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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.  

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KindergartenFirst GradeSecond GradeThird Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

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Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a wonderful time drawing Owls with letter Us, Os and Vs after reading The Little White Owl, by Tracey Corderoy. It is an adorable story about acceptance and children loved listening to this story. After reading the story, we spent time looking for lines, shapes, and letters from a picture of an owl and started working on our own with oil pastels. Students were very proud of their creations!  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergartners tested their knowledge of proper log on and off procedures with an observation. Then we practiced with Keyboarding Without Tears. At the end of class, students navigated closing all the windows and putting their computer to sleep. This observation was designed to test and reinforce the students’ knowledge of our log off procedures so we keep our information private.  Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 Keep Login Information Private and Log Off Appropriately

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story, “Library Books Are NOT For Eating!” by Todd Tarpley. Kindergartners completed an assessment by listening to Ms. Whalen read a book care do and don’t sentence and deciding if the sentence was a ‘book care do’ or ‘book care don’t’ and circling it. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: Bernal & Palladino: Thursdays / Huss & Roseland: Fridays  A:4 Selecting Resources – Book Care

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, pulse against rhythm, unpitched percussion technique, fast versus slow, same versus different, and steady pulse.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Clap Your Name, Going to the Farm, Listen to the Cows, Hey Billy Martin, Milk Bucket Boogie, the Color Game, and Hey Diddle Diddle, and Journaling.  Kindergarten 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 Kindergarten objectives in PE were to demonstrate mature patterns in locomotor skills in isolating, to demonstrate emerging patterns running, jumping, hopping, skipping, and galloping as well as continuing to practice both the underhand and overhand throws. To practice these motor skills the kindergartners played the floor is lava, rock paper scissors popsicle stick run, and bean bag toss.   Standards P.E. 1.1.K a /b  (Motor Skills) and P.E. 1.6K,1.7.K( Manipulative Skills) 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten reviewed their basic Spanish greetings such as: Buenos Dias (Good Morning), Buenas Tardes (Good afternoon), and Buenas Noches (Good Night). This week kindergarten started their first official unit of vocabulary words: Days of the Week. Students focused on looking, saying, and clapping the Spanish days of the week. Clapping out the word helps student break the word down into syllables. Students listened to a song and are learning how to sing their days of the week song in Spanish. For practice work, students are tracing and writing the days of the week.  Practice at Home: Basic Spanish Greetings Quizlet  Days of the Week Quizlet  


First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about the history of Papel Amate Paintings, and analyzed unique characteristics and styles used by the artists of Latin America. We looked at patterns and designs of their style of art and started working on creating a visual representation of Papel Amate Bark Painting using similar colors, symbols and subject matter. Measurement Topic: Evaluate Artistic Works (7.1) 

This week in Computer Science, First Graders practiced logging into their personal accounts through the grade level log in. Next, students navigated to the Word program to complete their Pumpkin project from last week. Afterwards, students used the Paint program to create a ghost. The objective of this lesson is to feature the reason we select programs for our tasks. The purpose of this lesson was to recognize that each program serves a purpose and helps us complete our tasks.  Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-01 Select and operate appropriate software 

This week in Library, First Graders listened to the story, “The Elf Shelf” by Jackie Mims Hopkins. First Grade students then read a take home book called, “How to Take Care of Your Library Books”. Students completed an assessment by listening to Ms. Whalen read sentences about ‘book care dos and don’ts’ and circled if it was a correct or incorrect way to treat a book. First grade check-out days are as follows: Roberts: Wednesdays / Jenson: Thursdays / Suddendorf: Thursdays / Luckey: Thursdays / Carver: Fridays  A:4 Selecting Resources –Book Care

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were sol-mi vocal patterns, steady pulse, up versus down, sound versus silence, mallet technique, music from Latin America, and vocal repertoire.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: The Muffin Man, Saw Saw Away, Hickory Dickory Dock, Legs and All, Journaling, and Itsy-Bitsy Spider.   First Grade 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 1st-grade objectives in PE were to demonstrate mature patterns in locomotor skills in isolating, to demonstrate mature patterns running, jumping, hopping, skipping, and galloping as well as continuing to practice both the underhand and overhand throws. To practice these motor skills the 1st graders played the floor is lava, rock paper scissors popsicle stick run, and bean bag toss.  Standards P.E. 1.1.1 (Motor Skills) and P.E. 1.6.1a/b,1.7.1( Manipulative Skills) 

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 added a new question and topic to calendar time. Students are learning about the seasons in Spanish—Las Estaciones. In class students practice the seasons with Ms. Suarez and listened to a song on the seasons. For work this week, students completed their Days of the Week Ice-Cream cones they started last week. Some first grade classes moved on to their first official unit of vocabulary words “the fruits”.  Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet  The Fruits Quizlet  First Grade Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 3.1 Vocabulary 


Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a wonderful time receiving their sketchbooks and started working on it. We learned how artists use sketchbooks to draw from their observations, take notes, write down an idea that might come to mind, and practice new skills. After learning about the purpose of it, students decorate their sketchbooks, wrote about themselves, and picked one idea from the sketchbook prompts to draw. Students will be using their sketchbooks throughout the year and will be able to see their progress and how their ideas came alive through their creations. Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concept (1.1), and Artistic Expression (1.2) 

