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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 13, 2018

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time making snowflakes with pipe cleaners and beads. Their creations turned out festive! I wish you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students continued to discuss Spain in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. We also completed a Thinking Map comparing Spain to the United States. Finally, students enjoyed sharing about family traditions and holiday celebrations that they will enjoy during the winter break. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Thursday:  Newell, Palladino 

During classroom music time, students participated in final run-throughs of their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also participated in an all-school dress rehearsal where they got to enjoy the other grades’ performances for the first time.  I’m very proud and thankful for the work that the students contributed to making our annual Festival of Peace and Light a success.  It’s an honor to be your child’s music teacher.  Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!  ~ Mr. Rees

In Kindergarten P.E., we only had one class this week, and we worked on throwing and catching bean bags in a variety of ways. The emphasis was on using one and two-handed catches, on moving our feet and hands to place ourselves in optimal position to make the catches, and to throw the bean bag as close as possible to the best position. We also worked on using “soft hands” to cushion the catch and avoid having the bean bag bounce off our hands. The kiddos were encouraged to practice all of these techniques at home with small balls, bean bags, or whatever else is available (and safe and parent-approved!). This is all great for hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Enjoy your time with family and friends this break, everyone, and students, have a wonderful time!

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed their colors by coloring a pine tree with ornaments. The students also learned how to say Merry Christmas in Spanish Feliz Naviada. The students wrote it and colored the Mexican flag. The students also walked around to the different project the upper grades made during the Multicultural Fair. They learned about the different countries that the other grades studied. 

In Technology, Kindergarten used backgrounds, stickers, and drawing tools to make a winter picture in KidPix. Students started by choosing an appropriate background. Many succeeded in drawing a snowman by making three white circles. Some students challenged themselves by drawing a Christmas tree with the free shape tool. Others added stickers which they could move, rotate, and resize by clicking and dragging. This is good practice for First Grade projects, where they will insert, resize, and move pictures in a Microsoft Word document. There has been much improvement in mouse control since the school year started!  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students enjoyed learning about Parol, which is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines.  They then decorated and designed their stars. I wish you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year!

This week in Library, First Grade students continued to discuss the Philippines in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. We also completed a Thinking Map comparing the Philippines to the United States. Finally, students enjoyed sharing about family traditions and holiday celebrations that they will enjoy during the winter break. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow, Moore.  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 
During classroom music time, students participated in final run-throughs of their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also participated in an all-school dress rehearsal where they got to enjoy the other grades’ performances for the first time.  I’m very proud and thankful for the work that the students contributed to making our annual Festival of Peace and Light a success.  It’s an honor to be your child’s music teacher.  Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!  ~ Mr. Rees

In First Grade P.E., we only had one class this week, and we introduced a game called Tommy Tucker’s Land. For most kids, it was an instant favorite! Students basically tried to take gold and silver (represented by blue and yellow bean bags) from Tommy Tucker and his family of three or four who attempted to protect it in a grid of about 20 X 20’. The “bandits”, as they came to call themselves, learned to work together to distract and disorganize Tommy and his family as they attempted to rob him blind. They had to gauge good opportunities from bad ones as they trespassed on Tucker property in hopes of getting his precious gold and silver. On one occasion, we did have to have a conversation about honesty and integrity when students began accusing one another of not being honest when they were tagged, but that seemed to do the trick. Enjoy your time with family and friends this break, everyone, and students, have a wonderful time!

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work their Holy Mole worksheet. The students reviewed the book and discussed some of the 35 ingredients that molé is made with. Together as a class the students wrote down a list of their favorite ingredients like chocolate, cinnamon, and chilies. They also finished their vegetable poster and their final draft of the two vegetables they like to eat.   

In Technology, Ms. Wilcox’s class reviewed ways to use Microsoft Word. We practiced highlighting words in order to change their size, color, and font. We also went through the steps of saving a document. The students enjoyed playing a Kahoot quiz to review the material. Ms. Carver’s class spent this week’s tech time creating a Bubble Map about the Philippines using tools in Microsoft word. The structure includes “Philippines” in the center, and students were asked to create at least four surrounding bubbles with information about the country. When the students had no more information to add, they were invited to change the color and style of their bubble maps. Students enjoyed the design aspect of this project.


Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a great time working on Mola art project. Molas are cloth panels that form part of a blouse for the Kuna women of Panama. They use a quilting technique called reverse appliqué to create the design formalizers of fabric. First, we looked at examples and talked about the color, shapes, and the main shapes. After a few quick demos on the board, the students picked their favorite animal and started working on their Mola art project. I wish you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year! 

