CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 04, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Bernal’s class turned their textured paper into butterflies and glue them on their canvasesThey also added a background for their butterflies with oil pastels on the canvas. They were very proud of their creations and excited to take their creations home. Mrs. Palladino’s class and Ms. Roberts class learned about Eric Carl and had a great time working on their own paper for the Butterfly Collage project. 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten learned how to make pictures using KidPix. Students got to show their creativity while using the mouse to move, click, and drag. We will continue learning about different features of KidPix throughout the year to make drawings and eventually make posters for the Spring Musicals in March. A huge thanks to Ms. Luckey, who took over this week while Ms. Gorski was out sick. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “The King of Kindergarten” by Derrick BarnesWe focused on being proactive and completed a class story map. Students also had an opportunity to check-out on their first visit to the library due to our Music in Residence programCheck out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were rhythm patterns, steady pulse, same versus different, and following a conductor.  This week’s farm animal was the cow.  Students added choreography to the Milk Bucket Boogie, Hunt the Cows, and Hey Diddle, Diddle.  Kindergarteners played cowbells to Listen to the Cows.  We added Blue (tip toe) to our color game.  Students reviewed Hey Billy Martin, a tiptoeing song from last week.  Finally, thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we also had a very special group of professional musicians from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) join our class this week to read a book and write and original song! 

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to improve and practice our underhand throw as well as introduce the correct technique for catching. Students practiced throwing and catching with a partner at different distances as a warm-up. The kindergartners also enjoyed playing “ Space invaders”. In this game, students would throw a variety of different objects at Frisbees that were balanced on top of tall cones in the center of the gym. The students were set a time limit to work together as a class to try and knock down all the Frisbees. The kindergartners showed good cooperation skills and synergized well to complete their tasks. Nearly all sports involve some sort of throwing and catching motion so it’s important that all students can exhibit the correct techniques for both.  

This week inSpanish,the Kindergartenerscontinued learning about the colors. Students practiced identifying the colors and pronunciation of the colors. Students finished working on their Color Flowers and started working on their own “Libro de Colores” (Color Book). Practice at home: Use the pronunciation guide found in the CHA Spanish Tab 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 at Art, First Grade students finished with their Polka Dotted Pumpkin project inspired by Yayoi Kusama.  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to add words and pictures to their science vocabulary lists. This week’s Tech Tip was printing. Next week, students will print their projects for portfolios. A huge thanks to Ms. Luckey, who took over this week while Ms. Gorski was out sick. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to “The Book of Mistakes” by Corinna Luyken. In addition, students completed a related activity that focused on using our imagination to illustrate our good ideas. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Laya   Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were up versus down, sol-mi intervals, mallet technique, steady pulse, and uninterrupted listening.   First graders added mallet parts to Hickory, Dickory Dock.  Students also played a pulse game called Saw, Saw, Saw Away that had them doing house building actions to a steady beat.  Finally, thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we also had a very special group of professional musicians from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) join our class this week to read a book and write an original song!  

This week in PE, the 1st graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to improve and practice our underhand throw as well as introduce the correct technique for catching. Students practiced throwing and catching with a partner at different distances as a warm-up. The 1st graders also enjoyed playing “ Space invaders”. In this game, students would throw a variety of different objects at Frisbees that were balanced on top of tall cones in the center of the gym. The students were set a time limit to work together as a class to try and knock down all the Frisbees. The 1st graders showed good cooperation skills and synergized well to complete their tasks. Nearly all sports involve some sort of throwing and catching motion so it’s important that all students can exhibit the correct techniques for both.  

This week inSpanish, theFirst Gradersstarted learning about fruits. Students learned how to say apple (manzana), cherry (cereza), banana (platano) and much more in Spanish. Students are working on tracing the fruit names in Spanish and identifying the fruits. Students also started building their own plate of fruits by selecting their favorite fruit and using the phrase ‘Me gusta…” (I like…).  Practice at home:  Review the fruits vocabulary using the quizlet and word list found on the CHA Spanish Tab.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Mrs. Fox’s class and Mrs. Duffina’s class finished with their Yayoi Kusama inspired Pumpkin Sculpture project. Their whimsical colorful pumpkins are on the art classroom drying rack and waiting to be displayed with other 2 classes pumpkins.  Mr. Kolb’s class and Mrs. Morman’s class started working on this project. 

