Update: January 2019


English/Language Arts: Pre-K students will retell or re-enact familiar stories.

Math: Pre-K students will recognize, duplicate, and extend simple patterns using attributes such as color, shape, or size


English/Language Arts: Kindergarten students are learning about how sound travels through vibrations and how to put things in categories depending on what they are made of. Students will learn to distinguish between common types of texts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, articles, etc.) and use the context of a text and its pictures to understand the meaning of some words that are new. Kindergarten students should know all of their letters and sound and are using beginning and ending sounds in their reading and writing. They are breaking words to hear dominant sounds and blending them to make a word. Students are gaining more sight word knowledge to help make reading and writing easier. They are writing 1-2 sentences to tell a story or some facts or their opinion. Students should be able to read simple patterned texts with 2 or more lines of text and be able to talk about the story.

Math: Students begin the month by measuring length using non-standard units (feet, craft sticks, and cubes). Students measure and compare objects in the classroom, and develop an understanding of the concepts of longer, shorter, and the same length. Students then learn the names and values of the penny and nickel and have experience counting money. As the month progresses, students begin exploring pattern blocks, naming, sorting, and describing attributes of each shape. Students sort pattern blocks and apply their counting and comparing skills to create a graph of two quantities. Building on this, at the end of the month, the focus is on naming, identifying, and analyzing the basic shapes. Students have many opportunities to look closely at the similarities and differences between the shapes, discuss their attributes, and sort them, using Shape Cards and Shape Sorting Cards. They also construct the shapes on geoboards.

1st Grade

English/Language Arts: First grade students are learning that when things move, energy is created and that objects moving in different motions or patterns effect the energy given off. They are able to talk about what distinguishes fiction from nonfiction by understanding different text features and characteristics. Teachers are helping students recognize words that a writer has used to make the story interesting and defining them. Students are able to change the beginning, middle and ending sounds to write/read new words. They are developing knowledge of over 100 sight words that they can read and write. In writing, they are staying on topic to write informative or explanatory pieces and supply name a topic, supply three or more facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. Students should be able to read texts that have several small paragraphs and be able to discuss what they read.

Math: Students become comfortable skip-jumping along open number lines by 5’s and 10’s, forward and backward, from any number. To practice this, they help guide frogs to hop over stones and lily pads. Students play games in which they skip-jump frogs forward and back in hops of 1, 5, and 10 along a number line, and develop confidence adding and subtracting in multiples of 5 and 10 both on and off the decade. As the month progresses, the focus turns to measurement.

In the context of a pretend trip to Antarctica, students measure their heights for snowsuits and graph the results. The class records height and other data for two types of penguins: the rockhopper and the king. Students make measuring strips and strings and use them to order and compare the numbers and find differences. The end of the month focuses on two-dimensional shapes, particularly those found in the pattern blocks (triangles, trapezoids, squares, hexagons, and rhombuses), plus rectangles. The work with shapes includes comparing, distinguishing defining attributes from nondefining, and developing problem-solving strategies. Students use pattern blocks to create composite shapes and solve puzzles, and practice drawing the shapes each day.

2nd Grade

English/Language Arts: Second grade readers are learning that movement causes different kinds of energy and objects can be moved by different forces (magnetism). They are noticing and using text features to understand what the author’s theme or main idea is for that text including simple plots with problem/solution. Students need to understand the elements of poetry and how language is used to convey meaning. They are developing sight word knowledge for hundreds of words they should be able to read and write quickly. Students are writing informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. Students should be reading chapter books and be able to talk about characters and story structure.

Math: Students explore measurement in the context of a giant’s world, complete with inchworms, foot worms, and yard worms and have multiple opportunities to make conversions between inches, feet, and yards. Students learn that a yard is the same length as three inchworm, or foot-long, rulers. They have a chance to measure their own height as well as pairs of objects in the room. Students then work to identify, describe, and extend the counting-by-3s pattern using a class-created chart. Students make snow people out of three paper circles and determine how many circles the entire class needs. The snow people are then combined to create a chart that illustrates the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication, as well as some of the patterns that appear when counting by 3s. To end the month, students imagine, visualize and count to the number 1,000. Students build place value understanding as they create and count bundles of 10 and 100 using a variety of manipulatives.

