CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 12, 2017

Kindergarten | First Grade | Second Grade | Third Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time painting their bird house sculptures. We talked about primary colors, red, blue and yellow. Primary colors are the only colors that cannot be made by mixing two other colors and you can make any color of the rainbow by mixing those colors. Mrs. Choi gave those primary colors with white and students had a great time painting their bird house sculptures with the colors that they made.

Last week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed reading the story “I’m Gonna Like Me”. We had good discussion regarding Self Esteem. Late notices come home in Friday folders of books 3 weeks or more overdue. Kindergarten check out days are: Check out days: Wednesday: Bernal. Thursday: Torgerson and Isaman.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed a biography and several stories from Deb Lund, a local author who will be visiting our school and Library next week. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19th, with all materials due by May 25th. After May 25th final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.

Last week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were rhythm patterns, body awareness, and repertoire.  Students learned the folk songs Fiddle-dee-dee, Here Comes a Bluebird, Little Robin, and Little Swallow.  These songs incorporated games and activities that involved playing instruments, body movement, and steady beat.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were rhythm patterns, body awareness, up versus down, mallet technique, steady pulse, and unpitched percussion technique.  Kindergartners warmed up with an activity called Follow Me where students create versus and movements that the rest of the class copies.  They learned a folk rhyme called The Ship that involved a crash cymbal and turning on/off the lights to create a storm.  Finally, students learned the folk song My Little Boat where they played hand drums and sang in the formation of a row boat.  Kindergarteners had to keep a half note pulse by pantomiming rowing and then rotating around the ship.

Last week in PE, the Kindergarteners survived a wild game of partner tag called Music Ball.  They are beginning to understand how to move more safely in the gym.  Being aware of their personal space, and those around them is crucial for many activities that they will participate in moving forward.  On Friday, they played catch with noodles and played a game called “Over, Under, Through”.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners did an incredible job of listening and learning for the Dance Dude.  This focus resulted in some impressive dance moves including the Electric Slide, the Wobble, and the Virginia Wheel.  It was an energetic time of dancing for all.  Rock on Kindergarteners!

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to “the” in Spanish (el/la). The students discussed the difference between el/ la. They noticed that el is used for words that end in -O and la is used for words that end in -A. The students also had a blast hitting a piñata that fourth grade made for them during art class.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students completed their STAR Reading and Math testing.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students enjoyed putting details on their painted house sculptures. We made windows and doors with construction paper, flowers and trees with pompoms and tissue paper. Their creations turned out fun and Mrs. Choi cannot wait to display their art at the CHA annual art show!

Last week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed reading the story “I’m Gonna Like Me”. We had good discussion regarding Self Esteem. Late notices come home in Friday folders of books 3 weeks or more overdue. Check out days: Tuesday: Grieger, Wednesday: Carver, Thursday: Newell.

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed a biography and several stories from Deb Lund, a local author who will be visiting our school and Library next week. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19th, with all materials due by May 25th. After May 25th, final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.

Last week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were mallet technique, ABA song form, and steady pulse.  1st graders learned or reviewed the song Drip Drop adding mallet parts and percussion parts.  Students also learned the folk rhyme All Around the Buttercup and added a follow the leader game to accompany.  Lastly, 1st graders reviewed Little Red Caboose and played the circle game Grizzly Bear.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, AB song form, steady pulse, and rhythmic patterns.  1stgraders enjoyed making and playing rhythm s out of popsicle sticks.  1st graders also added choreography to a Mexican Counting Song.  They also enjoyed the lyrics and movements to the folk songs Allison’s Camel and Punchinella.

Last week in PE, the First Graders played a wild game of partner tag called Music Ball.  They did a fantastic job of moving safely in the gym.  Being aware of their personal space, and those around them is crucial for many activities that they will participate in moving forward.  On Thursday, they played catch with noodles and played a game called “Over, Under, Through”.

This week in PE, the First Graders performed many different dance moves under the instruction of the Dance Dude, Gaylen Suave.  They remembered the hit, Peanut Butter Jelly Time from last year.  They also did the Electric Slide, the Wobble, the Virginia Wheel, the YMCA, and the Cupid Shuffle.

