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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 19, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a catch-up day. They finished up with the Pinch pot project and the Heather Galler inspired Flower Pot project.  

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the book “Tidy” by Emily Gravett in honor of Earth Week. We also continued our study of National Poetry Month and wrote a class poem on spring. 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, sol-mi intervals, mallet technique, and steady pulse.  Kindergarteners explore springtime activities including a solo vocal game called The Cuckoo, a steady pulse activity to A-Tisket, A-Tasket, an instrument activity called It’s Spring, and a finger play called Up to the Ceiling.  

In P.E. this week, Kindergarten has enjoyed playing games in which they work in a team setting to accomplish a goal, such as Monday’s challenge of trying to be the team that knocks the final Frisbee off the top of the cone. They are also learning to play bean bag bocce, which is basically exactly what it sounds like: bocce ball with bean bags. This game tests their dexterity and throwing technique, skills we’ve worked on a lot recently.  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten worked on an all shape project. The students were given a page with all the shapes we have learned, and they had to at least cut one shape of each. With those shapes they had to use their imagination and create anything they wanted to. It could be a rocket ship, flower, a person or animal. Some students were able to finish their picture, and some were stuck thinking what they wanted to create. Next week they will design it and add color.  

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 continued working on the Heather Galler inspired Farm House project.  

This week in Library, First Grade students continued learning about National Poetry Month. We focused on reading biography poems and students wrote their own bio poem. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were steady pulse, vocal repertoire, and mallet technique.  Students explored body percussion to a traditional rhyme called Rain on the Green Grass.  They also enjoyed playing a steady pulse circle game called All Around the Village.  1st graders played xylophones and metallophones on the folk rhyme Sugar Sugar.  Lastly, students explored movements and choreography to the folk song Willum, which is about Willum and his 7 sons each doing some kind of chore around the house.

In P.E. this week, first grade has enjoyed playing games in which they work in a team setting to accomplish a goal, such as Monday’s challenge of trying to be the team that knocks the final Frisbee off the top of the cone. They are also learning to play bean bag bocce, which is basically exactly what it sounds like: bocce ball with bean bags. This game tests their dexterity and throwing technique, skills we’ve worked on a lot recently.

This week in Spanish, First Grade was introduced to the new lesson called family. The students went over each word and made connection to the English word. They also went over the endings, if a word end in –o its masculine (hermano-brother) or if a word ends in –a its feminine (hermana-sister). They also started a flower project were each petal has the Spanish word, but when you lift the petal you can see the English word. The new vocabulary can be found on the CHA website.  

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 painted their bisque fired ceramic loom.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to “Many the Diversity of Life on Earth” by Nicola Davies in honor of Earth week. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were sol-mi-re-do vocal intervals, ABA form, and suspended pitch.  2nd graders explored do-sol interval, mallet technique, and ABA form with an American folk song Who’s That?  They also used the same song to learn about singing an extended pitch during two-part singing.  Finally, students explored reading and singing do-re-mi patterns to a song called Hey Mr. Rabbit.  

In P.E. this week, second grade has played games and participated in activities designed to prepare them to play team handball effectively, with a heavy emphasis on learning and applying different types of passing techniques. In these games and activities, teamwork has also been a particular point of emphasis. For example, to accomplish certain goals, there must be a team effort, such as every person on the team having received a pass beforehand. Having such a goal requires that teams communicate and move with purpose and synergy. Finally, they have begun to play a little team handball, applying the passing, catching, and teamwork efforts we’ve introduced.  

This week in Spanish, Second Grade was introduced to a new lesson about clothing items. The students went over every single word and wrote down the word in Spanish. They also heard the word in Spanish and repeated the word after it was said. This helped them listen and say the correct pronunciation. The students also started a paper doll project where they had to add paper clothes to each nina and nino.  The new vocabulary can be found on the CHA website. 

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 had a catch up day. They finished with the Heather Galler inspired Pet project. Most of the students finished with their tree weaving project and took it home with them.  

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the book “Many the Diversity of Life on Earth” by Nicola Davies in honor of Earth Week.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were question and answer improvisation technique, sing the Fa (4th interval of the scale) and two-part singing, steady pulse, and AABC form.  3rd graders explored improvisation to the singing game Ama Lama alternating between question and answer.  They also practiced two-part singing including Fa to a traditional melody called Do-Re-Mi-Fa.  Lastly, students explored the folk dance Galopede which reinforced steady pulse and AABC form.

In P.E. this week, third grade has played games and participated in activities designed to prepare them to play team handball effectively, with a heavy emphasis on learning and applying different types of passing techniques. In these games and activities, teamwork has also been a particular point of emphasis. For example, to accomplish certain goals, there must be a team effort, such as every person on the team having received a pass beforehand. Having such a goal requires that teams communicate and move with purpose and synergy. Finally, they have begun to play a little team handball, applying the passing, catching, and teamwork efforts we’ve introduced.  

This week in Spanish, Third Grade finished their research paper about their zoo animal. Their research paper was proofread, and they started their final draft. The students that had completed their final draft last week they were able to start a crossword. The students that I saw working on their crossword also started their animal hand print art piece. They painted their hand the base color of their animal and I helped them place their hand print on a construction paper.  

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 were hard at work on their stop motion project. They have so much fun with this project and Mrs. Choi and Ms. Gorsky are so proud of their effort in this project!  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to the book “Many the Diversity of Life on Earth” by Nicola Davies in honor of Earth Week. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade music were ukulele technique, repertoire, and A minor and C major chords.  Students enjoyed learning the songs LA tune and Mellow Strum. 

In P.E. this week, fourth grade has begun a focus on floor hockey. Initially, they’re working on stick control, specifically with passing and moving with the puck. We’ve started to focus on shooting, too, emphasizing that the stick never rises above waist-level in the interest of safety. They’re beginning to play some hockey games in which they apply these skills. In games, we are working to include everyone and playing with teamwork at the forefront of our efforts.  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade read a poem about a girl that described herself in Spanish. After reading this poem we talked about the adjectives that she used to describe herself. Since she is a girl most of the adjective end in –a except the gender-neutral that end in –e. The students also discussed if the poem was written by a boy the adjectives would change. The adjective that end in –a would be changed to –o but the gender-neutral adjectives would stay the same. The students also wrote a poem about themselves and they had to ably the rules that they learned about the adjective ending. They also watched another episode of the Spanish mystery “Eres tu Maria” and answered some comprehension question 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 adding details to their Pinatas. First, they drew pictures of what they want to build. Then they either started painting or added more parts to their papier mache balloons.   

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students read and discussed the Amazing Animals that Changed the World article from National Geographic Kids in honor of Earth Week. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade music were mallet and ensemble technique. Students continued work on their mallet ensemble piece called Abandon.  

In P.E. this week, fifth grade has begun a focus on floor hockey. Initially, they’re working on stick control, specifically with passing and moving with the puck. We’ve started to focus on shooting, too, emphasizing that the stick never rises above waist-level in the interest of safety. They’re beginning to play some hockey games in which they apply these skills. In games, we are working to include everyone and playing with teamwork at the forefront of our efforts.  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade worked on their communication skills. The students first answered some questions about what they liked more. For example, they were asked what do they like more books or magazines. They had to answer in Spanish with “Me gusta mas…”. Once they finished answering the questions, they had to share their answers with a partner. Their partner asked them the question from the book, and they had to answer. The whole conversation was in Spanish. The students also started making a Spanish menu on a Word document. They worked on the cover page and started the breakfast items.  

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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