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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 10, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students learned about Sculptures. We read a book called Alice the Fairy by David Shannon. Then we talked about where fairies would live. Mrs. Choi enjoyed listening to all to their ideas. Then they started working on the Fairy Houses project. We used papier mache technique to create the roofs. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed learning about Caldecott Medal books. We read “Thank you, Omu!” by Oge Mora and students had an opportunity to browse other Caldecott honor books with a classmate. Next week will be the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rd 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, unpitched percussion technique,  matching pitch assessment, body awareness, vocal repertoire, high/low, and steady pulse.  Students used creative movements as a warm up to Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens.  They were also assessed individually to see if they can match pitch in a call and response circle game.  Kindergartners had fun learning/reviewing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and the finger play and game Five Little Froggies.   

In P.E. this week, Kindergarten continued working on their basic motor skills and movements in a variety of games. Students enjoyed playing turtle tag which encouraged them to improve their spatial awareness while also working on some basic strategy and teamwork. Hoping, Jumping , Side stepping and Running backwards were some of the basic motor skills the students practiced throughout the week.

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten continued to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo. They listened to the book “Cinco de Mouse-O” by Judy Cox. After the read aloud the students discussed how people celebrate Cinco de Mayo now. The students mentioned parades, carnival rides, eating tacos, breaking piñatas, and dancers. They also worked on a worksheet where they drew two children celebrating Cinco de Mayo.    

This week in Technology, Kindergarten learned and practiced how to sit properly when typing on a keyboard. This includes sitting with a straight back with eyes forward and hands open on the keys. Students played Keyboard Cupstacking, and their challenge was to use open hands and curved fingers as they typed letters. Students are building good habits when working with computers to keep their joints and muscles healthy while learning how to use important tools. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the Our Galaxy project. With the rocket ship (or satellite) design that they made; the students traded them on to metal sheets. They then color some parts with permanent markers. It is called metal embossing technique and they were very thrilled to work on this shiny project.   

This week in Library, First Grade students continued discussing Caldecott Medal books. They enjoyed listening to “Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez- Neal and completing a coordinating activity about their own name. Next week will be the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rdCheck out days are as follows: Tuesday: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were ostinatos, Sol-la-mi patterns, AB form, and steady pulse.  Students were introduced to sol-mi-la vocal patterns and their visual representation on a musical staff.  They also learned or reviewed the ostinato rhythmic pattern Higglety Pigglety Pop.  1st graders learned movements to a Mexican Counting folk song and added movements to the steady Allison’s Camel.   

In P.E. this week, First Grade continued working on their basic motor skills and movements in a variety of games. Students enjoyed playing turtle tag which encouraged them to improve their spatial awareness while also working on some basic strategy and teamwork. Hoping, Jumping, Side stepping, and quick changes of direction were some of the basic motor skills the students practiced throughout the week.

This week in Spanish, First Grade continued to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo. They listened to the book “Cinco de Mouse-O” by Judy Cox. After the read aloud the students discussed how people celebrate Cinco de Mayo now. They also reviewed the first Cinco de Mayo that happened on May 5, 1862. They also worked on a worksheet where they had to illustrate the first Cinco de Mayo and write about it in three sentences.  

This week in Technology, First Grade learned about Google Earth. Students used Google Earth to zoom into places of interest, such as CHA, Russia, China, and their homes, to name a few. First Graders were challenged to zoom out and search for a desert, an ocean, a forest, and a snowy region. Afterward, they explored more exotic places including Mars and the Moon! When students move up to Second Grade, they will use Google Earth for a map project early in the year.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students continued working on the Ceramic Loom projectMrs. Choi taught the students how to create circle loom. It was very challenging at first, but the students slowly got the hang of it.   

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued discussing Caldecott Award winning books. Students enjoyed listening to “Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez- NealNext week will be the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rdCheck out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were rondo form, pitched percussion classification, vocal repertoire, rhythm patterns, and broken bordun.  2nd graders made rhythmic word chains out of food and added percussion instruments to the song A Thousand Hungry Savages.  They played the circle game Cut the Cake, added body level percussion to rhythmic flash cards, and added word chains and instruments to a song called We’re Off to the Zoo. 

