In the Classroom 11/27 - 12/1


This week in kindergarten our theme is an author study on Laura Numeroff.  Laura Numeroff is the famous author who wrote If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.  Students will be listening to stories by Laura Numeroff this week and discussing the difference between a want and a need.  Students will also be comparing many different stories written by the famous author.  In math, students are continuing to develop a deeper understanding of making combinations of 10 and comparing numbers up to 10.  In writing, students are working on adding details to their stories.  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


1st grade:  

Time flies when you’re having fun! We’re close to wrapping up second quarter.  We are so proud of the amazing progress your first grader is making this year!  


In reading we continue to employ a variety of reading strategies to decode text.  Please take time to practice first grade sight words, hunks-and-chunks and long and short vowel sounds with your firsty! 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 realistic fiction narratives with correct capitalization, punctuation and a beginning, middle and end.  Find a way to include writing in your first grader’s routines. Make a calendar on which (s)he can record special events such as holidays, birthdays, and play dates with friends. You can also ask your child for help as you write the grocery list and work together to write down a story about real or imaginary events. Having your first grader write "thank you" cards for birthday presents or make labels for their toys are other great ways to encourage writing. When you make writing a part of each day, you help your child become a better writer!


Our mathematicians have been busy adding and subtracting numbers using multiple strategies. We have been practicing skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  We have also delved into place value.  Students use their understanding of place value and properties of operations to add and subtract.  Thank you for reinforcing these skills at home.  


2nd grade:

Reading:  Students are learning about the main idea and supporting details of informational texts.  We will be using strategies before, during, and after reading to help us find the main idea as we read!  


Writing:  The focus continues to be informational writing.  Students are writing how-to books.  In our all how-to books, we will focus on writing an introduction, including a sequence of steps, using definitions in the steps, and writing a conclusion.  


Math:  Students will be learning how to subtract 2 digit numbers!  Please continue to practice basic addition and subtraction facts with your child.  Math fact fluency is very important in second grade!  If the student knows the simple addition or subtraction fact quickly, they will be able to more easily add or subtract big numbers!  


Science:  Sharon Edwards will visit our classrooms this week to teach about animal adaptations.  She will focus her teaching on polar bears!


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.  We will begin timed multiplication facts tests starting this week on November 14 on 0 and November 16 on 0-1 to help with fluency. 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. Last week students gathered their information and formed subtopics to support their main topic. This week, students will begin 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.


We will continue with our focus on government. This week we will dive into the responsibility to solve problems and promote the common good of the community. Students will brainstorm community outreach projects to promote the common good in our local community. Students will also look at the characteristics of a good citizen. Together they will create a character that displays their trait to share with the class.


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: This week, students will begin to learn about opinion writing.  They will look at many opinion examples to find common elements, and begin creating ideas and arguments.  


Science: This week, students will begin learning about fossils.  We will begin by learning about the different types of fossils, and how each forms.  Students will be using the textbook as well as looking at physical examples in class, as well as many pictures as examples.  


Social Studies:  Moving on through history! We will be discussing the struggle over the beautiful country between the colonists, Britain, the French and the Indians. Students will learn about the French and Indian War, life in the 13 Original Colonies and Great Britain’s rule over Ohio.



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

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

Tuesday-Quiz over Traditional Method of Multiplication, Choose a Method, and Multi-step Problems (Lessons 3.5-3.7)  Monday-Tuesday-Investigate:  Division and the Distributive Property (Lesson 4.6, homework-pages 231-232 or page 232 and Enrichment 4.6).  Wednesday-Thursday-Divide Using Partial Products (Lesson 4.8, homework-pages 245-246).  Friday-Quiz over Dividing by Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands and Division and the Distributive Property (Lessons 4.4 and 4.6)


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

Monday-Investigate:  Area Models and Partial Products (Lesson 3.3, homework-pages 161-162).  Tuesday-Quiz over Multistep Multiplication Problems and Order of Operations (Lessons 2.9 and 2.12).  Monday-Tuesday-Multiply Using Partial Products (Lesson 3.4, homework-pages 167-168).  

Thursday-Begin Multiply with Regrouping (Lesson 3.5).  

Friday-Quiz over Lessons 3.3 and 3.4 (Area Model and Partial Products)


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

Monday and Tuesday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.  

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

Wednesday and Thursday-Lesson 3.5, multiply with regrouping.  Homework will be pages 175-176 or lesson 3.5 PMT.

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


Redbulls (Mr. Kiefer’s afternoon math class)

Monday-Lesson 3.1, multiply by tens.  Homework will be pages 149-150 or lesson 3.1 PMT.

Tuesday-Lesson 3.2, estimating products.  Homework will be pages 155-156 or lesson 3.2 PMT.

Monday-Wednesday-Quiz over lessons 3.1-3.2, then lesson 3.3, area models and partial products.  Homework will be pages 161-162 or lesson 3.3 PMT.

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


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



Physical Education: Students are working so hard in PE!  Students are getting stronger and having a blast doing it!  This week students are continuing to work on their throwing skills!  When we throw we are focused on our opposite foot and hand, accuracy, and consistency.  Students are also working on our catching!  When we catch a ball, we remember to make our W with our fingers, and squeeze the ball when it comes into our hands.  Keep up the great work in PE!  Please remember gym shoes on PE days!


Art:  Students in second grade are completing mixed media Thanksgiving turkeys.  Students drew the turkeys, outlined them with black crayon, and painted them with fluorescent tempera paint.  Students then added gold foil beaks, construction paper wings and feathers, etc.  This project is a crayon resist and mixed media project.  Students are also beginning to work on Christmas projects as well.  



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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