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued to discuss Costa Rica in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. We also completed a Thinking Map comparing Costa Rica to the United States. Finally, students enjoyed sharing about family traditions and holiday celebrations that they will enjoy during the winter break. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

During classroom music time, students participated in final run-throughs of their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also participated in an all-school dress rehearsal where they got to enjoy the other grades’ performances for the first time.  I’m very proud and thankful for the work that the students contributed to making our annual Festival of Peace and Light a success.  It’s an honor to be your child’s music teacher.  Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!  ~ Mr. Rees

In Second Grade P.E., we only had one class this week, and we introduced a game called Tommy Tucker’s Land. For most kids, it was an instant favorite! Students basically tried to take gold and silver (represented by blue and yellow bean bags) from Tommy Tucker and his family of three or four who attempted to protect it in a grid of about 20 X 20”. The “bandits”, as they came to call themselves, learned to work together to distract and disorganize Tommy and his crew as they attempted to rob him blind. They had to gauge good opportunities from bad ones as they trespassed on Tucker property in hopes of getting his precious gold and silver. Enjoy your time with family and friends this break, everyoneand students, have a wonderful time!

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued to work their Holy Mole worksheet. The students reviewed the book and discussed some of the 35 ingredients that molé is made with. Together as a class the students wrote down a list of their favorite ingredients like chocolate, cinnamon, and chilies. The students also started to talk about their own food traditions in their home. After the discussion the students drew a picture and wrote two sentences about the food they had drawn. 

In Technology, Second Grade used Encyclopedia Britannica (for Kids) to research Costa Rica. As a class, we read about the country. Students individually wrote down words that are significant to the country, including details about animal life, geography, and government. Students used their list of words to create a short PowerPoint presentation about different aspects of Costa Rica. The students enjoyed inserting of pictures of the animals and landscapes.

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade Students enjoyed working on the final draft of their cartoon art. For the past three weeks, the students enjoyed learning about wonderful cartooning techniques. As the final project, each student was responsible for one-page cartoon with Everyday Heroes theme and we will create a classroom book with their drawing. We are looking forward to sharing the final product with everyone. I wish you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year! 

This week in Library, Third Grade students continued to discuss Tanzania in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. We also completed a Thinking Map comparing Tanzania to the United States. Finally, students enjoyed sharing about family traditions and holiday celebrations that they will enjoy during the winter break. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

During classroom music time, students participated in final run-throughs of their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also participated in an all-school dress rehearsal where they got to enjoy the other grades’ performances for the first time.  I’m very proud and thankful for the work that the students contributed to making our annual Festival of Peace and Light a success.  It’s an honor to be your child’s music teacher.  Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!  ~ Mr. Rees

In Third Grade P.E.we only had one class this week, and we introduced a game called Tommy Tucker’s Land. For most kids, it was an instant favorite! Students basically tried to take gold and silver (represented by blue and yellow bean bags) from Tommy Tucker and his family of three or four who attempted to protect it in a grid of about 20 X 20”. The “bandits”, as they came to call themselves, learned to work together to distract and disorganize Tommy and his crew as they attempted to rob him blind. They had to gauge good opportunities from bad ones as they trespassed on Tucker property in hopes of getting his precious gold and silver. Since we’ve been working on throwing, catching, and particularly on throwing to a teammate to a specific place, we modified the rules of the game to encourage exactly this. Enjoy your time with family and friends this break, everyone, and students, have a wonderful time!

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued to work their Holy Mole worksheet. The students reviewed the book and discussed some of the 35 ingredients that molé is made with. Together as a class the students wrote down a list of their favorite ingredients like chocolate, cinnamon, and chilies. The students also started to talk about their own food traditions in their home. After the discussion the students drew a picture and wrote two sentences about the food they had drawn. 

In Technology, Third Grade learned about Digital Citizenship. We started by watching a short BrainPop video about Online Safety. We had a class discussion about why and how to be safe online. Afterward, students had a chance to learn more about the internet and who uses it by working through worksheets with Indy the Internet Guide. Students who finished early were invited to play Privacy Playground, which shows how to navigate questionable situations online. All resources can be found on the Tech Lab website (mrsmorlidge.com) by clicking on “Technology” and scrolling to the “Staying Safe Online” section.

