CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 05, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students made some sweet little toilet paper roll snow globes. First, we read a book called ‘The Snow Globe Family’ by Jane O’Connor. On black circle paper, students painted snow scene and stuck their paintings to toilet paper circle. It turned out cute! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed an author study about Jan Brett. We shared the many books she has written and had discussion about the similarities and differences of the characters. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music included vocal tone production, same versus different, steady pulse, and mallet technique. Students learned the song It’s a Brand New Year, where they had opportunities to sing about what they did on vacation. They also learned the finger play Ten Little Fingers, the rhythmic chant called Hush, Hush, and a song called The Skaters. These activities explored self-expression and different ways to move to pulse and the music. Kindergartners also listened to the book The Snowy Day to prepare them for next week’s lesson.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners prepared for ski season. They learned how to make Pizza and French Fries, and how to get their ski boots and skis on. They also practiced standing in line and loading the chairlift. The Holiday Lift is a milestone that many students will achieve by the end of the season. They are excited to get started.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to classroom objects. The students colored and cut pictures of each object. They also started an activity where they had to match the word with the picture. The new vocabulary can be found on the website here if you would like to practice at home.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students were introduced to ClassDojo. Students will use ClassDojo to work together as a team to earn Dojo Points. Kindergarteners get a goal of 25 Dojo Points for a free choice day. Classes can earn points by being responsible, following directions, showing kindness, working hard, and leading others. Kindergarteners also completed a coding activity with BotLogic. BotLogic challenges students to tackle complex logic problems while teaching valuable programming concepts. Using simple commands, students program their bots to navigate through progressively challenging mazes.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students started working on the Fun Winter Break Memories project. Mrs. Choi enjoyed talking to each student, listening to them, and give them a few drawing tips on how to make their drawings more realistic. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed an author study about Jan Brett. We shared the many books she has written and had discussion about the similarities and differences of the characters. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included steady pulse, quarter/eighth note/rest rhythms, chord borduns, and sol-mi intervals. 1st graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and Lucky Me. These songs gave students opportunities to create word chain rhythms out of gifts they received over the holiday. 1st graders also learned where sol and mi are located in our musical scale. They reviewed the song Teddy Bear using movements to highlight the sol/mi intervals.

This week in PE, the First Graders prepared for ski season. They reviewed how to make Pizza and French Fries, and how to get their ski boots and skis on. They also practiced standing in line and loading the chairlift. The Holiday Lift is a milestone that many students achieved last season. They are excited to get started and pick up where they left off.

This week in Spanish, First Grade was introduced to farm animals. The students labeled each animal and worked on the pronunciation of each word. The new vocabulary can be found on the website here if you would like to practice at home.

This week in First Grade Technology, students enjoyed their first “Free Choice Day”. Using ClassDojo, students earned 50 Dojo Points before the break to earn this reward. Classes earned points by being responsible, following directions, showing kindness, working hard, and leading others. Students are excited to set and reach their next ClassDojo goal.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students started working on the Fun Winter Break Memories project. Mrs. Choi enjoyed talking to each student, listening to them, and give them a few drawing tips on how to make their drawings more realistic. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed an author study about Jan Brett. We shared the many books she has written and had discussion about the similarities and differences of the characters. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music included steady pulse, AB song form, vocal repertoire, and sol/la/mi vocal intervals. 2nd graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and I Like Winter. Both songs explore ways students can respond using rhythms created out of gifts they received over the holiday or things they enjoy about the Winter season. Students also learned The Noble Duke of York splitting into two groups and adding call and response actions to the lyrics. Finally, 2nd graders learned the sol/la/mi song Taxi Taxi. They had the chance to visualize how these intervals look on the musical staff when sol starts on both a space and a line.

This week in PE, the Second Graders prepared for ski season. They reviewed how to make Pizza and French Fries, and how to get their ski boots and skis on. They also practiced standing in line and loading the chairlift. The chairlift is a milestone that many of them have already passed. They are excited to get started and pick up where they left off. The Second Graders will be the oldest CHA student on the mountain on Thursdays. They understand the responsibility they have, to set a good example and to assist their younger schoolmates.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to body parts. The students labeled a face and worked on the pronunciation of each word. The new vocabulary can be found on the website here if you would like to practice at home.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students enjoyed their first “Free Choice Day”. Using ClassDojo, students earned 50 Dojo Points before the break to earn this reward. Classes earned points by being responsible, following directions, showing kindness, working hard, and leading others. Students are excited to set and reach their next ClassDojo goal.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students started working on the Fun Winter Break Memories project. Mrs. Choi enjoyed talking to each student, listening to them, and give them a few drawing tips on how to make their drawings more realistic. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed reading a book about Relatives coming to visit. We also had discussions about what we are looking forward to in the New Year. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music included a sol/la/mi/re/do melody, mallet technique, ABA song form, rhythmic canons and rhythm patterns. 3rd graders learned and performed Dancing Snowflakes, a song arranged for 5 different mallet parts as well as a vocal part. Students also learned a mini-canon where the teacher is always four beats ahead. Students have to keep track of what the teacher is doing, while they’re performing the previous rhythm. It was quite a challenge. Finally, students learned the folk song Three Little Monkeys, rearranging rhythm flash cards that were performed on the hand drums. The song was performed in rondo form ABACAD etc.

