CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

December 18, 2020

Kindergarten 

This week at Art, Virtual Kindergarten 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. In-person students had fun working on the Model Magic Wreath project.  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students used origami to practice coding concepts, such as creating and following sequenced instruction, paying attention to detail, and trying again if you make a mistake. Kindergarten made a cat face. You can see the instructions here (Chestnut Hill login required).  

This week in Library, Kindergarten students worked on their Christmas in France mini book and learned some facts about France such as the fact that Christmas in France is celebrated with a meal called Reveillon. Kindergarteners also learned that Santa Claus is called Pere Noel and that children leave their shoes in front of the fireplace so Pere Noel can put their gifts in them. Kindergartners browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have your child return their library books after the Holiday Break. Ms. Robert’s Class Only: please have your child send back their Brown Bear cut and paste and Christmas in France book so I can look through them. Thank you!  

Palladino – Wednesdays  

Roseland – Wednesdays  

Bernal – Thursdays   

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were movement, listening, and reviewing.  Kindergarteners listened to some music from France including Camille Saint-Saëns, Ravel, ans Satie.  Students enjoyed moving and clapping rhythms to some holiday songs.  Finally, they had a review day with activities of their choice that they had explored so far this year.  Happy New Year! 

This week the kindergartners started their striking unit. Our objectives for this week were striking an object with an open palm upwards as well as striking an object with an open palm for distance. Students practiced both techniques and I was very pleased with the effort and energy everyone brought to class this week. 

This week in Spanish,kindergarten studentsparticipated inCalendar 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 completed their first Spanish checkpoint on colors. A checkpoint has a written portion in this case coloring and a reading portion to check for fluency. After students completed their checkpoint students colored a Holiday Color by Number Worksheet for extra colors practice. After Winter Break, Kindergarten students will begin their second set of vocabulary words in Spanish class. They will be learning the names of classroom items.    

Work Being Sent Home: Classroom Things Worksheet 

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

Work to Turn-In: Los Colores Checkpoint   

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

 

First Grade 

This week at Art, 1st Grade students read a book called Lars the Polar Bear, and learned how to draw polar bear with oil pastels. They smudged oil pastels carefully to create some shadow effect 

This week in Computer Science, CHA students used origami to practice coding concepts, such as creating and following sequenced instruction, paying attention to detail, and trying again if you make a mistake. First grade made a fortune teller. You can see paper instructions here and video instructions here (Chestnut Hill login required).  

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the story, “The Seven Spools of Thread” by Angela Shelf Medearis. This is a folktale about seven brothers who fight and bicker from sunrise to sunset. They live with their father who passes away, but in his passing, he teaches them a valuable lesson. First Graders also colored in a picture of a Kinara, which during the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa, a kinara is where seven candles are placed— three red on the left, three green on the right, and a single black candle in the center. First Graders browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have your child return their library books after the Holiday Break. Mrs. Saccardo’s and Ms. Jenson’s class only: please have your child send back their Kinara Colors worksheet and Ghana book so I can look through them. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays  

Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were vocal repertoire, review, and movement.  First graders listened and journaled to some pop music from Ghana.  They learned a Hanukkah dance as well as some other holiday material such as Teddy Bear, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Let it Snow. 

This week the 1st graders started their striking unit. Our objectives for this week were striking an object with an open palm upwards, while demonstrating an emerging pattern, as well as striking an object with an open palm and forearm for distance. Students practiced both techniques and I was very pleased with the effort and energy everyone brought to class this week. 