This week in Computer Science, Second Graders continued or began the Me on a Map project. All students learned how to add transitions and move the slide order around. The students that did not meet last week watched the read aloud of Me on a Map by Joan Sweeney. Students explored Google Earth: searching for their home city, state, country, and world. Students will begin to make a PowerPoint presentation which will include photographs from Google Earth. The lesson objectives include selecting and using appropriate software for our task, adding pictures to our power point presentation, and adding text to our slides. The objective of this lesson is to learn to use a variety of programs to complete our assignment, familiarizing ourselves with Google Earth and Microsoft PowerPoint. Measurement Topic: 1A-CS-01 Select and operate appropriate software

This week in Library, Second Graders listened to the book, “Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen. Second graders completed a book care assessment called “Do You Know How to Take Care of Your Library Books?” and decided if the sentences on each page were a ‘book care do’ or ‘book care don’t’ and circled the answer. Then they cut out pictures and glued them to either the Taking Care of Books or NOT Taking Care of Books side of the page. Second grade check-out days are as follows:  Koski: Tuesday / Kolb: Wednesday / Moore: Thursday / Duffina: Friday A:4 Selecting Resources - Book Care 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were pulse, sol-la-mi vocal patterns, half note, vocal repertoire, music and culture, and quarter/eighth note rhythms.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Draw a Bucket of Water, Rhythm Game with Instruments, Journaling, and Traffic Lights. Second Grade 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 2nd-grade objectives in PE were to demonstrate a sequence of locomotor skills transitioning from one skill to another as well as continuing to practice both the underhand and overhand throws. To practice these motor skills the 2nd graders played the floor is lava, rock paper scissors popsicle stick run, bean bag toss, and target timber.   Standards- P.E. 1.1.2 (Motor Skills)  P.E. 1.6.2a/b, P.E.1.7.2 (Manipulative skills)

This week in Spanish, the second grade started 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. Students started by remembering words from first grade in a bubble map activity and then moved on to working with their new words. This week second grade is writing the words, saying the words, and coloring pictures associated with their vocabulary words.  Practice at Home: Food and Drinks Quizlet  2nd Grade Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.3 Writing, 3.1 Vocabulary 


Third Grade

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a wonderful time receiving their sketchbooks and started working on them. We learned how artists use sketchbooks to draw from their observations, take notes, write down an idea that might come to mind, and practice new skills. After learning about the purpose of it, students decorate their sketchbooks, wrote about themselves, and picked one idea from the sketchbook prompts to draw. Students will be using their sketchbooks throughout the year and will be able to see their progress and how their ideas came alive through their creations. Measurement Topic:  Evaluate Artistic Works (7.1)  

This week in Computer Science, Third Graders practiced typing skills while learning definitions for vocabulary words: input, output, hardware, software, RAM, hard drive, power supply, and CPU. Students were invited to a hands-on exploration of the internal parts of a real computer. Third Grade classes, that were not in session the previous week, watched the BrainPOP video “Computers” and “Computer Mouse.” Fast Finishers were invited to play the ABCYa game “Find the Technology.” The objective of our lesson was to build our knowledge on hardware components of the computer and how they work together to make a computer system. Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-01 Describe how internal and external parts of computing devices function

This week in Library, Third Graders listened to the book, “The Wonderful Thing About Hiccups” by Cece Meng. Third Graders completed a book care assessment called “Do You Know How to Take Care of Your Library Books?” by cutting out pictures and gluing them to either Taking Care of Books or NOT Taking Care of Books side of the page. Third grade check-out days are as follows:  Newell: Wednesdays / Shamsen: Thursdays / Warenkiewicz: Fridays A:4 Selecting Resources - Book Care

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were half/quarter rhythm patterns, steady pulse, vocal repertoire, pulse assessment on quarter/half/whole notes, mi-re-do vocal patterns, music from Latin America, and AB form.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Rhythm Game, Flashcards, A Rig-A-Jigjig, Journaling, and Down to the Baker’s Shop. Third Grade 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 3rd-grade objectives in PE were non-locomotor and locomotor skills, underhand and overhand throwing as well as catching. Students played a variety of small, sided games including sink the ship, box ball, and team dodge ball to practice these skills. The 3rd graders were also challenged to think about offensive and defensive strategies in all team activities.   P.E. 1.6.3a/b, P.E.1.7.3 (Manipulative skills) P.E.1.1.3a/b,1.2.3(Motor Skills) P.E.2.4.3(Movement concepts) 

This week in Spanish, third grade started their first new unit of Spanish words in class. Students started working with “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). One of the biggest goals of third grade is to learn and be able to describe a home in terms of furniture, room, and location. Students learned the words for bedroom, television, bed, pillow, and so many more. Students worked on filling out their vocabulary sheet for “El Dormitorio in class. Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the word and then practiced their pronunciation with her.  Practice at Home: The Bedroom Quizlet  3rd Grade Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.3 Writing, 3.1 Vocabulary   


Fourth Grade

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a wonderful time receiving their sketchbooks and started working on it. We learned how artists use sketchbooks to draw from their observations, take notes, write down an idea that might come to mind, and practice new skills. After learning about the purpose of it, students decorate their sketchbooks, wrote about themselves, and picked one idea from the sketchbook prompts to draw. Students will be using their sketchbooks throughout the year and will be able to see their progress and how their ideas came alive through their creations.   Measurement Topic: Explore Artistic Concepts (1.1) 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade students discussed the parts of the computer and how the hardware “talks” to the software. In class, we watched videos from Code.Org about “What makes a computer a computer?” “Hardware and Software,” and “Input, Processing, Storage, and Output.” The videos can be accessed here. Students began planning a model for how the different components work as a system. Students will label the components and state the function (input, output, storage.)  Measurement Topic: 1B-CS-02 Model how computer hardware and software work together

