CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

November 13, 2020

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

Kindergarten

This week at Art, Kindergarten students read Only One You by Linda Kranz. In this book, Little fish, Adri promises to remember his parents’ words of wisdom. After reading the book, In-person students painted a rock that we will eventually display outside our school. REACH students made fishes with Model Magic. It takes about 72 hours for model magic to dry, so I have asked the students to put it somewhere safe. When they come back from the Thanksgiving break, we will paint the fishes with watercolor.   

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten used Kodable to learn about coding sequences. Students were tasked with creating directions to help a fuzzball get through a maze. Students can find Kodable on the Tech Lab website or click here. In Friday folders, students received a small coding workbook which they should keep near their school work. We will use this workbook for the next several weeks in Computer Science class. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to “Splat Says Thank You” by Rob Scotton. Kindergarten students wrote down things they are thankful such as family, friends, and their teachers! 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 vocal repertoire, steady pulse, fast and slow, and musical phrase.  Kindergarteners were introduced to the songs they’ll be singing for this year’s cultural fair.  They’ll be studying the country of France.   In addition, students played 1,2, Buckle My Shoe trying to arrange numbered flashcards in order before the song ends.  Finally, they learned the folk dance 7 jumps and played the game One Potato. 

This week the Kindergarteners continued their kicking unit. Their objectives were dribbling with control using different parts of their feet, kicking for accuracy using the side of their foot and kicking for power using their laces or top of their foot. Students are making steady progress with each skill and are enjoying the different challenges each skill entails. 

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 the emotions. Students learned to say I am feeling good, I am feeling bad, and I am feeling okay in Spanish. Students continued working with colors this week. Students worked on their Color Flower to show Ms. Suarez that they know their colors already.  Next week students will continue working with colors and calendar time.  

Work Being Sent Home: Colors Practice Worksheet and Ice-Cream Project Paper/Yellow Cardstock 

*This week I am sending home the work for 11/16-11/17 and 11/30-12/4.  

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

Work to Turn-In: Los Colores Flower 

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

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First Grade

This week at Art, 1st Grade students l students read Only One You by Linda Kranz. In this book, Little fish, Adri promises to remember his parents’ words of wisdom. After reading the book, In-person students painted a rock that we will eventually display outside our school. REACH students made fishes with Model Magic. It takes about 72 hours for model magic to dry, so I have asked the students to put it somewhere safe. When they come back from the Thanksgiving break, we will paint the fishes with watercolor.   

This week in Computer Science, First Grade began coding with Code.org. Students have their own accounts that they can access at any time through Clever. They may need to select their passcode picture in order to log in. If your child is having trouble logging in, please let me know. In Friday folders, students received a small coding workbook which they should keep near their school work. We will use this workbook for the next several weeks in Computer Science class. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to “Splat Says Thank You” by Rob Scotton. First Grade students wrote down things they are thankful such as family, friends, and their teachers! 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 – Fridays 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal repertoire, quarter-eighth note rhythm combinations, and steady pulse.   First Graders were introduced to the song they’ll be singing for this year’s cultural fair.  They’ll be studying the country of Ghana.  In addition, they played Wait a Phrase and Now’s the Time which reinforced phrase and steady pulse.   

This week the Kindergarteners continued their kicking unit. Their objectives were dribbling with control using different parts of their feet, kicking for accuracy using the side of their foot and kicking for power using their laces or top of their foot. Students are making steady progress with each skill and are enjoying the different challenges each skill entails. 

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. Students also played Galaxy in class where they must use their vocabulary words to save a planet from being hit by meteoroids. This week students focused on sentence building. Students worked on their Final Draft where they made sure their sentence were complete sentences and that they spelled the fruit names correctly. Next week students will review las frutas since this unit of words is coming to an end. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:  
1. Dibuja las Frutas Worksheet  

2. Las Frutas Checkpoint   

3. Parent Letter about Las Frutas Checkpoint  

*This week I am sending home the work for 11/16-11/17 and 11/30-12/4.  

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

Work to Turn-In: Las Frutas Writing Activity  

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



Second Grade

This week at Art, Second Grade students have done an amazing job with their Tiger from observation project! This week, we finished this project by painting our tigers with oil pastels and watercolor. They were very proud of their drawings. 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade began coding with Scratch. Scratch is a block-based coding system that allows students to create animations and games without tripping over syntax and typos. This year students will create short animations in Scratch to start learning the basics of writing code. In Friday folders, students received a small coding workbook which they should keep near their school work. We will use this workbook for the next several weeks in Computer Science class. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to “Little Critter Being Thankful” by Mercer Mayer. Second Grade students also played a game called Gratitude Picture and drew pictures of things they were thankful for such as drawing something that makes them laugh, something that tastes good, and something that makes them happy. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were steady pulse, musical independence, and vocal repertoire.  Students were introduced to the music they’ll be studying for this year’s cultural fair.  Second grade is studying Puerto Rico.  Students also played a steady beat game Mabel Mabel, and a four –part rhythm game called Turkey! 

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, 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 continued working with sentence building Students had independent work time to work on their Final Draft. Students also played Galaxy in class where they must use their vocabulary words to save a planet from being hit by meteoroids.  Next week students will review “comida y bebidas” since this unit of words is coming to an end. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:  

La Comida y Bebidas Checkpoint  

Parent Letter about La Comida Checkpoint 

*This week I am sending home the work for 11/30-12/4.  

