CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 04, 2020

Kindergarten 

This week at Art, Virtual Kindergarten students continued working on their fish sculpture project. They used watercolor to color their Model Magic fish and other sea creatures that they made. We also read a book called Doodle Day by Ross Collins. In this book, on Doodle day, everything that you draw comes alive. Then we started drawing what we wanted to draw on Doodle day. Many students wanted to draw cute puppies and I had a student who wanted to draw a Velociraptor. It was fun drawing with them! In-person students read a book called Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Then we created 3D Penguin sculptures with strips of paper. We also created 3D iceberg background with square paper. The students had so much fun working on this project. 

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten learned how to log into Clever using printed out QR code “badges.” From there, students were able to log into their own Kodable accounts, so that they can move forward from where they last left off. Students will continue to use Kodable throughout the trimester as we learn more about algorithms and problem solving. 

REACH students played a Thanksgiving word search game and completed challenges in their Kodable workbooks. This week’s puzzles included writing instructions to help fuzzy characters navigate through a maze. This teaches students that while coding, the computer follows a sequence of instructions from beginning to end. Virtual students should have received QR code “badges” this week in Friday folders. Please keep these in a safe and accessible place as we will use these in the following weeks. If your child did not get their badge, please let me know so that I can send one via email. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to a nonfiction book called France. We talked about the characteristics of a nonfiction book and about the food, language, sites, and landscapes of France.  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 new books. For the week of December 7th - 11th there is a mini book about France and a coloring sheet coming home in your child’s Friday folder. Please keep it in a safe place and we will work on it together as a class so please wait for my directions. Thank you!  

Palladino – Wednesdays  

Roseland – Wednesdays  

Bernal – Thursdays  

 

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were vocal repertoire and cultural connections between music and the country of France.  Students continued to learn some repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  In addition, students also explored some music from France in both popular and classical genres.   

This week the Kindergartners started their gymnastic unit working on their agility, coordination and balance. The objectives for this week were transferring weight from one body part to another with control, the ability to bend and stretch different body parts and performing tumbling movements safely.   

This week in Spanish,kindergarten studentsparticipated 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 one new emotion: Feliz/happy. Students continued working with colors this week. Students worked on their Color Ice-Cream to show Ms. Suarez that they know their colors. Next week students will be the last week for colors in Spanish class. Students will be having their first Spanish Checkpoint on the week of December 14-December 18. A checkpoint has a written portion in this case coloring and a reading portion to check for fluency. 

Work Being Sent Home: Los Colores Practice Packet 

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

 

Work to Turn-In: Color Ice-Cream  

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

 

Want Practice at Home: Los Colores Quizlet   Las Emociones Quizlet   

First Grade 

This week at Art, Virtual 1st grade students continued working on their fish sculpture project. They used watercolor to color their Model Magic fish and other sea creatures that they made. We also talked about mysterious sea creatures living in the deep sea. Marine biologists are still discovering new species. Then we drew sea creatures from our imagination that might exist. In-person students learn about the difference between shape and form.  We looked at a foam cylinder carefully and talked about how it looks different when you look at it from a different perspective. Then we learned how to draw a mug in 3D foam and colored our drawing with Tempera paint sticks. Students loved working with tempera paint sticks and asked me if they could use this fun art medium again. 

This week in Computer Science, first grade learned about algorithms and logic. In-person students practiced using logic to solve 4x4 sudoku puzzles and wrote down the steps we would use to finish the puzzle. Virtual students completed a few pages of a Kodable workbook. The workbook helps students to understand writing code in a sequence.  All students applied their understanding of sequences and algorithms to games on code.org and continued coding from where they left off last week. 

This week in Library, First Grade students enjoyed listening to a nonfiction book called Ghana. We talked about the characteristics of a nonfiction book and about the size, landscape, animals, food, and many more interesting facts about Ghana. First Graders also listened to the story, “The Ghanaian Goldilocks” by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli and compared the book to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 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 new books.  For the week of December 7th - 11th there is a mini book about Ghana coming home in your child’s Friday folder. Please keep it in a safe place and we will work on it together as a class so please wait for my directions. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays  

Luckey – Fridays  

 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal repertoire and cultural connections between music and the country of Ghana.  Students continued to learn some repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  In addition, students also explored some of the music, games, and instruments specific to the country of Ghana.   

