CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 11, 2020

Kindergarten 

This week at Art, Virtual Kindergarten 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. In-person students had a great time learning how to draw a reindeer. We learned a few fun facts about reindeers too! Students use watercolor and oil pastels to color their reindeer so festive! They were very proud of their drawings.  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students celebrated Hour of Code week. Kindergarten played Beach Cleanup in Kodable in which they created mazes for their fuzzes to roll through. This helps students work with not only the logical aspect of coding a solution for the maze but also the creative challenge of solving open-ended coding questions. Students also benefit from seeing how everyone solves problems differently and that one problem may have more than one solution. Students may continue their progress at home by navigating to Clever, choosing Ms. Gorski’s page, and clicking the Kodable link in the Hour of Code section. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to the book, “Brown Bear” by Bill Martin, which they heard in English and in French. Kindergarteners are practiced counting in French from 1-10 and then worked on a Brown Bear counting activityKindergartners 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. MS. ROBERTS CLASS ONLYfor the week of December 14th 18th there is a Brown Bear activity 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 the Kindergartners continued their gymnastic unit working on their agility, coordination, and balance. We reviewed last week’s objectives of transferring weight from one body part to another with control, the ability to bend and stretch different body parts, and performing tumbling movements safely. Students also started to plan a movement sequence using non-locomotor skills and locomotor skills.  

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: triste/sad. Students continued working with colors this week. Students worked on their Colors Packet. In their color packet, students traced, wrote, and colored each color. In class, students also played a color matching game and a color spying game with Ms. Suarez. Next week students will be completing their first Spanish Checkpoint on colors. A checkpoint has a written portion in this case coloring and a reading portion to check for fluency.  

  • Work Being Sent Home: Los Colores Checkpoint and Los Colores (Color by Number) - *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.  *Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *  
  • Want Practice at Home: Los Colores Quizlet   Las Emociones Quizlet  

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten were steady pulse, rhythm patterns, same versus different, and vocal repertoire.  Students reviewed and performed all four of their songs for a Cultural Fair video that Mr. Rees is putting together.  This will be available to view at a later date.  Students also explored steady pulse and rhythmic patterns through holiday activities that included Frosty the Snowman, Up on the Housetop, Good Cheer, and Dance of the Reed Pipes.   

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First Grade 

This week at Art, Virtual 1st grade 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, CHA students celebrated Hour of Code week. First grade played Tynker Space Quest. In this coding game, students play as astronauts who have landed on an asteroid. The astronaut needs to walk and jump in order to reach their supplies and avoid obstacles. The puzzles get more and more complicated, requiring the use of loops and conditionals to complete them. This helps students understand that computers can be programmed to run a function multiple times or to only execute that function under certain conditions. Students may play again at home by navigating to Clever, choosing Ms. Gorski’s page, and clicking the Space Quest link in the Hour of Code section. 

This week in Library, First Grade students finished the story, “The Ghanaian Goldilocks” by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli. First Graders also listened to the story, “F is For Fufu” also by Tamara Pizzoliwhich is based on The Ghanaian Goldilocks. 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. MRS. SACCARDO/JENSON’S CLASSES ONLY: For the week of December 14th - 18th  there is a Kinara Colors activity 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! 

  • Carver – Wednesdays 
  • Luckey – Fridays 

This week the 1st graders continued their gymnastic unit working on their agility, coordination, and balance. We reviewed last week’s objectives of transferring weight from one body part to another with control, the ability to bend and stretch different body parts, and performing tumbling movements safely. Students also started to plan a movement sequence using non-locomotor skills and locomotor skills.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade students started working with their second unit of vocabulary this year. Students start learning the words for vegetables in Spanish. This week students focused on pronouncing the words. Students took a deep look at some of the letters featured in their new words that sound different than what they expected. For example, double l in Spanish sounds like a “y” instead of an “l” sound. Students also completed an introduction packet for classwork that had students trace and write the vegetable names. Next week students will continue working with the vegetables. Specifically, they will be categorizing the vegetables into categories: I like and I do not like.   

