CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 28, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about Eric Carle, children’s book illustrator. First, we watched a video of Eric Carle explaining how he creates his collage. Inspired by him, the students painted sheets of watercolor paper using a range of thick and thin brushes dipped in bright contrasting colors. Then they added more strokes and dots with marker caps. Next week when they come back, we will turn their paintings into beautiful butterfly collage. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students had fun learning about our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (October 15th-19th). They had an opportunity to preview some of the new books that will be available, and discussed making a wish list during their library time the week of October 15th. Next week, we will have the opportunity to visit with author Leslie Kelley. Please remember to turn in your order form to the front desk If you would like for her to autograph a book for your student.  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 rhythm patterns, steady pulse, same versus different, and following a conductor.  This week’s farm animal was the cow.  Students added choreography to the Milk Bucket Boogie, Hunt the Cows, and Hey Diddle, Diddle.  Kindergarteners played cowbells to Listen to the Cows.  We added Blue (tip toe) to our color game.  And finally, students reviewed Hey Billy Martin, a tiptoeing song from last week. 

In PE, we introduced a game called Spaghetti and Meatballs, which is basically a tag game in which two students are on scooters tagging others with noodles (the toy kind!), which represent spaghetti noodles, and one student rolls a large ball around (in some cases almost as big as the kids themselves), which, you guessed it, represents the meatball. The meatball tries to tag the others, too. We prescribe an exercise for them to do when tagged by a noodle and another for when they’re tagged by the meatball. For example, some exercises include burpees, jumping jacks, and star jumps.  We played other tag games at the beginning of the unit, but this one is a little more involved and “busy”. Add in the fact that they are SO much more proficient at using the scooters, and it is pretty fun! With all the exercise included, they get pretty tired by the end; there are lots of red cheeks!

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed colors by singing the color song. This song gets the students motivated and ready to learn. To incorporate what they learned the students started Mi Libro de Colores – My Book of Colors. This book contains a sentence in Spanish and English but has no pictures. This gives the students get a chance to be illustrators and create their own drawings. Lastly, the they also learned a new feeling feliz - happy. Every single student gets to practice their Spanish by sharing their feeling with the class.

In Technology, Kindergarten continued to practice moving the mouse on the screen, clicking, and dragging. They utilized mouse games which cross between disciplines as some require accurate counting and pattern recognition while others develop analytical skill. All games can be found by accessing the tech lab website (mrsmorlidge.com), clicking the “Kindy & 1st”, and “Mouse Games.”

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students finished with the Under-Sea painting project. They also learned to make origami whales. 

This week in Library, First Grade students had fun learning about our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (October 15th-19th). They had an opportunity to preview some of the new books that will be available, and discussed making a wish list during their library time the week of October 15th. Next week, we will have the opportunity to visit with author Leslie Kelley. Please remember to turn in your order form to the front desk if you would like for her to autograph a book for your student. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were up versus down, sol-mi intervals, mallet technique, steady pulse, and uninterrupted listening.   1st graders added mallet parts to Hickory, Dickory Dock.  Students also played a pulse game called Saw, Saw, Saw Away that had them doing house building actions to a  steady beat.  Students continued to work on their listening by listening to 90 seconds of music identifying instruments, style, and offering opinions about its quality.  

In PE, we played a game called Spaghetti and Meatballs, which is basically a tag game in which two students are on scooters tagging others with noodles (the toy kind!), which represent spaghetti noodles, and one student rolls a large ball around (in some cases almost as big as the kids themselves), which, you guessed it, represents the meatball. The meatball tries to tag others, too. They informed me that they had played this game, albeit a little differently, last year, and they seem to love it. We prescribe an exercise for them to do when tagged by a noodle and another for when they’re tagged by the meatball. For example, some exercises include burpees, jumping jacks, and star jumps. We played other tag games at the beginning of the unit, but this one is a little more involved and “busy”. Add in the fact that they are SO much more proficient at using the scooters, and it is pretty fun! With all the exercise included, they get pretty tired by the end; there are lots of red cheeks!

