CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 13, 2019

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students enjoyed learning about Michela Bufelini, who creates beautiful mosaic art from some of the earth’s most basic materials, stones, and driftwood.  After learning about her and looked at her creations, we started working on our art auction project. We carefully painted small pebbles into houses, trees, and flowers. It was more fun with all the parent volunteers in the classroom with us! Thank you, Maria, Chandra, and Kelly for taking the time to help us with our auction project! 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They wrote and drew pictures of different holiday traditions that they enjoy and are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were repertoire, phrase, same vs. different, and steady pulse.  In addition to reviewing the repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light, students explored speaking, thinking, singing, and playing the rhythm to the Mother Goose rhyme Go to Bed, Tom.  They also added movement to Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Reed Pipes from the Nutcracker Suite.  

The week in PE the kindergarteners continued their cooperative activities unit. We discussed what is required to make a successful team and some simple strategies we can use to make this happen. Students enjoyed playing “ ScootermaniaThe goal of the activity was for the student on the scooter board to transport one object at a time from one designated area to a hoop in another designated area as they ride upon the scooter. The other partner used their creativity to discover a safe and fun way to pull the scooter board rider along using a jump rope When everyone had finished, we had students think about some important questions. Did they talk nicely to their partner? Were they able to safely complete their task? What positive language did they use to help their team? 

Kindergarten SpanishThis week in Spanish, kindergarten continued reviewing new vocabulary words in class. Students are learning words to describe classroom objects and materials. This week students learned the Spanish word for pen, desk, door, paper, notebook, window. In class, students worked on cut and paste matching activities. Practice at home:Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students started working on our art auction project. They carefully painted copper butterflies with alcohol ink. They also had a special guest in the classroom. Katisha, Chloe’s mom, taught the students how to make stained glass art with black glue. Students have so much fun working on this project! Thank you so much, Katisha! It was also more fun with our wonderful parent volunteers! Thank you Mujtaba and Pamela for helping us with our auction project! 

This week in Library, First Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They wrote and drew pictures of different holiday traditions that they enjoy and are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were repertoire, same vs. different, and percussion technique.  In addition to reviewing the repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light, students added movements to a song called Teddy Bear.  They explored percussion instruments on a song called Time for Toys.  Students also reinforced a steady beat with a song/activity called Jack-in-the-Box. 

The week in PE the 1st graders continued their cooperative activities unit. We discussed what is required to make a successful team and some simple strategies we can use to make this happen. Students enjoyed playing “ ScootermaniaThe goal of the activity was for the student on the scooter board to transport one object at a time from one designated area to a hoop in another designated area as they ride upon the scooter. The other partner used their creativity to discover a safe and fun way to pull the scooter board rider along using a jump rope When everyone had finished, we had students think about some important questions. Did they synergize with their partners? Were they able to safely complete their task? What positive language did they use to help their team? 

This week in Spanish, first grade moved on from fruits to vegetables. Students are learning how to say carrot, corn, and many other vegetable names. In class students, are practicing the pronunciation with their peers and myself. This week students reviewed their words playing matching games on the board and they also started working on their book about vegetables. In their book’s students are using the phrases “Me gusta comer” and “No me gusta comer” to categorize the vegetables they like to eat and do not like to eat. Practice at home:Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.  

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Second Grade

This week at Art, second grade students started working on our art auction project. This year, students will create 3D plaster koi fishes and will carefully paint them with acrylic paint. As a first step, they learned about Plaster as an art material and started building plaster koi fishes. We used plaster cloth, and students loved the materials very much! The project was more fun with all the wonderful parent volunteers. Thank you, Tami, Grace, and Zhiya for helping us with our auction project! 

This week in Library, second grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They wrote and drew pictures of different holiday traditions that they enjoy and are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were repertoire, ostinato, and percussion technique.  In addition to reviewing the repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light, students added instrument parts to Up on the Housetop.  They also practiced internalizing the lyrics to The Dreydl Song.  Finally, students composed “candy” ostinatos to perform over the rhyme Holiday Treats. 

The week in PE the 2nd  graders started their scooter board unit. The scooter boards help improve core strength, spatial awareness, and coordination skills.  Students enjoyed playing. Scootermania”. The goal of the activity was for the student on the scooter board to transport one object at a time from one designated area to a hoop in another designated area as they ride upon the scooter. The other partner used their creativity to discover a safe and fun way to pull the scooter board rider along using a jump rope When everyone had finished, we had students think about some important questions. Did they synergize well with their partner? Were they able to safely complete their task? What positive language did they use to help their team?  

