CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 20, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students started working on their own Starry Night painting. We started the lesson by looking at Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Mrs. Choi asked students to describe the painting and its main ideas. Then we focused on the wind; asked students how Van Gogh used brush strokes to make the wind (swirls etc.). We have noticed that the artist used small brush strokes and many different shades of blue for the wind. After closely study the Starry Night and learn about the artist, we started working on our own starry night painting. Next week when we come back, we will add cut out silhouettes of buildings.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the read aloud: “Wemberly Worried” by Kevin Henkes. We discussed how to work through things that worry us most. We also spent some time reading Springtime Poems. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell Check out days will be flexible next week due to testing.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, sol-mi intervals, mallet technique, and steady pulse. Kindergarteners explore springtime activities including a solo vocal game called The Cuckoo, a steady pulse activity to A-Tisket, A-Tasket, an instrument activity called It’s Spring, and a finger play called Up to the Ceiling. Barry Alavi also visited and did a demonstration performance on the Persian Ney. The students enjoyed it very much, thanks Barry!

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners learned a fun new game called “Shark Attack” on Monday. On Friday, they learned a great PE version of “Gaga Ball” called “Garden Ball.”

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten finished the shape pizza. They also counted each shape and added the total on a graph. Some of the classes only came once to Spanish because of the field trip.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students began to learn the basics of the computer keyboard. We unplugged this week with the help of a paper keyboard. Students took their time filling in the missing keys on the keyboard. They colored specific keys different colors to practice locating them on the keyboard. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about Henri Rousseau and his paintings. We first read a book called Fantastic Jungle of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel. French artist Rousseau is a self-taught artist who painted incredible jungle scenes. We learned that Rousseau never ventured into a jungle. His paintings were comprised of plants found in local botanical gardens and of creatures at the zoo. He also looked through books for pictures of exotic animals. Just like Rousseau, Mrs. Choi gave everyone a photograph of a tiger to work from, and we discussed the main features of the tiger’s face– the nose, the shape of the mouth and cheeks, the placement of the black stripes. After studying tiger’s face, students made a pencil sketch of what they saw on their paper.

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the read aloud: “Wemberly Worried” by Kevin Henkes. We discussed how to work through things that worry us most. Tuesday: Grieger. Wednesday: Carver. Thursday: Wilcox. Check out days will be flexible next week due to testing.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were steady pulse, vocal repertoire, and mallet technique. Students explored body percussion to a traditional rhyme called Rain on the Green Grass. They also enjoyed playing a steady pulse circle game called All Around the Village. 1st graders played xylophones and metallophones on the folk rhyme Sugar Sugar. Lastly, students explored movements and choreography to the folk song Willum, which is about Willum and his 7 sons each doing some kind of chore around the house.

This week in PE, the First Graders learned a fun new game called “Shark Attack” on Tuesday. On Friday, they learned a great PE version of “Gaga Ball” called “Garden Ball.”

This week in Spanish, First Grade turned in their unscrambling and labeling worksheet. They also started their family house project. The students made a paper house and started coloring family members. Eventually the project will include the students core family members.

This week in First Grade Technology, students discovered how to create a world cloud with the help of ABCya.com. Students took their solar system vocabulary words and turned them into wonderful word clouds. They learned how repeating a word makes it larger and how to customize the cloud to make it their own. These will be on display in their portfolios at the end of the year.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students continued working on the Picasso inspired portraits project. We tried to capture our facial features from many different views, just like Picasso, and it was challenging and fun at the same time. 

This week in Library, Second Grade spent time reading and writing poetry. We also reviewed alphabetizing and Thesaurus usage. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman Check out days will be flexible next week due to testing.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were sol-mi-re-do vocal intervals, ABA form, and suspended pitch. 2nd graders explored do-sol interval, mallet technique, and ABA form with an American folk song Who’s That? They also used the same song to learn about singing an extended pitch during two-part singing. Finally, students explored reading and singing do-re-mi patterns to a song called Hey Mr. Rabbit.

