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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 25, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students continued working on the weaving project. We started this week by reading a book called The Goat in the Rug. It’s a book all about the process of Navajo weaver starting from the fiber of a goat and weaving that into a rug. It is more fun because it’s told by the perspective of the goat, Geraldine. After reading the book and learning more about the weaving technique, we continued to weave our small rug. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the story “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires. We had a class discussion about feelings, perseverance, and students shared their own magnificent ideas. 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 Musicwere vocal qualities and repertoire.  Students began working on their Spring Musical.  The Kindergarteners will be performing a new CHA musical called Stone Soup, a rock opera!  They worked hard on their opening song this week.  We’ll be learning a song per week up until the performance.  This year’s performance takes place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, March 28th at 10am.  This will be the only performance this year, so save the date!

In P.E., Kindergarten worked on dribbling junior basketballs, using both hands (at different times) and passing to classmates. They also learned how to “show a target” to the person passing to them by extending their arms and opening their hands, spreading out fingers. 
This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed classroom items. They also took a small quiz to check for understanding of the Spanish vocabulary. The quiz contained the first six classroom items they learned. They had to match the word with the picture. The students also worked on finishing their classroom item books. Some classes that I saw twice worked on part two vocabulary worksheet. They had to match the picture with the word. 

This week in Tech, Kindergarten had a chance to explore Ozocodes with a partner. We started by discussing how to create successful codes by making sure the colors were the right size, which is about the size of the students’ fingertip. Each group was then given a picture guide with Ozocodes showing how to go fast, go slow, or jump between lines. Several groups successfully coded their Ozobots, and some groups had a chance to debug the codes by asking, are the colors in the correct order, and are they the right size? Next week we will map out Ozocodes for student names. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the Jane Newland’s inspired landscape painting. Mrs. Choi showed the artist’s paintings one more time, and the students started painting an island in the ocean. After the sketch, the students focused on painting the sky. They learned how to add some white to blend the colors on a canvas to make their sky looks more realistic. None of their paintings look the same with all the wonderful details! It is just amazing! 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires. We had a class discussion about feelings and perseverance. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in Music were vocal qualities, choreography, and repertoire.  Students began working on their Spring Musical.  The 1st Graders will be performing the musical a new musical called Swamped! - a musical about friendship, tolerance, and courage.  They worked on the opening number called We’re Swamped!  They’ll be learning the words, melody and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance.  This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, March 28th at 10am and 6pm.  Save the date!

First grade P.E. had a substitute teacher Tuesday and played a variation of dodgeball in which the gym is divided into four quadrants, and students in each quadrant attempt to hit other students in each of the other three quadrants. Instead of being “out” when hit below the shoulders, the student joins the team of the player who threw the ball. Once any given quadrant is empty, then the barrier separating it from the quadrant next to it is removed. The substitute teacher reported that they enjoyed the game and were very active! 

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed el/la. They went over the rules of when to add el or la to a noun. The students used what they practiced by filling in the blank of some short sentences. The sentences were both in English and Spanish and the students had to fill in the Spanish noun including the correct el/la. When they were done filling all the animals the students started drawing the animals. 

This week in Tech, First Grade learned a Tech Tip about using the backspace and delete keys. They took notes on what is the difference between the two and when you might need to use them. They also learned about their “Digital Footprint.” Students completed an investigation activity where they followed digital trails left by Electra the Elephant and Mizzle the Mouse. Students determined which of the animals shared safe information online. We discussed how to be both safe and kind online and which information is safe or unsafe to share.


Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students worked on their individual canvas. The students painted the night sky and sprinkled some tiny stars. Next week, the students will glue the paper people onto the canvas.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to and discussed the story “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly and Winfred Conkling. We discussed feelings and perseverance. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman

This week’s objectives in Music were vocal qualities, choreography, and repertoire.  Students began working on their Spring Musical.  The 2nd Graders will be performing the musical Bremen Town Jam: a new take on a classic road trip.  This week, they learned the opening song called Let’s Jam.  Students will be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance.  This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Tuesday, March 26th at 10am and 6pm.  Save the date!

Second grade P.E. played a variation of dodgeball in which the gym is divided into four quadrants, and students in each quadrant attempt to hit other students in each of the other three quadrants. Instead of being “out” when hit below the shoulders, the student joins the team of the player who threw the ball. Once any given quadrant is empty, then the barrier separating it from the quadrant next to it is removed. They enjoyed the game and were very active! 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade started learning about the lower body. They wrote down the vocabulary words and worked on pronunciation. To practice what they learned the students worked on an activity called Roll a Monster. They rolled a die and whatever number they got that was the body part they had to draw on their monster. When they were finished, they labeled the body parts in Spanish and they also started their rough draft on the monster.