This week in Spanish, second grade is working on developing our speech fluency, pronunciation, and comprehension of words in class. Students are rehearsing and practicing a mini skit that they will perform the week before Winter Break. This week we focused on rehearsing and acting out the skit. Students are working hard in class and are having a blast acting their skit out.  Practice at home:In class, students are given rehearsal time, but I have also linked the script online on the Spanish tab just in case students want to practice their lines at home. 

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, third grade students had a great time designing their own superheroes/ villain. As a group, we talked about what a superhero is, different kinds of superheroes, their superpowers, outfit and more. Then the students created superheroes. They had so much fun working on this project.  

This week in Library, third grade students continued participating in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They wrote about their culture and shared their research on Senegal as they prepare for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are : Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were repertoire and mallet technique.  Third graders enjoyed adding instrument parts to Burn Little Candles (Hanukah) and Dancing Snowflakes.   

The week in PE the 3rd  graders started their scooter board unit. The scooter boards help improve core strength, spatial awareness, and coordination skills.  Students enjoyed playing. “Scootermania”. The goal of the activity was for the student on the scooter board to transport one object at a time from one designated area to a hoop in another designated area as they ride upon the scooter. The other partner used their creativity to discover a safe and fun way to pull the scooter board rider along using a jump rope When everyone had finished, we had students think about some important questions. Did they synergize well with their partner? Were they able to safely complete their task? What positive language did they use to help their team? 

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working with the kitchen vocabulary words. This week we focused on writing sentences that describe quantity. Students reviewed the rules for using “el, la, los, and las” and learned the rules for using “un, una, unos, and unas” which means “a, an, some, and many”. Students continued to work on writing three sentences in Spanish to describe items they have in their kitchen at home.   Practice at home:Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.  

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, fourth grade students started working on the Ceramic Snack Box project. They used their initiative to create compartments for a square-shaped snack box using slab building techniques.  

This week in Library, fourth grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They wrote about their culture and shared about holidays and celebrations that they are looking forward to enjoying.  Check out days are: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique and repertoire review.  Fourth graders are nearing the end of their recorder unit.  Students continued to test on any belts they wished to receive.  This included Jolly Old St. Nicholas, any belt from the Recorder Karate book, CHA school song, and the Festival of Peace and Light pieces.   

This week in PE, the 4th graders continued their cooperative learning and strategy-based games unit. Students warmed up by playing “dice tag. This is a strategy-based tag game that has students solve some simple mathematic questions before participating in the tagging game. We then moved on to playing “ Move the mat”. Students were split into small groups and their task was to run and dive onto a padded floor mat trying to move it back and forth across the gym. The students could choose how they dived onto the mat to move it. The winning team was the team to successfully move their mat from the start point across the gym to the finish line. Each team came up with a slightly different approach and it was fun to watch the students share ideas with one another and complete their task. 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working with chapter 1A in their Realidades textbook. Students watched a short video in Spanish where students from around the world described what they like to do or don’t like to do. This allowed students to practice their Spanish listening comprehension in class. Students then worked on Activity 7 and Activity 8 in class, which focuses on what they like to do and don’t like to do.   Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words and phrases at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.   

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on their Ceramic Animal Sculpture project.   

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued to participate in a class discussion surrounding traditions. They wrote about their culture and shared about their preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Check out days are: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were repertoire review and preparation for the Festival of Peace and Light.  Fifth graders continued to practice and review instrument and vocal parts for five pieces they’ll be performing at this year’s Festival. 

This week in PE, the 5th graders continued their cooperative learning and strategy-based games unit. Students warmed up by playing “dice tag”. This is a strategy-based tag game that has students solve some simple mathematic questions before participating in the tagging game. We then moved on to playing “ Move the mat”. Students were split into small groups and their task was to run and dive onto a padded floor mat trying to move it back and forth across the gym. The students could choose how they dived onto the mat to move it. The winning team was the team to successfully move their mat from the start point across the gym to the finish line. Each team came up with a slightly different approach and it was fun to watch the students share ideas with one another and complete their task.  

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B. This week students finished drawing out our new vocabulary words and then learned key words dor describing locations in Spanish. For example: In Front= Delante de la/del. Students also watched a short video in the class called “Un Raton en la Sala de Classes”. In the video, students were able to practice their listening comprehension and hear their vocabulary words used in conversations.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words and phrases at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.   

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