This week in PE, the Second Graders got a chance to use the hockey sticks. They worked on keeping their sticks below their knees while dribbling, passing, and shooting. By demonstrating their ability to safely handle their stick and the puck, they showed that they are almost ready for an actual game of floor hockey next week.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade started a rough draft. The students included sentences about what their paper dolls were wearing. After being proofread the some of the students started their final draft.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students continued 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. Students learned how to create sprites, duplicate, and change the colors to make their animation come to life.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the sea creature clay sculpture project. We learned about basic sculpture molding technique and each student created a sea creature of their choice. Clay projects are always so much fun! 

This week in Library, Third Grade students worked on our Poetry Unit and reviewed Thesaurus usage. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. Check out days will be flexible next week due to testing.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were question and answer improvisation technique, sing the Fa (4th interval of the scale) and two-part singing, steady pulse, and AABC form. 3rd graders explored improvisation to the singing game Ama Lama alternating between question and answer. They also practiced two-part singing including Fa to a traditional melody called Do-Re-Mi-Fa. Lastly, students explored the folk dance Galopede which reinforced steady pulse and AABC form.

This week in PE, the Third Graders played an intense game of “Corner Ball” on Monday. On Wednesday, they reviewed the basic skills used in floor hockey. By demonstrating their ability to safely handle their stick and the puck, they showed that they are ready for an actual game of floor hockey next week.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished their animal final drafts. They also continued to work on their animal art project which are coming out amazing.

This week in Third Grade Technology, continued with their Kahoot project to create their own Kahoot to see how well their classmates know them. They took their tricky questions from last week and plugged them into the program. Students too time previewing and practicing their game when they were finished. Everyone is so excited to see if they can stump their classmates next week.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students started working on the Paper Mache Piñata project. Each year, 4th grade students create fun Pinatas to donate to each class to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This week, we focused on wrapping our balloons with paper mache paste and strips of paper. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade continued our Poetry Unit, along with a review of alphabetizing and Thesaurus usage. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer. Check out days will be flexible next week due to testing.

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade music were ukulele technique, repertoire, and F and C chords. Students enjoyed learning their first two chord songs including Hush Little Baby and Hokey Pokey.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders played some intense games of “Corner Ball” on Tuesday. On Thursday two classes got a sunny day to cash in their Bird bucks. “Steal the Chicken” out on the field was the choice.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade finished their pen pal emails. The emails were written in Spanish and English. You can find their email they wrote in your personal inboxes. The students also watched another Spanish mystery episode and worked on comprehension questions.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students moved on to the filming phase of their Lego Animations. They learned the importance of making small movements when taking pictures in order to make their animation look smooth. Students also realized how important it is to have a steady hand during the filming process. Fourth graders are well on their way to creating a wonderful Lego Movie.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Cardboard guitars. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued the read aloud story of “Indian in the Cupboard”. We also reviewed Thesaurus and Encyclopedia usage. Late notices are sent home in Friday Folders. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. Check out days will be flexible next week due to testing.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music were ukulele technique, repertoire, F and C chords, and mallet ensemble technique. Students enjoyed learning their first two chord songs including Hush Little Baby and Hokey Pokey. Additionally, they were introduced to Day O arranged for mallet ensemble. It’s possible they’ll be playing this at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders were gone of Friday, but they did play some incredible games of “Corner Ball” on Monday. Everyone was into the action and the games kept everyone on their toes.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade made a table on Word and inputted what they drink and eat for breakfast and lunch. They also asked a partner what they like to eat and drink and typed out their answers. Using this information, the students wrote sentences writing the similarity and difference between their partner’s and their food and drink preferences.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students continued to design luggage tags using the program TinkerCad. TinkerCad is a browser-based 3D design and modeling tool. You will find a link to it on the Computer Lab website Technoloogy page, it is free to use. Their tags included their name and a parent contact phone number. They will be placed on their backpack during the trip in case it gets misplaced.

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