CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

March 26, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students had a great time working on the Spring Bunny project. We carefully looked at a picture of bunnies and talked about a bunny’s facial features.  Then we drew a bunny from observation and painted it with watercolor.   

This week in Computer Science, Kindergarten completed a second keyboarding worksheet, this time detailing keys outside of the typical numbers and letters. We explored the space key, enter, backspace, shift, and the home row. The home row is where fingers should sit and always return to when typing on the keyboard. Students then had a chance to play a game called Dance Mat Typing, which shows students how to place their fingers on the home row and start using different fingers for each key. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students listened to the story “Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians” by Jackie Mims Hopkins. This is a story about a girl named Goldi Socks who wanders into a house made of books and she must find just the right book and right reading spot.  Throughout the book Kindergartners reviewed how to find a right fit book. NOTE: Ms. Robets class only: there is a How Do I Choose “Just Right” Book’s assignment coming home in your Friday folder. Please hold on to it until we work on it as a class next week. Thank you!  

Kindergarten students also 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 steady pulse, repertoire, long versus short, and same versus different.  Students worked on pulse and repertoire with This Old Man and the poem Punch and Judy.  They explored the visual representation of long versus short to an activity called MARCH where students patted knees on quarter note pulses and swayed their bodies to the half note pulse.  In addition, they also explored three different pulses (half, quarter, eighth) to a poem called Rain on the Green Grass.    

This week the kindergartners enjoyed using the giant parachute. The objectives this week were to develop rhythmic skills, increase upper body and core strength and develop cooperation skills. Students were set a variety of different challenges using the parachute which allowed them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. 

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 were introduced shapes in Spanish. Students learned the Spanish word for circle, square, triangle, and many more shapes. Students also read a short story about shapes.  Next week, students will be creating shape pizzas.   

Work Being Sent Home: Shape Pizza Materials (2 Packets) (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. Thank you.  

Want Practice at Home:Numbers1- 10 Quizletand Shapes Quizlet   

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students finished working on their patterned landscape inspired by Heather Galler, an American folk artist, by painting it with watercolors.   

This week in Computer Science, First Grade continued to work on an Assignment called “My Peers Are Great” in which students use Microsoft Word to write about and recognize the wonderful qualities that their classmates demonstrate. This week’s goal was to add pictures to their assignments. Next week we will spend time editing the font before submitting the final draft. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the non-fiction story “Are You Ready for Spring” by Shelia Anderson. First Graders reviewed the text features of a non-fiction book and found those text features throughout the story. 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 same versus different, AB form, melodic shape, high versus low, quarter/eighth note patters.  Students had fun playing games singing various line shapes and drawing the shape of a melody called Jack and Jill.  First graders also practiced quarter/eighth not patterns to a poem called One, Two, Three.  They explored form and pulse to the dance Cumberland Square.  Finally, students moved their bodies according to high/low pitches of a song called A Kite.    

This week the 1st graders enjoyed using the giant parachute. The objectives this week were to develop rhythmic skills, increase upper body and core strength and develop cooperation skills. Students were set a variety of different challenges using the parachute which allowed them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentscontinued working with their third unit of vocabulary words in Spanish: Farm Animals. This week students continued writing sentences in Spanish that describe animals. Students are combining the animal names and adjectives into one sentence. This week students wrote sentences to describe their favorite farm animals. Students also reviewed the word for favorite in Spanish. First grade students will be having their Los Animales de la Granja Checkpoint on the week of March 29-April 2.     

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Farm Animals Checkpoint 

Work to Turn-In: My Favorite Farm Animals Sentences   

Want Practice at home: Farm Animals Quizlet

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students finished working on the Great Wave project. They really enjoyed working on this project and were very proud of their creations. 

This week in Computer Science, Second Grade continued to work on an Assignment called “My Peers Are Great” in which students use Microsoft Word to write about and recognize the wonderful qualities that their classmates demonstrate. This week’s goal was to add pictures to their assignments. Next week we will spend time editing the font before submitting the final draft. 

This week in Library, Second Grade started learning how to search for books using the CHA catalog. Second Grade students logged on to the Cha Tech Lab with Ms. Whalen and navigated around the catalog to search for books in the library. Then students navigated to the Teams - Library 2nd Grade and saw where to ask for books from Ms. Whalen. NOTE: There is a Searching Destiny for My Favorites assignment coming home in your Friday folder. Please hold on to it until we work on it as a class next week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were composition, pulse, and AB form.  Students continued reviewing Do/Re/Mi melodies through the composition activities Tarzan and My Song.  They also used the song Irish Stew to come up with their own choreography that showed AB form and steady pulse.    

This week the 2nd graders enjoyed using the giant parachute. The objectives this week were to develop and improve rhythmic skills, increase upper body and core strength and develop cooperation skills. Students were set a variety of different challenges using the parachute which allowed them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.   

This week in Spanish,secondgradestudentscontinued working with the body vocabulary. Students are learning words like el cuello (neck), el brazo (arm), and los dedos (the fingers). This week students focused on using their vocabulary words to label their own robots. Students started this project last week and needed more time to finish them this week. Students also watched a music video from Rock-a-lingua on body parts. Next week, students will start their final project for the body. Students will need a picture of themselves for this project, a reminder note was sent home 2 weeks ago and has also been posted on Teams.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Body Ski Handout  

Work toTurn-In: Mi Robot/My Robot Handout   

Want Practice at home:The Body Quizlet 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students started working on clay sea creatures sculpture. This will be 3 weeks project. We will continue making the sea creatures next week and will color them when we get back from the spring break. They used their slab building knowledge to create the base for the sculpture and the sea creature of their choice. Mrs. Choi showed them how to build a simple tropical fish. They then applied the skills that they learn to create sea creatures of their choice. 

