CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 09, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about Austrian architect and painter, Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000). The common themes in his work include bright colors, organic forms, love of nature, individualism, spirals, onion domes, ‘lollipop’ style trees, windows of different shapes and sizes and rejecting straight lines. After looking at his paintings, Kindergarten students painted their own lollipop forest with watercolor and permanent markers. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students heard from local author, Lois Brandt. They attended an assembly and heard the story behind the book “Maddi’s Fridge.” If you ordered a signed copy of the book for your child, Brick and Mortar Books will be picking up order forms this Friday, and will deliver signed copies to CHA approximately one week later. Signed books will be delivered to your homeroom teacher once they arrive. 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 vocal repertoire, steady pulse, fast and slow, and musical phrase.  Kindergarteners were introduced to the songs they’ll be singing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December.  They’ll be studying the country of Spain.   In addition, students played 1,2, Buckle My Shoe trying to arrange numbered flashcards in order before the song ends.  They also enjoyed playing and singing Roll Over, a song that has the whole class rolling out of bed with the lights out.  Finally, they learned the folk dance 7 jumps and played the game One Potato. 

In PE kindergarteners enjoyed a modified version of Take-a-Risk in which they knocked over one another’s bowling pins while simultaneously attempting to protect their own pin. They could only use feet to dribble and shoot foam balls. We used more balls than there were students since kinders are generally less willing to leave their pins and also less able dribble very fast. I played with them a bit to help increase the pace and to model the techniques and strategies. They were also required to do much less in the way of a consequence for having their pin knocked over than upper grades. For example, they usually did 10 jumping jacks or 5 star jumps. Some kindergarten classes were unable to meet Friday due to the Duwali celebrationThis week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed colors by singing the color song and working a color worksheet. In order to check for understanding the students took a small quiz on colors. Each individual student also told me how they felt, but they were able to use all nine feelings. They also had calendar time and they reviewed days of the week. 

In technology, kindergarten utilized tech time to complete assessments on Renaissance Place. Students were reminded how to navigate to the page and log in, then followed the assessment instructions. Some students used the entire class time to complete their tests. Those who finished early had a chance to explore Kid Pix or the Tech Lab website.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the Rousseau’s Tigers project. Many of them were so proud of their drawings!

This week in Library, First Grade students heard from local author, Lois Brandt. They attended an assembly and heard the story behind “Maddi’s Fridge.” If you ordered a signed copy of the book, Brick and Mortar Books will be picking up order forms this Friday, and will deliver signed copies to CHA approximately one week later. Signed books will be delivered to your homeroom teacher once they arrive. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were mallet technique, vocal repertoire, quarter-eighth note rhythm combinations, and fast and slow.   1st Graders were introduced to the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December.   They’ll be studying the country of Philippines.  In addition, they reviewed mallet technique with a song called Chase the Squirrel using glissandos up and down the xylophones.  Students also made rhythms out of popsicle sticks, and played the game Hop, Old Squirrel.

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed fruits by playing a game of fruit bingo. In order to check for understanding the students took a small quiz on fruit. Each individual student also told me how they felt using their nine feelings they know. They also had calendar time and they reviewed days of the week. 

In technology, first grade continued working on cat pictures in Paint. They learned how to use the paint bucket to fill an entire shape with the same color and many began to add labels for the ears, eyes, nose, spots, stripes, tail, and whiskers. Students also explored customizing the size and texture of their paintbrush to add more accurate details to their picture. 

In PE, first grade enjoyed a modified version of Take-a-Risk in which they knocked over one another’s bowling pins while simultaneously attempting to protect their own pin. They could only use feet to dribble and shoot foam balls. We used more balls than there were students since first graders are generally less willing to leave their pins and also less able dribble very fast. I played with them a bit to help increase the pace and to model the techniques and strategies. They were also required to do much less in the way of a consequence for having their pin knocked over than upper grades. For example, they usually did 10 jumping jacks or 5 star jumps. 


Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students studied the life and art of Van Gogh. Then we focused on his masterpiece Starry Night. After looking at the painting, we started recreating our own starry night with oil pastels and paint.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students heard from local author, Lois Brandt. They attended an assembly and heard the story behind “Maddi’s Fridge. If you ordered a signed copy of the book, Brick and Mortar Books will be picking up order forms this Friday, and will deliver signed copies of the book to CHA approximately one week later. Signed books will be delivered to your homeroom teacher once they arrive. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, ABA form, and mallet techniques.  2nd Graders were introduced to the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December.  They’ll be studying the country of Costa Rica.   2nd graders also learned the folk rhyme Jelly in the Bowl which emphasizes two parts and an ostinato.  Finally, students reviewed All ‘Round the Brickyard, but moved the music to the xylophones and metallophones. 

In PE Second Grade enjoyed a modified version of Take-a-Risk in which they knocked over one another’s bowling pins while simultaneously attempting to protect their own pin. They could only use feet to dribble and shoot foam balls. We used fewer balls than students to encourage risk-taking and tactical play. Students attempted and made many long shots and were also willing to assume a lot more risk in leaving their own pins unprotected. As consequences for having their pins knocked down, they did as many as 20 jumping jacks or other exercises. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade reviewed foods and drinks by playing a game called Kahoot. Kahoot is an online quiz and the students use their laptops. They were divided into four teams and each team rotated the laptop to answer a question with the help of their team. In order to check for understanding the students took a small quiz on food and drinks after playing Kahoot. 

