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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 05, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time putting glaze on their pinch pot. They carefully chose color to put on the glaze and put at least 3 layers of glaze to their pinch pot. The students are very excited to see the outcome of their first ceramic pinch pot project. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We discussed National Poetry Month and read from “Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems.” 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 steady pulse, mallet techniques, vocal repertoire, and body awareness.   Students enjoyed the springtime activity Rain on the Green Grass distinguishing between long (“rain rain”) sounds and short (“pitter patter pitter patter”) sounds.  They also learned the song Mister Sun.  Finally, they added a name game to the playground rhyme One for the Money.  

In PEstudents worked in stations on a variety of catching, throwing, and doing-both-while-moving activities. On Friday, they used mini-basketballs to work on bounce passing, shooting, stationary dribbling, and dribbling on the move. They also did their weekly (we’re committed to doing it once per week from here on out) little-less-than-a-half-mile run. They’re getting much better at pacing themselves while also improving their times. Again, we’re focused almost exclusively on effort and on challenging themselves to go just a little bit faster and working a little harder and smarter each time.  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten learned two new shapes hearts and diamonds. The students worked on the pronunciation of each word and practiced saying it outload. They also worked on a worksheet where they had to find all these shapes. If you would like to practice these shapes at hope you can find them on the CHA website chesthillacademy.com/villasenor.

This week in Technology, Kindergarten continued familiarizing themselves with the keyboard by filling out a keyboard worksheet. They colored important keys on the keyboard different colors, and then colored the letters of their name. At the next lesson, students used the paper keyboards as a reference and played the “Keyboard Challenge.” The students are challenged to place the removed letters of the keyboard into the correct place. This game is accessible from the Tech Lab website, or found at https://www.abcya.com/games/keyboard. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time painting their relief sculptures. Their Ceramic Relief Tiles turned out unique and colorful. We put 2 holes on the top to turn them into a door tag they can hang.   

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. We discussed National Poetry Month and read poems from Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein. We also watched a Brain Pop on poems. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade music were contour, ABA form, mallet technique, and rhythm patterns.  1st graders enjoyed singing to different shapes found on vocal contour flash cards.  They used this knowledge to study the melodic contour of a version of Jack and Jill, adding mallet parts and a B section to create an ABA ensemble piece.  Finally, students explored whole, half, and quarter notes with a springtime chant called Bunnies on the Move! 

In PE, students worked in stations on a variety of catching, throwing, and doing-both-while-moving activities. On Thursday, they used mini-basketballs to work on bounce passing, shooting, stationary dribbling, and dribbling on the move. They also did their weekly (we’re committed to doing it once per week from here on out) little-less-than-a-half-mile run. They’re getting much better at pacing themselves while also improving their times. Again, we’re focused almost exclusively on effort and on challenging themselves to go just a little bit faster and working a little harder and smarter each time.

This week in Spanish, First Grade reviewed all the farm animals and masculine vs feminine. As a class they first reviewed the rules when a word ends in –A add la in front of it. If a word ends anything from B-Z add el in front of it. The students also got into groups and played a game using mini whiteboards and markers. As a team they had to decide what animals I was talking about and write on the board.  

This week in Technology, First Grade learned about going places safely online. We talked about different places that we would go in real life and how there are rules to stay safe in those places. Then, we watched a short video about the rules to stay safe online: 1. Always ask your parents first. 2. Only talk to people you know, like your grandma! 3. Only use websites that are just right for you. Afterward, we explored a “just right” website for kids at https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/, and students drew their favorite part of the website on a worksheet. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students started working on the Ceramic Loom project. Each student began with a slab of clay.  They cut it into an interesting organic shape and cut out a hole in the middle. Around the outside of the hole, they poked holes around to create loom. Then they added some textures.   

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed learning about National Poetry Month. We watched a Brain Pop on poetry and read poems from the book “Falling Up” by Shel Silverstein. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade music were steady pulse, mi-re-do patterns, and accents.  Students learned a simple playground rhyme called Tarzan.  Once they were familiar with the rhythmic pattern, they wrote a melody to the rhythm using do, re, and mi.   They had the chance to play their own compositions on xylophones.  Students also explored accents and how to play them on hand drums, and learned a song called Habitat that they’ll be singing at the Earth Day assembly coming up in a few weeks.    

