In the Classroom 12/11-12/15


This week in kindergarten our theme is Christmas and holiday traditions. Students will be listening to fictional stories about Christmas and listening to some non fiction stories about the holidays.  In math students are beginning the unit on addition.  In writing workshop students are writing their final narrative stories to show everything they have learned so far in kindergarten!


1st grade:  

Here is a look into what first grade is doing this week!


Daily 5- We will continue implementing spelling activities into our Daily 5 rounds! First graders will work on spelling sight words through mix and fix, rainbow write, spelling sentences, and look/say/cover/write/check.


Math- This week, we will begin Chapter 7! In this chapter, we will begin comparing numbers using less than, greater than, and equal to.


Writing Workshop- This week during writing we will be taking our on demand writing assessment! Students will take what they have learned about realistic fiction and create an exciting realistic fiction story!


Reading workshop- This week in reading workshop, we are using The Grinch while we think and talk about how books grow ideas! We will be working on making connections as well as using adjectives to describe characteristics of different stories characters.


2nd grade:

This is going to be an exciting week in 2nd grade!  Students will be “traveling around the world” to learn about how other countries celebrate the winter holidays!  While in each country, students will learn about the traditions, language, and food.  


Nonfiction texts continues to be the focus for reading!  Students are practicing their comprehension skills before, during, and after reading these books.  Students are working on skills like finding the main idea and details, exploring tricky vocabulary words, identifying the author’s purpose, and asking and answering questions to show that they understand what is being read.


In math, students are learning how to add 3-digit numbers. Students will try a variety of strategies to add these big numbers like drawing pictures of base ten blocks, breaking the numbers apart into expanded form and adding the value of each digit, and the standard algorithm.


3rd grade:  

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 able to explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., emphasize aspects of a character or setting).


During language, students will review action verbs and find the correct irregular verbs to complete sentences as well as use irregular verbs in their writing.


Math continues our study of division with more in-depth looks and practice of dividing by specific numbers. The students have been working on several strategies for solving finding quotients such as: creating arrays and bar models, and drawing pictures. Being fluent in multiplication facts makes division much easier, so be sure you are continuing to practice multiplication facts at home with your child.


In writing, students are wrapping up informational writing in preparation for their on-demand writing piece this week for the end of the second quarter. The students have worked together to write some informational pieces; expanding on their ability to take notes, look for important information, and write introductions and conclusions.


Students have begun learning about life cycles in science. The students have read about and discussed plant life cycles and will be moving on to animal life cycles.


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 are continuing to practice opinion writing.  They are practicing adding quotes to prove their reasons, and give good examples of evidence.  


Science: This week, students are going to be learning about how scientists use fossils and how fossils can tell us about the history of Earth.  Later in the week, students will complete an activity about ordering the ages fossils have formed.  Remind your students about the extra credit opportunity if they are interested.  Extra credit is due December 20th.  The assignment is posted on each class’s Google Classroom page for science.


Social Studies:  Fourth graders will continue learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution such as the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. Students are reviewing the outcome of the French and Indian War and why Britain wants control of the colonies. We will hold a debate this week and continue working on our board games. Please check Google Classroom for announcements and test dates.



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

Monday-Interpreting Remainders (Lesson 4.3-Homework-worksheet outside of the mathbook).  Tuesday-Wednesday-Problem Solving:Multistep Division Problems (Lesson 4.12, homework-pages 269-270 or page 269 and Enrichment 4.12).  

Thursday-Model Factors (Lesson 5.1).  

Friday-Quiz over Traditional Divisional, Interpreting Remainders, and Multistep Division Problems (Lessons 4.11, 4.3, and 4.12).


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

Monday-Problem Solving:  Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers (Lesson 3.7, homework-pages 187-188).

Tuesday-Divide Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands (Lesson 4.4, homework-pages 219-220 or page 220 and Enrichment 4.4).  

Wednesday-Distributive Property of Division (Lesson 4.6).  

Thursday-Quiz over Traditional Method of Multiplication, Choosing a Method of Multiplication, and Multistep Multiplication Problems (Lessons 3.5, 3.6, 3.7).  

Friday-Distributive Property of Division (Lesson 4.6, homework-pages 231-232).


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

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over 3.5-3.7, then 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.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 3.6, choose a multiplication method.  Homework will be pages 181-182 or lesson 3.6 PMT.

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


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



Physical Education: This week in PE, we will be celebrating Christmas in the gym!  Students will be trying to steal the presents back from the Grinch and bring them back to Whoville!  We will work on our scooter skills, chasing, fleeing, and dodging!  All students continue to improve their sportsmanship and teamwork!  Keep up the amazing work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!  


Art: Students in grade one are completing mixed media snowmen.  They are adding button eyes, construction paper, and crayon for snow on a blue paper.  Students are also finishing paper collage Santas.  Our first grade classes created polar bear drawings. Students drew a snowy scene on blue paper then drew a polar bear on white paper outlined with black marker and cut it out.



1st Grade: The first graders have continued working on their steady beats in song.  They learned a new music term, rhythm.  1st grade was able to find what the rhythm notes Ta and Ta-di look like.  1st Graders started labeling classroom instruments into different families.  All of the music room instruments are members of the percussion family.  But we also have the Woods, Metals, Drums, and Shakers.


2nd Grade: We have started working on our Concert.  Our concert will be called Winter Wonderland and will be about all kinds of things that happen during the winter months.  The 2nd grade concert will be on December 4th, at 7pm at Ross High School.


3rd Grade: Now that the concert is over 3rd grade is hard at work learning all kinds of Halloween/Spooky songs.  Students learned Ghost of John, Skin & Bones, and moved to the Frankensteins and Spiders story.  3rd graders learned that music that sounds spooky or sad could be called Minor sounding music.  But most music we sing sounds happy it is called Major music.


4th Grade: We have begun working on our Recorders.  All students are able to use recorders during music class.  If you have paid your school fees then your students received their own Recorder to use.  We have learned the notes C and are working on our A notes.  4th graders are also continuing to work on playing melodies and ostinatos on the barred instruments.  In November students will be learning some Native American songs and facts about their culture.

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