Updated: February 2019

Kindergarten

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Recognize and use the cvc pattern
  • Segment sounds in words
  • Distinguish between poems, stories and songs
  • Understand the meaning of some words that are new
  • Understands the author of an informational text decides what ideas or information is presented
  • Participate in shared writing experiences and research projects.
  • Communicate through pictures, labels, words or sentences
  • Work with the teacher in small groups for Guided Reading.
  • Continue to manage their learning during literacy centers.

In Math, the students will:

  • Count and compare the number of objects in different categories in a picture graph
  • Identify, name, and describe objects in the environment using the names of shapes
  • Explore the difference between two-dimensional (flat) and three-dimensional (solid) shapes
  • Build three-dimensional shapes
  • Understand the numbers from 11 to 20 as “10 and some more”
  • Solve number combinations within 10

Grade 1

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Determine who is telling a story
  • Tell the difference between information from pictures/illustrations and information from words in a text
  • Hear and identify short vowel sounds in words
  • Recognize and use long vowel sounds in words with silent e
  • Write opinion pieces that introduce the topic or name the book being written about, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide a closure.
  • Work with peers to complete a writing project
  • Write an informative /explanatory text by naming a topic, supplying facts about the topic, and provide a closing.
  • Work with the teacher in small groups for Guided Reading.
  • Continue to manage their learning during literacy centers.

In Math, the students will: 

  • Practice efficient math strategies to add and subtract within the range of 0–20
  • Tell, write, and solve a variety of addition and subtraction story problems
  • Write equations to match the problems
  • Use place value strategies to add and subtract up to 100
  • Measure, order, and compare height in inches

Grade 2

In Language Arts, the students will:

  • Identify the main purpose
  • Identify the author’s purpose
  • Recognize the author’s purpose for writing a text
  • Recognize when the narrator/speaker of the story changes
  • Identify who is telling a story at various points in the text
  • Read words with prefixes
  • Write an opinion piece with an opening, reasons to support opinion and a closing
  • Research information from provided sources to answer questions
  • Write an informative/explanatory text by introducing a topic, using facts and information to develop points, and provide a concluding statement.
  • Work with the teacher for small group reading instruction.

In Math, the students will:

  • Identify, describe, draw, and create 2-D shapes based on their defining features
  • Explore the area of shapes, especially rectangles
  • Split whole shapes into 2, 3, or 4 equal parts called halves, thirds, or fourths/quarters
  • Recognize that equal parts of identical wholes do not need to be the same shape

3rd Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Memoirs, Realistic Fiction, Traditional Literature, Fantasy and Functional Nonfiction are featured in 3rd grade
  • Non-fiction, Traditional Literature of all kinds and Fantasy are featured in 4th and 5th grades

Writing

  • Continue to practice and improve writing to a text (Informational and Opinion); Grades 4/5 will also focus on their Readers’ Notebooks and letter writing

Math:

  • Solve multiplication and division problems
  • Calculate the area of rectangles
  • Use rectangular arrays to model and solve multiplication and division problems

4th Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Memoirs, Realistic Fiction, Traditional Literature, Fantasy and Functional Nonfiction are featured in 3rd grade
  • Non-fiction, Traditional Literature of all kinds and Fantasy are featured in 4th and 5th grades

Writing

  • Continue to practice and improve writing to a text (Informational and Opinion); Grades 4/5 will also focus on their Readers’ Notebooks and letter writing

Math:

  • Compare multi-digit numbers and identify the value of the digits in such numbers
  • Use the standard algorithms for addition and subtraction
  • Measure length, distance, liquid volume, time, mass, and weight
  • Convert measurements from one unit to another within the same system (e.g., centimeters to meters but not centimeters to inches)

5th Grade

Literacy:

Reading

  • Memoirs, Realistic Fiction, Traditional Literature, Fantasy and Functional Nonfiction are featured in 3rd grade
  • Non-fiction, Traditional Literature of all kinds and Fantasy are featured in 4th and 5th grades

Writing

  • Continue to practice and improve writing to a text (Informational and Opinion); Grades 4/5 will also focus on their Readers’ Notebooks and letter writing

Math:

  • Multiply fractions by whole numbers
  • Use rectangular arrays to show multiplication of a fraction by a fraction
  • Divide a whole number by a fraction
  • Divide a unit fraction (a fraction with a 1 in the numerator) by a whole number

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: Due to NMAP testing, we are just beginning unit 3. The end of unit Performance Assessment will be 2 reading tests on the computer as well as a few essays.  The prompt is as follows: Write a multi-paragraph response convincing your readers whether modern technology is helpful or harmful to society. Use the passages from your textbook to argue or state your position.  Mini lessons to aid in attaining this goal are: Claims/Central Idea/ Theme, Citing textual evidence /supporting a claim, point of view/ perspective, argument writing & persuasive techniques.

