CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 11, 2019

 

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students finished with their Collaged Butterfly project on canvas. They were very proud of their creations and we hope you enjoyed their art at home.  

 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten learned about the two categories of computer parts: hardware and software. Students learned that the keyboard, mouse, and monitor are all hardware, and that KidPix and the web browsers we use are all software. Students continued to use KidPix this week, and learned to navigate to the KidPix program on the school computers. 

 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students were excited to learn about the Scholastic Book Fair. CHAPTER, in partnership with CHA, will host the Book Fair from October 14th-18th. The Book Fair will open the afternoon of Monday, October 14th from 3:00-5:30pm. In preparation for this exciting upcoming event, we watched the fall 2019 author & book highlights video, learned about “You’ve Been Caught Reading” tickets, and discussed making a book wish list. Next week, students will have the opportunity to browse the book fair during one of their library visits. Thank you for supporting our school! 

Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino  

 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were percussion technique, body awareness, same versus different, and following a conductor.  This week’s farm animal was the pig.  We also added the color purple (jump) to our coloring game.  Students reinforced phrase and body awareness to activities such as This Little Pig, Listen to the Pigs, and Hop on One Foot.  Finally, students learned a finger play to the book called Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood.  

 

This week in PE , the Kindergarteners continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to improve and practice our underhand and overhand throw as well as learn the different techniques for catching objects above and below chest height. Students particularly enjoyed playing a new game called “ Make it Take it”. Poly spots were scatter around the gym as well as 5 empty buckets. Students would choose a poly spot to stand on and try to throw their beanbag into a bucket of their choice. If successful, the student would pick up that poly spot and take it back to their home base. The process would then be repeated until all poly spots were gone. The Kindergarteners had to decide whether to use underhand technique for accuracy or overhand technique for distance depending on how far away from the bucket they were. We also spoke about the importance of sportsmanship and integrity when participating in P.E. 

 

This week in Spanish, the Kindergarteners continued learning about the colors. Students started working on their “Libro de Colores” (Color Book).  Student also read the story ¿Cómo aprenden los colores los dinosaurios? (How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?) in class. 

 

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 learned about British Illustrator and designer, Eloise Renouf, and started working on their Trees in Style project with permanent markers and watercolor. Eloise make simple, colorful designs inspired by nature. This week, we inspired by her designs. First, we used different kinds of lines and geometric shapes to create trees and painted them with watercolor.  

 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to add words and pictures to their science vocabulary lists. This week’s Tech Tip was font. Most students did not finish projects this week, so we will work on them next week as well. 

 

This week in Library, First Grade students were excited to learn about the Scholastic Book Fair. CHAPTER, in partnership with CHA, will host the Book Fair from October 14th-18th. The Book Fair will open the afternoon of Monday, October 14th from 3:00-5:30pm. In preparation for this exciting upcoming event, we watched the fall 2019 author & book highlights video, learned about “You’ve Been Caught Reading” tickets, and discussed making a book wish list. Next week, students will have the opportunity to browse the book fair during one of their library visits. Thank you for supporting our school! 

Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Laya   Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow  

 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were musical phrase, sound versus silence, uninterrupted listening, and mallet technique.  Students had fun with phrases to Criss-Cross Applesauce.  They partnered up and acted out the phrases with each other.  “criss-cross apples sauce, spiders crawling up your spine, cool breeze, tight squeeze, now you’ve got the chills!”  1st graders also played steady pulse on mallet instruments to a spider chant called Legs and All.  Students analyzed Monk’s Dream by the Thelonius Monk Quartet as part of their uninterrupted listening time.  And lastly, they learned about rests to a song called The Muffin Man.  

 

This week in PE , the 1st graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to improve and practice our underhand and overhand throw as well as learn the different techniques for catching objects above and below chest height. Students particularly enjoyed playing a new game called “ Make it Take it”. Poly spots were scatter around the gym as well as 5 empty buckets. Students would choose a poly spot to stand on and try to throw their beanbag into a bucket of their choice. If successful, the student would pick up that poly spot and take it back to their home base. The process would then be repeated until all poly spots were gone. The 1st graders had to decide whether to use underhand technique for accuracy or overhand technique for distance depending on how far away from the bucket they were. We also spoke about the importance of sportsmanship and integrity when participating in P.E.

