In the Classrooms 1/9 - 1/13

posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:00 PM by Jesse Kohls

1st grade:  

This week our first graders will be taking their Winter MAP test in reading and in math. Please ensure that your child gets a great night of rest and a good breakfast each morning!

  • Reading- This week in reading, we are learning all about compound words! We are also continuing with our spelling program. Ask your first grader what their new words are this week. We are continuing to read independently as well as in small group. Many first grade classrooms are completing their Developmental Reading Assessments this week as well. We are so proud of our first graders as they grow as readers!

  • Math- This week we will continue Chapter 9 of GoMath!. THis chapter focuses on measurement and telling time. Students are really enjoying measuring items in the classroom using standard and nonstandard forms of measurement.

  • Writing- This week in writing workshop, we are on our second week of informational text. During writing we will be telling information across our fingers before writing it down in our packets. We will be reading examples of informational text to get inspired in our writing!

2nd grade:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I hope everyone had a restful and fun filled break.  It was nice to be back at school to hear all of the fun stories from Christmas break.  

Although this was a short week we did manage to get some things accomplished.  In math, we have begun a unit on money and time.  We worked on identifying coins and learning their values.  The students love learning about money.  In reading, we introduced author’s purpose. PIE helps us remember an author may be trying to persuade, inform or entertain the reader. We have also continued to read informational text during reading groups.  In writing, we are going to wrap up writing all about stories and move on to writing lab reports.  This is always a popular unit.

3rd grade:  

The second quarter ended on December 20. Report cards were sent home on Friday, January 6!

Students will continue to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns (silent l, t) in print.

In language, the students will be working with prefixes and suffixes. They will learn that prefixes come before a root words and suffixes come at the end of a root word.  They will also learn that adding prefixes or suffixes to a root word can change its meaning.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on identifying main idea and support details. The students will be reading passages and looking for keywords that repeat,  looking at headings/titles, and reading the first and last sentences in a text to help them determine the main idea.

This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on division. We will continue timed multiplication facts tests to help with fluency. Flashcards and online games are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!

In writing, students will be reviewing opinion pieces.  They will practice state/writing their own opinions about various topics and making sure they are able to support their opinions with reasons and examples.

In science, the students will continue their Life Cycles unit. They will be learning how plants from the past are like plant’s today, how animals are grouped, animal adaptations,  and how they grow and change.

4th grade:  

The second quarter ended on December 20. Report cards were sent home on Friday, January 6!

Reading: Students are working on using texts to draw conclusions, use context clues to make inferences, and continue to practice using text evidence when giving answers.  

Math: Students are continuing to learn multiplication strategies for up to four digit times one digit, as well as two digit times two digit problems.  Students are also learning ways to divide numbers with remainders up to four digits.  

Science: Students continue to learn about the Earth’s surface through studying animal changes, fossils, and how environments change over time.

Social Studies: Students are learning about conflicts in Ohio, between Native American groups, settlers, and countries leading up to the French and Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War.


Welcome back to school!  We hope everyone had a great break!  Students are right back to being active in physical education!  Students in grades three and four this week will be focused on striking, strategy, and teamwork!  The students will participate in an activity called Mat Ball!  Students in grades one and two will focus on throwing, dodging, and fitness!  Students will be participating in an activity called Rescue 911!  We are so excited to be back and moving in PE!  Keep up the great work!