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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 06, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students not only learned about classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original artwork goes into their yearly portfolios, and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation. Mrs. Choi is SO excited to be your child’s Art Teacher at CHA! This year, we will be using a variety of exciting materials including watercolor, plaster, pastels, clay and mixed media, just to name a few! Students will learn about a broad range of artists from Leonardo Da Vinci to Dale Chihuly and artistic eras from Renaissance to Pop!  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten learned how to log into the computers in the Tech Lab. Students who quickly logged in also found the shortcut for the Tech Lab Website (www.mrsmorlidge.com) on the desktop. In the coming months, we will regularly go to this website and play games that will improve mouse skills. Kindergarten also spent time learning routines and expectations of the Computer Science classroom and made name tags for their seats. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students were introduced to the procedures of the Library through a fun story titled “Clark the Shark”. Next week, we will continue to discuss procedures and begin to check out. Students may bring their check out book home for one week and return by the following Wednesday. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30-minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were an introduction to the new space, vocal repertoire, and free exploration.  Students learned about some general rules about instruments and locations.  They learned a simple song called Welcome Boys and Girls.  Finally, they practiced improvisation and exploration choosing some instruments and friends to collaborate with.  

This week in PE, the Kindergarten worked with the parachutes. students were set different fun challenges and skills to perform with their parachute. These activities included “ the umbrella, the volcano, and the mushroom”.   These group activities foster teamwork and cooperative learning as well as working on key fundamental skills such as balance, jumping, and coordination.  As a class, we discussed what it meant to be part of a team and how cooperation can help a team reach a common goal. Walso discussed and set our class expectations related to attitude, treatment of classmates and the spirit with which we compete during PE lessons.

This week in Spanish, the Kindergarteners explored the Spanish Classroom. They introduced themselves to each other and learned a little bit more about Ms. Suarez. We learned to introduce ourselves by saying “Hola, yo me llamo…”. We read a short story in Spanish called “Clifford Va a Kindergarten” (“Clifford Goes to Kindergarten”) and explored how we felt coming to CHA for the first time. Practice saying Hello (Hola) and Good-Bye (Adios) at home. 

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students   not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original artwork goes into their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade learned a Tech Tip about logging in – that it requires a username, which is not a secret, as well as a password, which is a secret. Students then got some practice finding letters on the keyboard by playing typing games that can be found on www.mrsmorlidge.com. We also spent time reviewing routines and expectations of the Computer Science classroom and learning how to log into the First Grade accounts. 

This week in Library, First Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “School’s First Day of School”. This story helps welcome students to all the fun the Library has to offer. Next week, we will discuss library procedures and book checkout will start the week of Sept. 9th. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30-minute class. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Laya   Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were an introduction to the new space, vocal repertoire, steady pulse, and free exploration.  Students reviewed some general rules about instruments and locations.  They learned a simple steady beat song called Welcome Back to School.  Students also put together a listening journal that they’ll be contributing to occasionally.  Finally, they practiced improvisation and exploration choosing some instruments and friends to collaborate with.  

This week in PE, the First Graders worked on their locomotive skills and spatial awareness. Students played a variety of games which encouraged them to practice different key skills such as hopping, running and skipping as well as working on their balance and core strength. They enjoyed a new game called “Giants, elves and wizards” where students would move freely around the gym to music then have to react when the music stops and perform a certain action to become a giant, elf or wizard. We then incorporated a chasing and fleeing element to this game introducing taggers.  As a class, we discussed and set our class expectations related to attitude, treatment of classmates and the spirit with which we compete during PE lessons.

This week in Spanish, the First Graders explored the Spanish Classroom and reviewed classroom procedures like finding our seats and using the materials in class. We introduced ourselves using “Hola, yo me llamo…” and got to learn a little more about Ms. Suarez. Students then worked on their “Todo Sobre Mi”. They were asked about their familia and favorito color. We also read “Please Mr. Panda, Por Favor Señor Panda” and learned the importance of being kind. Practice saying Hello (Hola) and Good-Bye (Adios) at home.   

