CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 20, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and created “dots” inspired by the book. They were encouraged to experiment with color mixing and create different sized dots with watercolor.   

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten continued to practice using the mouse to interact with the computer. Students had another opportunity to play Bees and Honey, progressing from the “Bees” level, which requires only moving the mouse, to the “Flowers” level to practice clicking, to the “Honey” level to practice click and drag. Click and drag is still an advanced concept, and students will continue to practice throughout the year. Kindergarten also learned how to get rid of surprising boxes that appear when they accidentally right-click on the mouse. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to and discussed the story “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty LovellAs a class, we created a story map and discussed character traits. Each week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Wednesday was check-out. All books from this week are due back Wednesday, October 2nd. Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were rhythm patterns, unpitched percussion technique, steady pulse, same versus different, and following a conductor.  This week’s animal of study was the chicken family.  Games and activities included Chook Chook, Listen to the Hens, the Chicken Dance, and Chicken Talk.  Students also enjoyed following the conductor to the color game.  Lastly, students enjoyed learning their routine of doing some free improvisation upon entering the music classroom.   

This week in PE, the kindergarteners worked on their flexibility and core strength. Students participated in some simple yoga and stretching activities . The kindergarteners were taken on an interactive journey through a story told on the projector. Our story  was called “ going on a bear hunt” . The kindergarteners really enjoyed watching the video and copying the stretch or yoga position shown. Increasing flexibility and core strength will benefit the students in all areas of PE as well as contributing to a healthy and happy lifestyle. The Kindergarteners displayed excellent listening skills during this activity. It’s been a fantastic start to PE here at CHA !

This week in Spanish, the Kindergarteners continued to establish their classroom routine that includes calendar check and feelings check. Students are asked: ¿Qué día es hoy? (What day is today?) ¿Que dia era ayer? (What day was yesterday?)¿Qué día es mañana? (What day is tomorrow?)¿Cómo te sientes hoy? (How do you feel today?). This week we started learning about los colores (the colors). We read a short story about los colores and then got a chance to identify the colors ourselves with a coloring activity. 

Practice at home: Help students practice the colors at home. I have linked a color pronunciation guide on the Spanish Tab on the CHA Website.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama is an octogenarian pop artist who is notorious for her polka-dotted persona and influential style. Her most well-known art are paintings and sculptures of brightly polka-dotted pumpkins. After learning about the artist, the students had a great time drawing big pumpkins with “polka dot” patterns. 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade learned how to add photos to a document in Microsoft Word. Students spent the majority of the lesson typing out vocabulary words for the first grade science unit on inheritance. They then added relevant photos to the vocabulary lists. This week’s Tech Tip was on how to open a file. 

This week in Library, First Grade students continued to learn about library organization and practiced using shelf markers. We also listened to and discussed the story “The Name Jar” by Yangsook ChoiAll books brought home this week are due back after Goal-Setting Conferences. 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 1st Grade Music were steady pulse, same versus different, and up versus down.  1st graders practiced drawing to a steady beat with a cool rhythmic chant called I Think Music’s Neat.  They also added movements to Hickory, Dickory, Dock. And Two Little Apples.  Students also played a steady beat game called Monkey See and Monkey Do getting the chance to be the monkey in the middle that the whole class copies.  Students enjoyed their routine of doing some free improvisation upon entering the music room. 

This week in PE, the first graders worked on their flexibility and core strength. Students participated in some simple yoga and stretching activities . The first graders were  taken on an interactive journey through a story told on the projector. Our story  was called “ going on a bear hunt” . The kindergarteners really enjoyed watching the video and copying the stretch or yoga position shown. Increasing flexibility and core strength will benefit the students in all areas of PE as well as contributing to a healthy and happy lifestyle. The first graders displayed excellent listening skills during this activity. It’s been a fantastic start to PE here at CHA !

This week in Spanish, the First Graderscontinued to learn about nouns and how they are different in Spanish. In English, you say “the cat” but in Spanish you say “el gato” but if it’s “the beach” you would say “la playa”. First Graders practiced sorting nouns into their correct categories and learned about what happens when a noun is plural. Students practiced plural nouns with a cut/paste sorting activity in class.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama is an octogenarian pop artist who is notorious for her polka-dotted persona and influential style. Her most well-known art are paintings and sculptures of brightly polka-dotted pumpkins. After learning about the artist, they start working on the Polka-Dotted Pumpkin sculpture project out of cardstock. 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade continued to work with PowerPoint and Google Earth to create their own “Me on the Map” slideshows. The Tech Tip this week how to do a screen capture using the Snipping Tool on Windows. Students then opened Google Earth and took screen captures, which they then added to their presentations. The next steps will be adding transitions between the slides and learning how to print. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued to review library procedures. We also read and discussed the story “Yoon and the Jade Bracelet” by Helen RecorvitsEach week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Books checked out this week are due back after Goal-Setting Conferences. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in 2nd Grade Music were steady pulse, rhythmic patterns, uninterrupted listening, and sol-mi intervals.  Students learned a rhythmic chant called I Can Keep a Beat.  They practiced singing sol (5th) to mi (3rd) over a drone to experience how these notes feel over the root note.  They reinforced sol-mi and added mallet parts to a song called Charlie Over the Ocean.  Finally, they practiced rhythm flash cards consisting of quarter/eighth note/quarter rest combinations.   

This week in PE,  the 2nd  graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. Students were taught the CHA  rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square. This game incorporates hand-eye coordination, quick footwork and strategy. There are many different types of strategic decisions to consider during this activity and it was awesome to see how each student approached the game in slightly different and unique way.

This week in Spanish, the Second Graderscontinued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were able to see “Las Banderas” (flags) from Hispanic Countries and colored the different flags. Students also learned about the different types of music that Hispanic Countries listen to and the styles such as salsa, merengue, tango, and mambo. They learned about famous singers like Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.  

