CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 06, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students had a great time working on the Leaf printing project. First, we talked about why the leaves change its colors. Many students had great questions: “Why don’t evergreen trees change color and drop their leaves?”, “why do some trees keep their leaves in winter?” and so on. After we learned about the science of leaf color change, we examine the leaves that we collected from outside. Then using the crayon rubbing technique, students made Fall Leaves print and painted it with watercolor. 

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten practiced clicking and dragging on the computers while learning where keys are on the keyboard. Students can also play at home. Make sure to log in with username chatechlab and password chestnut. In addition to the keyboarding challenge, virtual kindergarten students learned the difference between click and right-click and learned how to scroll. They also continued to help program an Ozobot to knock down bowling pins. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “Monster Needs Your Vote” by Paul Czajak. Kindergarten students wrote thank you letters to our Scholastic Book Fair volunteers! Please have your child place their thank you letter into their Friday folder for next week. I am looking forward to seeing all their hard work and creativity! Kindergartners browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have students return their books next week so they can check out a new book.  

Palladino – Wednesdays 

Roseland – Wednesdays 

Bernal – Thursdays 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were up versus down, musical phrase, dramatic play, and steady pulse.  Students explore high versus low with several autumn songs such as Fall, Rake the Leaves, and Fall Leaves.  They had fun acting out kicking, throwing, and jumping into the leaves.  Students demonstrated steady pulse to the Mother Goose rhyme Apple Pie and practiced internalizing their names while they clapped.   

This week the Kindergarteners started their kicking unit. I discussed and demonstrated the basic techniques used to kick a ball. Their focus was on making good contact with the ball with both their dominate and non-dominate feet. We played a game called points for penalties. Each student would set up their own goal at one end of their space then perform a different locomotor skill before trying to score a goal from 6 feet away. Students would move further away from their goal and get more points as they continued to find success. I was very impressed with how quickly the students began to learn this new skill. 

This week in Spanish,kindergarten studentslearned about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Dia de los Muertos is most celebrated in Mexico on November 1st-November 2nd. Students listened to a short picture book called “The Day of the Dead” which focuses on describing what this holiday is about. The focus this week was to understand that Dia de los Muertos is about remembering and celebrating our family and loved ones. Students colored, decorated, and made their own sugar skull masks in class. These masks will be used as class décor or they will be sent home via the students Friday Folder. Next week, we will continue working with the colors.  

  Work Being Sent Home: Color Flower Worksheet*  

*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 Sugar Skull was a fun activity to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *    

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First Grade

This week at Art, 1st Grade students learned about difference between shapes and forms in art. After learning about the differences, the students were challenged to turn strips of paper into 3D form sculptures. They had a great time explore a few techniques in the form making. 

This week in Computer Science, First Grade navigated to Keyboarding Without Tears through Clever. Clever is the best way to reach KWT because it automatically signs in students to their KWT accounts. Your child should log into Clever with the same credentials they use for Teams. If your child can not log into Clever or KWT, please request a meeting with me after school so I can help. You can email me at [email protected]. Virtual first grade students also reviewed the steps to Pause and Think Online. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “Duck for President” by Doreen Cronin. Students also wrote thank you letters to our Scholastic Book Fair volunteers! Please have your child place their thank you letter into their Friday folder for next week. I am looking forward to seeing all their hard work and creativity!   First Graders browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have students return their books next week so they can check out a new book.  

Carver – Wednesdays 

Luckey – Thursdays 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were ta/ti-ti rhythms, same versus different, phrase, and steady pulse.  Students reviewed quarter and eighth note rhythms to the Magic Stick Game and Pease Porridge Hot.  Students explore musical phrase by breaking up and moving to the phrases of Yankee Doodle.  Finally, students continued to compose quarter and eighth note rhythms of their own using word chains.   

This week the 1ST Graders started their kicking unit. I discussed and demonstrated the basic techniques used to kick a ball. Their focus was on making good contact with the ball with both their dominate and non-dominate feet. We played a game called points for penalties. Each student would set up their own goal at one end of their space then perform a different locomotor skill before trying to score a goal from 6 feet away. Students would move further away from their goal and get more points as they continued to find success. . I was very impressed with how quickly the students began to learn this new skill. 

This week in Spanish, first grade students learned about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Dia de los Muertos is most celebrated in Mexico on November 1st-November 2nd. Students listened to two short picture books called “The Day of the Dead” and “Daniela’s Day of the Dead” which focuses on describing what this holiday is about. The focus this week was to understand that Dia de los Muertos is about remembering and celebrating our family and loved ones. Students created their own abstract sugar skulls using scissors, construction paper, and glue. These masks will be used as class décor or be sent home via the students Friday Folder. Next week, we will continue working with las frutas as we wrap up this unit of words.  

  Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Las Frutas Word Search*     

*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 Sugar Skull Abstract Art was a fun activity to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. * 

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Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students learned about French self-taught artist, Henri Rousseau. Then started working on the Tiger drawing project. From the book, Fantastic Jungle of Henri Rousseau, we learned that Rousseau decided to be an artist in his age of 40. He studied books and went to the zoo to study animals and drew a lot of jungle paintings. Just like the artist, we looked at a tiger’s picture very carefully as a class. Then we started drawing the tiger from observation. The students enjoyed working on this project very much and their tigers turned out wonderfully! We look forward to paint our tigers with oil pastels and watercolor next week! 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade navigated to Keyboarding Without Tears through Clever. Clever is the best way to reach KWT because it automatically signs in students to their KWT accounts. Your child should log into Clever with the same credentials they use for Teams. If your child can not log into Clever or KWT, please request a meeting with me after school so I can help. You can email me at [email protected]. We also played Wacky Web Tales, which is a game in which students type in the specified part of speech such as nouns, adjectives, and verbs, and it creates a silly story. Students may can find this game on the Language Arts section of the Computer Lab Website. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to “One Vote, Two Vote, I Vote, You Vote” by Bonnie Worth. Students also wrote thank you letters to our Scholastic Book Fair volunteers!  Please have your child place their thank you letter into their Friday folder for next week. I am looking forward to seeing all their hard work and creativity! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were repertoire, half note, steady pulse, and ostinato.   Students explored half note pulse to the American folk songs All’Round the Brickyard and Bounce High, Bounce Low.   Students also explored an ostinato pattern in the two-part chant Jelly in the Bowl.  Finally, students reviewed quarter/eighth rhythms combined with quarter rests.   

This week the 2nd graders started their kicking unit. We discussed the techniques used to kick a ball for accuracy as well as kicking for power. Students were then asked to practice these 2 different techniques using a fun game called “points for penalties”. Each student would set up their own goal at one end of their space then perform a different locomotor skill before trying to score a goal from 6 feet away. Students would move further away from their goal and get more points as they continued to find success. 

This week in Spanish,secondgrade studentslearned about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Dia de los Muertos is most celebrated in Mexico on November 1st-November 2nd. Students watched a short video on BrainPop about Dia de los Muertos. The video focused on identifying how Dia de los Muertos is different than Halloween. Students also listened to a short picture book called “Daniela’s Day of the Dead” which focuses on describing Dia de los Muertos from a child’s perspective. The focus this week was to understand that Dia de los Muertos is about remembering and celebrating our family and loved ones. Students colored sugar skulls and/or drew and decorated their own using a sugar skull template. Next week, we will continue working with las comida y las bebidas as we wrap up this unit of words. 

  Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Comida Crossword Puzzle*  

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

  Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. Sugar skulls can be kept at home. 

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