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KindergartenFirst GradeSecond GradeThird Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Don't forget to check out the photos and videos we post on the CHA Parents Team, and if you want more information about our Specialist Teachers, Curriculum and Standards, you will find it here.

Kindergarten

This week at Art, kindergarten students had a great time reading the Pigeon book series by Mo Willems. Then we learned how to draw a pigeon with lines and shapes. We drew our pigeon doing some fun activities and tried to help it make a better choice! Measurement Topic: Artistic Expression (2.1) 

This week in Computer Science, kindergartners spent time practicing with our new mouse in Keyboarding Without Tears. We recently received a class set of handheld mice to use with our laptops. During the second-class session, the students navigated to ABCYa through Clever to play a graph-related game called, Fuzz Bugs. This game invited the students to sort the colored fuzz bugs into jars, similar to a bar graph. Then the students counted the information. The lesson objective was to reinforce the previous week’s bar graph lesson. Measurement Topic: 1A-DA-06 Collect and present the same data in various visual formats. 

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen explained that November 13th is World Kindness Day. She read the story, Superbuns by Diane Kredensor, which is a story about a bunny who discovers that kindness is her superpower. Kindergarteners discussed what kindness looks and sounds like and then Ms. Whalen wrote their ideas down on a chart. NOTE: Kindergarten check-out days are as follows:  Bernal & Palladino: Thursdays / Huss & Roseland: Fridays. Kindergarten standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.

This week’s objectives in kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, phrase, pulse, dramatic play, and fast versus slow.  As part of CHA’s cultural fair, Kindergartners are studying the country of Germany. This week, they were introduced to Es schneit! Es schneit!, a German children’s song about snow. In addition, they explored the other objectives through these activities: 1 2 Buckle My Shoe, Roll Over, Seven Jumps, and Ten Little Candles.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1) Musical Performance (3.2, 3.1, 6.1), Music Connections (10, 11)

In PE this week, the kindergarten students participated in Active Minds Classes (AMC). The AMC curriculum is built from a strong foundation of Social & Emotional Learning concepts constructed in a “Learn Through Play” environment. The curriculum is aligned with Casel's 5 core competencies. These 5 core competencies are also the foundation that Washington State's Education Department bases their SEL learning outcomes and benchmarks. Students explored the importance of developing self-confidence, self-expression, and positive social interactions with their peers. Standards 5.1,5.2,5.3  

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students started their second unit of vocabulary words in Spanish. This week students started working with colors. Students will be learning colors like rosado, rojo, azul, and many more. Students also participated in their first calendar time session. During calendar time, students answer questions related to the days of the week and emotions. Students learned their third emotion this week; they learned asi-asi which means feeling okay. During practice time, students worked on tracing the color names and matching colors to their Spanish word.  Practice at Home: The Colors Quizlet . Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 3.1 Vocabulary 


First Grade

This week at Art, first grade students had a great time finishing up with their Farm Landscape paintings inspired by Grant Wood and the Regionalists. After trying their best drawing a 3D barn, students drew objects that are far away small and objects that are closer to us bigger to create the illusion of depth.  Then they used watercolor to finish their landscape paintings. Measurement Topic: Artistic Expression (1.2, 2.1)  

This week in Computer Science, first graders began creating their data tables for the Rock the Walk information in Microsoft Excel! They practiced changing the document name and sharing their document with their teacher. After completing the data table, the students learned how to create the bar graph in Excel. Fast Finishers were invited to practice with Keyboarding Without Tears. Measurement Topic: 1A-DA-06 Collect and present the same data in various visual formats. 

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen explained that November 13th is World Kindness Day. She read the story, I Walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness by Kerascoet, which is a wordless story about a girl named Vanessa who is a new girl at school and how she makes a new friend. First grade students discussed the illustrations and talked about the acts of kindness shown in the story. NOTE: First grade check-out days are as follows: Roberts: Wednesdays / Jenson: Thursdays / Suddendorf: Thursdays / Luckey: Thursdays / Carver: Fridays. First Grade standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.

This week’s objectives in first grade Music were vocal repertoire, pulse, phrase, mallet technique, and unpitched percussion technique. As part of CHA’s cultural fair, first grade is studying the country of Canada. This week, they were introduced to the Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot song called If Children Had Wings. In addition, students explored the other objectives through these activities: Hop Old Squirrel, Rocky Mountain, and Chase the Squirrel. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1) Musical Performance (3.2, 3.1, 6.1), Music Connections (10, 11) 

In PE this week, the 1st grade students participated in Active Minds Classes (AMC). The AMC curriculum is built from a strong foundation of Social & Emotional Learning concepts constructed in a “Learn Through Play” environment. The curriculum is aligned with Casel's 5 core competencies. These 5 core competencies are also the foundation that Washington State's Education Department bases their SEL learning outcomes and benchmarks. Students explored the importance of developing self-confidence, self-expression, and positive social interactions with their peers. Standards 5.1,5.2,5.3 

This week in Spanish, first grade students started working on writing sentences. The goal this week is for students to write sentences that describe what fruits they like to eat and what fruits they dislike eating. Ms. Suarez modeled writing sentences using the phrases: Me gusta comer and No me gusta comer. Students also learned about keywords they could use in their sentences such as: mucho= a lot, y=and, and ni___ni___= nor. Students then began working on writing their own sentences using the sentences stems Ms. Suarez provided. This week there will be a letter sent home in Friday folders regarding Las Frutas Checkpoint. Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency,1.3 Writing, 3.1 Vocabulary   


Second Grade

This week at Art, second grade students continued working on their Romero Britto-inspired Patterned Toucan drawings. They were challenged to be creative to come up with new patterns and they have done a great job! Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Work (5) 

This week in Computer Science, second graders began creating their data tables for the Rock the Walk information in Microsoft Excel! They practiced changing the document name and sharing their document with their teacher. After completing the data table, the students learned how to create a bar graph, a line graph, and a pie chart in Excel. We discussed when and why we use certain graphs as visual references. Fast Finishers were invited to practice with Keyboarding Without Tears. Measurement Topic: 1A-DA-06 Collect and present the same data in various visual formats.

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen explained that November 13th is World Kindness Day. She read the story, Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, which is a story that shows how two simple words can change the world. Second Graders discussed how they can be kind and then wrote down five ways they can be kind at home, school, and/or their community. NOTE: Second grade check-out days are as follows: Koski: Tuesday / Kolb: Wednesday / Moore: Thursday / Duffina: Friday. Second Grade standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.

This week’s objectives in second grade Music were, vocal repertoire, half note rest, and instrument classification. As part of CHA’s cultural fair, second grade is studying the country of Brazil. This week, they were introduced to the Brazilian song Peixinhos Do Mar. In addition, students explored the other objectives through these activities: All Around the Brickyard, Rhythm Flashcards, and You’re a Grand Old Flag. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1) Musical Performance (3.2, 3.1, 6.1), Music Connections (10, 11)  

In PE this week,This week the second grade students participated in Active Minds Classes (AMC). The AMC curriculum is built from a strong foundation of Social & Emotional Learning concepts constructed in a “Learn Through Play” environment. The curriculum is aligned with Casel's 5 core competencies. These 5 core competencies are also the foundation that Washington State's Education Department bases their SEL learning outcomes and benchmarks. Students explored the importance of developing self-confidence, self-expression, and positive social interactions with their peers. Standards 5.1,5.2,5.3 

This week in Spanish, second grade students started working on writing sentences. The goal this week is for students to write sentences that describe what foods they like to eat and what foods they dislike eating. Ms. Suarez modeled writing sentences using the phrases: Me gusta comer and No me gusta comer. Students also learned about keywords they could use in their sentences such as: mucho= a lot, y=and, and ni___ni___= nor. Students then began working on writing their own sentences using the sentences stems Ms. Suarez provided. This week there will be a letter sent home in Friday folders regarding La Comida y Las Bebidas Checkpoint. Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency,1.3 Writing, 3.1 Vocabulary


Third Grade

This week in Art,  third grade students learned about Regionalism and Grant Wood. It is an American art style that celebrated rural scenes of the American heartland during 1930s. Students practiced to draw 3D barns after studying a few pictures of barns carefully. Using some of the ideas from Grant Wood, they created a farm scene in the background.  Students were encouraged to draw objects that are far away small and objects that are closer big to create the illusion of depth. Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.2)  

This week in Computer Science, third graders began creating their data tables for the Rock the Walk information in Microsoft Excel! They practiced changing the document name and sharing their document with their teacher. After completing the data table, the students learned how to create a bar graph, a line graph, and a pie chart in Excel. We discussed when and why we use certain graphs as visual references. Fast Finishers were invited to practice with Keyboarding Without Tears. Measurement Topic: 1B-DA-06 Organize and present collected data visually to highlight relationships and support a claim.

