Update: May 2019


English/Language Arts: Kindergarten students are learning about what living things need to live and what is in their habitats. The teacher is supporting student learning about identifying the characters and events within and between texts. They are discussing how to compare and contrast the adventures and experiences. In non-fiction texts, they are demonstrating comprehension by identifying the key points and being able to determine what is relevant and irrelevant in a text. 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 4 or more sentences to tell a story or some facts or their opinion. Students should be able to read texts with 3 or more lines of text and be able to talk about the story and its meaning or information given.

Math: To begin the month, students focus on addition and subtraction, as well as working on understanding and recording equations. The teacher stresses counting strategies such as combinations of 5 and 10, counting on, doubles, counting back, and thinking in 10s and 1s. As the month continues, students are focused once again on the 10s and 1s structure of “-teen” numbers and connecting the quantity with appropriate symbolic notation (that is, numerals and equations). Students use cubes to build “-teen” numbers and then compare the quantities they have built. Then, students spend a couple of sessions using a number line to locate numbers that are more than and less than a given number.

1st Grade

English/Language Arts: First grade students are learning about how living things use their environment to survive. Students are identifying characters, plot and events within and between texts. Students are comparing and contrasting the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories. In non-fiction texts, they are identifying relevant and irrelevant information given and reasons to support their point of discussion. They are identifying the author’s key details and examples to support their ideas as they notice basic similarities and differences in texts on the same topic. First grade students are using the different vowel sounds, long or short, to read and write unfamiliar words. They should be able to write the dominant sounds in 4 or more letter words easily and words that follow a vowel pattern. Students are reading texts that have short paragraphs with dialogue and interesting characters and plot. They are gaining over 100 sight words that they can read and write. In writing, they are writing opinion pieces, narrative stories, or informational pieces with an introduction, supporting details or sequential events and a closing statement. Their writing should be at least 8 or more sentences on topic and should be able to read it. They are learning how to research information to provide answers to their questions.

Math: This month, students enter the fairy tale world of Hansel and Gretel, who create and mark paths by dropping pebbles every 10 steps. When these intervals prove to be too far apart, they use pinecones to mark each halfway point and bread crumbs to mark each step. The path-like number lines that emerge during this module give students many opportunities to count forward and backward by 1s, 5s, and 10s from a variety of starting points, read and write numbers to 120, and add and subtract 1-digit numbers to and from 2-digit numbers.
The Hansel and Gretel theme continues in the month of May. Students are given interesting opportunities to design paths of different lengths and to figure out the lengths of path sections presented to them. Students make a game involving a path 120 steps long. They spin to make jumps of 1, 2, 5, or 10, and later 20 or 30, to race from one end of the path to the other. Students also practice counting pennies into groups of 10, and 10’s into a group of 100. As the month continues, students experiment with each unit of time so they begin to develop a sense of duration. Students count by 5s on the clock, compare 2-digit numbers, and add 2-digit numbers using the clock face, manipulatives, or mental math.

2nd Grade

English/Language Arts: Second grade readers are learning about how living things change or become extinct because of their environment or how the living things change the environment to survive. This includes how human interaction helps or hurts the environment. They are learning to compare and contrast the themes, characters and events of different versions of the same text. In non-fiction texts, they are identifying basic similarities/differences between texts on the same topic or same main idea. Students are reading chapter books with complex stories or information and writing about what they are reading. They are reading to learn. They are developing sight word knowledge for hundreds of words for reading and writing. Students are writing opinion pieces, narrative stories and informational pieces in which they introduce a topic or characters, give details or events and provide a concluding statement or section. Their writing should be easy to read.

Math: This month, students are able to review place value through and beyond 1,000, as well as 3-digit addition and subtraction. Students have an opportunity to deepen their understandings and solidify strategies for working with 3-digit addition and subtraction problems, and develop new methods of approaching these situations.

3rd Grade

English/Language Arts: For the month of May, readers and writers will be studying poetry. We will be analyzing how poems make us feel and emotions that come through when reading our favorite types of poems. As we study them, we will begin to create our poems in our poetry notebooks. By the end of the year, we will have a collection of poems to refer back to and share with others.

Math: This month, students continue their work with multiplication as they explore and discuss 1-by-2-digit arrays and add to their collection of multiplication strategies. As the month progresses, students return to fractions, introducing three new ways to model, compare, and generate equivalent fractions—use of a 12-inch ruler, a 12-foot long strip of adding machine tape, and tiles in an egg carton subdivided with one or more pieces of yarn. These models allow students to work with halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths as they conduct a variety of investigations. To end the month, students have an opportunity to apply their understanding of fractions to contexts involving a new number line game, division, and data collection, representation, and analysis.

Science/Social Studies Connections: 3rd graders will be revisiting life cycles, focusing on plants, as well as using the scientific method. Students will complete small experiments and make observations to apply to the scientific process. Students will utilize map skills and study landforms in Social Studies.

Social/Emotional Learning: The 3rd grade students will focus on Making a Difference (CASEL- Unit 7). Meditation is a focus of this unit.

