CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 06, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time working on the Rock Fish project inspired by Only One You book on Leadership day. They also participated on the CHA Starry Night project. Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, we have reproduced Mosaic Seattle Starry Night a couple years ago for one of the auction projects. This time, we will be inspired by our own creations! This week, our students started working on the fused glass stars. On Leadership day, the students and parents participated in creating a mosaic for the sky on 3 big panels. We used small strips of colored paper to represent Van Gogh’s brush strokes.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students started our Poetry Study. We will spend time learning about different types of poems, study several authors, and write our own Poetry. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music were steady pulse, mallet techniques, vocal repertoire, and body awareness. Students enjoyed the springtime activity Rain on the Green Grass distinguishing between long (“rain rain”) sounds and short (“pitter patter pitter patter”) sounds. They also learned the song Mister Sun. Finally, they added a name game to the playground rhyme One for the Money.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners had a blast on our CHA Leadership Day. Out on the field they had an opportunity to play some “Indiana Jones” with some of their older schoolmates. On Friday, they worked on their shooting skills playing “4-Basket Basketball”. This team building activity also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition and a chance to focus on good sportsmanship.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten continued to work on their shape pizza project. The students added diamonds and squares to represent basil and bacon.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students explored Encyclopedia Britannica’s Learning Zone. This site allows students to learn the basics of an online encyclopedia by exploring maps, videos, interactive stories, word definitions, and more. Our school has a subscription to this wonderful resources and it can be accessed at home through the computer lab website.

 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time working on the Rock Fish project inspired by Only One You book on Leadership day. They also participated on the CHA Starry Night project. Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, we have reproduced Mosaic Seattle Starry Night a couple years ago for one of the auction projects. This time, we will be inspired by our own creations! This week, our students started working on the fused glass stars. On Leadership day, the students and parents participated in creating a mosaic for the sky on 3 big panels. We used small strips of colored paper to represent Van Gogh’s brush strokes. 

This week in Library, First Grade students started our Poetry Study. We will spend time learning about different types of poems, study several authors, and write our own Poetry. Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade music were contour, ABA form, mallet technique, and rhythm patterns. 1st graders enjoyed singing to different shapes found on vocal contour flash cards. They used this knowledge to study the melodic contour of a version of Jack and Jill, adding mallet parts and a B section to create an ABA ensemble piece. Finally, students explored whole, half, and quarter notes with a springtime chant called Bunnies on the Move!

This week in PE, the First Graders worked on their shooting skills playing “4-Basket Basketball”. This team building activity also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition and a chance to focus on good sportsmanship.

This week in Spanish, First Grade started a worksheet where they had to unscramble the words. The hint that they were given was that the word was masculine or feminine.

This week in First Grade Technology, students were introduced to Google Earth. Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. Students learned how to navigate this 3D environment using their mouse. They explored the search function and enjoyed finding specific locations on the map!

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a great time working on the Rock Fish project inspired by Only One You book on Leadership day. They also participated on the CHA Starry Night project. Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, we have reproduced Mosaic Seattle Starry Night a couple years ago for one of the auction projects. This time, we will be inspired by our own creations! This week, our students started working on the fused glass stars. On Leadership day, the students and parents participated in creating a mosaic for the sky on 3 big panels. We used small strips of colored paper to represent Van Gogh’s brush strokes. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students started our Poetry Study. We will spend time learning about different types of poems, study several authors, and write our own Poetry. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade music were steady pulse, mi-re-do patterns, and accents. Students learned a simple playground rhyme called Tarzan. Once they were familiar with the rhythmic pattern, they wrote a melody to the rhythm using do, re, and mi. They had the chance to play their own compositions on xylophones. Students also explored accents and how to play them on hand drums.

This week in PE, the Second Graders worked on their shooting skills playing “4-Basket Basketball”. This team building activity also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition and a chance to focus on good sportsmanship. On Friday they had a blast playing “Corner Ball”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade finished their paper dolls project by adding labels. They also started a word search of all the clothing words.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students began their animation unit with Pivot Animator. Pivot is a freeware application that allows users to create stick figure and sprite animations, and save them in the animated GIF format. Student learned how animations are made up of frames. They practiced making their stick figures make small movements to look smooth.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the Rock Fish project inspired by Only One You book on Leadership day. They also participated on the CHA Starry Night project. Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, we have reproduced Mosaic Seattle Starry Night a couple years ago for one of the auction projects. This time, we will be inspired by our own creations! This week, our students started working on the fused glass stars. On Leadership day, the students and parents participated in creating a mosaic for the sky on 3 big panels. We used small strips of colored paper to represent Van Gogh’s brush strokes. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students started our Poetry Study. We will spend time learning about different types of poems, study several authors, and write our own Poetry. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade music were canons, repertoire, crossover bordun, and ABA form. Students learned a version of Peas Porridge Hot in canon form. They also enjoyed adding drums and mallet parts to a song called Rocky Mountain.

This week in PE, the Third Graders had a blast on our CHA Leadership Day. Out on the field they had an opportunity to play some “Indiana Jones” and use the Parachute. On Wednesday, they worked on their shooting skills playing “4-Basket Basketball”. This team building activity also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition and a chance to focus on good sportsmanship.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade started their animal art project. The students had to create their animal by using their hand print and fingers.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students played a Kahoot to see how well they know Mrs. Hayes. Kahoot is a game based classroom response system played by the whole class in real time. Students will have the opportunity to create their own Kahoot to see how well their classmates know them. This week was dedicated to writing tricky questions for their classmates.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a wonderful field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. The students learned about 4 different types of Symmetry; translation, rotation, reflection and glide reflection. After learning bout Symmetry, we had a tour around the museum and looked at art works to see how artists used different types of symmetries in their art. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade started our Poetry Study. We will spend time learning about different types of poems, study several authors, and write our own Poetry. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer.

This week’s objective in 4th and 5th Grade music was an introduction to the ukulele including part and string names. Thanks to a CHAPTER grant we received 20 ukuleles that the students will be studying and playing over the next month. I’m including 5th grade for at least a few weeks since they didn’t have a chance to play them last year.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders had some free choice days to cash in. “Barrier Dodgeball” and “Skittles”, were well played. Later in the week, they worked on their shooting skills playing “4-Basket Basketball”. This team building activity also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition and a chance to focus on good sportsmanship.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade started a pen pal activity. The students had to answer some questions about themselves and turn them into a paragraph format.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students moved on to the set-building phase of their Lego Animations. Students chose Lego Minifigures, baseplates, and began to assemble their sets. Students did all of this while keeping in mind the plot of their final animation. They are very excited to begin taking photographs next week.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Cardboard guitars. Their guitars turning out great and Mrs. Choi cannot wait to see the finished pieces. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students started the read aloud story of “Indian in the Cupboard”. We also started our Poetry Study. Late notices are sent home in Friday Folders. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter.

This week’s objective in 4th and 5th Grade music was an introduction to the ukulele including part and string names. Thanks to a CHAPTER grant we received 20 ukuleles that the students will be studying and playing over the next month. I’m including 5th grade for at least a few weeks since they didn’t have a chance to play them last year.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders did a great job leading by example during our big CHA Leadership Celebration. On Friday they had some free choice days to cash in. Dodgeball was the choice of the day.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed conjugating –ER and –IR verbs. The students went over the rules and practiced using those rules on an activity. The students continued to practice what they learned with different activities and they also wrote about what they like to eat.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students paused their animal websites for a new project to help them prepare for their trip to Washington D.C. Students set out to design luggage tags using the program TinkerCad. TinkerCad is a browser-based 3D design and modeling tool. Their tags will include their name and a parent contact phone number.

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