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen explained that November 13th is World Kindness Day. She read the story, The Jelly Donut Difference: sharing kindness with the world by Maria Dismondy. Third Graders discussed how they show kindness and then wrote their ideas down on donut sprinkles. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. NOTE: Third grade check-out days are as follows: Newell: Wednesdays / Shamsen: Thursdays / Warenkiewicz: Fridays. Third Grade standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.

This week’s objectives in third grade Music were vocal repertoire, rhythm patterns, and improvisation.  As part of CHA’s cultural fair, third grade is studying the country of Turkey. This week, they were introduced to the Turkish lullaby Dandini Dandini Dastana. In addition, student explored the other objectives through these activities: 12th Street Rag, Hill and Gully Rider, and Quarter Half Whole Machine. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1), Musical Performance (3.1, 3.2, 6.1), Evaluate Musical Works (2.1), Music Connections (10, 11)    

In PE this week, the third grade students participated in Active Minds Classes (AMC). The AMC curriculum is built from a strong foundation of Social & Emotional Learning concepts constructed in a “Learn Through Play” environment. The curriculum is aligned with Casel's 5 core competencies. These 5 core competencies are also the foundation that Washington State's Education Department bases their SEL learning outcomes and benchmarks. Students explored the importance of developing self-confidence, self-expression, and positive social interactions with their peers. Standards 5.1,5.2,5.3   

This week in Spanish, third grade students started working on writing sentences with their vocabulary words. The goal this week is for students to write sentences that describe location. Ms. Suarez modeled writing sentences that describe location and students were able to build a sentence formula for writing sentences that describe location. Students then worked on writing one on their own for a quick check-in. This week students completed their first writing classwork in class. Students were given 9 sentences and translated them from Spanish to English or vice versa. This will prepare students for their upcoming project that will be about describing their dream bedroom. Students will check this classwork next week. Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension,1.3 Writing, 3.1 Vocabulary


Fourth Grade

This week at Art, fourth grade students continued working on their Bentwood Box project. This week, we focused on the Native American design components. When we looked at Native American animal designs, we have noticed that they use a few common shapes; ovoid, “U” shape, trigon, and “S” shape. We focused on using those shapes to complete our design.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (3.1) and Artistic Expression (1.2) 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Graders began creating their data tables for the Rock the Walk information in Microsoft Excel! They practiced changing the document name and sharing their document with their teacher. After completing the data table, the students learned how to create a bar graph, a line graph, and a pie chart in Excel. We discussed when and why we use certain graphs as visual references. Fast Finishers were invited to practice with Keyboarding Without Tears. Measurement Topic: 1B-DA-06 Organize and present collected data visually to highlight relationships and support a claim. 

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen explained that November 13th is World Kindness Day. She read the story, The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. Fourth Graders discussed how kindness was shown in the story and then wrote down three ways kindness could be shown around the world. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out Monday’s from 8:30-8:55. Fourth Grade standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.

This week’s objectives in fourth grade Music were ensemble techniques, vocal repertoire, Northwest Native American music study, mallet technique, and unpitched percussion technique. Fourth graders continued to work on a Zimbabwean style marimba piece called Balafon. Students also learned about PNW Native American music characteristics. Finally, fourth-graders learned a mallet arrangement of Funga Alafia that they will be performing for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1), Musical Performance (3.1, 3.2, 6.1), Evaluate Musical Works (2.1), Music Connections (10, 11)  

In PE this week the fourth grade students participated in Active Minds Classes (AMC). The AMC curriculum is built from a strong foundation of Social & Emotional Learning concepts constructed in a “Learn Through Play” environment. The curriculum is aligned with Casel's 5 core competencies. These 5 core competencies are also the foundation that Washington State's Education Department bases their SEL learning outcomes and benchmarks. Students explored the importance of developing self-confidence, self-expression, and positive social interactions with their peers. Standards 5.1,5.2,5.3 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade students finished working on their Venn Diagram to compare Halloween and Day of the Dead. This work will be sent home graded in this week’s Friday folder. Students also jumped back into working with Chapter PE. This week students focused on practice activity #4 and #6. Activity #4 was a listening comprehension activity. Students listened to Ms. Suarez say eight phrases and then determined if the phrase was a greeting or farewell. Students checked their work in class, and this will also be sent home in this week’s Friday folder. Some classes advanced to activity #6. Activity #6 was a reading comprehension activity, students read a dialogue between a teacher and student and then answered 5 comprehension questions.  Measurement Topics: 3.1 Vocabulary


Fifth Grade

This week in Art, fifth grade students finished with their Radial Balance Name designs and their creations turned out wonderful! Measuring Topics: Artistic Expression 2.1 

This week in Computer Science, fifth graders began creating their data tables for the Rock the Walk information in Microsoft Excel. Next, they practiced changing the document name and sharing their document with their teacher. After completing the data table, the students learned how to create a bar graph, a line graph, and a pie chart in Excel. We discussed when and why we use certain graphs as visual references. Fast Finishers were invited to practice with Keyboarding Without Tears. Measurement Topic: 1B-DA-07 Use data to highlight or propose cause-and-effect relationships, predict outcomes, or communicate an idea.

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen explained that November 13th is World Kindness Day. She read the story, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Fifth Graders discussed how they could show kindness and then wrote down how they would start a kindness ripple in their class, at home, or around the world. NOTE: Please have your child return their books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out Thursday’s from 8:30-8:55. Fifth Grade standards taught: Students will demonstrate awareness and convey understanding of book authors, award winning books, and book projects.

This week’s objectives in fifth grade Music were ensemble techniques, vocal repertoire, and ukulele technique. Fifth graders began working on a performance for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. They reviewed C, F, Am, and G chords on the ukulele playing the progressions in different orders. They also stummed and sang Funga Alafia and This Land is Your land. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1), Musical Performance (3.1, 3.2, 6.1), Evaluate Musical Works (2.1), Music Connections (10, 11) 

In PE this week the 5th grade students participated in Active Minds Classes (AMC). The AMC curriculum is built from a strong foundation of Social & Emotional Learning concepts constructed in a “Learn Through Play” environment. The curriculum is aligned with Casel's 5 core competencies. These 5 core competencies are also the foundation that Washington State's Education Department bases their SEL learning outcomes and benchmarks. Students explored the importance of developing self-confidence, self-expression, and positive social interactions with their peers. Standards 5.1,5.2,5.3

This week in Spanish, fifth grade students went back to working with Chapter 1B. This week students focused on completing practice activities. Students completed practice activity #5 and activity #6. Activity #5 was a writing activity; students were given 6 pictures and wrote sentences to describe the person in the picture with an adjective from their chapter. Students wrote sentences like El chico es desordenado.  = The boy is disorganized. This activity is a warmup for the second half of the chapter that will focus on writing sentences. Mrs. Taylor’s class was able to advance to Activity #6. Mrs. Rafferty’s class was able to finish their wooden Day of the Dead symbols since Spanish was cancelled once last week for them. Measurement Topics: 3.1 Vocabulary

 

CHA Specialists Newsletter

KindergartenFirst GradeSecond GradeThird Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Don't forget to check out the photos and videos we post on the CHA Parents Team, and if you want more information about our Specialist Teachers, Curriculum and Standards, you will find it here.

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students looked out the windows and noticed that the trees started to change colors! Mrs. Choi explained to the students why the trees change colors in autumn. Then the students started working on the fall trees painting project. Measurement Topic: Artistic Expression (2.3)

In computer science this week, Kindergarteners began learning about data tables and how to create them on a sheet of paper. We used the numbers from the Rock the Walk to compare with other kindergarten classes. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom.  Measurement Topic: 1A-DA-06 Collect and present the same data in various visual formats. 

