CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 16, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students continued working on their ocean scene painting by adding model magic turtles and sea creatures. We used primary colors model magic to make secondary and tertiary colors to make our unique turtles. The students had a great time working on this project and were very proud of their creations.   

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students learned about the history of emojis. Students learned about the internet, instant messenger tools, and how people started using combinations of symbols and characters on their computers to make “emoticons,” which represented how people were feeling. We even got to listen to an old dial-up sound! Students then had a chance to create their own emoticons. It was a great way to practice using the shift and enter keys. 

This week in Library, Kindergarten students celebrated Poetry month by listening to the book “Comets, Stars, The Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. This is a collection of poems that talk about different parts of our universe such as planets, comets, constellations, and the black hole. Kindergarten students discussed the tone of some of the poems and how the author used the poems to describe different parts of space.  

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 for Kindergarten Music were steady pulse, sol-mi preparation, same versus different, and long versus short.  Kindergarteners reviewed My Poor Hand is Shaking making up new versus and choreography.  Students practiced long and short sounds to pre-rhythm flash cards.  Students also practiced simple sol-mi songs, It’s Spring, and Here is the Beehive.   

This week the Kindergartners worked on some chasing and fleeing games to improve spatial awareness and improve different locomotor skills. The students really enjoyed playing  “fire and ice” which is a tag game that asks student to flee and look for open spaces while using different movement patterns. Their focus was on maintaining control and balanced while finding open space and avoiding the ice taggers.   

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 learned the Spanish word for circle, square, triangle, and many more shapes. Students listened to a new song about squares, triangles, and circles in class. This week student worked on being Shape Detectives. Students were given a “Mi Libro de Formas” and inside this workbook there were different shape activities. Students had to color and count the number of shapes in each page. Next week, students will continue working with shapes.  

Work Being Sent Home: My Shape Artwork Packet (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.   

Want Practice at Home:Numbers1- 10 Quizletand Shapes Quizlet     

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First Grade 

This week at art, First grade students continued working on their ocean scene painting by adding model magic turtles and sea creatures. We used primary colors model magic to make secondary and tertiary colors to make our unique turtles. The students had a great time working on this project and were very proud of their creations. 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students learned about the history of emojis. Students learned about the internet, instant messenger tools, and how people started using combinations of symbols and characters on their computers to make “emoticons,” which represented how people were feeling. We even got to listen to an old dial-up sound! Students then had a chance to create their own emoticons. It was a great way to practice using the shift and enter keys. 

This week in Library, First Grade students celebrated Poetry month by listening to an introduction about different types of poems such as acrostic, color, and haiku poems and discussed each one. First Grade students also listened to the book “Comets, Stars, The Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. This is a collection of poems that talk about different parts of our universe such as planets, comets, constellations, and the black hole. First Grade students discussed the tone of some of the poems and how the author used the poems to describe different parts of space.  

First 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 for First Grade Music were steady pulse, ostinato, vocal repertoire, sound waves and ABA form.  Students reviewed the song Mister Sun breaking up versus to different groups of students.  First graders explored ABA form Country Dance from Handel’s Water Music adding skips or gallops to each section.  Students explored pulse to Sugar Sugar, All Around the Village, and Willum.    

This week the 1st graders worked on some chasing and fleeing games to improve spatial awareness and improve different locomotor skills. The students really enjoyed playing “fire and ice” which is a tag game that asks student to flee and look for open spaces while using different movement patterns. Their focus was on maintaining control and balanced while finding open space and avoiding the ice taggers.   

This week in Spanish,firstgrade studentsstarted their next unit of Spanish vocabulary. Students started learned the words for La Familia” =The Family. 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. Students worked with Ms. Suarez to pronounce the words and clap them out. Students also watched a introductory video on family members that contained our unit vocabulary.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Draw it Out: The Family  

Work to Turn-In: Los Animales de la Granja Checkpoint (If you forgot to turn it in before Spring Break). 

