In the Classroom 12/4 - 12/8


This week in kindergarten our theme is Gingerbread Men.  Students will be listening to gingerbread stories and discussing the setting, character, problem, and solution. We will be comparing the stories and talking all about the different versions of the stories. In math students are continuing to make combinations of 10 and are comparing sets of numbers less than 10.  Students are adding more information to their narrative stories and are continuing to practice everything they have learned the first half of the year in preparation for our final narrative writing assessment.


1st grade:  

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


Daily 5- first graders are excited to begin our spelling program this week as apart of our Daily 5 rounds. Last week we took a spelling assessment and this week we will begin practicing those sight words through spelling activities during word work! We are also taking a look at synonyms and continuing to practice using and finding adjectives in our reading and writing.


Math- This week, we are taking our Chapter 6 GoMath! test. This assessment focuses on place value to identify numbers, counting by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s as well as touching on greater than and less than. Lots of exciting things happening this week in math!


Writing Workshop- This week we will continue working with realistic fiction stories. First graders are hard at work when it comes to thinking up fiction stories that could really happen! Be sure to ask your first grader about their series stories!


Reading workshop- This week in reading workshop, we are using the focus of Gingerbread men to look at story elements. We will use a range of books such as The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Cowboy, The Gingerbread Baby and a few more! We will look at these books to compare and contrast story elements!


2nd grade:

Happy December!  We have only three short weeks and a lot of work to finish before 2018 arrives!  To kick off the month of December, 2nd grade has their music performance tonight at 7!  Students are excited to show their parents all of the songs they have been learning in music class.  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.  We will also practice using context clues to understand tricky vocabulary words.  

In math, students are subtracting 2 digit numbers using a variety of strategies.  We are also working on solving one and two step word problems with 2 digit subtraction.

In writing, students are writing informational texts.  They are writing all about books that include a table of contents and several sections or chapters!  It’s going to be a great week!


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, we will be using text evidence and schema to make inferences. Students will start the week by looking at “clues,” to make inferences (bag of trash, bags of related items, etc.). We will then move to short films, photographs and finally print. These experiences will help students take text evidence + schema to make a solid inference.


During language, the students will continue to work on reviewing and expanding their knowledge of adjectives. The students will identify adjectives in sentences.


Math continues our study of multiplication. Next week in math, the third grade students will be shifting their focus from multiplication to division.  Flashcards are a good way to help the students start to memorize their facts!


In writing, students will continue working on informational writing and finding what they are experts in. Students will continue writing chapters from their table of contents. Students will work towards writing over an extended period of time. We will study mentor text structure and work to enhance our writing with details, fun facts and imagery.


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 be 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-Quiz over Dividing Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands and Division and the Distributive Property (Lessons 4.4 and 4.6)  Tuesday-Wednesday-Divide by One-Digit Numbers (Lesson 4.11 with a little bit of  4.9 and 4.10 thrown in, homework-pages 263-264 or page 264 and Enrichment 4.11.  Thursday-Quiz over Partial Quotients (Lesson 4.8).  Friday-Interpreting Remainders (Lesson 4.3)


Bullhawks (Mr. Gray’s Afternoon Math Class)-Monday-Multiply with Regrouping (Lesson 3.5, homework-pages 175-176).  

Tuesday-Choose A Multiplication Method (Lesson 3.6, homework-pages 181-182 or page 182 and Enrichment 3.6).  

Wednesday-Quiz over Area Model of Multiplication and Partial Products (Lessons 3.3 and 3.4).  Thursday-Friday-Problem Solving:  Multiplying Two-Digit Numbers (Lesson 3.7, homework-pages 187-188).


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

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over lessons 3.3-3.4, then lesson 3.5, multiply with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 175-176 or lesson 3.5 PMT.

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

Thursday-Lesson 3.7, problem solving-multiplying with 2-digit numbers.  Homework will be pages 187-188 or lesson 3.7 PMT.

Friday-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.


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday and Tuesday-Lesson 3.4, multiply using partial products.  Homework will be 167-168 or lesson 3.4 PMT.

Wednesday and Thursday-Quiz over lessons 3.3-3.4, then lesson 3.5, multiply with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 175-176 or lesson 3.5 PMT.

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

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



Physical Education: We are having a blast in PE!  We even had a chance to go outside last week!  Who would've thought it in November?  This week in PE students in first and second grade will focus on throwing, accuracy, and cardio in an activity called Hide Out.  Students in third and fourth grade will also be working on the same skills, but in a challenging activity called Rainstorm!  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!


Art:  Students in grade four are completing their Christmas banners.  Students were inspired by looking at Christmas cards.  Students designed their own banner by taking at least 4 Christmas cards borrowing ideas from each one then creating their own unique picture.  Students are also helping create our gigantic school Santa Clause using the basic form from this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.  Fourth grade students are also working cooperatively learning how to create IMovies from pictures taken in the Photobooth program.  When students have their pictures taken they then transfer them into the IMovie program creating an IMovie that has transitions between pictures, adding music, and words to complete.  



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.

Media: Kindergarten & First grade students have been learning about book care for the past few weeks.  First grade students listened to Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst. While kindergarten students listened to What Happened to Marion’s Book by Brook Berg. Second grade students are checking out nonfiction books now and learned about text features of these books. Third & Fourth grade students are continuing to learn about digital citizenship and being kind online.

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