CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 18, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called ‘The Little White Owl’ and worked on the Colorful Owls project. First, they learned how to draw an owl with the letter ‘U’s and ‘O’s. Then, they added a fun background with oil pastels. Mrs. Choi also introduced oil pastel and watercolor resist technique. Their owls turned out cute!  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten learned how to use the Paint program on Windows. We started by learning about resizing. We resized the canvas using the dots on the corner and edges to stretch the work area bigger or smaller. We also added shapes by choosing the shape we want, then clicking and dragging to make it the size we want. We learned about changing colors at the top and pressing the undo arrow when we want to go back. The next lesson using paint included using the fill bucket and the maximize button. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students had the opportunity to browse the Scholastic Book Fair! They enjoyed seeing so many new books and had fun making their wish lists. A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan, organize, and facilitate this much-anticipated event. Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were rhythm patterns, unpitched percussion, following a conductor, musical phrase, same versus different, and steady pulse.  Our final animal in our farm unit was the horse and our final color in the movement game was brown (gallop).  Students enjoyed playing mallet instruments to Listen to the Horses.  They explored musical phrases that identify the same and different ones in Schumann’s Wild Horseman.   Finally, kindergarteners reinforced a steady pulse to Ten Galloping Horses and My Pony Macaroni.  

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to work on our underhand throw for accuracy and overhand throwing for distance. We also spoke about the correct technique for catching objects at different heights. Students enjoyed playing “ Raid the nest”. Students were split into small groups and assigned a home base. On coaches command, the first student from each team would run into the middle and pick up an object from the pile and throw it back to their teammate. We had different sized objects to throw which presented some challenges for the Kindergarteners to overcome. I was impressed with the sportsmanship and positive can-do mindset of the Kindergartners during this activity. 

This week inSpanish,the Kindergartenerscontinued learning about the colors. Students practiced tracing the color names and identifying the colors by themselves without using pictures to help. Students also began learning about Dia de los Muertos. We read a short story in class called “The Day of the Dead”.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students finished with the Trees in Style project inspired by Eloise RenoufTheir trees turned out great!  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade logged into our keyboarding program, Keyboarding Without Tears, for the first time. First graders did an amazing job using all their fingers while typing, not just their pointer fingers. First Grade then learned how this would be incorporated into their routines in Computer Science class. We also made folders in which students can store unfinished work. 

This week in Library, First Grade students had the opportunity to browse the Scholastic Book Fair! They enjoyed seeing so many new books and had fun making their wish lists. A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan, organize, and facilitate this much-anticipated event. In addition to browsing the Book Fair, students also listened to the story Samurai Scarecrow by Rubin PingkCheck out days are as follows: Tuesday: Laya   Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were up versus down, phrase, steady pulse, and quarter notes versus quarter rests.  Students sang the Eensie-Weensie Spider going up or down on the xylophones as it related to the lyrics.  (up the water spout or down came the rain etc)  Students sang Big Black Cats in which they had to identify the quarter notes and quarter rests in the song.  1st graders added a rhythmic chant to Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider.  Students enjoyed dancing to Little Richard’s adventurous rendition of the Itsy Bitsy Spider.   

This week in PE, the 1st graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to work on our underhand throw for accuracy and overhand throwing for distance. We also spoke about the correct technique for catching objects at different heights. Students enjoyed playing “ Raid the nest”. Students were split into small groups and assigned a home base. On coaches command, the first student from each team would run into the middle and pick up an object from the pile and throw it back to their teammate. We had different sized objects to throw which presented some challenges for the 1st graders to overcome. I was impressed with the sportsmanship and positive can-do mindset of the 1st graders during this activity. 

This week inSpanish, theFirst Graderscontinued learning about las frutas. Students are working on pronunciation and learning to spell the words. Students are working on their first paragraph in Spanish class about their favorite and least favorite fruits. Students wrote their first draft with the help of Ms. Suarez and then wrote their final draft by themselves.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, while we are waiting for our owl bells to dry, Second Grade students worked on a fall tree painting project from worm’s eye view. Worm’s eye view is when you are looking up at things and the vanishing point is above the horizon. We also compare some worm’s eye view pictures with the bird’s eye view and talked about the differences. In a bird’s-eye view, you are looking down at objects from a viewpoint well above the horizon. After learning about two different perspectives, the students painted worm’s eye view fall trees on canvases.   