3rd Grade

English/Language Arts: Readers in 3rd grade will be developing a deeper understanding of how to navigate informational text. We will examine how text features such as glossaries and labels can help us to understand a topic better. Some informational texts use illustrations to help us visualize the new information while others utilize photographs and maps to give us first-hand experience with new ideas. Sometimes when we read, we notice how the author presents their ideas and the perspective they bring with them in their writing. We will begin to determine how an author feels about a topic they write about. 3rd grade writers will begin the New Year with completing their fantasies and will share those with their classmates once completed. We will swiftly move into using two sources to write about an idea. For January, we will begin responding to two pieces of literature and will be expanding ideas by comparing and contrasting both pieces of literature. This will help us gain a deeper understanding of texts as we make connections between them.

Math: In January, students tell time to the minute and solve elapsed time problems. Then the class discusses the need for measuring by reading a book about the biggest, talles, and fastest animals in the world. At the end of the first module, students estimate, measure, and compare the masses of different objects. In the second module, students work with volume and solve measurement-related story problems. The third module introduces them to fractions, using several different models t build, compare, and investigate the relationships among unit and common fractions. A short project at the end of the unit brings it all together, as students measure lengths to fractions of an inch and display measurement data on line plots.

Science/Social Studies Connections: Students will be studying the states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) and the relationship between them. Sources of information such as photographs and how they change over time will be examined through the social studies lens.

Social/Emotional Learning: The 3rd grade students will begin to work on problem solving, collaborate problem solving, conflict resolution, and the application of the ABCDE approach (Ask, Brainstorm, Choose, Do, Evaluate).

4th Grade

English/Language Arts: 4th grade readers will be developing a sense of how informational text is set up and how to read it effectively. Informational texts have various structures such as cause and effect, problem and solution, and chronology (i.e. – a biography). These text structures are helpful to understand because they can impact the meaning we carry throughout the text. Visual information in informational pieces are also important to understand, such as maps, diagrams, and charts. Through these elements, we can gain additional information to broaden our understanding of the topic.

Math: In January, students study addition, subtraction, and measurement concepts. As part of their work, students investigate and use the standard addition and subtraction algorithms. They compare the use of algorithms to other methods and make generalizations about which work best for certain problems. In Module 3, students explore length and distance, liquid volume, time, mass, and weight. They investigate the relationships between common measures, and they solve problems that require them to convert measurements to smaller units within the same system of measure.

Science/Social Studies Connections: Fourth grade students will be identifying the different patterns in rock formations. They will be discussing the processes that have shaped and reshaped the earth’s surfaces. They will be talking about habitats and how those habitats depend on factors with living organisms and evidence of fossils. In Social Studies, students will be combining informational text in order to understand a new topic and the information. For example, the fourth grade will be studying how Ohio became a state. They will also be looking at the involvement of Ohio in the War of 1812.

Social/Emotional Learning: Students in fourth grade will be working on solving problems collaboratively. Students will analyze the different types of conflicts and begin brainstorming solutions to classroom problems. Students will discuss that all conflicts can have a solution that makes everyone happy. We will be learning ways to deal with conflicts in creative, peaceful nonviolent ways.

5th Grade

English/Language Arts: At the start of 2019, 5th graders will be examining informational texts closely. They will compare and contrast multiple texts and their structures. Those structures will also help the students to analyze the multiple perspectives surrounding one topic. Authors bring perspectives to their writing and they can get a sense for how they feel regarding their chosen ideas. By 5th grade, students will be using visual elements from sources other than print to develop their understanding of information. They will attempt to use online resources to determine perspectives and understand structures. 5th grade writers will analyze multiple pieces of literature and develop connections between them. By doing this, they can grow their abilities to think analytically about authors’ crafts and themes across books. They will go through the writing process to ensure they are accountable for the best writing they can do. This includes planning, drafting, revising, and editing, all in one sitting which improves their efficiency and critical thinking skills. Also, the students will connect their understanding of online resources to help them in facilitating their thinking when writing about literature.

