CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 16, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano. In this book, turkey is trying to survive the Thanksgiving season, in order to do this, he tries to disguise himself as different animals. After reading the book, students made turkey puppets in disguise. There was superhero turkey, princess turkeyRockstar turkey and more! Then we had a great time playing with our creations. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to “How to Catch a Turkey” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. We used a Thinking map to help aid our class discussion and students shared about their own traditions and celebrations.  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 included vocal repertoire, steady pulse, and musical phrase.  Students reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  The performance takes place on the morning of December 14th.  In addition, kindergarteners played On the Go, moving to specific colors of a turkey’s tail.  They reviewed a dance called Seven Jumps from Denmark.  Finally, they played steady beats on hand drums to a Pawnee lullaby.

In PE, we’ve begun to work on introductory basketball skills, specifically dribbling and passing. Students learned to use their fingertips to control the ball rather than the palm of their hand (or for many the tendency is to use the elbow, arm, and shoulder to generate the thrust). It definitely takes a lot of practice, but they’re committed to learning to do it the right way, so that’s encouraging. As for passing, we’re beginning by focusing on chest and bounce passes and how momentum is generated and applied to the pass. Again, they tend to want to use their arms when most of the energy comes from the transfer of weight from one leg to the other. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten worked on a Spanish math turkey. The students completed the addition on the turkeys’ wings in order to color the corresponding Spanish colors on the wings. The students were very surprised and fascinated that they were doing math in Spanish class. I told them that numbers can be done in any language, because numbers are universal. The students also sang the days of the weeks song and described on they were feeling that day in Spanish

In Technology, Kindergarten learned how to use Kid Pix. For Veteran’s day, they practiced creating shapes like rectangles and using these tools to make an American flag. The next day, students learned to use the flood fill to create an interesting background or fill color for their shapes. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about Native America Teepee and the symbols that the Native Americans used. Then we create paper folded teepee including many symbols. Mrs. Choi asked them to tell a story on the teepee with symbols. They used many symbols that they learned and also enjoyed making new symbols of their own. They had a great time telling stories with art!This week in Library, First Grade students listened to “Personal Space Camp” by Julia Cook. We used a Thinking Map to help aid our class discussion on comfort bubbles. We also read “How to Catch a Turkey” by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton. Students enjoyed sharing about their own traditions and celebrations.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included vocal repertoire, steady pulse, and unpitched percussion technique.  Students reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  The performance takes place on the morning of Friday, December 14th.  In addition. 1st graders learned the rhythmic chant Now’s the Time.  Each student shared what they were thankful for around this time of year.  Students played I Can Play the Wood Block, passing and playing instruments in time to the song.  Finally, students played Wait a Phrase where they explored freezing and moving to every other phrase of some recorded music. 

In PEwe’ve begun to work on introductory basketball skills, specifically dribbling and passing. Students learned to use their fingertips to control the ball rather than the palm of their hand (or for many the tendency is to use the elbow, arm, and shoulder to generate the thrust). It definitely takes a lot of practice, but they’re committed to learning to do it the right way, so that’s encouraging. We’re also including opportunities to dribble from one hand to the next as well as to use both the dominant and non-dominant hands for stretches at a time. As for passing, we’re beginning by focusing on chest and bounce passes and how momentum is generated and applied to the pass. Again, they tend to want to use their arms when most of the energy comes from the transfer of weight from one leg to the other.

This week in Spanish, First Grade was introduced to five new vegetables. The students worked on the pronunciation of every single vegetable. They also discussed tricks on how to remember saying these words correctly. One of the tricks that a student came up with was that he likes chew on lechuga (lettuce) or my bro likes eating brócoli (broccoli). It was fun and entertainging coming up with different strategies as a group.  

In Technology, First Grade completed their cat pictures in Paint. The final details included adding a background, labeling the different parts by adding a text box, adding their name, and printing. Additional emphasis was placed on using the undo button when a mistake has been made and saving work every time it’s been updated.


Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students continued working on the Starry Night inspired by Vincent Van Gogh project. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to “Personal Space Camp” by Julia Cook. We used a Thinking Map to help aid our class discussion on comfort bubbles. We also read “How to Catch a Turkey” by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton. Students enjoyed sharing about their own traditions and celebrations. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music included vocal repertoire, steady pulse, quarter-eighth-half note rhythms, uninterrupted listening, and mallet technique.  Students reviewed the songs they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  The performance takes place on the morning of Friday December 14th.  In addition, 2nd graders played Turkey! making and playing rhythms out of food rhymes.  They moved to the quarter and half note pulse during Rock n’ Stop.   And finally, they played Mabel Mabel, a New England Jump Rope Rhyme where students contribute what they’re bringing to Thanksgiving dinner. 

In PE, the basketball focus has been to a lesser extent on dribbling and passing but we’re building more towards shooting, passing on the move, and learning when and how to use the specific passes we’re practicing. They did not have P.E. Wednesday while on their field trip, so on Friday they will get to do some work on using their body to shield the ball from defense and to dribble both low (in a crowd or when closely guarded) and fast (when in open-court situations and with the ball well ahead of them)

This week in Spanish, Second Grade finished their food and drink lesson. Since we had been talking about foods and drinks, we read the book Burro’s Tortillas by Terri Fields. The book talks about a typical Mexican side dish and how it’s made from scratch. The main character Burro made tortillas by describing each process, but he had to do it all by himself because his friends were too busy.   

In Technology, Second Grade completed their Wacky Web Tales. In Microsoft Word, students learned to right-click on an underlined word to find the correct spelling. They then had a chance to change the font, color, and size of the words in their story before printing.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade Students had a great time working with local cartoonist, Jeff Johnson. Mr. Johnson has been teaching cartooning techniques to children in the Puget Sound area for the past 20 years. He will deliver a program called “Everyday Heroes” that will include cartooning instruction and culminates in creation of a classroom book. Starting Thursday, November 15, Mr. Johnson will be in art class Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for three weeks. Mrs. Watkin’s class will have art on Fridays and technology class on Mondays. Specifically, Mr. Johnson will focus on teaching facial expressions and facial features, character development, bodies in action (human & animal), layout, perspective, and exaggeration. Thank you, CHAPTER, for this wonderful opportunity!

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to “Personal Space Camp” by Julia Cook. Students also had the opportunity to practice library organization. We also discussed and practiced library organization. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objective in 3rd Grade Music was all about memorizing songs for our Bellevue Square performance and this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Just a reminder that the mall performance takes place on Wed, December 5th at 11am, and the Festival of Peace and Light is Friday morning on December 14th

In PEstudents are learning the fundamentals of basketball shooting and the technique used for lay-ins. The focus has been to a lesser extent on dribbling and passing but we’re building more towards shooting, passing on the move, and learning when and how to use the specific passes we’re practicing. One of the classes begged for me to lower the hoop enough for them to practice dunking, but A). it will not go that low and B). it’s obviously not a practical use of class time! They are beginning to do some work on using their body to shield the ball from defense and to dribble both low (in a crowd or when closely guarded) and fast (when in open-court situations and with the ball well ahead of them).

This week in Spanish, Third Grade worked started writing about their bedroom project they made using the program KidPix. The students first reviewed the sentence formation and used that formation to come up with their own sentences about their bedroom. They had to write five sentences in Spanish, but they could only use a direction once. After writing their rough draft many students started their final draft.   

In Technology, Third Grade completed their Publisher projects for language arts class. Students spent time reviewing their fliers for spelling and grammar mistakes. They checked their work to ensure the flier gave information on who their character is, what the character wants, and why. Students printed fliers to be posted on the bulletin boards.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students Grade Students had a great time working with local cartoonist, Jeff Johnson. Mr. Johnson has been teaching cartooning techniques to children in the Puget Sound area for the past 20 years. He will deliver a program called “Everyday Heroes” that will include cartooning instruction and culminates in creation of a classroom book. Starting Thursday, November 15, Mr. Johnson will be in art class Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for three weeks. Specifically, Mr. Johnson will focus on teaching facial expressions and facial features, character development, bodies in action (human & animal), layout, perspective, and exaggeration. Thank you, CHAPTER, for this wonderful opportunity!