This week the 1st graders started their gymnastic unit working on their agility, coordination, and balance. The objectives for this week were transferring weight from one body part to another with control, the ability to bend and stretch different body parts and performing tumbling movements safely.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade students completed their first Spanish Checkpoint on “Las Frutas” (The Fruits). A checkpoint contains two parts: written and oral portion. In the written portion students matched the fruits pictures to their Spanish name and also wrote four sentences about the fruits they liked and disliked, For the oral portion, students read the fruit names to Ms. Suarez to check for fluency. Next week students will start their second unit of words in Spanish: Las Verduras (The Vegetables).  

 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Las Verduras Introduction Packet  

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

 

Work to Turn-In: Las Frutas Checkpoint and Dibuja Las Frutas  

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

 

Want Practice at home: Las Verduras Quizlet 

Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students enjoyed working on their Polar Bear project with Model Magic. We first learned how to make a polar bear with a fun art medium, Model Magic. Then we created 3D backgrounds for our bears with square paper. Students have been creative with their background and Mrs. Choi has been overly impressed with their wonderful creations! 

This week in Computer Science, second grade animated their name in Scratch. Students could choose to make the letters of their name glide across the screen, spin in a circle, make a noise, or change costumes. This fun introduction to block coding shows students the basics of adding and removing sprites and backgrounds, coding motion, looks, and sounds, and attaching events to provide a starting point for their code. Students do not need to save their work as this week’s activity is for practice. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to a nonfiction book about Puerto Rico. We talked about plant and animal life, the landscape, living in Puerto Rico, and the food of Puerto Rico. Second Grade students also listened to the story, “Octopus Stew” by Eric Velasquez, which is a Puerto Rican story about a young boy and his grandmother who make octopus stew and go on a wild adventure. For the week of December 7th - 11th there is a mini book about Puerto Rico coming home in your child’s Friday folder. Please keep it in a safe place and we will work on it together as a class so please wait for my directions. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were vocal repertoire and cultural connections between music and the country of Puerto Rico.  Students continued to learn some repertoire for this year’s Festival of Peace and Light.  Students also explored some of the styles of music popular in Puerto Rico.  Thank you to Jose Morales for the great playlist! 

This week the 2nd graders started their gymnastic unit working on their agility, coordination, and balance. The objectives for this week were transferring weight from one body part to another with control, the ability to bend and stretch different body parts and performing tumbling movements safely. 2nd graders also worked on balancing different objects on different body parts. 

This week in Spanish,secondgrade completed their first Spanish Checkpoint on “La Comida y Las Bebidas” (Food and Drinks). A checkpoint contains two parts: written and oral portion. In the written portion students complete fill in the blank, multiple choice, and wrote sentences about the food they like and dislike. For the oral portion, students read a combination of food and drink names to Ms. Suarez to check for fluency. Next week students will be learning about Christmas in Puerto Rico as part of the Multicultural Fair.  

 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Christmas in Puerto Rico Packet  

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

 

Work toTurn-In: Mi Comida/My Food Writing Activity   

*The checkpoint will be turned in next week to ensure students get the full class time this week to finish it. Please only turn in work that is asked for. Please leave everything else inside the Spanish folder. Thank you. *   

Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a wonderful time finishing their patterned pet drawing project. Their drawings turned out to be cheerful and fun. 

This week in Computer Science, third grade reviewed algorithms and loops, and made a game called star catcher in Scratch. The game helped us learn about different categories of coding blocks. Some code blocks, for example, impact the sprite that you are coding, while others impact when the code gets run or how many times to run the code. Through building this game, we were able to learn about making variables and creating loops. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to a nonfiction book about Peru. We talked about cloud forests, wildlife, the people, and many more interesting facts about Peru. Third Grade students also listened to the story, “Chancay and the Secret of Fire” by Charles Donald, which is a Peruvian folktale inspired by an ancient Peruvian tapestry and art about a man named Chancay who must face three perilous trails in order to win the gift of fire for his people. For the week of December 7th - 11th there is a mini book about Peru coming home in your child’s Friday folder. Please keep it in a safe place and we will work on it together as a class so please wait for my directions. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were vocal repertoire and cultural connections between music and the country of Peru.   Students continued to learn some repertoire for this year’s Festival of Piece and Light.  Students learned about some instruments specific to the Peruvian region and explored various genres of Peruvian music submitted by the Susffalich family. 

This week the 3rd graders begin their gymnastic unit focusing on their agility, balance, and coordination. The objectives for this week were balancing one leg and attempt a stunt, combine balancing and weight transfer to perform a stunt, working safely during physical education and understanding the importance of challenge in getting better. 