This week in Spanish, First Grade took notes on sentence formation using family vocabulary. They also learned new words like: tengo(have), yo (I), and a(una/una). With these new words, they were able to form sentences like “I have mother (Yo tengo una madre.)” The students also had a blast hitting a piñata that fourth grade made for them during art class.

This week in First Grade Technology, students discovered and explored Morse Code. Students listened to the letters of Morse Code and learned how it was used in the past. They enjoyed typing their name, school, and a secret message using this language.

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students added last touch up to their Koi Fish project. We learned how to make tissue paper water lilies and added some lily pads and tissue paper flowers to the Koi Fish project. Their creations turned out great and Mrs. Choi is excited to display their creations at the CHA annual art show!

Last week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed reading the story “I’m Gonna Like Me”. We had good discussion regarding Self Esteem. Late notices come home in Friday folders of books 3 weeks or more overdue. Check out days: Wednesday: Hong, Duffina. Thursday: Hong.

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed a biography and several stories from Deb Lund, a local author who will be visiting our school and Library next week. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19th, with all materials due by May 25th. After May 25th, final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.

Last week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were forte/piano dynamics, pitched percussion, and rhythm patterns.  2ndgraders took the familiar 5 Little Monkeys rhyme and added dynamics and tempo changes.  They also composed rhythmic word chains made out of food and added them to the song “A Thousand Hungry Savages” to form a rondo.  Finally, students made up their own rhythms using animal names and added them a song called We’re Off to the Zoo arranged for mallet instruments.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were pitched percussion technique, ostinato, and quarter/eighth note rhythms.  2nd graders played and sang a song called “Jinny Go Round” that replaces “Jinny” with students’ names in the class.  In addition to the vocal parts, three mallet parts were played while other students played the circle game.  Students learned a duet on hand drums called I Can Read That, which utilized an ostinato pattern.  Finally, students played a steady pulse Magic Word game, and reviewed 5 Little Monkeys adding dynamics and tempo shifts.

Last week in PE, the Second Graders got out on the field and worked on their Frisbee skills.  They made plenty of pancakes, and improved their aim with the backhand throw.  Friday’s weather forced us inside, but we continued with Frisbee playing “Can Jam”.

This week in PE, the Second Graders were incredible.  They were extremely respectful and fantastic students for the Dance Dude.  It was a blast dancing with them as they performed several different dances like the Electric Slide, the Jitterbug, Virginia Wheel, and All-Star Circles.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade played Bingo. They used this game to review their clothes vocabulary. The students also had a blast hitting a piñata that fourth grade made for them during art class.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students were introduced to Pivot Animator. Pivot is a freeware application that allows users to create stick-figure and sprite animations, and save them in the animated GIF format. Students explored changing their frames per second to change their animation. 

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Third Grade

This week at Art, Third Grade students continued working on the Tree Weaving project.

Last week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed reading the story “I’m Gonna Like Me”. We had good discussion regarding Self Esteem. Late notices come home in Friday folders of books 3 weeks or more overdue. Check out days: Wednesday: Peters and Morman. Thursday: Shamsen.

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed a biography and several stories from Deb Lund, a local author who will be visiting our school and Library next week. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19th, with all materials due by May 25th. After May 25th, final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.

Last week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were canon/round, mallet technique, steady pulse, musical phrase, improvisation, and composition.  3rd graders reviewed the round Scotland’s Burning and transferred the melody to mallet instruments.  They performed it as a 4 part round.  Students also learned a folk rhyme called 2-4-6-8 choosing body percussion rhythms to accompany.  Lastly, they enjoyed reviewing the improvisation game Ama Lama and the composition activity called Let’s Create a Rondo.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were steady pulse, vocal ostinato, rhythm patterns, and mallet technique.  3rd graders learned a song called “My Horses Ain’t Hungry” that utilized two vocal parts, mallet instruments, and percussion.  Students enjoyed learning and rotating through all 3 parts.  Students also partnered up and added body percussion to the Mexican Folk rhyme Bate, Bate.  Finally, students took the rhythms in “I Can Play That!” from a few weeks ago and transferred the duet on to mallet instruments.