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original artwork goes into their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade learned a Tech Tip about using a split-screen on their monitor. This will come in handy as we switch between using PowerPoint and Google Earth in our upcoming project, which ties into their upcoming Social Studies lessons about maps. In preparation for the project, we also read a book called Me on the Map, saved an empty PowerPoint presentation to use later and found Google Earth on the desktop. We also spent time reviewing routines and expectations of the Computer Science classroom and learning how to log into the Second Grade accounts. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “First Day Jitters”. The story helped welcome students back to school and calm any first day of second grade jitters. Next week, we will review library procedures and book checkout will start the week of September 9thEach week students will visit Library twice for a 30-minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were an introduction to the new space, vocal repertoire, and free exploration.  Students reviewed some general rules about instruments and locations.  They learned a song called Summer’s Almost Over where they had the chance to show me what they did this past summer.  Students also put together a listening journal that they’ll be contributing to.  Finally, they practiced improvisation and exploration choosing some instruments and friends to collaborate with.  

This week in PE, the 2nd graders worked with the parachutes. In small groups of 3-4 students were set different fun challenges and skills to perform with their parachute. These group activities foster teamwork and cooperative learning as well as working on key fundamental skills such as balance, jumping, and coordination. Students particularly enjoyed playing team parachute volleyball where students would transfer an oversize beachball from one parachute to another without it hitting the floor each time trying to beat our previous score.  As a class, we discussed and set our class expectations related to attitude, treatment of classmates and the spirit with which we compete during PE lessons.

This week in Spanish, the Second Graders explored the Spanish Classroom and reviewed classroom procedures like finding our seats and using the materials in class. We introduced ourselves using “Hola, yo me llamo…” and got to learn a little more about Ms. Suarez. Students then worked on their “Todo Sobre Mi”. They were asked about their familia and favorito color. We also read “Please Mr. Panda, Por Favor Señor Panda” and learned the importance of being kind. Practice kindness at home by asking with por favor (please). 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original artwork goes into their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.  

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade learned a Tech Tip about how to use a split-screen on their monitor. This will come in handy as we switch between using Microsoft Word and the Tech Lab Website for our upcoming project about the inside of a computer. Students also watched a video about the different parts of a computer and got to see a disassembled computer and how all the parts fit together. We also spent time reviewing routines and expectations of the Computer Science classroom and learning how to log into the Third Grade accounts. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Mae’s First Day of School”. Next week, we will review library procedures and book checkout will start the week of September 9th Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30-minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were an introduction to the new space, vocal repertoire, and free exploration.  Students reviewed some general rules about instruments and locations.  They learned an introduction call and response song called Up the Ladder.  Students put together a listening journal that they’ll be contributing to.  Finally, students practiced improvisation and exploration choosing some instruments and friends to collaborate with.  

This week in PE, the 3rd graders worked with the parachutes. In small groups of 3-4 students were set different fun challenges and skills to perform with their parachute. These group activities foster teamwork and cooperative learning as well as working on key fundamental skills such as balance, jumping, and coordination. Students particularly enjoyed playing team parachute volleyball where students would transfer an oversize beachball from one parachute to another without it hitting the floor each time trying to beat our previous score.  As a class, we discussed and set our class expectations related to attitude, treatment of classmates and the spirit with which we compete during PE lessons. 

This week in Spanish, the Third Graders familiarized themselves with the new Spanish Classroom and learned a little bit more about Ms. Suarez. We introduced ourselves in class and then played a game called “Roll and Share” to get to know our fellow amigos (friends) in class. Students were in a group of 3-4 and had to roll the dice, the number they rolled was the question they answered. Students were asked to answer the questions using Spanish and rely on friends if they did not remember a word.  

