CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 16, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a wonderful time working on the Spiders on a Colorful Spider Web project. We reviewed a few different techniques that we used to draw lines, then applied our knowledge to draw spider webs with straight lines in different directions and curved lines. We also used the technique that we used to make the line sculpture to make pop up spider. 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten in-person students tested their knowledge of how to log in, use headphones, and lock the computer. Kindergarteners did a fantastic job! Later in the week, students reviewed what it means to “log in” and used that information to access more games on BrainPop. Virtual Kindergarten students learned more about different parts of the computer and different types of computers. We discussed keyboards and played the Keyboard Challenge on ABCYa. We also learned about a special kind of computer called a robot and looked at different kinds of robots that we will use at CHA when we come back to school. 

This week in Library, Ms. Whalen talked about the different part of a book and Kindergarteners wrote down all the different parts of a 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 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were phrase, same versus different, steady pulse, and following a conductor.  Students enjoyed moving to Schumann’s The Wild Horseman to discover AABA form.  They explored steady pulse to the finger play Ten Galloping Horses and My Pony Macaroni.  Our final color in our color game was brown (galloping). 

This week in P.E the Kindergarteners played “Jump the hoop” and “Hoop tag” both these games focused on fundamental movement that worked on different locomotive skills as well as introducing basic kicking skills. Leaping, hopping, skipping, jumping and galloping were all practiced this week during class. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students were introduced to Calendar Time. Calendar time is a big component of Spanish class in kindergarten. It focuses on asking students about the days, months, seasons, weather, and emotions. This week students were introduced to the days section of calendar time. It focuses on asking students what day is today, what day will be tomorrow, and what day was yesterday in Spanish. Students continued working with the days of the week and basic greetings. Students worked on their Days of the Week Caterpillar, which had students color the body parts of the caterpillar, cut the body parts, and then place them in order using the days of the week in Spanish. Next week students will continue working with Calendar time and students will be introduced to colors.  

Work Being Sent Home: Los Colores/The Colors Worksheet  

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

Work to Turn-In: Days of the Week Caterpillar (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 Dia de los Muertos, and made La Catrina drawings. The holiday, which is celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1 and 2, is like a family reunion—except dead ancestors are the guests of honor. Day of the Dead is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memory. First, we looked at the examples of many Mexican La Catrina drawings. In the drawings, skeletons are doing everyday activities happily. Then we learned how to draw a skeleton with oil pastels and capture them doing fun things in our drawing. 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade learned how to log into their personal accounts. Next, students created a picture of a ghost using the Paint program. Students then reviewed the steps to saving a project and saved their project in their account. Virtual First Grade students learned how to use bullet points in Microsoft Word to create lists. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the story “The Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen. This story is about reminding students what appropriate library behavior looks like during library time. First Graders also reviewed the parts of a book and wrote down all the different parts of a book.  

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were phrasing, up versus down, quarter notes/quarter rests, and pulse.  Students learned a fun partner game to try on family members called Criss-cross Applesauce that emphasized four phrases.  Students revisited the Muffin Man applying rests and ta’s to muffins to make rhythms.  They further explored quarter notes and quarter rests to a song called Big Black Cats.  Students listening to a version of the Itsy Bitsy Spider that had them moving up or down depending on the direction of the melody.  Finally, we read the book The Very Busy Spider while students chanted a rhythmic phrase at the end of each page.   

This week in P.E the 1st graders played “Jump the hoop” and “Hoop tag” both these games focused on fundamental movement that worked on different locomotive skills as well as introducing basic kicking skills. Leaping, hopping, skipping, jumping and galloping were all practiced this week during class. 

