CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 14, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students not only learned about classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios, and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. Mrs. Choi is SO excited to be your child’s Art Teacher at CHA! This year, we will be using a variety of exciting materials including watercolor, plaster, pastels, clay and mixed media, just to name a few! Students will learn about a broad range of artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Dale Chihuly and artistic eras from Renaissance to Pop!  

This week in Library, Kindergarten students were introduced to the procedures of the Library through a fun story titled “Clark the Shark”. We also read and discussed the book “The Dot”. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Thursday: Newell, Palladino

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music were steady pulse, vocal tone production, unpitched percussion technique, rhythm patterns, improvisation, same versus different, and high versus low.  Kindergarteners started a six-week animal unit where each most of our activities are based around a particular animal.  Week one’s animal was the duck.  Students enjoyed exploring the rhythm sticks to a song called Listen to the Ducks.  Kindergarteners experienced steady pulse to a rhythm called Little Ducks.  Finally, students experienced high and low sounds through the Mother Goose rhyme Goosey, Goosey Gander.  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced the days of the week, feelings, and colors. They learned two feelings bien (good) and mal (bad). They also worked on their llamas that said me llamo (my name is). When the students finish their assignments, they can be found in their Friday folders.

In Technology, Kindergarten has been practicing tech lab procedures while doing familiar tasks, like coloring and reading. Due to scheduling, some classes learned how to log in to the tech lab this week, while others will learn next week.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students   not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. 

This week in Library, First Grade students shared about their summer adventures, reviewed library procedures, and listened to the story “The Librarian from the Black Lagoon” and “The Dot”. These stories helped welcome students to all the fun the Library has to offerCheck out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver , Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade music were high/low vocal sounds, same versus different, short and long rhythms, improvisation, and uninterrupted listening.   Students enjoyed 3-5 of free improvisation and exploration, on instruments of their choice, as they entered the room this week.  They silently listened to a short piece for violin and piano.  Students discussed the music after they listened including thoughts about speed, style, texture, tempo and more.   1st Graders learned 5 Little Monkeys and used high and low voices to contrast the different sections of the rhyme.  Lastly, students created a short fruit  composition using short and long rhythms. (apple = 2 eighth notes, pear = 1 quarter note)

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed the days of the week, numbers, and colors. They also reviewed sentence formation. They went over the rules of feminine and masculine nouns. They were able to practice these rules with a worksheet. 

In Technology, First Grade reviewed logging in to school computers. We also began the new keyboarding program, Keyboarding Without Tears. Students have enjoyed it so far, telling me that it is fun for them. Due to scheduling, some classes will learn this next week.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students shared about their summer adventures, reviewed library procedures using a Circle Map, and listened to the story “First Day Jitters” and “The Dot”. Students also discussed using shelf markers and were able to check out books. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were improvisation exploration, uninterrupted listening, rhythm composition, AB form, mallet technique, and steady pulse.  Students enjoyed 3-5 minutes of free improvisation and exploration, on instruments of their choice, as they entered the music room.  They silently listened to a short piece of music for violin and piano.  Students discussed the music afterwards with thoughts about style, instrumentation, tempo, dynamics, and feeling.  2nd graders added mallet instruments to a traditional rhyme called Go! Go! Go!.  Finally students worked on a composition using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests as a way to review what they learned last year. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade learned about Hispanic Heritage month. The students learned when this event happens and what all these countries have in common. They discussed the history and the famous explorer Christopher Columbus. 

In Technology, Second Grade reviewed logging in to school computers. We also practiced logical reasoning and patterns with IXL. Due to scheduling, some classes have started Keyboarding Without Tears, while others will begin next week.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students shared about their summer adventures, reviewed library procedures using a Circle Map, and listened to the story “The Librarian from the Black Lagoon” and “The Dot”Students reviewed using shelf markers and were able to check out books. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were improvisation exploration, uninterrupted listening, rhythm composition, AB form, and mallet technique.  Students enjoyed 3-5 minutes of free improvisation and exploration, on instruments of their choice, as they entered the music room.  They silently listened to a short piece of music for violin and piano.  Students discussed the music afterwards with thoughts about style, instrumentation, tempo, dynamics, and feeling.  This was the first listening assignment in their listening journals that they’ll be contributing to this trimester.  Students worked on a composition using half notes, quarter notes, quarter rest, and eighth notes as a way to review what they learned last year. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade learned about Hispanic Heritage month. The students learned when this event happens and what all these countries have in common. They discussed the history and the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.

In Technology, Third Grade started the year off with a Star Wars coding activity, using pre-made blocks of code to create their own version of the game. Due to scheduling, some classes have started Keyboarding Without Tears, while others will begin next week.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students shared about their summer adventures, reviewed library procedures using a Circle Map, participated in a library scavenger hunt, and listened to the story “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were improvisation exploration, uninterrupted listening, pulse, chord bordun, vocal repertoire, and composition.  Students enjoyed 3-5 minutes of free improvisation and exploration, on instruments of their choice, as they entered the music room.  They silently listened to a short piece of music for violin and piano.  Students discussed the music afterwards with thoughts about style, instrumentation, tempo, dynamics, and feeling.  This was the first listening assignment in their listening journals that they’ll be contributing to this trimester.  Students worked on a composition using whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, quarter rest, and eighth notes as a way to review what they learned last year.  Finally, students added mallet parts to a folk song called I Want to Rise. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was introduced to their new Spanish book RealidadesThey discussed why people should learn Spanish and how it can be used in their future as adults. The students also learned about formal and nonformal greetings. How an adult should be greeted versus a friend.

In Technology, Fourth Grade started the year with a Star Wars coding activity, and reviewed technology procedures by creating a Kahoot quiz. Due to scheduling, some classes have started Keyboarding Without Tears, while others will begin next week. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original art works goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students shared about their summer adventures, completed a library scavenger hunt, and discussed book care & student responsibilities using a Circle Map. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were ensemble and mallet technique, uninterrupted listening, steady pulse, and composition.  Students enjoyed 3-5 minutes of free improvisation and exploration, on instruments of their choice, as they entered the music room.  They silently listened to a short piece of music for violin and piano.  Students discussed the music afterwards with thoughts about style, instrumentation, tempo, dynamics, and feeling.  This was the first listening assignment in their listening journals that they’ll be contributing to this trimester.  Students worked on a composition using whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, quarter rest, and eighth notes as a way to review what they learned last year.  Finally students continued work on an African mallet piece called Balafon. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was introduced to their new chapter in their Spanish book RealidadesThe students were introduced to school subjects, school schedule, supplies, and adjectives. They watched a video clip that introduced the vocabulary and they also had to answer comprehension questions from the video. 

In Technology, Fifth Grade started the year off with a Star Wars coding activity, using pre-made blocks of code to create their own version of the game. We have also created Walk-A-Thon posters, which will be displayed throughout the school. Due to scheduling, some classes will complete posters next week.

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