CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 12, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time working on the Butterfly Collage inspired by Eric Carle. We studied different types of butterflies and their beautiful wings.  To create symmetrical wings, we folded our textured paper that we created the week before, and cut out butterfly wings. Then we glue the wings onto canvases to create butterfly collages.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students had a great time visiting with Kirkland author Leslie Kelley. They listened to the story “Are you my Dad?” and had the opportunity to learn fun facts about emperor penguins and other Antarctic animals. Signed books are coming home in Friday Folders for those who submitted a book order form. Next week students will be browsing the Scholastic Book Fair and creating a wish list. The Scholastic Book Fair will open on Monday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. It is located on the first floor in the Multi-Purpose Room. 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 percussion technique, body awareness, same versus different, and following a conductor.  This week’s farm animal was the pig.  We also added the color purple (jump) to our coloring game.  Students reinforced phrase and body awareness to activities such as This Little Pig, Listen to the Pigs, and Hop on One Foot.  Finally, students learned a finger play to the book called Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood. 

In PE, we have begun by introducing the most basic and often-used method of passing in soccer, the push pass. It is a very effective, accurate, and easy way to get the ball from point A to B, especially over a relatively short distance. To develop this skill, we’ve practiced in small groups and challenged ourselves by attempting to knock whiffle balls off cones on which they were perched. We did this in groups and made it competitive, with each group attempting to knock off three balls before the other groups. We are also working on the very basics of dribbling (also referred to as “carrying”) the ball and trapping (which is essentially how one receives a soccer ball). Contrary to popular belief, when dribbling it is important to use the outside of the pinkie toe, all while pointing the foot downward with a locked ankle. And there are all kinds of ways to trap, but we are, of course, working on the basics for now. Relay races and other semi-competitive are often used as good opportunities for students to apply what they learn. For example, they receive a pass by trapping the ball, then carry/dribble it straight to a designated cone, round the cone, dribble to another point, and then use the push pass to send the ball to the next person. Eventually we add cones they must go between and zigzag through, etc. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten continued working on their book of colors. The students first read the Spanish and English sentences. The students were able to be illustrators by drawing what they read. They also learned a new feeling which was tired (cansado/cansada). They had a small discussion about masculine and feminine words. When words end in -a they are feminine and when words end in -o they are masculine. Lastly, the students were introduced to the Latin celebration the Day of the Dead. This is a celebration were people remember and honor loved ones that have passed away.  

In Technology, Kindergarten continued to practice moving the mouse on the screen, clicking, and dragging. The cross-disciplinary games this week included basic word recognition of colors and numbers. 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 had a great time learning about the difference between visual texture and tactile texture. Then we started working on Textured Pumpkin Patch Collage. They first painted textured orange paper, then learned how to draw pumpkins in different ways. Then they cut the pumpkins out on glue them on to a new piece of paper and added fences and vines. Their creations turned out nicely. 

This week in Library, First Grade students had great time visiting with Kirkland author Leslie Kelley. They listened to the story “Are you my Dad?” and had the opportunity to learn fun facts about emperor penguins and other Antarctic animals. Signed books are coming home in Friday Folders for those who submitted a book order form. Next week students will be browsing the Scholastic Book Fair and creating a wish list during library. The Scholastic Book Fair will open on Monday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. It is located on the first floor in the Multi-Purpose Room. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were musical phrase, sound versus silence, uninterrupted listening, and mallet technique.  Students had fun with phrases to Criss-Cross Applesauce.  They partnered up and acted out the phrases with each other.  “criss-cross apples sauce, spiders crawling up your spine, cool breeze, tight squeeze, now you’ve got the chills!”  1st graders also played steady pulse on mallet instruments to a spider chant called Legs and All.  Students analyzed Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady as part of their uninterrupted listening time.  And lastly, they learned about rests to a song called The Muffin Man. 

In PE, we have begun by introducing the most basic and often-used method of passing in soccer, the push pass. It is a very effective, accurate, and easy way to get the ball from point A to B, especially over a relatively short distance. To develop this skill, we’ve practiced in small groups and challenged ourselves by attempting to knock whiffle balls off cones on which they were perched. We did this in groups and made it competitive, with each group attempting to knock off three balls before the other groups. We are also working on the very basics of dribbling (also referred to as “carrying”) the ball and trapping (which is essentially how one receives a soccer ball). Contrary to popular belief, when dribbling it is important to use the outside of the pinkie toe, all while pointing the foot downward with a locked ankle. And there are all kinds of ways to trap, but we are, of course, working on the basics for now. Relay races and other semi-competitive are often used as good opportunities for students to apply what they learn. For example, they receive a pass by trapping the ball, then carry/dribble it straight to a designated cone, round the cone, dribble to another point, and then use the push pass to send the ball to the next person. Eventually we add cones they must go between and zigzag through, etc. As expected, they are a bit ahead of kindergarten, so we are able to accelerate the rigor and pace a bit and challenge them even more. Since this is my first year here, I’m assessing what we already know and what still may need to be reintroduced and/or reinforced.It is especially difficult for our resident soccer players to be patient as we move through the skills they already know, so I’m trying to use those who are a bit ahead to assist those for whom this is new or not quite so easy. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade worked on a final and rough draft. Instead of saying what fruit they like to eat they wrote it down. They learned how to write it in Spanish. They were able to write down two fruits they like and once they finished their paper was proofread. After that they were able to start a final draft and add drawings about their writing. If they finished early the students were given the opportunity to finish their word search 

In Technology, First Grade continued working on their list of science vocabulary. Students learned how to find a saved document, open it, and save before closing. Next week we will complete the project by adding pictures.