This week in Spanish, first grade students started their first unit of Spanish words in class. Students started working with “Las Frutas” (The Fruits). Students learned the word for pineapple, banana, peach, strawberry and so many more. Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the word and then practiced their pronunciation with her. Students then worked on tracing the fruit names and writing them again for practice. Students who did not finish their Seasons Cut and Paste activity were given extra work time to finish it. Next week, students are going to continue working with the fruits and they will be introduced to the phrases: Me gusta (I like) and No me gusta (I do not like).  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: Las Frutas: Me gusta/ No me gusta T-Chart*  

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

Work to Turn-In: Seasons Cut and Paste Sorting Activity  

(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 learned about Clementine Hunter, who became the first African-American woman to be featured in her own gallery show, wasn’t allowed to view her art alongside the public. We read the book about her called, Art from Her Heart, by Kathy Whitehead. This is a wonderful book that shares how “she didn’t wait for the perfect” time or materials. She painted the scenes of everyday southern fam life during the 1950’s and 60’s. After reading the book with the students, the students created beautiful Zinnia flowerpots with oil pastels. They have done an amazing job! 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade continued the Me on the Map projects. Students learned how to add transitions and move slides around. Students who need to review what we learned last week can view last week’s instructional video in their assignment. The video is called “Adding Google Earth Pictures.” Students who finish their presentations early may add animations to their slideshow. Directions are included at the end of this week’s instructional video, titled “Adding Transitions.” 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “The Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen. This story is about reminding students what appropriate library behavior looks like during library time. Second Graders also completed a Spine Label Sort where they put books in order and a Library Words page. Please make sure to turn in your Spine Label Sort and Library Words pages to your Friday Folder. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were sol and mi, pitched instrument identification, pulse, following a conductor, and quarter/eighth note rhythms.  Students played a sol/mi game called Poor Little Kitty Cat where they had to identify with their ears the difference between a wood xylophone sound and a metallophone metal sound.  Students played a follow the leader song called Jockey from the Virgin Islands.  They also reviewed so/la/mi flash cards and made rhythms using a body percussion staff.   

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 continued 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 started their first new unit of Spanish words in class. Students started working with “La Comida y Las Bebidas” (Food and Drinks). Students learned the word for pizza, water, milk, rice, and so many more. Students worked on filling out their vocabulary sheet for “La Comida” in class. Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the words and then practiced their pronunciation with her. Students were given extra work time to finish their work from last week “Draw the Fruits and Vegetables” worksheet. Next week, students will continue working with “La Comida y Las Bebidas” and they will be introduced to the phrases: Me gusta (I like) and No me gusta (I do not like).  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Comida: Me gusta / No me gusta T-Chart*  

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

Work to Turn-In: Draw the Fruits and Vegetables Worksheet  

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

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

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students had a great time working on their La Catrina sculpture with model magic. First, we learned about Dia de los Muertos. The holiday, which is celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1 and 2, is like a family reunion—except dead ancestors are the guests of honor. Day of the Dead is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memory. We used model magic to create skeletons doing fun every day activates from a hot dog seller to a lady in a beautiful dress. We will continue working on this project next week. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade saw real computer internals and reviewed meaning like input, output, hardware, software, RAM, hard drive, and CPU. Students found 5 items in their house that have at least one of the following: input, output, storage, and processing. We used FlipGrid to document our findings. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students reviewed the Shelver game we played last week and then completed a Spine Label Sort where they put books in Dewey Decimal order. Third Graders also competed a Dewey Detective page. Please make sure to turn in your Spine Label Sort and Dewey Detective page to your Friday Folder. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were rondo form, improvisation and phrase, quarter/half/whole note, and pentatonic scale on a staff.  Third graders performed a song in rondo form (ABACAD) called Leaves Turn Bright.  They improvised back and forth with Mr. Rees and with other classmates to the fold song Old Joe Clark.  Students continued to learn what Do/re/mi/so/la look like on the music staff.  Finally, students demonstrated quarter, half, and whole notes over a piece of music.  Each student had a different note to further develop independence. 

This week in P.E the 3rd graders continued to practice juggling with 2 items and started to practice juggling with 3 items. All 3rd graders were also asked to record a Flipgrid video demonstrating both the underhand and overhand throwing techniques and describe different sports where these skills are used. We also touched on the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. 

