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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 01, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the book “This Next New Year” by Janet S. Wong. We also learned and discussed fun facts about Chinese New Year in preparation for the Lunar New Year Celebration next week. 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 Kindergarteners Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork.  Kindergarteners reviewed the opening song to Stone Soup adding choreography.   In addition to all the singing and moving, students played How Many Days? and Ally, Bally that focused on counting and playing instruments.

In P.E., Kindergarten worked on conquering the climbing wall and avoiding the ocean (blue mats) beneath that was full of stinging jellyfish. On Friday, the Spelling Bee prevented all classes from meeting, so the classes that did meet learned Hospital Dodgeball. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten thoughts about what can be in their backpack. They had to look at the vocabulary words and determine what items can be in there. The students also had to look at a word bank and match it with the corresponding picture. The picture also had blanks for individual letters as well. If the students did not know the word, they were able to count the blanks and determine what word it was. 

This week in Tech, Kindergarten was challenged to complete an Ozobot code puzzle in teams. Each team was given a puzzle, which started on one track but branched out at various stages, creating a total of six end points. The students drew a smiley face where the Ozobot should end up. As a group, students determined whether the robot should go left, right, or straight at each intersection. They used tape to place the appropriate codes and tested the outcomes. Afterward, we got to discuss the difference between writing a code or leaving a blank trail for the robot, as well as bugs in the code.

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First Grade

This week in Library, First Grade enjoyed listening to the book “This Next New Year” by Janet S. Wong. We also learned and discussed fun facts about Chinese New Year in preparation for the Lunar New Year Celebration next week. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork.  1st graders reviewed the music and choreography to their opening song We’re Swamped! and started working on their 2nd song Swamp Stomp.  

In P.E., first grade worked on conquering the climbing wall and avoiding the ocean (blue mats) beneath that was full of stinging jellyfish.

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work on their fam books. Some students had to finish writing the names of all the animals. While other students focused on making illustration of the animals. Many of them are almost done with their illustrations and just need to add color. When their books are complete the students will be able to choose a farm animal for their puppet next week. This gave them the motivation to focus and finish their books. 

This week in Tech, First grade “programmed” their friends to create cup stacks. Each group was given cups and a diagram of what the outcome should look like. Students determined in partners how to write the code for each cup stack. Once two groups had code written, they traded their codes and got to act as the robot. The students who wrote the program were challenged not to talk to the “robot,” and we discussed why a computer needs exact directions and what may happen if the directions are unclear or inaccurate.

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Second Grade 

This week in Library, Second Grade enjoyed listening to the book “This Next New Year” by Janet S. Wong. We also learned and discussed fun facts about Chinese New Year in preparation for the Lunar New Year Celebration next week. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork.  In addition to reviewing the music and choreography to Let’s Jam, their opening number to the musical Bremen Town Jam!, students started working on their second song called Once Upon a Time. 

Second grade did not have P.E. this week due to skiing and the Spelling Bee.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade finished their final draft about their monsters. The students had to write about the lower body of the monster that included: legs, feet, arms, and hands. They also had to make sure that their final also included these labels as well. If the students were finished with their final monster and writing, they were able to start on their robot project. They were able to color two heads, two upper and lower bodies. Next week they will be able to add legs and arms to their robots. 

This week in Tech, Second Grade learned about gliding a sprite in Scratch. Students learned how the canvas for the sprite is a coordinate plane, which uses x and y coordinates to determine the horizontal and vertical positions of the sprite. They learned that the sprite can also glide to the mouse-pointer or a random position. They also learned the difference between the sprite taking time to glide to a location versus  “teleporting” with the “go to” function. Students then had an opportunity to customize their sprite with other code effects, backgrounds, and costumes.

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Third Grade 

This week in Library, Third Grade participated in a class discussion about Lunar New Year. We watched a short video and learned interesting facts in preparation for the Lunar New Year Celebration next week. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork.  Students continued to sing and choreograph their first musical numbers, Life Cycles, Metamorphosis, and Predator or Prey?

In P.E., third grade had a free day as a result of achieving their Dojo points goal. They elected to play hospital dodgeball. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade worked on their house poster. This poster had to include the price, the floors, and address. The students had to include Latin country with a Spanish street. In order to do the students looked at a map that highlighted Latin countries. For the street they either used the Spanish/English dictionary or the words that they already knew. It was fun to see what they came up with and how they used the words they already knew with new words. 

This week in Tech, Third Grade did Relay Programming and learned about Debugging. Relay Programming requires students to code as a group, but also as individuals. One person runs to the graph and writes the first corresponding code. He or she will then run back to the line and hand the marker to the next student, who will run to the code and write the next line. This continues until the program is finished. This was a great opportunity to see what happens when a group works independently on code, how time limits affect the coding process, and how a bug in code can be a setback, but can also be amended. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students practiced using the CHA catalog to search for series, specific authors, and book titles. Students identified call numbers and practiced finding the AR level and quiz number on books that may not be labeled. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork.  Students worked on singing and choreography for both Go West! and Wagons Ho!

In P.E., fourth grade played 3 v. 3 basketball, learning basic defensive strategies when playing with even numbers, most often referred to as “man-on-man defense”. 
This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade took their Spanish test for Chapter 1A Likes and Dislikes. The test had 36 questions with a possibility of 57 points. As a reward after a test he students had free choice and they were able to go outside for an extra recess.  On their last day of Spanish the students finished their comprehension questions on the video that they had watched from last week.  

This week in Tech, Fourth Grade continued playing Code Monkey. Students have been completing levels quickly, but not always effectively. This week they were challenged to achieve three stars on each level before continuing past level 30. This requires reading the direction and hints, as well as utilizing loops and other coding tools which make the code shorter and generally more efficient. Students also learned a Tech Tip about maximizing and minimizing computer tools, as well as utilizing split screen when referencing multiple windows at once. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students participated in a class discussion about Lunar New Year and Black History Month. We browsed books relating to our class discussions and watched a short video on Jackie Robinson prior to check out. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal technique, movement, and teamwork.  Students studied the vocal melodies for the songs in Wizard of Oz.  They also spent some time on their Surfaces composing music using Soundtrap

In P.E., fifth grade played 3 v. 3 basketball, learning basic defensive strategies when playing with even numbers, most often referred to as “man-on-man defense”. They had a free day on Friday, and each class was able to choose the game/activity. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on their Mayan symbols. Last week the students learned about an indigenous group from Mexico called the Mayan. This group was around even before the Aztec and they had a complete writing system that looked very similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics. They also loved looking at the stars and they created detailed charts about the. They Mayan created their own zodiac sign with this information. The students looked at all these symbols and created a representation in an art form. Their art piece are located in the first floor bulletin board. 

This week in Tech, Fifth Grade began work on their persuasive essay web page. Students will use the persuasive essay written in Ms. Norkus’s class to construct a web page. This week students built out the web page elements in the correct order and saved the file properly in the correct location. Afterward, students with extra time began adding headings and styles to their HTML elements. In the coming weeks, we will return to this assignment to add the paragraphs, an image, and  CSS.

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