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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 26, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students celebrated the wonderful wildflowers we see on hillsides outside this time of year. First, students made stems of varying lengths, thickness and shades of greens. We also talked about how we could create the impression of movement by overlapping stems and giving them different directions. After seeing pictures of wildflowers, we have noticed how they look sort of like blobs of color when seen from a distance. Students used Q-tips to apply different colors of paint to create colorful wildflowers.  

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the book “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse” by Kevin Henkes. We focused on putting firsts things first as we discussed our main character. 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 rhythm patterns, same versus different, and vocal repertoire.  Students studied pre-rhythm flashcards consisting of rectangles (eighth notes) and squares (quarter notes).  They each took turns figuring out and clapping the rhythms on each card.  Students learned the songs Here is the Beehive and Bumblebee to create a circle game that incorporated steady pulse, body percussion, and choreography.  Students also added movements to Fiddle-dee-dee that incorporated a challenging Blecking step.  Lastly, kindergarteners enjoyed the circle game Here Comes a Bluebird.  

In P.E. this week, kindergarten has played a fun game called Hungry Monsters in which they threw “pizzas” (foam balls) from various distances across one half of the gym to “monsters” (students restricted to the space inside a hoola hoop on the ground). The monsters had to catch the pizza in order to be able to eat it and then release the crumbs back to the civilians. They also enjoyed a paired activity that required them to perform a number of different types of throws to their partner who, once again, was required to stand within a hoola hoop, forcing the partner to throw accurately. As they succeeded, the distance between was increased and newer challenges offered.  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was only able to come to Spanish once because of their field trip. The students continued to work on their all shape project. The students added details to make their project to make it more realistic. They also counted the number of shapes they used.  

This week in Technology, Kindergarten continued familiarizing themselves with the keyboard by filling completing their keyboard worksheets. They colored important keys on the keyboard different colors, and then colored the letters of their name. When finished, students played Type Rocket on ABCya. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students spent more time working on the Patterned Landscape painting inspired by Heather Galler.  

This week in Library, First Grade students continued learning about poetry. Students finished writing biography poems and enjoyed reading them aloud during our poetry share. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, AB form, and mallet technique.  Students learned or reviewed the songs Willum and All Around the Village from last week.  Both songs incorporate creative movement and steady pulse.  1st graders created four-beat ostinatos and made trains during a song called Little Red Caboose.  Each student had the chance to be an engineer and conductor.  Finally, students played mallets and rain sticks on song called Drip, Drop. 

In P.E. this week, first grade has played a fun game called Hungry Monsters in which they threw “pizzas” (foam balls) from various distances across one half of the gym to “monsters” (students restricted to the space inside a hoola hoop on the ground). The monsters had to catch the pizza in order to be able to eat it and then release the crumbs back to the civilians. They also enjoyed a paired activity that required them to perform a number of different types of throws to their partner who, once again, was required to stand within a hoola hoop, forcing the partner to throw accurately. As they succeeded, the distance between was increased and newer challenges offered. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to work on their family flower. The students colored a flower and a stem. Under each petal the students wrote the English word of the family member that was in Spanish. They also added some details to the background. Some students were able to finish while others should be done by next week. 

This week in Technology, First Grade added to their animal Power Point presentations from last week. Students learned how to open an existing project and add transitions between slides. They loved all the unique transitions that could be used! When finished, the students watched the slide show of their work.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students continued working on the Ceramic Loom project.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students discussed Caldecott winning books. Students were invited to read a Caldecott book with a classmate and together we read this year’s Caldecott Medal winner “Hello Lighthouse” by Sophie Blackall. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were steady pulse, musical phrase, half-note-quarter-eighth note rhythms, sol-mi-re-do intervals, and a broken bordun.  Students enjoyed the circle game called Daddy Fishing having to come up with answers to a steady beat on the spot.  2nd Graders also sang and made rhythms to a Honduras folk song called Vamos a la Mar.  Lastly, they added instruments to a song called Swimmy based upon the book by the same name by Leo Lionni. 

In P.E. this week, second grade has played some team handball and worked on the passing, moving, and catching skills required of the game. With Mr. Sturgess on Wednesday, they did more work on throwing accuracy, distance and technique (with various types of throws) in a group activity in which the rigor was increased with each successful throw and catch. 

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued to work on the paper doll project. The students cut out clothes for the two dolls and added Spanish labels to the clothes. They also added a background to the picture and some details. The students also reviewed some sentence structure rules and wrote these rules on a piece of paper.   

This week in Technology, Second Grade continued to learn about Pivot Animation. Students learned about editing a character. Students could add, delete, elongate, and duplicate circles and lines to create their very own characters before adding them to the animation. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Mrs. Watkin’s class and Ms. W’s class canceled due to ITBS testing. Art class canceled due to ITBS test. Mrs. Shamsen’s class started working on the Ceramic Sea Creature Sculpture project. They used their slab building knowledge to create the base for the sculpture and the sea creature of their choice. Mrs. Choi showed them how to build a simple tropical fish. They then applied the skills that they learn to create sea creature of their choice. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students did not have class due to ITBS. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday:  Shamsen

In P.E. this week, third grade has played some team handball and worked on the passing, moving, and catching skills required of the game. With Mr. Sturgess on Wednesday, they did more work on throwing accuracy, distance and technique (with various types of throws) in a group activity in which the rigor was increased with each successful throw and catch.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was only able to come once to Spanish because of testing. The students worked on the animal art project. Some of the students were able to paint their hand and make a hand print of their animal. Other students that had done this already added details to their animal.  

This week Third Grade did not have Technology due to ITBS testing. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students started working on Paper Mache Pinata project. Each year, 4th grade students make pinata to donate to each class from K through 5th to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Spanish class. This week, we mainly focused on putting a lot of layers of paper mache on balloons. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students did not have class due to ITBS. Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

In P.E. this week, fourth grade played floor hockey. They played small-sided games in order to space out the court and to avoid the game getting too crowded. They were encouraged to keep their heads up so as to see their teammates and attempt passes when possible, and we introduced the technique for a “wrister”, which is a shot in which the power is generated from the flicking motion of the wrist, with the dominant hand low on the stick operating as a fulcrum. They were excited to apply this technique since the result was a much faster (and often more accurate) shot!  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade was only able to come once to Spanish because of testing. The students watched an episode of the mystery series Eres tu Maria. After watching on episode, the students answered comprehension questions on their OneNote account.  

This week Fourth Grade did not have Technology due to ITBS testing. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, 5th grade students continued working on the Paper Mache Pinata project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students did not have class to due ITBS. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

In P.E. this week, fifth grade played floor hockey. They played small-sided games in order to space out the court and to avoid the game getting too crowded. They were encouraged to keep their heads up so as to see their teammates and attempt passes when possible, and we introduced the technique for a “wrister”, which is a shot in which the power is generated from the flicking motion of the wrist, with the dominant hand low on the stick operating as a fulcrum. They were excited to apply this technique since the result was a much faster (and often more accurate) shot!  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade was only able to come once to Spanish because of testing. The students worked on their Spanish menu. They had to work on their second page which included breakfast. The students had to included five pictures and 5 break descriptions. If they were done, they could play around with the font and add a boarder.  

This week Fifth Grade did not have Technology due to ITBS testing. 

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