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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 17, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students finished with their fairy house project by decorating the house. We put paper cups upside down and put windows, drew grass, glued tissue paper flowers. Some of the students also drew fairies for their tiny houses. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to and discussed the book “I Can’t Believe You Said That” written by Julia Cook. We also started our author study of Mo Willems. This was 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 vocal repertoire, unpitched percussion technique, and long/short rhythm patterns.  Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.  They also learned the movements to a song called Going Over the Sea.  Lastly, they reinforced their knowledge of short/long rhythmic patterns by adding a jump rope rhyme and then adding rhythms on rhythm sticks.  

In PE this week, kindergarten enjoyed spending time doing some running in the form of short relay races, an obstacle course adventure that incorporated jumping and climbing, and a medium-distance run around the field for their usual three laps. They also played “garbage ball” which forces them to be in perpetual motion and raises the heart rate as they try to keep their team’s side of the court as free from “garbage” (balls, wads of paper, rubber animals, etc.) as possible, while at the same time filling the opponent’s side.  

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten was introduced to animals. They also learned about noun endings. If a noun ends in –a then the word should start with –la, but if the noun ends in anything from B-Z then the word should start with –el. These rules are the start of sentence formation. Next week we will start coming everything they have learned throughout the year and start making short sentences. The students also got to hit a pinata that the 4th Graders donated to their class and they had a blast.  

This week in Technology, Kindergarten used  Microsoft Word to create a Thank You card for their homeroom teachers. Students typed out messages, changed the font, and made the text bigger. They also added a border around the edge of their card. Ms. Gorski was very impressed to see some students keeping their hands open while finding the letters to type! 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the Our Galaxy project. This week, we learned about basic printing technique and made planets using shaving cream technique. It was such a messy project and the students had a lot of fun.   

This week in Library, First Grade students read and discussed books by author Julia Cook. We discussed thinking bubbles, talking bubbles, and social filters as they related to the storyThis was 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: Chow  Wednesday: Carver Thursday:  Wilcox 

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, steady pulse, quarter/eighth notes, and pitched/unpitched percussion technique.  Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.  They also learned a steady beat circle game called Punchinella 

In PE this week, first grade enjoyed spending time doing some running in the form of short relay races, an obstacle course adventure that incorporated jumping and climbing, and a medium-distance run around the field for their usual three laps. They also played “garbage ball” which forces them to be in perpetual motion and raises the heart rate as they try to keep their team’s side of the court as free from “garbage” (balls, wads of paper, rubber animals, etc.) as possible, while at the same time filling the opponent’s side.  

This week in Spanish, First Grade started their house project. The students were able to make a cut out of a house and some of them started decorating a roof on their house. The students also got to hit a pinata that the 4th Graders donated to their class and they had a blast. The pinatas were made to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy the cool creation 4th Grade made.  

This week in Technology, First Grade printed out the Earth Week slide shows they made in PowerPoint last month. Students learned how printing in PowerPoint is different than printing in Microsoft Word, and had to pay attention to details such as which slides were printing, and how many slides would print on each page. After printing, students cut out and stapled their projects. These will be added to student portfolios. 

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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 read and discussed the book “Islandborn”  by Junot Diaz. We also discussed books by author Julia Cook and read “The Worst Day of My Life Ever.” This was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rd.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives 2nd Grade Music were pitched percussion classification, steady pulse, ostinato, and vocal repertoire.  Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing in this year’s Moving Up ceremony.  Students also learned a two part duet utilizing an ostinato called I Can Read That! 

In PE this week, second grade enjoyed playing Four Corners, a game in which they attempt to run from one corner of the gym to another without being hit by a foam ball thrown from within the middle of the court. They took turns as both throwers and runners and absolutely tired themselves out playing this game! Lots of red cheeks and sweaty foreheads.

This week in Spanish, Second Grade reviewed the vocabulary with a worksheet that had missing vowels. The students had to look at their vocabulary sheet a figure out what was missing. They also had a chance to start a word search if they finished early. The students also got to hit a pinata that the 4th Graders donated to their class and they had a blast. The pinatas were made to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy the cool creation 4th Grade made. 

Second Grade is finishing their Pivot animation in Technology. Each animation project should have a background on each frame, and the story should have a beginning, middle, and end. Next week, students will save their animations so we can watch them in class.  

