CHA Specialists’ Newsletter

April 30, 2021

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


Kindergarten 

This week at art, Kindergarten students learned about Kinetic art and worked on the Tugboat on the Ocean project. Kinetic art is a form of art that depends on movement for its effect. First, we create the background with tempera paint stix and strips of paper create 3D waves. Then we learned how to make a tugboat out of a circle paper. The students had a great time working on this project! 

This week in Computer Science, kindergarten students prepared for Teacher Appreciation week, which is next week. We used ABCya Paint to write a thank-you note for a teacher. After printing, students could color the notes for their teacher. They will also have time to color these next week before delivering the note to the teacher. If your child learns remotely, please ensure they have printed their document (it my be saved in downloads as ABCYa.png) or you may send me the file at [email protected] and I will print it for you. 

This week in Library, students listened to the book “Giant Children” by Ted Arnold and laughed at the silly poems. 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 out more books. Thank you! 

Palladino – Wednesdays    

Roseland – Wednesdays    

Bernal – Thursdays    

This week’s objectives in Kindergarten Music were up versus down, steady pulse, and vocal repertoire.  These objectives were explored during these games and activities: Catch Him, Crow! The Ship, Wishy Washy Wee, Beehive, Little Robin, and Bumblebee.   

This week the kindergartners started their basketball unit. Their objectives were hand dribbling with control as well as hand dribbling with speed, and spatial awareness. Students played a variety of different fun games including “red light, green light” and “basketball tag”.   

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 focused on reviewing their shapes and colors. Students were given a Shape Packet with different activities to complete. Some of the activities focused on matching while others focused on the students drawing and coloring specific shapes and colors. Next week students will be having their Shapes and Numbers Checkpoint. A letter was sent home with more information last week.   

Work Being Sent Home: Shapes and Numbers Checkpoint  

*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 learned about Japanese Children’s day celebration, and worked on the paper Koi Fish project. Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) is one of the most popular holidays in Japan. On this national holiday, May 5th, children are respected and honored for their individual strengths, and happiness is wished upon them. It is particularly well known for the unique traditions and decorations that are associated with the celebration of the holiday. On Children’s dayKoinobori, or cloth carp streamers, are flown on poles outside of houses to bring luck and good fortune to the children inside. Koifish, or Carp, are believed to be strong, spirited fish and are revered for their determination in fighting as they swim upstream and through powerful waterfalls. Koinobori symbolize the desire for children to become brave and strong individuals. Students had a great time working on their 3D paper Koi fish project. 

This week in Computer Science, first-grade students prepared for Teacher Appreciation week, which is next week. We used ABCya Paint to write a thank-you note for a teacher. After printing, students could color the notes for their teacher. They will also have time to color these next week before delivering the note to the teacher. If your child learns remotely, please ensure they have printed their document (it my be saved in downloads as ABCYa.png) or you may send me the file at [email protected] and I will print it for you. 

This week in Library, First Grade students listened to the book “Earth Dance” by Joanne Ryder. This is a poetic and environmental book to celebrate the extraordinary place we call our home - Earth. First Graders imagined that they were the Earth and pretended to grow taller than the trees and larger the moon. 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 out more books. Thank you! 

Carver – Wednesdays   

Luckey – Fridays   

This week’s objectives in First Grade Music were ostinato, so/la/mi vocal patterns, and steady pulse.  Students explored these objectives during these games and activities: Willum, Little Red Caboose, Higglety Pigglety Pop, and flashcards.    

This week the 1st graders recapped their underhand throwing technique. They enjoyed playing 4 corner bowling and sink the ship. Both games challenged the students to work on their bowling technique with a focus on accuracy while also thinking about offensive and defensive strategies. All students displayed great sportsmanship during all activities.   

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 each of their vocabulary word along with playing vocabulary games on Quizlet. This week students focused on making a Family Flower with their vocabulary words. Students colored, cut, glued, and labeled their family flower using their vocabulary words.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: White Legal-Size Sheet of Paper  

Work to Turn-In: Family Flower Project  

Want Practice at home:The Family Quizlet 

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Second Grade 

This week at art, Second grade students had a great time painting their Earth Day poster with watercolor. 

This week in Computer Science, second-grade students learned how to record their screen on FlipGrid. Their assignment was to choose an educational computer activity that they have used in a class and share a little bit about it. Students posted their videos to FlipGrid. Next week students will make one final FlipGrid video for Computer Science. 

This week in Library, Second Grade students listened to the book “A Giraffe and a Half” by Shel Silverstein, which is a book about a young boy who has a giraffe and continues to put on chaotic accessories, making the giraffe grow and grow. Second Grade students discussed how the text and the illustrations continued to make the giraffe grow and that it was done in poetic form.    

