CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

June 07, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students enjoyed their earned free choice day. Many of them enjoyed drawing, playing with play dough, or having a dance party.  

This week in Library, Kindergarten continued their study of author, Melanie Watt. They enjoyed listening to the story “Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend” and completed a bubble map squirrel activity. In addition, students also participated in a KCLS Summer Reading presentation. Summer Reading flyers are coming home in Friday foldersAll 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 annual review and free play.  Kindergartners reviewed activities that were learned throughout the year to reinforce concepts they acquired.  Students also earned their final free day in class for outstanding behavior.  

In P.E., kindergarten has been enjoying Pizza Tag and Capture the Treasure. In both games, agility and vision are the points of emphasis, and in Capture the Treasure especially, players and teams learn to time their efforts to take advantage of the best opportunities to the best opportunities to sneak balls, bean bags and other items out from under the watchful eyes of “tigers”.   

This week in Spanish, Kindergarten worked on their animal sentences. The students wrote about one animal in Spanish and English. Their final work can be found in their portfolios. The students also took their sentence structure test. The students had been working on el and la. They learned when to place it in front of nouns. The test was to see if they had mastered what we had learned in class plus translated a sentence.  

This week in Technology, Kindergarten clicked through a short slideshow about the different seasons. The slide show had words printed on the screen and also read aloud to the students about each season. When finished, students completed a word search about summer. At the following technology class, students used words from the summer word search to create sentences about summer in Microsoft Word.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students enjoyed their earned free choice time. For that time, many students showed great interest in drawings. They asked Mrs. Choi to show them pictures of what they are in to and hone their drawing from observation skills. Mrs. Choi is very proud of our little artists! 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “The Sloth Who Slowed Us Down” by Margaret Wild. In addition, students also participated in a KCLS Summer Reading presentation. Summer Reading flyers are coming home in Friday folders. All 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 annual review and free play.  1st Graders reviewed activities that were learned throughout the year to reinforce concepts they acquired.  Students also earned free time in class for their outstanding behavior.  

In P.E., first grade played Spaghetti and Meatballs with their guest coach from Ms. Wilcox’s class Thursday, and Capture the Treasure on Tuesday. In Capture the Treasure, players and teams learn to time their efforts to take advantage of the best opportunities to sneak balls, bean bags and other items out from under the watchful eyes of “tigers”.   

This week in Spanish, First Grade finished their family houses. The students made paper house with all their family members. The students had to label them in Spanish and decorate their home. The students also took a quiz to see if they had learned the family members and it can be found in their Friday folders.  

This week in Technology, First Grade added to their Summer Plans tables by adding a new row at the top for a title. They learned how right-clicking on the table gives lots of interesting options. We highlighted the top row and used right-click to merge the cells together. After adding the title, we centered the words with the center-align button.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second grade students enjoyed our annual paper airplane contest. We learn about the science behind paper airplane, think about the designs for the paper airplane that could fly farthest. Then we went outside, and test flied our paper airplanes. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to “Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast Mission Defrostable” by Josh FunkIn addition, students also participated in a KCLS Summer Reading presentation. Summer Reading flyers are coming home in Friday foldersAll 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 steady pulse and ostinato.  2nd Graders explored characters in a circus and shaped those characters to a song called Friend in the Circus.  They also added mallet parts to a song called Hello Sir.  2nd graders also earned free time in class for their outstanding behavior.  

In P.E., second grade continued to work on football skills, with a heavy emphasis on throwing, catching, running to escape the defense, and route running as a receiver. They even began to run what’s called a “double route”, often pretending to be Doug Baldwin receiving a pass from Russ (though that sadly will not be happening anymore….).

This week in Spanish, Second Grade turned in their flip books and their clothing item crossword. The flip books contained funny characters that included clothes with Spanish labels. Some of the flip books were very creative and you can see the creativeness of the students. The students also took a quiz on clothing items and all these things can be found in their Friday folders.  