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

Work toTurn-In: Nothing yet students are still working on their Final Drafts*  

*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, Third Grade students earned about another amazing folk artist, Heather Galler, and started working on the Patterned Pet project. We looked at a few pet drawings that was done by the artist. Then we learned a few different ways to draw dogs and any cat family animals. The students are off to a great start! 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade learned about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Students may wish to view the BrainPop video again here and can log in through Clever or by using username: chatechlab and password: chestnut. During the second trimester, students will use Scratch to create several games with block coding. Students will join my class with a student account so they can save their progress when we return from Thanksgiving break. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to “Maddi’s Fridge” by Lois Brandt. Third Grade students also played a game called Gratitude Picture and drew pictures of things they were thankful for such as drawing something that makes them laugh, something that tastes good, and something that makes them happy. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were vocal repertoire, ostinato, and composition.  Students were introduced to the music they’ll be studying for this year’s cultural fair.  Third grade is studying Peru.  Students also composed two ostinatos, one for “family”, and one for “feast” as part of incorporating Thanksgiving. 

This week the 3rd 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. Students also designed their own warms at the start of class. 

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 were introduced to their first writing project for Spanish this year: My Dream Bedroom. Students will be designing and writing about their dream bedroom. This week students focused on part one of their project. In part 1 students drew, colored, and labeled their dream bedrooms. Next week students will have one more class session to work on part 1 of their projects. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:  
Lined Paper with House Border (Worksheet) 
This will be for 11/30-12/4. 
*Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish binder so they are ready for class.    

Work to Turn-In: 

El Dormitorio Oraciones (Students who did not turn it in last week) * 

Students were emailed if I have not received their classwork.  


Fourth Grade

This week at art, Fourth grade students tudents learned about Romero Britto, Brazillian Neo-Pop artist and had a great time working on the word design project inspired by the artist. The students were encouraged to pick a word that makes them happy. Many of them chose family, friends, cooking, gaming, and more. Then we started to design the word with pattens and symbols. We are off to a great start! 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade joined my Scratch classroom. Scratch is a block-based coding system that allows students to create animations and games without tripping over syntax and typos. This year students will create a game on Scratch before using WoofJS to translate their code into real JavaScript. This week students had a chance to explore Scratch. They may continue to use Scratch on their own at any time. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to “Chicken Sunday” by Patricia Polacco. Fourth Grade students also played a game called Gratitude Picture and drew pictures of things they were thankful for such as drawing something that makes them laugh, something that tastes good, and something that makes them happy. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder and vocal repertoire.  Students tested for their blue belts on the famous Nigerian folk song Funga Alafia.  They also were introduced to the song they’ll be performing at this year’s cultural fair.   

This week the 4th 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. Students also designed their own warms at the start of class. 

This week in Spanish, fourth Grade students continued working with Chapter PE in their textbook. This week students started part 2 of their chapter. Part 2 focuses on time, numbers, and the calendar. Students completed their first Reading Check via FlipGrid. Students read a list of greetings and phrases to Ms. Suarez to check their pronunciation of this chapter’s vocabulary. Students also took notes on the numbers and worked on identifying the patterns the numbers share in word form.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:  

-BINGO Card Template (11/16-11/17) 
-Spanish Workbook Page 4 (11/30-12/4) 

*This week I am sending home the work for 11/16-11/17 and 11/30-12/4.  

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

Work to Turn-In: 

-Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Project  

-Workbook Pages 1 and 2 (Students who forgot to turn it in last week. Students were emailed if I did not receive their work last week.) 


Fifth Grade

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students learned about brief art history. Last week when we were learning about Op art, one of the students had a great question to all of us. “What is Art?” we shared our own definition of art with our classmates. This week, we looked at how world viewed art in different time period and what influenced them. Then we started working on our mini gallery project. The students chose art movement that they liked the best and created a 3D all spaces with a watercolor paper. We will continue to work on this project for the next couple weeks. 

This week in Computer Science, Ms. Taylor’s class worked on a personal project to showcase their Computer Science abilities. Students had one day to work on this during the week of goal-setting conferences, one day this week, and will have one day in March to finish their projects. Ms. DeWitt’s class learned about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Students may wish to view the BrainPop video again here and can log in through Clever or by using username: chatechlab and password: chestnut. 

 This week in Library, Fifth Grade students reviewed how to log on to the CHA online catalog. Fifth Grade students also played a game called Gratitude Picture and drew pictures of things they were thankful for such as drawing something that makes them laugh, something that tastes good, and something that makes them happy. 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were vocal and ukulele technique and repertoire.  Fifth graders continue to make progress with stumming patterns and chord progressions containing C/G/Aminor/F.  Students played This Land is Your Land, Octopus’ Garden, and Funga Alafia. 

This week the 5th 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. Students also designed their own warms at the start of class. 

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 activity #7 via forms. This checkpoint focused on having students translate sentences from Spanish to English. Students can see their scores via the same link they used to complete the activity in class. Students also worked on activity #8. This activity has students build their own school schedule using the vocabulary from the chapter.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week:  

Graded Spanish Classwork  

Work to Turn-In: 

-Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Project  

-Worksheet Pages 31-32* (Students were emailed if I have did not receive their classwork last week*) 


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