Want Practice at home:The Family Quizlet 

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website 


Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students continued working on their sunset scene painting by adding model magic sail boat, dolphin and many more. We used primary colors model magic to make secondary and tertiary colors. The students had a great time working on this project and were very proud of their creations. 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students learned about the history of emojis. Students learned about the internet, instant messenger tools, and how people started using combinations of symbols and characters on their computers to make “emoticons,” which represented how people were feeling. We even got to listen to an old dial-up sound! Students then had a chance to create their own emoticons. It was a great way to practice using the shift and enter keys. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students celebrated Poetry month by thinking about what a poem means to them and discussing it with Ms. Whalen. Then they listened to an introduction about different types of poems such as acrostic, color, and haiku poems and discussed each one. Second Graders listened to the story “Spectacular Science” by Lee Bennett Hopkins, which is a book of science poems. Second Graders discovered that through sensitivity and wonder, poets explore biology, chemistry, physics, and more because they ask questions and search for answers. NOTE: Please return the Scavenger Hunt assignment in your Friday folder, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives for Second Grade Music were ABA from, accents, suspended pitch, sound waves and Mi-Re-Do.  Second graders learned the folk song Who’s That? to explore form and suspended pitch dividing the song into two sections and two vocal parts.  They played a mi-re-do singing game called Hey Mr. Rabbit that encourages individuals to sing mi-re-do patterns.  Finally, we listened to examples of music with accents on two, three, and four beats.    

This week the 2nd graders worked on some chasing and fleeing games to improve spatial awareness and improve different locomotor skills. The students really enjoyed playing “fire and ice” which is a tag game that asks student to flee and look for open spaces while using different movement patterns. Their focus was on maintaining control and balanced while finding open space and avoiding the ice taggers. 

This week in Spanish, second grade students completed their “El Cuerpo Checkpoint”. This checkpoint included the vocabulary words for “La Cara” and “El Cuerpo”. The checkpoint included a series of questions like fill in the blank, translations, and sentence writing. After their checkpoint, students had catch up time for work. Students were mostly finishing their “Mi Cuerpo Project” that students started before Spring Break.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Ropa Vocabulary Sheet    

Work toTurn-In: Mi Cuerpo Project + El Cuerpo Checkpoint (Only if you are done with it.) 

Want Practice at home:The Body Quizlet 

CHA Spanish | Computer Lab Website 

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students had a great time learning about Optical Illusion art (Op art). Op art is an abstract art movement that emerged in the 1960s. It is a distinct style of art that creates the illusion of movement. After learning about how this art movement started and a few Op art artists’ examples, we created Op art spinner. The students had a lot of fun working on this project!   

This week in Computer Science, third-grade students learned about a brief history of computers on BrainPop. Students answered quiz and challenge questions to test their knowledge after watching the video. Next they learned about a type of code called a cipher in which each letter of the alphabet is replaced with a different letter. Students were challenged to crack a very challenging example cipher. If there is enough student interest, we may do a lesson completely on ciphers in the future and have students create and encode their own secret messages. 

This week in Library, Third Grade s students celebrated Poetry month by thinking about what a poem means to them and discussing it with Ms. Whalen. Then they listened to a Ted Ed Talk about “What Makes a Poem…A Poem” and students answered questions such as, “Is a Song a Poem?” Third Graders listened to the story “Revolting Rhymes” by Roald Dahl, which ended our author study on Roald Dahl. NOTE: Please return the Roald Dahl assignment in your Friday folder, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you! 

This week’s objectives for Third Grade Music were ostinato, rounds, rondo form, and information on sound waves (human vocal chords and whale songs).   Splitting the class in two, students practiced maintaining an ostinato pattern while the group across from them played a song made of different patterns.  Students also had a chance to explore rondo form coming up with their own food rhythm to a song called I’m Hungry.  Students reviewed the round Do-re-mi-fa.  And finally as part of STEM day, students learned how our vocal chords worked and how they differ from the way whales make songs.  Students learned about the 52hz whale who sings too high for any other whales to hear.    