This week in Technology, Second Graders supplemented last week’s discussion about Rings of Responsibility with Brain Pop activities about media literacy. Students learned what media is, what it means for a story to be biased, and how to think critically about the media they consume.  

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students enjoyed our annual paper airplane contest. We learn about the science behind paper airplane, think about the designs for the paper airplane that could fly farthest. Then we went outside, and test flied our paper airplanes. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students participated in a class discussion of Roald Dahl. They completed a coordinating scavenger hunt activity with classmates. In addition, students participated in a KCLS Summer Reading presentation. Summer Reading flyers are coming home in Friday foldersAll 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, repertoire, and canon/rounds.  3rd graders added body percussion to a Mexican Folk chant called Bate, Bate.  They also added movements in groups to a round called Sally Go ‘Round the Sun.  Lastly, students earned free time in class for their outstanding behavior.

In P.E., third grade continued to work on football skills, with a heavy emphasis on throwing, catching, running to escape the defense, and route running as a receiver. They even began to run what’s called a “double route”, often pretending to be Doug Baldwin receiving a pass from Russ (though that sadly will not be happening anymore….). 

This week in Spanish, Third Grade worked on a project called Taco about Spanish. The students had to write about what they learned in Spanish and what was their favorite part. As you can imagine a lot of them said breaking the pinatas and getting candy was their favorite. Many students also talked about the Day of the Dead and getting hot coco. These projects will be in their Friday folders next week and you can read them since they will be in English.  

This week, Third Grade finished working 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! Students had a chance to play each others’ Kahoot quizzes when finished. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students enjoyed our annual paper airplane contest. We learn about the science behind paper airplane, think about the designs for the paper airplane that could fly farthest. Then we went outside, and test flied our paper airplanes. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students discussed Newberry and Sasquatch awards. In addition, students also participated in a KCLS Summer Reading presentation. Summer Reading flyers are coming home in Friday foldersAll CHA library books were due back Thursday, May 23rdLibrary days are as follows: Monday: Taylor Thursday:  Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were ukulele technique and repertoire.  4th graders finished their ukulele unit and assessment.  Students also earned free time in class for their outstanding behavior.  

In P.E., fourth grade has continued to work on volleyball skills, which culminated in a volleyball game using a beach ball. The decision was made that the game would be just a little more enjoyable by all if we made use of a ball that would provide just a little more time for us to react and was easier to hit! However, the technique being employed looks very good and demonstrates some strong evidence of learning!  

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade worked on a rainbow project that included adjectives in the rays. Each ray had an adjective that the students had written about themselves. The students also watched the Spanish mystery “Eres tu Maria”. The students discussed and made predictions of the ending and how the mystery would be solved. Next week is the big reveal and we will see what predictions were correct or close.  

This week Fourth Grade continued using TinkerCad using Codeblocks to program 3D models. We looked at how you can use variables to more consistently make changes to code. We also looked at ways to use math equations in the code to produce different shapes.  

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students enjoyed our annual paper airplane contest. We learn about the science behind paper airplane, think about the designs for the paper airplane that could fly farthest. Then we went outside, and test flied our paper airplanes. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students participated in a KCLS Summer Reading presentation. Summer Reading flyers are coming home in Friday folders. 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 ensemble technique and repertoire.  5th graders put the finishing touches on their Moving Up performance piece.  They also earned free time for their outstanding behavior. 

In P.E., fifth grade has continued to work on volleyball skills, which culminated in a volleyball game using a beach ball. The decision was made that the game would be just a little more enjoyable by all if we made use of a ball that would provide just a little more time for us to react and was easier to hit! However, the technique being employed looks very good and demonstrates some strong evidence of learning!  

This week in Spanish, Fifth Grade watched the Spanish mystery “Mi Vida Loca”. The students also answered comprehension questions about each episode they watched. The mystery video follows a girl in Spain as she travels around Madrid and other small towns. She is a journalist who is trying to write about endangered animals and their homes being taken away by a man building tourist buildings in these areas. While following her around the students are learning new words and learning about the Spanish culture.   

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

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