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscontinued working with their second unit of vocabulary this year. Students are learning the words for vegetables in Spanish. This week students focused on categorizing the vegetables into two groups: I like, and I dislike. Students worked on their “Me Gusta and No me Gusta Chart” in class. Students also participated inCalendar Time. It focuses on asking students what day is today, what day will be tomorrow, and what day was yesterday in Spanish. After Winter Break students will continue working with the vegetables. Specifically, they will be working on memorizing the vegetables names with practice games and activities.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Dibuja las Verduras Worksheet 

*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. Thank you. *    

Want Practice at home: Las Verduras Quizlet 

 

Second Grade 

This week at Art, Second Grade students had a fun time working on origami fox puppet project. We made a fox with 2 pieces of square paper and they had so much fun playing with their fox!  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students used origami to practice coding concepts, such as creating and following sequenced instruction, paying attention to detail, and trying again if you make a mistake. Second grade made a paper airplane. You can see paper instructions here and video instructions here (Chestnut Hill login required).  

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued to listen to the story, “Shake It, Morena! And other folklore from Puerto Rico” compiled by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. We sang the song “Shake It, Morena! And students tried to guess the answers to animal riddles, listened to a Puerto Rican Story Teaser, and listened to the story short story, “Tell Me a Story: Juan Bobo.” Second Grade students also listened to the story, “The Golden Flower” by Nina Jaffe. This story is a creation of a story of how water and the sea come to earth, as well as how the Taino peoples island of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) was created. Please have your child return their library books after the Holiday Break. Also, please have your child send back their Puerto Rico book so I can look through them. Thank you!  

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were movement, rhythm review, and vocal repertoire.  Students enjoyed moving to the holiday classic Sleigh Ride.  They also reviewed some rhythms by using body percussion to a couple of holiday songs.  And finally, we just hung around the piano and sang our favorite holiday songs.  Happy New Year! 

This week the 2nd graders started their striking unit. Our objectives for this week were striking an object with an open palm upwards, while demonstrating an emerging pattern, as well as striking an object with an open palm and forearm for distance. Students practiced both techniques and I was very pleased with the effort and energy everyone brought to class this week. 

This week in Spanish,secondgrade continued learning about Puerto Rico. Second grade choose Puerto Rico as their country of study for the Multicultural Fair. In Spanish, students learned about a Puerto Rican holiday called “Three Kings Day”.  In class students listened to a short nonfiction story the describes how the holiday is celebrated by children. Students completed a “Fact Sheet” where they collected fun facts about “Three Kings Day”. After Winter Break, students will be starting a new unit of words. Students will begin learning how to describe their faces.     

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing. There is no Friday Folder this week.    

Work toTurn-In: Nothing. There is no Friday Folder this week. 

 

Third Grade 

This week at Art, Third Grade students had a fun time working on origami fox puppet project. We made a fox with 2 pieces of square paper and they had so much fun playing with their fox!  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students used origami to practice coding concepts, such as creating and following sequenced instruction, paying attention to detail, and trying again if you make a mistake. Third grade made a ninja star. You can see paper instructions here (Chestnut Hill login required).  

This week in Library, Third Grade students enjoyed listening to the story, “Let’s Celebrate! Special Days around the World” by Kate DePalma. This story has Illustrations and rhyming text which introduces special days around the world, including the Spring Festival, Inti Raymi, Eid al-Fitr, Día de Muertos, and the New Yam Festival. Third Graders talked about the connections between the book and themselves. Third Graders also listened to the story, “Snow” by Uri Shulevitz. Please have your child return their library books after the Holiday Break. Also, please have your child send back their Peru book so I can look through them. Thank you!  

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were movement, vocal repertoire, and review.  Students explored a couple of movement activities and rhythm reviews to some holiday classics such as Sleigh Ride and The Nutcracker.  We also took time to simply gather around the piano and sing some holiday songs.  Happy New Year! 

This week the 3rd graders began their striking unit. The objectives for this week were striking underhand continuously for height and using the sidearm technique for distance and accuracy. Students also took part in a sports trivia Kahoot where they answered a variety of different questions about a wide range of sports and games. 

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudentscontinuedworking with “ElDormitorio” (The Bedroom). This week students presented their first writing project “My Dream Bedroom” to Ms. Suarez by recording a Flipgrid video. In their video presentations, students showed off their dream bedroom drawings and read out loud their sentences describing the layout of their dream bedroom. After Winter Break, students will be having their first Spanish Checkpoint. This checkpoint will include bedroom, direction, and sentence building vocabulary. A study guide was sent home inside the Friday folder along with a parent letter.     

