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CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 24, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read the book inspired by Paul Klee called, “The Cat and the Bird.” We talked about the art elements of line and shape and used them to create our own Paul Klee inspired cats.  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten began using coding bricks to make the train do different things. The class discussed why a train makes a whistling sound when coming up to the station and how a train would stop and fill up the tank at a gas station. Then, students built their own tracks with one train station and one gas station. Students placed different colored bricks at the stations to tell the train whether to whistle or stop for gas. These first steps teach students that the train can read and interpret certain signals. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students read and discussed the story Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim. We also began our class discussion on library organization. Next week, we will continue our discussion and begin practicing alphabetical order.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten music included loud vs. quiet, vocal qualities, body awareness, high vs. low, and mallet technique.  Students learned or reviewed the ABC song, but practiced it using different vocal qualities such as singing, speaking, whispering, and shouting.   One student conducted by pointing a baton to different vocal quality flashcards, while the rest of the class followed.   Students had to identify whether each letter in the alphabet had curves, angles, or both.  Kindergartners learned the body play Alphabet Fun where they had to make shapes of letters using their bodies.  Kindergarteners added glockenspiel music to the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and a word guessing game called Alphabet Soup.   

This week the kindergarteners continued to work on their hand dribbling skills and basic basketball passing technique. We focused on dribbling and protecting the ball as well as learning how to perform a chest pass with the correct technique. All students continued their development up on the mountain participating in our CHA 2020 Ski Program. 

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 words using an interactive matching game. They also started working on their “Mi Libro de Materiales” in class. Students also reviewed colors by describing the colors of classroom objects and saying phrases like “El lapiz es amarillo”.  Practice at home: Students can practice their vocabulary words at home using the Quizlet found on the Spanish page.   

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students had a wonderful time learning about life and work of French Impressionist, Claude Monet. We looked at his waterlilies series and students were encouraged to create their own Impressionistic waterlilies paintings. First, students created a pond scene using white, blue and purple paint.  Next week, we will paint the waterlilies.    

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to code solutions to puzzles on Code.org. We are coming to the end of our coding lessons. If your child would like to continue using Code.org, they can find their classroom link at the bottom of the Coding section of mrsmorlidge.com. This week’s Tech Tip was Caps Lock. Students learned where the key is, what it does, what to do if you press it on accident, and why it can be a problem when you try to log in. 

This week in Library, First Grade students read and discussed the story The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang CompestineIn addition, we discussed the library organization. Next week, students will continue to practice library organization by completing a book hunt.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver  Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade music included quarter and eighth note rhythms, vocal repertoire, and the La vocal syllable.  First Graders played The Old Gray Cats Are Sleeping pantomiming the story and listening for a quarter note, eighth note, and rest variations.  In the spirit of MLK, students sang and added wood blocks to the spiritual Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door.  Finally, students learned Bounce High, Bounce Low, a circle game where they had to bounce and pass a ball on the beat while singing.   

This week the 1st graders continued to work on their hand dribbling skills and basic basketball passing technique. We focused on dribbling and protecting the ball as well as learning how to perform a chest pass with the correct technique. All students continued their development up on the mountain participating in our CHA 2020 Ski Program. 

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with vegetables. In class, students reviewed their words playing an interactive matching game with their peers and BINGO. Students began writing about las verdurasStudents are working on their rough drafts.  In class, students reviewed what “Me gusta” and “No me gusta” mean.  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 truly enjoyed working on the weaving project, Ojo de Dios, God’s Eye. The Ojo de Dios was originated by the Huichol people of western Mexico. Originally, they were created when a child was born. Each year, a new layer of yarn was added to the weaving. Once the child turned 5, the weaving was completed and hung in the child’s home. It’s believed to be the eye of God watching over and protecting the child. However, weaving Ojo de Dios isn’t limited to the Huichol people. There are many contemporary weavers creating stunning versions. After learning about the history and contemporary work, students followed Mrs. Choi’s Step by Step instruction and created their own Ojo de Dios. It was very challenging at first, however, once they got the hang of it, the weaving came together very quickly, and they were very proud of their creations!  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade continued working in the LEGO Lab. This week’s robot is called Milo, the Science Rover. After following instructions to put Milo together, students could code the robot to move, turn, and make sounds. Next week they will build a different version of Milo which includes a motion sensor and we will talk about motion sensors that are used every day and potential uses for motion sensors. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students discussed and wrote book recommendations. We focused on identifying the different parts of story and writing a short book description without giving away the ending of the book.   Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music included sol, mi, la, and do intervals, AB song form, quarter and eighth note assessment, steady pulse, and ostinatos.  Students learned the song Martin Luther King adding rhythm parts.  They performed it in ABACAD Rondo form. Second graders took a written assessment on quarter and eighth note identification.   Finally, students learned the rhyme Play in the Snow adding a body percussion ostinato to it as well as winter activity pantomimes.  