This week in Spanish, third grade students started their first new unit of Spanish words in class. Students started working with “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). One of the biggest goals of third grade is to learn and be able to describe a home in terms of furniture, room, and location. Students learned the word for bedroom, television, bed, pillow, and so many more. Students worked on filling out their vocabulary sheet for “El Dormitorio in class. Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the word and then practiced their pronunciation with her. Students also had a mini lesson on Spanish articles: el, la, las, los. Students took notes in their Spanish notebooks for future reference when they start sentence writing. Next week, students will continue working with “El Dormitorio” and they will be introduced to location/direction words.  

 Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing is being sent home this week.  

 Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.  

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

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website

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Fourth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fourth Grade students had a fun time working on the Cat in a costume project. We drew upside down “U” and a tail. Then we dressed our cat in a costume. There were Rockstar cats, ballerina cats, racer cat, hotdog seller cat and more. Then we used black piece of paper to add the cat’s face. Students had so much fun working on this project! 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Graders learned how to connect hollow shapes in Tinkercad to “cut into” a shape. We also learned how to download the build file and attach it to the assignment. Students who finished their projects early were asked to explore Tinkercad’s Codeblocks tutorials. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students reviewed the Shelver game we played last week and then completed a Spine Label Sort where they put books in Dewey Decimal order. Fourth Graders also completed a Dewy Detective and Who Was Dewey page. Please make sure to turn in your Spine Label Sort, Dewey Detective, and Who Was Dewey pages to your Friday Folder. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were belt testing for white, yellow, and orange belts.  The notes G, A, B, E, and the new note D were introduced.  Students continued both group rehearsals and individual practice with the music in their class notebooks.   

This week in P.E the 4thgraders were asked to design either an underhand or overhand throwing game using any household items they had. Students used Flipgrid to record and show their games. I asked students to imagine that they were the P.E teacher and needed to teach their game to new students. I was super impressed with the creativity and wide array of different games the students came up with. 

This week in Spanish, fourth Grade students started working with Chapter PE in their textbook. This chapter focuses on Spanish basics such as greetings, time, and numbers. In class students dived into greetings and introduction conversations. Students looked at three different conversations (morning, afternoon, and night) and looked to understand the meaning of the conversations and identify key words. Students also learned about SeñorSeñorita, y Señora. Students learned what the titles mean when they stand alone or what they mean when they stand with a last name. Students completed practice activities 1 and 2 this week in their Spanish notebooks. Next week students will continue working with Chapter PE. Students will learn about informal versus formal greetings.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: None  

Work to Turn-In: None  

Want to have your child practice Spanish at home use the link below:  
Chapter PE Greetings and Phrases 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at Art, Fifth grade students finished with their Celtic Knots project. They have done an amazing job with this project! 

This week in Computer Science, Fifth Graders learned about the importance of citing sources. We learned that there are many ways to “officially” cite sources, and that it is always important to give credit, even if you don’t know how to do it “officially.” 

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.   

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were strumming patters, Amin and C chords, as well as one/two string melodies.  The F chord was introduced as we get closer to being able to strum and sing our first introductory songs.   

This week in P.E the 5thgraders were asked to design either an underhand or overhand throwing game using any household items they had. Students used Flipgrid to record and show their games. I asked students to imagine that they were the P.E teacher and needed to teach their game to new students. I was super impressed with the creativity and wide array of different games the students came up with. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued 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. Students looked at several statements Alicia made about her schedule and translated the phrases for understanding. Students completed several practice activities in relation to Alicia’s schedule to check for understanding. Students watched their first “Videohistoria” this year. This week’s “Videohistoria” was about the first day of school for a student in Mexico. Next week, students will continue working with Chapter 2A.  

 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: None  

Work to Turn-In: None 

Want to have your child practice Spanish at home use the link below:  
Chapter 2A Quizlet 

 

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