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October 09, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called ‘The Little White Owl’ and worked on the Colorful Owls project. First, they learned how to draw an owl with the letter ‘U’s and ‘O’s. Then, they added a fun background with oil pastels. Mrs. Choi also introduced oil pastel and watercolor resist technique. Their owls turned out cute! 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten used the Microsoft Paint program to practice making art with the computer. We chose colors, made shapes, filled  spaces with the paint bucket, and practiced using the “undo” button if we made a mistake. Virtual students played a pumpkin carving game and learned about different computer parts. 

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen was very excited to visit all of the kindergarten classrooms. Kindergarten students listened to the story “This Book Just Ate My Dog” by Richard Byrne. This story is about a girl named Bella whose dog disappears into the gutter of the book. Kindergarten students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart. Kindergartners took one book home with them to read and their book should come home each week on these days listed below. Please have students return them the following week so they can check out a new book.  

Palladino – Wednesdays 

Roseland – Wednesdays 

Bernal – Thursdays 

Ms. Robert’s Kindergartners - there is a library worksheet called Words We Use in the Library/Parts of a Book coming home in your Friday Folder this week. Please save it and wait until we can work on it together during our next library meeting. Please also turn it back in to Ms. Whalen in your Friday Folder the following week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were rhythm patterns, same versus different, pulse,  and body awareness.  This week’s animals were the cow and pig.  Students explored pulse with The Milk Bucket Boogie.  They enjoyed dramatizing Hey Diddle Diddle, This Little Pig, Hop on One Foot and to the story Piggies.  Our colors this week were Purple (jump) and Pink (hop). 

K –This week in P.E the Kindergarteners played a variety of different games to continue teaching both locomotive skills and working on the underhand throw. Students were asked to try and remember 3 keywords. SWING, STEP, TOSS! These are the 3 steps to complete an underhand throw. Students practiced throwing towards a target from different distances using both their dominant and non-dominant hands. Students also explored the CHA Obstacle course where they got to demonstrate a variety of different locomotor skills.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students continued working with the days of the week and basic greetings. In class students, reviewed pronunciation with Ms. Suarez. Students sang the days of the week song. Students also participated in playing virtual games with the days of the week like Quizlet. Students reviewed basic Spanish greetings this week. Students reviewed Buenos Dias, Buenas Tardes, and Buenas Noche. Students were introduced to Adios, Por Favor, and Gracias. Students worked on their Greetings Packet, which had students trace, write, and color the basic Spanish greetings. Next week, students will be introduced to today (hoy), tomorrow (manana), and yesterday (ayer).  

Work Being Sent Home: Days of the Week Balloon Bouquet 

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.  

Work to Turn-In: Days of the Week Check (Draw a line to match the days) (Only Ms. Roberts Virtual Students) 

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

Want to have your child practice their Days of the Week at home use the link below:  
Days of the Week Quizlet 

 

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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First Grade

This week at Art, First Grade students learned about warm and cool color families. Then we started working on the “Here comes the sun” project. We used wavey lines and strait lines to represent the rays of the sun and waves in the sea. Then we filled up the sky with the warm colors and water with the cool colors. 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade finished their assignment using Microsoft Word. For the assignment, they create a new Word Document and insert pictures of pumpkins. They can choose two pictures to insert. Next, they complete this sentence for each pumpkin: “What I like about this pumpkin is…” Students who finish early can make changes to the font, add more photos, and add more sentences. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the story “The Shelf Elf” by Jackie Mims Hopkins. This story is about an elf who takes care of the library and is a good reminder of library rules and book care. It demonstrates the use of various library tools: shelf marker, bookmark, how books should look on the shelf and where the students can put their books to keep them safe at home. 

Mrs. Saccardo’s and Ms. Jenson’s First Graders - there is a library worksheet called Library Words/Parts of a Book coming home in your Friday Folder this week. Please save it and wait until we can work on it together during our next library meeting. Please also turn it back in to Ms. Whalen in your Friday Folder the following week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were sound versus silence, pulse, and rhythm versus beat.  Students visualized muffins on plates as notes and rests during the song Muffin Man.  The enjoyed dramatizing and exploring pulse to Carly Simon’s version of Itsy Bitsy Spider.  First graders felt the difference between beat and rhythm with the word chain Legs and All.  Finally, they contributed to their listening journals with an Arican music duo LES SOEURS HIÉ. 

1st-This week in P.E the 1stgraders played a variety of different games to continue teaching both locomotive skills and working on the underhand throw. The 1stgraders played flip the hoop or flip the bucket which is a fun underhand throwing game focused on repetition. Students also explored the CHA Obstacle course where they got to demonstrate a variety of different locomotor skills.   

