CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

February 26, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students had a great time reading the Pigeon book series by Mo Willems. Then we learned how to draw a pigeon with lines and shapes. We drew our pigeon doing some fun activities and tried to help it make a better choice! 

In Computer Science, Kindergarten began to explore and practice some keyboarding basics. First, we played Keyboard Zoo. The focus was on typing all letters with open hands. The goal is to build the habit of having hands and fingers open while typing, rather than fingers pointed. This helps prepare students for the next step of using more than just the pointer fingers to type. In our second lesson, students played Keyboard Cup Stacking and learned about the importance of good posture at the keyboard. Later this year, students will also learn about the “home row,” where their hands should rest while typing. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “Alma and How She Got Her Name” by Juana Martinez-Neal, which is a Caldecott award winning book. This story is about a girl named Alma who is curious about her long name, so her dad tells her the story of her name. Students discussed Alma’s genius and what made her special and unique. Kindergarten students browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read.   

Palladino – Wednesdays    

Roseland – Wednesdays    

Bernal – Thursdays    

 This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were jazz history and characteristics, same vs. different, time/space/shape/force, and repertoire.  Students journaled while listening to three distinct types of jazz: early New Orleans style, Swing era, and Bebop.  Kindergarteners also played body percussion to Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.  Students learned the “shuffle” swing rhythm that gives jazz its unique rhythmic character.  They also enjoyed coming up with movements to the songs The Boatman and Take a Trip.   

This week the kindergarteners continue to work on their motor skills and movement patterns. The objectives for this week were agility, static and dynamic balance, as well as coordination. Students completed many different challenges using hula hoops. Students were also asked to use their creativity to design their own tricks using their hula hoop.   

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 added their final emotion word to calendar time. This week students learned the word for angry in Spanish (enojado/enojada). This week students started working with numbers 1-10. Students practiced counting in Spanish with Ms. Suarez. Students completed practice work on numbers 1-5. Next week, students will continue working with numbers 1-10.  

      

Work Being Sent Home: Los Numeros 1-10 Practice Packet  

*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.  

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

Want Practice at Home: Numbers 1- 10 Quizlet andLasEmocionesQuizlet   

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students learned how to draw winter landscape painting with watercolor. We first talked about how we could draw a tree with letter “Y”. Then we looked at pictures of trees to draw our trees more realistic. They also had a wonderful time applying some watercolor techniques to paint the background. 

In Computer Science, First Grade reviewed keyboarding best practices, like keeping hands open while typing, keeping fingers on the home row, taking breaks to give your eyes a rest, and maintaining good posture. Students practiced these habits during Keyboarding Without Tears, and then got to choose a supplementary typing game from the Tech Lab website, like Dance Mat TypingKeyboard Cup Stacking, or Keyboard Challenge. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the story “If You Give A Cat A Cupcake” by Laura Numeroff.” First Graders also completed a Compare and Contrast worksheet where they compared the two books “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” and “If You Give A Moose A Muffin.” First Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read.  NOTE: please have your child turn in their Compare and Contrast assignment next week. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays   

Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were jazz history and characteristics of early New Orleans jazz, swing, and bebop. Students learned to identify qualities found in different styles of jazz by listening to the same song played in early New Orleans style, swing era styles, and bebop styles.  Students also learned the “shuffle” swing rhythm that gives jazz its unique rhythmic character.   First graders also warmed-up with a body percussion routine set to Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.  Students also read the story Charlie Parker played Bebop by Chris Rashchka. 

This week the 1st graders continue to work on their motor skills and movement patterns. The objectives for this week were agility, static and dynamic balance as well as coordination. Students completed many different challenges using hula hoops. Students were also asked to use their creativity to design their own tricks using their hula hoop.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscontinued working with their third unit of vocabulary words in Spanish. Students are learning the Spanish terms for farm animals. This week students started to learn a Spanish song called “Juancho Pancho” which is similar to “Old McDonald”. This week students continued working on drawing, coloring, and labeling their own farm. Next week students will be learning about basic adjectives to describe animals and people.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Big and Small Adjectives Packet 

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

Work to Turn-In: My Farm Drawing            

Want Practice at home: Farm Animals Quizlet 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students learned how to draw winter landscape painting with watercolor. We first talked about how we could draw a tree with letter “Y”. Then we looked at pictures of trees to draw our trees more realistic. They also had a wonderful time applying some watercolor techniques to paint the background. 

In Computer Science, Second Grade completed their weekly 15 minutes of Keyboarding Without Tears, then celebrated their hard work on Scratch animations by getting a free choice day. Students could choose a game or activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or Ms. Gorski’s Bitmoji Classroom. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the story “Izzy Gizmo” by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie. This is a story about a girl who loves to invent, even though her contraptions do not always work like they should. Students discussed what they though Izzy’s genius was and how overcoming failures is an important part of life. Second Graders also discussed similarities between Izzy Gizmo and Ida Peck, Scientist. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were jazz history and characteristics of early New Orleans jazz, swing, and bebop. Students learned to identify qualities found in different styles of jazz by listening to the same song played in early New Orleans style, swing era styles, and bebop styles.  Students also learned the “shuffle” swing rhythm that gives jazz its unique rhythmic character.    Second graders also warmed-up with a body percussion routine set to Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.  Students also read the story Charlie Parker played Bebop by Chris Rashchka. 

