CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

October 30, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read a book called, I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll. After reading the book, we created our own monsters with model magic and googly eyes. We also learned about primary colors and secondary colors to make the perfect color for our monsters. Their monsters all turned out different and unique. 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten in-person students learned about different symbols commonly used in computer software and hardware, such as the play and pause buttons, minimize and maximize buttons, and back and forward arrows. Students practiced using back arrows to get back to the Computer Lab website so they could choose a different activity, and they minimized their screens before bringing them back. 

Virtual Kindergarten students learned more about symbols as well, looking at the symbols common on teams, such as the microphone and hand, as well the minimize, maximize, and close buttons on the corner. We also spent more time coding Ozobots by putting special color patterns on paper. 

This week in Library, Kindergartners listened to the story “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies. Kindergarten students created a T-Chart with Ms. Whalen and described what they see, hear, and feel during library check-out time. Kindergartners browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have students return their books the following week so they can check out a new book.  

Palladino – Wednesdays 

Roseland – Wednesdays 

Bernal – Thursdays 

Message from the CHA Library: Thank you for returning your library books! I have placed a brown wicker Library Book Return basket on a table in the garage. When you drop off your child’s Friday folder please place the Library book in that basket. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were steady pulse, following a conductor, and repertoire.  Kindergartners enjoyed the Halloween activities The Witch Has an Itch and Chicken & a Chicken. Students also explored a new drawing song. They added Halloween colors to our color game.  Finally, we reviewed last week’s expressive Halloween songs With My Little Broom, Trick or Treat, and We are Scary Skeletons. 

This week in P.E the Kindergarteners continued to work on catching objects at different heights playing a variety of different catching challenges. I have seen a huge improvement in all student’s technique and hand-eye coordination over the last month which is very pleasing to see. The students also followed along with some teacher lead aerobic workouts.   

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students participated in Calendar Time. It focuses on asking students what day is today, what day will be tomorrow, and what day was yesterday in Spanish. This week students were introduced to “What month is it?”. Students continued working with colors this week. Students listened to a book about colors and practiced looking at items and naming their color in Spanish. Students also learned light and dark (claro y oscuro). Next week students will learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A parent letter was sent home to talk more about Day of the Dead in this week’s Friday Folders.  

Work Being Sent Home: Mi Calaverita Packet  

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

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn-in. The Trace and Colors Worksheet was practice and can be kept at home. *Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *

dergarteners played “Aerobic Bowling”. This is an underhand throwing game where students practiced bowling towards a target and would perform different aerobic exercise depending on how many bowling pins they managed to knock over. The kindergarteners who are remote had an introduction to yoga and flexibility. They were told a short story using different yoga poses and asked to follow along. 

This week in Spanish, kindergarten students participated in 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 worked on 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 worked on their Days of the Week Caterpillar and online students worked on their Days of the Week Balloon Bouquet. Students were introduced to the colors this week. Students listened to a colors song and practiced looking at items and naming their color in Spanish. Next week students will continue working with Calendar time and colors.   

Work Being Sent Home: Los Colores Tracing Packet  

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

Work to Turn-In: Days of the Week Balloon Bouquet (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:   
Los Colores Quizlet    

 

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First Grade

This week at Art, 1st Grade students had a great time working on the Pumpkin Patch painting project. We looked at a picture of pumpkin patch and have noticed that even though pumpkins are smaller than the barns in the background, it looked bigger. We also learned that artists create illusion of depth on their 2D surface by drawing things that are closer to them bigger and things that are further away from them smaller. With our Pumpkin Patch project, we tried our best to show this concept. 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade learned how to pause and think online. We learned the importance of listening to our head, arms, gut, legs, feet, and heart while using the internet. Students learned a song to help them remember. Families are invited to optionally complete a related family activity (this is not required and will not be collected). Students may also wish to complete more coloring pages, which you can find here. 