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen read the story, Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by James Dean. Ms. Whalen completed a part of a book anchor chart with students that named the different parts of the book; front cover, back cover, title, author/illustrator, title page, pictures/text, end page, and spine. NOTE: Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: Bernal & Palladino: Thursdays / Huss & Roseland: Fridays. Standards taught: Students will demonstrate understanding of library concepts, resources, and practices  

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were up versus down, phrase, high versus low, pulse, dramatic play, and vocal repertoire.  These objectives were explored through the following activities:  Roly Poly, Fall, Rake the Leaves, Apple Pie, and Fall Leaves.  Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1) Musical Performance (3.2, 3.1, 6.1)  

This week the Kindergarteners continued their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played hungry hippos and soccer noodle tag. Students also recapped their locomotor skills working on different ways to move in a fun game called switch.   1.10.,1.11.,1.12.,1.1a/b  

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students learned about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebration occurs on November 2nd and focuses on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. In class this week students had story time, where they read the story “The Day of the Dead” by Bob Burner. Students learned about the word “ancestor” and how it relates to Day of the Dead. To celebrate this holiday, students made “calaveritas” which are skulls that are colorful and happy looking. These skulls will be sent home once students are done making them.  Measurement Topics: 2.1 Cultural Comparisons  


First Grade

This week at Art, 1st grade students learned about Regionalism and Grant Wood. It is an American art style that celebrated rural scenes of the American heartland during 1930s. Using an oil pastel, students learned how to draw a barn so that it appears three-dimensional. Using some of the ideas from Grant Wood, they created a farm scene in the background.  Measurement Topic: Artistic Expression (1.2, 2.1) 

In computer science this week, First Graders began learning about data tables and how to create them on a sheet of paper. We used the numbers from the Rock the Walk to compare with other first grade classes as well as the kindergarten classes. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom. Measurement Topic: 1A-DA-06 Collect and present the same data in various visual formats. 

This week in Library, First Grade students finished their frog and fish perspective writing and Ms. Whalen shared them with the class. Then Ms. Whalen began her next lesson and demonstrated how to find a right fit book by trying on different sized shoes and seeing which one was the right fit for her and comparing it to finding a right fit book to read. NOTE: First grade check-out days are as follows:  Roberts: Wednesdays / Jenson: Thursdays / Suddendorf: Thursdays / Luckey: Thursdays / Carver: Fridays Standards taught: Students will demonstrate understanding of library concepts, resources, and practices

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were ta/ti-ti (quarter/eighth rhythms), same versus different, phrase, pulse, and vocal repertoire.   These objectives were explored through the following activities: Rocky Mountain, Magic Stick Game, Pease Porridge Hot, and Engine Engine.   Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1) Musical Performance (3.2, 3.1, 6.1)   

This week the 1st graders continued their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played hungry hippos and soccer noodle tag. Students also recapped their locomotor skills working on different ways to move in a fun game called switch.   1.10.1,1.11.1,1.12.1 , 1.1a/b  

This week in Spanish, first grade students learned about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebration occurs on November 2nd and focuses on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. In class this week students had story time, where they read the story “Daniela’s Day of the Dead” by Lisa Bullard. Students learned about the word “ancestor” and how it relates to Day of the Dead. To celebrate this holiday, students completed different activities related to Day of the Dead. Some classes worked on an activity packet, other classes made their own sugar skull portraits using construction paper.  Measurement Topics: 2.1 Cultural Comparisons 


Second Grade

This week at Art, Second-grade students enjoyed learning about Brazillian Neo-Pop artist, Romero Britto and had a great time working on their multicultural fair art project, Toucans with Patterns. We first drew a toucan, a fun bird that spends its lives high in the rainforest canopies. Then we added fun patterns inspired by the artist.  Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Work (5)  

This week in computer science, Second Graders were challenged to make a data table using the information from the Rock the Walk. Students created a table with each homeroom class's total miles. Next week, we will begin to convert these numbers into visuals graphs. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom. Measurement Topic: 1A-DA-06 Collect and present the same data in various visual formats. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students read through their four-character perspective graphic organizers to check for accuracy. Then they shared it with a partner and said one glow about their partners four-character perspective. NOTE: Second grade check-out days are as follows: Koski: Tuesday / Kolb: Wednesday / Moore: Thursday / Duffina: Friday Standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were vocal repertoire, label half note, pulse, ostinato, and unpitched instruments.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Chase the Squirrel, All ‘Round the Brickyard, Jelly in the Bowl, and Bounce High Bounce Low.  Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1) Musical Performance (3.2, 3.1, 6.1)  

This week the 2nd graders continued their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played 3 player kickball and soccer noodle tag. Students also recapped their locomotor skills working on different ways to move in a fun game called switch.  1.10. a/b. 1.11.,1.12. 1.1a/b

This week in Spanish, second grade students learned about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebration occurs on November 2nd and focuses on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. This week students focused on comparing Halloween and Day of the Dead. Students watched two BrainPOP videos that each focused on one of the holidays. Then, students worked on completing a Venn Diagram to compare Halloween and Day of the Dead. Students who finished their work early, were able to color and cut out their own sugar skull masks! Measurement Topics: 2.1 Cultural Comparisons 


Third Grade

This week in Art, Third-grade students continued working on their La Catrina sculpture project. Their creations are turning out amazing. Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.2)  

This week in computer science, Third Graders began learning how to create a table using our data from the Rock the Walk. Students were challenged to create data tables using the information from kindergarten to third grade. Next week, we will convert the numbers into different style visual graphs. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom. Measurement Topic: 1B-DA-06 Organize and present collected data visually to highlight relationships and support a claim. 

This week in Library, Third Graders completed their diary entry assignment. Then students partnered together and read their diary entries to each other. Afterwards, the partners gave constructive feedback by saying one glow and one grow about the diary entry and why. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. NOTE: Third grade check-out days are as follows:  Newell: Wednesdays / Shamsen: Thursdays / Warenkiewicz: Fridays Standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were improvisation, mallet technique, La-sol-mi-re-do patterns, vocal repertoire.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Great Big House, Major Pentatonic Cards, Hill and Gully Rider, and 12th Street Rag. Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1), Musical Performance (3.1, 3.2, 6.1), Evaluate Musical Works (2.1) 

This week the 3rd graders continued their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a moving ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played 3 player kickball and small-sided soccer games. Students also recapped their locomotor skills working on different ways to move in a fun game called switch.  1.10. a/b/c 1.11.,1.12. 1.1a/b    

This week in Spanish, third grade students learned about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebration occurs on November 2nd and focuses on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. Students watched a BrainPOP video that focuses on the origin and backstory of Day of the Dead. Then, students worked on making their own “calacas”. Calacas are a symbol of Day of the Dead; they are silly skeletons who represent a loved one who is no longer with you or can represent yourself. They are colorful and usually contain symbols that represent people like guitars, hats, and more. Measurement Topics: 2.1 Cultural Comparisons


Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth-grade students started working on their Bentwood Box project. Bentwood boxes are made by the Northwest Coast peoples. We learned about the techniques on how to make these unique boxes and the usage. We also learned about their abstract designs on artifacts, including shapes and symbolism. Then the students apply their knowledge to create bentwood boxes. They were encouraged to think about an animal that symbolize their personalities and use collage technique to create their bentwood boxes. Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (3.1) and Artistic Expression (1.2) 

In computer science this week, Fourth Graders began learning how to create a table of data and convert it into a visual graph. Students challenged themselves by using the data from the Rock the Walk for all grades fourth and below. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom. Measurement Topic: 1B-DA-06 Organize and present collected data visually to highlight relationships and support a claim.  

