CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 15, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Hawron’s class and Mrs. McInerney’s class have finished with their first art project: self-portraits! Their self-portraits turned out wonderful! They traced oval templates, drew in their facial features, and colored them with chalk pastels and color pencils. Copies of their self-portraits will be on their lockers shortly. Mrs. Choi finally had a pleasure to meet Mrs. Bernal’s class and Mrs. Newell’s class this week. We started learning about classroom rules and expectation and started working on our self-portraits.  We are off to a great start! Mrs. Choi is looking forward to have a creative year with them. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students continued to review the expectations of the Library and enjoyed their first check out time. Each week the students will visit Library twice per week for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music included establishing a routine, vocal tone production, rhythmic patterns, and unpitched percussion technique.  Kindergarteners enjoyed learning about the layout of the music room and all its music treasures.  Students started a six- week unit that centers on a farm.  Each week students will be introduced to a different farm animal and all the musical activities will be associated with that animal.  This week’s animal was the duck.  Students learned the songs Welcome Boys and Girls, Going to the Farm, and Listen to the Ducks.  They enjoyed playing rhythm sticks to the quarter-note “quacks”.  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to the days of the week with a song they sang along with Senora V. The students were also presented with the color song and they started a color activity. Each student practiced their Spanish by telling Senora how they felt with bien (good) or mal (bad).

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students designed and colored name tags to help them find their own computers. They discovered how we use bricks as a non-verbal way to ask for help in technology. Students are still getting used to the technology routine but are well on their way to becoming great technology leaders.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students have been putting a lot of effort into their self-portraits! Many students were excited about how their drawings are turning out nicely this year. This week, students finished with their sketches and started coloring facial features and background with color pencils and chalk pastels.

This week in Library, First Grade students worked on a Circle Map to help define what Library time means to them and how the Library can be a resource. Book check out started this week. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included establishing a routine, dramatic play, unpitched percussion technique, steady pulse, and high versus low. First graders learned the welcome song Welcome Back to School and chose percussion instruments to accompany the counting at the end.  They also explored their high and low voices with the poem Five Little Monkeys.  Lastly, they played the freeze game and learned a “lining up” song.

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed the phrase “Hola, me llamo” (Hello, my name is). They also revisited sentence structure rules. They went over the rule for el/la. When a noun ends in -a they need to use la, but for any other ending they need to use el.

This week in First Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes finally had the opportunity to meet Ms. Wilcox’s class. Students discovered how to log into the first grade account on their computers. The beginning of the semester will focus primarily on keyboarding. Students enjoyed playing Marcelino’s Letters for keyboarding practice.

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students have been putting a lot of effort into their self-portraits! Many students were excited about how their drawings are turning out nicely this year. This week, students finished with their sketches and started coloring facial features and background with color pencils and chalk pastels.

This week in Library, Second Grade students worked on a Circle Map to help define what Library time means to them and how the Library can be a resource. Book check out started this week. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music included establishing a routine, rhythmic echoing, and melodic contour.  Second graders echoed rhythms played by the teacher on hand drums and learned a song called Vacation Fun that had them participating based on activities they did this past summer. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to Hispanic Heritage month. The students wrote down key points in their mini book like when this celebration started and they also found out about some amazing Hispanics who made great contributions to the U.S.

This week in Second Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes finally had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Fox and Mrs. Morman’s class. We reviewed our goals and expectations for our 15 minutes of typing practice with Type to Learn each class period. Students were a bit rusty with their typing but warmed up quickly. Students also showed their competitive side by competing in a Kahoot about technology class!

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Third Grade

This week Art, Third Grade students have been putting a lot of effort into their self-portraits! Many students were excited about how their drawings are turning out nicely this year. This week, students finished with their sketches and started coloring facial features and background with color pencils and chalk pastels.

This week in Library, Third Grade students worked on a Circle Map to help define what Library time means to them and how the Library can be a resource. Book check out stared this week. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music included establishing a routine, steady pulse, sol-la-mi intervals, and rhythmic phrases.  Students learned a jump rope rhyme called Up the Ladder where they kept a steady body percussion ostinato while chanting their names.  Third graders also did some echoing of 8-beat rhythms played by the teacher and learned a dramatic play song called Popcorn. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was introduced to Hispanic Heritage month. The students wrote down key points in their mini book like when this celebration started and they also found out about some amazing Hispanics who made great contributions to the U.S.

This week in Third Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes finally had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Peter’s class. We reviewed our goals and expectations for our 15 minutes of typing practice with Type to Learn each class period. Students were a bit rusty with their typing but warmed up quickly. Students also showed their competitive side by competing in a Kahoot about technology class!


Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students have been putting a lot of effort into their self-portraits! Many of them are eager to make their portraits the BEST one yet and their drawings are turning out wonderful! This week, students finished with their sketches and started coloring facial features and background with color pencils and chalk pastels. They need just one more week to finish with their masterpieces.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students worked on a Circle Map to help define what Library time means to them and how the Library can be a resource. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music included establishing a routine, echoing rhythm patterns, steady pulse, mallet classification and technique.   Fourth graders learned a circle name game and explore steady pulse through variation of the freeze game.  Students learned a song called Listen, that helped them learn the difference between a xylophone, metallophone, and glockenspiels.  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to their new Spanish book Realidades. They watched a video clip that explained to them why they should study Spanish and they also discussed this question. The students began an activity to practice their Spanish greetings. The students wrote a conversation that they would have with another student and they practiced that conversation with that student.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students reviewed our goals and expectations for our 15 minutes of typing practice with Type to Learn each class period. We set a goal of 40 WPM. Students also explored a new technology tool, Padlet. Padlet is a free application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. Students can add images, links, videos, and more. Students enjoyed brainstorming ways to use this tool in their classroom.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students have been putting a lot of effort into their self-portraits! Many of them are eager to make their portraits the BEST one yet and their drawings are turning out wonderful! This week, students finished with their sketches and started coloring facial features and background with color pencils and chalk pastels. They need just one more week to finish with their masterpieces.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students worked on a Circle Map to help define what Library time means to them and how the Library can be a resource. Book check out will start the week of Sept. 11th. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor. Wednesday: Carpenter

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music included establishing a routine, mallet technique, vocal repertoire, and AB form.  Students learned a song called Good Morning/Good Afternoon, and added a body percussion accompaniment to the B section with a partner.  Fifth graders also practiced echoing more advanced rhythmic patterns played by the teacher.  Finally, students learned the folk rhyme Out Goes the Rat in canon form on mallet instruments.  

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders were in dress uniform for picture day. This gave them an opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition. “Duck Duels” even had them using their math facts! On Friday, they hit the field for some Kickball. A practice game allowed everyone to get involved, and to learn the rules on the fly.

 

This week in Spanish, Fifth grade reviewed conjugation rules. They went over the endings and the different subject pronouns. The students practiced using these rules by cutting out a paper hand and conjugating the word tocar (play). They also went over the new chapter for this trimester which included ordinal number and things they use in each classroom.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, Mrs. Hayes finally had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Taylor’s class. Students reviewed our goals and expectations for our 15 minutes of typing practice with Type to Learn each class period. We set a goal of 40 WPM. Students began their first project in Microsoft Publisher. They set out to create fliers for our upcoming Walk-A-Thon.

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