This week in Library, First Graders listened to the story “Christopher Pumpkin” by Sue Hendra. First Graders also listened to the story “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams, which is a story about a brave old lady goes out of her cottage to get some herbs, spices, nuts and seeds when she started to walk home, she meets a spooky set of clothes that follow her along the way! 

Message from the CHA Library: Thank you for returning your library books from last year and this year! I have placed a brown wicker Library Book Return basket on a table in the garage. When you drop off your child’s Friday folder please place the Library book in that basket. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were pulse, phrase, up vs. down assessment, journaling, and a drawing song.  Students enjoyed moving to In the Hall of the Mountain King’s gradually sped up tempo.  We explored musical phrase to the poem Little Jack Pumpkin Face. Students were individually assessed to see if they can hear and recognize pitches going up and down on a piano. Finally, students learned a new drawing song and contributed to their listening journals. 

This week in P.E the 1stgraders continued to work on catching objects at different heights playing a variety of different catching challenges. I have seen a huge improvement in all student’s technique and hand-eye coordination over the last month which is very pleasing to see. The students also followed along with some teacher lead aerobic workouts. 

This week in Spanish, first grade students continued working with “Las Frutas” (The Fruits). Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the word and then practiced their pronunciation with her. Students participated in Calendar Time every class session to review foundation words like days, emotions, seasons, months, and weather. This week students focused on sentence building with Ms. Suarez. Students helped Ms. Suarez build three sentences about the fruits she likes and dislikes. The students then had independent work time to build their own three sentences. Next week students will learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A parent letter was sent home to talk more about Day of the Dead in this week’s Friday Folders.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Construction Sheets Paper Clipped*  

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

Work to Turn-In: Nothing this week.  

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

 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students read a book called, Hey, That’s my monster! By Amanda Noll. After reading this fun book, we made paper origami monster puppets. Mrs. Choi taught the students how to fold a construction paper to make origami puppets. Then the students turned simple puppets into creative monsters. It was creepy fun! 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade learned about being Digital Citizens and pledged to stay safe and kind online. We learned the importance of listening to our head, arms, gut, legs, feet, and heart while using the internet. Students learned a song to help them remember. Families are invited to optionally complete a related family activity (this is not required and will not be collected). 

This week in Library, Second Grade listened the story “The Halloween Party from the Black Lagoon” by Mike Thaler, which is a CHA Second-Grade teacher recommended book series that can be found on the online Scholastic Book Fair website. Second Graders also played a Library Halloween Jeopardy Game. The game was a Character, Series and Settings, Genres, Fiction and Nonfiction, and Halloween Vocabulary review. 

Message from the CHA Library: Thank you for returning your library books from last year and this year! I have placed a brown wicker Library Book Return basket on a table in the garage. When you drop off your child’s Friday folder please place the Library book in that basket. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were half note preparation, experiencing 6/8-time signature, and self-expression.   Students explored half notes and time signature with the Halloween activities Trick or Treat and Scary, Scary Halloween. They used their movements to tell a Halloween story in ABABC form. (Hungarian Dances, Brahms). Second graders learned a new drawing song and contributed to their listening journals. 

This week in P.E the 2nd graders took part in some Kahoot Trivia challenges. The trivia questions touched on health, wellbeing, nutrition, and the importance of an active lifestyle as well as some general sports questions as well. We have been speaking as a group about the importance of an active lifestyle, especially during these times. Students also took part in some teacher lead workouts designed to increase aerobic endurance.   