In PE, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). On Wednesday, they enjoyed a game in which they were able to run through a course set up with barriers that protected them from their classmates who attempted to hit them with foam balls. I’d say that they were able to navigate the course without getting hit about 1/3 of the time, so it was both fun and challenging! Not to mention tiring; there were LOTS of red cheeks and requests for water by the time they were done. On Friday, they did some team handball work on passing, moving, catching, pivoting, etc. using drills commonly used to prepare athletes for the sport.   

This week in Spanish, Second Grade took their test on sentence formation. The test was going to access if they had learned the basic concepts about sentences formation when it comes to saying what they have. It also tested them to see if they could translate sentence in English or Spanish. On their second day the students were able to hear a story called Cactus Soup 

This week in Technology, Second Grade completed their Scratch projects. The students used a minimum of two sprites. One sprite is controlled by the player while the other moves randomly. Students wrote code so that the two sprites could interact with each other. Some scored points when they caught the moving sprite, while others changed color. At the end of class, students had a chance to play each others’ games. I am very impressed by the creativity and diversity of final projects! 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students added last touches to their masterpieces and their drawings turned out amazing!  

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed learning about National Poetry Month. We watched a Brain Pop on Emily Dickinson and read poems written by Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade music were canons, repertoire, crossover bordun, and ABA form.  Students learned a version of Peas Porridge Hot in canon form.  They also enjoyed adding drums and mallet parts to a song called Rocky Mountain.

In PE, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). On Monday, they did some team handball work on passing, moving, catching, pivoting, etc. using drills commonly used to prepare athletes for the sport. On Monday, they enjoyed a game in which they were able to run through a course set up with barriers that protected them from classmates attempting to hit them with foam balls. I’d say they were able to navigate the course without getting hit about 1/3 of the time, so it was both fun and challenging! Not to mention tiring; there were LOTS of red cheeks and requests for water by the time they were done.  

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued to work on zoo animals. The students started writing their final draft while other students researched where their animal lives. The students researched where their animal lives using the online program encyclopedia Britannica. This is a safe website were students can search different animals or people. The website will include videos, articles, and images.   

This week in Technology, Third Grade continued to learn about 3D modeling using TinkerCad. Last week we made a flat “Mickey Mouse” head using three flattened cylinders, and adding details. This week, students learned about repositioning the viewing camera, creating a “hole” object,  and grouping objects together. Students practiced these new skills while making a 3D “Mickey Mouse” head, this time with spheres. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students hard at work on their stop motion project. They have so much fun with this project and Mrs. Choi and Ms. Gorski are so proud of their effort in this project!  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students discussed National Poetry Month. We read poems by Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. In addition, students had an opportunity to browse poetry books with a classmate. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objective in 4th  Grade music was an introduction to the ukulele including part and string names.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant last year, we received 20 ukuleles that the students will be studying and playing over the next month.  

In PE, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). They also began playing bean bag toss (aka “Cornhole”), learning the correct way to score the game (many people tend to score incorrectly) as well as a variety of throwing techniques. They were encouraged to try out as many as possible.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade typed their paragraph about themselves and their friend on Word. When they were done typing the students added a boarder either using an art piece or colorful lines. The students also had to make sure that the Spanish section had to be changed to Spanish proofing language so they could get rid of the red lines under their words. Once they were done, they worked on a worksheet that was on their OneNote account.  

This week in Technology, Fourth Grade continued to work on their stop motion animation projects. Many groups have filmed several scenes for the final project. This week we learned about adding narration to the video before groups continued their work. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, 5th grade students started working on pinata project. Each year, 5th grade students make papier-mâché  pinata to take home. This week, we spent a lot of time putting layers of paper mache on the balloon.   

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students discussed National Poetry Month. We read poems by Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music were uninterrupted listening and mallet and percussion ensemble technique.  Students contributed  to their listening journals and  began work on an African mallet piece called Abandon.   

In PE, students ran a little over a half-mile once this week, attempting to improve upon their previous time and to pace themselves better (for most). They also began playing bean bag toss (aka “Cornhole”), learning the correct way to score the game (many people tend to score incorrectly) as well as a variety of throwing techniques. They were encouraged to try out as many as possible.  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on singular vs plural. The students reviewed the rules of when a noun is singular, they need to use el or la. If the noun is plural, they need to use los or las. When using I like (me gusta) the phrase changes when it goes from singluar to plural (me gustan). After working on an activity from the book and a workbook page to practice what they learned they learned one more phrase I love (me encanta and me encantan).  

This week in Technology, Fifth Grade continued working on luggage tags for the Washington D.C. trip. Many students have completed their tags by now, but some still have edits to make. I have begun printing tags and will send emails to students whose tags need modifications. 

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