This week the 2nd graders continued their bowling unit. We focused on learning from each other and trying different bowling techniques, finding something that works for the individual. Students were asked to work together with their group to build their own bowling alley. The 2nd graders also continued their development up on the mountain participating in our CHA 2020 Ski Program. 

This week in Spanish, second grade reviewed “La Cara” vocabulary playing an interactive matching game with peers. Students also learned about “un” and “una” and when to use them. In class, students began working on their “Mi Cara” project which uses their self-portrait picture. In this project, students will be writing 4-5 sentences that describe their faces using their new vocabulary words and words to describe their faces like size and quantity.  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, Katisha Eng (Kyle’s mom) introduced the Radial Balance Relief Sculpture project to the students. They learn about Balance, one of the principles of art. We compared the difference between linear symmetry and Radial Symmetry Then, they were challenged to create a radial balance relief sculpture by folding paper in 3 different ways. They had a great time working on it! Thank you very much, Katisha!  

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 Nested Loops. We discussed what a loop is and what it means to “nest” loops. Students helped determine the sequence of events in a nested loop example and had a chance to create some of their own in Code.org. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students read and discussed the story Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen 

This week’s objectives in third grade music included tempo, shape and phrase, rhythm patterns, and labeling sixteenth notes.  Students reviewed rhythmic flashcards that contained sixteenth notes.  They explored phrase and movement by mirroring with partners to Debussy’s La Fille aux cheveux de lin from Preludes.  Finally, third graders continued to explore rounds and canons through a canon’s definition. “Two or more groups, do the same thing, but start…at different times.” 

This week the 3rd graders continued their bowling unit. We focused on learning from each other and trying different bowling techniques, finding something that worked for the individual. Students were asked to work together with their group to build their own bowling alley. The 3rd graders also continued their development up on the mountain participating in our CHA 2020 Ski Program.  

This week in Spanish, students continued working on their “La Cocina Project”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. This week we focused on editing our rough drafts and catching mistakes like using el/la versus un/una or misspelling a vocabulary word. Students are starting their final drafts and decorating their projects. REMINDER: Test next week!  

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students started working on this year’s art auction project. They learned about life and work of Post- Immersionist, Vincent Van Gogh and focused on one of his masterpieces, Starry Night. After we looked at the painting carefully, each student created 2 fused glass stars.  

This week in Computer Science, Fourth grade continued working on their Star Catcher games in Scratch. Many students have completed their games or have gotten close to finishing. Students who finished early could use the Scratch code as a reference and try coding their game in JavaScript using the documentation on WoofJS. We will finish the projects next week. Any student interested in working from home may log in with your Scratch credentials. If they have trouble logging in, please email me and I will help reset the password.

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students browsed books relating to Chinese New Year.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music included reinforcing the five elements of music (rhythm, dynamics, timbre, pitch, and form) and focused on improvisation and dynamics.  Students were split into small groups.  They had the chance to conduct an improvisation that was recorded and discussed as a class.    Improvisations using both percussion and voice were composed.   

This week the 4th graders started their racket sport unit. Each student practiced some basic racket skills such as the forehand, the backhand, and the underhand shot. The 4th graders also continued their development up on the mountain participating in our CHA 2020 Ski Program. 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working with chapter 1A in their Realidades textbook. This week we focused on learning about cognates and how they are a helpful tool to have when reading Spanish. Students had a blast hunting for cognates in their chapter and were able to locate over 20 cognates in a span of 4 book pages.  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 started working on this year’s art auction project. They learned about Clare Youngs, a British illustrator. After looking at her whimsical animal collages carefully, we had a great time creating monoprints using gelli printing pads  

This week in Computer Science, Fifth grade continued working on their Python Spanish Conjugator. Students learned about the print function and how to make a variable in their programs. Similar to math variables, programming variables act as placeholders. Instead of forming mathematical equations around our variables, we assign values to the variables so that we can use code to make changes to the information stored in the variable. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students browsed books relating to Chinese New Year.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were improvisation and composition.  Fifth graders finished their graphic scores and had the chance to perform them for their classmates. 

This week the 5th graders started their racket sport unit. Each student practiced some basic racket skills such as the forehand, the backhand, and the underhand shot. The 5th graders also continued their development up on the mountain participating in our CHA 2020 Ski Program.  

This week there was only one session of Spanish due to having Monday off. This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B.  This week students finished worksheet pages 40 and 41 and then they checked their work. Students also reviewed location words using an interactive poem that has students move their bodies along with the poem. They also started learning about the verb “estar” which means “to be”.  Practice at home: Location words can be tricky. Practice them at home by asking your child to recite the location poem or practice using Quizlet. 

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