 

This week in Spanish, the First Graders continued learning about las frutas. Students are working on pronunciation and learning to spell the words. Students finished their “Mi Plato de Frutas”.  

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, Second Grade students had a great time turning a simple pinch pot into an owl bell. First, we reviewed the process of making a pinch pot. Then, we turned the pinch pot upside down and added wings, eyes, ears and a beak. We will let them dry for next 10 days and put glaze to finish the 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 a refresher on how to print, and what the specific settings will be when we print our slideshows. Students will print slideshows next week to be displayed on bulletin boards in the hallway. 

 

This week in Library, Second Grade students were excited to learn about the Scholastic Book Fair. CHAPTER, in partnership with CHA, will host the Book Fair from October 14th-18th. The Book Fair will open the afternoon of Monday, October 14th from 3:00-5:30pm. In preparation for this exciting upcoming event, we watched the fall 2019 author & book highlights video, learned about “You’ve Been Caught Reading” tickets, and discussed making a book wish list. Next week, students will have the opportunity to browse the book fair during one of their library visits. Thank you for supporting our school! 

Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman  

 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were ostinatos, half-note preparation, uninterrupted listening, and sol-mi intervals.  Students learned a two-part rhythmic chant called 2-4-6-8 that emphasized an ostinato.  Students had fun moving this to the mallets!  2nd graders analyzed Monk’s Dream by the Thelonius Monk Quartet as part of their uninterrupted listening time.  Finally, students reinforced half-notes and sol-mi intervals with the games Down in the Valley and Poor Little Kitty Cat.  

 

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 ships 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.  

 

We are fast approaching the start of our nutrition unit in PE. In your Friday folders you will see a nutrition sheet introducing the 5 food groups! Please review the sheet with your child and ask them to think about a healthy balanced meal that they would enjoy eating. I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas next week in PE.  

 

This week in Spanish, the Second Graders continued working on “La Comida” and “ Las Bebidas” vocabulary. Students began writing their first paragraph in Spanish all about food. Students are using sentence starters such “Mi favorite comida es…” and “No me gusta comer….”. Students are going to be editing and finishing these paragraphs next week.  

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.  

 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third Grade students continue to work on Dia de los Muertos La Catrina sculptures. When they are finished with building skeleton, they glue them on to ceramic tiles and added some fun details to finish the project.  

 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade continued to work on their documents about the inside of a computer. Students printed their Computer Parts document this week, which will go into portfolios. This week’s Tech Tip was using Ctrl + F to search for specific words or phrases. 

 

This week in Library, Third Grade students were excited to learn about the Scholastic Book Fair. CHAPTER, in partnership with CHA, will host the Book Fair from October 14th-18th. The Book Fair will open the afternoon of Monday, October 14th from 3:00-5:30pm. In preparation for this exciting upcoming event, we watched the fall 2019 author & book highlights video, learned about “You’ve Been Caught Reading” tickets, and discussed making a book wish list. Next week, students will have the opportunity to browse the book fair during one of their library visits. Thank you for supporting our school! 

Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen  

 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were steady pulse, AB form, uninterrupted listening, and mallet technique.  Students analyzed Monk’s Dream by the Thelonius Monk Quartet in their listening journals.  3rd graders also added choreography, mallet, and drum parts to a harvest song called Leaves Turn Bright.  Finally, they explored AB form to a folk dance/song called Hora Agadati.   

 

This week in PE, the 3rd 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 3rd 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 3rd graders task was to protect their ships 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.  

 

We are fast approaching the start of our nutrition unit in PE. In your Friday folders you will see a nutrition sheet introducing the 5 food groups! Please review the sheet with your child and ask them to think about a healthy balanced meal that they would enjoy eating. I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas next week in PE.   

 

This week in Spanish, the Third Graders continued to work with vocabulary words for ‘El Dormitorio”. This week third grade focused on sentence building using their vocabulary words. They started with translating sentences from English to Spanish. Students started working on their “Mi Dormitorio de mi Sueños” in class.  