In technology, second grade practiced their parts of speech with Whacky Web Tales. Students created a silly story using the web site and then copied and pasted the story into Microsoft Word. Next week, we will check the story for correct spelling and grammar, add pictures, and print. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students are almost finished with the Tree Weaving project. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students were excited to visit with local author, Lois Brandt. Students heard the story behind “Maddi’s Fridge” and participated in a character building workshop with the author. If you ordered a signed copy of the book, Brick and Mortar Books will be picking up order forms this Friday, and will deliver signed copies to CHA approximately one week later. Signed books will be delivered to your homeroom teacher once they arrive. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal repertoire and ensemble techniques.  3rd Graders continued to make progress on learning their holiday repertoire for their performance at Bellevue Square Mall and the Festival of Peace and Light in December.  

In PE Third Grade enjoyed Take-a-Risk in which they knocked over one another’s bowling pins while simultaneously attempting to protect their own pin. They could only use feet to dribble and shoot foam balls. We used fewer balls than students to encourage risk-taking and tactical play. Students attempted and made many long shots and also were willing to assume a lot more risk in leaving their own pins unprotected. As consequences for having their pins knocked down, they did as many as 20 jumping jacks or other exercises. In some games we introduced the option of using hands but only when within feet of their pin, and students were given the option to relocate pins at certain intervals. 


This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished their bedroom project. The students had to draw 18-bedroom items using the program KidPix 3D and they also had to label each item. They also worked on their sentence formation skills by write were bedroom items are located. In order to check for understanding the students took a small quiz on sentence formation. 

In technology, third grade continued working on their Publisher projects for language arts class. The final product will be a flier created from the perspective of the character they chose to represent for their book report. Fliers added text and pictures this week and will have a chance to print next week. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on the Pop-Up Chair project inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students were excited to visit with local author, Lois Brandt. Students heard the story behind “Maddi’s Fridge” and participated in a character building workshop with the author. If you ordered a signed copy of the book, Brick and Mortar Books will be picking up order forms this Friday, and will deliver signed copies to CHA approximately one week later. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were recorder technique, vocal repertoire, and ensemble techniques.  4th Graders were introduced to the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be studying the regions of the France.  In addition, students reviewed the notes D,C,B,A,G,E,D,and C.  Students were able to test for their purple belts in recorder karate. 

In PE, Fourth Grade enjoyed Take-a-Risk in which they knocked over one another’s bowling pins while simultaneously attempting to protect their own pin. They could only use feet to dribble and shoot foam balls. We used fewer balls than students to encourage risk-taking and tactical play. Students attempted and made many long shots and were also willing to assume a lot more risk in leaving their own pins unprotected. As consequences for having their pins knocked down, they did as many as 20 jumping jacks or other exercises. In some games we introduced the option of using hands but only when within feet of their pin, and students were given the option to relocate pins at certain intervals. Fourth grade only had one day of P.E. this week due to their field trip. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on another activity about the video clip they watched last week. The activity checked for understanding by having the students read statements and checking to see if it was true or false. The students also worked on a worksheet to review the new vocabulary they have been learning. This week fourth grade only attended Spanish twice since they had a field trip on Tuesday. 

In technology, fourth grade continued working on totem poles which they planned out in social studies class. Students use Tinker Cad and start with three cylinders each of the same size. The cylinders get stacked on top of each other, and the students add a face or other features to each. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students decided to design furniture. Many students have done some research about different types of furniture and started researching and sketching. There are many wonderful ideas!

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students were excited to visit with local author, Lois Brandt. Students heard the story behind “Maddi’s Fridge” and participated in a character building workshop with the authorIf you ordered a signed copy of the book, Brick and Mortar Books will be picking up order forms this Friday, and will deliver signed copies to CHA approximately one week later. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, mallet technique, unpitched percussion technique, and ensemble techniques.  5th Graders were introduced to and reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Veteran’s Day Assembly and Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be studying the Colonial American time period.  Students will be learning a percussion ensemble piece arranged for voice, drums, mallets, and various percussion instruments.  

In PE, Fifth Grade enjoyed Take-a-Risk in which they knocked over one another’s bowling pins while simultaneously attempting to protect their own pin. They could only use feet to dribble and shoot foam balls. We used fewer balls than students to encourage risk-taking and tactical play. Students attempted and made many long shots and also were willing to assume a lot more risk in leaving their own pins unprotected. As consequences for having their pins knocked down, they did as many as 20 jumping jacks or other exercises. In some games we introduced the option of using hands but only when within feet of their pin, and students were given the option to relocate pins at certain intervals. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on sentence formation. The student read and wrote about where classroom items are located using a specific formation. The students were able to practice what they learned by working on serval activities in the book and applying it on a worksheet as well. When the students finished with all their work, they were able to work on a word search that had all the classroom items. 

In technology, fifth grade completed their book trailers using Movie Maker. Each trailer describes the basic plot, characters, and conflict in a book of the student’s choosing. Students found photos and music to add to their movie, and chose to record their voice or type a caption to describe the pictures displayed. 

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