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 was using backspace to delete photos. Students continued to add words and pictures to their presentations. The next steps will be adding transitions between the slides and learning how to print. A huge thanks to Ms. Luckey, who took over this week while Ms. Gorski was out sick. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students participated in a literature scavenger hunt. In addition, students listened to the story “Bruce’s Big Storm” by Ryan T. Higgins.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were uninterrupted listening and music composition.  Thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we had a very special group of professional musicians from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) join our class this week to read a book and write an original song! 

This week in PE, the 2nd graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to improve both our underhand, overhand and catching techniques. Students really enjoyed playing “ Sink the Ship”. The 2nd graders were placed in small groups and were assigned to a “ Ship”( gym mat) which were spread out around the playing area. Each ship had 1 bowling pin at each corner. The 2nd graders’ task was to protect their ship’s pins and try to throw dodgeballs and knock down the pins on the other ships. Each group designated one player to be the pirate who would go and collect the dodge balls on a scooter and bring them back to their ship. This had many different components and challenges for the students to work through. It also fostered teamwork and cooperation as they would have to decide which strategy worked best for their group. We also spoke about the importance of sportsmanship and integrity when participating in P.E. 

This week inSpanish, theSecondGraderscontinued working on “La Comida” vocabulary. Students also learned the words for “Las Bebidas” (The drinks). They learned words like milk=leche, water=agua, and soda=refresco. Students are working on a food wood search to become more familiar with their vocabulary words.  Practice at home: Practice identifying the different foods and drinks in Spanish. You can use the vocabulary sheet found on the CHA Spanish Tab or the Quizlet to play fun games using your words. 

This week inSpanish, theThirdGraderscontinued to work with vocabulary words. Students were asked to think about their rooms and create a chart sorting their vocabulary words. The chart had students working with the phrase “En mi cuarto hay…” (In my room there is…My room has…”. Students sorted their vocabulary words using the chart. Then to review students played Jeopardy in teams using their “El Dormitorio” vocabulary list. Students demonstrated great teamwork and cooperation.  Practice at home:  Review the vocabulary words using the quizlet found on the CHA Spanish Tab.

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third Grade students learned and reviewed the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. We watched a short video created by National Geography and shared what we learned about the holiday. Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead, is a celebration of life and death. After we learn about the holiday, we started working on ‘La Catrina’ project. We used model magic to create skeletons doing fun every day activates from a  hot dog seller to lady in beautiful dress. We will continue working on this project next week. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade continued to work on their documents about the inside of a computer. Students continued to add words and pictures to their documents and will be printing next week. This week’s Tech Tip is how to add a header in a Microsoft Word document. A huge thanks to Ms. Luckey, who took over this week while Ms. Gorski was out sick. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to and discussed the story “How to Feed your Parents” by Ryan Miller. In addition, students had the opportunity to browse and check-out on their first day of the library due to the Music in Residence Program. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were AB form, steady pulse, ostinato, and canon/round preparation.  Third graders were introduced to a game called 4 Beats After that uses a canon to develop musical independence.  Third graders added choreography to La Raspa, and finally added body percussion to Mary Lost Her Coat.  Finally, thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we also had a very special group of professional musicians from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) join our class this week to read a book and write an original song! 

This week in PE, the 3rd graders continued their throwing and catching unit. We discussed and demonstrated the correct techniques for under and overhand throwing as well as catching an object. We then begin playing a new game that the students really enjoyed called “ Battleships”. The gym was divided into two with large mats creating a barrier in the middle. Each team would be assigned an area to start the activity in. The objective of the game was to throw gator skin balls over the top of the barrier and try to knock down the other teams pins which have been randomly placed around their area. If a student caught an incoming ball without it bouncing, they were then able to run around to the other team’s court and take a free shot at one of their pins trying to knock it down. Nearly all sports involve some sort of throwing and catching motion so it’s important that all students can exhibit the correct techniques for both.  