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: El Dormitorio Checkpoint and Parent Letter 

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.      

Work to Turn-In: My Dream Bedroom Project  

Student should be turning in two pieces of paper (a drawing and sentences). Make sure their name is on both papers. Thank you. 

 

Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students enjoyed working on the Fox in the snowy forest project. They learned how to draw shadow with pencil by drawing lightly and smudging it. Then we also learned how to draw a fox. Their drawings turned out amazing 

This week in Computer Science, CHA students used origami to practice coding concepts, such as creating and following sequenced instruction, paying attention to detail, and trying again if you make a mistake. Fourth grade made a ninja star. You can see paper instructions here (Chestnut Hill login required).  

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students enjoyed listening to the story, “Clamshell Boy a Makah legend” by Terri Cohlene. This story retells the legend of Clamshell Boy, who rescues a captured group of children from the dreaded wild woman IshcusFourth Grade students also worked on the last page of their Native American mini book and learned some facts about the Inuit Tribe such as the food they eat and where and how they live. Please have your child return their library books after the Holiday Break. Also, please have your child turn in their Native American book. Thank you!  

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were movement, vocal repertoire, and review.  Students explored a couple of movement activities and rhythm reviews to some holiday classics such as Sleigh Ride and The Nutcracker.  We spent our last week of 2020 singing holiday songs and discussing what we had discovered so far this year in music.  Happy New Year! 

This week the 4th graders began their striking unit. The objectives for this week were striking underhand continuously for height and using the sidearm technique for distance and accuracy. Students also took part in a sports trivia Kahoot where they answered a variety of different questions about a wide range of sports and games. 

This week in Spanish,fourth Gradestudentscontinuedworking with Chapter PE in theirtextbook. This week students started working on the second group of vocabulary words from the chapter. The new group of words focuses on “Things inside a Classroom”. Students practiced their words with Ms. Suarez and then looked at two conversations to hear the words in action. Students took notes in their books. As practice work, students completed activity #1 and activity #2 that focused on classroom materials. After Winter Break, students will focus on nouns in Spanish.    

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Workbook Page 6 (Pink Paper) 

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.      

Work to Turn-In: Workbook Page 4 (If you forgot to turn it in last week) 

 

Fifth Grade 

This Week at Art, Fifth Grade students finished with their Mini Gallery project and the outcome is amazing! We also created Flipgrid videos. The students were pretending to be curators representing their own gallery.  

This week in Computer Science, CHA students used origami to practice coding concepts, such as creating and following sequenced instruction, paying attention to detail, and trying again if you make a mistake. Fifth grade made a balloon. You can see video instructions here (Chestnut Hill login required).  

This week in Library, Fifth Grade students continued working on their Book Recommendation assignment. When we come back from Holdiay Break 5th Graders will make a flip grid video about their book, which will be shown to 4th Graders. Please have your child return their library books after the Holiday Break.  

Fifth graders spent their last week of 2020 recording a couple of ukulele flipgrid videos and sharing their Music Culture PowerPoint slides.  We had fun reviewing what we’d discovered over the year so far.  We begin a music composition unit in January.  Happy New Year! 

This week the 5th graders began their striking unit. The objectives for this week were striking underhand continuously for height and using the sidearm technique for distance and accuracy. Students also took part in a sports trivia Kahoot where they answered a variety of different questions about a wide range of sports and games. 

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 practice working with subject pronouns. Students completed three sets of practice activities and then checked their work with Ms. Suarez. Students also completed a classwork assignment via Kahoot on Subject Pronouns. After Winter Break, students will begin verb conjugations which is part of Chapter 2A.     

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Introduction to -ar Verbs (Pink Paper)  

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.      

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. Classwork was turned in via Kahoot. 

 

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