CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 06, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time working on the Butterfly Collage inspired by Eric Carle. We studied different types of butterflies and their beautiful wings.  To create symmetrical wings, we folded our textured paper that we created the week before, and cut out butterfly wings. Then we glue the wings onto canvases to create butterfly collages.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “The Problem With Not Being Scared of Monsters” by Dan Richards”. Dan is a local author who will be visiting our school and hosting a presentation for our K-1 students on October 17th. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell. 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, body awareness, same versus different, and high versus low. This week’s animal was the cow. Students had fun learning the Milk Bucket Boogie, Hey Diddle Diddle, Listen to the Cows, and Hey Betty Martin. We added blue and purple to our color game.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners learned a fun tag game called “kaboom Ball”. On Friday, they went out on the field for their first ever CHA Half-Mile Run. With their times recorded, their goal will be to set a PR (personal record) when they run again in the spring.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten finished their books about colors. The students were able to be illustrators of their book and draw pictures. They were also introduced to two feelings feliz (happy) and asi-asi (so-so).

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students completed mouse activities to help them with their mouse control. “Count with Lecky” is a counting and numeral recognition set of activities. Students developed their mouse control and counting skills as they helped Lecky collect objects to match numbers in the 1 to 5 or 6 to 10 range. These activities can be found under Kindy and First on the Computer Lab Website. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First grade students continued working on the Collage project inspired by Eric Carle. Each class voted for a type of an animal (or animals) that the class wants to make. Ms. Carver’s class voted for Blob fish, so we decided to make deep sea creatures. Mrs. Watkins’ class voted for dolphins and/or whales. Mrs. Grieger’s class voted for horses and/or unicorns. Each class learned how to draw those animals and started working on their animal collage project. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Problem With Not Being Scared of Monsters” by Dan Richards. Dan is a local author who will be visiting our school and hosting a presentation for our K-1 students on October 17th. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal tone production, sol-mi solfege interval, up versus down, and steady pulse. Students learned how to move from up to down on a piano and xylophone. (lower pitches to the left, higher pitches to the right) They practiced singing solo responses to questions I sang to them such as “what’s your favorite food to eat? what’s your favorite season?” Etc. Students applied up versus down knowledge to Hickory Dickory Dock playing glissandos in the correct directions for the words “up” and “down”. Finally, 1st graders played Saw, Saw, Saw Away, a steady beat activity where they use building actions (cut, pound, paint etc) to a steady beat to build an imaginary house.

This week in PE, the First Graders played a fun tag game called “kaboom Ball”. On Thursday, they went out on the field for their Fall Half-Mile Run. With their times recorded, their goal will be to set a PR (personal record) when they run again in the spring.

This week in Spanish, First Grade was introduced to frutas (fruits). The students wrote down each word and pronounced every fruit they worked on.

This week in First Grade Technology, students are busy learning the home row keys. We discussed how important hand placement and posture is when using the keyboard. Students completed the first two stages of Dance Mat Typing to practice their keyboarding. This activity can be found in the Technology section of the Computer Lab Website.

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second grade students had a great time working on the Lollipop Forest project inspired by Hundertwasser. We looked at the examples of Hundertwasser’s paintings. We also talked about perspective in art and drew the lollipop trees in different sizes to create depth. When they were done with their sketches, they enjoyed painting with fun and bright colors. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed a STEM activity where they needed to build a chair strong enough to hold Goldilocks. We had a great time creating, building, and testing our ideas. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were half note preparation, vocal repertoire, steady pulse, sol-la-mi solfege intervals, and mallet technique. Students warmed up playing rhythms from flashcards on xylophones. They transferred Red Light, Red Light, a song they learned last week to the xylophones adding a steady two-note bordun. Students also learned the Harvest Song, where they had to sing and bounce a ball to the half note pulse. Finally, 2nd graders played a circle game to Drawa a Bucket of Water involving groups of 4 students getting tangled in each other’s arms. Very fun!

This week in PE, the Second Graders went out on the field for their Fall Half-Mile Run. With their times recorded, their goal will be to set a PR (personal record) when they run again in the spring. On Friday, they played a fantastic game called “Scooter Noodle Bits”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade worked on writing. They wrote what they like to eat and what they like to drink. The students finished their rough draft and started their final draft.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students are hard at work on their “Me on the Map” PowerPoint project. Students have learned how to insert various slides, add content, and change the design of their project. Students discussed different types of maps and enjoyed inserting these into their presentations.

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Third Grade

This week at Art, Third Grade students learned about Austrian architect and painter, Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000). The common themes in his work include bright colors, organic forms, love of nature, individualism, spirals, onion domes, ‘lollipop’ style trees, windows of different shapes and sizes and rejecting straight lines. Although Hundertwasser first became well-known for his boldly-colored paintings, he is more widely known for his individual architectural designs. Ecology and fantasy were very important in his works and he created his buildings in a way that nature and human beings could live together, including having live trees in and on the rooftops of his buildings. After learning about the artist, the students started working on architectures drawings inspired by Hundertwasser. They had to include a few Hundertwasser’s typical architectural elements but were also encouraged to add their own ideas and make the houses fantasy-like.

