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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 08, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read the book inspired by Paul Klee called, “The Cat and the Bird.” We talked about the art elements of line and shape and used to them to create our own Paul Klee inspired cats.   

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss. We also began discussing Women’s History Month and read chapter one of “Katherine Johnson” by Thea Feldman. 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 were movement and vocal repertoire.  Students worked hard this week to go off script with singing, lyrics, and choreography.  Two more weeks to go! 

In P.E., students have been continuing their work on moving and catching, and we’ve gradually increased the level of cardiovascular work while doing so. They love beginning class with a challenge in which I throw foam balls at them from varying distances, and they attempt to catch them, hand them to me, and then race around a course we’ve made around the gym. They attempt to go as fast as possible through the line as a class. We’ve done a little of the same thing with throwing discs (aka Frisbees). 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten took their quiz on the last classroom items they learned. The quiz had six questions and all they had to do was connect the word with the correct picture. They were also introduced to the shape circle (circulo). We discussed what items in the room are in the shape circle. The students also worked on a worksheet where they had to find all the circles. This worksheet had circles within circles, and they needed to color them different colors to see all the different ones.

This week in Technology, Kindergarten learned about username and password. Students practiced using the CHA login codes on BrainPop Jr. Once successfully logged in, students could choose a topic to learn about and take a quiz. Students could opt to read the questions, or hover on the text to have it read to them.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued to work on the Romare Bearden inspired collage.  

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. We also began discussing Women’s History Month and watch a Brain Pop on Jane Goodall. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox   

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were movement and vocal repertoire.  Students worked hard this week to go off script with singing, lyrics, and choreography.  Two more weeks to go! 

In P.E., students have been enjoyed some free-choice time on Tuesday while I was attending a teaching workshop, and of course they opted to play a dodgeball variant. On Thursday they enjoyed playing capture the flag with a rubber chicken and rubber fish replacing flags. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade started their farm puppets. The students choose a farm animal and colored it. After they colored, they cut it and glued it to a paper bag. They also had to draw legs and feet or make them out of construction paper.  

This week in Technology, First Grade continued coding with Code.org. Students learned how and why to use loops when writing code. Students observed the difference between writing several functions inside of a loop versus writing separate loops, each containing only one function. 

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about Paul Klee, Swiss German artist. We learned that the artist tried to paint like 8 years old! He also wanted viewers to use their imagination when they look at his paintings. We looked at one of his most famous painting, “The cat and the Bird”, then we used our imagination and played storytelling relay. As a whole class, we came up with one story using our imagination. After the activity, the students requested to make comic strips instead of the project that Mrs. Choi provided for them. Why not? Mrs. Choi thought that was a wonderful idea and quickly introduce them how to create a comic strips. The children had a great time working on the project and Mrs. Choi is excited to see the final outcome!   

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. We also began discussing Women’s History Month and watched a Brain Pop on Frida Khalo. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were movement and vocal repertoire.  Students worked hard this week to go off script with singing, lyrics, and choreography.  Two more weeks to go! 

In P.E., students have done more work with throwing discs, playing a variety of games that test their ability to throw with accuracy over increasing distances, as well as helping them to learn to catch with consistency. To catch well, students must learn to read the path of the disc, which can be tricky in some cases. They also learn the importance of moving to the spot at which they anticipate catching the disc, which requires them to move those feet and bend knees. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued to work on their robot project. Many of the students were able to finish it and label it. They also reviewed the upper body for their quiz and they also took their paper home to review as well. The second day of Spanish they took their quiz and continued working on their robots or had free choice.   

This week in Technology, Second Grade returned to Scratch to begin work making their own game. This week, they created two sprites. One sprite is controlled by the player while the other sprite moves around the screen randomly. Next week we will have the sprites interact. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students learned about American folk artist, Heather Galler. We talked about the characteristics of folk art and focused on her patterned animal paintings. We then learned how to draw a cat and a dog, and created the drawings inspired by the artist. Many of them were very surprised and impressed with their own drawings!   

