our math fact fluency so that students are able to add and subtract quickly.  This basic skill with help with other more complex skills down the road.

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 in the story, too!

3rd grade:  

Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.

In reading, we will build on our review of story elements as we begin to retell and summarize stories. DRA’s are wrapped up, and students will be placed into guided reading groups! Within these groups, students will be reading and working on comprehension skills at their instructional level.  While the teacher is meeting with groups, students will be engaging in independent reading or centers.

This week in math, we are shifting focus to subtraction. We will work on several strategies, such as rounding and using place value to subtract. These strategies will help students become fluent in subtraction. Have your kiddo teach you a strategy they learned to subtract - teaching is learning! Please keep reinforcing addition and subtraction skills at home.

In writing, students have been working on telling their stories “bit by bit,” and using a storytellers voice to show not tell their story. This week we will reflect on our writing, set more goals to make our writing better and learn to edit as we go. Students will refocus towards the end of the week and rehearse their story as a storyteller many times before writing.

In science, we will continue our study of Earth’s Resources by learning about rocks. Students will study how different rocks are formed. They will be asked classify rocks by similarities in formation, color, and luster. Students will also test rocks for hardness and streak.

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 be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, and the difference between fact and opinion.

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: Students are beginning to learn about weather and erosion.  Students will focus on how these actions change the surface of Earth.  This week, students will complete an experiment to observe how weathering and erosion can happen.  

Reminder:  Water Cycle Display projects are due on September 26th for students who have Mr. Jefferson or Mr. Gray.  They are due September 27th for students who have Mrs. Brosier or Mr. Kiefer.  

Social Studies: Fourth graders have begun a unit of History; learning about the Paleo people of 13,000 years ago! We are studying like archaeologists, discussing primary and secondary sources and what makes an artifact. Students also continue to have geography quizzes; this week’s is on Ohio’s major cities and rivers.


Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-Monday-Subtraction and Estimating Differences (Lesson 1.7, homework-pages 47 and 48 or pg 48 and Enrichment 1.7).  Tuesday-Mid-Chapter Assessment (Lessons 1.1-1.4).  

Wednesday and Thursday-Problem Solving with Addition and Subtraction (Lesson 1.8, homework-pages 53 and 54 or pg 54 and Enrichment Page 1.8).  

Friday-Multiplying by 10s, 100s, and 1000s (Lesson 2.3, possible homework-pages 79 and 80 or pg 80 and Enrichment Page 2.3)

Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-Monday-Adding and Estimating Sums (Lesson 1.6, homework-pages 41 and 42 or pg 42 and Enrichment Page 1.6).  

Tuesday-Mid-Chapter Assessment (Lessons 1.1-1.4).

Wednesday and Thursday-Subtraction and Estimating Differences (Lesson 1.7, homework-pages 47 and 48 or pg 48 and Enrichment 1.7)   

Friday-Problem Solving with Addition and Subtraction (Lesson 1.8)

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: What a great start to the school year in PE!  All students are demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, and maybe even earning a PE star!  This week in PE, students in first and second grade will work on our scooter skills!  We will be traveling throughout the gym on our scooters playing a game called Sharks and Surfers!  Students in third and fourth grade will continue to work towards their fitness goals!  Students will be be going through different fitness stations to get stronger and healthier!  

Art: Students in grade 2 are creating colorful leaf compositions and adding patterns in the background.  Second-grade students are also creating color self-portraits using only blue, green, and purple markers, colored pencils, and crayons.  We are working on our coloring, staying inside our lines, going in one direction as we are coloring, and filling in all white areas to create a complete composition. Students also created fun relief sculptures using a mixed media technique with construction paper, tissue paper, yarn etc...


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.


Kindergarten classes have learned how to use shelfmarkers in the Media Center and checked out their first books! First through fourth grade students reviewed using shelfmarkers and discussed ways to keep the book shelves neat and organized in the Media Center, and who to ask when they need help.