CHA Specialists’ Newsletter
This week at art, Kindergarten students learned about Clementine Hunter, who became the first woman to be featured in her own gallery show, wasn’t allowed to view her art alongside the public. We read the book about her called, Art from Her Heart, by Kathy Whitehead. This is a wonderful book that shares how “she didn’t wait for the perfect” time or materials. She painted the scenes of everyday southern farm life during the 1950’s and 60’s. After reading the book, the students created beautiful Zinnia flowerpots with oil pastels. They have done an amazing job!
In Computer Science, Kindergarten continued to use WordPad and Britannica Kids to add pictures to documents. Kindergarten also learned another place to find photos called Photos for Class, which they can find in the Research part of the Computer Lab website. REACH students continued to use Britannica Kids and to learn about important people for Black history month.
This week’s objectives for Kindergarten Music were steady pulse, accents, rhythm patterns, vocal tone production. Students enjoyed this week’s songs and activities such as a Lump, Ally Bally, Who Has the Nickel, and See . Activities centered around learning coins (penny, dime, nickel, quarter) while reinforcing this week’s objectives.
This week at art, grade students learned about learned about Positive and Negative space in art. Then we focused on Japanese Notan art. It is a wonderful example of how negative space and positive space coexist to create a beautiful work of art. They started with a piece of 6 x 6 square paper and black 9 x 12 rectangle paper. They then cut out organic shapes from each side and reversing the paper to create the Notan designs. The students did a wonderful job and had so much fun working on this project!
In Computer Science, First Grade learned about coding events using code.org. Students learned that an “event” means an action that the code can respond to. These can include user-initiated events, like clicking or typing, as well as computer-generated events, like a timer reaching zero. So far, students have only used one event, the “Run” button, when coding. This week, we created that performed different tasks for different events, like a character moving up when the up arrow is pressed but moving down when the down arrow is pressed.
Luckey – Fridays
This week’s objectives for First Grade Music were vocal repertoire, same versus different, and quarter notes and eight notes. Students learned the songs Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door adding quarter note rhythms to the ends of phrases. They reinforced and eighth notes by adding movements to The Old Gray Cats Are Sleeping. Students saw a visual representation of high and low sounds as well as added movements to the song Snowflakes. Finally, students further explored high and low as they each got to solo on the song The Kangaroo.
Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Trace and Write Farm Animals
Work to Turn-In: Las Verduras Checkpoint
This week at art, grade students learned about an American pop artist, Wayne Thiebaud and his artwork of desserts. After learning about the life of the artist and looking at his delicious looking artworks, the students drew cakes. They learned how to draw realistic and they enjoyed painting their cakes with watercolor using wet on wet technique.
In Computer Science, Second Grade continued working on our Scratch animations. Next week will be the final day to complete these, after which we will watch animations during class. At this point, all students should have characters on the screen that move at least once. We have also learned how to change a character’s costume, switch backgrounds, and show something they are saying or thinking. Next week we will learn how to add sounds and finish the projects.
This week in Library, Second Grade students finished listening to the story “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Brad Meltzer. Note: students with overdue library books from previous years to December 2020 may see a Library Notice slip come home in their Friday folder. Please look for those books at your home and return them so they can check out more books. I really appreciate your help and thank you!
This week’s objectives for Second Grade Music were pulse, ostinato, AB form, and vocal tone production. Students played charades as they added an ostinato using body percussion on Play in the Snow. Second graders explored form to the folk song Ritsch, Ratsch. Students practiced vocal tone production with the game Who Has a Nickel, and finally had fun moving to My Aunt Came Back.
This week in Spanish, second grade students continued working with their second unit of vocabulary. Students continued working the Spanish terms to describe facial features. In this mini unit of words, students are learning the terms for eyes, ears, mouth, face, nose, hair, ears, and teeth. Last week students took a dive into a mini grammar lesson in Spanish about nouns and their gender. This week students completed a practice activity on nouns and their articles and a practice activity using their vocabulary words. After finished, we checked the work. Next week, we will begin to work with sentence building. The focus will be to write sentences to describe facial features and their quantities.
Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Writing Paper Packet
Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. This week we focused on taking guided notes. Keep these guided notes in their Spanish folder.
Want Practice at home: La Cara Quizlet
In Computer Science, Third Grade continued working on our Scratch games. Next week will be the final day to complete these, after which we will play games and leave positive and constructive comments.
This week in Library, Third Grade students reviewed the library reference materials found in the library - Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Atlas, Almanac, Newspaper, and Internet. Third Graders also completed a Reference Materials cut and paste activity. Please have your child turn in their Reference Materials activity school so I can check them off that it is completed. Thank you!
This week’s objectives for Third Grade Music were sixteenth note preparation, canon/round, following a conductor, and AB form. Students practiced sixteenth notes to When the Saints Go Marching In and the phrase “Born on January 15th (MLK’s birthday and a phrase containing sixteenths). Students also explored aleatory (chance) music, turning their names into a melody.
This week in Spanish, third grade students continued working with “La Cocina”. Students reviewed the Spanish term for microwave, blender, plate, and more. This week students continued their mini grammar lesson on definite articles “el, la, los, and las”. This lesson is a refresher for some students but completely new to others. Students finished their mini grammar lesson and completed a practice activity to check for understanding. Students also started working on La Cocina Sentence Translations. Next week students will complete a graded classwork on el, la, los, las. They will also continue working sentence translations.
Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Un, Una, Unos, and Unas Guided Notes
Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week.
In Computer Science, Fourth Grade continued to work on our Star Catcher games with a partner. This week, we learned about adding variables for the Score and discussed how and when each could be updated in the game. We will finish coding our games next week.
This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to the story “The dragon new year: a Chinese legend” by David Bouchard. This story is about a young girl, frightened of sleeplessness by the celebrations outside her bedroom window, takes comfort in her grandmother’s wise, soothing words as she tells a tale of the Dragon New Year. Students predicted what would happen in the story and discussed the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Fourth Grade students also watched a few of the 5th Graders Book Recommendation Flip Grids for book recommendations.
This week’s objective for Fourth Grade Music was music composition. Students used Music Lab more week to explore aleatory (chance) music the opposite, music of their choice. Students took their first and last names, assigned random numbers to each letter, and then assigned those numbers pitches. They end up with an aleatoric piece of music. project was the opposite: students got the chance to make choices on form, tempo, rhythm, pitch, and timbre.
This week in Spanish, fourth grade students finished their notes on and days of the week. Students wrote down key phrases to ask what day it is, what day tomorrow, and what day . Students also focused on completing their Chapter PE Review. Students completed their review first without resources to identify the areas they should review at home. Then students used their notes to answer the ones they could not. Students also checked their in class. Next week students will be having their first Spanish checkpoint. This checkpoint has two portions a written and reading check (oral).
Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Chapter PE Checkpoint
Work to Turn-In: Workbook Page 6 (Pink Worksheet) If you forgot to turn it in last week.
This week at art, grade students continued working on their Doodle for Google project.
This week in Library, Fifth Graders listened to the story, “Happy New Year! Kung- fa-!” by Demi. Students discussed the celebration of the Chinese New Year and made inferences about the story. Mrs. Taylor’s class also finished their Flip Grid and turned it in.
This week’s objective for Fifth Grade Music was music composition. Students used Music Lab more week to explore aleatory (chance) music the opposite, music of their choice. Students took their first and last names, assigned random numbers to each letter, and then assigned those numbers pitches. They end up with an aleatoric piece of music. project was the opposite: students got the chance to make choices on form, tempo, rhythm, pitch, and timbre.
This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued working with - verb conjugation. This week students finished working on their “Conjugation Practice Packet”. This packet includes three mini activities. Students complete the activity and then check their answers in class. This week students completed a graded classwork on - conjugations via Microsoft Forms. Next week students will be reviewing Chapter 2A in class with a review packet in preparation for their first Spanish Checkpoint. Their Chapter 2A Checkpoint will take place on 8th-12th. A parent letter was sent home in Friday folders with more information.
Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Chapter 2A Review Packet + Parent Letter (
Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. was turned in via Microsoft Forms.