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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

May 30, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Newell’s class had a great time working on Summer Fun Parasole project. We talked about our summer plan and what we wish to do during summer. Then they decorated their parasols with all of their ideas. Ms. Palladino’s class didn’t have art due to the field trip and Mrs. Bernal’s class didn’t have art due to Memorial Day.   

This week in Library, Kindergarten students started their author study of Melanie Watt. They enjoyed listening to the story “Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party” and completed a corresponding squirrel activity. 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 objectives in Kindergarten Music were steady pulse, body awareness, and vocal repertoire.  Students learned new circle games and songs called Looby Loo and Boom Makaleli.  They also reviewed activities and songs that they learned throughout the year in order to reinforce new concepts.  

Unfortunately, kindergarten did not have P.E. this week due to the fact that they had a field trip on Friday and Memorial Day on Monday. I look forward to seeing them again next week! 

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten reviewed what they had learned about sentence structure. When a noun ends in an –a add la(the) or if the word end anything from B-Z add –el(the). They also went over how to say is(es) and they also learned the word and(y). With all this information the students wrote Spanish sentences. If you would like to practice at home using the vocabulary or flashcards go to chestnuthillacademy.com/villasenor.

This week in Technology, Kindergarten used ABCYa StoryMaker to connect written ideas to pictures. Students typed out words they could read, from single words like “cat” or “ball” to entire sentences about knights or rainbows. Afterward, each student used the program to draw a related picture.   

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First Grade

This week at Art, first grade students learned about Notan-Japanese word for the interaction between dark and light. After looking at many examples, they created their own notan design out of black square paper, and learned about positive and negative space in art. It was very challenging, but they really enjoyed working on this project. 

This week in Library, First Grade students continued discussing reference materials and practiced identifying information on a dictionaryThey also enjoyed listening to the story “It’s Not Fair” by Caryn RivadeneiraAll CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rdEach week students will visit library twice for a 30 minute class.  

This week’s objectives in 1st Grade Music were steady pulse, AB form, ostinato, sol-la-mi, and vocal repertoire.  The last weeks of music class involve reviewing games and activities that students performed throughout the year to reinforce new concepts.  Students this week reviewed the songs and games Willum, All Around the Buttercup, Higglety Pigglety Pop, and sol-la-mi identification.  Students also reviewed the song they’ll be singing for this year’s Moving Up Ceremony.   

In P.E. this week, first grade enjoyed the challenge of Flip the Hoop, a partner game in which teams of two and three work on their throwing accuracy and catching ability and technique. As they “hit the target,” they move the target further from where they throw. They use different objects as they continue to succeed and to extend the challenge. They also played Pizza Tag, a game in which three different “ingredient groups” take turns trying to avoid being picked by the pizza maker to be used for the pizza pie.  

This week in Spanish, First Grade worked on their family houses. The students finished gluing their paper family members in the inside including Spanish labels. They also decorated the outside and the inside of the house. Some of the students were able to start coloring their houses. If you would like to practice at home using the vocabulary or flashcards go to chestnuthillacademy.com/villasenor. 

This week in Technology, First Grade learned how to create tables using Microsoft Word. They made four columns, each with a different topic, like “Reading” or “Travel,” then filled in the cells below with personal summer plans that fall into each category. Students who finished with extra time also added related pictures to the cells. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Mrs. Duffina’s class finished with their Ceramic Loom project and Mrs. Choi hung their wonderful creations on the wall. Mrs. Morman’s class enjoyed their earned free choice time. Mrs. Fox’s class didn’t have art due to Memorial day  

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to “Strictly No Elephants” by Lisa MantchevAll CHA library books are were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Library days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox,  Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were pitched percussion classification, rondo form, and composition.  Students learned or reviewed the chant A Thousand Hungry Savages.  They worked in groups to create word chain rhythms using food and performed them on drums.  Mallet instruments were divided and added to the main A section to create an instrumental rondo.  

In P.E. this week, second grade has continued to work on football-related skills. They played a fun team game Wednesday in which the football was passed among the team while on the move, and the opponent was giving chase attempting to tackle (two-hand touch technique) and intercept. There were end zones at each side of the gym, and for the majority of the game the rule was that to score the ball could only be successfully passed and caught in the end zone. On Friday we enjoyed a game in which the emphasis was on maneuvering past defenders while carrying the ball.  