This week in Spanish, second grade students continued working with “La Comida y Las Bebidas” (Food and Drinks). Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the words and then practiced their pronunciation with her. Students began sentence building with Ms. Suarez. Students helped Ms. Suarez build four sentences about the foods she likes and dislikes. The students then had independent work time to build their own four sentences. Mrs. Duffina’s class worked on their Me Gusta/No me Gusta Chart. Next week students will learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A parent letter was sent home to talk more about Day of the Dead in this week’s Friday Folders.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Day of the Dead Packet* 

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

Work to Turn-In: Me Gusta/No Me Gusta Chart*  

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Please leave everything else inside the Spanish folder. Thank you. *   

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Third Grade 

This week at Art, Mrs. Newell’s class and Mrs. Shamsen’s class finished with their La Catrina sculpture with model magic. Their sculptures turned out all unique and fun! Mrs. Welge’s class and Ms. Warenkiewicz’s class worked on the Spider Web weaving project. They really enjoyed working on this weaving project. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade learned about the Rings of Responsibility. The Rings of Responsibility are responsibilities that a person holds for themself, their community, and their world. Students learned that choices they make have an impact that extends beyond themselves and moves outward like a ripple, into their community and to the world. We applied this understanding to navigating online spaces to conclude that while online, we have responsibilities to keep ourselves safe, our communities comfortable, and our world informed. Families are invited to optionally complete a related family activity (this is not required and will not be collected). 

This week in Library, Third Graders were shown how to find books on the CHA Online Catalog. Students played a game called Halloween Online Library Catalog Practice where they listened to a Halloween riddle and drew a conclusion as to what the answer could be. Then they performed a keyword search on the CHA Online Catalog and told Ms. Whalen the title and call number of a book that answered the riddle. Please note on the Third Grade Teams Library Channel there is a place for students to request books for checkouts from the library. Third Graders also played a Library Halloween Jeopardy Game. The game was a Character, Series and Settings, Genres, Fiction and Nonfiction, and Halloween Vocabulary review.  

Message from the CHA Library: Thank you for returning your library books from last year and this year! I have placed a brown wicker Library Book Return basket on a table in the garage. When you drop off your child’s Friday folder please place the Library book in that basket. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were major versus minor, pulse, and rhythm patterns.  Students played a steady beat game called Halloween Cat. We discussed and listened to songs in both major and minor keys to explore the qualities of each.  Students performed a Halloween song called Why? identifying dynamics, rhythm, crescendo, and decrescendo. Finally, third graders learned a new drawing song, and contributed to their listening journals. 

This week in P.E the 3rdgraders took part in some Kahoot Trivia challenges. The trivia questions touched on health, wellbeing, nutrition, and the importance of an active lifestyle as well as some general sports questions as well. We have been speaking as a group about the importance of an active lifestyle, especially during these times. Students also took part in some teacher lead workouts designed to increase aerobic endurance.  

This week in Spanish, third grade students continued working with “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). Students listened to Ms. Suarez pronounce the word and then practiced their pronunciation with her. This week students combined the three group of words they have been learning: el dormitorio words, location words, and sentence building words. Students worked with Ms. Suarez on translating sentences from Spanish to English. Student worked on their classwork “El Dormitorio Oraciones” and completed their first Flip Grid Reading Check on the words for “El Dormitorio. Next week students will learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A parent letter was sent home to talk more about Day of the Dead in this week’s Friday Folders. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Day of the Dead Lesson 7 Packet, Skeleton Cutout Packet, and Long Construction Sheet (This was all paperclipped together).  
*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish binder so they are ready for class.    

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. Students are still working on their classwork 

 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students continued to work on the Bentwood Boxes project. After students picked an animal that represent themselves, they focused on turning their boxes into the animal that they chose using collage technique. We also applied our understanding on Native American abstract designs and shapes to decorate our bentwood boxes. 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade learned a handful of Tech Tips on several useful topics. First, we learned how to read a URL to understand a website’s address, and even modify it to navigate through a website or skip a level in a game. We also learned how to add audio to a PowerPoint presentation. Finally, students were tasked to send and email to Ms. Gorski, as well a reply to the same email thread. 

