CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 23, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students worked on the Wishing Bird with oil pastels. First, we read a book called, Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni. After we read the book, we talked about what we would wish for if we meet a wishing bird. Then, the students learned how to draw a wishing bird in oil pastels. 

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students completed a digital citizenship activity where they learned about their online community and learned 3 rules to stay safe online: 1. ask a parent first, 2. only talk to people you know (like grandparents!), and 3. stick to websites that are just right for you. We also got to spend time on a site that is “just right for” students, the San Diego Zoo website. Children could learn about animals, watch live animal cameras from the zoo, or even play a game. 

This week in Library, studentscontinued celebrating Poetry month by finishing the poem book Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. Kindergartners discussed the night sky. Kindergarten students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s cart and took books home to read. Please remind your child to return their library books so they can check another book. Thank you!  

Palladino – Wednesdays    

Roseland – Wednesdays    

Bernal – Thursdays    

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were same versus different, vocal repertoire, pulse, sound versus silence, rhythm patterns, and body awareness.  Students explored these objectives through these songs and activities: Fiddle-dee-dee, Cuckoo, Little Robin and Follow Me.    

This week as the weather was so nice the Kindergartners did P.E. outside. They got to explore the peaceful playground and played a variety of different fun games including switch, hopscotch, and 4 square. The objectives for this week were motor skills and movement patterns as well as collaboration and cooperative 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 continued working with shapes in Spanish. Students reviewed the Spanish words for circle, square, triangle, and many more shapes. Students listened to a new song about all the shapes in class. This week students worked on being “Shape Artist”. Students were given shape cutouts and asked to make an art piece only using shapes. Students colored, cut, and assembled their shape artworks. After students finished their artwork, they counted the number of shapes they used and what type. Next week, students will continue working with shapes. Students will be having their Shapes and Numbers Checkpoint on the week of May 3rd to May 7th. A letter was sent home with more information.  

Work Being Sent Home: Shapes Review Packet+ Parent Letter Home  

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

Work to Turn-In: My Shape Artwork   

Want Practice at Home:Numbers1- 10 Quizletand Shapes Quizlet     

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students read a book called “Earth! my first 4.56 million years” by Stacy McAnulty. Then we talked about what we love about our planet earth and what we can do to take good care of it. Then we started working on our Earth Day poster. Using tempera paint stix, students drew earth filled up with trees. Then we added inspiring messages on our poster.   

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students created an Earth-themed PowerPoint presentation in honor of Earth day. Students added pictures, words, and slides to create slide show. We will spend one more week using PowerPoint in Computer Science. 

This week in LibraryFirst Grade students continued celebrating Poetry month by finishing the poem book Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. First Graders discussed what each part of the night sky was portrayed in the poem bookFirst Grade students also browsed books on Ms. Whalen’s library cart and took them home to read.  Please remind your child to return their library books so they can check another book. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays  

Luckey – Fridays

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were quarter-eighth note patterns, sol-mi-la vocal patterns, steady pulse, AB form, and vocal repertoire.  Students explore these objectives through these songs and activities: Sugar Sugar, Willum, Chrome Music Lab, and Drip-Drop. 

This week as the weather was so nice the 1stgraders did P.E. outside. They got to explore the peaceful playground and played a variety of different fun games including switch, hopscotch, and 4 square. The objectives for this week were motor skills and movement patterns as well as collaboration and cooperative skills.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade continued working with “la familia”. Students are learning the Spanish word for aunt, uncle, baby, mother, father, and many more. The goal of this unit is for students to describe their family members. This week students continued practicing the oral pronunciation of their new words and started playing recognitions games like match in class. Students watched a video with the essential question: Who is it? (Quien es?). This week students worked on their “Draw it Out: La Familia” to help remember their new terms.   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Family Flower Project   

Work to Turn-In: Draw it Out: The Family Classwork 

Want Practice at home:The Family Quizlet 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students read a book called “Earth! my first 4.56 million years” by Stacy McAnulty. Then we talked about what we love about our planet earth and what we can do to take good care of it. Then we started working on our Earth Day poster. Mrs. Choi drew a circle in the middle of the watercolor paper, and we filled the circle with everything we love about earth. Around the circle, we put inspiring messages. Students were showing off their amazing drawing skills with this project and Mrs. Choi is very impressed with their wonderful art. We will continue working on this project next week.   

This week in Computer Science, second-grade students made a simple FlipGrid video. After making one video, sharing an interesting fact about themselves, students could opt to make more videos. Many chose to make funny or entertaining videos. We will continue to use FlipGrid for the next few weeks. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students continued celebrating Poetry month by listening to the book Miror Mirror” by Marilyn Singer, which is a book about fairy tales in reverseSecond Grade students enjoyed reading the poems from top to bottom and then from bottom to top and discussed if the poem’s perspective changed when read in reverse 

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were steady pulse, repertoire, suspended pitch, and AB form.  Students explored these objectives through these songs and activities: Vamos a la Mar, Chrome Music Lab and Daddy Fishing.    

This week as the weather was so nice the 2ndgraders did P.E. outside. They got to explore the peaceful playground and played a variety of different fun games including switch, hopscotch, and 4 square. The objectives for this week were motor skills and movement patterns as well as collaboration and cooperative skills.  

