CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 31, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called Chendu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg. It is a cute story of how little panda bear named Chengdu couldn’t fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. The illustrations are simple and created with a limited color palette of black, white and greens. After reading the book, the students learned how to draw a panda and a bamboo tree.  

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 continued to discuss library organization. We focused on identifying information found on the spine of a book, and the importance of alphabetical order when organizing books in a library.  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 basketball unit. We reviewed and continue to practice our hand dribbling focusing on control. We played a variety of fun games including “Treasure Hunt”. In this game, students were paired up and had to travel from one side of the gym to the other dribbling their basketball. There were different obstacles in their way which they had to navigate along the way. This helped them keep their eyes forward and improve spatial awareness. Students would pick up 1 item and bring it back to their base before their partner went.  All the Kindergarten students did a fantastic job on the mountain this week dealing with all the different challenges the ski program poses. 

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 continued working on their “Mi Libro de Materiales” in class. Students also learned a new emotion word: enfermo/enferma which means feeling sick. Important Reminder: Students will have their test on “Los Materiales” next week.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students (Mrs. Sacardo’s class and Ms. Chow’s class) finished with their Monet inspired water lilies painting by adding pink, yellow and purple water lilies. They were very proud of their creationsMrs. Carver’s class had a great time working on the project provided by Mrs. Eda Atay (Damla’s mom). Eda provided a wooden box for each student and taught them how to paint and add designs with stencils. Thank you very much for such a fun opportunity for our students, Eda.   

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 continued to practice library organization. We focused on arranging books in alphabetical order based on information located on the spine of a book. In addition, students enjoyed listening to Sofia Valdez Future Prez by Andrea Beaty.  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 continued to work on their basketball unit. We reviewed and continue to practice our hand dribbling focusing on control. We played a variety of fun games including “Treasure Hunt”. In this game, students were paired up and had to travel from one side of the gym to the other dribbling their basketball. There were different obstacles in their way which they had to navigate along the way. This helped them keep their eyes forward and improve spatial awareness. Students would pick up 1 item and bring it back to their base before their partner went.  All the 1st grade students did a fantastic job on the mountain this week dealing with all the different challenges the ski program poses. 

This week in Spanish, first grade continued working with vegetables and practicing their pronunciation of the words. Students continued writing about las verduras. Students are working on their final draft.  In class, students reviewed what “Me gusta” and “No me gusta” mean.  Important Reminder: Students will have their test on “Las Verduras” next week

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students enjoyed creating cardboard robots. First, we started with a question, “What kind of robot would you like to invent?” after sharing some thoughts and ideas, Mrs. Choi showed them how to make a robot out of cardboard pieces by connecting them with pipe cleaners. They all came up with very creative robots and had a great time working on the 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 practiced dictionary skills.  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 started working on their racket sport unit. There were many different stations placed around the gym each with a specific skill that the students would practice, before moving to the next station when promoted. We spoke about the importance of safety when using any type of racket and being aware of our surroundings. The stations including. Self-toss and rally, striking against the wall with a racket and catching the ball, rally with a partner and forehand and backhands. All the 2nd grade students did a fantastic job on the mountain this week dealing with all the different challenges the ski program poses.

This week in Spanish, second grade reviewed “La Cara” vocabulary playing an interactive matching game with peers. In class, students continued 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 face using their new vocabulary words and words to describe their faces like size and quantity. Students are getting really creative and using dictionaries to expand their Spanish vocabulary. Students have learned description words like large, small, tall, and tiny.  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 continued working on the Radial Balance Relief Sculpture project. If they have finished, their creations are displayed on the 3rd floor gallery. Please come visit and enjoy their colorful creations.  

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 read and discussed the article Best Inventions of 2019. In addition, students worked with a partner to create an invention of their own. 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 started working on their racket sport unit. There were many different stations placed around the gym each with a specific skill that the students would practice, before moving to the next station when promoted. We spoke about the importance of safety when using any type of racket and being aware of our surroundings. The stations including. Self-toss and rally, striking against the wall with a racket and catching the ball, rally with a partner and forehand and backhands. All the 3rd grade students did a fantastic job on the mountain this week dealing with all the different challenges the ski program poses.

This week in Spanish, students dedicated the first Spanish class to reviewing for their test. Students played a Kahoot game which asked students to translate sentences, match words, and determine true and false statements. Students had a blast and did very well in their review game. In the second Spanish class, students started their Spanish test on “La Cocina”.  REMINDER: Students who did not finish their test this week will finish it next week.  

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students started working on their own Starry Night painting. Mrs. Choi showed them an example of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Dean Russo’s Van Gogh inspired Starry Night painting. We compare the two paintings and talked about color, movement, and balance in those paintings. Then the students started working on their own Starry night paintings.  

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 studentread and discussed the article Best Inventions of 2019. In addition, we created a class Thinking Map with invention ideas from our 4th graders.  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 continued on their racket sport unit. There were many different stations placed around the gym each with a specific skill that the students would practice, before moving to the next station when promoted. We spoke about the importance of safety when using any type of racket and being aware of our surroundings. The stations including. Self-toss and rally, striking against the wall with a racket and catching the ball, rally with a partner and forehand and backhands. All the 4th grade students did a fantastic job on the mountain this week dealing with all the different challenges the ski program poses.

This week in Spanish, fourth grade continued working with chapter 1A in their Realidades textbook. This week we focused on identifying positive and negative statements when talking about hobbies and actions. Students also played a Kahoot game in class to check for understanding after their lesson. Students had a blast and did so well. Students also started one of the reviews for the upcoming test. Students will be able to take this review home at the end of the week if they finish, if not it will be sent home by Tuesday of next week.  Important Reminder: Students will have their test the week of February 10-14. Make sure students are reviewing their vocabulary words and phrases at home. 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth Grade students continued working on the Animal Collage inspired by Clare Youngs.  

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 read and discussed the article Best Inventions of 2019. In addition, we created a class Thinking Map with invention ideas from our 5th graders. 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 working on their racket sport unit. There were many different stations placed around the gym each with a specific skill that the students would practice, before moving to the next station when promoted. We spoke about the importance of safety when using any type of racket and being aware of our surroundings. The stations including. Self-toss and rally, striking against the wall with racket and catching the ball, rally with a partner and forehand and backhands. All the 5th grade students did a fantastic job on the mountain this week dealing with all the different challenges the ski program poses.

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B.  This week students learned about the irregular verb “estar” which means “to be”. Students reviewed how to conjugate regular -ar verbs like “hablar” and “caminar” and then learned how to conjugate “estar” which is irregular. Students also worked on their sentence building, making sure to include their vocabulary words and phrases and use the correct conjugation of “estar”.   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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