CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 25, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students looked out the windows and noticed that the trees started to change colors! Mrs. Choi explained to the students why the trees change colors in autumn. Then the students started working on the fall trees sculptures with tissue paper, wooden sticks, clay, and fall color paints.   

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten continued to explore the features of the Paint program. This week’s focus was on using the cut tool. Students learned to cut a rectangle, change the size by stretching the rectangle, and to stamp their design by holding the control key as they moved the selection. Students used their knowledge of paint to create a Halloween scene, which they will finish and print next week. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to Skelly’s Halloween by David Martin. We also created a class thinking map to help us reflect on our experience at the Scholastic Book Fair! Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were a steady pulse, dramatic play, phrase, and unpitched percussion technique.  Students explored their final farm activity using movement to express Sandra Boynton’s book Barnyard Dance set to Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo.   They had fun moving to With My Little Broom, a rhyme that emphasizes steady pulse and phrase.  Kindergarteners also played instruments on a circle game to Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.  And finally, they added movements to the Halloween song We Are Scary Skeletons.  

This week in PE, the Kindergarteners’ objectives were to improve their fundamental movement skills with balance and control. The Kindergarteners played a variety of different locomotive games that were designed to included running, jumping, galloping, skipping, hopping and leaping. Students were asked to demonstrate these skills in a safe manner using their spatial awareness not to crash into their classmates. The Kindergartners really enjoyed playing “ Plank Tag”. If tagged students would perform a plank until one of their classmates holding a hula hoop places it in front of them and they crawl through it to re-enter the game. This game also fosters communication and problem solving for the students which are vital life skills to learn! 

This week inSpanish,theKindergartenerscontinued learning about Dia de los Muertos. In class, students have read multiple stories about Dia de los Muertos. This week we focused on reading Daniela’s Day of the Dead. Students learned about calaveras (playful skeletons). Students colored their first calavera in class.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a great time working on the Paper Cat Sculptures with construction paper. Their creations turned out great! 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade reviewed how to use Paint. Students familiarized themselves with tools that let them free draw, create shapes, change colors, and fill sections. Students also learned how to create and move text boxes in the program. We will be using Paint to create drawings of cats to relate to the Inheritance unit in science class. This week’s Tech Tip was Undo.  

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo. Students also participated in Kindness Week by writing thank you notes to our Scholastic Book Fair volunteers! Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Laya   Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal qualities, dynamics, labeling ta and ti-ti, and steady pulse.  It was Halloween week in the music room this week.  Activities included a traditional dynamic poem called Stirring My Brew, adding rhythmic visual representations to the song Big Black Cats, a mallet activity called Candy Store, steady pulse movements to Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, figuring out phrases to the nursery rhyme Little Jack Pumpkin Face, and a steady beat mallet activity called What Will you Be? 

This week in PE, the 1st graders objectives were to improve our fundamental movement skills with balance and control. The Kindergarteners played a variety of different locomotive games that were designed to included running, jumping, galloping, skipping, hopping and leaping. Students were asked to demonstrate these skills in a safe manner using their spatial awareness not to crash into their classmates. 

This week inSpanish,First Grade started learning about Dia de los Muertos. In class, students have read multiple stories about Dia de los Muertos. This week we focused on reading Daniela’s Day of the Dead. Students learned about calaveras (playful skeletons). Students colored their first calavera in class. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Mr. Kolb’s class and Mrs. Duffina’s class painted their bisque fired ceramic owls. Mrs. Fox and Mrs. Morman’s class learned how to make an origami puppet monster and add paper to create fun monster puppets.  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade used Whacky Web Tales to create an interesting and silly story online. Second Graders are practicing using copy and paste, spell check, changing the font, and adding pictures. Next week, students will finish the story and print out their work. This week’s Tech Tip was Browser Tabs. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo. Students also participated in Kindness Week by writing thank you notes to our Scholastic Book Fair volunteers! Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were quarter and eighth note patterns, movement improvisation, melodic contour, and mallet technique.  2nd graders made rhythms out of ghost flashcards to the song Must Be Halloween.  They also added a simple melody to a Kentucky Folk song called Skin and Bones.  Finally, students had fun exploring movement improvisation to Charles Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette.   

This week in PE, the 2nd graders’ objectives were to improve their bowling technique through repetition and practice. We spoke about the importance of using your palm to guide your throw towards the target and the correct footwork to promote successful bowling. Students enjoyed playing “4 corner bowling. The gym was split into 4 quadrants with 1 team in each quadrant.  Each team would set up 6 pins in their corner and their objectives were to work together to guard their own pins but also play offensive and try to knock down the other teams’ pins. Students were encouraged to experiment and find a technique that worked for them.  It was pleasing to see the different approaches that students used to reach their goals. 

This week inSpanish,SecondGraders started to learn about Dia de Los Muertos. In class, students completed a KWL chart in order to remember what they have learned already and what they want to learn about Dia de Los Muertos. Students had questions about the traditions, food, and sugar skulls. Second grade also watched a Brain Pop video that focused on what is Dia de Los Muertos and how it started. Students love learning about the different aspects of Dia de Los Muertos like People and Traditions.  

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third Grade students learned about Georgia Okeeffe. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century, known internationally for her boldly innovative art. Her distinct flowers, dramatic cityscapes, glowing landscapes, and images of bones against the stark desert sky are iconic and original contributions to American Modernism. We focused on her Autumn Landscape of Georgia painting and started working on our Autumn Landscape painting. We also review our knowledge on the spatial concept of foreground, middle ground, and background. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade learned about Microsoft Publisher. Students learned how to add text boxes, photos, and page parts. Students will use Publisher to supplement their Character Book reports in Language arts, which will start early in November. Only Ms. W’s class has technology next week, due to a field trip and Professional Development, so the Book Report was introduced this week in Technology.  