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students painted their sea creature sculptures. They all turned out very different and fun. Mrs. Choi cannot wait to display them for the art show.   

This week in Library, Third Grade students had an opportunity to meet our author-in- residence Ben Guterson. Students enjoyed learning about codes, anagrams, and had interesting questions about his book series WinterhouseThis was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are due back by Thursday, May 23rd.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were uninterrupted listening, canon/round, rhythmic patterns, rondo form, and vocal repertoire.  Students were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.  They also learned a new vocal round called Scotland’s Burning.  3rd graders finally composed their own rhythms to form a rhythmic rondo and performed it as a class.   

In PE this week, third grade enjoyed playing Four Corners, a game in which they attempt to run from one corner of the gym to another without being hit by a foam ball thrown from within the middle of the court. They took turns as both throwers and runners and absolutely tired themselves out playing this game! Lots of red cheeks and sweaty foreheads. Some classes (this was a decision based upon weather since Crazy Ball could only be played outside) also played Crazy Ball, a game similar to kickball. However, teams kick one ball, punt or throw a football, throw a Frisbee, and throw or kick a dodgeball into the field. Then all four people run around the bases while the fielders attempt to get all four items back to the pitcher’s area. Once all four items are returned, the runners are out and the number of points determined according to how many times home plate was touched.

This week in Spanish, Third Grade worked on a study guide. We went over words from their tree map that they used on their research project and they also started translating sentences using those words. They were given several sentences examples to translate and they also had to work on some animal translations. They were able to take home their study guide home so they can study for next week’s test. The students also got to hit a pinata that the 4th Graders donated to their class and they had a blast. The pinatas were made to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy the cool creation 4th Grade made. 

This week, Third Grade continued researching their State. After answering a set of questions about their state, each student will create a booklet using Publisher or a slide show using PowerPoint which displays the information they have learned. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students had an opportunity to meet our author- in- residence Ben Guterson. Students enjoyed learning about codes, anagrams, and had interesting questions about his book series Winterhouse This week was 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  

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were vocal repertoire, ukulele strumming technique and A-,G, F, and C chords.  4th graders continued to make progress in switching between chords as they strum.  They have started to sing and strum This Land is Your Land 

In PE this week, fourth grade enjoyed playing Four Corners, a game in which they attempt to run from one corner of the gym to another without being hit by a foam ball thrown from within the middle of the court. They took turns as both throwers and runners and absolutely tired themselves out playing this game! Lots of red cheeks and sweaty foreheads. Since it was raining hard for their second PE session of the week, we played ladder toss, working in pushups and jumping jacks when certain scoring situations occurred. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on sentence formation using adjectives. The students went over the rules first because in Spanish adjectives go at the end of a noun unlike in English. I order to get use to this the students worked on two activities in the book and they also practiced this with a worksheet that is in their OneNote account. The students also got to hit a pinata and they had a blast. The pinatas were made to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy the cool creation 4th Grade made. 

This week Fourth Grade earned a free choice day in Technology. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students had an opportunity to meet our author- in- residence Ben Guterson. Students enjoyed learning about codes, anagrams, and had interesting questions about his book series Winterhouse.  This week was 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 5th Grade Music were ensemble experience, vocal repertoire, and pitched percussion technique.  5th graders were introduced to a song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.  They also continued to learn and practice their percussion ensemble piece that they also will be featured on at this year’s event.  Finally, students contributed to their listening journals. 

In PE this week, fifth grade enjoyed playing Four Corners, a game in which they attempt to run from one corner of the gym to another without being hit by a foam ball thrown from within the middle of the court. They took turns as both throwers and runners and absolutely tired themselves out playing this game! Lots of red cheeks and sweaty foreheads. Since it was raining hard for their second PE session of the week, we played ladder toss, working in pushups and jumping jacks when certain scoring situations occurred. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade picked their meal for when they go to the Mexican restaurant. They also translated the food in Spanish and practiced saying how they were going to order. They also worked on a study guide and went over conjugations rules. The study guide was sent home with them and the test will be next week. The students also got to hit a pinata that the 4th Graders donated to their class and they had a blast. The pinatas were made to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy the creation 4th Grade made. 

This week Fifth Grade began work on final projects. Students are asked to build a creation using a technology they have utilized in Technology Class in the past. Projects include video games, stop motion videos, slideshows, and more.  

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