In P.E. this week, Second Grade has been playing some multi- function games that require students to use a variety of different skills and techniques that they have learnt throughout the school year. Second grade have thoroughly enjoyed playing capture the flag. This game has many different achievable goals for all students to try and accomplish during the activity. Throwing (both underhand and overhand) catching, running , quick cuts and finding open space are some of the technical skills the students used in this game. We have also placed a heavy emphasis on problem solving and working together as a group to achieve team goals as well as celebrating others success and their own.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo. They listened to the book “Cinco de Mouse-O” by Judy Cox. After the read aloud the students discussed how people celebrate Cinco de Mayo now. They also reviewed the first Cinco de Mayo that happened on May 5, 1862. They also worked on a worksheet where they had to show the difference and similarities of Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July. One big difference would be that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but it is for America.  

Second Grade continues to work on their Pivot animation projects. This week, students created and added a background to their projects. Students determined a suitable setting based on their stories and drew the background using Paint. Once the background was saved, students could add the background to their slides.  

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the “Popcorn Flower” project. Mrs. Choi enjoys introducing project to students during spring. The students learned how to make a big flower by drawing a popcorn in the middle of the flower. Then they made the paddles around the popcorn. As they add more paddles around, it turns into a big and beautiful flower. They also reviewed oil pastel blending technique to color the popcorn flower.   

This week in Library, Third Grade students read from and discussed the book “Winterhouse” by Ben Guterson in preparation for our author-in-residence visit next week. Next week will be the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rdCheck out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were patterns, hand drum technique, canon/round, accents, steady pulse, and conducting in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4.   3rd graders warmed up with rhythm flashcards before performing a hand drum Canon in two parts.  They also learned a fun playground game called Pizza, Pizza and learned how conductors use gestures to mark 2-beat, 3-beat, and 4-beat time.   

In P.E. this week, Third Grade has been playing some multi- function games that require students to use a variety of different skills and techniques that they have learnt throughout the school year. Third grade have thoroughly enjoyed playing capture the flag. This game has many different achievable goals for all students to try and accomplish during the activity. Throwing (both underhand and overhand) catching, running, quick cuts and finding open space are some of the technical skills the students used in this game. We have also placed a heavy emphasis on problem solving and working together as a group to achieve team goals as well as celebrating both our own success as well as others.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade continued to learn about the history of Cinco de Mayo. They listened to the book “Cinco de Mouse-O” by Judy Cox. After the read aloud the students discussed how people celebrate Cinco de Mayo now. They also reviewed the first Cinco de Mayo that happened on May 5, 1862. They also worked on a worksheet where they read a passage about how Cinco de Mayo was brought to the US by a group of students from California University. They also answered some comprehension questions about the passage. 

This week Third Grade began a research project for their State Reports with Mrs. Watkins. We reviewed using online sources, and discussed credibility and safety when searching online. After reviewing the questions, students used Encyclopedia Britannica Kids as well as Kids Search and Safe Search to find answer about their state. 

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Fourth Grade 

Fourth Grade students were at IslandWood Environmental Camp this week. 

Next week will be the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rd.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor  Thursday:  Springer

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students learned about one-point perspective. Mrs. Choi teaches this lesson to Fifth Grade students every year and it has been one of their favorite projects. We looked at examples of different architecture, train tracks, trees, bridges and more. We started with a simple horizon line with an “X” from corner to corner passing through the vanishing point. We then painted the background lightly. Next week, when they come back, we will paint trees in different sizes to create depth on 2D canvas.   

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students read from and discussed the book “Winterhouse” by Ben Guterson in preparation for our author-in-residence visit next week. Next week will be the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rd.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade music were uninterrupted listening, mallet ensemble, melodic dictation, and experience with odd time signatures.  Students continued their work with their African mallet piece, as well as contributed to their listening journals.  5th graders also listened to simple melodies and tried to identify them by sight based on their shape.  Finally, students experienced 5/8 and 7/8 time signatures by using combinations of 2’s (apple) and 3’s (pineapple) in an activity called Mixed Fruit.  

In P.E. this week, Fifth Grade has started to work on some American football. We have introduced some simple ball handling activities where students practice handing off the ball to a teammate a speed. Catching the ball from different heights and distances was also one of our main focuses. We spoke about hand position and the difference between balls thrown above and below waist height. All students were encouraged to give their best efforts and not be concerned about making mistakes when learning a new skill. We will continue to practice as we move forward with the end goal being playing some 2 hand touch football down the road.

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade finished the Spanish menu. The students had to include a front cover, breakfast, lunch and drinks section. Every section to have six item descriptions, six pictures, and six prices. They also had to include a boarder. The students also reviewed conjugations and went over the rules of each verb.  

This week Fifth Grade learned an introduction to Python. Students worked through a tutorial at their own pace, learning about the “print()” function, as well as arrays and “if” statements. Students who completed the tutorial moved on to create a Rock, Paper, Scissors game. 

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