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on their Dream Catcher project.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade used Publisher to create flyers for the Fall Festival. Students created a flier that has a background, photo, and relevant information. Next week, students will print their fliers and post them around the school. A huge thanks to Ms. Luckey, who took over this week while Ms. Gorski was out sick. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students participated in a book walk where they had an opportunity to browse new books and seriesThey also had check-out on their first day of the library due to the Music in Residence program. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique and uninterrupted listening.  4th graders received their new recorders.  This was the beginning of a recorder unit that will take us to December.  Students need to bring their recorder and music to every music class.  We discussed ways to succeed in doing this much as professional musicians do.  Finally, thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we also had a very special group of professional musicians from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) join our class this week to read a book and write an original song! 

This week in PE, the 4th graders started their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by playing “ Fire and Ice” a tag game where taggers have blue pool noodles that represent the “ ice” and other players have red gator skin balls which is the “fire”. The tagger used the noodles to tag below the waist which will freeze that student. Students can be unfrozen if they successfully catch a gator skin ball thrown to them by another student. We then moved on to playing a new game called “Fortnite” which is based around the popular video game many students are playing. Our version of “Fortnite “uses both underhand and overhand throwing techniques as well as simple fielding and catching techniques. Students also had to think about their spatial awareness in this game as the playing area would shrink every 3 minutes posing new challenges to each team. 

This week inSpanish, theFourthGraderscontinued working with telling the time in Spanish. Students combined their knowledge of numbers from last week with their new knowledge of time to answer the question “Que hora es? What time is it?”. Students learned key words of time such as “cuarto=1/4 or 15 minutes” and “ y media=half or 30 minutes”.  Practice at home: Review vocabulary words such as greetings or keywords for time and numbers using the quizlets found on the CHA Spanish Tab. Ask your child to tell you the time in Spanish.  

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students continued working on their Radial Balance Name Design project.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade worked on a planning sheet for their upcoming Book Trailer project. Students will use Movie Maker to create book trailers, combining different pictures, captions, music, and voice-over to introduce others to a book of their choosing. This week’s Tech Tip was on adding folders to help organize content. A huge thanks to Ms. Luckey, who took over this week while Ms. Gorski was out sick. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students completed the brainstorm for the Book Trailer Project that they will continue in Technology class. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were uninterrupted listening and music composition.  Fifth graders were introduced to Soundtrap, an online music website that they’ll have access to for the entire school year.  They can compose and collaborate with their classmates online.  Fifth graders will be working on composition projects over the next few weeks.  Also, thanks to a CHAPTER grant, we also had a very special group of professional musicians from STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education) join our class this week to read a book and write an original song! 

This week in PE, the 5th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by freely moving around the gym to music. The 5th graders were asked to throw and catch dodgeballs with their classmates using both underhand, overhand and shuttle passes.  We then moved on to playing circle dodgeball which the students really enjoyed. We started with 2/3 throwers who would occupy the center circle of the gym. They would attempt to throw their dodgeball and tag a player running around the perimeter of the gym below the shoulder. If tagged that player would join the throwers in the middle. If the student caught the dodgeball that ball would be eliminated from the game.  We had some safe zones( gym mats) set up where students could take a break, rest and think about their next move.  Nearly all sports involve some sort of throwing and catching motion so it’s important that all students can exhibit the correct techniques for both. We also spoke about the importance of sportsmanship and integrity when participating in any activity.  

This week inSpanish, the FifthGraders only had one class of Spanish due to the Artist Residency event occurring in Music Class. Students continued working on creating their school schedule in Spanish, allowing them to practice using the new vocabulary words such as horarioclase, and maestraStudents finished their schedule rough drafts and are going to make their final drafts.  Practice at home: Review the vocabulary words at home using the quizlets found on the CHA Spanish tab.   

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