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Las Verduras T-Chart  - *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.  *Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *  
  • Want Practice at home: Las Verduras Quizlet 

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were steady pulse, same versus different, journaling, and rhythmic patterns.   Students reviewed the four songs they will perform for this year’s Cultural Fair video that Mr. Rees is putting together.  This will be available to view at a later date.  Students also explored steady pulse and rhythmic patterns to Up on the Housetop, Dance for Hanukah, Teddy Bear, and music from The Nutcracker.  Finally, students journaled to some pop music from Ghana, the culture they are researching as part of the Cultural Fair.  

Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a wonderful time learning about coqui (tree frog), Puerto Rico’s unofficial mascot. Did you know that coqui coqui do not have a tadpole stage unlike other species of frogs? Instead, a miniature frog with short tails emerges from the eggs. Coqui can leave up to 6 years in the wild but most of the adult frogs die before they reach the age of one year. You can click the link above to learn more fun facts about coqui. Students learned how to draw a coqui following Mrs. Choi’s instruction. They then add a fun background of their choice and color it with colored pencils, crayons, and/or watercolor. They have done an amazing job with this project! 

This week in Computer Science, CHA students celebrated Hour of Code week. Second grade made ice art with Anna and Elsa in code.org. In this coding game, students start by learning the basics of how to draw certain shapes with the code. They soon learn that the code can be simplified by using loops instead of writing the same code over and over. In the last stage, students create their own ice art by using shapes and patterns that they learned about in other stages. Students may continue their progress at home by navigating to Clever, choosing Ms. Gorski’s page, and clicking their teacher’s name in the Hour of Code section. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students enjoyed listening to the story, “The Squeaky Door” retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, which is based on a Puerto Rican folk song, “La Cama.” Students also listened to, “Shake It, Morena! And other folklore from Puerto Rico” compiled by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. This book is a compilation of Puerto Rican songs, games, riddles, and stories. Second Grade students also worked on their Puerto Rico mini book and learned some facts about Puerto Rico such as the colors of the flag, the types of food and drink they consume, the type of buildings in Puerto Rico, and many more things. 

This week the 2nd graders continued their gymnastic unit working on their agility, coordination, and balance. We reviewed last week’s objectives of transferring weight from one body part to another with control, the ability to bend and stretch different body parts, and performing tumbling movements safely. Students also started to plan a movement sequence using non-locomotor skills and locomotor skills.  

This week in Spanish,secondgrade started learning about Puerto Rico. Second grade choose Puerto Rico as their country of study for the Multicultural Fair. In Spanish, students watched a fun fact video about Puerto Rico where they learned about the frog nicknamed “the coqui”. In class students identified where Puerto Rico was on a map and the colors of the flag. Students also dived deep into holidays (Christmas) in Puerto Rico and some of the food and traditions. Students also watched a video about one of the typical foods Puerto Ricans eat during holidays. Next week students will be learning about “Los Tres Reyes Magos” as part of the Multicultural Fair.   

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: My Fact Sheet (Three Kings Day)  - *Please have students place these handouts in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.    
  • Work toTurn-In: La Comida y Las Bebidas Checkpoint  - Please only turn in work that is asked for. Please leave everything else inside the Spanish folder. Thank you. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were journaling, vocal repertoire, pulse, AB form, and rhythmic patterns.  Students continued their exploration of music from Puerto Rico listening for both African and Spanish influences.  They explore beat and rhythmic patterns through the music from the Nutcracker, as well as holiday classics such as Up on the Housetop and the Dreydl Song.  

Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students learned about Oil Pastels Transfer Printing technique and worked on their Llama in Machu Pichu project. We folded a piece of paper in half and covered half of the page thoroughly with oil pastels Then we placed another piece of paper on top and traced the picture of a llama in Machu Pichu. The great thing about this project is that you can make more than one print! Students had a great time working on this project.  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students celebrated Hour of Code week. Third grade designed a Minecraft-themed game in code.org. Students learned how to make characters do different things when touched, spawned, or used. Each level requires students to use logic and problem-solving to create their code. In the last level, students create their own game by spawning whichever characters they want and programming them how to move and react. Students may continue their progress at home by navigating to Clever, choosing Ms. Gorski’s page, and clicking Coding Challenge: Minecraft in the Hour of Code section. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story, “Up and Down the Andes a Peruvian Festival Tale” by Laurie Krebs and Aurelia Fronty. This story is about Peruvians who travel through the Andes Mountains of Peru to Cusco to the Inti Raymi Festival. Students also listened to the story, “Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun” by Jane Kurtz. Third Grade students also worked on their Christmas in Peru mini book and learned some facts about Christmas in Peru such as the food they eat and the traditions they celebrate.  