This week in Library, Fourth Graders reviewed the CHA online catalog. They completed an assessment and answered questions about how to locate the title, author, call number, section of the library, AR level, and availability of a book in the CHA library. NOTE: Fourth-grade classes have library once a week. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out Mondays from 8:30-8:55.  A:4 Selecting Resources – On-line Catalog (assessment) 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were Ti-Ta-Ti syncopation, AB form, eighth/quarter/half/whole note review, pitched and unpitched percussion technique, music and culture, and ensemble skills.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Shake the Papaya Down, Rhythm Game, Click Sticks, and Journaling.   Fourth Grade Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1,2,3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 5, 6), Evaluate Musical Works (7.2, 8, 9) 

This week the 4th-grade objectives in PE were non-locomotor and locomotor skills, underhand and overhand throwing as well as catching. Students played a variety of small, sided games including sink the ship, box ball, and team dodge ball to practice these skills. The 4th graders were also challenged to think about and demonstrate offensive and defensive strategies in all team activities. P.E. 1.6.4a/b, P.E.1.7.4(Manipulative skills) P.E.1.1.4a/b,1.2.3(Motor Skills) P.E.2.4.4(Movement concepts)

This week in Spanish, the fourth grade started working with their Spanish textbook “Realidades”. Students were introduced to the key parts of their textbook: glossary, index, and world maps. Students dived into their first chapter “Chapter PE (Para Empezar)” in their textbook. The introduction to their chapter focused on “Why Study Spanish?” and “How can you improve your Spanish?”. Students watched a video on how learning Spanish is advantageous and were given a tour of the “Spanish Resource” page on the CHA school website.  Practice at Home: Ch. PE Greetings and Phrases  Ch. PE Time and Numbers  4th Grade Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary


Fifth Grade

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a wonderful time receiving their sketchbooks and started working on it. We learned how artists use sketchbooks to draw from their observations, take notes, write down an idea that might come to mind and practice new skills. After learning about the purpose of it, students decorate their sketchbooks, wrote about themselves, and picked one idea from the sketchbook prompts to draw. Students will be using their sketchbooks throughout the year and will be able to see their progress and how their ideas came alive through their creations. Measurement Topic: Artistic Expression (2.1), Explore Artistic Concepts (2.2), and Evaluate Artistic Works (5.1)   

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: 1B-IC-21 Use public domain or creative commons media and refrain from copying or using without permission. Measurement Topic: 1B-IC-21 Use public domain or creative commons media and refrain from copying or using without permission.

This week in Library, Fifth Graders reviewed the CHA online catalog. They completed an assessment and answered questions about how to locate the title, author, call number, section of the library, AR level, and availability of a book in the CHA library.  Fifth Graders also began working on their book trailer project by filling out the book trailer questions and drawing their flow chart for Movie Maker. NOTE: Fifth-grade classes have library once a week. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out Thursdays from 8:30-8:55. A:4 Selecting Resources / D:6 Investigating Ideas – Online Catalog (assessment) / Book Trailer Project 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were sixteenth/eighth/quarter/half/whole note review, ukulele technique, music and culture, and ensemble techniques. These objectives were explored through ukulele instruction and performance, the Rhythm Game, and Journaling.  Fifth Grade Anchor Standards: Explore Musical Concepts (1, 2, 3.2), Musical Performance (4.2, 5, 6), Evaluate Musical Works (7.2, 8, 9) 

This week the 5th-grade objectives in PE were non-locomotor and locomotor skills, underhand and overhand throwing as well as catching. Students played a variety of small, sided games including sink the ship, box ball, and team dodge ball to practice these skills. The 5th graders were also challenged to think about and demonstrate offensive and defensive strategies in all team activities.   P.E. 1.6.5a/b, P.E.1.7.5a,b 1.8.5a/b(Manipulative skills) P.E.1.1.4a/b,1.2.3(Motor Skills) P.E.2.4.4(Movement concepts) 

This week in Spanish, fifth grade started working with their Spanish textbook “Realidades”. Students are starting with Chapter 1B. Chapter 1B focuses on the essential question: What are you like? (¿Como eres?). Students will be learning the following topics in this chapter: 

  • Talk about personality traits 
  • Ask and tell what people are like 
  • Use adjectives to describe people 

In class, students dived into the chapter by reading three dialogues and deciphering what the people were saying about themselves. After breaking down the conversations, students jotted down keywords in their Spanish notebooks.  Practice at Home: Chapter 1B Quizlet  5th Grade Measurement Topics: 1.1; 1.2 Spanish Fluency, 1.1; 1.2 Reading Comprehension, 3.1 Vocabulary

