CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

September 27, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “Monster Needs his Sleep” by Paul Czajak. Students also had an opportunity to check-out on their first visit to the library this week due to conferences.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

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 PE, the Kindergarteners started on their throwing and catching unit. We went outside and students first practiced tossing and catching a beanbag on their own. We talked and learned about the proper technique needed for an underhand throw. Our 3 main buzz words were “Swing, Step, Toss” encouraging students to swing their throwing arm,  step with the opposite foot then toss the bean bag under control. Students then enjoyed playing hoop toss where students would toss their beanbag into a hula hoop. Each time they were successful they would flip the hoop over moving it further away from their starting position making the next throw more challenging. The kindergarteners grasped the technique of the underhand throw quickly and were able to experience a good level of success during the activity.  

CHA Kindergarten SpanishThis week in Spanish, the Kindergartenerscontinued learning about the colors. Students practiced identifying the colors and pronunciation of the colors. Students worked on their own flowers in class and coloring the petals the right color. This activity also taught students the difference between a light color and a dark color  (claro versus oscuro).  Practice at home: Use the pronunciation guide found in the CHA Spanish web page to practice the colors at home. Ask your child “Que color es este ?= What color is this?”.   

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First Grade

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to “Monster Needs a Party” by Paul Czajak. Students also had the opportunity to check-out on their first day of the library this week due to conferences. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Laya   Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

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 PE, the 1st graders started on their throwing and catching unit. We went outside and students first practiced tossing and catching a beanbag on their own. We talked and learned about the proper technique needed for an underhand throw. Our 3 main buzz words were “Swing, Step, Toss” encouraging students to swing their throwing arm,  step with the opposite foot then toss the bean bag under control. Students then enjoyed playing hoop toss where students would toss their beanbag into a hula hoop. Each time they were successful they would flip the hoop over moving it further away from their starting position making the next throw more challenging. The 1st graders grasped the technique of the underhand throw quickly and were able to experience a good level of success during the activity.   

CHA First Grade SpanishThis week in Spanish, the First Graders reviewed what a noun is how “the” changes to “el/la” when singular or “los/las’ if the noun is plural. Students were given more time to complete their Cut and Sort Activities. After finishing, students were given reading time in class. Practice at home: Next week we are starting Fruits in class. Start by reviewing the fruits found on the CHA Spanish web page. 

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Second Grade

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the non-fiction book titled “Shark Lady” by Jess Keating. Students also had an opportunity to check-out on their first day of the library this week due to conferences.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday:  Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

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. 

Second Grade did not have PE this week due to conferences. 

This week in Spanish, the Second Graders began learning a new group of vocabulary words “La Comida”. Students reviewed the fruits and vegetables from first grade and began learning new words like “arroz=rice” and “pollo=chicken”. Students also learned a new phrase in Spanish “Me gusta…/ Mi favorite comida es…”.  Practice at home: Practice identifying the different foods in Spanish. You can use the vocabulary sheet found on the CHA Spanish web page. 

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Third Grade 

This week in Library, Third Grade students participated in check-out on their first day of the library due to conferences. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen

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 PE,  the 3rd graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. We reviewed the CHA rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square and tetherball. Both these games incorporate hand-eye coordination, quick footwork, and strategy. It’s pleasing to observe the 3rd graders playing the games in the correct spirit and respecting each other’s efforts. The improvement in skills level after just 1 week of learning and playing these activities is also a pleasure to see. Long may that continue. 

This week in Spanish, the Third Graders continued learning new vocabulary words. This section of words is “El Dormitorio=The Bedroom”. Studentlearned words like: cama=bed, comoda=dresser, and reloj=clock. Third grade also took notes on words that denote direction such as arriba (up), debajo (under), and cerca (clothes).  Practice at home: Practice identifying the different items found in your room in Spanish. You can use the vocabulary sheet found on the CHA Spanish web page.  

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Fourth Grade 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students participated in check-out on their first day of the library due to conferences.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

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 PE,  the 4th  graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. We reviewed the CHA rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square and tetherball. Both these games incorporate hand-eye coordination, quick footwork, and strategy. It’s pleasing to observe the 4th graders playing the games in the correct spirit and respecting each other’s efforts. The improvement in skills level after just 1 week of learning and playing these activities is also a pleasure to see. Long may that continue We also had some time to play “ Capture the flag” which is a PE classic. This game fosters teamwork, organization, cooperation and stagey as well as some fundamental movement skills.  

This week in Spanish, the Fourth Graders focused on learning how to write numbers in Spanish and tell time. Students know how to count but we learned how to write the numbers out in word form. Students learned new words like “cien=hundred”, “veinte=twenty”, and “ochenta=eighty”. Once we reviewed numbers, we began learning how to tell time in Spanish. Students were taught basic phrases that tell time such as “Que hora es? What time is it?” and “Son las”.  Practice at home: Review common greetings and phrases at home using the study guide found on the CHA Spanish web page.  

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 Fifth Grade 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students did not attend class due to conferences.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor

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 PE,  the 5th graders went outside and explored the “ Peaceful Playground “. We reviewed the CHA rules and regulations of each playground activity and then enjoyed playing 4 square and tetherball. Both these games incorporate hand-eye coordination, quick footwork, and strategy. It’s pleasing to observe the 5th graders playing the games in the correct spirit and respecting each other’s efforts. The improvement in skills level after just 1 week of learning and playing these activities is also a pleasure to see. Long may that continueWe also had some time to play “ Capture the flag” which is a PE classic. This game fosters teamwork, organization, cooperation and stagey as well as some fundamental movement skills.   

This week in Spanish, the Fifth Graders reviewed the vocabulary for Chapter 2A. Students are working on creating their school schedule in Spanish, allowing them to practice using the new vocabulary words such as horarioclase, and maestra. Fifth graders will continue working on this next week since this week we only had one session of Spanish.  Practice at home: Review the vocabulary words at home using the Quizlets found on the CHA Spanish web page.  

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