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students discussed and practiced library organization. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music included recorder technique and vocal repertoire.  4th graders tested for their blue belts in recorder Karate.  They also worked hard to learn their recorder and vocal parts for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  The festival takes place on the morning of December 14th

In PEstudents have learned the ages-old acronym of BEEF (Balance, Eyes, Elbow, Follow-Through) to learn how to effectively shoot a basketball. Please ask them to explain! I’ve been impressed with their dedication to applying the technique directly to their shooting. Shooting has been our primary focus this week, and we’re working to become better at doing it both off the pass and dribble. Some students are struggling to get the ball to the rim of a hoop at regulation height (10 feet), so I’m considering lowering one basket a bit until they can better apply the technique. They all have the ability to get it there, but they tend to try to throw it at the hoop versus using their legs to generate almost all of the power and their arms and hands to basically aim and release. It can be a bit of a tricky concept for those who haven’t played much basketball! For the first couple days of shooting, I’m working hard to take inventory of what tendencies and bad habits we most need to address and also to figure out how to challenge them all, from the beginner to the most experienced of the bunch. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade practiced the new vocabulary by using a word bank and matching the words with the appropriate picture. They also choose activities that they preferred to do on certain days. The students also worked on two activities using the program OneNote. These two activities also reviewed the new vocabulary with pictures and completing sentences. 
 
In Technology, Fourth Grade continued working on totem poles which they planned out in social studies class. Many students were unable to finish all faces on their totem poles. We will continue to use 3D modeling throughout the year, avoiding common pitfalls which hindered progress this trimester.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students Grade Students had a great time working with local cartoonist, Jeff Johnson. Mr. Johnson has been teaching cartooning techniques to children in the Puget Sound area for the past 20 years. He will deliver a program called “Everyday Heroes” that will include cartooning instruction and culminates in creation of a classroom book. Starting Thursday, November 15, Mr. Johnson will be in art class Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for three weeks. Mrs. Dewitt’s class will have art on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays during the program. Specifically, Mr. Johnson will focus on teaching facial expressions and facial features, character development, bodies in action (human & animal), layout, perspective, and exaggeration. Thank you, CHAPTER, for this wonderful opportunity! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students discussed book recommendations and reasons to recommend a book. They enjoyed sharing about their favorite books and wrote book recommendations to display in the library. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt

Congratulations to the 5th graders who put on a wonderful Veteran’s Day assembly last Monday!  This week students began learning their vocal and instrumental parts for the Festival of Peace and Light which takes place on the morning of December 14th

In PEstudents have learned the ages-old acronym of BEEF (Balance, Eyes, Elbow, Follow-Through) to learn how to effectively shoot a basketball. Please ask them to explain! I’ve been impressed with their dedication to applying the technique directly to their shooting. Shooting has been our primary focus this week, and we’re working to become better at doing it both off the pass and dribble. Some students are struggling to get the ball to the rim of a hoop at regulation height (10 feet), so I’m considering lowering one basket a bit until they can better apply the technique. They all have the ability to get it there, but they tend to try to throw it at the hoop versus using their legs to generate almost all of the power and their arms and hands to basically aim and release. It can be a bit of a tricky concept for those who haven’t played much basketball! For the first couple days of shooting, I’m working hard to take inventory of what tendencies and bad habits we most need to address and also to figure out how to challenge them all, from the beginner to the most experienced of the bunch. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on the verb estar. Until now they had been working on regular verbs, but the verb estar is irregularThis verb does not follow the regular pattern because the yo form ends in –oy instead of –o. To practice what they learned the students worked on three activities in the book and three activities on OneNote. The students worked on a word search to review the vocabulary they had learned 

In Technology, Fifth Grade spent time learning about digital citizenship, including a short video and discussion of online safety and cyberbullying. Students answered quiz questions on the subject of online safety, which prompted thoughtful debate. Afterward, students played a game which solidifies ways to be safe online. The game, Interland, is available on the tech lab website under “Technology.”

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