In the Classroom 1/16-1/19


This week in kindergarten we have a variety of themes.  We will be discussing Martin Luther King and listening to stories by Ezra Jack Keats.  We will also be exploring sound.  Students will get to experiment with different instruments and see how sound works.  In math, we are continuing our work with addition.  In writing, we are beginning our persuasive unit.  Students will be writing opinion stories and defending their opinions.  


1st grade:  

Happy New Year! Our first graders have set some new learning goals for 2018 and are ready to work diligently towards those goals!


In reading we continue to employ a variety of reading strategies to decode text.  Please take time to practice first grade sight words and hunks-and-chunks.  It’s important that you are set aside time to read with your child for at least 15 minutes each day.  


In writing workshop, children are composing informational stories, teaching their readers about a topic.  Students are continuing to work on forming complete sentences with correct capitalization, punctuation and spacing.


Our mathematicians have been busy adding and subtracting numbers using multiple strategies. Students are using their understanding of place value and properties of operations to add and subtract.  We launched a new math unit on nonstandard measurement and comparing numbers.  Some fun math read alouds you can enjoy at home with your child include: Me and the Measure of Things by Joan Sweeney, How Big is a Foot by Rolf Myller, Actual Size by Steve Jenkins and Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy.


2nd grade:

It’s hard to believe that we are already starting the third quarter of the school year!   In reading, students are starting to read biographies.  Students will learn about many famous Americans this quarter.  We will work on skills like making timelines, sequencing events, comparing and contrasting, and finding the main idea when reading.  This week, students are reading biographies about Martin Luther King, Jr.


In writing, students will continue to work on informational writing.  We are writing all about the seasons this week.    


In math, students continue to take math fact quizzes twice a week.  The goal for the end of the year is for students to pass all of their quizzes to +9 and -9!  Students continue to work on adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers.


3rd grade:

Welcome to 3rd quarter!  Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 16! The students will be taking their MAP Reading test on January 17 and MAP Math test on January 24.


Students are continuing to work on their individualized spelling words this week as well as the pattern words. They will be sorting, writing rules, using their words in a sentence and looking for words with similar spelling patterns in print.


In reading mini-lessons, students will be working on main idea and details. We will work on ways to find the main idea and details that support the main idea. Students will use the title, repeated words throughout the text and the first and last sentences to determine the main idea.


During language, the students will be working with adverbs.  They will understand that adverbs “add” to the verb.  


This week in math, the third grade students will continue to work on division with specific numbers. The students have been working on several strategies for solving finding quotients such as: creating arrays and bar models, and drawing pictures. We will continue timed multiplication facts tests to help with fluency. Being fluent in multiplication facts makes division much easier, so be sure you are continuing to practice multiplication facts at home with your child. Flashcards and online games are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will be diving into opinion writing.  This week we will be gathering brave, bold opinions through thinking about problems and solutions and helping others see noteworthy people. Students will use these bold opinions to write a thesis and gather reasons and evidence to support their opinion.


The students will continue their Life Cycles unit in Science. They are 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:  

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 be learning about relationships such as cause and effect, determining theme, and inferring what texts are telling us.  


Writing: Students will be writing informational pieces. Research and notetaking will be done on a variety of topics along with citing sources. Fourth graders will use a variety of techniques to organize their information into well-thought out, organized pieces of writing with many non-fiction features such as pictures, maps, and diagrams.


Science: This week, students will begin learning about matter.  Our focus for the next few weeks will be on solids, liquids, and gases.  Also this week, students will be taking the MAP test for science.  


Social Studies:  This week, our fourth graders will be introduced to the Declaration of Independence; who wrote it, why it was written and the ideas in the document. They will gain an understanding of the difficulty of the Continental Congress in agreeing to the contents of the Declaration. Determination and unity was important for the Colonists in order to become a free country and an advantage to the Colonial troops. Students continue to work from Google Classroom, Ohio Studies Weekly and will be having another quiz on the American Revolution the week of January 22nd.



Gray Savages (Mr. Gray’s Morning Math Class)-

Monday-No School-Martin Luther King Day.  Tuesday-Midchapter Checkpoint over Lessons 5.1-5.3

Wednesday-Thursday-MAP Testing.  

Friday-Field Trip to the Symphony


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-

Monday-No School-Martin Luther King Day Day.

Tuesday-Partial Quotients (Lesson 4.8, homework-pages 245 and 246). Wednesday-Thursday-MAP Testing.  

Friday-Divide by 1-Digit Numbers (Lesson 4.11).


Gray Savages (Mr. Kiefer’s morning math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.

Wednesday-Friday-Quiz over lesson 4.8, then lesson 4.9, modeling division with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 251-252 or lesson 4.9 PMT.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 4.4, divide tens, hundreds, and thousands.  Homework will be pages 219-220 or lesson 4.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 4.6, division with the distributive property.  Homework will be pages 231-232 or lesson 4.6 PMT.

Friday-Lesson 4.8, division with partial quotients.  Homework will be pages 245-246 or lesson 4.8 PMT.


***Note, these are things we expect to complete, but are subject to change as needed.



Physical Education: Everyone is doing amazing in PE!  Last week we learned our Luau dance for the Elda PTO dance coming up on January 19th!  The dance will be in the gym at 6:30-8pm!  This week we will continue to practice our dance and begin activities involving throwing, catching, and balance!  Students continue to work on their teamwork and sportsmanship!  Keep it up!  Please don’t forget gym shoes on PE days.

Art: Students in grade three are working on a variety of art show projects. This year’s art show is March 15th.  Please mark your calendars.  Students are also working on Valentines’ Day projects.  Students in grade three are learning the Zentangle type of art.  Students are drawing an ice cream cone in pencil dividing it up into sections then adding organized patterns to fill in.  After sketching their patterns they will outline with black markers and fill in some areas, topping off with a paper valentine.

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