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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 13, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a wonderful time learning about pop artist James Rizzi and working on designing houses inspired by the artist. James Rizzi is a dynamic artist/illustrator who lived in New York City. After looking at many of his buildings with animated designs, the students designed their own buildings inspired by the artist.  

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “Malala’s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai. We also continued to discuss Women’s History Month.  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 vocal repertoire, movement, and unpitched percussion technique.   Students continued to memorize their musical songs and choreography.  Any free time left was spent playing hand drums in a class drum circle. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten learned about squares (cuadrados). In class we discussed how the word cuadrado sounds very similar to the number cuatro. In order to remember the word cuadrado they need to think about how many sides it has and the number cuatro. They worked on a worksheet to find all the squares but had to make sure they colored the squares different colors so they wouldn’t get tricked by having squares within squares.   

This week in Technology, Kindergarten began to practice using a keyboard correctly. We practiced using pointer fingers to press the “bumpy” keys and thumbs to press the space bar. We practiced alternating fingers and keeping hands open when typing. Kindergarten also explored more on Brain Pop Jr. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a wonderful time learning about pop artist James Rizzi and working on designing houses inspired by the artist. James Rizzi is a dynamic artist/illustrator who lived in New York City. After looking at many of his buildings with animated designs, the students designed their own buildings inspired by the artist. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “Malala’s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai. We also continued our discussion of Women’s History Month. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and unpitched percussion technique.   Students continued to memorize their musical songs and choreography.  Any free time left was spent playing hand drums in a class drum circle. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade started their rough draft about their favorite farm animal. The students wrote about where the animal lives and drinks. This was written in Spanish and English. The format was written on the board and they had to copy the model down in their own paper.    

This week in Technology, First Grade finished coding with Code.org. We reviewed coding concepts before students had a chance to work at their own pace. First Graders have shown an improvement in writing code, debugging, and finding patterns. 

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Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a great time working on the Wacky Hats project. We looked at many pictures of different kinds of hats and talked about purposes. They then design their hats that shows their interest. They had a great time working on this project! 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to “Malala’s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai. We also continued our discussion of atlases and completed a map activity. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and unpitched percussion technique.   Students continued to memorize their musical songs and choreography.  Any free time left was spent playing hand drums in a class drum circle.   

This week in Spanish, Second Grade wrote about their own body parts. They first learned how to make the sentence format and once they learned it, they had to write eleven sentences about themselves. Once they were done, they needed to get their paper proofread and they would get a scented sticker which they were excited about.    

This week in Technology, Second Grade returned to Scratch to continue making their own game. This week, students coded using a “sensing” block, which detects when a sprite is doing something, like touching another sprite. Students were challenged to change something about a sprite’s appearance or placement when it reached another sprite. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the Wacky Hats project. We looked at many pictures of different kinds of hats and talked about purposes. They then design their hats that shows their interest. They had a great time working on this project! 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to “Malala’s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai. We continued our discussion of Women’s History Month and browsed new books and series.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and unpitched percussion technique.   Students continued to memorize their musical songs and choreography.  Any free time left was spent playing hand drums in a class drum circle.   

This week in Spanish, Third Grade learned about zoo animals. They wrote down every single word in Spanish and worked on the pronunciation of each word. They learned about 20 new animals and next week they will be able to pick one and work on a research paper that will be written in Spanish.   

This week in Technology, Mrs. Shamsen’s class started their Wordly Wise cartoons on ToonDoo due to last week’s field trip. Other Third Grade classes continued working on their cartoons. By now, students have between 2 and 4 panels finished. Each panel has a background, characters, and speech bubbles. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Mrs. Springer’s class enjoyed their earned free choice time. Some of them chose to work on the Doodle for Google project, some enjoyed dancing, and some worked on their own drawing. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to “Malala’s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai. We also continued our discussion of Women’s History Month.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and unpitched percussion technique.   Students continued to memorize their musical songs and choreography.  Any free time left was spent playing hand drums in a class drum circle.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade finished their comprehension questions on the Spanish myster Eres tu Maria. They also had to look at pictures and describe the person with an adjective. They also had to make sure that the adjective was in the correct gender format. If the adjective was for a boy, it most likely ended in –o but if it was for a girl it ended in an –a. Unless the adjective is gender neutral then it would end in -e  

This week in Technology, Fourth Grade had a short introduction to PhotoShop. We learned how to open a photo with the editing software. Students learned how to copy an image which was already part of the photo, then duplicate it. Students had a chance to practice this with a picture of their computer class table.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, 5th grade students learned about American artist, Bruce Gray and learned about abstract art. They then started working on the abstract drawing project using compass and rulers.   

This week in Library, Fifth Grade continued the discussion of Women’s History Month. We read and discussed the book “Malala’s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai and browsed new books and series. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and unpitched percussion technique.   Students continued to memorize their musical songs and choreography.  Any free time left was spent playing hand drums in a class drum circle.   

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade read about the interchange of food when travelers were coming to the Americas. They talked about what was brought over and what was taken to Europe. How this interchange changed the way dishes are now made. They also reviewed the rules of conjugations and learnd about verbs ending in –ir.   

This week in Technology, Fifth Grade reviewed basics or 3D modeling. Students then had a chance to create a luggage tag for the Washington D.C. trip in the spring. This project will last two more weeks, after which the tags will be printed and ready to use for D.C.

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