CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 23, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students celebrated the wonderful wildflowers we see on hillsides outside this time of year. First, students made stems of varying lengths, thickness and shades of greens. We also talked about how we could create the impression of movement by overlapping stems and giving them different directions. After seeing pictures of wildflowers, we have noticed how they look sort of like blobs of color when seen from a distance. Students used Q-tips to apply different colors of paint to create colorful wildflowers. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed the read aloud “The Dragon that Lived in My Backyard”. We had a fun discussion about our dream backyards, and how we would accommodate a dragon! Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell. Due to Musicals next week, the Library schedule will be flexible.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble experience. Students did final run throughs of their Spring Musical Tikki Tikki Tembo and earned free time for their hard work.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners worked on some very basic volleyball skills with a fun game of “Keep the Balloon Up”. Working with partners and then in groups of three or four, they learned how to work together and to take turns hitting the balloon. On Friday, they advanced to playing the game over a tennis net.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten started making their shape pizza. They colored their circle crust and added circle pepperonis. Later they will add the rest of the shapes they have learned. They were also introduced to the Cha Cha Slide. They learned the basic steps of this dance.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students had the opportunity to explore our school’s subscription to Starfall. Starfall is an education website where students have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration and play. The program teaches through positive reinforcement to ensure students become confident, intrinsically motivated, and successful. You can visit Starfall from home through the computer lab website.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students read a book called ‘Rainbow Fish’ and worked on the Weaving Rainbow Fish project. Students learned basic weaving skills with paper. Mrs. Choi cut out fish shapes and taught them how to weave with colorful strips of paper. They then decorated their rainbow fishes with markers and color pencils. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed the read aloud “The Dragon that Lived in My Backyard”. We had a fun discussion about our dream backyards, and how we would accommodate a dragon! Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox. Due to Musicals next week, the Library schedule will be flexible.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble experience. Students did final run throughs of their Spring Musical Arf!, and earned free time for their hard work.

This week in PE, the First Graders worked on some very basic volleyball skills with a fun game of “Keep the Balloon Up”. Working with partners and then in groups of three or four, they learned how to work together and to take turns hitting the balloon. On Thursday, they advanced to playing the game over a tennis net.

This week in Spanish, First Grade started making their family flowers. The students colored the flower and later they will add family members to each petal in Spanish and English. They were also introduced to the Cha Cha Slide. They learned the basic steps of this dance.

This week in First Grade Technology, students worked on their word processing skills through Microsoft Word. The completed an activity that taught them how to copy and paste images and text using keyboard shortcuts. Students practiced using their CTRL C and CTRL V shortcuts to copy and paste images and sentences about fruit. This wonderful work will be featured in their portfolios

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students enjoyed learning about one of the greatest artists of all time, Pablo Picasso. We have read a book called When Pigasso met Mootisse, by Nina laden, many times and the students have enjoyed this book very much. After learning about Picasso and Cubism Art Movement, we played a fun game called, Roll a Picasso. The students roll the dice and draw the appropriate part to create portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso. It was a fun game for students to get more familiar to the Picasso’s Cubist style of portraits. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story of “Peter Rabbit”. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman. Due to Musicals next week, the Library schedule will be flexible.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble experience. Students did final run throughs of their Spring Musical Lemonade, and earned free time for their hard work.

This week in PE, the Second Graders worked on their hand-eye coordination with a fun game of “Racket Whack-It. Then they learned how to self-volley with pickleballs and paddles. They worked hard to find their rhythm. Many students surprised themselves with how far they made it through the challenges.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to clothes (ropa) vocabulary. They went over the pronunciation of each word. They were also introduced to the Cha Cha Slide. They learned the basic steps of this dance.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students culminated their Scratch learning by building their very own pong game. Students were successfully able to build their game and allow others to play. All second graders were send home with their Pong instructions in case they wanted to build another game at home!

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students finished up with the Patterned Animal project inspired by the Folk Artist, Heather Galler. 

This week in Library, as part of our Biography study, Third Grade students listened to the story about Lou Gehrig. We had good discussion about his amazing life and accomplishments. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. Due to Musicals next week, the Library schedule will be flexible.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble experience. Students did final run throughs of their Spring Musical Goal!, and earned free time for their hard work.

This week in PE, the Third Graders played Pickleball on Monday. There were some fantastic rallies as students worked with their partner to keep the ball moving. On Wednesday, they played a CHA favorite, “Can Ball”. They worked on moving without the ball and learned to communicate with their teammates without using their voices.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued to work on their animal research paper. They added to their paper where their animal lives and two details about it. They were also introduced to the Cha Cha Slide. They learned the basic steps of this dance.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students continued with their project in connection to their Language Arts class. Students designed comic strips that incorporated words from their Wordly Wise book. Using the online comic strip generator, Make Belief Comics, students completed their comic using these words.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a great time putting glaze over their bisque fired ceramic containers.

This week in Library, as part of our Biography study, Fourth Grade listened to the story about Lou Gehrig. We had good discussion about his amazing life and accomplishments. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer. Due to Musicals next week, the Library schedule will be flexible. 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble experience. Students did final run throughs of their Spring Musical What Kind of Band Are You?

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders played a CHA favorite, “Can Ball” on Tuesday. They worked on moving without the ball and learned to communicate with their teammates without using their voices. On Thursday, they worked on some Volleyball skills.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on an adjective cloud project. The students received a cloud in their email and they had to add their name using clip art. They also had to change the font size and pick any font design they wanted. Once they were done they printed out their clouds and colored the cloud manually. They also added rainbow rays with adjectives that described them.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students are completing the beginning phases of their Lego animation projects by developing their backdrops. Students chose backgrounds to go with their story maps. Some of these backdrops include canyons, schools, bedrooms, cities, and racetracks. Students are excited begin building their sets next week.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Guitar Design project. Based on the sketch that they created last week, students used cardboard pieces to build their guitar models. 

This week in Library, as part of our Biography study, Fifth Grade students listened to the story about Lou Gehrig. We had a good discussion about his amazing life and accomplishments. Late notices are sent home in Friday Folders. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. Due to Musicals next week, the Library schedule will be flexible.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble experience. Students did final run throughs of their Spring Musical Annie.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders played a CHA favorite, “Can Ball” on Monday. They worked on moving without the ball and learned to communicate with their teammates without using their voices. On Friday, they worked on some Volleyball skills.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade wrote about the foods and drinks they liked. With a partner they shared their answer and they also asked them if they liked it. The students also read a short story about cross culture foods. When the explores traveled they brought over foods and they also took food with them back to their country from the country they traveled to. They had an activity where they had to read a recipe and decide where these ingredients originated from. The students also learned how to conjugate –ER and –IR verbs.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students had the pleasure to listening to our guest presenter Peter Vogl. Mr. Vogl is a Special Agent for the Secret Service that works with the Childhood Smart Program. He spoke on the topics of internet safety, security, and cyber bullying. Video and notes of his presentation will be sent out to all 5th grade parents in Mrs. Taylor’s weekly newsletter. There are also useful resources about ‘Staying Safe Online’ on the Computer Lab Technology page. We hope that you will be able to continue this conversation at home.

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