CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

June 01, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned how to draw a snail after reading a book called The Whale and The Snail by Julia Donaldson. It is a cute book about One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey. After learning how to draw a snail, students drew and wrote where they want to take their snails on a journey to. Then we turned our snails into puppets and took them with us on our school journey.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the read aloud: “Two Bad Ants” by: Chris Van Allsburg. This entertaining story is told from the ant’s point of view. 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 steady pulse, body awareness, and vocal repertoire. Students learned new circle games and songs called Looby Loo and Boom Makaleli. They also reviewed activities and songs that they learned throughout the year in order to reinforce new concepts.

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners worked on cooperation and teamwork in a series of relay races! Students warmed up by doing high knees, butt kicks, and lunges. The relays included a scooter race, spoon race, “fish delivery”, sprinting, and kangaroo jumps. Classes also had a discussion on the value of sportsmanship. Ms. Chow was impressed with the positive attitudes students had throughout our relay races!

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten worked on an animal word search. They also reviewed colors and did some math. The students had to complete the math and color the corresponding color.

This week in Kindergarten Technology, students continued to put their newly found keyboarding skills to good use with ABCya’s Story Maker. Students typed two sentences that started with capital letters and created an illustration digitally to match! Students can try this at home on the Computer Lab Website.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the “What I want to be when I grow up” project.

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the read aloud: “Two Bad Ants” by: Chris Van Allsburg. This entertaining story is told from the ant’s point of view. Tuesday: Grieger Wednesday: Carver Thursday: Wilcox *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were steady pulse, AB form, ostinato, sol-la-mi, and vocal repertoire. The last weeks of music class involve reviewing games and activities that students performed throughout the year to reinforce new concepts. Students this week reviewed the songs and games Willum, All Around the Buttercup, Higglety Pigglety Pop, and sol-la-mi identification. Students also reviewed the song they’ll be singing for this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.

This week in PE, the First Graders worked on cooperation and teamwork in a series of relay races! Students warmed up by doing high knees, butt kicks, and lunges. The relays included a scooter race, spoon race, “fish delivery”, sprinting, and kangaroo jumps. Classes have also been discussing the value of showing positive sportsmanship. Ms. Chow was impressed with the positive attitudes students had throughout the relay races!

This week in Spanish, First Grade took a family test. The students were given the Spanish words and they had to write in the English words. They also worked on their writing about their family.

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 learned how to add images to their slides. Students enjoyed choosing the perfect photo to insert into their presentation.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Mrs. Duffina’s class finished up with the Oviparous Animals and the nests project and Mrs. Morman’s class enjoyed our annual paper airplane contest. We learn about the science behind paper airplane, think about the designs for the paper airplane that could fly farthest. Then we went outside, and test flied our paper airplanes. 

This week in Library, Second Grade listened to the read aloud: “Two Bad Ants” by: Chris Van Allsburg. This entertaining story is told from the ant’s point of view. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman *All Library books are due back by June 8th.

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were pitched percussion classification, rondo form, and composition. Students learned or reviewed the chant A Thousand Hungry Savages. They worked in groups to create word chain rhythms using food and performed them on drums. Mallet instruments were divided and added to the main A section to create an instrumental rondo.

This week in PE, the Second Graders worked on cooperation and teamwork in a series of relay races! Students warmed up by doing high knees, butt kicks, and lunges. The relays included a scooter race, spoon race, “fish delivery”, sprinting, and kangaroo jumps. Classes have also been discussing the value of showing positive sportsmanship. Ms. Chow was impressed with the positive attitudes students had throughout the relay races!

This week in Spanish, Second Grade reviewed clothing items by playing Eggspert. The students were divided into two group and one person came up and answered the question. They had to be the first one to press the button and give the correct answer. The students had so much fun competing against each other.

This week in Second Grade Technology, students used PicMonkey to edit a secret project for Father’s Day. Students are super excited about what they have created and can’t wait to show it off to their dads!

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students enjoyed our annual paper airplane contest. We learn about the science behind paper airplane, think about the designs for the paper airplane that could fly farthest. Then we went outside, and test flied our paper airplanes.

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the read aloud: “Two Bad Ants” by: Chris Van Allsburg. This entertaining story is told from the ant’s point of view. 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 steady pulse, vocal ostinato, score reading, major vs. Minor, and phrase. 3rd graders added mallet parts and vocal ostinato to a song called My Horses Ain’t Hungry. They also reviewed a folk rhyme called 2-4-6-8 and added their own body percussion rhythm to make a rondo. Students listened to musical examples of major and minor tonalities and discussed how they differ. Finally, student reviewed the round Scotland’s Burning and the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.

This week in PE, the Third Graders had a blast playing Ambulance Dodgeball and Fire in the Forest. Classes also discussed the value of sportsmanship in PE. Students brought up wonderful examples of how they can show sportsmanship and demonstrated their ability to play cooperatively. Ms. Chow was very impressed with the positive attitudes students had despite winning or losing a game!

This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished their Taco ‘About a great year writing. They also discussed about Mexico’s plant cactus. The students learned how to draw cactus.

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. This week, students used microphones to add an audio introduction to their Glogs.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students finished with the Paper Relief Sculpture project.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade listened to the read aloud: “Two Bad Ants” by: Chris Van Allsburg. This entertaining story is told from the ant’s point of view. 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 ukulele practice and assessment. Students reviewed This Land is Your Land and Octopus’ Garden. They were also assessed individually on string names and the C, A minor, F, and G chord. Students also reviewed the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.

This week in PE, the Fourth Graders had a blast playing Ambulance Dodgeball and Steal the Fish. Classes also discussed the value of sportsmanship in PE. Students brought up wonderful examples of how they can show sportsmanship and demonstrated their ability to play cooperatively. Ms. Chow was very impressed with the positive attitudes students had despite winning or losing a game!

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade the students continued to work on their Diego Rivera inspired mosaics. The students had to work with one another to make sure lines aliened and colors matched.

This week in Fourth Grade Technology, students continued with the editing phase of their Lego animations. Students took time to add titles, credits, and text to their animations. They also had the opportunity to add their voice into their movie. Students can’t wait to view each other’s work next week.

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 Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students finished working on the Still Life Drawing project.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students listened to the read aloud: “Two Bad Ants” by: Chris Van Allsburg. This entertaining story is told from the ant’s point of view. 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 mallet ensemble and vocal repertoire. 5th Graders continued to work hard on their version of Day-O that combines 4 parts and 4 sections with a fast tempo. It’s very challenging, but they did great! They are excited to perform this at the Moving Up ceremony in addition to song they’ll be singing called If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out.

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders had a blast playing Ambulance Dodgeball. Classes also discussed the value of sportsmanship in PE. Students brought up wonderful examples of how they can show sportsmanship and demonstrated their ability to play cooperatively. Ms. Chow was very impressed with the positive attitudes students had despite winning or losing a game!

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed for the upcoming Spanish test which will be on Monday. The students reviewed by playing a game of Eggespert. They also worked in teams to come up with answers when being timed. The students were also given study guides that they completed in class.

This week in 5th Grade Technology, students used one of their last classes to create a card for Father’s Day using Microsoft Publisher. Students wrote heartfelt messages and added images to the card which will be given to fathers in a couple of weeks time.

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