CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 31, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Mrs. Bernal’s class read a book called, I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll. After reading the book, we created our own monsters with model magic and googly eyes. Their monsters all turned out different and unique. Mrs. Palladino and Ms. Roberts class will not have art class due to PD day on Friday.  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten continued to work on their Halloween scenes in Paint. Students learned how to open their files from last week, then continued to add pumpkins, ghosts, bats, candy, and other things that remind them of Halloween. Many of them remembered to use the “undo” arrow if they made a mistake in their drawing. Students then printed their paintings, which will go in their portfolios. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to The Jelly Donut Difference Sharing Kindness with the World by Maria Dismondy. The story helped guide our class discussion on sharing, empathy, and kindness. Next week, we will continue our discussion and use a Thinking Map to help generate a kindness list. Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were dramatic play, unpitched percussion technique, repertoire, and steady pulse.  It was Halloween week in the music room this week.  Activities included a dramatic play game called Old Mrs. Witch, a folk song called Chicken & a Chicken with movements, a rhythmic chant called The Witch Has an Itch, and a review of We Are Scary Skeletons.   

This week in PE , the Kindergarteners objectives were to continue  working on 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, hoping and leaping. Students were asked to demonstrate these skills in a safe manor using their spatial awareness not to crash into their classmates. The Kindergartners really enjoyed playing “ Spaghetti and Meatballs” which is a continuous game that focuses on spatial awareness and hand eye coordination. 1 team would be responsible for collecting the meatballs and placing them on the dinner plates( hula hoops) while the other team would be the spaghetti( pool noodle) and their task would be to use the noodle to knock the meatballs( gator balls) of the plates. We then added a throwing and catching element in round 2, students collecting meatballs would now have to throw them to a classmate who was stood in the hula hoops who would try to catch the ball and place inside the hoop. 

This week inSpanish,theKindergartenerscontinued learning about Dia de los Muertos. In class, students learned that people often paint their faces or wear masks of sugar skulls which are playful skulls during Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Students created their own calaverita (small skull) mask in class.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about Dia de los Muertos, and made La Catrina drawings. They first looked at examples of many Mexican La Catrina drawing. In the drawings, skeletons are doing everyday activities happily. Then we learned how to draw a skeleton with oil pastels and capture them doing fun things in our drawing.  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to draw pictures in Paint. Students drew a picture of a cat, labelling the eyes, whiskers, tail, and more. Students will print the pictures this month to add to portfolios. This week’s Tech Tip was the back arrow on internet browsers. Students who would like to use KWT at home can use the Educator PIN: 35FD55.

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to The Fruit Salad Friend by Maria Dismondy. The story helped guide our class discussion on empathy, inclusion, and friendship. Next week, we will continue our discussion and use a Thinking Map to generate a recipe for friendship.  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 , First Grade objectives were to continue  working on their fundamental movement skills with balance and control. The First Graders played a variety of different locomotive games that were designed to included running, jumping, galloping, skipping, hoping and leaping. Students were asked to demonstrate these skills in a safe manor using their spatial awareness not to crash into their classmates. The First Graders really enjoyed playing “ Spaghetti and Meatballs” which is a continuous game that focuses on spatial awareness and hand eye coordination. 1 team would be responsible for collecting the meatballs and placing them on the dinner plates( hula hoops) while the other team would be the spaghetti( pool noodle) and their task would be to use the noodle to knock the meatballs( gator balls) of the plates. We then added a throwing and catching element in round 2, students collecting meatballs would now have to throw them to a classmate who was stood in the hula hoops who would try to catch the ball and place inside the hoop. 

This week inSpanish,First Grade continued learning about Dia de los Muertos. Specifically, students learned about traditions like face paintint and wearing masks during Dia de los Muertos. Students had the chance to color and decorate their very own sugar skull mask. 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students finished painting their ceramic owl bells and made origami monster puppets..  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade continued to work on Whacky Web Tales. Students copied their stories to Microsoft Word and then had a chance to further edit the document. For example, they could change the font or add a relevant picture. Students who finished could print their storiesto bring home. Students who would like to use KWT at home can use the Educator PIN: 35FD55.

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to The Fruit Salad Friend by Maria Dismondy. The story helped guide our class discussion on empathy, inclusion, and friendship. Next week, we will continue our discussion and complete a recipe for friendship activity.   Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were half-note preparation, hand drum technique, forte and piano dynamics, and form.  It was Halloween week in the music room this week.  Activities included a rhythmic chant circle game called Trick or Treat, adding drums to a story by Eve Bunting called Scary, Scary Halloween, a dynamic game in the dark called Who is in the Forest, and improvising movements to the form of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #3.   

