CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 18, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students finished with the Monet’s Water lily painting by adding water lilies to the painted pond. We looked at images of water lilies carefully and discuss the colors and shapes of the petals. Then Mrs. Choi showed them how to approach painting the water lilies. She encouraged double dipping into the paint and then allowing the colors to mix on the paper as they paint. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the read aloud: “Chicken Big”. We laughed about the many scenarios the chicken found himself trying to escape. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, unpitched percussion technique, and long/short rhythm patterns. Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony. They also learned the movements to a song called Going Over the Sea. Lastly, they reinforced their knowledge of short/long rhythmic patterns by adding a jump rope rhyme and then adding rhythms on rhythm sticks.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners got to experience dance week at CHA for the first time. They did a fantastic job of being respectful listeners and learned how to groove. “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and the “Macarena” were a big hit.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed what they had learned about sentence structure. They also started writing two sentences to add to their end of the year portfolio, which you can see at the end of the year.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students took their STAR Reading and Math tests.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students finished the Paper Mache bowl project by adding colorful tissue paper. It turned out great and Mrs. Choi cannot wait to display for the Art Show! 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the read aloud: “Chicken Big”. We laughed about the many scenarios the chicken found himself trying to escape We had a good discussion about working together to achieve a common goal. Tuesday: Grieger Wednesday: Carver Thursday: Wilcox *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, quarter/eighth notes, and pitched/unpitched percussion technique. Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony. They also learned a steady beat circle game called Punchinella. 1st graders experienced playing eighth notes and quarter note rhythms over recorded music. Lastly, they added percussion instruments to an English singing game called The Gallant Ship.

This week in PE, the First Graders showed the Dance Dude that they remembered the awesome moves that he taught them last year. “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and the “Macarena” were a big hit. I was amazed to see them successfully make it through the “Virginia Wheel” as well.

This week in Spanish, First Grade started writing about their family members. They learned how to say I have = yo tengo. There first two sentences they had to write were about their parents.

This week in First Grade Technology, students began their Creature Feature PowerPoint project. Students learned how to insert multiple types of slides into their PowerPoint. They typed a title slide and began entering their animal facts. Next week, they will add pictures and backgrounds to their slides.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students studied nests of the oviparous animals. Then they started working on the Nest Painting project. They looked at pictures of oviparous animal nests and painted on card boards. 

This week in Library, Second Grade listened to the read aloud: “Chicken Big”. We laughed about the many scenarios the chicken found himself trying to escape. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives 2nd Grade Music were pitched percussion classification, steady pulse, ostinato, and vocal repertoire. Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing in this year’s Moving Up ceremony. Students also learned a two part duet utilizing an ostinato called I Can Read That! Finally, students added percussion parts to a Missouri Fok song called Jinny Go Round.

This week in PE, the Second Graders showed the Dance Dude that they remembered the awesome moves that he taught them last year. “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and the “Macarena” were a big hit. The “Virginia Wheel” as well as some swing dancing also went off without a hitch.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade worked on their books about clothes. Some of the students were able to finish all four pages. Each page included a nina or nino (girl or boy) with clothes labeled in Spanish. Next week they will write about what each child is wearing.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students tooks their STAR Reading test.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students completed their Underwater Painting by adding jellyfishes and other sea creatures with chalk pastel pencils. The students first learned about one of the elements of art, Value. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. They created the illusion of light by adding little bit of black and white. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the read aloud: “Hero Mom”. We had good discussions about the meaning of Memorial Day and the people who serve. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were canon/round, rhythmic patterns, rondo form, and vocal repertoire. Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony. They also learned a new vocal round called Scotland’s Burning. 3rd graders finally composed their own rhythms to form a rhythmic rondo and performed it as a class.

This week in PE, the Third Graders showed the Dance Dude that they remembered the awesome moves that he taught them last year. The “Virginia Wheel” as well as some swing dancing and beat boxing kept a smile on everyone’s face. They also rocked some new dances to “Uptown Funk” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling”.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade started a write prompt called Taco ‘Bout a Great Year. The students had to write about what was their favorite thing they did this year. The final draft will look like a taco filled with delicious toppings.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students used what they know about Glogster to begin their state Glog. 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 took the information on their specific state and began to turn it into an interactive Glog.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students started working on the Paper Relief Sculpture project. To create their relief sculptures, the students first learned about the difference between shape and form. A shape is two-dimensional whereas a form is three-dimensional. Students experimented creating forms out of basic paper shapes by rolling, bending, folding and gluing them. After trying a variety of forms, students chose their favorite and created variations of that form. Students then considered space and balance to position their forms into their final sculptural arrangement. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade spent time working on a “round robin” writing activity recounting our time in Islandwood. They also had time to browse and check out. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Shamsen, Warenkiewicz. Thursday: Springer. *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, ukulele strumming technique and A-,G, F, and C chords. 4th graders continued to make progress in switching between chords as they strum. They have started to sing and strum This Land is Your Land and Stand By Me.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders showed the Dance Dude that they remembered the awesome moves that he taught them last year. The “Virginia Wheel” as well as some swing dancing and beat boxing kept a smile on everyone’s face. They also rocked some new dances to “Uptown Funk” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling”.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to conjugations. This is when a Spanish verb is changed depending on the tense or gender. The students learned about –AR verbs and the rules of every single subject pronoun.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students completed 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 will move on to adding text and voice to their animations next week.

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 Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a wonderful opportunity to have a tour at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Dale Chihuly is a Washington base glass sculptor. At Chihuly Garden and Glass, each room shows the milestones of his career. From the tour, we learned about his inspiration and ideas behind his wonderful creations.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students spent time this week on a “round robin” writing activity. We had a chance to recount some memorable events in D.C. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. *All Library books are due back by June 8th. 

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 in PE, the Fifth Graders got off to a slow start on Monday, but they were ready to rock on day two of dance week. Awesome job Fifth Graders!

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade started designing their own menus. The students started designing their front cover, breakfast and lunch area. They had to add pictures, prices and make it all on Word. Next week the students will be going to a Mexican restaurant were they will put to practice what they have been working on.

This week in Fifth Grade Technology, students had the opportunity to share their animal research websites. Students compiled their URLs into a list and evaluated each other’s sites. Mrs. Hayes is so proud of all of their hard work on their websites.

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