CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 07, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time making Mouse and a Cheese sculpture. They mixed white to blue and red to make the tint of those colors and created a very cute mouse with a big piece of yummy looking cheese. Their sculptures turned out nicely.  

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten created a Y-shaped track in the Lego Lab to observe branching. Students created a track that started from one spot and used a special Y-shaped piece to split into two segments of track. Students determined that with this track, a train could go to either the castle or the airport from the train station. After this week, Kindergarten will resume working in the Computer Lab to create posters for the musical. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to Sofia Valdez Future Prez by Andrea BeatyWe also began our class discussion on Black History Month.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesdays: Bernal, Roberts, Palladino 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Kindergarteners spent time learning, singing, and choreographing the opening number of their Spring Musical Get Hoppin’!  

This week the kindergarteners participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. They particularly enjoyed “build the bridge” which had students work in some groups building a foam noodle bridge trying to travel from one side of the gym to the other. One student from the group would have to balance and walk across the bridge while the others helped to build it.  The Kindergarteners did an excellent job of sharing ideas and supporting each other in this activity. These are vital life skills which will help in many different sports.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten took their “Los Materiales” test in class. The test had two parts. In the first part, students listened to the word and then circled the picture that matched the word they heard. In the second part, students looked at a picture and then matched the picture with the correct word using a word bank. After students finished working on their test, they continued working on their “Mi Libro de Materiales” in class.  Class Announcement: Students will be starting a new group of words next week. Students are going to be learning numbers from 0-10 and shapes.  

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about positive and negative space in art and created Notan heart. Notan is a Japanese paper-cutting technique that relies on positive and negative space to create designs. We discuss the symmetry of some of the pieces, and how the designs on each side are half positive and half negative. They then cut out half hearts from each side and reversing the paper to create the Notan designs. The students did a wonderful job!  

This week in Computer Science, First Grade started to work in the Lego Lab. This week, students created train tracks as a team and used Duplo blocks to create places for the train to go to. We learned how the special Duplo trains can read colors, and that different colors do different things. Students created a track and placed a red coding brick where they wanted the train to stop and a green coding brick where they wanted the train to turn around. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to the story Art from the Heart by Kathy Whitehead. The story focused on folk artist Clementine Hunter. Next week, we will continue our Black History Month study.  Check out days are as follows: Tuesday: Saccardo  Wednesday: Carver Thursday: Chow 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  First graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing the opening number of their Spring Musical Welcome to the Jungle! 

This week the 1st graders participated in some cooperation and team-building exercises. They were set a variety of different challenges and asked to synergize to complete their task or goal. They particularly enjoyed “build the bridge” which had students work in some groups building a foam noodle bridge trying to travel from one side of the gym to the other. One student from the group would have to balance and walk across the bridge while the others helped to build it.  The 1st graders did an excellent job of sharing ideas and supporting each other in this activity. These are vital life skills which will help in many different sports.  

This week in Spanish, first grade took their “Las Verduras” Test. After their test, students continued working on their writing projects. Students who finished their project had Spanish reading time in class.  Class Announcement: Students will be starting a new group of words next week. Students are going to be learning about farm animals.   

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Second Grade

 This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about Romero Britto, Brazillian Neo-Pop artist and had a great time working on the Heart sculpture inspired by the artist.  

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade had their last Lego class for the year. Students got to choose which Lego WeDo 2.0 project to create and worked in teams to accomplish their goals. Some teams even challenged themselves by partnering up with a second (or third!) group and coordinating all of their robots to work together. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students participated in a class discussion about Black History Month. We read and discussed the book Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson. Next week, we will continue our study of Black History Month.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Duffina. Thursday: Fox, Kolb, Morman 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Second graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing the opening number of their Spring Musical Dinostars! 

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 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 creative and using dictionaries to expand their Spanish vocabulary. Students have learned description words like large, small, tall, and tiny. Students who finished their project worked on the word search that contained their 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 started working on Doodle 4 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. 

This week in Computer Science, third grade used Scratch to create their own project. Students used different blocks to make characters move, turn, speak, and even react to clicks. Many students made unique animations or games. When finished, students could invite classmates to test out their game or video. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students participated in a class discussion about Black History Month. We read and discussed the book Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson. Next week, we will continue our study of Black History Month. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Warenkiewicz, Newell Thursday: Shamsen

 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Third graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing the opening number of their Spring Musical The Granny Awards! 