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed ten fruits. The students were able to practice their Spanish by sharing with the class what fruit they like. They also worked on an activity by coloring all the fruits they learned and glued them on a construction paper. They will be able to use this as a reference when they need to spell the word when they start writing about their favorite fruits. The students also started taking over the calendar. Each student will get a chance to direct the class by using the pointer when signing the days of the week and counting the days of the month.  

In Technology, First Grade was introduced to Microsoft Word. They used the software to create a list of words from their science unit on inheritance. They also practiced saving the file on the computer. Due to conferences last week, some classes are practicing good keyboarding habits and will begin vocabulary next week.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about Aaron Draplin, Graphic designer and created collage landscape inspired by the artist. We looked at his grafic designs and got inspired by his “Thick Lines” prints. In his design, he put shades of thick lines together to create a layered landscape composition. They learned to overlap layers of shades to create depth in their landscape collage. They had a great time cutting and pasting paper to create the masterpieces.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students had fun previewing the author video for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (October 15th-19th). They also had an opportunity to have a sneak peek at some of the new books and series that will be available for purchase. Students will make a wish list during their library time the week of October 15th Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were rhythm patterns, mallet technique, and half notes.  Students warmed up by internalizing 4 beat rhythms from flash cards.  They bounced a ball to the half note pulse of Harvest Song, and continued half note reinforcement through last week’s Traffic Lights and the Draw a Bucket of Water game. 

In PE, Second Grade played a second round of scooter dodgeball. By the time we went over all the rules and expectations the last time, there wasn’t a whole lot of time to play. Wednesday afternoon they will have played (it’s weird to write this Wednesday morning as though it has already happened….) a game called Scooter Cage Ball with their guest teacher.  It is a cooperative team game in which small groups at a time work to score points for their team by moving a large ball (a little larger than a yoga/pilates ball) from one side of the room to another while the opposing team attempts to do the same. Sometimes there are as few as one or two players playing against one another, and at other times there are many more.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade practiced writing in Spanish. The students wrote about two things they like to eat. They were able to choose from many options, but many chose pizza, ice cream or French fries. Surprising many students also chose the healthy options like salad, soup, or fish. They also wrote about what they like to drink like water, soda or milk. When they finished their rough draft and it was proofread they were able to start their final draft. If they finished early they were able to start a food word search 

In Technology, Second Grade continued their Me on the Map projects. They learned how to take a screenshot and paste it into PowerPoint, and how to crop and resize the photo. Some classes learned how to add backgrounds to their slides. Next week they will continue the project by learning about transitions.

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the Clay Skull project to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. First, they learned basics of pinch pot techniques. Then they turned the pots upside down to create nose holes and eye sockets with clay tools and fingers. After they finished creating a skull, they added sombreros, mustaches, flowers and more to make their skull sculpture more special! 

This week in Library, Third Grade students had fun previewing the author video for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (October 15th-19th). They also had an opportunity to have a sneak peek at some of the new books and series that will be available for purchase. Students will make a wish list during their library time the week of October 15th. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were AB form, steady pulse, ostinato, and canon/round preparation.  3rd graders were introduced to a game called 4 Beats After that uses a canon to develop musical independence.  Students sang a vocal ostinato to the American folk song Remember Me.  3rd graders added choreography to La Raspa, and finally added body percussion to Mary Lost Her Coat.  Students also practiced uninterrupted listening experiencing 90 seconds of a jazz trio trying to identify style, instruments, and other qualities. 

After dealing with the strange schedule last week, which mostly affected the two classes that have P.E. Wednesday mornings, third grade is having fun finishing the scooter unit with dodgeball, as I promised last week. They’re having a lot of fun and bringing a lot of energy to the game, but I cannot help but want to coach them up on their team strategy, and occasionally I do exactly that! More often than not, they miss out on great opportunities to work together to get something done that would be easily accomplished if they dedicated even a little time, thought, and effort to combining forces and SYNERGIZING! It’s a very important component of team sports and of team “anything”, for that matter, and therefore it’s a lesson worth making a P.E. priority.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade did an activity in the technology lab. The students started drawing a bedroom using the program KidPix 3D. The program allows them to pick different colors using many tools like a paint brush, crayon, or pencil. Eventually when the students finish drawing all the bedroom items they will also type the name of the bedroom item in Spanish. Lastly, the student practiced their Spanish writing. As a class the students had to translate sentences that were given to them by using the format they have learned. Afterwards, the students did this individually and corrected their sentences as a class.  