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students Grade Students enjoyed working on the final draft of their cartoon art. For the past three weeks, the students enjoyed learning about wonderful cartooning techniques. As the final project, each student was responsible for one-page cartoon with Everyday Heroes theme and we will create a classroom book with their drawing. We are looking forward to sharing the final product with everyone. I wish you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year! 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued to discuss France in preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light. They also worked with a partner to complete a Thinking Map comparing France to the United States. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

During classroom music time, students participated in final run-throughs of their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also participated in an all-school dress rehearsal where they got to enjoy the other grades’ performances for the first time.  I’m very proud and thankful for the work that the students contributed to making our annual Festival of Peace and Light a success.  It’s an honor to be your child’s music teacher.  Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!  ~ Mr. Rees

In Fourth Grade P.E., as we continued to work on basketball skills, we introduced a baseline set shot, defensive slide technique, and weave dribbling using both hands. We incorporated these skills into the game called “21” we learned last week. The kids are doing a great job of committing to improvement in their shooting and applying the techniques they’ve been taught for shooting. Mrs. Taylor’s class was able to be in the gym Thursday morning, whereas Mrs. Springer’s class was unable to have their regular Thursday afternoon class because the Multicultural Fair was in session. So, Mrs. Taylor’s class was able to enjoy a game of four-corner dodgeball. Enjoy your time with family and friends this break, everyone, and students, have a wonderful time!

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on their listening skills. The students listened to a recording of a boy telling them what he likes to do, and they had to write down what he said. The students also worked on positive and negative conversation. The students had to fill in the rest of the conversation with either a positive or negative affirmation by using “Me gust mucho” or “No me gusta nada.” With the Multicultural Fair just around the corner I wanted to introduce more about Mexico and its’ culture. What a better way than to talk about Mexico’s food. A special dish that came to mind was a dish called MoléKindergarten was introduced to this dish by reading a book called Holy Molé: A Folktale From Mexico by Caroline McAlister. This book introduced the legend of how molé originated and it gives credit to a Spanish colonial monastery.

In Technology, Fourth Grade learned about navigating the internet in a way that is safe and positive. We discussed who uses the internet, why people use the internet, and why it is important not to be mean on the internet. We also watched a short BrainPop video about Online Safety and took a quiz to check our knowledge. Students then had time to play Interland, where the student plays as a character roaming the internet. Different levels require different types of digital citizenship, from being kind to protecting your privacy. All resources can be found on the Tech Lab website (mrsmorlidge.com) by clicking on “Technology” and scrolling to the “Staying Safe Online” section.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students Grade Students enjoyed working on the final draft of their cartoon art. For the past three weeks, the students enjoyed learning about wonderful cartooning techniques. As the final project, each student was responsible for one-page cartoon with Everyday Heroes theme and we will create a classroom book with their drawing. We are looking forward to sharing the final product with everyone. I wish you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season and a very happy New Year! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued to discuss Colonial Times. They also worked with a partner to complete a Thinking Map comparing Colonial Times to Modern Times. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

During classroom music time, students participated in final run-throughs of their performance pieces for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also participated in an all-school dress rehearsal where they got to enjoy the other grades’ performances for the first time.  I’m very proud and thankful for the work that the students contributed to making our annual Festival of Peace and Light a success.  It’s an honor to be your child’s music teacher.  Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!  ~ Mr. Rees

In Fifth Grade P.E.as we continued to work on basketball skills, we introduced a baseline set shot, defensive slide technique, and weave dribbling using both hands. We incorporated these skills into the game called “21” we learned last week. The kids are doing a great job of committing to improvement in their shooting and applying the techniques they’ve been taught for shooting. Fifth grade only had class on Monday this week, so we will build on these and introduce new skills when we return from Winter Break! Enjoy your time with family and friends this break, everyone, and students, have a wonderful time!

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on turning nouns from singular to plural. Not only does the noun have to end in an –s, but the article before the noun changes from el to los and la to las. The students practiced this with four activities from the book. The students had to change different nouns from singular to plural or finish a conversation by adding the correct article. They also wrote sentences using these rules by locating different objects. When writing these sentences, the sentence format also changed. To end the week the students made holiday paper mugs to decorate the bulletin in the hallway.  

In Technology, Fifth Grade learned some basics about HTML. Students learned that all information exists inside of tags, which consist of opening and closing triangle brackets. We spent time using the “Try it Yourself” editor on W3 Schools. Students practiced using headings, paragraphs, and lists in the online editor. The topics we covered can all be found at https://www.w3schools.com/html/html_basic.asp. Mrs. Dewitt’s class also had a chance to create their first HTML document using a text editor. We will return to this document later in the year to add style to the page using CSS.

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