CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 23, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called Chendu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg. It is a cute story of how little Chengdu couldn’t fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. The illustrations are simple and created with a limited color palette of black, white and greens. After reading the book, the students learned how to draw a panda and a bamboo tree.   

This week in Library, Kindergarten students continued to study author, Mo Willems. They enjoyed listening to the story “Happy Pig Day” and completed a corresponding Elephant and Piggie activity. This was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class.  

This week’s music objectives in Kindergarten Music were unpitched percussion technique, vocal repertoire, steady pulse, sound and silence.  Students made and played rhythms by removing birds (quarter notes) from nests (quarter rests) to a chant called Little Robin.  Students played a singing circle game called Catch Him Crow.  They also enjoyed a beanbag game called Song of the Frogs where they each got to play the quiro and vibraslap while trying to toss a bean bag into a hand drum.

In P.E., kindergarten played Band-Aid Tag, a game in which they used their hands as Band-Aids once they were touched by stinging nettles (represented by pool noodles wielded by as many as three classmates). When they had two Band-Aids, they had to be cared for by two classmates, with each touching one of the victim’s shoulders for five seconds. The victim was then stinging nettle symptom free. They found themselves extremely tired after this game, and it was nice to see them working together to help the classmates with two Band-Aids. Often one person was trying to help, but the victim and aspiring helper had to get the attention of another classmate in order complete the process of helping. Kindergarten only met once this week since they did not have school Friday. 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten worked on forming animal sentences. Last week the had learned how to say the in Spanish and this week this learned how to say is. They put the information that they already had learned like colors and animal names into forming sentences. The students practiced by writing one Spanish sentence and one English sentence.  

This week in Technology, Kindergarten used Technology time to take Star Reading tests. Students could choose between playing on the coding website, Kodable, or doing mouse practice with a game called “Bees and Honey” when they finished their tests.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students continued working on the Our Galaxy project. We finally finished putting our components for the Our Galaxy project. Their creation turned out wonderful and Mrs. Choi is excited to hang them up for the CHA Art show.   

This week in Library, First Grade students continued discussing reference materials and practiced identifying information on a table of contents. This was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rdEach week students will visit library twice for a 30 minute class.  

This week’s music objectives in 1st Grade Music were vocal repertoire, phrase, and steady pulse.  In addition to reviewing recent games and activities, students added quarter/eighth note rhythms to a story called Otto Goes to the Beach.  Students also learned a circle game from Trinidad called I Lost My Glove, and the singing game Jump Jim Joe.

In P.E., first grade played Band-Aid Tag, a game in which they used their hands as Band-Aids once they were touched by stinging nettles (represented by pool noodles wielded by as many as three classmates). When they had two Band-Aids, they had to be cared for by two classmates, with each touching one of the victim’s shoulders for five seconds. The victim was then stinging nettle symptom free. They found themselves extremely tired after this game, and it was nice to see them working together to help the classmates with two Band-Aids. Often one person was trying to help, but the victim and aspiring helper had to get the attention of another classmate in order complete the process of helping. On Thursday, Ms. Chow’s class was unable to meet due to the assembly. 

This week in Spanish, First Grade worked on their paper house. The students added family their family members and wrote the names in Spanish. The students also decorated the front of the house by adding a roof, door, and window. Some students that finished with the front of their house were able to decorate the inside of their homes. Since there is no school on Friday, I was only able to see them once.   

This week in Technology, First Grade finished cutting and stapling their PowerPoint slide shows into booklets. Students spent extra class time learning more about adding and resizing pictures and using pre-made designs, then practicing by making a self-directed slide show of their choosing. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished with their ceramic loom project. Mrs. Choi is excited to hang their creations for the art show.   

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued discussing reference materials and completed a dictionary practice page. This was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books are were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Library days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s music objectives in 2nd Grade Music were vocal repertoire, and movement. Students had fun playing the circle game The Closet Key.  The song utilizes a mi-re-do vocal pattern as students pass a hidden key around the circle keeping it hidden from a student in the middle.   Students also reviewed their Moving Up repertoire.   

In P.E., second grade was introduced to throwing and catching a football. They learned where and how to properly grip the ball, how the laces are used, and the technique of throwing, particularly how to incorporate the whole body. Then we played a game in which they practiced “tackling” (single-hand touch). Teams attempted to touch as many of the opposing team as possible as they run from one side of the gym to the other. The team on offense appoints one person to secretly carry a small object (usually a standard eraser); if that person succeeds in getting it to the other side of the gym without getting tackled, a point is earned for the team. Second grade only met once this week since we did not have school Friday.  

This week in Spanish, Second Grade worked on a clothing flip book. Students added three outfits: outdoor, every day, and party outfit. The students also labeled each clothing item and colored each piece. Since there was an assembly and no school on Friday, I was only able to see them once.  