Practice at home:  Review the vocabulary words using the quizlet found on the CHA Spanish Tab.   

 

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students continued working on their Dream Catcher project. Weaving is always very challenging yet fun project. We went over each step together with Mrs. Choi.  

 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade used Publisher to finish their fliers for the Fall Festival. Students created a flier that has a background, photo, and relevant information, and posted the flier around the school.

 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students were excited to learn about the Scholastic Book Fair. CHAPTER, in partnership with CHA, will host the Book Fair from October 14th-18th. The Book Fair will open for shopping the afternoon of Monday, October 14th from 3:00-5:30pm. In preparation for this exciting upcoming event, we watched the fall 2019 author & book highlights video, learned about “You’ve Been Caught Reading” tickets, and discussed making a book wish list. Next week, students will have the opportunity to browse the book fair during one of their library visits. Thank you for supporting our school! 

Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke  Thursday: Jones, Springer  

 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique, G-A-B notes, and ensemble technique.  Students continued to work on learning their first 3 notes on the recorder.  They participated in call and response playing and tested for their first Karate belts on Hot Cross Buns!  Students also added to their listening journals analyzing Monk’s Dream by the Thelonius Monk Quartet. 

 

This week in PE, the 4th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Students warmed up by freely moving around the gym to music. The 4th graders were asked to throw and catch dodgeballs with their class mates 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 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.   

We are fast approaching the start of our nutrition unit in PE. In your Friday folders you will see a nutrition sheet introducing the 5 food groups! Please review the sheet with your child and ask them to think about a healthy balanced meal that they would enjoy eating. I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas next week in PE.   

 

This week in Spanish, the Fourth Graders reviewed vocabulary words from second and third grade. They reviewed words for body parts and classroom materials. In class students practiced dialogue with a partner using the phrase “¿Cómo se dice? and  ¿Que quiere decir _____?. Students also participated in a listening comprehension activity where classroom supplies were said in Spanish and they had to find the supplies in the classroom.  

Practice at home: Review vocabulary words such as greetings or key words for time and numbers using the quizlets found on the CHA Spanish Tab. 

 

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students continued working on their Radial Balance Name Design project. Their designs turning out interesting and cool.  

 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade started using Movie Maker to create their book trailers. The first step is learning to add photos and text. Students used last week’s planning sheets to make organized and well thought out choices about their trailers. Next week we will learn about adding audio. This week’s Tech Tip was an introduction to video editing software. 

 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students were excited to learn that the Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week! CHAPTER, in partnership with CHA, will host the Book Fair from October 14th-18th. The Book Fair will open for shopping the afternoon of Monday, October 14th from 3:00-5:30pm. In preparation for this exciting upcoming event, we watched the fall 2019 author & book highlights video, learned about “You’ve Been Caught Reading” tickets, and discussed making a book wish list.  

Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor  

 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were pulse and phrase, mallet technique, composition, and uninterrupted listening.  Students also analyzed Monk’s Dream by the Thelonius Monk Quartet as part of their uninterrupted listening time.  5th graders continued to explore their online subscription to Soundtrap, a web-based composition tool that they’re using to compose their own music.  Lastly, students continued mallet and ensemble work on Click Sticks. 

 

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 class mates 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.   

 

We are fast approaching the start of our nutrition unit in PE. In your Friday folders you will see a nutrition sheet introducing the 5 food groups! Please review the sheet with your child and ask them to think about a healthy balanced meal that they would enjoy eating. I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas next week in PE. 

 

This week in Spanish, the Fifth Graders continued working on creating their school schedule in Spanish, allowing them to practice using the new vocabulary words such as horario, clase, and maestra. Students finished their schedule and turned in their final drafts. Fifth grade also continued learning about the classroom and subjects. Specifically, they are learning adjectives to describe their classes such as fun, boring, interesting, and practical.  

 

Practice at home: Review the vocabulary words at home using the quizlets found on the CHA Spanish tab.      

 

This week at Art, Kindergarten students finished with their Collaged Butterfly project on canvas. They were very proud of their creations and we hope you enjoyed their art at home.  

 
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