This week in PE, the 2nd  graders  continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to maximize repetitions of both the underhand and overhand throw. The students enjoyed playing “champions and challengers”. In this game students would challenge each other, and both have a turn to throw different objects such as gator balls and bean bags into targeted areas. Students would have to complete different aerobic activities around the gym before they could then challenge a different classmate. We spoke about the important of using your palm to guide your throw towards the target and the correct footwork to promote successfully throwing.

This week inSpanish,SecondGrade continued learning about Dia de los Muertos. Students discussed different tradition, foods, and symbols about the holiday. Students worked on making their own Dia de los Muertos Calacas in class. Calacas are playful skeletons that represent happiness even after loved ones have passed away. They created silly and playful skeletons by cutting paper and gluing them until they looked like a skeleton.  

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students continued working on the Autumn Landscape painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.  

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade had a chance to review using Microsoft Publisher. Next week, students will begin creating an artifact to supplement the book reports they will write in Mrs. Shamsen’s class. Students who would like to use KWT at home can use the Educator PIN: 35FD55.

This week in Library, Third Grade students began preparing for our upcoming author visit with Patrick Jennings. We discussed author voice and read the first chapter of his book Guinea Dog. Next week, we will continue reading Guinea Dog and browse other books written by Patrick Jennings.   Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were steady pulse and vocal repertoire.  Students warmed up with a rhythmic circle game called The Halloween Cat.  3rd graders also learned more repertoire for their upcoming performance at Bellevue Square.  

This week in PE, the 3rd graders continued their throwing and catching unit. Our objectives were to maximize repetitions of both the underhand and overhand throw. The students enjoyed playing “champions and challengers”. In this game students would challenge each other, and both have a turn to throw different objects such as gator balls and bean bags into targeted areas. Students would have to complete different aerobic activities around the gym before they could then challenge a different classmate. We spoke about the important of using your palm to guide your throw towards the target and the correct footwork to promote successfully throwing.  

This week inSpanish,Third Grade continued learning about Dia e los Muertos. Students discuessed different tradition, foods, and symbols about the holiday. Students worked on making their own Dia de los Muertos Calacas in class. Calacas are playful skeletons that represent happiness even after loved ones have passed away. Students colored and decorated their own calacas and added accessories like sombreros and guitars.   

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students enjoyed their earned free choice day. Each time when they come to Art class, they earn dojo points as a class by following the rules and being respectful. When they earn 50 Dojo points, they get a free choice day. We also used this opportunity for the students who didn’t finish with the Dream Catcher project to catch up with the rest of the class.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade continued to work on Totem poles in TinkerCad. Students are sharpening their skills in 3D modeling, including moving shape, changing their view of the model, rotating and resizing shapes, and joining shapes together. Students who would like to use KWT at home can use the Educator PIN: 35FD55.  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students began preparing for our upcoming author visit with Patrick Jennings. We discussed author voice and read the first chapter of his book Guinea Dog. Next week, we will continue reading Guinea Dog and browse other books written by Patrick Jennings.   Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were steady pulse and vocal repertoire.  Students warmed up with a rhythmic circle game called The Halloween Cat.  3rd graders also learned more repertoire for their upcoming performance at Bellevue Square.  

This week in PE, the 4th graders 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 was also crucial in this game. 

This week in Spanish, Fourth Grade continued learning about Dia de los Muertos. Secifically, students learned about traditions like face painting and wearing masks during Dia de los Muertos. Students had the chance to color and decorate their very own sugar skull mask. They were able to add gems and glitter to their masks to make festive sugar skulls. Students attached string to the masks to make them wearable.  

 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Pointillison Landscape painting.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Grade continued using Movie Maker to create their book trailers. Students learned how to finalize their videos once finished. Next week will be the last class day that we will work on Book Trailers, so students should only be adding finishing touches at this point. Students who would like to use KWT at home can use the Educator PIN: 35FD55.

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students began preparing for our upcoming author visit with Patrick Jennings. We discussed author voice and read the first chapter of his book Guinea Dog. Next week, we will continue reading Guinea Dog and browse other books written by Patrick Jennings. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in 5th Grade Music were vocal and percussion ensemble work.  Students continued to work on their assembly material as well as ideas for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light. 

This week in PE, the 5th graders 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 was also crucial in this game.

This week in Spanish, Fifth grade continued learning about Dia de los Muertos. Students learned more about traditions and how Dia de los Muertos is celebrated. In class, students worked on creating traditional papel picado (paper garlands). These garlands are very important and usually depict sugar skulls and hearts.  

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