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Kindergarten

In Art, Kindergarten students finished with their self-portraits this week! After they color their self-portrait, students used watercolor to paint the background. They explored how watercolor and crayon resist by paint watercolor over crayon. They also had a great time learning about how to hold and use a paint brush and painted on a piece of a construction paper with water. We also observe how water evaporates over time! 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergartners practiced logging in to the grade level computers and then used their Clever badges. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures. Kindergarten Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story, “Forest Friends Go to School” by Kathryn Warner. Kindergartners learned how to take care of a book and created a T-Chart to show the correct and incorrect ways to take care of a book. Kindergartners also listened to the story, “Penelope Popper Book Doctor” by Toni Buzzeo. Kindergartne students completed an assignment where they put an X on items that could be harmful to books and drew their favorite part of the book. NOTE: Kindergarten check-out will begin the week of Monday, October 4th. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: Bernal Thursdays / Palladino Thursdays / Huss Fridays / Roseland Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were long vs. short, unpitched percussion technique and rhythm patterns, same vs. different, steady pulse, free play improvisation and following a conductor.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, Listen to the Hens, Chook Chook, Chicken Dance, Color Game, and Chicken Talk.  

This week in P.E. the Kindergartners recapped using different locomotor skills to move around safely without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. The kindergarten students also began their throwing and catching unit. The objectives this week were to demonstrate an emerging pattern using an underhand throw as well as demonstrating an emerging pattern catching a dropped ball before it bounced twice. Motor Skills 1.1 KA 11.KB , Manipulative Skills 1.6.k,1.8ka,1.8kb 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with the phrase “Yo me llamo…” which means “My name is….”. Students finished working on their “Me llamo Llama”. This week students also learned about basic Spanish greetings such as: Buenos Dias (Good Morning), Buenas Tardes (Good afternoon), and Buenas Noches (Good Night). Students practiced their greetings with a song and then worked on tracing and writing the greetings.  Practice at Home: Basic Spanish Greetings Quizlet  


First Grade

In Art, First Grade students finished with their self-portraits this week! After they color their self-portrait, students used watercolor to paint the background. They explored how watercolor and crayon resist by paint watercolor over crayon.  

This week in Computer Science, First Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.  First Grade Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 

This week in Library, First Graders reviewed how to take care of a book and read “My Book Care Rules” take home book. They also signed the back of the book and made a promise to take care of their library books and return them every week to check out new ones. First grade students also had their first check-out day this week! 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 sol-mi vocal patterns, steady pulse, same versus different up versus down, free play improvisation and fast versus slow.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, I Think Music’s Neat, Hickory Dickory Dock, Clap Clap Clap Your Hands, Two Little Apples, and Moving to the Pulse.  

This week in P.E. the 1st graders recapped using different locomotor skills to move around safely without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. The kindergarten students also began their throwing and catching unit. The objectives this week were to demonstrate an emerging pattern using an underhand throw as well as demonstrating an emerging pattern catching a ball from a self-toss.  Motor Skills 1.1 KA 11.KB , Manipulative Skills 1.6.1,1.8ka,1.81b 

This week in Spanish, first grade students focused on reviewing Spanish basic greetings and days of the week. This will prepare students for calendar time. During calendar time students answer questions about the days of the week, months, emotions, and weather. Students reviewed their days of the week as a class with songs and chants and then reviewed on their own with practice classwork. Practice at Home: Days of the Week Quizlet  


Second Grade

In Art, Second Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned face using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete.

This week in Computer Science, Second Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.  Second Grade Measurement Topic: 1A-IC-18 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story, “A Perfectly Messed-Up Story” by Patrick McDonnell. Second Graders reviewed the proper way to take care of a book. They did this by reading a ‘book care do and don’t sentence’ and placing it under a thumbs up or thumbs down icon. Second grade students also had their first check-out day this week! 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 steady pulse, sol-mi vocal patterns and ta/ti-ti rhythms mallet technique, free play improvisation and vocal repertoire. These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, Charlie Over the Ocean, Rhythmic Flashcards, Ha Ha This Away, Clap Clap Clap Your Hands, and I Can Keep the Beat.   

This week in P.E. the 2nd graders recapped using different locomotor skills to move around safely without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. The kindergarten students also began their throwing and catching unit. The objectives this week were to demonstrate an emerging pattern using an underhand throw as well as demonstrating an emerging pattern catching a ball from a self-toss. Motor Skills 1.1 KA 11.KB , Manipulative Skills 1.6.2,1.82a,1.82b  

This week in Spanish, second grade finished reading a mini-informational story about Hispanic Heritage Month with Ms. Suarez. Students learned about key words like: Hispanic, Heritage, Latin America, and Activist in class. To continue celebrating HHM students read two stories that focused on Hispanic culture and food. Gazpacho for Nacho (Spain) and Mi Comida Latina (Venezuela, El Salavador, and Mexico). Students watched a Brain Pop video on Cesar Chavez and Frida Kahlo. After learning about HHM students started working on their HHM classwork which focuses on having students reflect on what they have learned about.


Third Grade

In Art, Third Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned face using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete. 

This week in Library, Third Graders listened to the story, “Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Book” by Karen Casale. Third Graders reviewed proper library book care and discussed the proper way to take care of library books. Third grade students also had their first check-out day this week! Third grade check-out days are as follows: Newell Wednesdays / Shamsen Thursdays / Warenkiewicz Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were free play improvisation, Sol-mi-la vocal patterns, AB form, pulse, quarter/eighth note rhythm patterns and whole note preparation.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Personal improvisation and exploration time, Talk to Me, Moving to the Pulse, and The Golden Rule.  

