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January 10, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students were introduced to the Doodle for Google project.  Google is sponsoring a “Doodle 4 Google” contest for K-12 students in the United States to encourage them to create spectacular doodles— one of which will be featured in the future on Google’s doodle-friendly home page. This year’s theme is ‘I show kindness by… ’. As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. First, we talked about kindness and how we could show kindness. There were many wonderful ideas, such as, I show kindness by… being respectful, holding a door for others, checking on friends who look sad or concerned, giving a hug to a friend who needs one and many more.  Then the students start doodling. They made many sketches about how kindness.   

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten learned expectations of using the LEGO Lab and built their first projects. In addition to building tracks and using blocks to instruct the train, students are discovering how to work as a team. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students returned to class excited to share stories of their winter break adventures and family traditions. We read and discussed the story How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. We also created a class Thinking Map illustrating the different ways that Lunar New Year is celebrated.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music included vocal tone production, the same versus different, steady pulse, and mallet technique.  Students learned the song It’s a Brand New Year, where they had opportunities to sing about what they did on vacation.  They also learned the finger play Ten Little Fingers, the rhythmic chant called Hush, Hush, and a song called The Skaters.  These activities explored self-expression and different ways to move to pulse and the music.  Kindergartners also listened to the book The Snowy Day to prepare them for next week’s lesson.  

This week in PE the Kindergartens started their basketball unit. Our focus was on hand dribbling and passing. Hand-eye coordination is an important skill that is very transferable to many other sports. We introduced some basic dribbling techniques and encouraged students to dribble with both their left and right hands with importance on moving the ball in a controlled motion. Students also enjoyed the 1st day of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the Kindergarteners on the slopes enjoying this experience.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten continued working with their vocabulary words in class. Students are learning words to describe classroom objects and materials. This week students practiced their writing in class with a tracing activity. Students traced and then rewrote each vocabulary word. Students also worked on pronouncing the words in class.  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 were introduced to the Doodle for Google project.  Google is sponsoring a “Doodle 4 Google” contest for K-12 students in the United States to encourage them to create spectacular doodles— one of which will be featured in the future on Google’s doodle-friendly home page. This year’s theme is ‘I show kindness by… ’. As a class, they looked at Google Doodlers’ examples and then started brainstorming their ideas. First, we talked about kindness and how we could show kindness. There were many wonderful ideas, such as, I show kindness by… being respectful, holding a door for others, checking on friends who look sad or concerned, giving a hug to a friend who needs one and many more.  Then the students start doodling. They made many sketches about how kindness.  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to code solutions to puzzles on Code.org. Students drag and drop coding blocks to create instructions for the character. When they get stuck on a solution, I encourage students to use the “step” button, which will make the character follow only one line of code at a time. This can help pinpoint exactly what needs to be changed in the code. This week’s Tech Tip was “Loops.” We discussed how a loop is something that repeats, and you can also put different code before or after a loop. 

This week in Library, First Grade students returned to class excited to share stories of their winter break adventures and family traditions. We read and discussed the story My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits. We also created a class Thinking Map illustrating the different ways that Lunar New Year is celebrated.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music included steady pulse, quarter/eighth note/rest rhythms, chord borduns, and sol-mi intervals.  First graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and Lucky Me.  These songs gave students opportunities to create word chain rhythms out of gifts they received over the holiday.  First graders also learned where sol and mi are located in our musical scale.  They reviewed the song Teddy Bear using movements to highlight the sol/mi intervals.  

This week in PE the 1st graders started their basketball unit. Our focus was on hand dribbling and passing. Hand-eye coordination is an important skill that is very transferable to many other sports. We introduced some basic dribbling techniques and encouraged students to dribble with both their left and right hands with importance on moving the ball in a controlled motion. Students also enjoyed the 1st day of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the 1st graders on the slopes enjoying this experience.   