This week in Technology, Second Graders finished creating and saving their Pivot animations. Then, the class watched the finished videos as a group. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students earned free choice day. Many of them wanted to make something with clay. They must have had a lot of fun with the recent clay project.  

This week in Library, Third Grade students wrote thank you letters for our author-in-residence, Ben GutersonThis was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Library days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s music objectives in 3rd Grade Music were phrase, steady pulse, improvisation, vocal repertoire, and AB form.  Students enjoyed reviewing Scotland’s Burning, and Pizza Pizza.  They also learned another rondo called 2-4-6-8 where they created their own rhythm chains in small groups.  Finally, they learned a dance in AB form called the Polka Poussette.   

In P.E., third grade played Band-Aid dodgeball (a weird Mr. Heinz creation!) and was introduced to throwing and catching a football. They learned where and how to properly grip the ball, how the laces are used, and the technique of throwing, particularly how to incorporate the whole body. Then we played a game in which they practiced “tackling” (single-hand touch). Teams attempted to touch as many of the opposing team as possible as they run from one side of the gym to the other. The team on offense appoints one person to secretly carry a small object (usually a standard eraser); if that person succeeds in getting it to the other side of the gym without getting tackled, a point is earned for the team. Second grade only met once this week since we did not have school Friday. 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade reviewed for their test. The students were able to play a friendly game of Eggspert. The class was made up of three teams and each team sent one student to participate against the other team. The students were given animal names or sentences to translate. If the students came to Spanish a second time this week the students were able to take their Spanish test. If they did not come to Spanish, they will be taking it next week.  

This week, Third Grade continued to work on their state projects. Most students finished answering important questions and are now compiling their findings into their choice of a slide show, flier, or document. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students added silhouettes of sailboat and trees to their sunset background. Their painting turned out wonderful.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students wrote thank you notes for our author-in-residence, Ben GutersonThis week was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s music objectives in 4th Grade Music were ukulele assessment, vocal repertoire, strumming technique, and a I-VI-IV-V chord progression.  Students were individually assessed on their progress of learning the G,F, C, and A- chords on the ukulele.  They practiced singing the piece they’ll be performing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.  4th graders continue to make progress learning This Land is Your Land.  They also were introduced to another 4 chord song Octupus’ Garden.  

In P.E., fourth grade played some more ladder toss on Tuesday, working on their technique and particularly on finding the form that works best for each. The emphasis has been on deciding whether it works best to lead with the opposite or same leg as the throwing motion is executed. Some prefer it one way, while others prefer it the other. The other point of emphasis is throwing in an arc, “making a rainbow”. The kids eventually find out for themselves that their chances of scoring increase greatly when they use this approach versus a more direct throwing technique. On Thursday, we began focusing on volleyball skills, specifically on bumping and setting. We played two games, four-square volleyball and volleyball hoops, to develop and reinforce these skills. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on their last activity in the book. The students had to unscramble Spanish sentences by following the format they had learned. They were tricky sentences because they were included in a pen pal email that had other words and the students had to figure out where the sentences started and ended. The students also practiced feminine and masculine articles by adding un/una to nouns on a workbook on their OneNote account. If they students came to class for a third time, they had extra time to finish any incomplete work since all their work is due before the test next week.  

This week Fourth Grade learned how to create patterns in TinkerCad using their new CodeblocksTinkerCad Codeblocks was developed by the creators of Scratch, and it allow students to drag and drop code to generate 3D models using patterns, iterations, and variables. To use TinkerCad at home, visit https://www.tinkercad.com and make a free account. In the navigation bar on the left hand side, you will see the Codeblocks option, which includes practice projects and a guide, as well as the option to start your own new project. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students added last leaves and flowers to their trees.    

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students reflected on author, Ben Guterson’s visit to and wrote thank you notes and letters. This was the last week for library check out. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Library days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s music objectives in 5th Grade Music were ensemble practice, vocal repertoire, and percussion technique.  5th graders continued to work hard on the percussion ensemble piece they’ll be performing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony.   

In P.E., fifth grade played some more ladder toss, working on their technique and particularly on finding the form that works best for each. The emphasis has been on deciding whether it works best to lead with the opposite or same leg as the throwing motion is executed. Some prefer it one way, while others prefer it the other. The other point of emphasis is throwing in an arc, “making a rainbow”. The kids eventually find out for themselves that their chances of scoring increase greatly when they use this approach versus a more direct throwing technique.  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade completed a study guide and reviewed for their test. The students played a friendly game of Eggster against their peers. The students had to first listen to the question that I asked and press the egg button before their classmate. If the answered correctly their team got a point. If they answered incorrectly the other team could steal the point. The next day they came the students took their test. Another amazing thing the student were able to do was go a Mexican restaurant. Here the students were able to practice their Spanish and order their drink and food in Spanish. The students had a great time eating delicious food and enjoy their time with one another.

This week in Technology, Fifth Grade continued to work on their final projects. 

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