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade finished their Me on the Map projects. Once printed, students cut the papers and stapled the slideshow together. We also began using Keyboarding Without Tears this week, which students will use every day in Computer Science class from now on. 

This week in Library, Second Grade had the opportunity to browse the Scholastic Book Fair! They enjoyed seeing so many new books and had fun making their wish lists. A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan, organize, and facilitate this much-anticipated event. In addition to browsing the Book Fair, students also listened to the story Samurai Scarecrow by Rubin PingkOn November 7th, we will have author Patrick Jennings visiting CHA. Book order forms are coming home in Friday Folders. Please submit the order form with payment to the front desk by Monday, October 21st if you would like a signed copy. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were sol-la-mi patterns, rhythmic composition, pitched percussion, steady pulse, and AB form.  2nd Graders were assessed on identifying metallophones (metal) and xylophones (wood) sounds using only their ears.  They explored sol-la-mi patterns (6th, 5th, and 3rd notes of a major scale) by singing and choreographing the patterns on their heads, shoulders, and knees.  They sang and played the Virgin Islands folk song Jockey which uses an AB form.  Finally, students composed a “rhythm poem” set to half, quarter, eighth, and whole notes.  

This week in PE, the 2nd  graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our focus was on demonstrating the overhand throw for both distance and accuracy as well as feeling comfortable throwing a variety of different sized balls. The 2nd graders really enjoyed playing a class favorite game called “ Ultimate Monster Ball”. The class was divided into 2 two teams which would each occupy an endzone on either side of the gym. 2 giant bouncy balls were placed in the center of the gym and the student’s task was to throw their ball or object and try to move the giant ball into the other teams end zone to score a point. The 2nd  graders had to think about strategy and teamwork in order to maximize the distance they could move the monster ball. They worked well in small groups and synergized to find success. 

This week inSpanish, theSecondGraderscontinued working on “La Comida” and “LasBebidas” vocabulary.Students finished writing their first paragraph in Spanish all about food. After writing about their favorite foods and drinks students played review games with the vocabulary words. Some of the students played a roll and dice game and others played Jeopardy.  

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third Grade students finished with their Dia de los Mertos La Catrina project. All their sculptures are creative and unique! Once all of the students are finished, Mrs. Choi is anticipated to display their creations.   

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade learned about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Students read the information on a website about this endangered species, then discussed if we should try to help save it. After much debate, students learned that the PNW Tree Octopus is a hoax that has been around since 1998. It was a fun demonstration of how there is a lot of false information on the internet, and you should always use common sense when learning online.  If you are interested in the octopus, you can find more information at https://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/. Students spent the rest of the class learning about the internet with Indy the Internet guide, which can be found on the Computer Lab website. Students also started using Keyboarding Without Tears this week.  

This week in Library, Third Grade students had the opportunity to browse the Scholastic Book Fair! They enjoyed seeing so many new books and had fun making their wish lists. A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan, organize, and facilitate this much-anticipated event. On November 7th, we will have author Patrick Jennings visiting CHA. Book order forms are coming home in Friday Folders. Please submit the order form with payment to the front desk by Monday, October 21st if you would like a signed copy. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were rhythmic patterns, composition, and call and response improvisation.  Students composed a “rhythm poem” set to half, quarter, eighth, and whole notes.  They also explored call and response improvisation to the folk song Old Joe Clark.  Finally, 3rd graders worked in groups to create a “rhythm machine” where each student’s movement matched with a given note duration (whole, half, or quarter). 

This week in PE, the 3rd graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our focus was on demonstrating the overhand throw for both distance and accuracy as well as feeling comfortable throwing a variety of different sized balls. The 3rd graders really enjoyed playing a class favorite game called “ Ultimate Monster Ball”. The class was divided into 2 two teams which would each occupy an endzone on either side of the gym. 2 giant bouncy balls were placed in the center of the gym and the student’s task was to throw their ball or object and try to move the giant ball into the other teams end zone to score a point. The 3rd graders had to think about strategy and teamwork in order to maximize the distance they could move the monster ball. They worked well in small groups and synergized to find success. 