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with vegetables. In class, this week students had time to catch up with their work. Some students worked on finishing their book on vegetables, while other students worked on a Spanish word search that contained their vocabulary words. Some students even worked on reading a short story about vegetables in Spanish as a challenging activity.  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 continued working on the Koi fish sculpture project. We looked at the pictures of Koi fish carefully, then talked about the patterns and colors on Koi fish. After studying Koi fish carefully, we used acrylic paint and permanent markers to decorate our koi fish.  We had wonderful parent volunteers who helped us with our projects. Thank you, Lora, Masako, Chau, Grace, Zhiyan and Tami for taking your time and helping us with our project!  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade learned expectations of using the LEGO Lab and built their first project. Second grade will be in the LEGO Lab for the next month during Computer Science class, and all of that time will be spent working in groups. In addition to building a “glowing snail” robot that can be coded to change colors and make sounds, students are learning how to work as a team.  

This week in Library, Second Grade students returned to class excited to share stories of their winter break adventures and family traditions. We began our study of Chinese New Year with the Chinese tale The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine. Next week, we will continue discussing Lunar New Year and create a class Thinking Map.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music included steady pulse, AB song form, vocal repertoire, and sol/la/mi vocal intervals.  Second graders learned the songs Christmas Now is Over and I Like Winter.  Both songs explored ways students can respond using rhythms created out of gifts they received over the holiday or things they enjoy about the Winter season.   Students also learned The Noble Duke of York splitting into two groups and adding call and response actions to the lyrics.  

This week in PE the 2nd graders started their bowling unit. Our focus was on hand-eye coordination which is an important skill which is very transferable to many other sports. Students were encouraged to find their own style but focus on releasing the bowling ball with a controlled motion.  Students also enjoyed day one of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the 2nd graders on the slopes practicing and improving their skiing.  

This week in PE the 3rd graders started their bowling unit. Our focus was on hand-eye coordination which is an important skill which is very transferable to many other sports. Students were encouraged to find their own style but focused on releasing the bowling ball with a controlled motion.  Students also enjoyed day one of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the 3rd graders on the slopes practicing and improving their skiing.  

This week in Spanish, second grade said goodbye to learning about foods and beverages and started a new set of vocabulary words. This trimester students are going to be learning the words to describe their bodies and this week they started with learning how to describe their faces. In class, students had the chance to draw a funny face and label it with their new vocabulary words.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.    

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a great time working on the Auction project, Fused glass turtles. We learned about a few fun facts about Turtles and turtle’s shell. Then we looked at pictures of turtle shells very carefully. After that, we made mosaic turtles with fusible glasses. We had wonderful parent volunteers who helped us with our projects. Thank you, Sukriti, Susan, KimilaPeijunDingding, Nadia, Katisha, and Aditi for taking your time and helping us with our project!  

This week in Computer Science, Third grade continued to code solutions to puzzles on Code.org. Students drag and drop coding blocks to create instructions for the character. When they get stuck on a solution, I encourage students to use the “step” button, which will make the character follow only one line of code at a time. This can help pinpoint exactly what needs to be changed in the code. This week’s Tech Tip was “Browser Tabs.” We discussed why to use them, learned how to open and close each browser tab individually, and practiced navigating to the day’s activities in new tabs. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students returned to class excited to share stories of their winter break adventures and family traditions. We began our study of Chinese New Year with several third graders sharing how their family celebrates and prepares for Lunar New Year. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music included vocal repertoire, rhythm patterns ostinatos, and mallet technique.   Students learned the folk song Three Little Monkeys, rearranging rhythm flashcards that were performed on the hand drums.  The song was performed in rondo form ABACAD etc.  Students also composed ostinato patterns on mallet instruments to accompany a winter poem and melody.   

This week in PE the 3rd graders started their bowling unit. Our focus was on hand-eye coordination which is an important skill which is very transferable to many other sports. Students were encouraged to find their own style but focused on releasing the bowling ball with a controlled motion.  Students also enjoyed day one of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the 3rd graders on the slopes practicing and improving their skiing.  