This week in Tech, Second Grade learned a Tech Tip about the Tab key on the keyboard. They learned and took notes about what the key can do and when to use it. They also used Scratch to make a sprite jump in the air in a way that looks natural and executes at the correct time. This was a great opportunity to get practice with loops. Students with extra time were encouraged to add more moves to their sprite.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade Students continued working on the hot air balloon project. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires. We had a class discussion about the importance of feelings and perseverance. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

This week’s objectives in Music were choreography and vocal repertoire.  Students began working on their Spring Musical.  The 3rd Graders will be performing a new CHA musical called Life Cycles. This week, they reviewed the opening song Life Cycles and learned a second song called Metamorphosis.  Students will be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance.   This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Tuesday, March 26th at 10am and 6pm.  Save the date!

With no school on Monday and skiing on Wednesday, third grade did not have a session of P.E. this week. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued to work in their pop-up house. The students added the last rooms dining room, office, attic, and basement. They first labeled each room and then add drawings to each of them. Some classes that I saw twice was able to complete their houses and add it to a sheet protector. Next week the students will start the writing part which will include the number of rooms and floors. 

This week in Tech, Third Grade learned a Tech Tip about Arrow Keys. Students learned when to use the arrow keys and why to use them. Mrs. Shamsen’s and Mrs. Watkins’s classes also learned how to log in to Code.org and completed the introductory puzzled for the website, executing commands like “move” and “turn”, and using loops when they found a repeated pattern in the code. Ms. Warenkiewicz’s class used some tech time this week to learn about some general coding concepts with the Thinking Myself website. Students learned about decomposing a problem, finding patterns, abstracting, and writing algorithms. Thinking Myself can be found under the Technology section of the Tech lab website.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students learned how to draw monochromatic buildings. It was fun to take a look at different types of buildings around the world! 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students completed a dictionary scavenger hunt activity. We also discussed feelings and perseverance through the read aloud “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly and Winfred Conkling.Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in Music included a history of rock and roll review, choreography, and vocal repertoire.  Students began working on their Spring musical.  The 4th Graders will be performing a musical Go West!: a musical celebration of America’s westward expansion.  This week, they reviewed the opening song called Go West! and began work on Wagons, Ho!  Students will be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance.  This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday, March 28th at 10am and 6pm.  Save the date!

Fourth grade P.E. had a substitute teacher Tuesday. They moved from playing 3 (offensive players) versus 1 (defensive player) to 3 versus 2, which adds a lot of complexity to both offense and defense. They were urged to “get open” and shown what that means in certain situations, and defense was introduced to basic team movement aimed at protecting the basket. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade received a study guide. The students worked on it independently and then went over each question as a class. The class that I saw twice was able to play a review game called Kahoot. The game is an online game that I have made. It contains the vocabulary words and similar questions to the test. The students use their Surfaces to answer the questions by pressing the correct shape.  

This week in Tech, Fourth Grade learned a Tech Tip about Arrow Keys. Students learned when to use the arrow keys and why to use them. They also continued coding with Code Monkey. To start the lesson, the class reviewed how to achieve stars in Code Monkey using efficient code. We reviewed tools such as the ruler icon, which gives exact steps and degrees for the monkey to move or turn. Students discussed increasing efficiency by reducing the amount of code for the monkey to execute.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, a few 5th grade students continued working on the Furniture design project and their creations are turning out nicely. The students have so much fun working on this project and every week, they add more and more details to their creations. Many of them are almost finished with their creations and Mrs. Choi is excited to display their wonderful creations when they are done.  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students completed their CHA catalog project and had an opportunity to browse new books and series. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt

This week’s objectives in Music included vocal repertoire and choreography.  Students began working on their Spring musical.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we received a license to perform The Wizard of Oz.   This week, students began exploring the music and other ways that they will be able to musically contribute to the musical.  This included playing recorder and other instruments they may know as well as adding their own sound effect to the play.  They’ll be learning the words, melody, and choreography to approximately one song per week up until the performance.  This year’s performances take place at the Kirkland Performance Center on Tuesday, March 26th at 10am and 6pm.  Save the date!

Fifth grade P.E. had a substitute teacher Tuesday. They moved from playing 3 (offensive players) versus 1 (defensive player) to 3 versus 2, which adds a lot of complexity to both offense and defense. They were urged to “get open” and shown what that means in certain situations, and defense was introduced to basic team movement aimed at protecting the basket.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade heard my personal story and how race impacted my life. The students learned that I as I grew up, I wanted to know more about my own race. I wanted to know why I was one of the lighter Mexican girls, because I didn’t look like the other kids. I also had people questioned how Mexican I was and even talk behind my back. This led to educating myself on my race and where I came from (Mexican, Spanish, and Native American). Now I can share with others my culture and learn about other cultures. Like the Mayans an indigenous group from Central America. In class the students learned that the Mayans had a hieroglyphic system that can be found in standing stone slabs. Next week they will start an art piece using these signs. 

In Tech this week, Fifth Grade learned a Tech Tip about Arrow Keys. Students learned when to use the arrow keys and why to use them. They also spent time practicing CSS. Students in Mrs. Norkus’s homeroom learned how to add inline styles to their HTML code, and students in Mrs. Dewitt’s homeroom spent time exploring internal CSS on W3 Schools, which can be found under the Technology section of the Tech Lab website. Students enjoyed changing colors of text and backgrounds, then had the chance to explore other settings such as font family, borders, and margins.

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