This week in Spanish, Second Grade continued to work on their clothes flip book. The students finished adding all three outfits and colored them. They also added Spanish labels to each clothing item. After labeling the students were able to work on a Spanish word search paper. If the students finished with the they were able to put funny faces on their flip book. If you would like to practice at home using the vocabulary or flashcards go to chestnuthillacademy.com/villasenor.  

This week in Technology, Second Graders learned about “Rings of Responsibility.” These rings were used to explain how the choices we make impact ourselves, our community, and our world. Students discussed how choices we make in our lives, both physical and digital, each impact one or more rings. After the discussion and a short video, students completed a worksheet to demonstrate who would be impacted by certain decisions that we all make. 

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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 reviewed using reference materials and practiced identifying information from a dictionary. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Library days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Watkins. Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were steady pulse, vocal ostinato, score reading, major vs. Minor, and phrase.  3rd graders added mallet parts and vocal ostinato to a song called My Horses Ain’t Hungry.  They also reviewed a folk rhyme called 2-4-6-8 and added their own body percussion rhythm to make a rondo.  Students listened to musical examples of major and minor tonalities and discussed how they differ.  Finally, student reviewed the round Scotland’s Burning and the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony. 

In P.E. this week, third grade has continued to work on football-related skills. They played a fun team game Wednesday in which the football was passed among the team while on the move, and the opponent was giving chase attempting to tackle (two-hand touch technique) and intercept. There were end zones at each side of the gym, and for the majority of the game the rule was that to score the ball could only be successfully passed and caught in the end zone. Third grade only had P.E. once this week due to the observance of Memorial Day on Monday.  

This week in Spanish, Third Grade was able to have free choice since they took their test last week. If they did not take their test last week, then they took their test this week. The students also discussed the similarities and differences between tomato soup and gazpacho. Gazpacho is a cold tomato soup that is severed in the country of Spain. The students were introduced to this soup with the book Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey Kyle.    

This week, Third Grade continued to work on their state projects. After completing their slide shows, fliers, and documents, students used the Tech Tips they have learned throughout this trimester to create a quiz on Kahoot! 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, fourth grade students had a catch-up day. Some students finished with their Van Gogh’s chair project and some students finished with their Sunset Painting project.   

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students discussed Newberry and Sasquatch awards. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Check out days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were ukulele practice and assessment.  Students reviewed This Land is Your Land and Octopus’ Garden.  They were also assessed individually on string names and the C, A minor, F, and G chord.  Students also reviewed the song they’ll be singing at this year’s Moving Up ceremony. 

In P.E. this week, fourth grade worked more on volleyball techniques and common ways to handle the ball, specifically serving, bumping (also referred to as “digging”), and setting. We’ll introduce blocking and spiking next week when we get the net up and ready.  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on a study guide that reviewed everything from chapter 1B adjectives. On their second day of Spanish the students took their test. I was not able to see them a third time because of the holiday.  

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. If you didn’t get a chance to visit the Art Show and see the Stop Motion Animation video that fourth grade students made in Art and Technology, you can view it here.

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, fifth grade students enjoyed their last earned free choice day.  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students completed book spine poetry. All CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rd.  Library days are as follows: Tuesday: Norkus. Wednesday:  Dewitt 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were mallet ensemble and vocal repertoire.  5th Graders continued to work hard on their mallet piece they’ll be performing at graduation.   t’s very challenging, but they did great!  They are excited to perform this at the Moving Up ceremony in addition to song they’ll be singing called Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood. 

In P.E. this week, fifth grade worked more on volleyball techniques and common ways to handle the ball, specifically serving, bumping (also referred to as “digging”), and setting. We’ll introduce blocking and spiking next week when we get the net up and ready.  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade enjoyed free choice since they took their test last week on chapter 3A foods and beverages. On their second day of Spanish the students watch an episode of the Spanish mystery Mi Vida Loca. While watching the episode the students answered comprehension questions about what was happening in the video. 

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

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