This week in Library, Fourth Graders completed their two character and self-perspective assignment. Then students partnered together and read their perspectives to each other. Afterwards, the partners gave constructive feedback about the other perspectives by saying if they respectfully agreed or disagreed with their perspectives and why. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out Monday’s from 8:30-8:55. Standards taught: Students will develop and satisfy personal curiosity by reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes  

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were ensemble techniques, vocal repertoire, and mallet technique.  These objectives were explored through Balafon, Click Sticks, Journaling, and Festival of Peace and Light selections. Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1), Musical Performance (3.1, 3.2, 6.1), Evaluate Musical Works (2.1) 

This week the 4th graders continued their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a moving ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played 3 player kickball and small-sided soccer games. Students also recapped their locomotor skills working on different ways to move in a fun game called switch. 1.10. a/b/c, 1.11,1.12.,1.1a/b

This week in Spanish, fourth grade students learned about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebration occurs on November 2nd and focuses on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. This week students focused on comparing Halloween and Day of the Dead. Students watched two BrainPOP videos that each focused on one of the holidays. Then, students worked on completing a Venn Diagram to compare Halloween and Day of the Dead. Students who finished their work early, were able to paint their own calaveras rocks. Measurement Topics: 2.1 Cultural Comparisons 


Fifth Grade

This week in Art, Fifth-grade students continued working on their Radial Balance Name Design project.  Measuring Topics: Artistic Expression 2.1 

In computer science this week, Fifth Graders watched the Book Trailer presentations and provided feedback to peers about their projects. Students used the feedback to refine their presentation before their final submission. We also reviewed the expectations of the classroom. Measurement Topic: No Standard Taught This Week 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders presented their book trailer project to their class, if they decided to. Then students gave constructive feedback to the presenters by saying one glow and one grow for each of the presentations. NOTE: Please have your child return their books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out Thursday’s from 8:30-8:55. Standards taught: Students will demonstrate awareness and convey understanding of book authors, award winning books, and book projects  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ukulele strumming patterns, C – Am – F – G chords, vocal repertoire, and ensemble techniques.  These objectives were explored through This Land is Your Land, Funga Alafia, and other Festival of Peace and Light selections.   Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2, 8.1), Musical Performance (3.1, 3.2, 6.1), Evaluate Musical Works (2.1) 

This week the 5th graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking passing and punting a ball dribbling with control and receiving a ball with both feet. To practice, these skills students played 3 player kickball and small-sided soccer games. Students also recapped their locomotor skills working on different ways to move in a fun game called switch. 1.10.,1.11.,1.12. 1.1a/b  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade students learned about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebration occurs on November 2nd and focuses on remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away. This week students focused on the symbols of Day of the Dead. Students learned key words like offrenda, calaca, papel picado, and more. Students were able to select one out of three symbols female calaca, male calaca, or side view calaca to paint and make their own. These wooden signs will be sent home next week for students to keep. Measurement Topics: 2.1 Cultural Comparisons 

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Don't forget to check out the photos and videos we post on the CHA Parents Team, and if you want more information about our Specialist Teachers, Curriculum and Standards, you will find it here.

Kindergarten

Due to fall festival and PD day last Friday, Mrs. Bernald’s class and Mrs. Roseland’s class continued to work on their 3D pumpkin project with Model Magic in Art. They had a wonderful time creating secondary and even mystery colors with their primary colors. The pumpkins turned out wonderfully. Huss’ class and Ms. Palladino’s class made 3D paper Cat sculptures. They were given a couple of strips of black paper, then they folded and cut the shapes to create a 3D cat sculpture. They had a great time working on it!  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1) 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergartners played a Jeopardy game as their observational assessment for parts of the computer. The students were divided into 2 teams, and each had the opportunity to display their knowledge by answering questions on the game board.  If you are trick ‘r treating this weekend, be safe and enjoy the spookiest day of the year! 👻🙀🍬 The Book Fair ran through this past Thursday, October 28nd. Here is a link to the Computer Science Book Fair Wishlist. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-02 Use Appropriate Terminology in Identifying and Describing Hardware 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students discussed if they preferred the perspective of the country or town mouse and drew a picture to show why they chose that mouse. NOTE: A handful of students received notices in their Friday folder about overdue books. If you received one, please look for your child’s library book at home and return it so that they can check out a new one. Thank you! Kindergarten check-out days are as follows:  Bernal & Palladino: Thursdays / Huss & Roseland: Fridays. A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together / A5 Exploring Ideas 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were phrase, pulse, time/space/shape/force, sol-mi vocal patterns, unpitched percussion technique, and dramatic play.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: The Witch Has an Itch, Old Mrs. Witch, Halloween Color Game, We Are Scary Skeletons, What Will You Be on Halloween?, and With My Little Broom.  Explore Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2), Musical Performance (3.2, 6.1)  

This week in PE the Kindergarteners continued their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played goalie tag, timber, and find the treasure.   1.10.,1.11.,1.12. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with the days of the week. Students practiced answering the questions: What day is today? What day was yesterday? What day will be tomorrow? These questions are the foundation for calendar time. This week students had their Days of the Week assessments. Students worked on matching the days of the week in Spanish to English in a cut and paste activity. Students also had their first Spanish Fluency assessment where they were given the 7 days of the week in Spanish to read/say. These assessments will be sent home once they are graded. Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1: 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary


First Grade

This week in Art, First-grade students had a great time working on their La Catrina portraits with oil pastels. First, we learned about Día de los Muertos. The holiday, which is celebrated in Mexico as well as other Latin American countries on November 1 and 2, is similar to a family reunion—except dead ancestors are the guests of honor. The Day of the Dead is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memories. We learned how to draw a skull and drew our skeletons doing fun, everyday activities.  Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.1) 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade began their class session by practicing on Keyboarding Without Tears. Afterward, the students reviewed computer parts to prepare for the assessment next week. Students can rewatch “Parts of the Computer” on BrainPOP Jr. to review at home. Students that did not complete their pumpkin project receive time to complete and send in for grading. If you are trick ‘r treating this weekend, be safe and enjoy the spookiest day of the year! 👻🙀🍬The Book Fair ran through this past Thursday, October 28nd. Here is a link to the Computer Science Book Fair Wishlist. 1A-CS-02 Use Appropriate Terminology in Identifying and Describing Hardware 

This week in Library, First Graders discussed the story, Fish Is Fish and wrote down if they preferred the perspective of the fish or the frog and why. NOTE: A handful of students received notices in their Friday folder about overdue books. If you received one, please look for your child’s library book at home and return it so that they can check out a new one. Thank you! First grade check-out days are as follows: Roberts: Wednesdays / Jenson: Thursdays / Suddendorf: Thursdays / Luckey: Thursdays / Carver: Fridays A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together / A5 Exploring Ideas 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were pulse, phrase, ta/ti-ti, pulse versus rhythm, mallet technique, chord bordun, and up versus down.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: In the Hall of the Mountain King, Little Jack Pumpkin Face, What will You Be?, Squirrel’s Tale, and Legs and All. Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2), Musical Performance (3.2, 6.1) 

This week in PE the 1st graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played goalie tag, timber, and find the treasure.  1.10.1,1.11.1,1.12.1

This week in Spanish, first grade students participated in calendar time. During calendar time, students answer questions about the days of the week, months, emotions, and weather. First grade classes continued working with “Las Frutas”. In class students, students practiced saying the words on their own. This week first grade focused on learning about the gender of Spanish nouns. Students learned that nouns in Spanish can be either masculine or feminine and to identify which they are they need to look at the last letter of the word. Students also learned about the definite articles el and la. To practice this concept, students worked on a sorting activity with 12 nouns.  Practice at Home: The Fruits Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.3 Writing, and 3.1 Vocabulary 


Second Grade

This week in Art, Second-grade students finished with their thick line collage inspired by a graphic designer, Aaron Draplin.  They also had a wonderful time giving each other helpful feedback to their peers to improve their art. Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1, 3) 

In Computer Science this week, Second Grade began the lesson with Keyboarding Without Tears. Students reviewed the requirements for the project and how to share the document. After, students completed and shared their Me on a Map project for grading. Students that finished early were invited to watch this clip from Socratica Kids, “What is a Computer?” or BrainPOP Jr’s “Parts of the Computer” to review for their assessment next week. If you are trick ‘r treating this weekend, be safe and enjoy the spookiest day of the year! 👻🙀🍬 The Book Fair ran through this past Thursday, October 28nd. Here is a link to the Computer Science Book Fair Wishlist. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-01 Select and operate appropriate software

This week in Library, Second Grade students discussed four-character perspectives in the story, The Last Stop on Market Street, and then completed a circle of viewpoint graphic organizers where they wrote down one or more perspectives for each of the four characters in the story. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Second grade check-out days are as follows: Koski: Tuesday / Kolb: Wednesday / Moore: Thursday / Duffina: Friday. A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together / A5 Exploring Ideas 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were mallet technique, contour, dynamics, half note, and hand drum technique.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Skin and Bones, Trick or Treat, Scary Halloween, and Who? Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2), Musical Performance (3.2, 6.1) 

This week in PE the 2nd graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking a moving ball with the inside of their foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with both feet. To practice, these skills students played soccer 4 corner soccer, and 3 player kickball. 1.10. a/b. 1.11.,1.12.   