This week inSpanish, theThirdGraderscontinued to work with vocabulary words for ‘El Dormitorio”. This week Third Grade continued to focus on sentence building using their vocabulary words. They started working on their “Dream Room” project which asks students to draw and label their dream room with their vocabulary words and then write 5 sentences in Spanish describing their dream rooms.

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, some of the Fourth Grade students are finished with their dream catchers while others continued working on it. When they are finished, they were being wonderful teacher’s assistance and helping other classmates.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade reviewed using TinkerCad to create 3D models. Students learned how to use the new TinkerCad log in system for their classroom and built their first project, which was a house. The students made houses that were 100 mm in length and width. We reviewed how to add, move, resize, and cut into shapes. Next week, Fourth Graders will begin designing and creating Totem Poles using the software, which will be printed after we work on them for about a month. This week’s Tech Tip was a review of TinkerCad. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students had the opportunity to browse the Scholastic Book Fair! They enjoyed seeing so many new books and had fun making their wish lists. A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan, organize, and facilitate this much-anticipated event. On November 7th, we will have author Patrick Jennings visiting CHA. Book order forms are coming home in Friday Folders. Please submit the order form with payment to the front desk by Monday, October 21st if you would like a signed copy. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objective in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique with G, A, and B.  Students continued to explore these three notes on their recorders using a variety of activities from Recorder Karate and call and response to improvisation and composition using G, A, and B.  Students are encouraged to practice at home in small but frequent intervals to help them with continuity.  

This week in PE, the 4th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. The focus was on demonstrating a mature pattern using both the overhand and underhand throw to a moving partner, in different small-sided games and activities. Our focus was on controlled technique and accuracy when throwing. The students enjoyed playing handball which gave them different challenges and decisions to make within the game. We spoke about how to create and deny space off the ball and maximize scoring opportunities with our movements. The 4th graders were encouraged to think of 2-3 different strategies that would give their team success during the handball games. I was impressed with the leadership skills and synergy show by all the students.   

This week inSpanish, theFourthGraders had a mini-lesson on grammar specifically the articles in Spanish “el/la and las/los”. Students reviewed the rules for when using el/la and los/las and then expanded to learning about words that do not follow the rules and how to determine which article to use.  

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 Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students have finished with their Radial Balance Name design project. When they were done, they helped Mrs. Choi with creating Rubric for art projects. We talked about what criteria that Mrs. Choi has been using when she grades students’ art. Then the students suggested areas that need to be added or taken away from the rubric. With the rubric that we created together, students will self-evaluate their own art.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade continued using Movie Maker to create their book trailers. This week’s lesson was focused on adding sound. Students learned how to record their voices to narrate the video and add music by saving it in their book trailer folders before adding the sample. Students have made great progress on their trailers! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students had the opportunity to browse the Scholastic Book Fair! They enjoyed seeing so many new books and had fun making their wish lists. A special thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped plan, organize, and facilitate this much-anticipated event. On November 7th, we will have author Patrick Jennings visiting CHA. Book order forms are coming home in Friday Folders. Please submit the order form with payment to the front desk by Monday, October 21st if you would like a signed copy. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ensemble and mallet technique, uninterrupted listening and composition.  Students continued work on their mallet ensemble as well as Soundtrap compositions.  They also listened to the Thelonious Monk Quartet as part of their music listening journals. 

This week in PE, the 5th graders continued their throwing and catching unit. The focus was on demonstrating a mature pattern using both the overhand and underhand throw to a moving partner, in different small-sided games and activities. Our focus was on controlled technique and accuracy when throwing. The students enjoyed playing handball which gave them different challenges and decisions to make within the game. We spoke about how to create and deny space off the ball and maximize scoring opportunities with our movements. The 5th graders were encouraged to think of 2-3 different strategies that would give their team success during the handball games. I was impressed with the leadership skills and synergy show by the students. 

This week inSpanish, the FifthGraderscontinued working on Chapter 2A. Students continued adding words to their notebooks specifically adjectives to describe their classes. Students also worked on sentence building using their vocabulary words.  

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