In the Classrooms 12/7/15 - 12/11/15

posted Dec 7, 2015, 12:32 PM by Jesse Kohls

Kindergarten: This week in Kindergarten we are continuing to read some more gingerbread stories!  Since these stories are all so different, we are comparing and contrasting the different story elements.  In math we are beginning our unit on the "tricky teens".  The kindergarten writers are continuing to add details to their stories in order to create a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Our new sight words this week are "he" and "to".  

1st grade:  This week in first grade, students will begin their spelling unit.  Each week students will work on four spelling words and will be assessed on them at the end of the week. In Writer’s Workshop, students are continuing to work on their realistic fiction stories.  They will be focusing on using illustrations to tell important details.  In math, we are solving addition and subtraction story problems, doubles combinations, doubles +1, and adding number strings. In Reading Workshop, students will identify story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution) and make connections while reading. 

2nd grade: Happy December!  We have only two short weeks and a lot of work to finish before 2016 arrives!  In spelling, students are working on contractions.  Their spelling words consist of contractions with will and not this week.  In reading, students are finding the main idea and details in informational texts.  They are using the title, pictures, and other nonfiction text features to get a good idea of the main topic before they even read.  During reading, they look for words that repeat over and over and also at the beginning and ending of paragraphs to try to find the main idea.  After they finished reading, they ask themselves, “What was this book mostly about” to find the main idea.  In math, students are practicing double digit addition with regrouping.  Writing continues to focus on informational writing.  

 3rd grade: Reading- We will continue activating our schema in order to identify character emotions in a text as well as using the illustrations to gather more information about a text.  We are realizing that the more we know about a character’s feelings and motivations and the more details we gather from illustrations, the more we can understand and infer about a text!

Spelling- Throughout the week students will be doing a variety of sorts that relate to the week’s spelling pattern.  Students will also be forming “Million Dollar Sentences” with their 5 high frequency words and practicing typing these on their Google classroom.

Language- In Language, third graders will be exploring verb tenses and will begin moving into irregular verbs.

Writing- This week we will continue working on our informational pieces.  We will focus on reorganizing and revising our table of contents to make our writing clearer for our readers as well as adding definitions and facts to our writing.

Math- As we continue our focus on multiplication, we will dive into the associative property of multiplication and compare it to the associative property of addition. We will then focus on strategies for multiplying by 8 and 9 and will look for patterns on the multiplication table. Our multiplication tests will continue on Friday, so keep practicing those facts!

Social Studies- Learning about different types of communities has led us into an in-depth exploration of our Ross community along with our classroom community.  We will be identifying the characteristics of a community and learn how to be a good citizen. We will explore Ross’s leadership, laws, and our responsibilities as Ross citizens.  As a class, we will vote on a service project to complete in order to better our Ross community and those around us.  We will also be working to feed those less fortunate by completing work on the website  For every correct answer, they will donate 10 grains of rice.  Check it out!

4th grade: Math - This week in math students will be learning to multiply multi-digit numbers using the standard method.  Students will also be making multiplication comparisons, determining how many times greater one number is than another number.

Reading - Students are getting the opportunity to work with their peers to discuss articles from their Storyworks magazines or novels that they are reading.  They are recording their thinking and answering journal prompts.  Students are also completing “Study Island” assignments on their Chromebooks.

Language Arts - Students are continuing to view samples of good opinion writing as they work through writing their own.  They are currently working on a second practice piece, going through the process of choosing a topic, writing a lead, developing quality paragraphs for the body of their piece, and writing a conclusion.  Another focus for this week, and the quarter, is to write complete sentences without run-ons.

Science - In science, students are learning about the Earth’s surface changing through the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition.  Students are using their Science Fusion books to learn about these topics.

Social Studies -  The historic people of Ohio is what students will be studying this week in social studies.  Students will be learning about the Shawnee, Delaware, Ottawa, Miami, Mingo, and Wyandot people.


Art:  Students in grade 4 are drawing Christmas trees inspired by artist Kandinsky.  Students are drawing trees in pencil adding color with markers.  Students have also created three pointsettia trees that will be on display in the Elda’s lobby.  We are also creating Christmas ornaments and Christmas cards.  

Physical Education: Students in the 3rd grade are continuing our new exercise routine consisting of giant leg swings, hip rotation exercises, donkey kicks, push ups and burpees.  Remember students are to be practicing push ups and planks at home 3 times a week.  

We are learning scooter hockey for the next couple weeks.  Our game is a spatial awareness activity as well as a striking game.  We will focus on roles/positions in hockey.  We will learn the history of hockey as well as work on developing some basic hockey offensive and defensive tactics.  

As an introduction to scooter hockey we have been playing a game called “Pirates”.  This is a game that works on dribbling the hockey ball while riding a scooter as well as learning how steal the ball away from the offensive player.

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