In the classroom 9/21 - 9/25

posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:36 AM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten:  This week in Kindergarten we are learning about the signs of fall!  We will be hunting for signs of fall, looking at different leaves, and discussing all the characteristics of fall.  In math we are practicing how to identify and write the numbers 0-10.  Our new sight word this week is "like".  We are continuing to practice how to write true, personal narratives in writing workshop by thinking before we write and stretching out all the sounds we hear in words.  Students are continuing to practice the Phonics Dance and after this week your student will know the songs for the letters A-S.  Make sure to ask your kindergartener to sing you the Phonics Dance! 

1st grade:  First graders are off and running...literally! They have been preparing for the mile run in P.E. class this week and have enjoyed training a half mile at a time. They continue to learn new things each day as they build on their Phonics Dance Hunks and Chunks chant. First graders are typically reading at a level B or C at this time and are able to decode unfamiliar words using these "chants" learned in Hunks and Chunks. Sharon Edwards from Miami University Environmental Mobile Unit, will be visiting them to do a hands-on science exploration of all types of delicious apples! First graders are amazing and are adjusting well to the all day routine of school developing STAMINA!  

2nd grade:  It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through the first quarter!  In reading, students are working in small, guided reading groups.  Students read and work with books that are at their individual levels!  This week classes will begin focusing on asking and answering questions with fictional stories.  Students know that when they ask and answer questions about what they read, it helps them to better understand the story!  

In writing, students are writing personal narratives.  Second grade is focusing in on writing about special small moment stories.  Students have been working hard to write a beginning that includes the setting or an action that hooks the reader.  In the middle, students have been practicing zooming in and giving lots of details.  This week we will introduce writing an ending that gives closure to the story.  

Weekly math lessons have focused on using a variety of addition strategies. Students are also writing to explain how they solve math problems.  All second graders have started to take math fact quizzes in class.  Please continue practicing these at home!  

3rd grade: The students will have their second week of word study this week. The students will work with short o. Students will have their own individualized word lists that will come home on the newsletter. Five of the words will come from the spelling pattern and the other five will come from their high frequency word list. Tests will be given on Friday. For Counts and Broering, students will take their spelling tests on their spelling day. Their spelling feature words will come home on this day as well.

In language, the students are continuing to study conjunctions. They will learn how to use conjunctions, such as, and, but, so, or, to form complex sentences.

In reading, we will be reviewing metacognition and focusing on story elements. Teachers will be using read aloud to help introduce characters, setting, problem and solution as well as the plot. We will be using graphic organizers to complete the story elements lessons.

Then, during Guided Reading and Centers, students will be put into guided reading groups and focus on story elements with books/selections on their reading levels. While the teacher is working with students independently, the rest of the class is working on their center work that reinforces ELA skills.

During math, we are diving right into our new Go Math series. This week we will be reviewing addition strategies and diving into subtraction strategies. The students have been introduced to games from the Grab and Go Center so that they can work independently when we begin stations.

In writing, this week we will be working from our Units of Study for narrative writing. We will be generating ideas to write about by thinking of a person, place or object who matters to them and then writing small moments that happened with it.

In science, we continue our unit on Earth’s Resources. We will continue study of rocks and soil. Students will complete several hands-on experiments with rocks, minerals and soil. We will be heading into energy next!

4th grade: Math - This week in math, students will be working on understanding place value.  Knowing the places in our number system and the value of digits in numbers.  They will also be practicing comparing, ordering, and rounding numbers to given places.  Another focus for the week will be finding exact and estimated sums and differences.

Reading - Reading this week will be more practice for students on listening to their own thoughts as they are reading.  They are learning to make connections, inferences, responses, and asking questions as they read.  They will also be learning to recognize when they are learning new things while reading.

Language Arts - Students are working on identifying and writing good sentences with subjects and predicates.  They are also continuing to work on their fictional narratives for the quarter.  They will be using those ideas to write scenes, storyboards, and leads.

Science - In science, students are learning what it means to be a scientist.  They are asking questions, learning about the scientific method, and what it takes to make experiments fair.

Social Studies - Map skills have been the focus so far in social studies.  Using the cardinal and intermediate directions, as well as map scales.  Students will also be learning to read and create timelines based on significant events in history and their own lives.


Music: 3rd Grade students are hard at work on their Concert!! This year’s concert is on October 29th and is all about Halloween!  We have been singing, moving and playing instruments getting ready.  The students are very excited about all the spooky songs they are learning.

Media Center: Third grade students started Media last week by discussing part of the Elda Pride Pledge.  We talked about what it looks like to be respectful, responsible and a peaceful problem solver in the Media Center.  We also discussed Accelerated Reader and their goals for this year.  This week third graders will be learning about Acceptable Use Policies and what that means when they are using the internet at school and at home.

Art: Students in grade three in art have been creating colorful leaf compositions by drawing leaves.  Students then colored in leaf shapes with crayon and painting with watercolor.  Students created optical illusions by drawing patterned lines and coloring in with markers.  Students have also been creating fall landscapes drawing trees from a different perspective.

Physical Education:  Students in the 3rd grade have been training for the past four weeks to run the half mile.  We have done such an amazing job with our in class training regimen that the students are four weeks ahead of schedule from last year and we are ready to begin testing this week!!  I am very happy with their hard work at the beginning of the year.  I hear so many more students this year who love to run.  We will begin the first thematic unit, basketball, following the half-mile run.  Students have been reminded to continue to work on their homework of push-ups and sit-ups 3 times a week.  Please keep this web address handy for class information and other homework information.

Looking forward to an awesome year!