CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 08, 2017

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

Kindergarten

This week in Art, Kindergarten students studied Russia and the Matryoshka dolls. We watched a fun video clip of these Russian toys and saw how they nestle inside each other. After we talked about history and designs, we made our own.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed a visit from Children’s author and writing coach, Mrs. Deb Lund. Mrs. Lund helped kindergarten students to come up with story ideas, act them out, and create a “struggle” for the characters. The students enjoyed spending the week with Mrs. Lund. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

Things were busy in the music room this week! Kindergartners worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be performing Sansa Kroma, Funga Alafia, Hello to All the Children of the World, The Little Fir Tree, and Let It Snow at next week’s event.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners got another opportunity to explore the obstacle course. Students worked on balance as they walked the balance beam. They gained confidence as they traversed the climbing wall. They strengthened their teamwork skills as they crossed the pool of lava. Oh, and don’t forget the rope swing. Students really enjoyed the challenges as they persevered along the course.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten enjoyed learning about Latin traditions through the book Too Many Tamales. A story about a Mexican family making tamales and losing a ring in the masa. After reading the story and discussing different traditions during the month of December, the students drew a picture of their own traditions.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students participated in the Hour of Code. Students completed a full hour of coding with Kodable. Kodable introduces students to the kind of logic and the concepts needed in computer programming. Students were introduced to the step-by-step instructions involved in programming, if/then statements, and loops.

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First Grade

This week in Art, First grade students learned about Katsushika Hokusai and his print, The Great Wave of Kanazawa. The Great Wave is one in a series of woodcuts entitled, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. After learning about Hokusai’s printing and talking about prints made with woodblocks, we learned how to draw the Great Wave Off Shore of Kanagawa. The students learned about cool and warm colors and used warm colors in the sky to contrast with cool colors in the ocean.

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed a visit from Children’s author and writing coach, Mrs. Deb Lund. Mrs. Lund helped kindergarten students to come up with story ideas, act them out, and create a “struggle” for the characters. The students enjoyed spending the week with Mrs. Lund. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

Things were busy in the music room this week! 1st Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be performing Sansa Kroma, Funga Alafia, Hello to All the Children of the World, Donguri Korokoro, and Let It Snow at next week’s event.

This week in PE, the First Graders worked on their underhand tossing skills as we had a friendly beanbag and bucket competition. On Thursday, they worked on their tossing and catching skills with a partner. Learning to catch the ball with their hands instead of their body was a challenge.

This week in Spanish, First Grade enjoyed learning about Latin traditions through the book Too Many Tamales. A story about a Mexican family making tamales and losing a ring in the masa. After reading the story and discussing different traditions during the month of December, the students drew a picture and wrote about their own traditions.

This week in First Grade Technology, students participated in the Hour of Code. First graders completed Tynker’s “Candy Quest” for their hour of coding! This allowed students to design their own candy troll character and go on a multi-level quest for candy to help their character find its way home. They solved coding puzzles to navigate their character through the human world, while avoiding obstacles and collecting gumdrops and mints.

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Second Grade 

This week in Art, Second grade students Second grade students read the book, “Iggy Peck, Architect,” which is about a boy who LOVES architecture and happens to be in 2nd grade! We thought about various types of architectural elements like Iggy did and created our own architecture in 3 bird houses.

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed a visit from Children’s author and writing coach, Mrs. Deb Lund. Mrs. Lund helped kindergarten students to come up with story ideas, act them out, and create a “struggle” for the characters. The students enjoyed spending the week with Mrs. Lund. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

Things were busy in the music room this week! 2nd Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be performing Sansa Kroma, Funga Alafia, Arrorro mi nino, Que Llueva, and Let It Snow at next week’s event.

This week in PE, the Second Graders were introduced to Ultimate Ball in the gym. A game originally created by high school students that wanted to play football with a frisbee in a parking lot, this game teaches students how to move without the ball and get open. Catching and throwing skills combined with basketball style defense are the focus.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade enjoyed learning about Latin traditions through the book Too Many Tamales. A story about a Mexican family making tamales and losing a ring in the masa. After reading the story and discussing different traditions during the month of December, the students worked on a sequence map.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students participated in the Hour of Code. Second graders completed Tynker’s “Dragon Blast” for their hour of coding! Students chose a dragon, then embarked on a quest for treasure. They learned sequencing, loops, conditional logic, and debugging skills along the way.

