CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 07, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students will learn about Atoni Gaudi, Spanish architect, and mosaic technique. After we watch a video about his life and creations, we made mosaic salamander with cut paper. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students had fun listening to “The Gingerbread Man” and participated in a class discussion about culture, traditions, and holidays. We also read “Festivals of the World Spain” in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Thursday:  Newell, Palladino 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  Kindergartners worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Colors of EarthUn Elefante se BalanceabaCascabeles, La Arana Pequenita, and Let it Snow at next week’s event.

In Kindergarten P.E., we only had class on Monday for most because of the field trip on Friday. The focus was on catching, passing, and throwing in general. Many of the kids are familiar with one or even two different ways to throw a ball (or anything else, for that matter), so we’re working on using different techniques and then learning when to use each. While working on throwing, we’re also emphasizing proper catching technique, which, for example, includes using soft hands and moving our feet to position ourselves for effective catching. Different objects (considering size, weight, and even shape) are effectively caught differently, too, so that’s another area of focus. For example, we catch bean bags differently than we catch the foam balls we so often use in P.E., and the kiddos generally do a great job of noting the differences! 

With the Multicultural Fair just around the corner I wanted to introduce more about Mexico and its’ culture. What a better way than to talk about Mexico’s food. A special dish that came to mind was a dish called MoléKindergarten was introduced to this dish by reading a book called Holy Molé: A Folktale From Mexico by Caroline McAlister. This book introduced the legend of how molé originated and it gives credit to a Spanish colonial monastery. After reading the story the students drew and colored their favorite part of the legend. They also discussed about some of the 35 ingredients that molé is made with. Together as a class the students wrote down a list of their favorite ingredients like chocolate, cinnamon, and chilies. 

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Each grade level is participating in The Hour of Code during Technology class this week. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. Kindergarten’s Hour of Code comes from Kodable. Students write directions to get the Fuzzy to the end of the maze. Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Tech Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) by following the Technology link. Feel free to explore Code.org as well for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time working on Snowy Landscape Drawing project. First, we created space in a landscape through size and placement choices. We drew things that are closer to us big and things that are far away from us small. We sketched in the hills and bare branched trees and added a moon and a few footprints in the snow. Next, we painted colorful skies to contrast with the hills of white snow and topped it off with some snowflake spots using white oil pastels. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “The Gingerbread Man” and participated in a class discussion about culture, traditions, and holidays. We also read “Welcome to the Philippines” in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  1st Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Colors of EarthBahay Kubo, and Let It Snow at next week’s event. 

In First Grade P.E., the focus was on catching, passing, and throwing in general. Many of the kids are familiar with one or even two different ways to throw a ball (or anything else, for that matter), so we’re working on using different techniques and then learning when to use each. While working on throwing, we’re also emphasizing proper catching technique, which, for example, includes using soft hands and moving our feet to position ourselves for effective catching. Different objects (considering size, weight, and even shape) are effectively caught differently, too, so that’s another area of focus. For example, we catch bean bags differently than we catch the foam balls we so often use in P.E., and the kiddos generally do a great job of noting the differences! You may have heard the camping story I told the kids which included a challenge to throw a rock (a.k.a. bean bag) across a river (a.k.a. portion of our gym). We learned and practiced the form used to throw for distance and power, and then learned a variation to use when throwing for height, such as to throw over a large imaginary wall. 

With the Multicultural Fair just around the corner I wanted to introduce more about Mexico and its’ culture. What a better way than to talk about Mexico’s food. A special dish that came to mind was a dish called MoléFirst grade was introduced to this dish by reading a book called Holy Molé: A Folktale From Mexico by Caroline McAlister. This book introduced the legend of how molé originated and it gives credit to a Spanish colonial monastery. After reading the story the students drew and colored their favorite part of the legend. The students also reviewed the 10 vegetables they had learned before the break and wrote about two vegetables they like.

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Each grade level is participating in The Hour of Code during Technology class this week. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. First Grade’s Hour of Code comes from Tynker. Students write directions to help a monster reach candy by either walking across an open path or jumping over obstacles. Students are encouraged to use a loop when they see a repeating pattern. Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Tech Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) by following the Technology link. Feel free to explore Code.org as well for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced.


Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students will learn about Mola art and will start working on it. Molas are cloth panels that form part of a blouse for the Kuna women of Panama. They use a quilting technique called reverse appliqué to create the design formalizers of fabric. First, we looked at examples and talked about the color, shapes, and the main shapes. After a few quick demos on the board, the students picked their favorite animal and started working on their Mola art project.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students discussed cultures, traditions, and holidays. Students had fun listening to “Lovely Amelia Travels to Costa Rica” in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman

Things were busy in the music room this week!  2nd Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, Colors of EarthCarnival Day and Let It Snow at next week’s event. 

In Second Grade P.E., we’re still focusing heavily on passing to both moving and non-moving targets. On Wednesday, we introduced the topic of “leading the target” when throwing at a target that is moving. Some students have a good grasp of this concept, but most either understand the concept but are relatively unable to judge how far to lead or are just not quite adept at applying the concept when actually throwing! But that’s to expected as it really is a skill that has to be practiced and reinforced via repetition. It is not as inherent an aptitude as we might think…. Another area of focus we’re continuing to develop and practice is what kind of throw to use in any given situation. For example, when working together as a small team, we’ve focused on what kind of pass will get to the intended recipient the fastest and where exactly we should place the pass to set him/her up for success. Similarly, the person who intends to receive a pass needs to show a target with his/her hands and move to a position that makes the most sense given the objective. These are all tactics and skills we tend to assume need little explanation, but they are not very intuitive to most. 

With the Multicultural Fair just around the corner I wanted to introduce more about Mexico and its’ culture. What a better way than to talk about Mexico’s food. A special dish that came to mind was a dish called MoléSecond grade was introduced to this dish by reading a book called Holy Molé: A Folktale From Mexico by Caroline McAlister. This book introduced the legend of how molé originated and it gives credit to a Spanish colonial monastery. After reading the story the students drew and colored their favorite part of the legend. The students also worked on a sequence map where they had to put the story in order and draw a picture to go along with the story. 

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Each grade level is participating in The Hour of Code during Technology class this week. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. Second Grade’s Hour of Code comes from Tynker. Students write directions to help an astronaut reach important equipment by either walking across an open path or jumping over obstacles. Students are encouraged to use a loop when they see a repeating pattern. Some stages also require using “If” statements, to complete a task only if the statement is true. Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Tech Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) by following the Technology link. Feel free to explore Code.org as well for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade Students had a great time working with local cartoonist, Jeff Johnson. He has been a huge hit amongst the students! This week, Mr. Johnson focused on coming up with the final draft with the Everyday Hero theme. The students talked about how they could be everyday heroes and started drawing the final draft applying the cartooning techniques that they learned for the past couple weeks. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students participated in a class discussion on culture, traditions, and holidays. They had fun listening to the Irish version of Cinderella titled “The Irish Cinderlad” and had an opportunity to browse other folktales in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

3rd Graders did such a wonderful job representing CHA at their Bellevue Square performance on Wednesday.  I’m very proud of the work and effort that students put into this project.  It’s not easy learning all that repertoire in such a short amount of time.  Congratulations! You can view a video of some of the songs at our Dropbox here.

In Third Grade P.E., we’re still focusing heavily on passing to both moving and non-moving targets. On Wednesday, we introduced the topic of “leading the target” when throwing at a target that is moving. Some students have a good grasp of this concept, but most either understand the concept but are relatively unable to judge how far to lead or are just not quite adept at applying the concept when throwing! But that’s to be expected as it really is a skill that has to be practiced and reinforced via repetition. It is not as inherent an aptitude as we might think…. Another area of focus we’re continuing to develop and practice is what kind of throw to use in any given situation. For example, when working together as a small team, we’ve focused on what kind of pass will get to the intended recipient the fastest and where exactly we should place the pass to set him/her up for success. Similarly, the person who intends to receive a pass needs to show a target with his/her hands and move to a position that makes the most sense given the objective. These are all tactics and skills we tend to assume need little explanation, but they are not very intuitive to most.

With the Multicultural Fair just around the corner I wanted to introduce more about Mexico and its’ culture. What a better way than to talk about Mexico’s food. A special dish that came to mind was a dish called MoléThird grade was introduced to this dish by reading a book called Holy Molé: A Folktale From Mexico by Caroline McAlister. This book introduced the legend of how molé originated and it gives credit to a Spanish colonial monastery. After reading the story the students drew and colored their favorite part of the legend. The students also worked on a sequence map where they had to put the story in order and draw a picture to go along with the story. 

