CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 02, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learn about Lunar New Year’s Day and Chinese Zodiac story. After learn about why the date is different every year and who are the 12 animals that picked as zodiac animals, we created Dragon puppets. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “Enemy Pie”. Students shared ideas and action items regarding friendships and kindness. 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 Kindergarteners Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork. Kindergarteners reviewed the opening songs to Tikki Tikki Tembo adding choreography. In addition to all the singing and moving, students played a couple of steady beat, birthday month identification games: Peaches and Pears, and Sheep in the Meadow. Lastly, they were introduced to the Bill Withers song Lean on Me which they’ll be singing at February’s assembly.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners had a ton of energy on Monday. They played a fun partner game called “Horse and Carriage”. Staying aware of others and working with their partner to stick together was a challenge for many students. On Thursday they finally got back up the mountain for their second day of skiing. We plan to make up those missed days on February 15th and March 1st.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed classroom objects. They also continued to work on what classroom items can be in their backpack. They also added a writing part “Mi mochila tiene” (My backpack has).

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students had the opportunity to discover TumbleBooks. Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach students the joys of reading in a format they love. Students learned how to navigate through Tumblebooks and choose different story books. You can access TumbleBooks at home for free through the Computer Lab Website.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learn about Lunar New Year’s Day and Chinese Zodiac story. After learn about why the date is different every year and who are the 12 animals that picked as zodiac animals, the students had a great time making fire breathing dragons. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Enemy Pie”. Students shared ideas and action items regarding friendships and kindness. 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 1st Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork. 1st graders reviewed the music and choreography to their opening song This is Our Night to Howl and started working on their 2nd song What Does it Mean to Be a Dog? Students were also introduced to the Bill Withers song Lean on Me which they’ll be singing at February’s assembly.

This week in PE, the First Graders played a fun partner game called “Horse and Carriage”. Working with their partner to stick together was a challenge for many students. On Thursday, they finally got back up the mountain for their second day of skiing. We plan to make up those missed days on February 15th and March 1st.

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work on their farm. The students continued working on their farm project and once they added all the animals they had to label each animal in Spanish.

This week in First Grade Technology, students continued Code.org’s Code Course 1. Most students took control of the “Artist” to complete simple drawings on the screen. Students are showing great perseverance as their levels become more difficult.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about Notan art, and created valentine’s heart project. They started with a piece of 6 x 6 square paper and black 9 x 12 rectangle paper. They then cut out half hearts from each side, and reversing the paper to create the Notan designs. The students did a wonderful job! 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Enemy Pie”. Students shared ideas and action items regarding friendships and kindness. 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 2nd Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork. In addition to reviewing the music and choreography to Get Your Lemonade, their opening number to the musical Lemonade, students started working on their second song called The Worst Day All Day Long. Students were also introduced to the Bill Withers song Lean on Me which they’ll be singing at February’s assembly.

This week in PE, the Second Graders got another chance to play Shuffleboard. Last week they were given the opportunity to show that they could do the same activity as the older grades. They proved to be good listeners and used the equipment safely. Once again, they did a fantastic job. On Thursday, they finally got back up the mountain for their second day of skiing. We plan to make up those missed days on February 15th and March 1st.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued working on their robot projects. Some of the students finished their project and they can be seen in the hallway bulletin board on the first floor. They also stared a silly skier by placing their bubble head on the picture and labeling the skier’s body parts.

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 control a sprite using their arrow keys and how to code their sprites to have a conversation.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, 3rd Grade students continued working on the Doodle 4 Google project. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Enemy Pie”. Students shared ideas and action items regarding friendships and kindness. Some students took a “shelfie” to add to our new bulletin board. 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 3rd Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork. In addition to reviewing the music and choreography to their opening song Goal!, students started working on their second song called Awesome. Students were also introduced to the Bill Withers song Lean on Me which they’ll be singing at February’s assembly.

This week in PE, the Third Graders played a new game of Shuffleboard on Monday. Trying to knock down bowling pins as a team proved to be a fun challenge. On Wednesday, they hit the slopes for their third day of skiing. Everyone is riding the chair, and looking good!

This week in Spanish, Third Grade reviewed the formation of the diamond poem and made their own. The students had to describe themselves and put this poem on a PowerPoint slide. They had to add pictures that describes them and play around with their design. The students also watched another episode of the Spanish mystery “Eres tu Maria” and answered comprehension questions.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students continued Code.org’s Code Course 2. Students practiced converting sets of actions into a single loop.Loops are a handy way of describing actions that repeat a certain number of times.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, 4th Grade students finished working on the Mondrian’s tree project and started working on 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, Fourth Grade enjoyed listening to the story “Enemy Pie”. Students shared ideas and action items regarding friendships and kindness. 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 4th Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork. Students reviewed the music and learned choreography to their opening number What Kind of Band Are You? They also started learning Dancing in the Streets. Students were also introduced to the Bill Withers song Lean on Me which they’ll be singing at February’s assembly.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders played in some friendly shuffleboard games. Rotating through the gym, partners had the opportunity to challenge many of their classmates. On Wednesday, they hit the slopes for their third day of skiing. Everyone is riding the chair, and looking good!

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed everything from Chapter 2B with a study guide, memory game, and a word search. They also went over sentence formation and possessive sentences. Their study guide and work can be found on their OneNote account to study for their Test next week.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, student continued 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 Continued working on the Doodle 4 Google project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “Enemy Pie”. Students shared ideas and action items regarding friendships and kindness. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. Due to ski season, check out days are flexible.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork. 5th Graders reviewed Annie’s Maybe, It’s a Hard Knock Life, and NYC. They continued to work hard learning the vocal melodies and choreography. Students were also introduced to the Bill Withers song Lean on Me which they’ll be singing at February’s assembly.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders played in some friendly shuffleboard games. Rotating through the gym, partners had the opportunity to challenge many of their classmates. On Wednesday, they hit the slopes for their third day of skiing. Everyone is riding the chair, and looking good!

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students took a break from their website development to create artwork for their upcoming musical, Annie. Students chose between KidPix and Paint 3D for their creation. You’ll find their wonderful work on the musical posters, tickets, and programs.

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