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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 22, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week in Art, Kindergarten students had a wonderful time working on the ceramic pinch pot project. They learned about 3S technique; Scoring, Slipping and Smoothing technique. Then they made pinch pots. Mrs. Choi is excited put their creations in the kiln as soon as they are dry.

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty. We also discussed kindness and different ways to make a difference by reading “Kids Who Are Changing the World” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson.   Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Bernal, Thursday:  Newell, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble work.  Students finished final run throughs of the music for their musical Stone Soup.  Many of the students also had the chance to see some other grades rehearse as well.  

In P.E., Kindergarten did some running, in total a little less than a half-mile. We discussed the concept that to become a better runner (or to increase fitness levels in general), fitness has to be consistent, and we have to have “a conversation with our body when the body wants to quit”. The conversation, as we discussed in class, is one in which we need to convince the body that it can handle a bit more. And then maybe even a bit more than that, and so on. The emphasis is obviously on effort. Their time is of little concern, except that they should aim to improve it. The next area of focus will definitely be pacing….  In addition to running, they’re participating in some fun games and activities designed to test and improve their agility and teamwork. We’ve been vacating the gym as much as we can to allow grade-level groups the opportunity to rehearse for their musical, so we’re being as flexible as possible while also making use of the nice weather!  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten learned about triangles (triangulos) and rectangles (rectangulos). They worked on a worksheet to find all the triangles and rectangles. They had to make sure they colored the shapes different colors so they wouldn’t get tricked by having shapes within shapes. 

This week in Technology, Kindergarten continued familiarizing themselves with the keyboard and proper keyboard technique. Students observed and practiced proper placement of all fingers in the home row and thumbs on the space bar. In addition to clicking only one key at a time on the keyboard, students practiced reaching their fingers upward to type letters on the top row. Students spent the last minutes of class doing activities in to BrainPop Jr. or Kodable. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a wonderful time working on the ceramic door tag project.  They learned about relief technique and learned how to attach small designs on a flat tile. They made coils to add their initials and add any designs they want to make their door tag as special and unique as they are.   

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “Iggy Peck, Architect” by Andrea Beaty. We also discussed kindness and different ways to make a difference by reading “Kids Who Are Changing the World” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday:  Wilcox 

 This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble work.  Students finished final run throughs of the music for their musical Swamped!  Many of the students also had the chance to see some other grades rehearse as well. 

In P.E., first grade did some running, in total a little less than a half-mile. We discussed the concept that to become a better runner (or to increase fitness levels in general), fitness has to be consistent, and we have to have “a conversation with our body when the body wants to quit”. The conversation, as we discussed in class, is one in which we need to convince the body that it can handle a bit more. And then maybe even a bit more than that, and so on. The emphasis is obviously on effort. Their time is of little concern, except that they should aim to improve it. The next area of focus will definitely be pacing…. In addition to running, they’re participating in some fun games and activities designed to test and improve their agility and teamwork. We’ve been vacating the gym as much as we can to allow grade-level groups the opportunity to rehearse for their musical, so we’re being as flexible as possible while also making use of the nice weather! 

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work on their rough draft about their favorite farm animal. The students wrote about where the animal lives and drinks. They also started their final draft. After they finished their rough draft, I proofread it and they were able to start their final draft which included a picture of their animals.   

This week in Technology, First Grade used Starfall to do reading activities. Students navigated to the “I’m Reading” tab and chose a story to read. If a word was too difficult to read, the student could click on the word to have that word read to them. I am very proud of the students for reading so well! If you would like to find this activity at home, you can find it at https://www.starfall.com/h/im-reading/. 

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Second Grade

This week in Art, Second Grade students continued working on the Paul Klee’s Cat and Bird cartoon drawing. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “My Name is Yoon” by Helen Recorvits. Students enjoyed sharing the meaning of their own name.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble work.  Students finished final run throughs of the music for their musical Bremen Town Jam!  

In P.E., second grade did some running, in total a little less than a half-mile. We discussed the concept that to become a better runner (or to increase fitness levels in general), fitness has to be consistent, and we have to have “a conversation with our body when the body wants to quit”. The conversation, as we discussed in class, is one in which we need to convince the body that it can handle a bit more. And then maybe even a bit more than that, and so on. The emphasis is obviously on effort. Their time is of little concern, except that they should aim to improve it. The next area of focus will definitely be pacing….  In addition to running, they have been introduced to team bean bag toss. They’re learning that there is more technique and strategy involved than first meets the eye!  