4th Grade

English/Language Arts: Fourth graders will be exploring poetry during the month of May so that we can determine how authors use language to convey emotions. There are so many different types of poems so we will analyze the types and try out our writing skills in creating our own. By the end of the year, we will have a collection of poems to refer back to and share with others.

Math: To begin the month, students create decimal strips and use these to represent, compare, order, and add fractions with denominators of 10 and 100. As the month continues, students review strategies for solving single- and double-digit multiplication combinations, with a particular focus on the use of the area model and partial products. Students are introduced to the standard algorithm for multiplying 2- and 3-digit by 1-digit numbers and then the standard algorithm for 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication.

Science/Social Studies Connections: 4th grade students will discuss
electrical energy and how it can be converted into heat, light, sound, and motion. 4th grade students will be thinking about economics and culture. Students will learn how Ohio provided many important goods and services to our economy and our country. Students will realize our growing economy and the rich mixture of culture make Ohio a great place to live.

Social/Emotional Learning: Students will learn exercises to calm the body and focus on the mind through techniques using mindfulness.

5th Grade

English/Language Arts: In May, 5th graders will be exploring poetry, and will be understanding how authors use figurative language and set up their poems. The layout and use of stanzas and lines help the readers to understand what is most important within a poem and what the author wants us to really take away. By the end of the year, we will have a collection of poems to refer back to and share with others.

Math: To start the month, students extend their strategies for multi-digit and fraction division through sharing and grouping division. As the month
progresses, students examine and discuss effects of multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals by powers of 10. To wrap up the month, students share strategies for estimating the results of decimal multiplication and division, and use familiar models- ratio tables, open arrays, and long division notation- to find the answers.

Science/Social Studies Connections: Mayan, Incan and Aztec civilizations
will be a focus of daily study for 5th grade social studies students at Willard. Content reading selections, maps, timelines, and hands on activities will be built upon as students discover the arrival of man by crossing the Berlin Strait Land Bridge. Various knowledge checks, follow ups, and connections will be incorporated into rubrics for grading to insure maximum success for each student. Your child should be able to identify and explain the daily life, art, crafts, farming, calendars, games, government, and agriculture of each ancient civilization by the end of this unit.

Social/Emotional Learning: Students will utilize strategies to identify
prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes in their own attitudes and behaviors as well as explore techniques to resolve conflict with others.

6th Grade

English/Language Arts: We will close the year out with the classic, Where the Red Fern Grows. Work will also continue in our unit about Animal Allies. Collaboration will remain a strong focus.

Math: Students will be very busy completing a comprehensive project. They will be revisiting rates and proportions, expressions and equations (algebra), statistics and probability as well as geometry. During the project, The Amazon Mission students will be asked to construct a container that must transport medicine to the people of the Amazon, develop a plan to filter contaminated water and finally choose a combination of interventions that will stop the spread of the influenza virus.

Social Studies: Students will continue to learn about the early empires of Ancient India and China. Specifically, they will take a closer look at their unique governments, economic systems, social structures, religions, and technologies. Students will learn about the agricultural practices and products that flourished as a result of favorable geographic characteristics. Understanding the cultural practices and products of these early civilizations will help students better understand the Eastern Hemisphere today. Then, students will take an in-depth look at the different types of governments, understand the relationship between those in power and individual citizens in a democracy, dictatorship, monarchy, and theocracy.

Science: Students will learn about the first 20 elements and about the periodic table. The students really enjoy learning about the periodic table and all the different elements! We will end our year learning about compounds and different phases of matter.

7th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will finish their unit on Generations and what one generation can learn from another. The seventh grade students will write an argument essay, their final major assessment of the school year.

Math: Students are in Chapter 8, “Statistics and Angle Relationships.” There are three concepts that will be covered: 1) collect, analyze, describe and compare data 2) design surveys in order to collect representative data 3) build and compare shapes.

Social Studies: Students will begin to study how revolutions and reforms changed governments in Europe and the Americas. In addition, they will examine the causes and effects of global challenges faced by citizens in their struggle to attain civil rights and liberties. We will wrap up the school year with an in depth look at the challenges faced by people today as well as the role terrorism has played globally.

Science: Students will be exploring basic Ecology. This is my favorite unit to teach because it involves the relationship between animals and plants in the world around us. They will have the opportunity to participate in many different hands on observations, games, and projects for the rest of the year to reinforce this material.

8th Grade

English/Language Arts: Students will be finishing up the year with some fun activities related to readings we’ve done and writing. They will also be taking their final district assessment, a post-assessment on writing arguments

Math: 8th grade students will be exploring Financial Literacy when we utilize a program called, “Real Money, Real World”. This is a real world study into the choices and practices students will make in their working life, after high school. Students can select a career path, an educational path, or a military path. Students will be given a competitive wage for their selected path and have to “make due” with real world choices and responsibilities that include taxes, rent, utilities, insurance, child care, etc.

Social Studies: Students are going to finish up their year learning about the North and South. They will be studying about the causes and life during the Civil War. After this, students will be learning about The Reconstruction Era after the war.

Science: Students will be reviewing all of the topics covered this year in Earth Science, Physical Science and Life Science. This will provide students with a deeper understanding of the material and also allow for more hands on labs and projects to demonstrate their learning.