Math: In the previous chapter, the students worked with multiplication.  Now they will turn their attention to division.  In Section 6.1, the students will find ways to divide different amounts of licorice among different numbers of people. They will gain a deep understanding of division by using diagrams and pictures to model it.  The strategies that they develop in this chapter will help them in Chapter 7 when they will work further with division.  The students will begin Section 6.2 by building expressions with a new tool called algebra tiles.  They will use variables to describe the perimeters and areas of shapes built with tiles when one dimension is unknown or can represent various lengths. In this chapter, the students will learn how to:

  • Represent division of fractions using diagrams.
  • Divide whole and mixed numbers by fractions.
  • Use the Order of Operations to find the correct value of a numerical expression.
  • Combine like terms and simplify algebraic expressions.
  • Use a variable to represent any number.

Social Studies: In sixth grade social studies we are looking at and learning about the four different types of government and their characteristics. We will then use this information to classify and compare them to the governments of Ancient India and China.

Science:  In the month of February we will continue to work on Matter; the mass, volume and density of matter.  Physical and chemical changes of all matter, as well as, potential and kinetic energy.

Technology:  We will continue to use Typing.com to increase Words per minute and accuracy. We will be working with Microsoft office: such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The students  will be coding using the program Tynker.

Art: Students are learning about different Elements of Art!  The 6th graders will be doing an Arts Integration lesson soon of Egyptian Canopic jar made from found objects and paper mache.

PE: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade PE will be continue working on team games. We are concentrating on various throwing games utilizing various throwing skills and types of balls thrown. Then we will move into net games and work on games with both a high and low nets.

Choir:  Choir students will continue to build their knowledge of musical solfege and the reading of musical rhythms and notes on the staff.  New songs will be introduced to perform for the All-City and Spring Concert.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: This month in ELA, we will be focusing on argument writing that accompanies our space exploration unit.

Math:

Students are beginning chapter 5. Chapter 5 focuses on probability.  We will discuss relationships between part of something compared to the whole, finding and using percentages, and numerous probability games and simulations.  Students will continue to review all lessons taught this year in order to prepare for end of year testing.  Please continue to review basic skills such as multiplication and division, which will help us to build on skills from the past.  Continue holding your student accountable for their learning, ask them about the work they are doing in class.  This will help them to learn topics better by being able to reteach at home.

Compacted Math:

Students will continue using algebra tiles to solve inequalities, equations and will begin finding solutions for multiple inequalities and equations. The students will gain skills needed for completing linear equations and connecting rules (equations), graphs, tables and representations.

Social Studies: This month in Social Studies, students will be investigating and learning more about world history.  We are going to learn about the achievements in medicine, science, mathematics and geography by the Islamic civilization which dominated most of the Mediterranean after the decline of the Roman Empire. These achievements were introduced into Western Europe as a result of the Muslim conquests, Crusades and trade, influencing the European Renaissance.  After that unit of study, we will look at how The Mongols conquered much of Asia which led to unified states in China and Korea. Mongol failure to conquer Japan allowed a feudal system to persist. Our research will continue to link the four strands of Social Studies in Ohio standards: History, Geography, Government, and Economics.

Science: In the month of February we will be wrapping up our discussions on energy and energy transformations and moving onto the Water Cycle and how/why it works.

Health: In the month of February, seventh grade health will be focusing on Fitness. They will learn about different ways to stay fit as well as proper diet and exercises to live a healthier lifestyle. Students will also learn about their bodies and how the different systems work together.

Technology: We will continue to use Typing.com to increase Words per minute and accuracy. We will be working with Microsoft office: such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The students will be coding using the program Tynker.