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students put a lot of effort into the Thick Line Landscape Collage inspired by Aaron Draplin, and their creation turned out wonderful! Mrs. Choi will display their creations once everyone’s done with their masterpieces.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students had fun listening to the story “Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by Eric Ode and John Skewes. We also previewed James Patterson’s book “Word of Mouse” which follows the journey of a unique mouse and the friendships that he encounters along the way. Next week students will be browsing the Scholastic Book Fair and creating a wish list. The Scholastic Book Fair will open on Monday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. It is located on the first floor in the Multi-Purpose Room. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were ostinatos, half-note preparation, uninterrupted listening, and sol-mi intervals.  Students learned a two-part rhythmic chant called 2-4-6-8 that emphasized an ostinato.  Students had fun moving this to the mallets!  2nd graders analyzed Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady as part of their uninterrupted listening time.  Finally, students reinforced half-notes and sol-mi intervals with the games Down in the Valley and Poor Little Kitty Cat.

In PE, we have begun by introducing the most basic and often-used method of passing in soccer, the push pass. It is a very effective, accurate, and easy way to get the ball from point A to B, especially over a relatively short distance. To develop this skill, we’ve practiced in small groups and challenged ourselves by attempting to knock whiffle balls off cones on which they were perched. We did this in groups and made it competitive, with each group attempting to knock off three balls before the other groups.  We are also working on the very basics of dribbling (also referred to as “carrying”) the ball and trapping (which is essentially how one receives a soccer ball). Contrary to popular belief, when dribbling it is important to use the outside of the pinkie toe, all while pointing the foot downward with a locked ankle. And there are all kinds of ways to trap, but we are, of course, working on the basics for now. Relay races and other semi-competitive are often used as good opportunities for students to apply what they learn. For example, they receive a pass by trapping the ball, then carry/dribble it straight to a designated cone, round the cone, dribble to another point, and then use the push pass to send the ball to the next person. Eventually we add cones they must go between and zigzag through, etc. As expected, they are a bit ahead of kindergarten and first grade, so we are able to accelerate the rigor and pace a bit and challenge them even more. Since this is my first year here, I’m assessing what we already know and what still may need to be reintroduced and/or reinforced. It is especially difficult for our resident soccer players to be patient as we move through the skills they already know, so I’m trying to use those who are a bit ahead to assist those for whom this is new or not quite so easy. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade began an outline of their menu. The students began to write three foods and three drinks on their outline. Once they finished their outline the students began a food and drinks worksheet that had missing letters. The students had to look back at their vocabulary worksheet and figure out what letter were missing.  Lastly, the students discussed the Latin celebration called the Day of the Dead. They discussed the different items that are used to decorate an alter (ofrenda). The students also talked about the meaning of this celebration, which is to remember loved ones that have passed away. 

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 learned about Space, one of the elements of art. We learned that artist use different techniques to create illusions of Depth on 2D surface; color/value, overlapping, size, details and perspective. After that, we painted landscape painting on paper plates using the techniques we learned. This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to and discussed the story “Larry Gets Lost in Seattle” by Eric Ode and John Skewes. We also previewed the newest addition to the Dog’s Purpose series “Max’s Story” available at the Scholastic Book Fair. Next week students will browse the Scholastic Book Fair and make a wish list during their library time. The book fair will be set up on the first floor in the Multi-Purpose Room and will open on Monday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were steady pulse, AB form, uninterrupted listening, and mallet technique.  Students analyzed Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady in their listening journals.  3rd graders also added choreography, mallet, and drum parts to a harvest song called Leaves Turn Bright.  Finally, they explored AB form to a folk dance/song called Hora Agadati.  

In PE, we began with a game called longball, a combination of kickball and cricket, for lack of a better way to explain it. In this game, they decide strategically how and where to kick the ball since placement can be important. We haven’t discussed the different techniques much yet; instead I’m allowing them to more or less find out what works versus what does not this week, and then we’ll discuss exactly this and then work on a variety of kicking techniques, applying those techniques to other games and activities, which may include actual kickball if the weather remains nice. Again, as they move into the higher grades, I expect a greater level of communication, synergy, strategic planning, etc. That isn’t always the case, though! Instead, the tendency is often for some kids to either self-exclude or to be given roles that do not allow them to be as involved. We are working hard to be good teammates and to be confident and assertive as well. As students have grown up, they have seemingly fallen into these roles of “athletes”, “non-athletes”, etc. I see this less and less in the younger grades, for obvious reasons. One of my goals is to help move the kids past this, the sooner the better.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued to work on their KidPix project. The students went to the technology lab and learned how to open their file using the Third-grade drive. Once they opened their project, they continued to draw bedroom items. Once they finished adding all the items, they will label them in Spanish. Lastly, the students discussed the Latin celebration called the Day of the Dead. They discussed the different items that are used to decorate an alter (ofrenda). The students also talked about the meaning of this celebration, which is to remember loved ones that have passed away. 

