In the Classroom 9/5-9/8

posted Sep 5, 2017, 11:50 AM by Jesse Kohls


Kindergarteners have started Chapter 1 in GoMath!  Chapter one is called Represent, Count, and Write Numbers 0 to 5.  

We also started our Writing Workshop lessons.  Kindergarteners are beginning to realize that they are “writers” too!  Everyday we will be focusing on many different skills to become great writers.  Most classes have learned the alphabet chant and are applying those letter sounds in our writing.

We are continuing  to learn how to be an Elda student each and everyday!

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 begin Chapter 1 of Go Math. This chapter focuses on addition concepts. Students will work on adding numbers within 20.

2nd grade:

It was nice to have a long weekend, but we are ready to get back to learning!  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 work in 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 continue to practice telling how the beginning introduces the story, the middle usually has a problem, and the end concludes the action.

Students are writing narratives.  They will practice choosing a topic, planning their ideas, and stretching the story over several pages.  We have been working hard on making our stories readable!  To do this, we have focused on using our best spelling, good capitalization and punctuation, spacing, and neat handwriting.

3rd grade:  

This week in 3rd grade, we will be MAP testing in Math. Next week, we will finish up our MAP testing with Science.

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). 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 are studying proper nouns and common nouns. They have been finding nouns and categorizing them.

During math, we have been reviewing skills, focusing on place value, addition and subtraction. Last week we focused on 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: Students will be learning about how scientists work and skills they use.  Students will be completing a hands-on activity about making inferences based on observations.   

Social Studies: Fourth graders begin their study of geography with Ohio’s features! Relative and absolute location, physical features, and regions of Ohio. Students are reviewing map skills and our global address as well.


  • Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-Tuesday-quiz over Lessons 1.1-1.2.  Wednesday-Rounding (Lesson 1.4, homework-pg 28 and Enrichment Page 1.4) Thursday-Renaming Numbers (Lesson 1.5, homework-pg 36 and Enrichment 1.5).  Friday-Quiz over Lessons 1.3-1.4.
  • Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-Tuesday-Comparing Numbers-(Lesson 1.3, homework-page 22 and Enrichment 1.3). Wednesday-Quiz over Lessons 1.1-1.2.  Thursday-Friday-Rounding Numbers (Lesson 1.4, homework-pg 28 and Enrichment Page 1.4)
  • Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)-Tuesday-quiz over lesson 1.2.  Wednesday-Rounding, lesson 1.4.  Homework will be pages 27-28 or page 28 and Enrichment 1.4.  Thursday and Friday-Mid-chapter checkpoint.  Then renaming numbers, lesson 1.5.  Homework will be pages 35-36 or page 36 and Enrichment 1.5.
  • Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)-Tuesday-quiz over lesson 1.2.  Wednesday-Rounding, lesson 1.4.  Homework will be pages 27-28 or page 28 and Enrichment 1.4.  Thursday and Friday-Mid-chapter checkpoint, then renaming numbers, lesson 1.5.  Homework will be pages 35-36 or page 36 and Enrichment 1.5.  
*Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.

Physical Education: We are off to a great start in physical education!  I want to thank everyone for all the support!  I am very excited for a great school year!  Students in 3rd and 4th grade are focusing on their fitness goals.  Students are demonstrating great endurance during our pacer test, and will continue with a mile run!  Students in 1st and 2nd grade are focusing on our locomotor skills through the general space.  All students are working so hard, and showing such great sportsmanship!  Please remember gym shoes on P.E. days!  

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 art room in the Art Gallery.