This week in Library, Third Grade students discussed and wrote book recommendations for their CHA peers. They also had an opportunity to participate in Kindness Week by writing thank you notes to our Book Fair volunteers! Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were a steady pulse, vocal repertoire, quarter note-half note-whole note distinction.  Students began exploring some repertoire from the U.S. and East Africa that they’ll be performing at Bellevue Square and this year’s Festival of Peace and Light in December.  Students also were assessed on their understanding of quarter, half, and whole note pulses over some recorded music.  3rd graders also learned a partner game called Double Trouble that emphasizes a steady pulse.  

This week in PE, the 3rd graders’ objectives were to improve their bowling technique through repetition and practice. We spoke about the importance of using your palm to guide your throw towards the target and the correct footwork to promote successful bowling. Students enjoyed playing “4 corner bowling. The gym was split into 4 quadrants with 1 team in each quadrant.  Each team would set up 6 pins in their corner and their objectives were to work together to guard their own pins but also play offensive and try to knock down the other teams’ pins. Students were encouraged to experiment and find a technique that worked for them.  It was pleasing to see the different approaches that students used to reach their goals.

This week inSpanish,Third Graders started to learn about Dia de Los Muertos. In class, students completed a KWL chart in order to remember what they have learned already and what they want to learn about Dia de Los Muertos. Students had questions about the traditions, food, and sugar skulls. Second grade also watched a Brain Pop video that focused on what is Dia de Los Muertos and how it started. Students loves learning about the different aspects of Dia de Los Muertos like People and Traditions.  

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students were finished with their dream catcher project. They also visited the Seattle Art Museum to learn more about Native American art and artifacts. They reviewed Elements and Principles of art, especially shape, space, and balance. They then also created Bendwood boxes inspired by animals from North West.   

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade planned their Totem Pole projects, keeping in mind what they would like to accomplish, the shapes available to them, and model requirements for their object to print properly. Once finished, students had a chance to begin modeling in TinkerCad. Students who would like to continue working at home may do so. Please remember that all shapes must be connected, so check from every angle, and that models are printed from the floor upward, which hinders printing if pieces are sticking out. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students discussed and wrote book recommendations for their CHA peers. They also had an opportunity to participate in Kindness Week by writing thank you notes to our Book Fair volunteers!  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique and reading notes on the staff.  Students learned and reviewed B, A, G, and E.  This week’s belt tests included white, yellow, and orange.  Students will be getting a copy of CHA’s school song next week and invited to perform it at November’s assembly.   

This week in PE, the 4thgraders primary objective was throwing and catching whilst on the move in small-sided games. The secondary objective was how to create space off the ball and avoid pressure from defending players. The students played a new game called “ Ultimate Ball” which is very similar to ultimate frisbee however we used a gator skin ball instead of a frisbee.  The 4th graders would be challenged to work as a team and ensure 3 attacking players caught the ball without a turnover before scoring in the end zone. This game gave the 4th graders the opportunity to incorporate underhand, overhand and shuttle passes to move the ball successfully into the endzone to score.  Spatial awareness and movement off the ball were also crucial in this game.

This week in Spanish, Fourth Graders started to learn about Dia de Los Muertos while also reviewing question key terms in Spanish like quiénquécuándodónde, por qué y cómo (who, what, when, where, why, and how). In class, students looked different photos of Dia de Los Muertos and learned more about its origin and traditions.  

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students learned about George SeuratFrench Neo-Impressionist painter in the late 18th Century, and Pointillism. We discovered the science behind the invention of pointillismPointillism is a style of painting in which small dots of color are applied to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. This practice was developed by Georges Seurat in the nineteenth century. After learning about the pointillism, we started working on landscape painting using the pointillism technique.   

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade continued using Movie Maker to create their book trailers. Students reviewed the importance of saving files into the same folder for their projects and how to add photos and audio. We also learned about adding captions to already existing pages. Students will be finished soon, and I am in the process of setting up a classroom DropBox so that families can see what their Fifth Graders have accomplished with this assignment! 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students discussed and wrote book recommendations for their CHA peers. They also had an opportunity to participate in Kindness Week by writing thank you notes to our Book Fair volunteers! Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were vocal repertoire, mallet technique, and ensemble work.  5th graders were introduced to a song they’ll be singing with the whole school at the assembly on November 15th.   Students finished up their Soundtrap composition assignments and were also introduced to a Chinese folksong called Molihua that they may be performing at this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. 

This week in PE, the 5thgraders’ primary objective was throwing and catching whilst on the move in small-sided games. The secondary objective was how to create space off the ball and avoid pressure from defending players. The students played a new game called “ Ultimate Ball” which is very similar to ultimate frisbee however we used a gator skin ball instead of a frisbee.  The 5th graders would be challenged to work as a team and ensure 3 attacking players caught the ball without a turnover before scoring in the end zone. This game gave the 5th graders the opportunity to incorporate underhand, overhand and shuttle passes to move the ball successfully into the endzone to score.  Spatial awareness and movement off the ball were also crucial in this game. 

This week in Spanish, Fifth grade students started to learn about Dia de Los Muertos while also reviewing question key terms in Spanish like quiénquécuándodónde, por qué y cómo (who, what, when, where, why, and how). In class, students looked different photos of Dia de Los Muertos and learned more about its origin and traditions.  

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