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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 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 “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty. We also discussed library organization and completed an alphabetizing activity. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Thursday:  Newell, Palladino  

In PE, kindergarten worked on the “balance beam” (represented by masking tape on the gym floor). Eventually we will make use of equipment that is more representative of a true balance beam and only about 12” off the floor. We used the taped beam to do a little introduction to balance, but mostly to problem-solve how to get two students across the beam at the same time heading in opposite directions. They demonstrated some good creativity and synergy as they worked through this challenge. We’ve also introduced disc-throwing (aka: “Frisbee-throwing”). For most it is quite a challenge to use proper technique and to release (and snap the wrist) with the correct timing to get the disc to fly just right. We worked in some fitness, too, doing jumping jacks and other exercises between throws. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten finished their backpack project. The students designed a backpack and drew items that can go inside a backpack. The students also wrote the words down next to the corresponding item. The students also wrote down the six classroom items they learned this past month. They had to write it in Spanish and English.  

This week in Technology, Kindergarten used KidPix to create posters for their musical, Stone Soup. They had the challenge of using the available shapes in the software without using pre-made stamps and stickers. The posters turned out great! There will be a collage of the students’ art work to advertise the show. 

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First Grade

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the book “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty. We also discussed kindness, friendship, and celebrations in preparation for our African-American History Month Assembly.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox  

In PE, first grade was introduced to disc-throwing (aka: “Frisbee-throwing”). For most it is quite a challenge to use proper technique and to release (and snap the wrist) with the correct timing to get the disc to fly just right. We worked in some fitness, too, doing jumping jacks and other exercises between throws. In addition, we did a fun activity in groups of two. Ask about the “ball drop” challenge in which they attempted to catch a ball behind their back after it was dropped by their partner from head-level. Once they were able to accomplish this, they were encouraged to see how many times they could clap in front in the time between the ball being dropped and their catch. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade finished their farm book. The students made illustration of all the farm animals and colored them. Some of the students were able to start their farm puppet. They were able to pick an animal and start coloring it. Next week they will put it together.  

This week in Technology, First Grade used Kid Pix to make posters for the school musical. The posters look fantastic! Classes who already had a chance to make their posters returned to Code.org for more coding practice. Students have shown improvement on how they give coding instructions to the characters in the game, and have shown perseverance on difficult levels.

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Second Grade 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the book “Ada twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty in preparation for Women’s History Month. We also discussed library organization and atlases. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman  

In PE, second grade attempted to throw a disc (aka “Frisbee”) with accuracy and as straight as possible. We’re practicing the most basic, tried-and-true technique by attempting to make short throws to classmates followed by an attempt to score points by hitting a difficult target only when/if the throw and catch are made successfully. We are working in some fitness as well by requiring jumping jacks, push-ups, burpees, etc. between throws. Once we prove ourselves capable of throwing effectively with this technique, we will explore other types of throws and catches. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade finished their worksheet on articles. The students had to add the appropriate article to the correct noun. They had to use the rules that they had learned like if the noun end in A add la, una or las. If the noun ends in B-Z add el, un, or los. The students also had to translate simple sentences using the vocabulary from the body parts. When they finished they were worked on the robot project.   

This week in Technology, Second Grade used Kid Pix to make posters for the school musical. The posters look fantastic! Mrs. Duffina’s class had created their posters last week and instead took some time to redevelop important keyboarding techniques using Keyboarding Without Tears. They also learned how we will have a weekly Tech Tip, which they hadn’t had a chance to see during ski season.

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Third Grade 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to “Mrs. Katz and Tush” by Patricia Polacco. We also discussed friendship, kindness, and celebrations in preparation for our African- American History Month Assembly.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

In PE, third grade attempted to throw a disc (aka “Frisbee”) with accuracy and as straight as possible. We’re practicing the most basic, tried-and-true technique by attempting to make short throws to classmates followed by an attempt to score points by hitting a difficult target only when/if the throw and catch are made successfully. We are working in some fitness as well by requiring jumping jacks, push-ups, burpees, etc. between throws. Once we prove ourselves capable of throwing effectively with this technique, we will explore other types of throws and catches. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade turned in their house project. This project included the pop house the contained all the labels and the poster with all the details about the house. They also reviewed for their upcoming test. The students got into groups and one by one set a peer to challenge another group by playing a game of Eggspert. The first person to press the button gets to answer first but if they get it wrong the next person can answer.  

This week in Technology, Third Grade used Kid Pix to make posters for the school musical. The posters look fantastic! Classes who already had a chance to make their posters returned to Code.org for more coding practice. Students have shown a better understanding of how to incorporate loops into their code and have shown perseverance in debugging their code and working through challenges.

 

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Fourth Grade 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to Mrs. Katz and Tush” by Patricia Polacco. We also discussed friendship, kindness, and celebrations in preparation for our African- American History Month Assembly. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

In PE, fourth grade is working to throw discs (aka “Frisbees”) with accuracy over good distances. We’re attempting to master the basic throwing and catching techniques with the hope of moving on shortly to learning other types of throws. We’re playing some fun games that work in fitness and lots of movement and teamwork along with the demands of throwing, catching, and attention to using the correct form (allowing them some freedom to tweak as works best for them). On Thursday, Mrs. Springer’s class played a team catching game outside after the assembly since the gym was being cleaned following the assembly. We’ll play this same game with Mrs. Taylor’s class the next time the weather allows. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade had to read descriptive vocabulary in context. They were given different profiles of students and based on the description of every student the students had to match who they thought would be good friends.  Using the new vocabulary, they also had to make simples sentences describing the images they saw. The students also watched another episode of Eres tu Maria the Spanish mystery and they had to answer comprehension questions.  

This week in Technology, Fourth Grade returned to CodeMonkey. Students have shown a strong understanding of how to incorporate loops into their code, and many students have had a chance to experience the power of using variables in their code. Advanced students have begun to see challenges which incorporate branching using “if” statements. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed participating in a class discussion about African- American History Month. We also watched a Brain Pop on Louis Armstrong and discussed his influence on jazzCheck out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt  

In PE, fifth grade is working to throw discs (aka “Frisbees”) with accuracy over good distances. We’re attempting to master the basic throwing and catching techniques with the hope of moving on shortly to learning other types of throws. We’re playing some fun games that work in fitness and lots of movement and teamwork along with the demands of throwing, catching, and attention to using the correct form (allowing them some freedom to tweak as works best for them). We are also working in fitness during this games in the form of wall sits, jumping jacks, burpees, etc. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade the students had to look at two pictures and compare food and beverages. They had to identify the different food and beverages in each picture. The students also were given a list of food and beverages and they had to create a double bubble map. The map showed the difference between breakfast and lunch items or items that can be eaten for both. The students also had learned three new words todos los dias, a veces, and nunca. These are words describe how often they do something. They had to write how often they drink different beverages. The students also watched another episode of Mi Vida Loca and completed comprehension questions.  

This week in Technology, Fifth Grade returned to their work on HTML websites. Students turned their persuasive essay about Zoos into a web page using HTML tags such as <h1>, <h2>, and <p>. Students also had a chance to incorporate style attributes such as color and font-family, and many have included images. Next week students will have a chance to complete their projects.

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