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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 04, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students started working on the Fun Winter Break Memories project. Mrs. Choi enjoyed talking to each student, listening to them, and give them a few drawing tips on how to make their drawing more realistic. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to and discussed the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Students enjoyed sharing their own observations of kindness and good intentions. 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 tone production, same versus different, steady pulse, and mallet technique.  Students learned the song It’s a Brand New Year, where they had opportunities to sing about what they did on vacation.  They also learned the finger play Ten Little Fingers, the rhythmic chant called Hush, Hush, and a song called The Skaters.  These activities explored self-expression and different ways to move to pulse and the music.  Kindergartners also listened to the book The Snowy Day to prepare them for next week’s lesson.  

In Kindergarten P.E., we played a game called Spaghetti and Meatballs. It’s a game that requires students to move quickly from one location to another, searching for the best “plate” (hula hoop) on which to place their “meatball” (foam ball), all while “noodles” (other students carrying pool noodles) attempt to knock the meatballs off the plates. After a few rounds, we introduce new rules, such as having to pass a meatball to a teammate before it can be placed on a plate, which encourages teamwork. They enjoyed it and found themselves very, very tired! We only had one PE class this week. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to six classroom items. The students worked on pronouncing each word and using the words in context. They also started coloring each item, because eventually they will be making a small book with all their classroom items. If you would like to practice at home here is the link to the vocabulary list.

This week in Tech, Kindergarten used BotlogicBotlogic is a coding game where students give a robot instructions to help it reach its goal. Students learn the importance of giving coding instructions in the right order and see how a computer will follow instructions, even if they don’t make sense to humans. You can find Botlogic on the Computer Lab website, in the “Kindy & First” tab.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students started working on the Fun Winter Break Memories project. Mrs. Choi enjoyed talking to each student, listening to them, and give them a few drawing tips on how to make their drawings more realistic. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to and discussed the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Students enjoyed sharing their own observations of kindness and good intentions. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music included steady pulse, quarter/eighth note/rest rhythms, chord borduns, and sol-mi intervals.  1st graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and Lucky Me.  These songs gave students opportunities to create word chain rhythms out of gifts they received over the holiday.  

In First Grade P.E., we played a game called Spaghetti and Meatballs. It’s a game that requires students to move quickly from one location to another, searching for the best “plate” (hula hoop) on which to place their “meatball” (foam ball), all while “noodles” (other students carrying pool noodles) attempt to knock the meatballs off the plates. After a few rounds, we introduce new rules, such as having to pass a meatball to a teammate before it can be placed on a plate, which encourages teamwork. They enjoyed it and found themselves very, very tired! We only had one PE class this week.

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed ten vegetables they had learned before they went on break. Some classes played vegetable bingo and other classes finished their posters and writing. Next week first grade will have a quiz on these ten vegetables. If you would like to practice at home here is the link to the vocabulary list. 

This week in Tech, First Grade reviewed using Microsoft Word. We learned about the ways to make your word document look unique, like changing font and colors and adding text effects. Students enjoyed writing short sentences and highlighting important words with this new information.


Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students read a book called, How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. After reading the book, we start working on a project with a question, “How Would You Catch a Star?”, The students shared a lot of fun and brilliant ideas, and they drew themselves catching a star.

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to and discussed the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Students enjoyed sharing their own observations of kindness and good intentions. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music included steady pulse, AB song form, vocal repertoire, and sol/la/mi vocal intervals.  2nd graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and I Like Winter.  Both songs explore ways students can respond using rhythms created out of gifts they received over the holiday or things they enjoy about the Winter season.   Students also learned The Noble Duke of York splitting into two groups and adding call and response actions to the lyrics. 

In Second Grade P.E., we were introduced to proper bowling technique, at least as far as beginning bowling goes. We’re definitely not even trying to put any of that crazy spin on the ball, at least not yet! We used a standard two-step approach and worked on coordinating our hands and feet in helping to roll a straight ball. We used three pins day one and five pins on day two. On day two we also introduced how to score a game of bowling, which may take a little more work…. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to body parts. They first started learning the different parts of a face and will focus on that for some time. After they are done with that the students will learn about the lower body as well. This week they just focused on learning how to pronounce each part of the face. If you would like to practice at home here is the link to the vocabulary list.

This week in Tech, Second Grade was introduced to Scratch, a block coding program. In Scratch, students used block codes to tell a character how to react to different inputs. We made the character move forward and backward depending on which key was pressed. Students also got to choose an action for their character when we pressed the space bar.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade Students continued working on their contribution of the class cartoon book. They drew themselves as an everyday hero with a few techniques that they learned from Mr. Johnson. We will collect everyone’s art and will make a classroom book when they are all finished.  