This week in Spanish, first grade students focused on reviewing the seasons. Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the word and then practiced their pronunciation. Students listened to Ms. Suarez read books about the seasons that include “Veo la Primavera/I see Spring” and “Veo el Verano/I see Summer”. Students pointed out the differences in weather in each season. Students completed independent work “Dibuja los Meses”. Students drew pictures to help them remember each of the months in Spanish. Students also worked on a cut and paste sorting activity with the seasons. Next week, we are going to dive into our first group of vocabulary words for first grade. Students will be learning about fruits/las frutas.  If your child is now in person at school, please send their Spanish folder to school with them. It will stay at school now.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Trace las Frutas Worksheet* 

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.  

Work to Turn-In: Dibuja los Meses Worksheet (Only students in Ms. Saccardo and Ms. Jenson) 

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

Want to have your child practice Spanish at home use the link below: 

 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second grade students have finished with the Thick Line Collage inspired by Aaron Draplin, American graphic designer. They have put a lot of effort into their creations and I am very proud of their efforts! 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade continued their Me on the Map projects. We learned how to navigate Google Earth and the snipping tool in order to add pictures to their slideshow presentations. For the lesson this week, students watched and followed the instructions in a video demonstration, reaching out to the teacher when they had questions. This allows students to review steps and work ahead as needed. At the end of class, students were invited to share their progress with the group. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “The Shelf Elf” by Jackie Mims Hopkins. This story is about an elf who takes care of the library and is a good reminder of library rules and book care. It demonstrates the use of various library tools: shelf marker, bookmark, how books should look on the shelf and where the students can put their books to keep them safe at home. 

Second Graders - there is a library worksheet called Library Words/Spine Label Sort coming home in your Friday Folder this week. Please save it and wait until we can work on it together during our next library meeting. Please also turn it back in to Ms. Whalen in your Friday Folder the following week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were ostinato, half note pulse , uninterrupted listening, and composition.  Second graders explore ostinatos with the chant 2-4-6-8.  They reinforced the half note pulse through a jump rope rhyme Down in the Valley.  Students contributed to their listening journals with an Arican music duo Les Soeurs Hie. Finally, they worked on a music composition consisting of food (quarter note/pear, grape, cheese vs. eighth notes/apple, onion etc.) 

2nd- This week in P.E the 2nd graders recapped the underhand toss but focused on the overhand throw for distance and power. Students designed their own target and played a simple throwing game where each throw was worth a different amount of points. Students also begin learning how to juggle using grocery bags. I was very impressed with the effort and can-do mindset that all students are approaching online classes with.   

This week in Spanish, second grade students focused on reviewing the fruits and vegetables that they learned in first grade. This review will prepare students for their first group of new words this year. Students will be learning food and drinks next week. Students completed a review activity called “Dibuja las FrutasDibuja las Verduras”. Students had to read the word in Spanish and then draw a picture of each word.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Food and Drinks Vocabulary Sheet with Pictures 

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.  

Work to Turn-In:Hispanic Heritage Month Packet  

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

Want to have your child practice Spanish at home use the link below: 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students had a great time working on the Flashlight by Lizi Boyd. We reviewed horizon line and learned how to draw trees with two vertical lines and letter Vs. Then we filled up the space with nocturnal animals with a few creatures from our imagination with white color pencil on a black paper. We also added white paper for the flashlight and colored it with color pencils. They had so much fun telling stories about their Flashlight drawing. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade began a research project about different technological devices. Students were asked to choose from a list which device they would like to learn more about. They are now tasked to answer questions about what their device can and can’t do, what kinds of tasks it accomplishes, and whether or not it could be considered a kind of computer. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the story “The Library Dragon” by Carmen Agra Deedy. This story is about a school librarian who protects “her” books with the ferocity of a fire-breathing dragon. Third Grade students also played a game called Shelver, where students put books in call number order.  

Third Graders - there is a library worksheet called Spine Label Sort/Dewey Decimal Detective coming home in your Friday Folder this week. Please save it and wait until we can work on it together during our next library meeting. Please also turn it back in to Ms. Whalen in your Friday Folder the following week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were AB form, vocal ostinato, and pulse.  Students explored two part singing where one of the parts was an ostinato to the American folk song Remember Me.  Ostinato was also reinforced using body percussion to a folk rhyme called Mary Lost Her Coat and I Went to the Animal Fair.  Students felt AB form through movement to La Raspa and Hora Agadati.   

3rd- This week in P.E the 3rd graders recapped the underhand toss but mainly focused on the overhand throw for distance and power. Students designed their own target and played a simple throwing game where each throw was worth a different amount of points. Students also begin learning how to juggle using grocery bags. I was very impressed with the effort and can-do mindset that all students are approaching online classes with.   

This week in Spanish, third grade students wrapped up Hispanic Heritage Month. Students continued working on their Hispanic Heritage Month Book. This project focuses on having students learn more about Spanish Speaking Countries. Students completed Bolivia with Ms. Suarez last week. This week students picked three countries they wanted to learn more about. Students were not expected to complete the whole book, only three countries of their choice. After completing research on 3 countries, students picked one country to talk about in a FlipGrid Video. Students had to act like a tour guide for the country of their choice and share three fun facts that they learned while completing their research. Next week, third grade students will begin their first group of vocabulary words: the bedroom furniture.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: El Dormitorio Vocabulary Sheet with Pictures.  