This week in Spanish, second grade students started working with their next unit of words: La Ropa (Clothes). The goal of this unit is for students to be able to identify what they are wearing and write sentences to describe what they are wearing or what someone is wearing. This week students focused on writing their new vocabulary words and pronouncing them with Ms. Suarez in class. After writing them down, students were able to color and draw their vocabulary pictures to help them remember each word.   

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Ropa Cut and Paste Packet 

Work toTurn-In: Mi Cuerpo Project + El Cuerpo Checkpoint 

Want Practice at home: La Ropa Quizlet  

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students learned about an American illustrator, Jen Aranyi’s unique style of landscape drawing and worked on our own inspired by the artist. She draws the landscape with thin black markers. She uses lines in different directions to create texture to her drawing. When she is done with the landscape, she uses watercolor for the sky. Students had a great time learning about her style of art and enjoyed working on their landscape. 

This week in Computer Science, third-grade students created an Earth-themed PowerPoint presentation in honor of Earth Week. Students added pictures from and environmental region of their choosing, then researched that region using either BrainPop or Encyclopedia Britannica Kids. To finish, kids added 2-3 facts they learned from these sources into their slides. Next week, we will continue to conduct research using these sites. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students continued celebrating Poetry month by listening to the book “The Dragons Are Singing Tonight “by Jack Prelutsky. This is a poem book about the magical world of Dragons. Third Graders discussed each of the poems 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were canon/rounds, steady pulse, and vocal repertoire.  Students explored these objectives through these songs and activities: Pizza Pizza, Hand Drum Canon, and Chrome Music Lab.   

This week as the weather was so nice the 3rd graders did P.E. outside. They got to explore the peaceful playground and played a variety of different fun games including switch, soccer cricket, and 4 square. The objectives for this week were motor skills and movement patterns as well as collaboration and cooperative skills.  

This week in Spanish,thirdgradestudents continued working on their last unit of vocabulary words with the house. This unit of words includes the remainder of the words regarding a house such as living room, bathroom, garage, and office. This week students learned about the difference between “es” and “esta”. Students wrote down notes in their Spanish notebooks with examples of when to use “es” and when to use “esta”. In preparation for our next sentence building lesson, students also wrote down new basic adjectives. Students learned words like big, small, long, and short. Students also reviewed colors 

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing to turn in 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 had a great time working on their stop motion animation. We focused on creating main characters and backdrops. 

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students continued to work on their stop-motion animation using Animotica. We discussed how to keep a steady camera and smooth frames and reviewed the rubric for this project. Next week, we will learn about adding audio to the animations. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students continued celebrating Poetry month by listening to the book “Shaking Things Up” by Susan Hood. This book is about fourteen revolutionary young women wo sparked change in the world and paved the way for the next generation of female trailblazers and activities. Fourth Graders discussed each of the women in the poem book and how they influenced others.  

This week’s objective in Fourth Grade Music was exploring the actor’s toolbox.  As part of a generous CHAPTER grant, our three-week drama residency was completed this week for our fourth and fifth grade students.  Students continued to explore setting up scenes, improvisation, projection, proprioception, physicality, and voice with Ms. Julia Gorordo from Studio East.    

This week as the weather was so nice the 4th graders did P.E. outside. They got to explore the peaceful playground and played a variety of different fun games including switch, soccer cricket, and 4 square. The objectives for this week were motor skills and movement patterns as well as collaboration and cooperative skills. 

This week in Spanish,fourth grade studentscontinued working withChapter 1A: Quetegustahacer? (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 learned about infinitives. Students wrote down notes about what an infinitive is and how to identify an infinitive in English and Spanish. Students watched a short video about infinitives. The rest of the week students completed two practice activities in relations to infinitives. These practice activities were completed in their Spanish notebook and checked in class together.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Nothing this week.   

Work to Turn-In: Workbook Pg. 13/14 (If you did not turn it in last week.) 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth Grade students had a great time working on their stop motion animation. We focused on creating main characters and backdrops.  

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students continued to work on their stop-motion animation using Animotica. We discussed how to keep a steady camera and smooth frames and reviewed the rubric for this project. Next week, we will learn about adding audio to the animations. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders students continued celebrating Poetry month by listening to haiku poems. 

This week’s objective in Fifth Grade Music was exploring the actor’s toolbox.  As part of a generous CHAPTER grant, our three-week drama residency was completed this week for our fourth and fifth grade students.  Students continued to explore setting up scenes, improvisation, projection, proprioception, physicality, and voice with Ms. Julia Gorordo from Studio East.    

This week as the weather was so nice the 5thgraders did P.E. outside. They got to explore the peaceful playground and played a variety of different fun games including switch, soccer cricket, and 4 square. The objectives for this week were motor skills and movement patterns as well as collaboration and cooperative skills.  

This week in Spanish, fifth-grade studentscontinued working withChapter 2B: Tu Sala deClases(Your Classroom). This chapter focuses on having students describe their classroom using materials and direction words. This week students continued their notes on the word “Donde/Where” and how to answer a question that includes that word. Students also wrote down notes for the word “Cuantos/How Many” and how to answer a question that includes that word. In class, students completed practice activity #7 and #10 which allowed students to practice building sentences to answer questions that include “Donde” and “Cuantos”. Next week, students will be completing a graded classwork packet focused on “Donde” and “Cuantos”.  

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

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

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