CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 25, 2018

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

Kindergarten

Due to the Field trip and professional development, Kindergarten students didn’t have art this week. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the read aloud: “How My Parents Learned to Eat”. This is a heartwarming story about how many cultures come together in America. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Hawron. Thursday: McInerney, Newell *All Library books are due back by June 8th. 

This week’s music objectives in Kindergarten Music were unpitched percussion technique, vocal repertoire, steady pulse, sound and silence. Students made and played rhythms by removing birds (quarter notes) from nests (quarter rests) to a chant called Little Robin. Students played a singing circle game called Catch Him Crow. They also enjoyed a beanbag game called Song of the Frogs where they each got to play the quiro and vibraslap while trying to toss a bean bag into a hand drum.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten finished their writing that can be seen in their end of the year portfolio. They also started a word search with all the animal vocabulary and a math worksheet.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to practice their keyboarding with “Typing Rocket” and “Typing Race”. Students are becoming faster at identifying specific letters on the keyboard. Student can play these activities at home on the computer lab website.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time working on the “What I want to be when I grow up” project. The students learned how to draw a “box person” instead of a line person, aka stick figure. Then the students included backgrounds with enough details to help people understand their ideas. We used watercolor, crayons and pencils to complete the project. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the read aloud: “How My Parents Learned to Eat”. This is a heartwarming story about how many cultures come together in America. Tuesday: Grieger Wednesday: Carver Thursday: Wilcox *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s music objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, phrase, and steady pulse. In addition to reviewing recent games and activities, students added quarter/eighth note rhythms to a story called Otto Goes to the Beach. Students also learned a circle game from Trinidad called I Lost My Glove, and the singing game Jump Jim Joe.

This week in Spanish, First Grade started their final writing about their family. The students wrote about their family members and drew a picture.

This week in First Grade Technology, students continued to work on their Creature Feature PowerPoint project. Students researched and took notes on a specific animal in their homeroom classes. This week, they spent the class typing content into their slides. Students are excited to add images and backgrounds next week.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished the Oviparous animals and the nests project. After they painted the nest, we went out to collect some twigs and and barks to decorate the nest. Their creations turned out great and Mrs. Choi can’t wait to display their creations during art show. 

This week in Library, Second Grade listened to the read aloud: “How My Parents Learned to Eat”. This is a heartwarming story about how many cultures come together in America. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s music objectives in 2nd Grade Music were rondo, pitched percussion, composition, and vocal repertoire. Students had fun composing rhythms for two songs in rondo form called 1000 Hungry Savages and We’re off to the Zoo. Small groups of students composed rhythm chains out of food and animal words. Other students accompanied on pitched percussion instruments.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade finished their books about clothes. They added their final sentences and final details.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students took their STAR Math test. They also began a top secret Father’s Day project.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the “What I want to be when I grow up” project. The students learned how to draw a “box person” instead of a line person, aka stick figure. Then the students included backgrounds with enough details to help people understand their ideas. We used watercolor, crayons and pencils to complete the project. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the read aloud: “How My Parents Learned to Eat”. This is a heartwarming story about how many cultures come together in America. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Peters, Watkins. Thursday: Setting. *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s music objectives in 3rd Grade Music were phrase, steady pulse, improvisation, vocal repertoire, and AB form. Students enjoyed reviewing Scotland’s Burning, and Pizza Pizza. They also learned another rondo called 2-4-6-8 where they created their own rhythm chains in small groups. Finally, they learned a dance in AB form called the Polka Poussette.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished their writing “Taco ‘Bout a Great Year”. The students added their writing to a paper they turned into a taco. They also added fun colors to resemble toppings.

This week in Third Grade Technology, students continued to work on 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. Next, students will learn how to add audio to finish up their Glogs!

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the Paper Relief Sculpture project. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade listened to the read aloud: “How My Parents Learned to Eat”. This is a heartwarming story about how many cultures come together in America. 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 music objectives in 4th Grade Music were ukulele assessment, vocal repertoire, strumming technique, and a I-VI-IV-V chord progression. Students were individually assessed on their progress of learning the G,F, C, and A- chords on the ukulele. They practiced singing the piece they’ll be performing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony. 4th graders continue to make progress learning This Land is Your Land. They also were introduced to other ¾ chord songs such as Stand By Me and Octupus’ Garden.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to Mexican art. They learned about two artist Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera. The students learned how the world around these artists affected what they painted. Next week the students are going to recreate one of Diego Riveras painting and create a mosaic.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students began the editing phase of their Lego animations. They learned how to change frames per second to speed up their animation to allow for smoother movements. Students also took time to add titles, credits, and text to their animations.

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 Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students learned about Still life painting and 4 main shading techniques, smoothing, hatching, cross hatching and stippling. Then the students started working on the Still Life Drawing project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students listened to the read aloud: “How My Parents Learned to Eat”. This is a heartwarming story about how many cultures come together in America. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Taylor Wednesday: Carpenter. *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s music objectives in 5th Grade Music were ensemble practice, vocal repertoire, and percussion technique. 5th graders continued to work hard on the percussion ensemble piece they’ll be performing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked continued to work on their menu. They added a breakfast and lunch options. They also practiced saying what they were going to order for their field trip to a Mexican resturant.

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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