This week in Library, Third Grade students participated in a class discussion about Dr. Seuss and Women’s History Month. We read and discussed the book “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss and watched a Brain Pop on Susan B. Anthony and Grace Hopper.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were movement and vocal repertoire.  Students worked hard this week to go off script with singing, lyrics, and choreography.  Two more weeks to go! 

In P.E., students have done more work with throwing discs, playing a variety of games that test their ability to throw with accuracy over increasing distances, as well as helping them to learn to catch with consistency. To catch well, students must learn to read the path of the disc, which can be tricky in some cases. They also learn the importance of moving to the spot at which they anticipate catching the disc, which requires them to move those feet and bend knees. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade reviewed for their quiz by playing a game of Eggspert. The students were divided in tables and one student from each table came to the front and had a chance to answer the question. The students also had a chance to study on their own in class while other students finished their work. The second day of Spanish the students took their quiz and had free choice in class.  

This week in Technology, Third Grade was introduced to ToonDooToonDoo allows students to create a comic with multiple panels. The students were challenged to make a comic strip which uses at least three of their Wordly Wise vocabulary words. Students saved their projects and will continue working next week.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students worked on the Fireworks over the city on their individual canvas. Mrs. Choi gave them copies of their classmates’ houses and they included the drawing on their canvas.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students participated in a class discussion on Women’s History Month. They enjoyed sharing their knowledge of Maya Angelou, Christa McAuliffe, Katherine Johnson, and Helen Keller. We also watched a Brain Pop on Grace Hopper. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were movement and vocal repertoire.  Students worked hard this week to go off script with singing, lyrics, and choreography.  Two more weeks to go! 

In P.E., students have done more work with throwing discs, playing a variety of games that test their ability to throw with accuracy over increasing distances, as well as helping them to learn to catch with consistency. To catch well, students must learn to read the path of the disc, which can be tricky in some cases. They also learn the importance of moving to the spot at which they anticipate catching the disc, which requires them to move those feet and bend knees.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade finished their comprehension questions from last week and their workbook page. They also had to read a story and fill in the missing vocabulary. The students had a word bank to help them, but the story had words they already knew from the last chapter. They also watched an episode from the Spanish mystery Eres tu Maria and after the video they worked on comprehension questions.  

This week in Technology, Fourth Grade continued working with Code Monkey. As a class, we looked at what it means to write a function in your code, and what that looks like. Students gave examples of existing functions in the game and look forward to writing their own in Level Two challenges. We reviewed coding concepts like objects, variables, and arrays. Students continued to move forward at their own pace.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, 5th grade students continued working on the Doodle for Google project. Participation in the Doodle 4 Google contest is optional, and not all students chose to participate. If your child participated, they will bring their designs home in their homework binder this week. To submit their art to the contest, parents need to fill out the highlighted fields on the form such as parent name, address, email, phone number, and signature. Students should return the form to the box in front of the Art room by Thursday, March 14th  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students enjoyed participating in a class discussion about Women’s History Month. We discussed Margaret Hamilton, Helen Keller, Katherine Johnson, and Maya Angelou. We will continue our class discussion next week. We also watched a Brain Pop on Grace Hopper. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were movement and vocal repertoire.  Students worked hard this week to go off script with singing, lyrics, and choreography.  Two more weeks to go! 

In P.E., students were expected to work in a team setting to score points by throwing and catching discs as accurately and consistently as possible. They are gradually expanding their range, improving throwing form, and becoming more confident with their catching technique. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade had to write sentences about the food they like and what food they dislike. The students also discussed nouns modifying nouns for example peanut butter sandwich. In Spanish when the noun is being described the word de comes after like sopa de verduras (vegetable soup). After discussing that the students had to make different combinations by add the word de. They also watched an episode from the Spanish mystery Mi Vida Loca and after the video they worked on comprehension questions. 

This week in Technology, Fifth Grade learned how to insert an image onto their website. After adding the image, students could resize it using width and height attributes. Students had a chance to add more styles to their web page such as color, font-family, and borders.

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