This week in Spanish, Second Grade finished their final about their body. They wrote eleven sentences about their lower body using the format they learned in class.  They also had time to decorate their boarder around their sentences. On their second day the students played a game of bingo to review the vocabulary words.  

Second grade: This week in Technology, Second Grade continued working on Scratch projects. The students created a new “score” variable to give a sprite points when they did something, such as catch a balloon. We will continue working on these projects next week. 

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Third Grade 

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

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the story “My Name is Yoon” by Helen Recorvits. Students enjoyed sharing the meaning of their own name.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble work.  Students finished final run throughs of the music for their musical Life Cycles.  

In P.E., third grade did some running, in total a little more than a half-mile. We discussed the concept that to become a better runner (or to increase fitness levels in general), fitness has to be consistent, and we have to have “a conversation with our body when the body wants to quit”. The conversation, as we discussed in class, is one in which we need to convince the body that it can handle a bit more. And then maybe even a bit more than that, and so on. The emphasis is obviously on effort. Their time is of little concern, except that they should aim to improve it. The next area of focus will definitely be pacing….  In addition to running, they have been introduced to team bean bag toss. They’re learning that there is more technique and strategy involved than first meets the eye!  

This week in Spanish, Third Grade started a tree map on an animal they picked from their vocabulary words. The first two branches were about the color and shape of the animal. The last two were about what the animal eats and drinks. The students had to first write it in English and then used a dictionary to translate the words in Spanish.  

This week in Technology, Third Grade continued to work on their Wordly Wise cartoons using ToonDoo. The cartoons consist of three or more comic panels. In the scenes, characters use three or more of their Wordly Wise words. Due to issues with the ToonDoo website, we will not continue work on the project next week. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students finished with their fireworks painting and took their creations home. They were also introduced to a new Art and Technology collaborative project, Stop Motion AnimationThe students watched a video called, The Robot and The Butterfly, a stop motion animation done by an elementary school students. Then we talked about the subject matter. Since the students learned about Animal and Insect Adaptations in Science, we decided to have the same theme, except the students will use their imagination to create the story. 3 –4 students will team up to work on this project and they were busy coming up with the great story for their masterpieces.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts. We discussed wants vs. needs and students enjoyed sharing about the things that they value.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor  Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble work.  Students finished final run throughs of the music for their musical Go West!  

In P.E., fourth grade did some running, in total a little more than a half-mile. We discussed the concept that to become a better runner (or to increase fitness levels in general), fitness has to be consistent, and we have to have “a conversation with our body when the body wants to quit”. The conversation, as we discussed in class, is one in which we need to convince the body that it can handle a bit more. And then maybe even a bit more than that, and so on. The emphasis is obviously on effort. Their time is of little concern, except that they should aim to improve it. The next area of focus will definitely be pacing….  In addition to running, they have been introduced to team bean bag toss. They’re learning that there is more technique and strategy involved than first meets the eye!  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade had to describe themselves with three adjectives that they are like and three they are not like. After writing those down they had two put these into sentences. They had to use what they had learned from the last chapter along with what they used in this chapter to create their sentences. The students also had the opportunity to practice their Spanish by sharing with another student what they wrote down. They also watched the Spanish mystery “Eres tu Maria” and answered comprehension questions on their OneNote accounts.   

This week in Technology, Fourth Grade got an introduction to stop-motion animation. In conjunction with Art, Technology classes will use the Stop Motion Studio app to create videos about adaptation. This week student had a chance to practice using the app and plan their videos. Next week we will begin work on the videos. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, 5th grade students continued working on the abstract drawing project inspired by Bruce Gray. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade enjoyed listening to “My Name is Yoon” by Helen RecorvitsCheck out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, movement, and ensemble work.  Students finished final run throughs of the music for their musical Wizard of Oz.   

In P.E., fifth grade did some running, in total a little more than a half-mile. We discussed the concept that to become a better runner (or to increase fitness levels in general), fitness has to be consistent, and we have to have “a conversation with our body when the body wants to quit”. The conversation, as we discussed in class, is one in which we need to convince the body that it can handle a bit more. And then maybe even a bit more than that, and so on. The emphasis is obviously on effort. Their time is of little concern, except that they should aim to improve it. The next area of focus will definitely be pacing…. 

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