Math: In January, students return to the study of multiplication and division strategies, including the standard multiplication algorithm. In the first two modules, students investigate a number of strategies that capitalize on their estimation and mental math skills and help them continue to develop strong number sense. These include strategies that leverage the relationship between multiplication and division; the fact that 5 is half of 10; the relationships between fractions, decimals, and whole numbers; and the process of doubling and halving. In Module 3, the teacher formally introduces the standard multiplication algorithm after reviewing the area model and partial products. Module 4 reinforces the connection between multiplication and division, using the area model and ratio tables to help students develop a degree of comfort with long division.

Science/Social Studies Connections: In Science, 5th graders will be exploring how light is a form of energy that moves in predictable ways. Students will study how light travels and maintains it’s direction until it interacts with outside objects. Students will examine these processes and apply problem solving skills as they move through this unit. Social Studies: Students will be studying regions and people of the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, European exploration and colonization and the lasting effects on the Western Hemisphere will be examined.

Social/Emotional Learning: Students in 5th grade will be continuing in Unit 4 in CASEL. This unit centers around being assertive. The book Your Move by Eve Bunting will be used in this unit.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students are finishing their unit on childhood. Students will revisit the challenges and triumphs of childhood through the use of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. We will be taking our NWEA MAP assessment again this month. Please remind your child to take it seriously, as it provides us information on his or her strengths and areas of concern. Towards the end of the month, we will start our new unit on technology; specifically if it is harmful or helpful to society.

Math: Students are beginning to learn about dividing fractions and decimals. This skill can easily be practiced during meal prep when following recipes. We will end the month by revisiting algebra concepts, where students will be asked to create and solve algebraic equations

Social Studies: Students are continuing their exploration into the earliest human civilization, Ancient Mesopotamia. During this time, students will focus their attention on the core concepts of: geography, government, economics, history, and society as it relates to ancient Mesopotamia. Through various projects and activities students will internalize and document how the developments and achievements of the Mesopotamians not only set the stage for the growth of later civilizations, but how it continues to impact our lives today.

Science: Students are still working on their cell unit. They have learned about the different cells, and are now going to be learning about key parts and functions of the cells. The students really enjoy learning about our cells and the organization of our bodies.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students are finishing their unit two concept of how we overcome obstacles. They will be finishing the final lessons in unit two before we start unit three. This is also the time when we need to concentrate on building our computer skills so we can effectively use the tools for the state test

Math: Students have started chapter 4. The concepts that will be covered in chapter 4 are as followed: 1- How shapes are related, 2- Use patterns to determine missing lengths and area, 3- Make scale drawings, 4- Use tables, graphs, equations and real life situations to determine proportional relationships, and 5- Simplify and evaluate algebraic expressions.

Social Studies: Students are continuing with their study of the Middle Ages. Students will learn about the social and economic systems in Europe throughout the Middle Ages. Students learn how the different land forms played a role in how their cultures developed. In addition, students will analyze the relationship between social classes making up Feudalism.

Science: Students will be learning about the Earth’s Atmosphere and Weather. They will learn the characteristics of the different layers of the atmosphere. They will also be able to draw from prior knowledge of chemistry to determine the chemical composition of the atmospheric layers. Students will come one step closer to working on their first PBL (Project Based Learning) assignment that will allow them to create a solution to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. Students will also explore the atmospheric conditions that produce weather patterns, and how we can apply this to our everyday lives.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students are wrapping up their unit on the Holocaust with some final group work sessions. Students will then be moving into unit 3 on argument writing. We will spend the last two weeks of January reading informative texts that will argue different points of view.

Math: In Chapter 5, students will again be using y = mx + b to extract useful information about solutions and the graph of the equation. They will be practicing writing equations from word problems and we will be using algebra tiles and equation mats so that students will get a hands-on experience for representing equations and seeing how solutions are made. As they progress through the chapter students will be able to solve two equations at the same time to find one solution that works for both equations

Social Studies: Students are learning about the American Revolution and the new government that was established. After we wrap that up, we will be discovering how The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights came about.

Science: Students are learning about erosion, deposition, and weathering of the land. They will also learn about the features of Earth’s surface and different land-forms. Then they will move onto Geologic History. They will focus on aging, fossils, and climate change.