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudentscontinued working with “El Dormitorio” (The Bedroom). Students listened to Ms. Suarezpronounce the word and thenpracticedtheir pronunciation with her. This week students continued working on their first writing project for Spanish this year: My Dream Bedroom. This week students focused on part two of their project. In part 1 students drew, colored, and labeled their dream bedrooms. In part 2, students used their drawings to write 4 sentences in Spanish that describe the location of furniture found in their dream bedrooms. Next week, students will move on to part 3 of their projects which is editing 

 

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

 

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week since students are still working on their project. 

Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students finished with their word design project inspired by Romero Britto. Their designs turned out to be cheerful and fun. 

This week in Computer Science, fourth grade Reviewed algorithms and loops and learned about variables while creating a game in Scratch called Star Catcher. The Scratch block code allows a played to click on the sprite to earn points. The sprite then disappears and reappears in a new location. The player only has 20 seconds to click the sprite as many times as possible. After break, students will revisit this Scratch code and use WoofJS to help “translate” their block code into real JavaScript. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to a nonfiction book called “Native American Mythology”. It is a book that talks about what a myth is and why they are important to Native American culture. Fourth Graders also listened to the story, “Raven A Trickster Tale form the Pacific Northwest” by Gerald McDermott. This is a story about a Raven who wants to give the world sunlight and tricks the Sky Chief in order to get it. For the week of December 7th - 11th there is a mini book about Pacific Northwest Native American Tribes coming home in your child’s Friday folder. Please keep it in a safe place and we will work on it together as a class so please wait for my directions. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique and learning about Northwest Native American Music.  Students tested for their red and brown belts if they chose to.  Students also explored characteristics of PNW Native American music. 

This week the 4th graders begin their gymnastic unit focusing on their agility, balance, and coordination. The objectives for this week were balancing one leg and attempt a stunt, combine balancing, and weight transfer to perform a stunt, working safely during physical education and understanding the importance of challenge in getting better. 4th graders also worked on some different tumbling movements. 

This week in Spanish,fourth Gradestudents continued working with Chapter PE in theirtextbook. This week students continued working on part 2 of their chapter. Part 2 focuses on time, numbers, and the calendar. This week students focused on numbers and telling time. Students were introduced to the basics of telling time. Students watched a mini video lesson on how to tell time in Spanish. For practice students completed actividad #11 y actividad #12 in class.   

 

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

 

Work to Turn-In: 

-Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Project (Students who forgot to turn it in before Thanksgiving Break. Students were emailed if I did not receive their work.) 

Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students had a great time continue working their Mini Gallery project. We also talked about the Curator. An art curator is someone who works in a gallery or museum and is in charge of building art collections, researching art information, writing about art and placing artwork within gallery spaces. The students became curators for their own gallery and carefully created the pictures to display on the wall and made sculptures with model magic and aluminum foil. We will continue working on this project next week.  

This week in Computer Science, fifth grade learned a how to add audio and video to a slideshow presentation on PowerPoint. Students learned that adding audio is easier in the desktop version of PowerPoint because the entire process can be completed within PowerPoint. However, students using the web version of PowerPoint need to first record their audio through an external program before inserting it to their presentation. Students can use these methods to add to presentations for the Multicultural Fair. 

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students talked about their favorite books and decided which book they wanted to recommend to fourth grade students. We also talked about the Book Review assignment and what it will look like. For the week of December 7th - 11th there is a Book Review Light coming home in the Friday folder. Please keep it in a safe place and we will work on it together as a class so please wait for my directions. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ukulele technique and music culture.  Fifth graders submitted Flipgrids of ukulele versions of Funga Alafia.  They were also introduced to a project where students will be exploring what music means to one’s culture and choosing some music that represents them to be put in PowerPoint slides for presentation. 

This week the 5th graders begin their gymnastic unit focusing on their agility, balance, and coordination. The objectives for this week were balancing one leg and attempt a stunt, combine balancing, and weight transfer to perform a stunt, working safely during physical education and understanding the importance of challenge in getting better. 5th graders also worked on some different tumbling movements. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade studentscontinued working on Chapter 2A: Your Day at School. This chapter focuseson describing classes, schedules, and preferences when it comes to school. This week students focused on sentence building using their chapter vocabulary. On Monday, students looked at the questions with Ms. Suarez and looked for keywords to help them decipher the question. In the second Spanish class, students worked on writing. They used the questions to build sentences about their favorite class. On Friday, students focused on speaking. Students recorded a Fligrid video reading the sentences they wrote about their favorite class. Next week, students will begin learning about subject pronouns.  

 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Subject Pronouns Review Packet  

*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 (Students were emailed/messaged on Teams if I have did not receive their classwork.) 

 
 

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