This week the 3rd graders revisited their bowling unit. We played “Tic Tac Toe Bowling”. Each time a student would hit the solo pin placed in the middle of the gym they would score a point marking it down on their tic tac toe score sheet which was provided. We played 3 rounds, each one slightly different. Round one focused on using an underhand bowling motion using a dodge ball, round 2 we used a bean bag and practiced overhand throwing and in round 3 students used a soccer ball and played soccer bowling striking the ball with their feet.

 

This week in Spanish, third grade took their “La Cocina Test”.  Once students turned in their test, they had “Catch-Up” time to work on any assignments they haven’t finished. Students who finished all their work had Spanish reading time in class. Class Announcement: Students will be starting a new group of words next week. Students are going to be starting the last group of words that relate to the house.  

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Fourth Grade 

This week at Art, Fourth Grade students finished with their Starry Night painting. Mrs. Choi encouraged the students to make their Starry Night look different than Van Gogh’s except for including the turbulence and try best to create asymmetrical balance.  Asymmetrical balance is less formal and more dynamic than symmetrical balance. It may appear more casual but takes careful planning. Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night“ is a great example of asymmetrical balance. The dark triangular shape of the trees visually anchoring the left side of the painting is counterbalanced by the yellow circle of the moon in the upper right corner. Their paintings turned out wonderful! 

This week in Computer Science, fourth grade talked about constructive criticism. Students engaged in a discussion of what constructive feedback looks like, feels like, and why it is helpful. Afterward, students offered their own feedback to their peers on the Star Catcher games we have been working on. Students were challenged to leave a comment with some positive feedback as well as something that could improve the game. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade studentparticipated in a class discussion about Black History Month. We read and discussed the book Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson. Next week, we will continue our study of Black History Month.  Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Cooke Thursday: Jones, Springer 


This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Fourth graders spent time learning, singing, and choreographing the opening number of their Spring Musical Dig It! 


This week the 4th graders revisited their bowling unit. We played “Tic Tac Toe Bowling”. Each time a student would hit the solo pin placed in the middle of the gym they would score a point marking it down on their tic tac toe score sheet which was provided. We played 3 rounds, each one slightly different. Round one focused on using an underhand bowling motion using a dodge ball, round 2 we used a bean bag and practiced overhand throwing and in round 3 students used a soccer ball and played soccer bowling striking the ball with their feet. 

This week in Spanish, fourth grade focused on reviewing what they have learned in chapter 1A. Students worked on a sentence review which had students focus on writing complete sentences using the common phrases found in the chapter. Students received their sentence review back with feedback to take home to study with. Students also worked on their Study Guide that has questions that will be part of their test. Students completed this in class and then checked their work. Students are taking home these study guides to review for their test.  Important Reminder: Students will have their test next week.  

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, fifth Grade students finished with their Clare Youngs inspired collage project.  

This week in Computer Science, fifth grade beta tested our new Spike Lego kits. We are proudly one of the first schools to use the brand new products, and students learned quickly that “new” doesn’t always mean “smooth.” After some technical delays, students had a chance to work in pairs through the introductory tutorials in the Spike app. 

This week in Library, fifth grade students did not attend the library due to the canceled ski day. Check out days are as follows: Wednesday: Dewitt and Taylor 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were vocal tone production, vocal repertoire, ensemble work, and movement.  Fifth graders spent time learning the opening number of their Spring Musical Press Start!  We also brainstormed choreography ideas. 

This week the 5th graders revisited their bowling unit. We played “Tic Tac Toe Bowling”. Each time a student would hit the solo pin placed in the middle of the gym they would score a point marking it down on their tic tac toe score sheet which was provided. We played 3 rounds, each one slightly different. Round one focused on using an underhand bowling motion using a dodge ball, round 2 we used a bean bag and practiced overhand throwing and in round 3 students used a soccer ball and played soccer bowling striking the ball with their feet.

This week in Spanish, fifth grade continued working with Chapter 2B.  This week students reviewed the irregular verb “estar” which means “to be”. Students completed three book activities (Actividad 11, 12, y 13) that included dialogues, fill in the blank, and sentence matching to practice using “estar” with the correct conjugation.   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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