In Technology, Third Grade completed their computer parts document. They added pictures, changed the font, and added descriptions for each part. Students had the chance to print their work when finished. Work will be graded and sent home in Friday folders this week or next week.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the Dream Catcher project.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to and discussed the story “Larry Gets Lost in Seattle” by Eric Ode and John Skewes. We also previewed the newest addition to the Dog’s Purpose series “Max’s Story” which will be available at the Scholastic Book Fair. Next week students will browse the book fair and make a wish list during their library time. The book fair will be set up on the first floor in the Multi-Purpose Room and will open on Monday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were recorder technique, G-A-B notes, and ensemble technique.  Students continued to work on learning their first 3 notes on the recorder.  They participated in call and response playing and tested for their first Karate belts on Hot Cross Buns!  Students also added to their listening journals analyzing Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady. 

In PE, we began with a game called longball, a combination of kickball and cricket, for lack of a better way to explain it. In this game, they decide strategically how and where to kick the ball since placement can be important. We haven’t discussed the different techniques much yet; instead I’m allowing them to more or less find out what works versus what does not this week, and then we’ll discuss exactly this and then work on a variety of kicking techniques, applying those techniques to other games and activities, which may include actual kickball if the weather remains nice. Again, as they move into the higher grades, I expect a greater level of communication, synergy, strategic planning, etc. That isn’t always the case, though! Instead, the tendency is often for some kids to either self-exclude or to be given roles that do not allow them to be as involved. We are working hard to be good teammates and to be confident and assertive as well. As students have grown up, they have seemingly fallen into these roles of “athletes”, “non-athletes”, etc. I see this less and less in the younger grades, for obvious reasons. One of my goals is to help move the kids past this, the sooner the better.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on different worksheets using the program OneNote. The students worked on a time worksheet to review the rules about time. The students also reviewed the different rules about feminine and masculine words. If a word ends in –a the word is feminine and needs to start with the article La. If the words end in anything besides –a the word is masculine and needs to start with the article El. They practiced these rules on a worksheet in their OneNote account.

In Technology, Fourth Grade learned to create a document using Microsoft Publisher. We used this tool to create fliers for the Fall Festival. Students will have the chance to post their flier somewhere in the school when they finish next week. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Radial Balance Name Design project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students discussed the upcoming Book Trailer project that will be completed in conjunction with technology class. They used a Thinking Map to brainstorm both the scenes and dialogue that they will include in the project. Next week during library students will browse the Scholastic Book Fair and make their wish list. The Scholastic Book Fair will open on Monday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. It is located on the first floor in the Multi-Purpose Room. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were pulse and phrase, composition, and uninterrupted listening.   Students analyzed Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady as part of their uninterrupted listening time and journal writing.  5th graders continued to explore their online subscription to Soundtrap, a web-based composition tool that they’re using to compose their own music.  Lastly, students continued mallet and ensemble work on Balafon. 

In PE, we began with a game called longball, a combination of kickball and cricket, for lack of a better way to explain it. In this game, they decide strategically how and where to kick the ball since placement can be important. We haven’t discussed the different techniques much yet; instead I’m allowing them to more or less find out what works versus what does not this week, and then we’ll discuss exactly this and then work on a variety of kicking techniques, applying those techniques to other games and activities, which may include actual kickball if the weather remains nice. Again, as they move into the higher grades, I expect a greater level of communication, synergy, strategic planning, etc. That isn’t always the case, though! Instead, the tendency is often for some kids to either self-exclude or to be given roles that do not allow them to be as involved. We are working hard to be good teammates and to be confident and assertive as well. As students have grown up, they have seemingly fallen into these roles of “athletes”, “non-athletes”, etc. I see this less and less in the younger grades, for obvious reasons. One of my goals is to help move the kids past this, the sooner the better. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on different worksheets using the program OneNote. They worked on a worksheet where they had to describe their classes using a Spanish adjective. They also had to explain what school supplies they used. The students also reviewed the different rules for verbs that end in –ar. They practiced these rules by filling a chart with different verbs. Lastly, the students learned a new skill on OneNote. They learned how to add their PowerPoint presentations to OneNote. By doing this the students will have everything in one program and will be easier to access when they need to study. 

In Technology, Fifth Grade began work on their book trailer. Due to a field trip last week, Mrs. Dewitt’s class learned the basics, like adding slides and saving photos to one place, and Mrs. Norkus’s class learned how to add captions and voice recordings. Next week we will add music to the trailers.

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