This week in Computer Science, Third Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. Also, students have the opportunity to use Flipgrid and respond to the About Me assignment. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.  

This week in P.E. the 3rd graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by recapping the techniques used for the overhand throw. Then played a fun game called Hula Mula which is an underhand throwing and catching game.  Students worked on the 3 key ques of “swing, step, toss” remembering to step with their opposite foot when performing an underhand throw for accuracy.  1.7.3a/b/c, 1.6.3,1.6.3b, 1.8.3  

This week in Spanish, third grade continued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week students focused on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of HHM. This week students focused on learning about specific Spanish speaking countries and some of the influential people that come from these countries. Students participated in a gallery walk. A gallery walk consists of students walking around the class and visiting different stations. Students visited a total of 6 stations, each one a different country. Students learned about Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Puerto Rico, and many more.  The most shocking fun fact students reacted to was the amount of volcanoes that Chile has.  


Fourth Grade

In Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned face using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued reviewing the CHA on-line catalog by completing a Library Challenge. The Library Challenge asked students to search the on-line catalog to answer questions about book authors, call numbers, and where each section of the library is at CHA. NOTE: this week Ms. Alessi’s class came to Open Library to check out books. Please remind your child to look on the CHA online catalog to find books that interest them and then they can request a book from me on Teams, if it is not their Open Library week. The Open Library schedule is as follows: Alessi / Balachandran / Fox / Welge 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. Also, students have the opportunity to use Flipgrid and respond to the About Me assignment. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures. 

The week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were free play improvisation, vocal repertoire, canon/round, and AB form.  These objectives were explored through the following activities: Sagidi Sapopo, AB Form in Movement, Personal improvisation and exploration time, and I Want to Rise.  

This week in P.E. the 4th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by recapping the techniques used for the overhand throw. Then played a fun game called Hula Mula which is an underhand throwing and catching game.  Students worked on the 3 key ques of “swing, step, toss” remembering to step with their opposite foot when performing an underhand throw for accuracy.  Manipulative Skills- 1.7.4a/b/c, 1.6.4,1.6.4b, 1.8.4    

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week students focused on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of HHM. This week students focused on learning about specific Spanish speaking countries and some of the influential people that come from these countries. Students participated in a gallery walk. A gallery walk consists of students walking around the class and visiting different stations. Students visited a total of 6 stations, each one a different country. Students learned about Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Puerto Rico, and many more.  The most shocking fun fact students reacted to was that Guatemala created the first ever chocolate bar. 


Fifth Grade

In Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on their self-portraits this week. They put a lot of effort into drawing proportioned faces using four quadrants. They will continue putting more details and color their self-portraits to complete. 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Graders logged into the grade level credentials on the classroom set of laptops and used their Clever badge to log into Office 365. While keeping their information private, each student used their personal badge to log in to Clever. Using the Clever page, the students navigated to the Office 365 app, checked their email, and accepted all Teams invite from their teachers. Also, students have the opportunity to use Flipgrid and respond to the About Me assignment. The objective of this lesson was to review the username and password procedures.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students were introduced to their first book project of the year, the book trailer project that aligns with Computer Science! Fifth Graders discussed the book trailer project in detail and brainstormed books they have read. NOTE: this week Mrs. Rafferty’s class came to Open Library to check out books. Please remind your child to look on the CHA online catalog to find books that interest them and then they can request a book from me on Teams, if it is not their Open Library week. The Open Library schedule is as follows: Rafferty / Taylor  

This week in P.E. the 5th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by recapping the techniques used for the overhand throw. Then played a fun game called Hula Mula which is an underhand throwing and catching game.  Students worked on the 3 key ques of “ swing, step, toss” remembering to step with their opposite foot when performing an underhand throw for accuracy.  Manipulative Skills- 1.7.5a/b/c, 1.6.5,1.6.b, 1.8.5  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Last week students focused on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of HHM. This week students focused on learning about specific Spanish speaking countries and some of the influential people that come from these countries. Students participated in a gallery walk. A gallery walk consists of students walking around the class and visiting different stations. Students visited a total of 6 stations, each one a different country. Students learned about Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Puerto Rico, and many more.  The most shocking fact students reacted to was that Guatemala had the highest rate of illiterate adults. This led to a discussion about education in countries where there is poverty like Guatemala.  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were free play improvisation, ukulele technique and responding to artistic work.  Fifth graders started their ukulele units by learning how the instrument works and how to properly get the instrument in tune.  Students also continued to journal to music selections to strengthen their own abilities and opinions in interpreting music. Finally, students had time for personal exploration, experimentation, and improvisation with different combinations of instruments found in the music room.  

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Kindergarten

This week in Art, the kindergarten students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering kindergarten anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas and work). We also will be practicing color mixing to make our own skin color and handling art supplies safely. 

This week in Computer Science, the Kindergarteners reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. They listened to the story, “Pete the Cat Checks Out the Library” by James Dean. Kindergartners discussed similarities between Pete the Cat’s Library and the CHA library. Students also listened to the story, “The New LiBEARian” by Alison Donald. NOTE: Kindergarten check-out will begin the week of Monday, October 4th. This is so students can learn library check-out procedures and expectations. Kindergarten check-out days are as follows: 

Bernal: Thursdays | Palladino: Thursdays | Huss: Fridays | Roseland: Fridays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were establishing a routine, vocal tone production, rhythm patterns, unpitched percussion technique, uninterrupted listening, high versus low, and same versus different.  These concepts were explored through the following activities: Welcome Boys and Girls, Going to the Farm Listen to the Ducks, Little Ducks, Old MacDonald, Goosey Goosey Gander, Honk, and journaling during a violin/piano duo trying to identify number and types of instruments. 

