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Classroom-Updates

Classroom Updates

Stay in touch each week with what students are learning and all about what's happening in each Immanuel Lutheran School classroom (K - 8). If you have any questions or need to reach a specific teacher, please contact the school office anytime.

Kindergarten

 

Kindergarten is off to a great start.  The students have been learning their new routines and making new friends.  They have been getting to know each other’s names and doing lots of “All About Me” activities.  They have also been listening to the story of creation. Soon they will be hearing about the fall into sin and the story of Noah and the flood.  The students are learning to count and write numbers and we have begun to learn the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. 

They have been reading lots of nursery rhymes and doing many phonemic activities like changing the sounds in words, and listening for words that start the same or rhyme.  They have been learning the concepts about print in our shared reading and writing, and have also been learning to recognize sight words and read simple patterned books.  The students are enjoying the monarch butterfly in our room that changed from a caterpillar. Soon the class will be talking about the five senses, the season of fall, apples, and pumpkins. 

 

1st & 2nd Grades

 

First and second graders are settling in to routines – remembering to walk with “marshmallow toes” in the hallway and raising their hands to speak. We developed our class rules based on the fruits of the spirit – LOVE, being the most important. If we love each other we will be kind, gentle, patient, good, peaceful, joyful, and have self-control. All students are excited about our class pet, Snow Bunny. She is very cuddly and loves to lick the person with whom she is sitting. She loves story time on the lap of one lucky child per day. The first graders have adjusted well to a full day of school with lunch.

 

3rd & 4th Grades

 

RELIGION: We are covering the first units which showcase how God blesses His family of believers and how God made a people for Himself.

MATH:  Third graders will be learning about numeration, and number sense, addition and subtraction.  In October, they will be learning how to use place value to add and subtract and the meanings of multiplication in math. 

Fourth graders will begin their year by enhancing their multiplication and division skills, as well as learning how to generate and analyze patterns. This will be followed with the enhancement of their place value knowledge as well as their skills in adding and subtracting whole numbers. 

READING: We are reading selections that make up the first theme of our reading anthologies. Third graders are reading stories that fall under the themes Creativity at Work and Discovering Courage, while fourth graders are reading stories that fall under the themes Guiding Your Way and Working It Out

SCIENCE: We are leaning about animal by identifying their specific needs and identifying how they go about meeting their needs.

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies we will be working on understanding geography and how our nation is made of many people.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We are learning about completes sentences, parts of a friendly letter, and how to write a descriptive paragraph. From there they will be moving on to narrative paragraphs and writing our own personal narratives.

Upper Grades

5th Grade

 

MATH:

Grade 5-The fifth grade will be concentrating on place value and the use of decimals and fractions.  They also will be working on comparing and ordering numbers and fractions.  Along with adding and subtracting decimals, students will be learning to round, and estimate.  Extra emphasis will be placed on mastering the use of whole numbers, including mental math, estimation, and exponents.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

All of our classes are focusing on increased writing proficiency and the ability to express themselves fluently in the many different writing styles. Great emphasis will be placed on narrative writing, descriptive writing and persuasive writing.  They will be working on analyzing their reading selection with a strong emphasis on character analysis, plot organization, and theme.

Grade 5—During the first quarter students will be reading material dealing with how people relate to one another and also e reading stories about famous American and how thy contributed to our country.  .  In the first quarter writers will be focusing on sentence structure including the proper use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, capitalization, punctuation, and other parts of speech. The students will be learning revision strategies in writing, which they can apply to promote sentence fluency by elaborating and combining sentences.

SCIENCE:

 Grade 5-The fifth grade class will be learning about different types of weather and cloud formation.  They will focus on how temperature, pressure, moisture, and wind produce weather.   Students will also discuss how the climate of an area is determined by many factors, and how man can influence climatic changes.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Grade 5- The students have once again started in the study of geography. Using the computer lab students will be researching types of landforms. Students will then be writing an ABC Book of these landforms.

6th Grade

 

MATH:

  Grade 6-The sixth grade will be concentrating on numeration, which includes exponents and place value with the operations of multiplication and division. Once they have reviewed and mastered these operations, they will begin the use of variables, expressions, and properties of algebra, including the order of operations.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

All of our classes are focusing on increased writing proficiency and the ability to express themselves fluently in the many different writing styles. Great emphasis will be placed on narrative writing, descriptive writing and persuasive writing.  They will be working on analyzing their reading selection with a strong emphasis on character analysis, plot organization, and theme.

Grade 6—English class will be focusing on the different types of sentences, nouns, verbs, and their modifiers. They will practice writing skills for each of these specific parts of a sentence. Each student will have specific writing assignments describing their responsibilities.  At the end of September, we will have a writer’s workshop involving the entire school.

SCIENCE:

 Grade 6-The students will focus on the study of geology and how forces beneath the surface of the earth can cause dramatic changes above the ground.  The students will discover how faulting formation of mountains and other factors are the result of plate tectonics.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Grade 6— Sixth grade will be spending the year exploring the cultures of the world.    They will begin by understanding the meaning of culture and how they differ from one another.  They will then begin to study the early cultures and their contribution to human history.  They will explore the location of these cultures and how these locations affected their development.

They will begin their Wonder of the World project.  Each student will select one wonder to research. Using the computer lab, they will research how each was built, the reason for its development, and how they were constructed.

Seventh & Eighth Grades

 

MATH:

Grade 7--The seventh grade will be developing their skills with decimals and integers.  They will also cement their skills with all operations, exponents, and order of operations.  During this time they will be enhancing their abilities by understanding prime factorization and the use of all operations with fractions.

Grade 8—Use of integers, problem solving, and the solving of equations with one variable are the main focus as the students move closer to their study of Algebra and preparation for High School.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

All of our classes are focusing on increased writing proficiency and the ability to express themselves fluently in the many different writing styles. Great emphasis will be placed on narrative writing, descriptive writing and persuasive writing.  They will be working on analyzing their reading selection with a strong emphasis on character analysis, plot organization, and theme.

Grades 7 & 8- Defining theme characterization, exposition, and climax of story will be a strong emphasis in the first quarter.  The students will take a journey through various short story genres written by famous authors.

SCIENCE:

Grades 7 & 8-Students in will be discussing the interactions that occur among organisms and their environment. They will also explore how the producers, consumers, and decomposers facilitate the flow of energy through a community and thus create a food chain. They will understand the changes that occur in nature and the reasons for those changes.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Grades7 & 8—These grades will be exploring American history.  During the first quarter, the students will learn how the U.S. acquired all the land from East to West.  They will also be discussing the acquisition of Texas and the rapid expansion of the American people to the western territories.  In that this is an election year, the students will discuss the process of electing a president.  This includes primaries/caucuses, the positions of each candidate, the campaign, and the Electoral College.

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