This week in Computer Science, Third Grade continued to work on 3D modeling with TinkerCad. This week’s project was to create a 3D Mickey Mouse. For this assignment, students learned how to move objects upward away from the work plane and how to rotate objects. If your child enjoys using TinkerCad and wants to create interesting designs in their spare time, I recommend signing up for a free personal account, since their work in my class will be archived and no longer accessible once the school year ends. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students started an author study on Roald Dahl. Third Graders discovered that Roald Dahl was a world war one fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force, he based a lot of his books on events that happened in his childhood, and that he helped to create medical tools for people in need. NOTE: there is a Roald Dahl assignment coming home in your Friday folder. Please hold on to it until we work on it as a class next week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were call and response, composition, ABC form, canons, and rhythm review.  Students reviewed the activity Back At YA where they lead and follow 8 beat patterns created with body percussion.  Students also choreographed the Doublebska Polka and reviewed whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth note patterns through an online video game.  Finally, students learned the vocal canon Do-Re-Mi-Fa.    

This week the 3rd graders enjoyed using the giant parachute. The objectives this week were to develop and improve rhythmic skills, increase upper body and core strength and develop cooperation skills. Students were set a variety of different challenges using the parachute which allowed them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.   

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudents worked on their La Cocina Checkpoint. A checkpoint is the final classwork students complete before moving on to their next unit of words. This checkpoint focused on vocabulary, sentence building, and indefinite articles. After working on their checkpoint, students had extra time to work on their La Cocina Project. Students also completed a reading check with Ms. Suarez if they were in-person. If students were online, they completed their reading check on Flipgrid. Next week, students will start their last unit of words for the house.   

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

Work to Turn-In: 

  1. La Cocina Checkpoint 

  1. La Cocina Project   

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students finished working on their paper sculptures inspired by Charles McGee. After drawing unique patterns on a cardstock, we carefully cut the strips out to build a paper sculpture. Their creations turned out nicely. 

This week in Computer Science, Fourth Grade continued to learn how to use Excel. This week’s assignment was to create a chart or graph out of example data provided in the excel sheet. Students learned how to select data, create graphs, and edit labels. Next week, students will learn how to use Excel functions to easily apply formulas to multiple cells. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students started learning about the Newbery Medal Award. Fourth Graders discovered that the John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association to the author of the outstanding American book for children.  Fourth graders looked through a list of books that were awarded the Newbery Medal and listened to the first chapter of the 2020 Newbery Award winning book “The New Kid” by Jerry Craft. NOTE: there was a Newbery assignment that came home last week.  Please hold on to it until we work on it as a class next week. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were video game music, canons, ostinatos, and call and response.  Students viewed the video fo Super Mario Brothers replaced with the music they created for the game.  Students performed the canon Peter Piper which utilized 16th notes.  Students choreographed a song called Back At Ya! that utilized 8 beat call and response patterns.  Finally, students reviewed whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth note values and rhythm combinations using an online flashcard rhythm game.   

This week the 4th graders enjoyed using the giant parachute. The objectives this week were to improve rhythmic skills, increase upper body and core strength and develop cooperation skills. Students were set a variety of different challenges using the parachute which allowed them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.   

This week in Spanish,fourth grade students continued working with Chapter 1A: Que tegustahacer? (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 students continued working on practice activities in class such activity #6. Students also worked on vocabulary pronunciation in class with Ms. Suarez and vocabulary memory with Quizlet. This week students worked on their first graded classwork activity #7 and #8 which focused on building sentences to describe they like to do and dislike to do.   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Workbook #13 and #14. (Yellow Handout)   

Work to Turn-In: Activity #7 and Activity #8 Handout (If they finished.)     

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth Grade students continue to work on the Industrial Design project. Students started building their models with cardboard pieces and so far, their creations have turned out great and I cannot wait to see their final product.   

This week in Computer Science, Fifth grade completed their second code blocks tutorial, which shows them how to rotate shapes in the work space using codeblocks. With this new knowledge, students made an improved version of last week’s model or chose a new one from the same three choices: a cake, a mouse, or a tree. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders students started learning about the Newbery Medal Award. Fifth Graders discovered that the John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association to the author of the outstanding American book for children.  Fifth graders looked through a list of books that were awarded the Newbery Medal. NOTE: there is a Newbery Award History assignment coming home in your Friday folder. Please hold on to it until we work on it as a class next week. Thank you! 

This week’s objective in Fifth Grade Music was music composition.   Students viewed the video of Super Mario Brothers replaced with the music they created for the game.  Students were also introduced to Soundtrap, an online music composition website where they’ll be working on future projects.    

This week the 5th graders enjoyed using the giant parachute. The objectives this week were to improve rhythmic skills, increase upper body and core strength and develop cooperation skills. Students were set a variety of different challenges using the parachute which allowed them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.   

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 students started completing practice activities in their notebooks.  Students also started a mini grammar lesson on Indefinite Articles, which is going to help them with sentence building. Next week, students will continue working on practice activities in their textbook that include indefinite articles.  

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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