This week the 2nd graders continued to explore their field hockey unit. Students practiced basic stick handling skills as well as push passing with a partner. The 2nd graders are now playing small-sided hockey games and are using the skills they have learned during live gameplay with high levels of success which is very pleasing to see.   

This week in Spanish,secondgradestudents completed their La Cara Checkpoint. Their checkpoint consisted of activities such as sentence writing, sentence translations, matching, and fill in the blank. Students also completed a reading check where they read their vocabulary words to check for pronunciation. Once students were done with their checkpoint, they had catch-up work time to finish their “La Cara Sentence Writing”. Next week, students will begin their next group of words which is “Body Parts”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Body Parts Vocabulary Sheet  

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

Work toTurn-In: 

  1. La Cara Checkpoint  

  1. La Cara Sentences Project  

Want Practice at home:The Body Quizlet 

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Third Grade 


This week at art, Third grade students learned about an African-American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas. She was a painter and an educator. She was best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Inspired by the artist, students started working on expressionism painting with dots and lines. 

In Computer Science, Third Grade completed their weekly 15 minutes of Keyboarding Without Tears, then celebrated their hard work on Scratch games by getting a free choice day. Students could choose a game or activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or Ms. Gorski’s Bitmoji Classroom. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the story “Emmanuel’s Dream” by Laurie Ann Thompson. This is a story true story about a boy named Emmanuel who against incredible odds cycled an incredible four hundred miles across Ghana with only one strong leg. Students discussed Emmanuel’s genius and how differences can make us stronger. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were jazz history and characteristics of early New Orleans jazz, swing, and bebop.  Students learned to identify qualities found in different styles of jazz by listening to the same song played in early New Orleans style, swing era styles, and bebop styles.  Students also learned the “shuffle” swing rhythm that gives jazz its unique rhythmic character.   

 This week the 3rd graders continue to work on their motor skills and movement patterns. The objectives for this week were agility, static and dynamic balance, as well as coordination. Students completed many different challenges using hula hoops. Students were also asked to use their creativity to design their own tricks using their hula hoop.  

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudents continued working with “La Cocina” vocabulary. This week students continued their mini grammar lesson on indefinite articles “un, una, unos, and unas”. Students completed a review game using the chat box. Students also completed a practice activity and are checking it in class.  Next week students, will begin sentence building to describe quantity.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: En mi Cocina Project Packet  

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

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Fourth Grade 


This week at art, Fourth grade students learned about an African-American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas. She was a painter and an educator. She was best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Inspired by the artist, students started working on expressionism painting with dots and lines. 

In Computer Science, Fourth Grade completed their weekly 15 minutes of Keyboarding Without Tears, then celebrated their hard work in WoofJS by getting a free choice day. Students could choose a game or activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or Ms. Gorski’s Bitmoji Classroom. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students reviewed library reference materials and completed a Reference Materials assignment. Fourth Graders also listened to the story “Emmanuel’s Dream” by Laurie Ann Thompson. This is a story true story about a boy named Emmanuel who against incredible odds cycled an incredible four hundred miles across Ghana with only one strong leg. Students discussed Emmanuel’s genius and how differences can make us stronger. NOTE: please have your child turn in their Reference Materials assignment next week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were jazz history and characteristics of early New Orleans jazz, swing, and bebop.  Students learned to identify qualities found in different styles of jazz by listening to the same song played in early New Orleans style, swing era styles, and bebop styles.  Students also learned the “shuffle” swing rhythm that gives jazz its unique rhythmic character.   

This week students continued to plan and design workouts to target different muscle groups. We also had class discussions about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle and the benefits. Students also practiced some kicking skills with a focus on passing for accuracy.   

This week in Spanish,fourth grade students began Chapter 1A: Que te gusta hacer? (What do you like to do?) This chapter focuses on having students describe their hobbies and ask others about the hobbies they like to do. This week we focused on previewing the chapter objectives and essential question. Students watched an introductory video and learned about different students and their hobbies. Next week, students will take a deep dive into Chapter 1A’s vocabulary.  

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

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

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth grade students learned about an African-American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas. She was a painter and an educator. She was best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Inspired by the artist, students created expressionist style painting on a small canvas. 

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade completed their weekly 15 minutes of Keyboarding Without Tears, then celebrated their hard work in Python by getting a free choice day. Students could choose a game or activity from the Tech Lab WebsiteClever, or Ms. Gorski’s Bitmoji Classroom. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders listened to the story, “Stand Up, Stand Out! 25 Rebel Heroes Who Stood Up for Their Beliefs” by Kay Woodward. Fifth Graders became the storyteller and chose a hero from the Table of Contents to read about and then read to the class to discover their genius. 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were jazz history and characteristics of early New Orleans jazz, swing, and bebop.  Students learned to identify qualities found in different styles of jazz by listening to the same song played in early New Orleans style, swing era styles, and bebop styles.  Students also learned the “shuffle” swing rhythm that gives jazz its unique rhythmic character.   

  This week students continued to plan and design workouts to target different muscle groups. We also had class discussions about the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle and the benefits. Students also practiced some kicking skills with a focus on passing for accuracy.   

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students began Chapter 2B: Tu Sala de Clases (Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week we focused on previewing the chapter objectives and essential question. Students watched an introductory video that focused on a classroom and a loose mouse. Next week, students will take a deep dive into Chapter 2B’s vocabulary.    

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

Work to Turn-In: Chapter 2A Checkpoint  

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