*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish binder so they are ready for class.  

Work to Turn-In: Hispanic Heritage Month Country Book (Please make sure their name is on the book).  

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students finished with the Spooky Landscape with Pumpkins project. They showed their knowledge in tinting and shading technique to make their pumpkins realistic with their drawings. They were very proud of their creations! 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Graders revisited TinkerCad. Students have individual spaces in my TinkerCad classroom, so they may log on and create at any time. For the next several weeks, students will be working on Totem Pole designs, which will commence as students start learning about Native American tribes and traditions in social studies. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to the story “The Library Dragon” by Carmen Agra Deedy. This story is about a school librarian who protects “her” books with the ferocity of a fire-breathing dragon. Fourth Grade students also played a game called Shelver, where students put books in call number order. 

Fourth Graders - there are library worksheets called Spine Label Sort/Dewey Detective/Who Was Dewey coming home in your Friday Folder this week. Please save it and wait until we can work on it together during our next library meeting. Please also turn it back in to Ms. Whalen in your Friday Folder the following week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique, testing for white belts, and learning the new note of E.  Students practiced for their white belts and learned the note of E making it possible to play a version the CHA school song.   

4th- This week in P.E the 4thgraders were asked to demonstrate using Flipgrid both their underhand and overhanding throwing technique. Students were also asked to think about the variety of different sports or games in which these skills are used. The 4thgraders also played a fun fitness game called bottle flip challenge. This game worked on their upper body strength as well as their hand-eye coordination. We also discussed the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.  

This week in Spanish, fourth Grade students wrapped up Hispanic Heritage Month. Students finished working on their Hispanic Heritage Month Country Book. After completing research on different countries, students picked one country to talk about in a FlipGrid Video. Students had to act like a tour guide for the country of their choice and share three fun facts about their country. Once students finished HHM, they were introduced to their Spanish textbook “Realidades” and they explored “Why do we study Spanish?” and “How do we study Spanish”. Students watched a video to answer the question: Why do we study Spanish? Next week we will continue working on Chapter PE in their textbook. This chapter focuses on Spanish basics such as greetings, time, and numbers.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: None 

Work to Turn-In: Hispanic Heritage Month Country Book (Please make sure their name is on the book).  

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students continued working on the Radial Balance Celtic Knots project.  This week, we focused on cutting circle rings and ellipse rings. Then we weaved those shapes carefully to make our design looks like knots.  It was a fun hand-on project and students did their best to show their understandings on Radial Balance. 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Graders continued to work on their Book Trailer projects. This project is done in conjunction with Library and will last 4 weeks, ending on October 22nd. This week, students learned how to add sound and voice recordings to their projects. Students are required to add music to their trailers, but voice recordings are optional. To review the processes of adding music and audio, students can access the video saved in the Book Trailer assignment at any time. 

This week in the Library, Fifth Grade students continued to work on their Book Trailer project that they will be working on in class. Please note that the Book Trailers and the three planning sheets are due on Thursday, October 22nd.   

Fifth Graders - I hope you are enjoying working on your book trailer project. I wanted to let you know that I met with Ms. Gorski and decided to change my due date for the library portion of the project. The book trailer will now be due October 22nd to line up with Ms. Gorski’s due date. However, we will only work on the project in class until Friday, October 16th (Taylor’s class) and Wednesday, October 21st (Dewitt’s class). Also, as a reminder, all three planning pages will need to be turned in with your Friday folder on Thursday, October 22nd so that I receive them with your final project. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ukulele technique and the C and Amin chord.  Simple strumming patterns were also discussed.   

5th- This week in P.E the 5thgraders were asked to demonstrate using Flipgrid both their underhand and overhanding throwing technique. Students were also asked to think about the variety of different sports or games in which this skill is used. The 5thgraders also played a fun fitness game called bottle flip challenge. This game worked on their upper body strength as well as their hand-eye coordination. We also discussed the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.  

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students finished working on their People Mini-Project. This project focuses on having students learn about three famous Hispanic/Latinx individuals. After having independent work time to research 3 Hispanic individuals, students worked on a FlipGrid Video. In this video, students picked one individual to “act” like and provide a short autobiography. Students had favorites like Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and Cesar Chavez. After wrapping up HHM, students were introduced to their first chapter this year in their Realidades textbook. Students will be working on Chapter 2A: Your Day at School. This chapter focuses on describing classes, schedules, and preferences when it comes to school. This week we focused on reading about Alicia’s schedule and understanding what she was describing. This activity introduces the vocabulary to students in a story form.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: None 

Work to Turn-In: Hispanic Heritage Month People Mini-Project (Make sure their name is on it please).   

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

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