This week in P.E. the Kindergartners recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their locomotor and non-locomotor skills unit. Students demonstrated moving safely in a variety of different ways without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students learned about their class materials and Spanish folder. Students were introduced to the greeting “Hola amigos” which means “Hello friends”. Students were also introduced to the question ¿Como te llamas? which means “What is your name”. Students worked on their “Yo me llamo...” worksheet and then colored. Students also started working on their “Yo me llamo…Llama”. They will finish their llamas next week.  


First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the first-grade anchor standard 1 (generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work), anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas), and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). Students will practice drawing their self-portraits from studying their facial features carefully. They also will practice color mixing to make their own skin color and handling art supplies safely. These three anchor standards will be practiced throughout the year with different art projects. 

This week in Computer Science, the First Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well. 

This week in Library, First Graders reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. First Graders listened to the story, “The Librarian from the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler. Students discussed the differences between the library in the book and the CHA library. They also practiced how to check out books to get ready for the first week of checkout. NOTE: First Grade check-out will begin the week of Monday, September 20th. 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 steady pulse, unpitched percussion technique, same versus different, and high and low voice.  These concepts were explored through the following activities: Welcome Back to School, Move and Freeze, Hello There, Baby Baby Birdies, journaling during a violin/piano duo trying to identify numbers and types of instruments. 

This week in P.E. the 1st graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their locomotor and non-locomotor skills unit. Students demonstrated moving safely in a variety of different ways without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. 

This week in Spanish, the first grade discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students learned about their class materials and the importance of keeping all materials tidy and organized. Students worked on their “All About Me” Book while Ms. Suarez walked around and got to know each student more by reading their book. This week students focused on reviewing Spanish basic phrases and greetings such as: hola, adios, como estas, como te llamas, and me llamo. Students will continue working with these words next week. 


Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the second-grade anchor standard 1 (generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work), anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas), and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). Students will practice drawing their self-portraits by studying their facial features carefully. They also will practice color mixing to make their own skin color and handling art supplies safely. These anchor standards will be practiced throughout the year with multiple art projects. 

This week in Computer Science, the Second Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students explored the library and discovered new books to read. They also reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. Second Graders listened to the story, “The Library Dragon” by Carmen Agra Deedy. They also practiced how to check out books to get ready for the first week of checkout. NOTE: Second Grade check-out will begin the week of Monday, September 20th. 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 rhythm patterns, phrase, vocal repertoire, mallet technique, AB form, and pulse.  These concepts were explored through the following activities: call and response patterns, Ha Ha This Away, Vacation Fun, Go! Go! Go!, and journaling during a violin/piano duo trying to identify numbers and types of instruments. 

This week in P.E. the 2nd graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their locomotor and non-locomotor skills unit. Students demonstrated moving safely in a variety of different ways without colliding with other students and maintaining balance and control. 

This week in Spanish, the second grade discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students worked on making their “Todo Sobre Mi” banner to hang up in the Spanish class. The “Todo Sobre Mi” was a great review for students since they had to write about their favorite animal, food, and color. Students helped each other remember the words they were looking for in Spanish. After finishing their banner, students transitioned to Hispanic Heritage Month. Students started reading a mini-informational story about Hispanic Heritage Month with Ms. Suarez.  


Third Grade

This week Art, Third Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the third-grade anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas) and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). Students will practice drawing their self-portraits from studying their facial features carefully. They then will elaborate on the visual information by adding details about themselves to enhance the emerging meaning. These anchor standards will be practiced throughout the year with multiple art projects. 

This week in Computer Science, the Third Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, the procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students explored the library and discovered new books to read. Third Graders reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. They also practiced how to check-out books to get ready for the first week of checkout. NOTE: Third Grade check-out will begin the week of Monday, September 20th. Third grade check-out days are as follows: 

Newell: Wednesdays | Shamsen: Thursdays | Warenkiewicz: Fridays

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were pulse, vocal patterns, phrase, mallet technique, AB form, and uninterrupted listening.  These concepts were explored through these activities: Up the Ladder, Fuzzy Wuzzy, call and response rhythm patterns, and journaling to identify instruments and the size of the ensemble. 

This week in P.E. the 3rd graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their throwing and catching unit. Students worked on the overhand throw. Firstly working on the technique, then playing a fun team throwing game called “ Boom City”.   

This week in Spanish, the third grade discussed what it means to be a leader in Spanish class. Students were introduced to Ms. Suarez with a Spanish story and students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was saying about herself. Students reviewed their class materials and the expectations for their Spanish binders and notebooks. Students set up their notebooks for notes. This week students started learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are learning what, when, where, who, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were excited to look closer on the world map and learn about Latin America and Spain. While learning about Hispanic Heritage Month students jotted down notes in their Spanish notebooks. They focused on writing key ideas that were new to them.  


Fourth Grade

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the fourth-grade anchor standard 1 (generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work), anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas), and anchor standard 3 (refine and complete artistic work). We will first explore multiple approaches to creating our self-portraits. We will then explore and invent those art-making techniques and approaches. We also will practice giving and receiving constructive peer feedback to revise our work in progress. 