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original artworks goes into their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade learned a Tech Tip about spreadsheets. We learned that they are used to track and organize data and that they are made up of small boxes called “cells.” To practice finding the cells, students worked in pairs or small groups to assemble a secret message in Excel. Groups who have not finished may continue the project next week. We also spent time reviewing routines and expectations of the Computer Science classroom and learning how to log into the Fourth Grade accounts. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students shared about their summer adventures and listened to the story “Too Many Mangos”. This story helps welcome students to all the fun the Library has to offer and reinforces the importance of friendship and communityNext week, we will review library procedures and book checkout will start the week of September 9thEach week students will visit Library twice for a 30-minute class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Cooke Thursday:  Jones, Springer  

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were an introduction to the new space, steady pulse, and free exploration.  Students reviewed some general rules about instruments and locations.  Fourth graders got to pick out the color of the recorder that they’ll be receiving in a few weeks.  Students learned an introduction name game that emphasized a steady pulse.  Students put together a listening journal that they’ll be contributing to.  Finally, students practiced improvisation and exploration choosing some instruments and friends to collaborate with. 

This week in PE, the  4TH graders started using the scooters. Students played a variety of different cooperative games. The students really enjoyed the game “Partner protect”. In this game, students would build a car by connecting 2 scooters together with foam noodles. One student would be the protector and would have to guard the back of the car where a cone would be placed. The other student would be the driver and would drive the scooter car around the gym trying to pick up dodge balls. Any dodge balls picked up are used to target the other players’ cones trying to knock them down. This game helped students to develop their communication, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness as well as practicing their throwing and catching.   As a class, we discussed and set our class expectations related to attitude, treatment of classmates and the spirit with which we compete during PE lessons.

This week in Spanish, the Fourth Graders familiarized themselves with the new Spanish Classroom and learned a little bit more about Ms. Suarez. We introduced ourselves in class and then played a game called “Roll and Share” to get to know our fellow amigos (friends) in class. Students were in a group of 3-4 and had to roll the dice, the number they rolled was the question they answered. Students were asked to answer the questions using Spanish and rely on friends if they did not remember a word. 

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 Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students not only went over the classroom rules and expectations but also got to start working on our first art project, self-portrait! Each year, all CHA students carefully draw their self-portraits to the best of their ability. The original artwork goes to their yearly portfolios and we make copies of their self-portraits for their locker tags. Mrs. Choi showed students examples of artists’ self-portraits first. Then, they learned how to use basic guidelines to shape their face and places the facial features. They had a great time looking in the mirror and drew themselves from careful observation.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade went over routines and expectations of the Computer Science classroom and learned how to log into the Fifth Grade accounts. We also reviewed how to use Microsoft Publisher in order to begin making fliers for the Walk-a-Thon. Students included a title, the time, date, and location, and a photo relevant to the Walk-a-Thon. Students who did not finish this week may print and hang their fliers during next week’s class. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students did not attend class due to the short week. Next week, we will review library procedures and begin checking out books. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were an introduction to the new space, intentional listening, free exploration, and group ensemble dynamics.  Students reviewed some general rules about instruments and locations.  They also practiced uninterrupted listening and contributed to their listening journals.  Fifth graders started working on a mallet/drum piece called Click Sticks.  Finally, students practiced improvisation and exploration choosing some instruments and friends to collaborate with.  

This week in PE, the Fifth Graders worked with the scooters. Students played a variety of different cooperative games. The students really enjoyed the game “Partner protect”. In this game, students would build a car by connecting 2 scooters together with foam noodles. One student would be the protector and would have to guard the back of the car where a cone would be placed. The other student would be the driver and would drive the scooter car around the gym trying to pick up dodge balls. Any dodge balls picked up are used to target the other players’ cones trying to knock them down. This game helped students to develop their communication, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness as well as practicing their throwing and catching.   As a class, we discussed and set our class expectations related to attitude, treatment of classmates and the spirit with which we compete during PE lessons.

This week in Spanish, the Fifth Graders familiarized themselves with the new Spanish Classroom and learned a little bit more about Ms. Suarez. We introduced ourselves in class and then played a game called “Roll and Share” to get to know our fellow amigos (friends) in class. Students were in a group of 3-4 and had to roll the dice, the number they rolled was the question they answered. Students were asked to answer the questions using Spanish and rely on friends if they did not remember a word. 

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