This week in PE, the Third Graders got set for ski season. They reviewed chairlift safety and the skier safety code CASYROL. They are excited to be skiing in the older group on Wednesdays this season. They will do great!

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was introduced to different rooms in a house. The students labeled a house and worked on the pronunciation of each word. The new vocabulary can be found on the website here if you would like to practice at home.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students enjoyed their first “Free Choice Day”. Using ClassDojo, students earned 50 Dojo Points before the break to earn this reward. Classes earned points by being responsible, following directions, showing kindness, working hard, and leading others. Students are excited to set and reach their next ClassDojo goal.


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Fourth Grade 

It is that time of the year! 4th Grade students started working on their auction projects. This year, they will be working on Mondrian’s Tree project. As a first step, they learned Dutch Abstract painter, Piet Mondrian. He is best known for his 1920’s works of art that feature only horizontal and vertical lines along with black, white and primary colors. These pieces reflect his belief that objects must be simplified down to their basic elements to reveal their energy and balance. Though he began his artistic career as a traditional landscape painter, his artistic work evolved and progressed until they were purely abstract versions of modern reality. After learning about the artist and looking at this work, we focused on his Trees progression series. Mrs. Choi showed images of Piet Mondrian’s abstract trees. We discussed how he started out with realistic trees, then they became more and more abstract. Finally, his style progressed to just shapes, lines and colors… the style with primary colors which he is most known for. On canvases, we sketched a stylized tree with charcoal. Make sure the trees branches create sections for coloring in. These lines should touch the edges of the page. Next week, we will start working on a fused glass piece that we will be including in our canvases. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed reading a book about Relatives coming to visit. We also had discussions about what we are looking forward to in the New Year. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch. This is a unit that they’ll be spending time on over the next few weeks. They were introduced to these concepts in order to better understand how to improvise and create music on the spot without written notation. Students explored creative ways to make interesting sounds on instruments outside of normal use. In order to produce a given timbre, students for example may have needed to scrape or strike the side of a hand drum as opposed to playing it on the drum head. Another example might be taping a penny on to a cymbal in order to make a sustaining sizzle effect. Students recorded some basic beginning class improvisations with certain timbre parameters. Students were encouraged to bring something from home that they could create an unusual sound on for their improvisations.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders reviewed chairlift safety and the skier safety code CASYROL. Feeling prepared, they had the opportunity to play “Chuck the Chicken” and then “Noodle Bit Catch Challenge”.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade reviewed the vocabulary from chapter 1B and they also went over the rules of masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral adjectives. The students used their Surface to get on their OneNote account to work on a double bubble map to apply the rules they had learned about adjectives. The new vocabulary can be found on their OneNote accounts if you would like to practice at home.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students enjoyed their first “Free Choice Day”. Using ClassDojo, students earned 50 Dojo Points before the break to earn this reward. Classes earned points by being responsible, following directions, showing kindness, working hard, and leading others. Students are excited to set and reach their next ClassDojo goal.



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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students started working on the Fun Winter Break Memories project. Mrs. Choi enjoyed talking to each student, listening to them, and give them a few drawing tips on how to make their drawings more realistic. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed reading a book about Relatives coming to visit. We also had discussions about what we are looking forward to in the New Year. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch. This is a unit that they’ll be spending time on over the next few weeks. They were introduced to these concepts in order to better understand how to improvise and create music on the spot without written notation. Students explored creative ways to make interesting sounds on instruments outside of normal use. In order to produce a given timbre, students for example may have needed to scrape or strike the side of a hand drum as opposed to playing it on the drum head. Another example might be taping a penny on to a cymbal in order to make a sustaining sizzle effect. Students recorded some basic beginning class improvisations with certain timbre parameters. Students were encouraged to bring something from home that they could create an unusual sound on for their improvisations.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders reviewed chairlift safety and the skier safety code CASYROL. Feeling prepared, they had the opportunity to play “Noodle Bit Catch Challenge”.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed the vocabulary from chapter 2B and they also went over the rules of conjugating irregular verbs. The students also reviewed singular and plural nouns. The new vocabulary can be found on their OneNote accounts if you would like to practice at home.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students began their website development and HTML coding unit. They discussed the difference between good and bad web design and looked at multiple examples. Students then had the opportunity to evaluate websites based on what they had learned. Next, week they will begin to learn the basics of HTML.

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