This week in Spanish, the second grade continued working with their first official unit of words: La Comida y Las Bebidas (Food and Drinks). In class, students practiced saying the words on their own. This week second grade focused on learning about the gender of Spanish nouns. Students learned that nouns in Spanish can be either masculine or feminine and to identify which they are they need to look at the last letter of the word. Students reviewed the definite articles el and la. Students learned about the plural versions of el and la which are los and las. To practice this concept, students worked on a sorting activity with 12 nouns. Practice at Home: Food and Drinks Quizlet. Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.3 Writing, and 3.1 Vocabulary  


Third Grade

This week in Art, Third-grade students continued working on their La Catrina sculpture project. Their creations are turning out amazing.  Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.2)  

In Computer Science this week, Third Grade students assessed their knowledge of the parts of a computer through an observation while playing a game of Jeopardy! Students demonstrated their knowledge by answering questions and assisting teammates as needed. If you are trick ‘r treating this weekend, be safe and enjoy the spookiest day of the year! 👻🙀🍬 The Book Fair ran through this Thursday, October 28nd. Here is a link to the Computer Science Book Fair Wishlist. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-01 Describe How Internal and External Parts Form a System

This week in Library, Third Graders continued to discuss the non-human perspectives of the worm and the spider from the story, Diary of a Worm. Third Graders completed a diary entry where they chose one of the animals and wrote down two or more additional non-human perspectives. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Third grade check-out days are as follows: Newell: Wednesdays / Shamsen: Thursdays / Warenkiewicz: Fridays. A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together / A5 Exploring Ideas 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were pulse, rhythm patterns, and cross-over bordun.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: The Halloween Cat, Shake Dem Halloween Bones, Double Trouble, and Why? Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2), Musical Performance (3.2, 6.1)

This week in PE the 3rd graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking passing and punting a ball dribbling with control and receiving a ball with both feet. Students practiced punting to a partner and also played kickball.  1.10. a/b/c 1.11.,1.12.  

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working with “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). This week students learned about nine direction words such as above, below, on top, next to, and many more. In class students, looked at sentences that combined both sets of vocabulary words they are working with. They also worked on 3 examples that were missing the direction word. Students also learned a little dance to help them remember the direction words. These two units of words will be the foundation for sentence writing.  Practice at Home: The Bedroom Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.3 Writing, and 3.1 Vocabulary 


Fourth Grade

This week in Art, Fourth-grade students finished with their Spooky Pumpkin Patch drawing by having some time to reflect on their own art as well as giving feedback to their peers to improve their art.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (3.1) and Artistic Expression (2.1)  

This week in Computer Science, most Fourth Grade students completed building their model of parts of the computer. The project expectations required to show internal and external parts along with the function of the parts. If you are trick ‘r treating this weekend, be safe and enjoy the spookiest day of the year! 👻🙀🍬 The Book Fair ran through this Thursday, October 28nd. Here is a link to the Computer Science Book Fair Wishlist. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-02 Model How Computer Hardware and Software Work Together 

This week in Library, Fourth Graders continued to explore the perspectives of the characters with class discussions about the story, The Princess Mouse. Then they completed a circle of viewpoint graphic organizers where they wrote down two-character perspectives and one personal perspective about the story. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out Mondays from 8:30-8:55. A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together / A5 Exploring Ideas 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were ostinato, eighth-note rest, vocal repertoire, mallet technique, rhythm patterns, and canon/round. These objectives were explored through the following activities: Only in October, Hot Cross Buns, Get Down and Get Up Get Up. Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2), Musical Performance (3.2, 6.1) 

This week in PE the 4th graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking, passing and punting a ball, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with both feet. Students practiced punting to a partner, played kickball, and longball. 1.10. a/b/c, 1.11,1.12.

This week in Spanish, the fourth grade continued working with their first chapter “Chapter PE (Para Empezar)” in their textbook.  This week students looked at five conversations between people who already know each other. The conversation topic changed from “What is your name?” to “How are you?”. In class students, jotted down keywords from these conversations. Students also took a deep dive into informal versus formal language in Spanish. Students learned about “tu” versus “usted”. Students looked at various greetings and farewells and sorted them into formal or informal phrases. Practice at Home: Ch. PE Greetings and Phrases  Ch. PE Time and Numbers. Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary, 1.3 Writing  


Fifth Grade

This week in Art, Fifth-grade students learned about the three different types of balance in Art—symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial balance. We then focused on radial balance. Radial balance has a center axis and the design radiates from the center and repeats around the axis. After looking at examples from nature and man-made objects, we started working on the Radial Balance Name Design project.  Measuring Topics: Artistic Expression 2.1 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Graders reviewed how to send the file and completed their Book Trailer Project. The requirements for the Book Trailer can be found here. We will be watching the Trailers in Library and Computer Science.  If you are trick ‘r treating this weekend, be safe and enjoy the spookiest day of the year! 👻🙀🍬 The Book Fair ran through this Thursday, October 28nd. Here is a link to the Computer Science Book Fair Wishlist. Measurement Topic: 1B-IC-21 Use public domain or creative commons media. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders finished working on their book trailer project in class. NOTE: Please have your child return their books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out Thursdays from 8:30-8:55.  A5 Exploring Ideas

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were strumming patterns, F chord, vocal patterns, and repertoire.  The following objectives were explored through the following activities: Learning the F chord, strumming patterns (down down down-up down and down down-up down down-up), and learning Hush Little Baby and Scary Tune.  Musical Concepts (1.1, 4.2, 4.3, 7.2), Musical Performance (3.2, 6.1) 

This week in PE the 5th graders started their soccer unit. The objectives for this week were kicking passing and punting a ball dribbling with control and receiving a ball with both feet. Students practiced punting to a partner, played kickball and longball. 1.10.,1.11.,1.12.

This week in Spanish, the fifth grade continued working with Chapter 1B in their textbook. This week students worked on their first listening comprehension activity this year. Students watched a videohistoria (video story) titled “Amigos por Internet”. Students watched the video twice. The first time was continuous. The second time students stopped after each main scene and discussed what was happening in the video. Students focused on what adjectives the characters were using to describe themselves. After the video, students completed activity #3, which focused on comprehension. Students were given 5 descriptions in Spanish and identified who the description was about.  Practice at Home: Chapter 1B Quizlet   Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1: 1.2 Reading Comprehension, and 3.1 Vocabulary

CHA Specialists Newsletter

CHA Specialists Newsletter

KindergartenFirst GradeSecond GradeThird Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Don't forget to check out the photos and videos we post on the CHA Parents Team, and if you want more information about our Specialist Teachers, Curriculum and Standards you will find it here.

If you would like to show your appreciation of our Specialists, please take a minute to check out the items on their Book Fair Teacher Wish Lists!

