In the Classrooms 2/6 - 2/10

posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:35 AM by Jesse Kohls


This week in kindergarten our theme is Valentine’s Day.  Students will be listening to stories focusing on the holiday and how the holiday is celebrated.  In math, students will be finishing up the unit on subtraction.  In writing workshop, students are continuing to develop their opinion stories.  Students are still focusing on using capitals at the beginning of sentences, using finger spaces, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.

1st grade:  We are curious firsties!  Here is what we’re learning:

*In math we have been measuring objects with nonstandard units such as cubes, paperclips and candy hearts! Please practice telling time to the nearest hour and half hour on analog and digital clocks.  First graders have been delving into data collection.  Ask your kiddo about our daily data graphs!

*In science we’ve learned all about the winter season, hibernating animals and groundhogs.  Next week we will explore matter.  Your student will be bringing home a matter “show and share” baggie next week.  

*In writing we are composing nonfiction teaching stories.  Our stories are full of text features such as labels, captions, diagrams and a table of contents. We will take our On-Demand writing assessment at the end of third quarter.

*In reading it is important that your child practices their sight words each evening.  We are focusing on pronouns, past present and future verb tenses, homophones and compound words.  In reading groups we are building comprehension skills by retelling the story, identifying story elements, sequencing events from the book, and completing graphic organizers.  

*In social studies, we have learned how to live in harmony and peace, just like MLK, Jr. preached. First graders have also explored maps and geography.  We even made our very own “Me on the Map” books!

2nd grade:

It has been another busy week in second grade.  We are wrapping up our lab reports this week and will be moving on to persuasive writing.  We will use literature as our foundation for this unit by writing book recommendations.  In math we have completed our unit on time and money. Although we are moving on to measurement please continue to practice telling time  and counting money at home.  In reading we will continue with our biography unit.  The students really enjoy learning about historical people.  Finally, keep an eye out for a packet about the Second Grade Wax Museum.  This will be on March 7 and 8 and students will need to research, write a speech and create props for their assigned person.

3rd grade:  

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 in print.

In language, the students will begin working with synonyms. They will learn that a synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.

For reading this week, the students will be focusing on cause and effect. The cause is what would happen first. The effect is what happened after the cause. For example, the strong winds had blown a tree onto the power lines (cause) and our electrical power turned off (effect).

This week in math, the third grade students continue to focus on fractions and how to compare fractions with the same denominator as well as the same numerator. They will then be taught how to order fractions from the smallest to greatest using fraction tiles to assist them. Continue to practice those multiplication facts!

In writing, students will continue writing opinion pieces.  They will continue to utilize a checklist to ensure that their writing is detailed and complete. Students will practice writing a strong thesis statement and supporting their opinions with reasons and evidence.

In social studies, the students continue to study the changes in communities over time. Last week, the students focused on changes in architecture, business, education, communication, and transportation. This week they will talk about how the community has been modified, discuss the different cultural groups in communities and look at line graphs to see how data changes over time.

4th grade:  

Reading:  Students are learning about plot and character details in fiction texts.  When reading nonfiction, students are learning and practicing using details to find problem and solution, as well as cause and effect.

Writing:  Students are working on informational writing.  A big part of this writing is including details and evidence from texts.

Math:  Students are beginning to learn about fractions.  Skills include addition, subtraction, comparing fractions, using common denominators, and simplifying fractions.

Social Studies:  Students are learning about Ohio in the years following the Revolutionary War and before the Civil War.  

Science:  Students are learning about fossils, as well as learning about different measurement units and how to convert between the units.  


Physical Education: What a fun school year we are having!  All students are understanding the real importance of physical activity!  We are excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day this week in PE!  Students will be taking our PE Valentines and turning them into fitness in a fun activity called Valentine Tag!  Our focus will be throwing, chasing, fleeing, and fitness!  This activity will really get our hearts pumping!  Keep up all the great sportsmanship and hard work!   

Media: This week in the Media Center third grade students are learning about the card catalog.  We are exploring keyword searching, discussing the difference between a search engine and a database, and practicing locating books by their call number.

Art: Students in art are working on art show projects!  Our art show is March 9, 2017!  Mrs. Jelinek’s second graders are making Henri Rousseau inspired jungle pictures.   Students also learned about the art of Andy Warhol and Paul Klee.  Students in Mr. Williams’ class created painted butterflies.  They are also learning about the artist Claude Monet.  Mrs. Clawsons’ second grade made colorful yarn paintings.  Students in Mrs. Jackson’s class are learning how to draw still lifes.  The class will be painting them in the pointillism style like artist Georges Seurat.


1st Grade: Students continue to work on So and Mi songs, and soon will be adding a new note La! Their steady beat and rhythm practice is starting to produce songs that have actual rhythms notes like Ta and Ta-di.  Pretty soon they will start working on our concert, Kings & Queens!

2nd Grade: 2nd grade students will be reviewing lots of concepts we started to cover before our concert.  We will work on songs using the pentatonic scale, Do Re Mi So and La. Students will also continue to work on performing songs in Rounds.

3rd Grade: As we begin the new year, 3rd grade will be beginning a lot of new concepts.  Students will be learning about higher notes in the scale.  They will also start to learn about faster notes like sixteenth notes. Putting all of these new concepts into songs will help us to learn more difficult pieces.

4th Grade: Recorder season is upon us!  Students will continue to work on Recorder Karate songs on their own at home for extra credit.  In class students will be learning recorder pieces to play with the other instruments in the classroom.  Students will work towards being able to improvise melodies on the recorders.