This week the 3rd graders worked on different co-operative challenges to encourage teamwork, synergy and communication. All students really enjoyed the “Hula Hut Relay” in which they were asked to build a hula hut house using hula hoops and then complete different challenges. We spoke about the importance of working together and what it means to be a good teammate.   

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 were given vocabulary practice time in class to work on building recognition of their vocabulary words. Students also completed a labeling activity in class with their vocabulary words. Then students checked their work with Ms. Suarez and then glued their work inside their Spanish Notebook. Next week, students will learn about “es” and “esta”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Es/Esta Classwork  

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

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students were introduced to a new Art and Technology collaborative project, Stop Motion Animation. The students watched a video called, The Robot and The Butterfly, a stop motion animation done by an elementary school students. Then we talked about our theme of the year, transformation and started working on the story line.  They had a great time using their imagination to create a unique and fun story for their stop motion animation project. We will be working on this project in both art and technology for the next few weeks.   

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students downloaded an app called Animotica to their school surfaces. We will use this app over the next several weeks to create a stop-motion animation. This is done in conjunction with art class. This week, after installing, students were given a series of photos to take and adjusments to make so that they could observe how slight adjustments change the quality and feel of the animation. Next week we will begin working on their long-term project. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students celebrated Poetry month by thinking about what a poem means to them and discussing it with Ms. Whalen. Then they listened to a Ted Ed Talk about “What Makes a Poem…A Poem” and students answered questions such as, “Is Social Media a Poem?” Fourth Graders also listened to different examples of poems; a spring haiku, a lyric poem, a ballad called Mulan, and a free verse poem. NOTE: Please return the Newbery History Award assignment in your Friday folder, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you! 

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

This week the 4th graders worked on different co-operative challenges to encourage teamwork, synergy and communication. All students really enjoyed the “Hula Hut Relay” in which they were asked to build a hula hut house using hula hoops and then complete different challenges. We spoke about the importance of working together and what it means to be a good teammate.   

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 continued working on workbook pages 13 and 14. These workbook pages focus on vocabulary and using the correct phrase to complete a sentence. Students also checked their work in class with Ms. Suarez. This Friday was STEM Day, Spanish was cancelled for Ms. Springer’s class. Ms. Balachandran’s class had a mini science lesson in Spanish that focused on using cognates to understand new words.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Actividad #15 (Online Students Only)  

Work to Turn-In: Workbook Pg. 13/14 (If we have already checked it together in class) 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth Grade students were introduced to a new Art and Technology collaborative project, Stop Motion Animation. The students watched a video called, The Robot and The Butterfly, a stop motion animation done by an elementary school students. Then we talked about our theme of the year, Adventure and started working on the story line.  They had a great time using their imagination to create a unique and fun story for their stop motion animation project. We will be working on this project in both art and technology for the next few weeks. 

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students downloaded an app called Animotica to their school surfaces. We will use this app over the next several weeks to create a stop-motion animation. This is done in conjunction with art class. This week, after installing, students were given a series of photos to take and adjusments to make so that they could observe how slight adjustments change the quality and feel of the animation. Next week we will begin working on their long-term project. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders students celebrated Poetry month by discussing questions such as, “Can a song be a poem? Students answered the question of what experiences they have had with poems and what is their favorite type of poem to read or hear. NOTE: Please return the Newbery History Award assignment in your Friday folder, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you! 

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

This week the 5th graders worked on different co-operative challenges to encourage teamwork, synergy and communication. All students really enjoyed the “Hula Hut Relay” in which they were asked to build a hula hut house using hula hoops and then complete different challenges. We spoke about the importance of working together and what it means to be a good teammate.   

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 completed practice activity #6 in their Spanish notebooks and then checked their work. Students also learned about the word “hay” this week and jotted down notes in their Spanish notebook. Students also began a unit of notes on the word “Donde/Where” and how to answer a question that includes that word. This Friday was STEM Day, fifth grade had a mini science lesson in Spanish that focused on using cognates to understand new words. 

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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