CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 05, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students were challenged to create 3D sculptures with strips of paper. Mrs. Choi showed the students how to make a bird with strips of paper by folding and gluing. Then students create their own 3D paper sculptures. 

 In Computer Science, Kindergarten learned about media balance. We discussed how it is important to spend time doing things we love without screens, like playing outside, playing with friends, and sleeping! Students discussed how it can feel uncomfortable and out of control when we are physically unbalanced, and related that to when we are not balanced in how we spend our time. Then, we practiced three simple steps for when it is time to put devices away (even if we don’t want to). The step are stop, breathe, and finish up. For more information on media balance and saying goodbye to devices, you may want to review this activity, these tips, or these resources. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students discussed Read Across America Spirit Week at CHA and talked about their favorite place to travel. Kindergarteners listened to the story “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelman, which is a Caldecott Medal book. This story is about a brave little girl who helps people in the hospital because they are sick. 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 learning about contributions by Black artists to Rock n’ Roll, same versus different, rhythm patterns, and repertoire.  Students listened to and learned about Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Fats Domino.  Additionally, they reviewed Circle Round the Zero, The Boatman, Do-oh!, and learned A Sailor Went to Sea and Ten Little Soldiers.   

This week the Kindergartners begin their floor hockey unit(striking with a long handed implement). The objectives for this week were stick safety, basic ball handling skills using both sides of the stick, and introducing the push pass technique. Students played a variety of fun games which incorporated all these objectives. I was impressed with how quickly the students grasped these new skills. 

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 learned a new month. Students learned to say March in Spanish (marzo).  This week students continued working with numbers 1-10. Students practiced counting in Spanish with Ms. Suarez. Students completed practice work on numbers 1-10. Students also read a short story about counting fish.  

Work Being Sent Home: Color by Number (Word Form) (Ms. Robert’s Class Only) 

*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. Numbers Practice Packet can stay at home.  

*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 had a great time working on the alligator puppets. Mrs. Choi taught the students how to fold construction papers to make origami puppets. Then then added paper to turn their simple puppet into a talking alligator. 

In Computer Science, First Grade talked about an “internet traffic light” to help students examine what to do when they find a website that is just right for them, questionable, or clearly not right for them. Students know a site is right when it is clearly made for kids like them. Sites recommended by teachers and parents will be green sites. Yellow site might have words too difficult to read, ask for personal information, or look like it is made for older kids or adults. Red sites are clearly not made for kids, and might include words, pictures, or videos that make them uncomfortable, or have a feature that lets you chat with strangers. Red sites should be avoided, and an adult told if one is found on accident. Yellow site are to be approached with caution, and an adult should be asked for help. Green sites are good to go and can be enjoyed freely. For more information on the internet traffic light, you may wish to review this activity, these tips, or these resources. 

This week in Library, First Grade students discussed Read Across America Spirit Week at CHA and talked about what makes their birthday special. First Grade students listened to the story “Happy Birthday to You!” By Dr. Seuss, which is a story about celebrating individuality and talking about a world where a friendly bird organizes a party for everyone on their birthday with all their favorite things. First Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read.  

Carver – Wednesdays   

Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were contributions by Black artists to Rock n’ Roll, dynamics, quarter/eighth/rest rhythm patterns, and ostinato. Students listened to and learned about Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Fats Domino. They also played a hand drum ostinato to the story Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley.  Finally, students explored dynamics through Mozart Variations and a rhythm game called March is Here Now. 

This week the 1st continued their floor hockey unit (striking with a long handed implement). The objectives for this week were stick safety, basic ball handling skills using both sides of the stick, and introducing the push pass technique. Students played a variety of fun games which incorporated all these objectives. I was impressed with how quickly the students grasped these new skills.  

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 are learning about Spanish adjectives. This is preparing students for our next writing lesson which is writing sentences to describe animals. Students refreshed their memory of colors by playing memory games in class. Students also learned some new words like pretty, ugly, old, and new. This week students worked on a practice worksheet to build their knowledge of their new words.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Colors Review Worksheet 

*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.             

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students learned about Henri Matisse. He was a revolutionary and influential artist of the early 20th century, best known for the expressive color and form of his Fauvist style. He created compositions by cutting out paper shapes with scissors. He called it “drawing with scissors”. After we carefully looked at his collages, we created Matisse inspired collage sculpture. The students had fun cutting out organic shapes and geometric shapes to build their sculptures. 

In Computer Science, Second Grade learned about our online communities. Just like the real world, the internet is made up of people you know and people you don’t know. We engage with all sorts of people online – by video calling our friends and family or chatting with a friend in a game, or by watching a favorite youtuber or following a celebrity twitter account. This week’s lesson was about understanding those connections and the responsibility we have to ourselves, our communities, and our world when we engage in online interactions. For more information about online communities, you may want to review this activity, these tips, or these resources. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students discussed Read Across America Spirit Week at CHA and talked about their favorite non-fiction topics. Second Graders listened to the story “She Persisted” by Chelsea Clinton. This is a story about 13 American women who changed the world. Students asked questions about the women portrayed in the story. 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were contributions by Black artists to Rock n’ Roll, half note pulse, mi-re-do patterns, pulse, and ABC form.  Students listened to and learned about Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Fats Domino.  Second graders also learned to identify and sing do-re-mi patterns, as well as explore half note pulse with the activities Jeremiah, Zigeunerpolka, and M-A-R-C-H. 

This week the 1st continued their floor hockey unit (striking with a long handed implement). The objectives for this week were stick safety, basic ball handling skills using both sides of the stick, and introducing the push pass technique. Students played a variety of fun games which incorporated all these objectives. I was impressed with how quickly the students grasped these new skills.  