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and secondary colors (green, orange, and purple). We learned that no combination of other shades can create primary colors; however, all primaries can be mixed in various combinations to make more colors. We then explored this concept with model magic. We then used only primary colors to create assorted colors. From there, we used our created secondary colors to create pumpkin sculptures.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1) 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergartners explored the mouse and associated functions such as pointer shapes and mouse interactions. After the lesson, students put their knowledge to use by playing Mouse Practice Games. The objective of this was to introduce students to the specific functions of the mouse like left-click, right-click, single-click, and double-click.  The kindergarten students that missed computer science due to the fall festival last week began class by learning about parts of the computer and watching a video on Brain Pop Jr, Parts of the Computer. Students then practiced their skills with a worksheet identifying the parts of a laptop and desktop computer. The objective of this lesson was to engage students in a discussion and demonstration of physical components for laptops and personal computers. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-02 Use Appropriate Terminology in Identifying and Describing Hardware

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story, “Town Mouse, Country Mouse” by Jan Brett. Kindergarten students discussed the different perspectives or points of view of the mice. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: Bernal & Palladino: Thursdays / Huss & Roseland: Fridays A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were pulse, phrase, vocal repertoire, long versus short, same versus different, unpitched percussion technique, and listening.  These objectives were explored through the following activities:  Listen to the Horses, The Wild Horseman, Old MacDonald, My Pony Macaroni, Ten Galloping Horses, Clap Your First Name, and Color Game.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1,2,3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5), Evaluate Musical Works (7.2, 8, 9)

This week the Kindergarteners started their soccer unit in PE. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played soccer noodle tag and soccer partner bowling.   1.10.K,1.11.K,1.12.K

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with the days of the week. This week students reviewed three keywords that will be used when talking about the days of the week: hoy (today), ayer (yesterday), and manana (tomorrow). Students practiced answering the questions: What day is today? What day was yesterday? What day will be tomorrow? This week students had their first Spanish quiz on Spanish greetings. Students listened to Ms. Suarez read 6 greetings and then circled the picture that matches the greeting they heard. These will be sent home after they have been graded.  Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1: 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary 


First Grade

This week in Art, First-grade students continued to work on their Amate paintings using watercolors. One of the students asked a great question about the difference between tempera paint and watercolor. As a result, we spent some time comparing and contrasting these two mediums. We tested both mediums on our papers and decided to use watercolor instead of tempera paint because it was more visible. The students had a great time painting their Mexican Amate-inspired drawings.  Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.1) 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade students learned how to share their Word documents with the teacher and then completed their Pumpkin project. The objective of this lesson was to learn how to share the file. The First Grade Students that missed computer science due to the fall festival last week held a group discussion about the parts of the computer. Students began the lesson with a teacher-led demonstration of physical computer parts. Then the students completed worksheets about internal and external computer components. This lesson was designed to help students identify the parts of the computer and understand its function.   Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-01 Select and operate appropriate software 

This week in Library, First Graders listened to the story, “Fish Is Fish” by Leo Lionni. First Grade students discussed the different points of view of the Frog and the Fish and started to complete a Venn diagram to show their points of view. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. First grade check-out days are as follows:  Roberts: Wednesdays / Jenson: Thursdays / Suddendorf: Thursdays / Luckey: Thursdays / Carver: Fridays A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal qualities, dynamics, labeling quarter and eighth notes, vocal repertoire, pulse, and phrase.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Big Black Cats, The Very Busy Spider, Hippity Hop, Stirring My Brew, and Candy Store.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Elements (1, 2, 3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5, 6), Evaluate Musical Works (7.2, 8) 

This week the 1st graders started their soccer unit in PE. The objectives for this week were kicking a stationary ball with their preferred foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with their preferred foot. To practice, these skills students played soccer noodle tag and soccer partner bowling.   1.10.1,1.11.1,1.12.1

This week in Spanish, first grade students participated in calendar time. During calendar time, students answer questions about the days of the week, months, emotions, and weather. First grade classes continued working with “Las Frutas”. In class students, played a matching vocabulary game and listened to a song about the fruits. This week students focused on working with the phrases: Me gusta (I like) and No me gusta (I do not like). Students then worked on sorting the fruits into two categories.  Practice at Home: The Fruits Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 3.1 Vocabulary


Second Grade

This week in Art, Second-grade students continued working on their thick line landscape collage inspired by Aaron Draplin. Students added fun details to their collage landscapes.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1, 3) 

In Computer Science this week, Second Grade students learned how to send to their Me on Map project to their teacher and continued to work on their project. Second Grade students that missed computer science due to the fall festival last week, participated in a group discussion and demonstration of the parts of the computer. After the discussion, students put their knowledge to work with computer component worksheets. This lesson was designed to introduce the students to the hardware components. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-01 Select and operate appropriate software

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story, “The Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena. Students discussed the different perspectives of the characters in the story and began to write down each of their perspectives in a circle of viewpoint graphic organizer. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Second grade check-out days are as follows:  Koski: Tuesday / Kolb: Wednesday / Moore: Thursday / Duffina: Friday A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were dynamics, quarter/eighth/rest rhythms, pulse, contour, mallet technique.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Three Little Muffins, Must Be Halloween, Funeral March of a Marionette, and Skin and Bones. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Elements (1), Musical Performance (4.2 4.3), Evaluate Musical Works (8)

This week the 2nd graders started their soccer unit in PE. The objectives for this week were kicking a moving ball with the inside of their foot, dribbling with control, and receiving a ball with both feet. To practice, these skills students played soccer noodle tag and 3 player kickball.    1.10.2 a/b,. 1.11.2,1.12.2

This week in Spanish, the second grade continued working with their first official unit of words: La Comida y Las Bebidas (Food and Drinks). In class students practiced their words with a vocabulary match game. Students reviewed the verbs “comer=to eat” and “beber=to drink”. For work time, students finished building their own t-chart where they categorized the food into two categories: Me gusta comer/ No me gusta comer. Practice at Home: Food and Drinks Quizlet Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 3.1 Vocabulary


Third Grade

This week in Art, Third grade students continued working on their La Catrina sculpture project using model magic. They used their sketchbooks while brainstorming their design for the La Catrina sculpture. The students enjoyed mixing primary color model magic to create a variety of colors.  Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.2)

In Computer Science this week, Third Grade students reviewed the mouse and associated functions by watching the BrainPop video Computer Mouse. Following the video, students used their knowledge to complete the worksheet inside of BrainPop. Fast Finishers were invited to play a game on BrainPop. The objective of this lesson was to reinforce the functions of the mouse such as left click, right click, single click, double click, and pointer shapes. Third Grade students, that missed computer science due to the fall festival last week, demonstrated their knowledge of computer components with worksheets and a group discussion. Students had the opportunity to complete the ABCYa game “Find the Technology.” The purpose of this lesson is to reinforce the students’ knowledge of computer components. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-01 Describe How Internal and External Parts Form a System 

This week in Library, Third Graders listened to the story, “Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin. Students discussed the perspectives of the worm and the spider and described their non-human characteristics. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Third grade check-out days are as follows:  Newell: Wednesdays / Shamsen: Thursdays / Warenkiewicz: Fridays A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were ostinato, crossover bordun, choreography and movement, vocal repertoire, and improvisation.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Old Joe Clarke, Harvest Time, and I Went to the Animal Fair.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Elements (1, 2, 3.2) Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5, 6, 9.1) 

This week the 3rd graders started their soccer unit in PE. The objectives for this week were kicking passing and punting a ball dribbling with control and receiving a ball with both feet. Students practiced punting to a partner and also played kickball. 1.10.3 a/b/c , 1.11.3,1.12.3

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working with their first unit of Spanish words in class: “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). Third grade moved on to their lesson on Definite Articles: el, la, los, and las. Students are learning the rules of which definite article to use in front of a noun. Students refreshed their memory on the gender of nouns and how to figure out which gender a noun is in Spanish. In class, students completed a practice activity where they were given 10 nouns and picked which was the correct definite article to use. Students checked their practice work after they were done.  Practice at Home: The Bedroom Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, and 3.1 Vocabulary 


Fourth Grade

This week in Art, Fourth grade students continued working on their Spooky Pumpkin Patch drawing. Students found it challenging but enjoyable to use tinting and shading techniques to draw 3D-shaped pumpkins. They added fun Halloween-themed details to their background to make the drawings even spookier.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (3.1) and Artistic Expression (2.1) 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade students continued to work on their computer models. After a review of computer components, students built the model, labeled the components, and described the function on a piece of large construction paper. The purpose of the lesson is to demonstrate their knowledge of computer hardware. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-02 Model How Computer Hardware and Software Work Together 