This week the 3rd graders continued their gymnastic unit focusing on their agilitybalance, and coordination. The objectives for this week were balancing one leg and attempt a stunt, combine balancing, and weight transfer to perform a stuntworking 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 three 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. In part 3, students translated their Spanish sentences into English. This helps students to edit their sentences.  Next week, students will be presenting their projects to Ms. Suarez via Flipgrid.   

  • 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 will present their projects in class next week via Flipgrid. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were journaling, vocal repertoire, and steady pulse.  Students continued their exploration of music from Peru listening for Andean, Spanish, and African influence.  They enjoyed singing popular holiday repertoire like Frosty the Snowman, O Hanukah, and Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone.  Finally, students explored movement and pulse through the music of the Nutcracker.   

Fourth Grade 

This week at art, fourth grade students earned about Oil Pastels Transfer Printing technique. We folded a piece of paper in half and covered half of the page thoroughly with oil pastels.  Then we placed another piece of paper on top and drew fun holiday pictures. The great thing about this project is that you can make more than one print! Students had a great time working on this project.  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students celebrated Hour of Code week. Fourth grade practiced using JavaScript in a Star Wars-themed challenge on code.org. Students coded characters to follow paths, make sounds, and even give points in different situations. Students may continue their progress at home by navigating to Clever, choosing Ms. Gorski’s page, and clicking Coding Challenge: Star Wars in the Hour of Code section. After we return from break, students will use JavaScript to recreate a game they have built in Scratch. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story, “Eagle Boy” by Richard Lee Vaughan. This story is based on a popular Northwest Coast Native tale and recounts the story of Eagle Boy who saves his tribe from starvation with the help of his friends, the eagles. Fourth Grade students also worked on their Native American book and learned some facts about the Makah and Chinook Tribes such as the food they eat and where and how they live.

This week the 4th graders continued 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 telling time. Students reviewed the key phrases for time via Quizlet Match in class. As classwork students completed workbook page 4 that focused on numbers and time. Students then checked their classwork with Ms. Suarez. Students also completed a Kahoot Classwork Game for time and numbers.   

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing is being sent home this week.  
  • Work to Turn-In: Workbook Page 4  - Make sure your name is on the paper.  

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were recorder technique, journaling, movement with AB form.  Students finished their recorder units.  They have much to be proud of!  Students continued to explore the music of Northwest Native American tribes.  They learned an Israeli folk dance called Zemer Atik to coincide with Hanukah.   

Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students finished with their Mini Gallery project and the outcome is amazing!   

This week in Computer Science, CHA students celebrated Hour of Code week. The fifth grade used trinket.io to explore Python turtles. They coded the turtles to change colors, draw shapes, and say different words. By completing these lessons, students learn about strings, functions, and syntax. Students may continue their progress at home by navigating to Clever, choosing Ms. Gorski’s page, and clicking on “Turtles” in the Hour of Code section. After we return from the break, students will use Python to create a Spanish conjugator for –ar verbs.  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade studentsstarted their Book Review assignment. They wrote down the title and author of their book, drew an important picture from their book, and wrote a summary. Fifth Graders will continue to work on this Book Review assignment and then create a flip grid for 4th graders to watch next week 

This week the 5th graders continued 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 were introduced to subject pronouns. Students took mini notes on what subject pronouns are, examples of subject pronouns in use, and the subject pronoun chart. Students also completed to practice activities in class and checked their work. Students watched a mini video about the subject pronouns.   

  • Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing is being sent home this week.   
  • Work to Turn-InNothing to turn in this week.  

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were ukulele repertoire and music culture.  Students completed a presentation on music of their choice that represents a culture.  They explored how music influences culture in many different ways.  They also learned Jolly Old St. Nicholas on their ukuleles as well as Sansa Kroma.  

 
 

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