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third Grade students have finished with their self-portraits. Mrs. Choi has been busy turning their wonderful drawings into their locker tags. She is anticipated to hang them up before the conferences next week, so everyone can enjoy their hard work.    

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade continued to learn about the inside of the computer. Students will work in pairs to create a document with vocabulary words, definitions, and pictures representing some of the key elements of a computer, such as the CPU, RAM, and Power Supply. This week’s Tech Tip is how to undo mistakes by using the reverse arrow or the shortcut, ctrl + z. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students completed a name activity related to the book “My Name is Yoon” by Helen RecorvitsEach week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Books checked-out this week are due back after Goal Setting Conferences. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in 3rd Grade Music were Sol-mi-la patterns, AB form, whole note preparation, and quarter/eighth note rhythm combinations.  Students practiced singing various Sol (5th) - La (6th) - Mi (3rd) patterns over a drone to experience how these pitches feel over the root.  They incorporated these pitches singing and playing them on the xylophone to a song called The Golden Rule.  3rd Graders experienced quarter, half, and whole note pulses over the same song.  Lastly, they played a really fun telephone game where they silently tap rhythms on each other’s backs down a line.    

This week in PE,  the 3rd graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. Students were taught the CHA  rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square. This game incorporates hand-eye coordination, quick footwork and strategy. There are many different types of strategic decisions to consider during this activity and it was awesome to see how each student approached the game in slightly different and unique way. The 3rd graders were also taught the new CHA way rules for tetherball this week. With any new activity or game there are always some challenges however the 3rd graders demonstrated excellent maturity and focus as we worked through these together. 

This week in Spanish, the Third Graderscontinued learning about Hispanic Heritage Month. Students were able to see “Las Banderas” (flags) from Hispanic Countries and colored the different flags. Students also learned about the different types of music that Hispanic Countries listen to and the styles such as salsa, merengue, tango, and mambo. Third grade also started a new vocabulary section all about el dormitorio=the bedroom.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students have finished with their self-portraits. Mrs. Choi has been busy turning their wonderful drawings into their locker tags. She is anticipated to hang them up before the conferences next week, so everyone can enjoy their hard work.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade used the times table we created last week in Excel to create graphs and charts. Students had a chance to explore the different ways of visually displaying data, as well as discuss the advantages of each option. Students learned how to select the data to use in their graph as well as change the visual style and colors. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students completed a library scavenger huntEach week students will visit Library twice for a 30 minute class. Books checked out this week are due back after Goal-Setting Conferences. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in 4th Grade Music were lines and spaces on the staff, canon/round, steady pulse, crossover bordun, and syncopation.  Students added mallet parts to a song called Listen identifying metallophones, xylophones, and glockenspiels.  4th graders also learned or reviewed line and spaces on our treble clef staff in preparation for their upcoming recorder unit.  Lastly, students composed a body percussion beat to La Bastrinque in AB form. 

This week in PE,  the 4th graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. Students were taught the CHA  rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square. This game incorporates hand-eye coordination, quick footwork and strategy. There are many different types of strategic decisions to consider during this activity and it was awesome to see how each student approached the game in slightly different and unique way. The 4th graders also worked on their flexibility and core strength. Students participated in some simple yoga and stretching activities. The 4th graders were taken on an interactive journey through a story told on the projector. The 4th graders really enjoyed watching the video and copying the stretch or yoga position shown. Increasing flexibility and core strength will benefit the students in all areas of PE as well as contributing to a healthy and happy lifestyle. As a group we discussed having a can-do mindset and approaching new activities in the correct manner

This week in Spanish, the Fourth Graderscontinued learning and using common greetings in class and moved into basic dialogues. Students learned the most common phrases in a conversation when meeting someone new and the basic phrases for greeting someone you already know. Students learned the difference between informal and formal conversations and the difference between “usted” and “tu”.  

Practice at home: Ask students what is the difference between usted and tu? Informal and formal conversations?  

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students have finished with their self-portraits. Mrs. Choi has been busy turning their wonderful drawings into their locker tags. She is anticipated to hang them up before the conferences next week, so everyone can enjoy their hard work.   

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade focused on being smart about what we share online. We discussed the kinds of things that are appropriate to share with friends, family, the public, or should be kept private. After group discussion, students got a chance to play levels from Interland, which can be found in the Technology section of the Computer Lab website (www.mrsmorlidge.com). 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students began discussing the upcoming Book Trailer project. Next week, we will begin working on the brainstorm that will be used in Technology classAll books checked out this week are due back after Goal-Setting Conferences. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were rhythm patterns, ensemble work, and chord progressions.  5th graders continued to work on their first introductory mallet ensemble piece Click Sticks.  They also practiced singing a root/V ostinato over a Dominican folk song called Dis Solda La. Lastly, students watched a short tutorial on Soundtrap, an online music composition tool that they’ll be composing on.   

This week in PE,  the 5th graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. Students were taught the CHA  rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square. This game incorporates hand-eye coordination, quick footwork and strategy. There are many different types of strategic decisions to consider during this activity and it was awesome to see how each student approached the game in a slightly different and unique way. The 5th  graders were also taught the new CHA way rules for tetherball this week. With any new activity or game there are always some challenges however the 5th  graders demonstrated excellent maturity and focus as we worked through these together. 

This week in Spanish, the Fifth Graderscontinued learning about “El Horario” (Schedules). Students completed listening and comprehension activities based on the Video Historia from last week. The Video Historia allows students to hear the new vocabulary in conversations and practice listening comprehension. Fifth graders also completed an activity where students had to look at a TV Schedule and determine what show is played on what day. The challenge was that the schedule and questions were in Spanish.  

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