CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 19, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time making clay pinch pot. They learned about 3S technique; Scoring, Slipping and Smoothing technique. Then they made pinch pots. Mrs. Choi is excited put their creations in the kiln!

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “Too Tall Houses” by: Gianna Marino. We talked about homophones and how we use them in text. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music included loud vs. quiet, vocal qualities, body awareness, high vs. low, and mallet technique. Students learned or reviewed the ABC song, but practiced it using different vocal qualities such as singing, speaking, whispering, and shouting. One student conducted by pointing a baton to different vocal quality flash cards, while the rest of the class followed. Students had to identify whether each letter in the alphabet had curves, angles, or both. Kindergartners learned the body play Alphabet Fun where they had to make shapes of letters using their bodies. Kindergarteners added glockenspiel music to the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and a word guessing game called Alphabet Soup.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed all twelve classroom objects. They also started an activity where they had to match the object with the word. The students were able to use their book (libro) they made to help them with this activity.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to explore with Ozobots. Ozobots are tiny robots that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching students programming. Students begin by learning Ozobot’s simple color language. This week, students learned Ozobot’s color language and began to draw codes to give instructions to the robot.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the Alcohol Ink Coater project.

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Too Tall Houses” by: Gianna Marino. We talked about homophones and how we use them in text. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included quarter and eighth note rhythms, vocal repertoire, and the La vocal syllable. Students listened to the teacher play a rhythm and had to spell the rhythm out using popsicle sticks. 1st Graders played The Old Gray Cats Are Sleeping pantomiming the story and listening for quarter note, eighth note, and rest variations. In the spirit of MLK, students sang and added wood blocks to the spiritual Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door. Finally, students learned Bounce High, Bounce Low, a circle game where they had to bounce and pass a ball on the beat while singing.

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work on their farm. The students colored and cut animals to a constructions paper, were they will start labeling them in Spanish.

This week in First Grade Technology, students continued Code.org’s Code Course 1. Student developed sequential algorithms to move a bird from one side of the maze to the pig at the other side. They also encountered puzzles that had been solved incorrectly. They needed to step through the existing code to identify errors, including missing blocks, extra blocks, and misordered blocks.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students took a break from the Thick Line Collage project and started working on our annual art auction project. Each year, the students, as a class, will participate to create an art work with help of our wonderful parent volunteers. This year, we will be working on The Fused Glass Birds project. Thank you for our wonderful parent volunteers, Maria, Yiwen, Steve, Tami, and Alissa! We greatly appreciate your help!

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Too Tall Houses” by: Gianna Marino. We talked about homophones and how we use them in text. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music included sol, mi, la, and do intervals, AB song form, quarter and eighth note assessment, steady pulse, and ostinatos. Students learned the folk rhyme Donald Duck, adding movements and mallet parts. They performed it in ABABAB form. 2nd graders took a written assessment on quarter and eighth note identification. Finally, students learned the rhyme Play in the Snow adding a body percussion ostinato to it as well as winter activity pantomimes.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued working on their robot projects. The students started adding legs (piernas) and arms (brazos), which means they are almost done and ready to go up on the Spanish bulletin.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students continued to explore the world of Scratch! Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Students learned how to insert sprites and color their color effect using the space key. Students were also able to code their sprite to move to a beat.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students started working on our annual art auction project. Each year, the students, as a class, will participate to create an art work with help of our wonderful parent volunteers. This year, we will be working on Thousand wishes project inspired by Injung Oh, Chicago based contemporary artist. The students first learned about the artist and looked at her painting, Volossom series. We then made falling leaf shapes with coffee filter and glue. Thank you for our wonderful parent volunteers, Mia, Gretchen, Brandi, and Masako! We greatly appreciate your help!

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Too Tall Houses” by: Gianna Marino. We talked about homophones and how we use them in text. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music included labeling 16th notes, rhythm patterns, tempo, and rounds. 3rd graders learned that four sixteenth notes equal one beat. They had the chance to experience speaking quarter, eighth, and sixteen notes over a steady pulse. Students also learned Label Canon, a canon where the lyrics are the definition of a canon itself and Johnny on the Woodpile. Kids experimented with performing the canons in two, three, and four groups. Finally, 3rd graders practiced moving to music mirroring with partners. They explored time, space, shape, and force.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued working on their house projects. The students labeled all the rooms that are in the inside of the pop-up house like restroom (baño), kitchen (cocina), dining room (comedor), office (despacho), attic (atico), and stairs (escalera).

This week in Third Grade Technology, students continued Code.org’s Code Course 2. In this course, students will create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games or stories they can share. Some classes completed an “unplugged” activity. Students instructed each other to color squares in on graph paper in an effort to reproduce an existing picture using codes. Other students moved on to the digital portion of their course.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the Abstract Tree project inspired by Mondrian.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade enjoyed listening to the story “Too Tall Houses” by: Gianna Marino. We talked about homophones and how we use them in text. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade music included reinforcing the five elements of music (rhythm, dynamics, timbre, pitch, and form) and focused on improvisation and dynamics. Students were split into small groups. They had the chance to conduct an improvisation that was recorded and discussed as a class. Improvisations using both percussion and voice were composed. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade finished the Spanish mystery comprehension questions. They also finished an activity using the adjectives to describe characters.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, student continues to pick up where they left off with CodeMonkey. They 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!

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art,  Fifth Grade students started working on a Doodle 4 Google project. Google is sponsoring a “Doodle 4 Google” contest for K-12 students in the United States to encourage them to create spectacular doodles— one of which will be featured in the future on Google’s doodle-friendly home page. This year’s theme is ‘What Inspired Me’. As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Too Tall Houses” by: Gianna Marino. We talked about homophones and how we use them in text. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade music included reinforcing the five elements of music (rhythm, dynamics, timbre, pitch, and form) and focused on improvisation and dynamics. Students were split into small groups. They had the chance to conduct an improvisation that was recorded and discussed as a class. Improvisations using both percussion and voice were composed. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed singular and plural forms of nouns and articles. Students also had to create questions about where items are located and ask their partner. The partner had to answer their question with a complete sentence. They also finished an activity where they had to complete sentences by adding the correct location.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students continued to learn the basics of HTML. They learned the importance of saving everything in the same location. Students also learned to add an image to their webpage and format that image.

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