Last week in PE, the Third Graders wrapped up Floor Hockey on Monday.  On Wednesday, they took advantage of the sun and worked on their Frisbee skills.  There were plenty of lovely looking pancakes, and the backhand throws were surprisingly accurate as well. 

This week in PE, the Third Graders arrived to class with an abundance of enthusiasm.  They struggled to maintain their control, but in the end, they finished off Dance Week strong with some fantastic moves that culminated with an electrifying performance of All-Star Circles.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished their art piece. They were challenged to use their hand outline to make their animal they researched. The students also had a blast hitting a piñata that fourth grade made for them during art class.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students managed the class by running their own Kahoot. Each class had the opportunity to participate in over 15 Kahoots created by their classmates. Mrs. Hayes loved seeing their competitive side!

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Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a wonderful field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. The students learned about 4 different types of Symmetry; translation, rotation, reflection and glide reflection. After learning bout Symmetry, we had a tour around the museum and looked at art works to see how artists used different types of symmetries in their art. After the tour, we had an opportunity to explore, ‘Seeing Nature’ exhibit. Featuring 39 landscape paintings drawn from the private collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, including masterworks by Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The students had a great time looking at the actual art that used Pointillism technique and other masterpieces.

Last week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed planning and getting started on our book trailer project. Book trailers are somewhat like movie trailers, getting readers excited and interested in different books. Check out days: Monday: Setting and Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Jarvis.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed a biography and several stories from Deb Lund, a local author who will be visiting our school and Library next week. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19th, with all materials due by May 25th. After May 25th, final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.

Last week’s objective in 4th Grade Music was to learn a few simple chords on the guitar.  Students learned E minor and A7.  They worked on trying to learn the finger positions and alternate between the two chords. 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, canon/rounds, rhythmic and scale patterns.  4thgraders were briefly introduced to the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony called Wildflowers.  They also did an activity called Scales are a Breeze, which utilized scale patterns and an ostinato on mallet instruments.  Finally, students enjoyed a rhythmic canon set to the tongue twister Peter Piper which had them speaking eighth and sixteenth note patterns.

Last week in PE, the Fourth Graders took advantage of better weather and practiced their Frisbee skills.  By Thursday, they were ready for Ultimate.  Awesome job Fourth Graders.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders showed that they are ready to become the leaders of our school next year.  They were fantastic students for the Dance Dude as he led them through several high-energy dances.  The Electric Slide, Virginia Wheel, the Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, and the Jitterbug were a hit.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade finished their conjugation flowers. The students had to conjugate the word trabajar (work) in each petal and they also added a subject pronoun to each corresponding petal. The students also had a blast hitting a piñata that they made during art class.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students are on the final leg of their Lego animation. Most students have added dialog and music to their animation. They are excited for the Lego “viewing party” at the end of the year. These animations will be shared with parents via our YouTube channel when completed.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students learned about Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). One of his sculpture, ‘Walking Man’ recently became the highest selling sculpture of all time, which made the kids even more interested to learn about the artist. Before we started the project, we also learned about human body proportions and started creating Giacometti inspired sculptures using wire, cardboard, and aluminum foil.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed a biography and several stories from Deb Lund, a local author who will be visiting our school and Library next week. As the year comes to a close, we will conduct inventory of all Library materials. The last day to check out materials is May 19th, with all materials due by May 25th. After May 25th, final late notices will be sent home in Friday folders.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were percussion ensemble techniques and group interaction.  5th graders continued the process of learning and reviewing a celebratory African mallet piece called Clave, which they hope to perform at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders rocked out with the Dance Dude Gaylen Suave.  They picked the dances up quickly, which allowed Gaylen to move them along to some more challenging dances such as the Jitterbug, and The Uptown Funky Dance.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was introduced to -ir verbs. They discussed how -ir and -er are verbs are very similar when conjugating. They also practiced writing complete sentences using -ir verbs and conjugating them. The students were also able to practice -er verbs by completing a conjugation chart that had all the subject pronouns: yo,tu,el/ella, nosotros, and ustedes.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students created an outline and shell for their DC Sways. Student enjoyed reviewing photographs from our trip to be included in their SWAY. If your child would like to include their own images, they can upload them to their OneDrive from home.

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