This week in Computer Science, the Fourth Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students reviewed how to log on to the Chestnut Hill Academy library catalog. They also reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. NOTE: All fourth-grade classes have library once a week. Students also have the option to come to fourth grade Open Library check-out every Monday from 8:30-8:55. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were pulse, rondo form, phrasing, mallet technique, cross-over bordun, and uninterrupted listening.  Students explored these concepts through the following activities: Listen!, call and response rhythm patterns, journaling, and the Name Game.  

This week in P.E. the 4th  graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their throwing and catching unit. Students worked on the overhand throw. Firstly working on the technique, then playing a fun team throwing game called “ Boom City”. 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade discussed class expectations for Spanish class. Students reviewed their class materials and the expectations for their Spanish binders and notebooks. This week students started learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are learning what, when, where, who, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were excited to look closer on the world map and learn about Latin America and Spain. While learning about Hispanic Heritage Month students jotted down notes in their Spanish notebook. They focused on writing key ideas that were new to them or key ideas that answered the five w’s (what, when, where, who, and why). Students showed great enthusiasm and curiosity for learning about Spanish speaking countries.  


Fifth Grade

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a wonderful time learning about classroom expectations and how to take care of the art room and the materials. They also started working on their first project of the year, a self-portrait. Students carefully observe their facial features in the mirror, such as their eye color, skin color, face shape, and more. They then carefully draw their face to the best of their ability. We will be working on this project for a couple of weeks. With this project, we will be covering the fifth-grade anchor standard 2 (organize and develop artistic ideas and work) and anchor standard 8 (interpret intent and meaning in artistic work). Students will create a self-portrait by building skills in color mixing to make their skin color. They also will be encouraged to compare styles, materials, processes, and techniques in various self-portraits done by different artists and discuss opinions and personal responses. 

This week in Computer Science, the Fifth Graders reviewed the rules of the tech lab, procedure for retrieving and replacing the laptops into the computer cart, and learned how to log into the class set of computers. The students had the opportunity to learn how to properly put the computer to sleep as well as a class discussion on Teams’ etiquette. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students reviewed how to log on to the Chestnut Hill Academy library catalog. They also reviewed and practiced library rules and expectations. NOTE: All fifth-grade classes have library once a week. Students also have the option to come to fifth grade Open Library check-out every Thursday from 8:30-8:55.  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were AB form, steady pulse, rhythm patterns, vocal repertoire, uninterrupted listening, mallet technique, and canon/round.  These concepts were explored through these activities: Out Goes the Rat, Good Morning, call and response rhythm patterns, and music journaling.  

This week in P.E. the 5th graders recapped the rules and procedures of Gym class. Students also began their throwing and catching unit. Students worked on the overhand throw. Firstly working on the technique, then playing a fun team throwing game called “ Boom City”.

This week in Spanish, the fifth grade discussed class expectations for Spanish class. Students reviewed their class materials and the expectations for their Spanish binders and notebooks. Students practiced their listening comprehension with a small story about Ms. Suarez. They had to work together to figure out what Ms. Suarez was sharing in her story. Students worked together to figure out what Ms. Suarez did this summer. This week students started learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students are learning what, when, where, who, and why of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were excited to look closer on the world map and learn about Latin America and Spain. While learning about Hispanic Heritage Month students jotted down notes in their Spanish notebooks. They focused on writing key ideas that were new to them or key ideas that answered the five w’s (what, when, where, who, and why). Students showed great enthusiasm and curiosity for learning about Spanish-speaking countries. 

Specialists' Newsletter 6.4

Choose Grade here -  Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th Grade | 5th Grade

Kindergarten

This week at art, Kindergarten students celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. Thank you to all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children’s artwork on Teams. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday.   

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Kindergartners listened to the story “Pink is for Boys” by Robb Pearlman. This story invites and encourages children to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing baseball, or loving unicorns and dressing up. Kindergartners also listened to the story “My Shadow is Pink” by Scott Stuart. NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, deep listening, steady pulse, call and response, and review.  Students explored the objectives through these songs, games, and activities: Mole Music, A Listening Walk, A Sailor Went to Sea adding chop, knee, tap and oowatchiwa, Wise Old Owl, and Catch Him Crow.   

The week the Kindergarteners objectives were cooperation and teamwork. The students enjoyed using the giant parachute and were set a variety of different tasks to complete. All students had to synergize and work together to complete each goal. The giant parachute also works on upper body strength ad conditioning.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students learned about Cuba. Cuba is a Spanish speaking country. Students have heard about Cuba all year long since Ms. Suarez’s family is from Cuba. Students have been very curious all year long, so this week students learned about Cuba and their culture. Students learned about typical foods, animals, and customs that are found in Cuba. Students looked at pictures and were able to ask questions in class about Cuba. Students were really interested in the crops and animals found in Cuba (many lizards).           

Work Being Sent Home: Summer Crown and Bracelet Packet + Coloring Sheet  

*Please have students place their classwork in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.     

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. 

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. Thank you to all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children’s artwork on Teams. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday. 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, First Grade students discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. First Graders listened to the story “Sparkle Boy” by Leslea Newman. This story is about a little boy who loves everything that glitters. While most of his family is supportive, his sister finds it odd that he likes "girl things.” It is a story about acceptance, respect, and the freedom to be yourself.   NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in First Grade Music was composition using blocks of quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.   