This week in Library, Fourth Graders were shown how to find books on the CHA Online Catalog. Students played a game called Halloween Online Library Catalog Practice where they listened to a Halloween riddle and drew a conclusion as to what the answer could be. Then they performed a keyword search on the CHA Online Catalog and told Ms. Whalen the title and call number of a book that answered the riddle. Please note on the Fourth Grade Teams Library Channel there is a place for students to request books for checkouts from the library. Fourth Graders also played a Library Halloween Jeopardy Game. The game was a Character, Series and Settings, Genres, Fiction and Nonfiction, and Halloween Vocabulary review.  

Message from the CHA Library: Thank you for returning your library books from last year and this year! I have placed a brown wicker Library Book Return basket on a table in the garage. When you drop off your child’s Friday folder please place the Library book in that basket. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were reviewing B, A, G, E, and D. Students reviewed and practiced Old Macdonald for their new belt, as well as the optional School Song challenge.  This week’s new notes were a low C and high C. 

This week in P.E the 4thgraders took part in some Kahoot Trivia challenges. The trivia questions touched on health, wellbeing, nutrition, and the importance of an active lifestyle as well as some general sports questions as well. We have been speaking as a group about the importance of an active lifestyle, especially during these times. I was very impressed with the feedback and thoughtful answers that all students gave. Students also had the opportunity to design their own workout based upon the different sports that they play.  

This week in Spanish, fourth Grade students continued working with Chapter PE in their textbook. This chapter focuses on Spanish basics such as greetings, time, and numbers. Students finished building their Informal/Formal T-Chart. Students completed practice activities 4 and 6 from their chapter and checked both activities with Ms. Suarez. Students worked on their first worksheet classwork (Page 1 and 2). The Reading Check was moved to the week of November 9th to allow students time to finish their classwork. Next week students will learn about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). A parent letter was sent home to talk more about Day of the Dead in this week’s Friday Folders. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Day of the Dead Spanish Packet  

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

Work to Turn-In:None, students are still working on worksheet page 1 and 2.


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Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth 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, Fifth Grade learned about Media Balance. It is important to keep a balance in the media you use. This doesn’t necessarily mean giving everything the same amount of time, but rather giving it the right amount of time. Students played Twalkers to experience the impact of constant distraction. We also discussed what a “perfect day” would look like for each student, and what we would need to change about that perfect day if we had to do the same thing for the whole week. Families are invited to optionally complete a related family activity (this is not required and will not be collected). Next week in class, students will watch a compilation of the Book Trailers they’ve submitted. 

This week in the Library, Fifth Graders were shown how to find books on the CHA Online Catalog. Students played a game called Halloween Online Library Catalog Practice where they listened to a Halloween riddle and drew a conclusion as to what the answer could be. Then they performed a keyword search on the CHA Online Catalog and told Ms. Whalen the title and call number of a book that answered the riddle. Please note on the Fifth Grade Teams Library Channel there is a place for students to request books for checkouts from the library. 

Message from the CHA Library: Thank you for returning your library books from last year and this year! I have placed a brown wicker Library Book Return basket on a table in the garage. When you drop off your child’s Friday folder please place the Library book in that basket. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were chord progressions using C, Amin, F, and G in different combinations.  Students were introduced to Octopus’ Garden by the Beatles, and Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. 

This week in P.E the 5thgraders took part in some Kahoot Trivia challenges. The trivia questions touched on health, wellbeing, nutrition, and the importance of an active lifestyle as well as some general sports questions as well. We have been speaking as a group about the importance of an active lifestyle, especially during these times. I was very impressed with the feedback and thoughtful answers that all students gave. Students also had the opportunity to design their own workout based upon the different sports that they play.    

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 students completed practice activity #6 in their book and then checked it with Ms. Suarez. Students worked on their first worksheet classwork (Page 31 and 32) which will be collected for a grade once students have finished it. This week students also completed their first Reading Check this year via FlipGrid 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Day of the Dead Spanish Packet  

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

Work to Turn-In:  None, students are still working on worksheet page 31 and 32.


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