This week in Spanish, third grade continued working with La Cocina vocabulary. Students continued working on their “La Cocina Project” in class. In this project, students will be using a model home kitchen to write 5 sentences to describe the kitchen to potential buyers. Students are choosing the type of sentence they want to write and are using so many resources to help them.  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 had a great time finishing up their ceramic snack boxes by putting a glaze on their bisque fired ceramic boxes. 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth grade created Scratch accounts for the classroom and began to create a game called “Star Catcher.” In the game, there is a character that disappears and reappears randomly every time it is clicked. The player’s goal is to catch the character as many times as possible before the timer runs out. Students use the Star Catcher tutorial in WoofJS to see the different steps required for creating the game. As we continue coding throughout the month, we will progress through several WoofJS tutorials. Students who finish with ample time can attempt to turn their Scratch code into JavaScript, using WoofJS as a reference.   

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students returned to class excited to share stories of their winter break adventures and family traditions. We also discussed problem-solving and persistence by reading the story Magic Ramen the Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang.   Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade music included analyzing the building blocks of music: timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch.  This is a unit that they’ll be spending time on over the next few weeks.  They were introduced to these concepts in order to better understand how to improvise and create music on the spot without written notation.  Students explored creative ways to make interesting sounds on instruments outside of normal use.  In order to produce a given timbre, students, for example, may have needed to scrape or strike the side of a hand drum as opposed to playing it on the drum head.  Another example might be taping a penny on to a cymbal in order to make a sustaining sizzle effect.  Students recorded some basic beginning class improvisations with certain timbre parameters.   Students were encouraged to bring something from home that they could create an unusual sound on for their improvisations.  

This week in PE the 4th graders’ focus was on hand-eye coordination which is an important skill which is very transferable to many different sports. We played ladder golf and Ten Pin bowling. The students were encouraged to find their own style but focused on releasing the bowling ball and ladder golf balls with a controlled motion.  Students also enjoyed day one of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the 4th graders on the slopes practicing and improving their skiing.  

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working with chapter 1A in their Realidades textbook. They started the week with a review of everything they had learned before Winter Break. Students reviewed using Kahoot, an interactive classroom game. The remainder of the week students worked on worksheet 13 and worksheet 17, where they used all their vocabulary words to complete sentences in Spanish. Students had class time to study using Quizlet.  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 had a great time painting their bisque fired animal sculptures.  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth grade began to work on their Python Spanish Conjugator. Students are working in pairs to type code that will conjugate Spanish –ar verbs. As a class, we reviewed the `replace` function, which allows part of a word or sentence to be replaced with something else. The class considered how this function could be useful for our conjugator and decided that, as an example, they may want to replace the “ar” in “hablar” with the ending “o” if the subject of the sentence is “yo”. So we wrote down this line of code: `hablar.replace(“ar”,”o”)`. Students asked great questions. What if we want to use a different verb? What if the subject changes? In the coming weeks, we will learn the answers to just those questions, updating our conjugator code along the way. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students returned to class excited to share stories of their winter break adventures and family traditions. We also discussed problem-solving and persistence by reading the story Magic Ramen the Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music included reviewing the building blocks of music (timbre, rhythm, dynamics, form, and pitch) in order to start work on a major composition project that will include using instruments in the room and traditional or non-traditional notation.   

This week in PE the 5th graders’ focus was on hand-eye coordination which is an important skill which is very transferable to many different sports. We played ladder golf and Ten Pin bowling. The students were encouraged to find their own style but focused on releasing the bowling ball and ladder golf balls with a controlled motion.  Students also enjoyed day one of the Ski Program. It was fantastic to see the 5th graders on the slopes practicing and improving their skiing. 

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B. This week students reviewed everything they have learned so far in the chapter using Kahoot. Students had a great time using their computers to select the correct answer before anyone else to reach the top of the Kahoot podium. After the review session, students completed worksheet 46 using their binder and notes as a resource.  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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