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Each grade level is participating in The Hour of Code during Technology class this week. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. Third Grade’s Hour of Code comes from Code.Org. Students program how BB8 will move in this Star Wars themed challenge. Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Tech Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) by following the Technology link. Feel free to explore Code.org as well for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a great time working with local cartoonist, Jeff Johnson. He has been a huge hit amongst the students! This week, Mr. Johnson focused on coming up with the final draft with the Everyday Hero theme. The students talked about how they could be everyday heroes and started drawing the final draft applying the cartooning techniques that they learned for the past couple weeks.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students participated in a class discussion on culture, traditions, and holidays. They had fun listening to the Irish version of Cinderella titled “The Irish Cinderlad” and had an opportunity to browse other folktales in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  4th Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding, Un Clair De La Lune, and Let It Snow at next week’s event. 

In Fourth Grade P.E., we’re working on proper basketball set-shooting and lay-in technique. We’ve discussed and practiced both, and now we’re applying that learning to some team activities. Some of our students are finding it difficult to shoot to the height of a regulation basket (10”), so we’re having them use a lowered hoop while getting down the form with the plan being that eventually they’ll be able to move up to the ten-footer. We’re not doing a lot of dribbling into shooting right now since it seems to be enough for many to think about the four steps we’re using for a lay-in and the other four components of a set shot (or jump shot). Those who are more experienced, however, are welcome to combine dribbling with the shooting process. So, for now our singular focus is on getting a lot of shots off, all while employing the correct technique. I will say that I have seen MANY of the kiddos improve dramatically in just the couple days we’ve really devoted to shooting! If they continue to trust the technique, they will see results. I keep reminding them of this…. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade talked about infinitives verd. They discussed the difference between English and Spanish verbs. In English suffixes are added at the end of the word like –s,-ing- or ed. In Spanish the word stays the same if the verb ends in –ir, -er, or –ar. In order to recognize the ending the students made a chart separating all the verbs. They also added verbs that were given in English, but they first had to use a dictionary to translate the word. 

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Each grade level is participating in The Hour of Code during Technology class this week. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. Fourth Grade’s Hour of Code comes from Blockly. Students use code blocks to draw shapes. The challenge is to write efficient code. Students are unable to move on to the next level if they could be more efficient by using loops or “If” statements. Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Tech Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) by following the Technology link. Feel free to explore Code.org as well for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a great time working with local cartoonist, Jeff Johnson. He has been a huge hit amongst the students! This week, Mr. Johnson focused on coming up with the final draft with the Everyday Hero theme. The students talked about how they could be everyday heroes and started drawing the final draft applying the cartooning techniques that they learned for the past couple weeks.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students participated in a class discussion on culture, traditions, and holidays. They had fun listening to the Irish version of Cinderella titled “The Irish Cinderlad” and had an opportunity to browse other folktales in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

Things were busy in the music room this week!  5th Graders worked hard to put the finishing touches on their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  They’ll be performing Sansa KromaFunga Alafia, (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding, My Country Tis of Thee, and Let It Snow at next week’s event. 

In Fifth Grade P.E., we’re working on proper basketball set-shooting and lay-in technique. We’ve discussed and practiced both, and now we’re applying that learning to some team activities. Some of our students are finding it difficult to shoot to the height of a regulation basket (10”), so we’re having them use a lowered hoop while getting down the form with the plan being that eventually they’ll be able to move up to the ten-footer. We’re not doing a lot of dribbling into shooting right now since it seems to be enough for many to think about the four steps we’re using for a lay-in and the other four components of a set shot (or jump shot). Those who are more experienced, however, are welcome to combine dribbling with the shooting process. So, for now our singular focus is on getting a lot of shots off, all while employing the correct technique. I will say that I have seen MANY of the kiddos improve dramatically in just the couple days we’ve really devoted to shooting! If they continue to trust the technique, they will see results. I keep reminding them of this…. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade had to look at a picture and write the location of these students. In the previous activities the students wrote about items and this was the first time they wrote about people. The students worked on this assignment so they could notice the different between writing about people versus items. The sentence structure changes and the articles el or la are no longer needed. The students also discussed about currency and how the value of each currency can go up or down. They also discussed that even though all these countries are Spanish speaking countries they have different currencies.  

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Each grade level is participating in The Hour of Code during Technology class this week. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. Fifth Grade’s Hour of Code comes from Code.Org. Students choose one of four MineCraft themed coding challenges. Students must think critically about which patterns arise in each challenge. Several levels cannot be completed without the use of loops and “If” statements. Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Tech Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) by following the Technology link. Feel free to explore Code.org as well for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced.

Computer Lab Website

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