In the Classrooms 11/14 - 11/22

posted Nov 14, 2016, 12:28 PM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is all about being Thankful and the holiday of Thanksgiving.  Students will be listening to fictional stories about characters who are learning about being thankful and learning how to help others.  Students will also be listening to nonfiction stories to learn a little bit more about Thanksgiving.  In math, students are applying their foundational knowledge to help them draw and solve addition word problems and represent addition using manipulatives. In writing, students are working on creating a clear beginning, middle, and end.  The kindergarten students will have their special Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria this week.

1st grade:  

First graders are working in Chapter 6 in GoMath!  Chapter 6 focuses on how to count and model numbers by understanding ten and ones.  

In writing, we are trying our skills at realistic fiction stories.  This is where characters do real things in stories.  

In Science and Social Studies we are learning about wants and needs and the Thanksgiving season.

2nd grade:

In reading, students are learning about the main idea and supporting details of informational texts.  We will be using strategies before, during, and after reading to help us find the main idea as we read!  In writing, the focus continues to be informational writing.  Students are writing how-to and all about books.  In our all about books, we will focus on organizing the writing using a table of contents and sections with headings.  In math, students will be learning how to subtract 2 digit numbers!  Please continue to practice basic addition and subtraction facts with your child.  Math fact fluency is very important in second grade!  If the student knows the simple addition or subtraction fact quickly, they will be able to more easily add or subtract big numbers!  The second grade team would like to wish all families a very happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the holiday and spend some quality time with your families!

3rd grade:  

In language, the students will continue to work on adjectives - describing words. The students will describe themselves as well and identifying adjectives in sentences.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on test taking skills and taking the AIR ELA test, on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We used the practice test provided by the state of Ohio, along with Study Island reading practice test to help the students prepare.

This week in math, the third grade students will be working on Multiplication Facts and Strategies and continuing Chapter 5: Use Multiplication Facts soon. We will begin timed multiplication facts tests starting on 0 and 1 to help with fluency. Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!

In writing, students will continue working on informational writing and finding what they are experts in. The students will think of topics that they are experts on and will write factual information. Students will write about many topics; such as football, energy, penguins, etc. The third grade writers will work to organize their writing into paragraphs about their topic. Students will also be choosing chapters for their informational pieces and creating tables of contents.

In social studies, the students have begun their unit on government. They have learned about the different types of communities.  This week we will be focusing on their responsibilities as citizens, problem solving skills, the differences between rules and laws and the consequences.  

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.  While reading, students are practicing reading for meaning and reading between the lines.  

Writing: Students are learning what goes into an opinion piece of writing.  Students are reading opinions, as well as creating their own.  

Math: Classes are busy working on multiplication strategies.  Students will be able to multiply up to a four digit times one digit number, as well as two digit by two digit numbers.  

Social Studies:  Students are learning about the first people to live in Ohio and Ohio settlements.

Science: Students are learning about changes to animals, as well as using fossil information to learn about Earth’s history.


Physical Education:  All students are working so hard and having a blast in physical education!  In grades one and two, students will be participating in a fun Thanksgiving activity!  Our stuff the turkey activity includes lots of underhand throwing, accuracy, and spatial awareness.  In grades three and four, students will begin working on their basketball dribbling skills!  We will be working on dribbling with our finger tips and keeping the basketball under control.  The student will also put some dancing shoes on to the Cha Cha slide, while dribbling!  Keep up all the good work!

Art: Students in grade 3 have been creating Mixed-media turkeys.  Some 3rd grade classes created awesome mosaic turkeys with colorful feathers.  Several classes created colorful turkeys with a variety of papers designs.  We have a display of 3rd grade Thanksgiving turkeys that went to the art museum.   Students were given four choices of artist masterpieces to draw then color with crayon.  Students then added their artist inspired pieces for their turkey to hold in their wings.  This month’s art gallery showing will be Thanksgiving projects.  We will also have a “Wild West” gallery showing of students’ work on display by the artroom.    


1st Grade: Moving, singing, instruments, oh my! We are doing so many things in first grade music.  The students have learned about steady beat and rhythm.  They have been able to play on the big instruments to help tell our story “Up, Up, Down”.  We have even begun to talk about some singing notes called So and Mi.

2nd Grade: We are working on lots of rhythm reading, writing, and playing in 2nd grade.  Students have been composing their own rhythm sections to the songs we are singing.  Students recently learned about a new singing note, Do.  We are using Do in all of our songs now.

3rd Grade: 3rd grade students are hard at work for their concert.  The Olympics will be happening on October 10th at the high school.  Students are to wear Red, White, and/or Blue to support Team USA.  The concert will begin at 7pm,  students need to arrive at 6:45. It is going to be a great show!

4th Grade: 4th graders have been learning about some new ways to create music.  Students have been improvising on the instruments and with their voices.  4th graders have also been working on using a new rhythm sequence “syncopa” which makes the rhythm more bouncy and jazzy.