This week in Library, Fourth Graders listened to the story, “The Princess Mouse” by Aaron Shepard. Students explored the perspectives of the characters in the story by discussing who the characters were and how they viewed the same situation in different ways. They also began to write down the two-character viewpoints in a graphic organizer. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out Mondays from 8:30-8:55. A2 Including Perspectives / D3 Collaborating Together 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were pitched percussion technique, ensemble practice, half and quarter note pulse, mallet technique, and pitched percussion classification.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Bubble Gum, Oh It Ain’t Gonna Rain, and Click Sticks. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Elements (1.1, 4.2) Musical Performance (6.1, 5.1) Evaluate Musical Works (9.1) 

This week the 4th graders started their soccer unit in PE. The objectives for this week were kicking passing and punting a ball dribbling with control and receiving a ball with both feet. Students practiced punting to a partner, played kickball, and enjoyed competing in our soccer 1vs1 challenge.  1.10.4 a/b/c, 1.11.4,1.12.4

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working with their first chapter “Chapter PE (Para Empezar)” in their textbook.  In class, students practice having mock introduction conversations with Ms. Suarez or their peers. Students learned about titles such as Mr., Mrs., and Ms. Students learned when these titles are used and what different meanings they have when used by themselves or with a last name. Students completed their first practice activity in their notebooks. For this activity, students were read a list of greetings and they categorized them according to what time of the day the greeting would be most appropriate for.  Practice at Home: Ch. PE Greetings and Phrases  Ch. PE Time and Numbers  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary, 1.3 Writing 


Fifth Grade

This week in Art, Fifth-grade students were introduced to different careers in art. They were surprised to find out that there are more than 200 career opportunities in the arts field. Many of them thought of painters and sculptors being representative of ‘typical’ art careers. Throughout the year, students will have opportunities to learn more about various careers in the arts, the first of which will be industrial design. This week, we began looking at industrial designers’ duties and examples of their work. We then decided to design furniture for our project and began brainstorming that process. Measuring Topics: Artistic Expression 2.1 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Graders continued to work on their Book Trailer Project. First, we watched a video from Common Sense Media about Creativity, Copyright and Fair Use. We discussed how to cite a source and why it is important to give proper credit, even when we do not use official writing citations. Then students worked on their Book Trailer. Measurement Topic: Use public domain or creative commons media, and refrain from copying or using without permission. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders continued to work on their book trailer project in class. They continued to fill out the writing assignment and answered all the questions on it. NOTE: Please have your child return their books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out Thursdays from 8:30-8:55. A4 Selecting Resources / D3 Collaborating Together 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were listening, ensemble repertoire, ukulele technique, and vocal patterns.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: C and Am chord on ukulele, strumming patterns, strumming the chords while singing simple vocal patterns, and journaling.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Elements (1, 3.1), Musical Performance (4.1, 4.2, 5, 6) Evaluate Musical Works (7.1, 7.2, 8, 9)

This week the 5th graders started their soccer unit in PE. The objectives for this week were kicking passing and punting a ball dribbling with control and receiving a ball with both feet. Students practiced punting to a partner, played kickball, and enjoyed competing in our soccer 1vs1 challenge.   1.10.5,1.11.5,1.12.5

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with their first chapter “Chapter PE (Para Empezar)” in their textbook. In class students reviewed key terms with a vocabulary matching game. Students practiced saying their vocabulary words out loud to help improve Spanish fluency. This week students completed practice activity #1 in their Spanish notebooks. In this activity students were read a description. Students then picked which character the description matched. Students used their book to help them. After this activity students started working on their Draw it Out: Adjectives.  Practice at Home: Chapter 1B Quizlet   Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, and 3.1 Vocabulary

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Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students enjoyed learning about different types of lines. First, we read the book Let’s Play by Herve Tullet. We then experimented with making different kinds of lines by folding, bending, twisting, and cutting strips of paper. Finally, we put the strips together to create a fun line playground.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1) 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten students began learning about parts of the computer by watching a video on Brain Pop Jr, Parts of the Computer. Students then practiced their skills with a worksheet identifying the parts of a laptop and desktop computer. The objective of this lesson was to engage students in a discussion and demonstration of physical components for laptops and personal computers. Due to the fall festival, specialist classes are cancelled on Thursday and Friday. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-02 Use Appropriate Terminology in Identifying and Describing Hardware 

This week in Library, Kindergartners had the opportunity to browse the online Scholastic Book Fair with Ms. Whalen! Students also listened to the story “Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell, which is a book that can be found on the online Scholastic Book Fair website. NOTE: there was no Kindergarten library check-out this week due to the Fall Festival on Thursday and Friday. Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: Bernal & Palladino: Thursdays / Huss & Roseland: Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, phrase, dramatic play, unpitched percussion technique, body awareness, improvisation, following a conductor, and same versus different.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Going to the Farm, Listen to the Pigs, This Little Pig, Hop on One Foot, Piggies, and the Color Game. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1,2,3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5) 

This week in PE the Kindergartners continued their throwing and catching unit. Students were assessed on both their underhand and overhand throws as well as catching a ball after it bounces twice. Students demonstrated their skills by playing corn hole and topple the tower.  P.E. 1.6.k, P.E.1.7k, PE.1.8.k(Manipulative skills) Assessment- formative observation 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with their first official unit of vocabulary words: Days of the Week. In class students practiced saying the words with Ms. Suarez and then played a matching game to help with word recognition. Students also practiced singing their days of the week song. This week students added three keywords that will be used when talking about the days of the week: hoy (today), ayer (yesterday), and manana (tomorrow). These words will be used every class and as a part of calendar time. Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 3.1 Vocabulary


First Grade

This week at Art, First-grade students continued to work on their Amate paintings using watercolors. Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.1) 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade Students held a group discussion about the parts of the computer. Students began the lesson with a teacher-led demonstration of physical computer parts. Then the students completed worksheets about internal and external computer components. This lesson was designed to help students identify the parts of the computer and understand their function. Due to the fall festival, specialist classes are cancelled on Thursday and Friday. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-02 Use Appropriate Terminology in Identifying and Describing Hardware

This week in Library, First Graders had the opportunity to browse the online Scholastic Book Fair with Ms. Whalen! Students also listened to the story “Pig the Monster” by Aaron Blabey, which is a book that can be found on the online Scholastic Book Fair website. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. First grade check-out days are as follows: Roberts: Wednesdays / Jenson: Thursdays / Suddendorf: Thursdays / Luckey: Thursdays / Carver: Fridays 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were silence equals rest, Ta/rest, improvisation, up versus down, phrase, and steady pulse.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Little Richard’s version of Itsy-Bitsy Spider, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, Eency-Weency Spider on Mallet Instruments, Muffin Man, and Big Black Cats.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1, 2,3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5) 

This week in PE the 1st graders concluded their throwing and catching unit. Students were assessed on both their underhand and overhand throws as well as catching objects at different heights. Students demonstrated their skills by playing corn hole and topple the tower.   P.E. 1.6.1a/b, P.E.1.7.1, PE.1.8.1(Manipulative skills) Assessment- summative   

This week in Spanish, first grade students participated in calendar time. During calendar time, students answer questions about the days of the week, months, emotions, and weather. This week students reviewed the newest question and topic to calendar time. Students reviewed the seasons in Spanish—Las Estaciones. This week students also reviewed emotions and added their emotion question to calendar time.  Calendar time is almost complete, the only topic they are missing is weather and it will be slowly added as the year progresses. First grade classes moved on to their first official unit of vocabulary words “the fruits”. Students focused on looking, saying, and clapping the fruit names in Spanish. Clapping out the word helps students break the word down into syllables. Students also looked at the function of accent marks in Spanish words and the difference between letter ene (n) and letter enye (ñ).  Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet  | The Fruits Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension, and 3.1 Vocabulary


Second Grade

This week at Art, second-grade students learned about the graphic designer Aaron Draplin and created collage landscapes inspired by the artist. We were inspired by the “Thick Lines” prints from his graphic designs. In his designs, he puts shades of thick lines together to create a layered landscape composition. The second graders learned to overlap layers of shades to create depth in their landscape collage. They had a great time cutting and pasting paper to create masterpieces. Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1, 3) 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade students participated in a group discussion and demonstration of the parts of the computer. After the discussion, students put their knowledge to work with computer component worksheets. This lesson was designed to introduce the students to the hardware components. Due to the fall festival, specialist classes are cancelled on Thursday and Friday. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-02 Use Appropriate Terminology in Identifying and Describing Hardware

