CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 22, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about Eric Carle, children’s book illustrator. First, we watch a video of Eric Carle explaining how he creates his collage. Inspired by him, the students painted sheets of watercolor paper using a range of thick and thin brushes dipped in bright contrasting colors. Then they add more strokes and dots with marker caps. Next week when they come back, we will turn their paintings into beautiful butterfly collage.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We had great conversation about how a selfless act can leave such an impact. 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 long versus short, rhythm patterns, unpitched percussion, and steady pulse. This week’s farm animal was the chicken. Students played tambourines to the quarter-note “clucks” on Listen to the Hens. Kindergarteners also danced the Chicken Dance and learned the Mother Goose rhyme Chook, Chook. Finally, they were introduced to a color game. Each color represents a movement. (walk, stop, jog, hop, gallop, tip-toe etc.)

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners learned how to work together as a team using the parachute for the first time at CHA. On Friday, they were super excited for our walk-a-thon. We saved our legs by playing a fun game called “Bean Bag Basketball.”

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed the color song and finished coloring a flower with each Spanish color. During calendar time, the students had the opportunity share how they felt with bien (good) or mal (bad0 along with their new word triste (sad).

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students discovered proper hand placement on the computer mouse. We practiced “driving” the mouse to different areas around the screen. Students also had the opportunity to log into the Kindergarten account on the computers. You can help you child at home by helping them with hand placement and finding the letters K-I-N-D on the keyboard quickly. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First grade students learned about Eric Carle, children’s book illustrator. First, we watch a video of Eric Carle explaining how he creates his collage. Inspired by him, the students painted sheets of watercolor paper using a range of thick and thin brushes dipped in bright contrasting colors. Then they add more strokes and dots with marker caps. Next week when they come back, we will turn their paintings into animal collages.

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We had great conversation about how a selfless act can leave such an impact. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included same versus different, sol-mi vocal intervals, steady pulse, and up versus down. First graders added body movements to the rhythmic rhyme Two Little Apples and the song Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands. Students also explored steady beat movements in various tempos, freezing when they heard a specific rhythm played on the hand drum. Steady pulse was further explored with I Think Music’s Neat where they took turns leading the class in steady beat movements. Finally, first graders added up and down movements to the Hickory, Dickory, Dock nursery rhyme in preparation for up and down on the xylophones.

This week in PE, the First Graders started out on Tuesday working together to use the parachute. On Thursday, they were super excited for our walk-a-thon. We saved our legs by playing a fun game called “Bean Bag Basketball.”

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed masculine and feminine nouns. They discussed when a noun ends in an -a use la, but when it ends in any other letter use el.

This week in First Grade Technology, we reviewed our goals of ClassDojo. ClassDojo is a behavior management tool for the classroom. Each class has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which Mrs. Hayes and other leaders can assign positive and negative points (or ‘dojos’) throughout the lesson. Students have set a goal of 50 Dojo points. Students also continued to warm-up for their upcoming keyboarding program using keyboarding games such as; Alpha Munchies and Keyboard Cupstacking.

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second grade students finished with their self-portraits and introduced to new artist that we will be learning about, Hundertwasser. Hundertwasser is an Austrian painter, architect, and environmentalist and  is best known for his use of “bright, dark colors” and organic lines, including hi shamus spiral shapes.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We had great conversation about how a selfless act can leave such an impact. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music included AB form, mallet technique, pulse, and quarter-eighth note rhythms. Second graders learned Go! Go! Go!, a rhythmic chant that allows students to explore proper technique on the mallet instruments. Students also enjoyed I Can Keep the Beat, a challenging circle name game. They reviewed rhythms on flash cards and finally added two mallet parts to a two-note song called Charlie over the Ocean.

This week in PE, the Second Graders began Wednesday working together to use the parachute. On Friday, they were super excited to participate in the walk-a-thon.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to food vocabulary. The students went over the pronunciation of each word and they also told Senora V what they like to eat by saying me gusta (I like).

This week in Second Grade Technology, students began an exciting “Me on the Map” PowerPoint project. Students listened to the book, “Me on the Map” and started their own PowerPoint by creating a title slide. This project should take us about three weeks and will fit in nicely with their upcoming unit on maps with Mrs. Fox.


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Third Grade

This week at Art, Third grade students are finishing up with their self-portraits and their name tags are slowly appearing on their lockers. They have been putting a lot of effort to create their self-portraits the best ones yet!

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We had great conversation about how a selfless act can leave such an impact.. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music included mallet technique, AB form, and sol-la-mi vocal intervals.  3rd graders reviewed what sol-la-mi looks like on a simple staff and where they might be located on a xylophone (3rd, 5th, and 6th intervals of the major diatonic scale). Finally, they transferred this knowledge to the mallet instruments and played this interval in a song called The Golden Rule.  Students also played a version of “telephone” called Talk to Me where they had to tap rhythms down the line on each other’s backs.  They competed in teams and enjoyed it very much!

This week in PE, the Third Graders convinced me that they still enjoy the parachute. They worked together well which saved time for “Shark and Lifeguard”. On Wednesday they played a continues introductory dodgeball game called “Corner Ball”.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was introduced to bedroom vocabulary. The students went over the pronunciation of each word. They also played a quick game where Senora V said the Spanish word and told her the English word.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students discovered the difference between computer hardware and software. They went on a scavenger hunt to find different types of computer hardware. Next week, students will have the opportunity to explore the inside of a computer.


Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth grade students are finishing up with their self-portraits and their name tags are slowly appearing on their lockers. They have been putting a lot of effort to create their self-portraits the best ones yet!

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We had great conversation about how a selfless act can leave such an impact. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music included vocal repertoire, syncopated rhythm, pitched and unpitched percussion technique, steady pulse, AB form, and notes on the staff. Students learned a song called I Want to Rise that utilized a Ti-Ta-Ti-Ta syncopated rhythm. They added two mallet parts and hand drums too. Also as part of their Washington State History studies, students learned Washington, My Home, the state song which will be performed at an assembly in the near future. 

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders got a small taste of dodgeball on Tuesday playing “Corner Ball”. On Thursday, they turned up the intensity a bit for some great games of “Four Corner Dodgeball”.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to formal and informal greetings. When they speak to an adult or an authority figure they must use usted (you) and for a friend the can use tu (you). They practiced this with a workbook page and they were also introduced to telling time in Spanish.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students were beyond excited to receive their surfaces. They had the opportunity to customize their surface and make it their own. They learned how to customize their desktop, task bar, and start menu. They enjoyed taking silly pictures using their surfaces and setting these pictures as their background.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth grade students are finishing up with their self-portraits and their name tags are slowly appearing on their lockers. They have been putting a lot of effort to create their self-portraits the best ones yet!

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students started the planning process of their first book trailer project! Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade included rhythm review, part singing, steady pulse, and AB form. Students added rhythmic ostinatos to the Pink Panther theme that included half, quarter, dotted-quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-note rhythms. Fifth graders learned a simple syncopated Dominican folk song called Dis Solda La in preparation for singing in two parts. Finally, they learned a folk dance in AB form called The Boston Tea Party.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders started off the week with some indoor Kickball. On Friday, they prepared for the walk-a-thon by playing “Four Corner Dodgeball”.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade watched a video clip from the book which introduced the new vocabulary. To verify that they understood the video the students worked on comprehension questions. They also looked at previous nouns and adjective used in Fourth grade and they had to identify what class a student might have.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students were hard at work on their Walk-A-Thon posters. They discovered new tools in Publisher to help make their poster stand out. Take a look around the building to see their awesome work!

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