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Third Grade 

This week in Art, Third grade students finished with their Djembe project by decorating the drums with beads and drawing patterns around it. We are planning to display our hard work for the Multi-cultural fair. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed a visit from Children’s author and writing coach, Mrs. Deb Lund. Mrs. Lund helped kindergarten students to come up with story ideas, act them out, and create a “struggle” for the characters. The students enjoyed spending the week with Mrs. Lund. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

3rd Graders did such a wonderful job representing CHA at their Bellevue Square performance on Wednesday. I’m very proud of the work and effort that students put into this project. It’s not easy learning all that repertoire in such a short amount of time. Congratulations!

This week in PE, the Third Graders were introduced to Ultimate Football in the gym. A game originally created by high school students that wanted to play football with a frisbee in a parking lot, this game teaches students how to move without the ball and get open. Catching and throwing skills combined with basketball style defense are the focus. The students did a great job as they learned how to get everyone involved in the action and keep the ball moving.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade enjoyed learning about Latin traditions through the book Too Many Tamales. A story about a Mexican family making tamales and losing a ring in the masa. After reading the story and discussing different traditions during the month of December, the students worked on a sequence map.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students participated in the Hour of Code. Third graders completed Code.org’s “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code”. Students learned to program droids, and created their own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away. Check out Mrs. Senaga’s campus Updates today for details of a new coding extracurricular being brought to CHA in January by TechVenture Kids!

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Fourth Grade 

This week in Art, Fourth grade students created their personal Coat of Arms based on the traditional colors and symbols of heraldry. They were asked to include at least 4 symbols that represent themselves in some way. When they were done with the designs, they traced their coat of arms on copper sheets. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed a visit from Children’s author and writing coach, Mrs. Deb Lund. Mrs. Lund helped kindergarten students to come up with story ideas, act them out, and create a “struggle” for the characters. The students enjoyed spending the week with Mrs. Lund. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

Things were busy in the music room this week! 4th Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be performing Sansa Kroma, Funga Alafia, We All Need Peace, Washington My Home, All Through The Night, and Let It Snow at next week’s event.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders played Ultimate Football in the gym. A game originally created by high school students that wanted to play football with a frisbee in a parking lot, this game teaches students how to move without the ball and get open. Catching and throwing skills combined with basketball style defense are the focus. The students did a great job as they shifted their focus from the score, to allowing everyone to get involved in the action and keep the ball moving.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade watched a Videohistoria clip from the book and answered comprehension questions. The students had to describe the characters from the video using the noun that they said. They also had to use the new vocabulary to complete sentences with adjectives. The students also watched the Spanish mystery video Eres tu Maria and answered comprehension questions.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students participated in the Hour of Code. Fourth graders completed their hour of code with CodeMonkey. Students helped the monkey catch bananas through learning and writing code. CodeMonkey teaches objects, loops, variables, array indexing, functions and more. Students are excited to be able to continue coding with CodeMonkey throughout the following weeks thanks to our new school subscription! Check out Mrs. Senaga’s campus Updates today for details of a new coding extracurricular being brought to CHA in January by TechVenture Kids!

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students completed the Genius Hour project and ended the project with the presentation. They did a fantastic job presenting themselves and it was great to learn more about their interest and passion. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed a visit from Children’s author and writing coach, Mrs. Deb Lund. Mrs. Lund helped kindergarten students to come up with story ideas, act them out, and create a “struggle” for the characters. The students enjoyed spending the week with Mrs. Lund. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter

Things were busy in the music room this week! 5th Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They’ll be performing Sansa Kroma, Funga Alafia, We All Need Peace, Simple Gifts, and Let It Snow at next week’s event.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders played “Barrier, Medic, Ambulance Dodge Ball” on Monday. They were fun to watch as they have learned how to adjust their intensity level to keep everyone safe. On Friday, they went out on the field for some “Ultimate Football.”

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was introduced to conjugating irregular verbs. These verbs don’t follow the regular pattern because they require an accent mark and the yo form adds –oy instead or –o. The students put to practice using the new irregular verb by completing sentences using the correct form of estar. They also watched the Spanish mystery video Mi Vida Loca and answered comprehension questions.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students participated in the Hour of Code. Fifth graders complete their hour of code with Code.org’s “Minecraft: Hero’s Journey”. In this module, Minecraft returned for the Hour of Code with a brand new activity! Students had the opportunity to journey through Minecraft with code. Check out Mrs. Senaga’s campus Updates today for details of a new coding extracurricular being brought to CHA in January by TechVenture Kids!


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