CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

January 29, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students learned about Clementine Hunter, who became the first African-American 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 BrainPop to learn about important people for Black history month. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students discussed the different types of Children’s Literature Book Awards that are awarded to children’s books each year. Kindergarteners listened to the story “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, which is a Caldecott Award winning book. Kindergartners also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week. Note: students with overdue library books from this past year 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! Ms. Roberts class only: please have your child return their Fiction/Non-Fiction worksheet so I can check them off that it is completed. Thank you! 
 
Palladino – Wednesdays   
Roseland – Wednesdays   
Bernal – Thursdays   
 

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 Penny a Lump, Ally Bally, Who Has the Nickel, and See a Penny.  Activities centered around learning coins (penny, dime, nickel, quarter) while reinforcing this week’s objectives. 

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. Kindergarten studentscontinued working with their second set of vocabulary words in Spanish class. Theyare learningthe names of classroom items. This week students read a story about Maria and how she gets ready for school. As students read the story, they were on the lookout for their Spanish words. This week students worked on a mini booklet to practice their new vocabulary and review their colors. Students were looking at sentences like: The table is brown. La mesa es café. Next week students will continue working with classroom items.   
      
Work Being Sent Home: En mi Mochila Project Packet + Parent Letter (Checkpoint) 
*Please have students place their classwork in their Spanish folder so they are ready for class.     Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. Mini book is for students to use at home to review and share with the family. *Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you.      
Want Practice at Home:Classroom ItemsQuizletandLasEmocionesQuizlet   
 

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First Grade 

This week at art, First 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 code 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. 

This week in Library, First Grade students discussed the Caldecott Award and that it is an award that honors the illustrator of the Best American Picture Book for Children each year. First Graders listened to the story “Jumanji” by Chris VanAllsburg, which is a Caldecott Award winning book. First Graders also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read. Please have your child return their library books next week.  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! 
Carver – Wednesdays   

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 quarter 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.    

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentsworked on their Las Verduras Checkpoint. This checkpoint had two parts a written and oral portion. Once students were done with their checkpoint, they finished working on their el and la classwork from last week. Next week, students will begin their third group of words for Spanish. They will be learning the terms from farm animals.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Trace and Write Farm Animals 

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

     Work to Turn-In: Las Verduras Checkpoint     

*Please only turn in work that is asked for. Thank you. *      
Want Practice at home: Farm Animals Quizlet 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second 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 looking and they enjoyed painting their cakes with watercolor using wet on wet technique.  

For the second part of the art auction project, 2nd grade students will be creating fused glass dinosaurs. When you pick up this week’s Friday folder, you will find tan colored boxes and small plastic containers next to their Friday folders. Please pick up one of each for their art auction project. During their art class, I will introduce this project to the students. Since the students need to work with glass pieces, I would like them to work under adult supervision for their safety. If you could monitor your child working on his/her glass dinosaur project during their live art class, I would greatly appreciate it. (Ms. Duffina’s class Monday 2 –3, Mr. Kolb’s class Tuesday 2 – 3, and Ms. Moore’s class Thursday 2 – 3) If it doesn’t work with your schedule, please make sure that your child works on this project over the weekend or in the evening under adult supervision. If your child attends class in person, I will work with him/her during Art class. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

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 each others’ 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 AB 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,secondgradestudents continued working with their second unit of vocabulary. Students continued working with 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 students 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  

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

Work toTurn-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 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students worked on our annual art auction project, fused glass guitars. We had a great conversation about what art auction is all about and many students felt proud to give back to school with their creations. I would like to kindly ask you to return their project back to school in the tan colored box during Friday drop-off. Please refer to the message on Teams-> CHA Parents -> 3rd Grades for the instruction on how you can safely bring your child’s creation back to school. Thank you for your help in advance! 

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 each others’ 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 to 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,thirdgradestudents 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 with sentence translations.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Un, Una, Unos, and Unas Guided Notes   

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.     

Work to Turn-In: Nothing to turn in this week. 

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students continued working on their Doodle for Google design. Starting next week (the week of February 1st ), we will be working on our annual art auction project. Each student will create a fused glass bird during their live art class. When you pick up Friday folder tomorrow, you will find tan colored boxes and small containers next to their Friday folders. Please pick up one of each for their art project. The box contains the materials needed to make fused glass birds. There are small glass pieces inside, so please make sure to handle it with care and keep the box and the container away from younger siblings. If you can keep the materials somewhere safe and give it to your child before his/her art class, that will be wonderful. I will go over how they can safely handle the materials during their live class. When they are finished, they have to return their project back to school in the box during Friday folder drop-off on February 5th. Ms. Fox’s class has their Art class on Fridays. Please return the box by Thursday, February 11th since they need to let the glue dry before closing the box. Thank you very much for your support and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

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 Timer, 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 Chrome Music Lab one more week to explore aleatory (chance) music and 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.  Second project was the opposite: students got the chance to make choices on form, tempo, rhythm, pitch, and timbre. 

This week in Spanish,fourth grade studentsfinished their notes on calendar and days of the week. Students wrote down key phrases to ask what day it is, what day is tomorrow, and what day was yesterday. 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 review 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  

Please have students place their classwork inside their Spanish Binder.     

Work to Turn-In: Workbook Page 6 (Pink Worksheet)If you forgot to turn it in last week. 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth grade students continued working on their Doodle for Google project.

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade continued working on Spanish Conjugators using Python. We learned about operators, which the computer uses to compare two values. Using our knowledge of operators, “if” statements, and the replace() function, students have begun to add the appropriate Spanish ending for their –ar verb depending on the subject of the sentence. We will finish coding our Spanish conjugators next week. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders listened to the story, “Happy New Year! Kung-hsi fa-ts’ai!” 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 Chrome Music Lab one more week to explore aleatory (chance) music and 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.  Second project was the opposite: students got the chance to make choices on form, tempo, rhythm, pitch, and timbre. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade studentscontinued working with -ar 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 -ar 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 the week of February 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 (Checkpoint)       

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

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