Art: Students are learning about different Elements of Art!  The 7th graders will be exploring the color wheel more in depth and learning about analogous colors.

Choir.  Choir students will continue to build their knowledge of musical solfege and the reading of musical rhythms and notes on the staff.  New songs will be introduced to perform for the All-City and Spring Concert.

PE: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade PE will be continue working on team games. We are concentrating on various throwing games utilizing various throwing skills and types of balls thrown. Then we will move into net games and work on games with both a high and low nets. 

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: The students are beginning unit 3 :What Matters which allows students to explore argumentative writing.They discover issues worth defending and decide what matters most– a principle, another human being or the right to express ourselves. Our main focus is on comparing texts: “Three Cheers for the Nanny State” and “Ban the Ban!” both of which are opinion pieces that model argumentative writing and allow students to explore these questions: “Is being told what to do actually in our best interest?” and “When food choices are regulated, should we stop and think for ourselves?”

Math: Students will work on chapter 7 which is about slope and association. They will learn how to use scatterplots to find relationships between two different measures for a set of objects. In Section 7.2, students will examine races called triathlons to discover when rates are the same or different. They will also measure the steepness of lines, a concept called slope, for situations, tables, and graphs. Finally, students will look at how to make predictions about future events from existing data using trend lines and equations. They will learn about the concept of association that helps describe the relationship between two pieces of data.

Algebra 1: Students will be working on chapter 7 which is about exponential functions. They will investigate a family of exponential functions. They will recognize exponential growth when given situations, tables, graphs, or equations, and you will make connections between these representations. Students will also extend their knowledge of exponents and their properties and learn how to use these properties, along with the algebra skills they already possess, to solve exponential equations. Students will be introduced to step functions. At the end of the section, students will get to apply exponential functions to real-life situations involving growth and decay. In Section 7.2, students will find exponential equations that fit given data. In doing so, they will learn about fractional exponents.

Social Studies (Bell): Students will be studying how people, places and ideas change over time. How do governments change? How does geography influence the way people live? Why does conflict develop? We will move on to study the movement of how people, goods and ideas cause societies to change over time. We will also look at patterns of demographic and political change and cultural diffusion in the past and present. We will address the characteristics of a leader, the consequences when cultures interact, and how governments change. Finally, we will examine the economic choices people make and the current and future implications.

Social Studies (Voytko):  We will be discussing the effects of the Revolutionary War on the early United States and its forms of government for the month of February.

Science: Students began their unit on Life Science. I will begin by connecting their learning of the fossil record to how organisms have changed over time. We will discuss natural selection and survival of the fittest. We will learn about DNA and how genes are passed from generation to generation. Comparisons between asexual and sexual reproduction will be made in order to identify which method is most beneficial. We will continue to review AIR questions from past lessons in order to prepare for the test.

Mrs. Barthlemess’s Class: We will build upon Social Studies skills related to history and will examine central figures throughout history who played a role in promoting peace and equality. Students will also learn about solving conflicts.

Mrs. Carlson’s Class: 

  • ELA: Making Inferences and Supportive Evidence – Students are continuing to pull information from a text to support their answers in ELA and Writing. Students are also starting to look at grade level grammar structure (direct and indirect objects, nouns, adjectives, prepositional phrases) during class as well. Students are beginning to work on figurative language.
  • MATH: Plotting Coordinate Points (Positive/Negative Integers, Plotting Points, Reflections, Determining Scale, Distance Between Points, and Creating Figures).
  • SCIENCE: Cells (Plants and Animals)
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Regions of the USA

Art: Students are learning about different Elements of Art!  8th grade will be creating grid portraits and learning about positive and negative space.

Health: Eighth grade health will be learning about emotional health. It is important that students understand what it is and ways they can help improve it. They will focus on strategies to help them deal with problems as well as who they can turn to for help.. They will also learn skills to help them avoid situations which may cause emotional problems.

Technology: We will continue to use Typing.com to increase Words per minute and accuracy. We will be working with Microsoft office: such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The students  will be coding using the program Tynker.

PE: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade PE will be continue working on team games. We are concentrating on various throwing games utilizing various throwing skills and types of balls thrown. Then we will move into net games and work on games with both a high and low nets.