This week in Spanish,secondgradestudents started their next unit of vocabulary words. Students started learning the words to describe body parts. Students are learning words like el cuello (neck), el brazo (arm), and los dedos (the fingers). This week students focused on building their new vocabulary sheet. Students were also introduced to a new song and dance called “Cabeza, Hombros, y Pies” which is similar to “Head, Shoulders, and Toes”.   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Color by Numbers (Free Choice Option)  

*This is only being sent home to online students in Mr. Kolb’s and Mrs. Moore’s class since next week is a short week due to Parent Teacher Conferences.  

Work toTurn-In: 

La Cara Checkpoint  

La Cara Sentences Project  

*This is for students in Mrs. Duffina’s class only.  

Want Practice at home: The Body Quizlet 

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Third Grade 


This week at art, Third grade students continued working on the Alma Woodsey Thomas inspired painting. 

In Computer Science, Third Grade reviewed the importance of having a strong password that we keep private. We discussed what could happen in different scenarios if a person’s password was discovered, and we completed an activity to help us create strong passwords. For more information on passwords, you may want to review this activity, these tips, or these resources. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students discussed Read Across America Spirit Week at CHA and talked about their favorite hero or villain. Third Graders listened to the story “Superdog: The Heart of a Hero” by Caralyn Buehner. This is a story about a little dog named Dexter who has a big dream to be a superhero. Students considered the idea that anyone can be a superhero, even animals. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were contributions by Black artists to Rock n’ Roll,  canon/rounds, and ABA form.  Students listened to and learned about Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Fats Domino.  Students also practiced the canons Sausage in the Pan, Two or More Groups, and Pease Porridge Hot.  Finally, students learned an ABA folk song called Rocky Mountain.   

This week the Kindergartners begin their floor hockey unit(striking with a long handed implement). The objectives for this week were stick safety, basic ball handling skills using both sides of the stick, and introducing the push pass technique. Students played a variety of fun games which incorporated all these objectives. I was impressed with how quickly the students grasped these new skills. 

This week in Spanish, third grade students continued working with “La Cocina” vocabulary. This week students finished their mini grammar lesson on indefinite articles “un, una, unos, and unas”. This week students focused on taking notes to prepare for their project. Students took notes on numbers 1-10 and took notes on how to build sentences in Spanish that describe quantity. In class students reviewed vocabulary using Quizlet. Students also practiced their pronunciation with Ms. Suarez. Next week students will begin Part 1 of their “La Cocina Project”. 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing this week.   

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 the Alma Woodsey Thomas inspired painting. 

In Computer Science, Fourth Grade learned how to keep online games fun and friendly. We discussed some actions that students can take if someone is cyberbullying or if a stranger sends a message or request. Students also had a chance to brainstorm what kind of video game they would create and what sort of rules they would put in place to keep all their players safe and happy. For more information on keeping online games fun and friendly, you may want to review this activity, these tips, or these resources. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students discussed Read Across America Spirit Week at CHA and talked about their favorite theme this week and why. Fourth Graders listened to the story “What Would SHE Do? 25 True Stories of Trailblazing Rebel Women” by Kay Woodward. This story is about true stories of 25 women who changed the world in different ways. Fourth Graders became the storyteller and chose a person from the Table of Contents to read about and then read to the class. Then students discussed each question and answered that followed. 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were contributions by Black artists to Rock n’ Roll and music composition. Students listened to and learned about Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Fats Domino.  Students also started using an easy composition tool to begin writing some music to a short video game sequence. 

This week the 4th graders continued their diet nutrition unit. The objectives for this week were to understand the different food groups and the health benefits of each nutrient. Students then designed their own healthy meal plan using Flipgrid. Students also had the opportunity to lead a warm up for their peers at the start of classes. 

This week in Spanish,fourth grade students continued working with 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 dissecting the chapter’s vocabulary words and common phrases. Students looked at four dialogues and wrote down key word meaning. Students also started working on their “Draw it Out” vocabulary key.   

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 the numerous career paths that art can lead us down such as: industrial design, graphic design, photography, fashion design, architecture, illustrator, entertainment designer, fine artist, museum director, art teacher etc. We looked more specifically at some of the products that have been designed by industrial designers as well as the process that an industrial designer goes through to create his/her work. Then we started working on designing our own guitars. They carefully pick a theme for their designs and made cool sketches. 

In Computer Science, Fifth Grade learned about online friendships. We discussed the benefits and risks of having friends that are from the internet, and reiterated that it is never safe to share personal information online. An example of a low-risk online friendship would be a pen pal set up through a class. Since this is set up and monitored by a trusted adult, there are few risks and plenty of benefits. Alternatively, a stranger who comments on an account is not a friend, and there are risks involved in talking to someone you don’t know. For more information about online friendships, you may wish to review this activity, these tips, or these resources. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders students discussed Read Across America Spirit Week at CHA and talked about their favorite theme this week and why. Fifth Graders participated in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) and spent time reading their books from home. 

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were contributions by Black artists to Rock n’ Roll and composition.  Students listened to and learned about Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Fats Domino.  Students also started using an easy composition tool to begin writing some music to a short video game sequence.   

This week the 5th graders continued their diet nutrition unit. The objectives for this week were to understand the different food groups and the health benefits of each nutrient. Students then designed their own healthy meal plan using Flipgrid. Students also had the opportunity to lead a warm up for their peers at the start of classes. 

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade students continued working with 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 dissecting the chapter’s vocabulary words and common phrases. Students looked at the video dialogue and wrote down key word meaning. Students also started working on their “Draw it Out” vocabulary key.   

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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