This week in Library, Third Grade listened to and discussed the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Students enjoyed sharing their own observations of kindness and good intentions. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music included vocal repertoire and uninterrupted listening.   Students contributed to their listening journals and were also introduced to Put a Little Love in Your Heart, a song they’ll be singing for the MLK assembly on Friday, January 18th

In Third Grade P.E.we only had one PE class this week. We were introduced to proper bowling technique, at least as far as beginning bowling goes. We’re definitely not even trying to put any of that crazy spin on the ball, at least not yet! We used a standard two-step approach and worked on coordinating our hands and feet in helping to roll a straight ball. We used three pins for now and worked in small teams to try to score as many points as possible.  

This week in Spanish, Third Grade some of the classes were introduced to the different rooms in a house. The students worked on pronouncing each word and labeling a house. Next week they will start on a pop-up house that will have every single room and they will eventually also draw furniture. A writing prompt will also be attached to this project when it’s complete. If you would like to practice at home here is the link to the vocabulary list.

This week in Tech, Third Grade reviewed using PowerPoint. Students created short slides with information about themselves. We then reviewed changing font and colors, adding backgrounds, and creating easy to read slides. Students enjoyed personalizing their projects. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on their contribution of the class cartoon book. They drew themselves as an everyday hero with a few techniques that they learned from Mr. Johnson. We will collect everyone’s art and will make a classroom book when they are all finished.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to and discussed the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Students enjoyed sharing their own observations of kindness and good intentions. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch.  This is a unit that they’ll be spending time on over the next few weeks.  They were introduced to these concepts in order to better understand how to improvise and create music on the spot without written notation.  Students explored creative ways to make interesting sounds on instruments outside of normal use.  In order to produce a given timbre, students for example may have needed to scrape or strike the side of a hand drum as opposed to playing it on the drum head.  Another example might be taping a penny on to a cymbal in order to make a sustaining sizzle effect.  Students recorded some basic beginning class improvisations with certain timbre parameters.   Students were encouraged to bring something from home that they could create an unusual sound on for their improvisations.

In Fourth Grade P.E., we played a game designed to improve basketball dribbling, with a heavy emphasis on shielding the ball from defensive players and on keeping the ball low and close to the body. The game is called Be Annoying because defensive players are not allowed to touch the player or ball but instead must rely on distracting the ballhandler and breaking his/her focus. Of course they really enjoyed the opportunity to be as annoying as possible, and they worked hard at it! After a couple rounds of that, we practiced free throw shooting. We only had PE once this week. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade reviewed verbs and negative phrases. The students completed a conversation by using negative expressions: no, nada, nini. They also wrote negative responses using different activities. This week the students only came to Spanish once, but next week they will go back to the regular schedule of going to Spanish three times. 

This week in Tech, both Fourth Grade classes earned a free day in technology. Students had a chance to explore their favorite thing that they’ve used in Technology class. Next week we will begin coding with Code Monkey.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on their contribution of the class cartoon book. They drew themselves as an everyday hero with a few techniques that they learned from Mr. Johnson. We will collect everyone’s art and will make a classroom book when they are all finished.  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students discussed listened to and discussed the story “Most People” by Michael Leannah. Students enjoyed sharing their own observations of kindness and good intentions. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music included reviewing building blocks of music (timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch) and looking at graphic scores in order to start work on a major composition project that will include using instruments in the room and traditional or non-traditional notation.  

In Fifth Grade P.E.we played a game designed to improve basketball dribbling, with a heavy emphasis on shielding the ball from defensive players and on keeping the ball low and close to the body. The game is called Be Annoying because defensive players are not allowed to touch the player or ball but instead must rely on distracting the ballhandler and breaking his/her focus. Of course they really enjoyed the opportunity to be as annoying as possible, and they worked hard at it! After a couple rounds of that, we practiced free throw shooting. We only had PE once this week. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade reviewed classroom items. The students wrote five sentences about what they see in a locker using the indefinite articles unos/unas. They also looked at a photo and wrote eight sentences using the definite articles el/la. This week the students only came to Spanish once, but next week they will go back to the regular schedule. 

This week in Tech, Fifth Grade began working in partners learning the basics of HTML. We used the website called HTML is Easy (htmliseasy.com) to go through a tutorial. We will continue working through parts of this tutorial during ski season. Soon we will also create a CSS file so that our HTML pages can look more modern and personalized.

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