CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 11, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) and looked at his waterlily painting. The water lily pond featured in over 250 of his paintings. One of these paintings was recently sold at auction for over 80 million dollars, the most ever paid for a Monet. First, they learned how to blend paint on the canvas to make it look like a pond. Next week we will add colorful lilies to the pond to complete the project.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were steady pulse, unpitched percussion technique, matching pitch assessment, body awareness, vocal repertoire, high/low, and steady pulse. Students used creative movements as a warm up to Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. They were also assessed individually to see if they can match pitch in a call and response circle game. Kindergartners had fun learning/reviewing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and the finger play and game Five Little Froggies.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners played a fun game of “Lilly Pad Tag” on Monday. On Friday, they learned a new game called “Alphabet Chase.”

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed what they had learned about sentence structure. The students put to practice just that and wrote sentences about animals like (The duck is yellow = El pato es amarillo). They also got to break a piñata that the fourth graders donated to their class. The students also ate chips and salsa.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to explore the basics of the computer keyboard. They enjoyed playing the keyboarding game, “Keyboard Cupstacking” to work on key identification. Students can access these games at home through the Computer Lab Website.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the paper mache bowl project.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were ostinatos, Sol-la-mi patterns, AB form, and steady pulse. Students were introduced to sol-mi-la vocal patterns and their visual representation on a musical staff. They also learned or reviewed the ostinato rhythmic pattern Higglety Pigglety Pop. 1st graders learned movements to a Mexican Counting folk song and added movements to the steady Allison’s Camel.

This week in PE, the First Graders played a game that tested their patience and teamwork skills. “Shape Shifter” had teams working together to form letters on the gym floor. On Thursday, they learned a new game called “Lilly Pad Tag”.

This week in Spanish, First Grade finished their houses filled with their families. They also reviewed their colors by working on some addition and coloring it the appropriate color. The students also got to break a piñata that the fourth graders donated to their class and they also ate chips and salsa.

This week in First Grade Technology, students explored our school’s subscription to Tumblebooks. Tumblebooks is an online library of e-books. Students chose book appropriate for their reading level and enjoyed watching the pictures come to life on their screen.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students enjoyed painting their clay sculptures.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were rondo form, pitched percussion classification, vocal repertoire, rhythm patterns, and broken bordun. 2nd graders made rhythmic word chains out of food and added percussion instruments to the song A Thousand Hungry Savages. They played the circle game Cut the Cake, added body level percussion to rhythmic flash cards, and added word chains and instruments to a song called We’re Off to the Zoo.

This week in PE, the Second Graders played a game that tested their patience and teamwork skills. “Shape Shifter” had teams working together to form letters on the gym floor. On Friday, they played a great game called “Alphabet Chase”.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade glued paper clothes to their paper doll books. They also got to break a piñata that the fourth graders donated to their class. The students also ate chips and salsa.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students moved on to another animation program called ABCya animate. ABCya animate is an easy way for students to make animations on the web. The website features a colorful and intuitive interface, 100 frames, grouping, arranging and over 100 images. Students can access this at home through the Computer Lab Website.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students started working on the Under the Sea painting project. First, we learned how to paint the underwater background. Starting at the top of the vertical paper, the students painted a strip of white paint. Without cleaning their brush, they dipped their paint brush into a little bit of purple paint. They applied the paint below the white strip and blended. They continued dipping their brush into more purple, then adding blue and Fuchsia. We worked slowly and carefully with this step. Finally, we splattered some white to create some bubbles.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were patterns, hand drum technique, canon/round, accents, steady pulse, and conducting in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. 3rd graders warmed up with rhythm flashcards before performing a hand drum Canon in two parts. They also learned a fun playground game called Pizza, Pizza and learned how conductors use gestures to mark 2-beat, 3-beat, and 4-beat time.

This week in PE, the Third Graders played a game that tested their patience and teamwork skills. “Shape Shifter” had teams working together to form letters on the gym floor. On Wednesday they hit the field to work on their frisbee skills.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade took their animal quiz. They also got to break a piñata that the fourth graders donated to their class. The students also ate chips and salsa.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students moved onto a new project using Glogster. Glogster is a tool used to create interactive learning and presentations. Glogster allows students to combine text, images, video, and audio to create an interactive, Web-based poster called “Glogs” on a virtual canvas. Students will be using this tool to present information they have been learning in their U.S. Social Studies unit.

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Fourth Grade 

Fourth Graders were at the IslandWood Environmental Camp on Bainbridge Island this week. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students learned about still life paintings. We looked at still life painting done by many famous artists and started working on our own. First, we started with light pencil sketches and background. Next week, when they come back we will learn about 5 different types of shading techniques to create 3D illusion.

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were ensemble experience, vocal repertoire, and pitched percussion technique. 5th graders were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony. They also continued to learn and practice their percussion ensemble piece that they also will be featured on at this year’s event.

This week’s objective in 5th Grade Music was ukulele technique. Students reviewed C and F chord activities while also learning a basic strumming technique and the G major chord.

This week in PE, we welcomed back the Fifth Graders with some Dodgeball on Monday. On Friday we hit the field for some Ultimate Frisbee.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed likes and dislikes. The students answered some questions about what food they like more. They also started the front cover of their menu. The students came out with a name that had to use a Spanish word and the address that had to be from a predominate Spanish speaking state. They also watched another episode of the Spanish mystery Mi Vida Loca. They also got to break a piñata that the fourth graders donated to their class. The students also ate chips and salsa.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students backtracked a bit to their animal research websites. Students put the final touches on their sites and are excited to share with each other next week.

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