This week in Library, Second Grade had the opportunity to browse the online Scholastic Book Fair with Ms. Whalen! Students also listened to the story “The Couch Potato” by Jory John, which is a book that can be found on the online Scholastic Book Fair website. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Second grade check-out days are as follows: Koski: Tuesday / Kolb: Wednesday / Moore: Thursday / Duffina: Friday 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were repertoire, improvisation, half-note, ostinato, pitched percussion classification (metal vs. wood), and sol-mi vocal intervals.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Harvest Song, Traffic Lights on Mallet Instruments, 2-4-6-8, and Down in the Valley. Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1,2, 3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5), Evaluate Musical Works (7.2, 8, 9)

This week in PE the 2nd graders concluded their throwing and catching unit. Students were assessed on both their underhand and overhand throws as well as catching objects at different heights. Students demonstrated their skills by playing corn hole and topple the tower.  Standards- P.E. 1.6.2a/b, P.E.1.7.2,P.E.1.8.2 (Manipulative skills) Assessment- summative 

This week in Spanish, second grade continued working with their first official unit of words: La Comida y Las Bebidas (Food and Drinks). This unit of words is a continuation of “Las Frutas y Las Verduras” (Fruits and Veggies) from first grade. This week second grade finished writing the words, saying the words, and coloring pictures associated with their vocabulary words. This week students learned two verbs associated with food and drinks. Students learned the verb “comer=to eat” and “beber=to drink”. Students will be using these verbs to add more context to a sentence they learned to write in 1st grade. The sentence “Me gusta____. = “I like ___” will now be “Me gusta comer ____. = I like to eat_____.” For work time, students are building their own t-chart where they categorize the food into two categories: Me gusta comer/ No me gusta comer. This activity will prepare them for writing sentences.  Practice at Home: Food and Drinks Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1:1.2 Reading Comprehension, and 3.1 Vocabulary


Third Grade

This week at Art, third grade students had a great time working on their La Catrina sculptures with model magic. First, we learned about Día de los Muertos. The holiday, which is celebrated in Mexico as well as other Latin American countries on November 1 and 2, is similar to a family reunion—except dead ancestors are the guests of honor. The Day of the Dead is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memories. We used model magic to create skeletons—ranging from a hot dog seller to a lady in a beautiful dress—doing fun, everyday activities. We will continue working on this project for the next couple of weeks. Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.2)  

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade students demonstrated their knowledge of computer components with worksheets and a group discussion. Students had the opportunity to complete the ABCYa game “Find the Technology.” The purpose of this lesson is to reinforce the students’ knowledge of computer components. Due to the fall festival, specialist classes are cancelled on Thursday and Friday. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-01 Describe How Internal and External Parts Form a System 

This week in Library, Third Grade had the opportunity to browse the online Scholastic Book Fair with Ms. Whalen! In addition to browsing the online Book Fair, students also listened to Chapter 1 of “Cat Kid Comic Club” by Dav Pilkey, which is a book that can be found on the online Scholastic Book Fair website. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Third grade check-out days are as follows: Newell: Wednesdays / Shamsen: Thursdays / Warenkiewicz: Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were canon/round, pulse, vocal ostinato, broken bordun, improvisation, and AB form.  These activities were explored through the following activities: Four Beats After, Remember Me, La Raspa, and Mary Lost Her Coat.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1,2,3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 4.3, 5) 

This week in PE the 3rd graders concluded their throwing and catching unit. Students were assessed on both their underhand and overhand throws as well as catching objects at different heights. Students demonstrated their skills by playing corn hole, topple the tower and team dodgeball. Standards- P.E. 1.6.3a/b, P.E.1.7.3, 1.8.3a/b (Manipulative skills) Assessment – summative   

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working with their first new unit of Spanish words in class: “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). Some third-grade classes finished writing and coloring their vocabulary sheet for “El Dormitorio”. This vocabulary sheet has all their words and is kept in their binder to use in class as a resource. Some classes moved on to their lesson on Definite Articles: el, la, los, and las. Students are learning the rules of which definite article to use in front of a noun. Students refreshed their memory on the gender of nouns and how to figure out which gender a noun is in Spanish. Practice at Home: The Bedroom Quizlet  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.3 Writing, 3.1 Vocabulary


Fourth Grade

This week at Art, fourth-grade students learned about using value to make an object look 3D and pop out of a 2D surface. First, we compared two still life paintings by two different artists. Then we discussed the reason why one painting looked more 3D than the other: What gives it the illusion of depth? We also talked about value in art. Value is the relative lightness (tinting) or darkness (shading) of a color; we can use value to create the illusion of depth. After learning about and exploring the meaning of value in art, we started on our Pumpkin Patch drawing with oil pastels.  Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (3.1) and Artistic Expression (2.1) 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade students began working on their computer models. After a review of computer components, students built the model, labeled the components, and described the function on a piece of large construction paper. The purpose of the lesson is to demonstrate their knowledge of computer hardware. Due to the fall festival, specialist classes are cancelled on Thursday and Friday. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-02 Model How Computer Hardware and Software Work Together 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade had the opportunity to browse the online Scholastic Book Fair with Ms. Whalen! Fourth-Grade students also wrote down books they were interested in and made a wish list to take home. NOTE: Please have your child return their library books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out Mondays from 8:30-8:55. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were mallet ensemble techniques, quarter/half note pulse, vocal repertoire, improvisation, and timbre description.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Click Sticks, Oh, It Ain’t Gonna Rain, Pitched Percussion Assessment, and Sagidi Sapopo.  Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1,2,3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 5, 6) 

This week in PE the 4th graders concluded their throwing and catching unit. Students were assessed on both their underhand and overhand throws as well as catching objects at different heights. Students demonstrated their skills by playing corn hole, topple the tower, and team dodgeball.  Standards- P.E. 1.6.4a/b , P.E.1.7.4 a/b/ P.E. 1.8.4a/b ( Manipulative skills) Assessment – summative

This week in Spanish, fourth grade started working with their first chapter “Chapter PE (Para Empezar)” in their textbook. Chapter PE is a medley chapter meaning it covers more than one topic and is more of a refresh than learning brand new concepts. In this chapter, students will cover greetings, numbers, conversational phrases, and time.  Students will be working with the following goals in this chapter: 

  • Greet people at different times of the day 
  • Introduce yourself and learn about others 
  • Ask questions about new words or phrases 
  • Ask or talk about things found in the classroom 

In class students read three dialogues. Then students worked on breaking down the conversations, students jotted down keywords in their Spanish notebook.  Practice at Home: Ch. PE Greetings and Phrases  Ch. PE Time and Numbers  Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary


Fifth Grade

Fifth grade Art has been canceled this week due to the Fall Festival. 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade students continue to work on their book trailer project. The project is due October 29th. The PowerPoint describing the assignment is located in Teams, along with the Flow Chart and Credit pages. Fifth Grade students attended class through REACH this week. Due to the fall festival, specialist classes are canceled on Thursday and Friday. Measurement Topic: 1B-IC-21 

This week in the Library, Fifth Grade students had the opportunity to browse the online Scholastic Book Fair with Ms. Whalen! Fifth Graders also listened to Chapter 1 of the story, “Ground Zero” by Alan Gratz, which is a book that can be found on the online Scholastic Book Fair website. NOTE: Please have your child return their books next week to check out a new one. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out Thursdays from 8:30-8:55. 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ukulele technique, improvisation, composition, and repertoire.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: two string melodies, singing and plucking Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and composing a melody on one or two strings. Explore Musical Concepts (1, 2, 3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 5, 6) 

The week in PE the 5th graders designed and led fitness routines using Teams. They were asked to come up with 4-5 different exercises to create a full-body workout using both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. Students demonstrated leadership skills when demonstrating their routines to their classmates.  (REACH) P.E.5.1.5, 5.2.5, P.E.3.6.5 (Value of physical activity and fitness)  Assessment – none  

This week fifth grade did not have Spanish class since school was canceled on Monday 10/11 and class was canceled on 10/14 and 10/15 for Fall Festival. Students will continue working with Chapter 1B next week.