This week the 1st graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they really seemed to enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, first grade students had their “La Familia Checkpoint”. This was their last checkpoint this year. A checkpoint is a classwork assignment that includes all words and topics covered in a unit of words. This checkpoint focused on family members, adjectives, and writing sentences to describe family members. Students had both Spanish classes to complete their checkpoint. Students also had their “La Familia Reading Check”. A reading check is when students are given a list of words to read in Spanish individually with Ms. Suarez listening for fluency and pronunciation.        

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Summer Crown and Bracelet Packet  

Work to Turn-In: La Familia Checkpoint 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students had a great time adding a golden moon and a ladder to their, Papa Please Get the Moon For Me, project. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. Thank you to all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children’s artwork on Teams. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday.   

This week in Computer Science, second-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Second Graders discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Second Graders listened to the story “The Invisible Boy” by Patrice Barton. This is a story about a boy named Brian who seems to go unnoticeable by anyone in his class. However, something changes in his classroom, and Brian finds a way to stand out.  NOTE: remote students only – please return your dictionary game assignment in your Friday folder so I can grade them. Also, please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Second Grade Music was composition using blocks of quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.   

This week the 2nd graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they really seemed to enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, second grade students continued working with their next unit of words: La Ropa (Clothes). The goal of this unit is for students to be able to identify what they are wearing and write sentences to describe what they are wearing or what someone is wearing. This week students learned about the word “es” and worked on using the word “es” to write sentences to describe clothing. Students worked on their “Colorful Clothes” classwork and then checked it in class together.           

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Free Choice Paper Option         

Work to Turn-In: Colorful Clothing 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students finished up with their dragon’s eye project. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday. 

This week in Computer Science, third-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Third Graders discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Third Graders listened to the story “Just Ask!” by Sonia Sotomayor. This book was written by Sonia Sotomayer who is also the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. In this inclusive book, she illustrates how some kids feel different because of the diverse medical challenges they face. Sotomayor reveals her own challenges by being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes as a child.  NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Third Grade Music was composition using blocks of sixteenth notes, eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.     

This week the 3rd graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they seemed to really enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, third grade students moved on to their next unit of words: Los Animales (The Animals). This unit of words will be more for fun since we will not have time to complete the whole unit. This week students wrote down their new words and colored their animal pictures. Students also learned about cognates and how to use cognates to help them in Spanish class. While writing down their new terms, students identified cognates and made sure to label them. Some classes were able to move on to learn about new adjectives that focus on describing animals.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Free Choice Paper Option + Sheet Protectors          

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students apply ceramic glaze to the bisque fired ceramic rattle. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday. 

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Fourth Graders discussed what they take pride in and what makes them special and unique. Fourth Graders listened to the story “Just Ask!” by Sonia Sotomayor. This book was written by Sonia Sotomayer who is also the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. In this inclusive book, she illustrates how some kids feel different because of the diverse medical challenges they face. Sotomayor reveals her own challenges by being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes as a child.  NOTE: please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Fourth Grade Music using blocks of sixteenth notes, eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, and quarter rests.  Students colored and cut out blocks of notes and rests to create their own unique rhythmic composition.  Once completed, students added lyrics to fit their compositions.    

This week the 4th graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they really seemed to enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade students were introduced to their first mini-Spanish skit. A skit is like a small play where students work with a partner to act a scene out. The topic of this week’s skit was “What do you like to do?”. Students worked with a partner of their choice to write their dialogue and rehearse their skit. Students were able to use their resources in their binder to help them. Each group checked in with Ms. Suarez to ensure that their dialogue was ready to go. Students have really enjoyed their skit this week and are excited to present it next week during our last Spanish class.            

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Free Choice Paper Option          

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.   

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Fifth Grade

This week at art, Fifth Grade students enjoyed putting ceramic glaze on their bisque fired ceramic plates and bowls. Additionally, we celebrated their hard work by watching Virtual art show. They had a great time watching their creations on the big screen. The video will be shared with you on Teams next Tuesday.   

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students celebrated the end of the school year by having free choice time on the computers. Students could choose an activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or my Bitmoji classroom to enjoy on their last day of Technology classes. Ms. Gorski is very proud of all that her students have learned and achieved this year! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade had read to self-time. This gave students a chance to earn more AR points for the end of the year.  NOTE: Mrs. Taylor’s class please make sure to turn in your Story Cube assignment by Friday, June 11th. Also, please remind your child to return their library books no later than Friday, June 11th. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Fifth Grade Music was composition.  Students created their own melodies and rhythms using half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and quarter rests and pitches from the diatonic scale.  Students used their surfaces to explore Elemental Musical Adventures (http://www.elementalmusicaladventures.com) And practiced a run-through graduation song.   

This week the 5th graders continued their basketball unit. The objectives were dribbling with control and correct shooting form. Students had the opportunity to play basketball tag and a fun fast paced shooting game which they seemed to really enjoy! 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued working with Chapter 2B: Tu Sala de Clases (Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week students continued working with plurals in class. Students completed two practice activities from their book and checked it in class. Students worked on their last classwork packet on plurals. Next week, students will only have Spanish class (Monday).           

Being Sent Home This Week: Spanish Binders  

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week 

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