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Koala Who Could”. This story had many positive lessons about being strong and true to yourself. It will be featured at the upcoming book fair. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were mi-re-do intervals, whole notes, vocal ostinato, and AB song form. Students learned Down to the Baker’s Shop, a song that utilized mi-re-do. Students learned how to identify the syllables on xylophones and played them while singing the song. 3rd graders also sang the American folk song Remember Me adding a second vocal ostinato. Student sang both parts as they added a mallet playing part as well. Finally, students danced La Raspa, a Mexican folk dance in AB song form.

This week in PE, the Third Graders they played a fantastic game called “Scooter Noodle Bits”. On Wednesday, they went out on the field for their first ever CHA 1-Mile Run. The entire Third Grade gave fantastic effort. With their times recorded, their goal will be to set a PR (personal record) when they run again in the spring.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade started their bedroom project. Each student had to cut out furniture pieces from magazines, glue it on a construction paper and label it in Spanish. Next week they will be working on writing.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students are continuing their study of technology terms. Using Microsoft Word, students are compiling a list of various technology terms and definitions. They reviewed functions of Microsoft Word and learned how to split their screen to increase their productivity.

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Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students studied the life and art of Van Gogh.  We learned the difference between impressionism and post impressionism.  Impressionist artists were very interested in painting outdoor scenes where they could show the effects of light.  They are also known for leaving their brush marks showing.  Post impressionism came after the impressionist movement.  These artists also left their marks visible but instead of representing the natural world they were much more interested in showing their inner emotions. Van Gogh was one of the well know post-impressionism artists. We discussed how Van Gogh represented his thoughts on himself in his chair paintings.  Students were then challenged to create their own chairs.  Each student had to think about what kind of chair would best represent them and how the things in the surrounding space could describe them as well. Then we learned how to draw a pop up chair, and started working on the 3D Chair project inspired by Van Gogh.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Koala Who Could”. This story had many positive lessons about being strong and true to yourself. It will be featured at the upcoming book fair. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were recorder care and technique. 4th graders were given their recorders. They learned about how to care for them and how to produce a correct tone. They’re encouraged to practice at home. They should be blowing very softly (like fogging up a window) in order to produce a “beautiful” tone. It’s very important that students bring their recorders and music folders to every music class through December. 4th graders will be tested on a weekly basis in order to achieve their Recorder Karate belts. They’re black belt will be awarded for participating in December’s Festival of Peace and Light.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders went out on the field for their Fall 1-Mile Run. With their times recorded, their goal will be to set a PR (personal record) when they run again in the spring. On their non-running day, they played a competitive but very friendly game called “Scooter Noodle Bits”.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade reviewed in class: time, conversations, formal vs informal, and masculine and feminine nouns. The day after the review the students took a small quiz of what they have learned.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students were introduced to their Office 365 accounts. With this account, students have access to the online versions of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and much more. Students learned how to compose a professional e-mail to their teacher about a specific topic. We reviewed that e-mail is to be used for school purposes only and discussed the difference between a work/school account and a personal account. Students are excited to begin e-mail their teachers about assignments. Students can log in to their accounts at home by going to office.com and signing in with their school credentials.

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 Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth grade students learned about the three different types of balance in Art—symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial balance. We then focused on radial balance. Radial balance has a center axis and the design radiates from the center and repeats around the axis. After looking at examples from nature and man-made objects, we started working on the Radial Balance Name Design project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued the planning of their first book trailer project! Starting next week, they will begin importing graphics and text using Microsoft Movie Maker. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music were music history, technology, and data collection. 5th Graders started a two-week project where they get to put together a short PowerPoint presentation on a music topic of their choice using their Surfaces. (instrument, genre, musician, composer etc) The 3-5 slide presentation should present some historical and contemporary information as well as some listening examples and pictures.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders played a competitive but very friendly game called “Noodle Bit Towers”. On Friday, they went out on the field for their Fall 1-Mile Run. With their times recorded, their goal will be to set a PR (personal record) when they run again in the spring.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on putting their schedule on a PowerPoint. The students had to make a slide for every class including two items they use and how they feel about that class. When the students are done they will be sending you an email with their finished product.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students reviewed their Office 365 accounts. With this account students have access to the online versions of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and much more. Students reviewed how to compose a professional e-mail to their teacher about a specific topic. We discussed that e-mail is to be used for school purposes only and discussed the difference between a work/school account and a personal account. Fifth graders also learned the importance of using Word Online to create documents. This feature allows students to easily share documents with their teacher and access them at home! Students can log in to their accounts at home by going to office.com and signing in with their school credentials.

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