CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 02, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read the book inspired by Paul Klee called, “The Cat and the Bird.” We talked about the art elements of line and shape and used to them to create our own Paul Klee inspired cats. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed Dr. Seuss trivia and stories. We had a great week of fun activities. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music were vocal repertoire, movement, musical phrasing, and same versus different. Kindergarteners continued to learn the movements to their Spring Musical Tikki Tikki Tembo. In addition, they learned the finger play 10 Little Soldiers, moved to the different phrases of Yankee Doodle, and studied steady pulse and up/down with the nursery rhyme The King of France.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners played some fun Scooter Noodle Tag on Monday. On Thursday they finally got in their last day of skiing. The sky cleared just as we began our lessons and it was a beautiful day full of adventure.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to the shapes triangle and oval. They worked on a worksheet where they had to find all the shapes and count them. They also reviewed circle and square.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students visit Seussville.com in honor of Dr. Seuss Week! Students completed games and activities all surrounding the theme of a Dr. Seuss book. Students enjoyed exploring Whooville and all it had to offer.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about Swiss German artist, Paul Klee (1879- 1940). Then they created these collages by gluing squares of colored paper together to build castles inspired by Paul Klee’s painting ‘The Castle and the Sun’. All of their creations turned out unique and creative. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed Dr. Seuss trivia and stories. We had a great week of fun activities. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade music were vocal repertoire and movement. 1st graders continued to work hard at the music and movements to their final two songs of their Spring musical Arf!

This week in PE, the First Graders played some fun Scooter Noodle Tag on Tuesday. On Thursday they finally got in their last day of skiing. The sky cleared just as we began our lessons and it was a beautiful day full of adventure.

This week in Spanish, First Grade finished their farm books where they had to add the name of the animal including the article the(el/la). The students also discussed the reason why there is two articles in Spanish instead of one like in English. They also started making a farm puppet.

This week in First Grade Technology, students took their STAR reading and math tests.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about Paul Klee, Swiss German artist. We learned that the artist tried to paint like 8 years old! He also wanted viewers to use their imagination when they look at his paintings. We looked at one of his most famous painting, “The cat and the Bird”, then we used our imagination and played storytelling relay. As a whole class, we came up with one story using our imagination. After the activity, the students requested to make comic strips instead of the project that Mrs. Choi provided for them. Why not? Mrs. Choi thought that was a wonderful idea and quickly introduce them how to create a comic strips. The children had a great time working on the project and Mrs. Choi is excited to see the final outcome! 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed Dr. Seuss trivia and stories. We had a great week of fun activities. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade music were vocal repertoire and movement. 2nd graders continued learning the movements and music to their final two songs of their Spring Musical Lemonade.

This week in PE, the Second Graders played some fun Scooter Noodle Tag on Wednesday. On Thursday they finally got in their last day of skiing. The sky cleared just as we began our lessons and it was a beautiful day full of adventure.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade worked on an activity called Roll a Monster. The students rolled a die and the number they landed would be their monsters’ body part. They also labeled the body parts and next week they will work on add some sentences to these monsters.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students continued to work with the Scratch coding platform. They discovered costumes for their sprites and learned how to animate using these costumes. Students are excited to learn how to make their own costumes next week.

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Third Grade 

Thank you for those of you who submitted their Doodle for Google designs. Mrs. Choi mailed the designs on 3/2. This week at Art, Third Grade students learned about American folk artist, Heather Galler. We talked about the characteristics of folk art and focused on her patterned animal paintings. We then learned how to draw a cat and a dog, and created the drawings inspired by the artist. Many of them were very surprised and impressed with their own drawings! 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed Dr. Seuss trivia and stories. We had a great week of fun activities. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade music were vocal repertoire and movement. 3rd graders continued learning the movements and music to their final two songs of their Spring Musical Goal!

This week in PE, the Third Graders showed that they are learning the important sportsmanship skills that will allow them to begin playing more advanced and exciting games. “Continuous Cricket” was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn how to share responsibilities with their teammates and to compete with a smile.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was introduced to animals. The students worked on pronunciation of every single word. They also started thinking about what animal they would like to pick for their animal research that they will be working on.

This week in Third Grade Technology, began a new project in connection to their Language Arts class. Students set out to design comic strips that incorporate words from their Wordly Wise book. Students took to paper and pencil this week, but next week they will use a comic strip generator called StoryBoard That to bring their comic to life!

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Fourth Grade 

Thank you for those of you who submitted their Doodle for Google designs. Mrs. Choi mailed the designs on 3/2. This week at Art, Fourth Grade students spent half of their art time finishing up their Doodle for Google project, and the other half to learn about the next project, the Ceramic Snack Box project. They looked at an example and talked about how the artist used Korean character to create compartments in the ceramic snack box. To make our project more personal, we decided to use our own initials to create the compartments. First, they made sketches to come up with the final design. They then learned basic slab building techniques and watched Mrs. Choi’s demonstration. Next week, we will start working on the Ceramic snack box project. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade enjoyed Dr. Seuss trivia and stories. We had a great week of fun activities. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer.

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade music were vocal repertoire and movement. 4th graders continued to review and learn new material from their Spring Musical Let’s Jam, It’s Our Band!

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders played a CHA favorite. “Continuous Cricket” is a fast-paced game that keeps everyone on their toes and provides for some fun and friendly competition.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade continued to work on sentence formation. The students had to look at a picture and describe each student using an adjective. They also worked on unscrambling sentences and putting them in the correct format. The students also worked on their workbook pages that are on their OneNote account, which can be accessed through their Office 365 accounts. All workbook pages are due next week on the day of their test. The students can come before or after school to finish their workbook or can access them online to complete them. Mrs. Shamsen’s class will have their test on Thursday and Mrs. Springer’s and Ms. Warenkiewicz’ class will be on Friday.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students incorporated the 7 Habits into their lesson by creating a post for our “Leadergram”. Students developed leader #hashtags and enjoyed taking “selfies”. Take a look at their wonderful work in the 1st floor hallway.

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 Fifth Grade 

Thank you for those of you who submitted their Doodle for Google designs. Mrs. Choi mailed the designs on 3/2. We wish them the best of luck! This week at art, students learned about one-point perspective. Mrs. Choi teaches this lesson to Fifth Grade students every year and it has been one of their favorite projects. We started with a simple horizon line with an “X” from corner to corner passing through the vanishing point. We looked at examples of different architecture, train tracks, trees, bridges and more. They all came up with very different idea and started working on their first one-point perspective drawing. Some are cities, some are rural, some are hike trails, some are train tracks, and many more. Mrs. Choi look forward to see their final products! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed Dr. Seuss trivia and stories. We had a great week of fun activities. Late notices are sent home in Friday Folders. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music were vocal repertoire and movement. 5th graders continued to work hard on their Spring Musical material from Annie including smaller break out sessions with solo & ensemble numbers.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders played a CHA favorite. “Continuous Cricket” is a fast-paced game that keeps everyone on their toes and provides for some fun and friendly competition.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was introduced to Chapter 3A Breakfast or Lunch. The students watched a video clip that introduced to them to the new vocabulary. They also answered some comprehension questions about the video. The students also watched an episode of the Spanish mystery “Mi Vida Loca” and answered comprehension questions on their OneNote accounts using their surfaces.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students continued with the creation of their animal research websites using Wix. Students began to add content to their site. They learned the importance of siting their sources as they go.

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