In Technology, Third Grade continued working on a Word document in which they summarize the parts and functions of the insides of a computer. They practiced applying different fonts and text sizes to differentiate the words they had learned from the definition of the word. This project will conclude next week when they add pictures.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students learned about Native American’s Dream Catcher. It is made by grandparents when baby’s born. It catches the good dreams and let the bad dreams evaporate with the morning dews. We started decorating paper plates for the frames. Next week, we will learn how to weave the dream catcher. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students had fun previewing the author video for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (October 15th-19th). They also had an opportunity to have a sneak peek at some of the new books and series that will be available for purchase. Students will make a wish list during their library time the week of October 15thCheck out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were recorder technique and uninterrupted listening.  4th graders received their new recorders.  This was the beginning of a recorder unit that will take us to December.  Students need to bring their recorder and music to every music class.  We discussed ways to succeed in doing this much like professional musicians do.  Students also contributed to their listening journals.

After missing out on P.E. the entirety of last week, fourth grade is having fun finishing the scooter unit with dodgeball, as I promised last week. They’re having a lot of fun and bringing a lot of energy to the game, but I cannot help but want to coach them up on their team strategy, and occasionally I do exactly that! More often than not, they miss out on great opportunities to work together to get something done that would be easily accomplished if they dedicated even a little time, thought, and effort to combining forces and SYNERGIZING! It’s a very important component of team sports and of team “anything”, for that matter, and therefore it’s a lesson worth making a P.E. priority.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade learned how to write time in Spanish. The students went over the rules like dividing the hour and minutes with the word y-and. The students were given several activities to practice what they learned. One of the ways the students were super excited to use was their Surfaces. The students log on their Office 365 account and use the program OneNote. There they can find their worksheets that have been distributed to everyone and use the different tools provided.   

In Technology, Fourth Grade learned about the use of OneDrive and practiced saving a document on the drive. They also discussed professionalism in communication and practiced sending an email to Ms. Gorski.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students learned about the three different types of balance in Art—symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial balance. We then focused on radial balance. Radial balance has a center axis and the design radiates from the center and repeats around the axis. After looking at examples from nature and man-made objects, we started working on the Radial Balance Name Design project.  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students had fun previewing the author video for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair (October 15th-19th). They also had an opportunity to have a sneak peek at some of the new books and series that will be available for purchase. Students will make a wish list during their library time the week of October 15th Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were uninterrupted listening, ensemble work, and folk dancing.  Students contributed to their music listening journals identifying instruments, style, tempo, timbre, and other qualities of a selected piece of music.  5th graders continued to practice their first African mallet piece called Balafon.  Finally, students learned a dance called The Boston Tea party which features a move called the Dip and Dive.  It’s quite challenging.  They nailed it! 

Fifth grade is having fun finishing the scooter unit with dodgeball, as I promised last week. They’re having a lot of fun and bringing a lot of energy to the game, but I cannot help but want to coach them up on their team strategy, and occasionally I do exactly that! More often than not, they miss out on great opportunities to work together to get something done that would be easily accomplished if they dedicated even a little time, thought, and effort to combining forces and SYNERGIZING! It’s a very important component of team sports and of team “anything”, for that matter, and therefore it’s a lesson worth making a P.E. priority.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade finished their PowerPoint presentations. Each student added their class schedule and described each class with three sentences per slide. The students had to describe their class, give two items they use and say what class it’s for. They also had to add pictures to every slide along with a background. Lastly, the students went over conjugation rules. They practiced these rules by writing the subject pronoun they would use when talking to certain people. The students also went over formal and informal pronouns. When addressing to an adults they must use usted and when they address and friend they must use tu. 

In Technology, Fifth Grade was introduced to Movie Maker. They explored adding and editing title slides and adding pictures and GIFs as a slide. Throughout the next month they will use the software to create a book trailer in conjunction with Library. 

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