This week’s objectives in Second Grade Music were suspended pitch, steady pulse, bar lines and time signatures.  Students explored these objectives through these games and activities: Daddy’s Fishing, Ridin’ the Rails, I Hear a Train a Comin’, A Thousand Hungry Boys and Girls.    

This week the 2nd graders recapped their underhand throwing technique. They enjoyed playing 4 corner bowling and sink the ship. Both games challenged the students to work on their bowling technique with a focus on accuracy while also thinking about offensive and defensive strategies. All students displayed great sportsmanship during all activities.   

This week in Spanish, second grade students continued 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 using their vocabulary words to complete sentences. Students were given three paper dolls to dress with different items of clothing. Then based on what students used to dress their paper dolls, students completed the sentence. An example sentence is: El chico lleva el traje de baño y las sandalias. The boy is wearing a bathing suit and sandals.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Ropa y Las Vocales 

Work toTurn-In: La Ropa Cut and Paste (Paper Dolls) 

Want Practice at home: La Ropa Quizlet  

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Third Grade 

This week at art, Third grade students had a great time painting their sea creature sculptures. 

This week in Computer Science, third-grade learned about citing sources as they research information for projects. They then used BrainPop and Encyclopedia Britannica to find information about bridges and to create a document or slide show to show their findings. The end of the document or slideshow should include a bibliography showing where their information came from. Next week, students will learn more about how to find helpful information through a search engine, and they will use Kids Search and Safe Search to find more information about bridges. 

This week in Library, Third Grade students listened to the poem book “Knock on Wood” by Janet S. Wong, which is a book which explores seventeen superstitions, some common, others that are less known, and delves into their origins as well as their lore. Third Graders discussed the poems and if they believed in the superstition. 

This week’s objectives in Third Grade Music were conducting, steady pulse, canon/rounds, time signatures, and bar lines.  Students explored conducting a steady pulse using 2/4 and 3/ 4 conducting patterns.  They learned a vocal canon called Scotland’s Burning and reviewed bar lines and time signatures.   

This week the 3rd graders continued their floor hocket unit. The objectives for this week were stick handling skills, passing, and shooting. Students got the opportunity to demonstrate these skills during practice games and small sided scrimmages.   

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 continued working with “es” and “esta”. Students wrote down notes on basic Spanish adjectives that describe appearance. In class, students completed a practice activity in their Spanish notebook and then shared answers with their peers. Students also began working on their graded classwork assignment: “El vesus Esta Classwork”. Students will be checking it next week.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: La Casa Sentences (Half Sheet of Paper) 

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

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Fourth Grade 

This week at art, Fourth grade students are making wonderful progress with their Animotica (Stop Motion Animation) project! We will be working on this project for at least one more week in both Art and Computer Science classes. 

This week in Computer Science, fourth-grade students continued to work on their stop-motion animation using Animotica. We learned how to add audio to the animations. Students can choose to use a song which is already part of the Animotica software. They can also record talking or sound effects to add to the movie. We also did a check-in to make sure students are on the right track with their filming and story telling techniques. 

This week in Library, Fourth Grade students listened to the first few chapters of the fiction book “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. This book is a verse novel that focuses on the lives of African American twin brothers Josh and Jordan Bell as they journey through junior high school, face family crises, and struggle with sibling rivalry. Fourth Graders discovered that throughout the book there are many forms of poetry which come together to create the story.   

This week’s objectives in Fourth Grade Music were conducting, steady pulse, canon/rounds, time signatures, bar lines, and lines and spaces.  Students reviewed conducting a steady pulse using 2/4 and 3/4 conducting patterns.  They reviewed the vocal round Scotland’s Burning as well as review of matching time signatures to melodies and rhythms.    

This week the 4th graders continued their floor hocket unit. The objectives for this week were stick handling skills, passing, and shooting. Students got the opportunity to demonstrate these skills during practice games and small sided scrimmages.   

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 how to use a Spanish-English glossary. The purpose of this week’s practice work Activity #14 was for students to see firsthand how verbs are listed in the glossary in their infinitive form (-ar, -er, -ir). These practice activities were completed in their Spanish notebook and checked in class together. Students also started working on Activity #15 which is a graded classwork. The goal of this activity was for students to find 6 new verbs and write 6 Spanish sentences using the phrase “Me Gusta”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: Workbook Pages 17 and 18 (Online Students)   

Work to Turn-In: Activity #15 

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Fifth Grade 

This week at art, Fifth Grade students are making wonderful progress with their Animotica (Stop Motion Animation) project! We will be working on this project for at least one more week in both Art and Computer Science classes.   

This week in Computer Science, fifth-grade students continued to work on their stop-motion animation using Animotica. We learned how to add audio to the animations. Students can choose to use a song which is already part of the Animotica software. They can also record talking or sound effects to add to the movie. We also did a check-in to make sure students are on the right track with their filming and story telling techniques. 

This week in Library, Fifth Graders students listened to the poem book “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander. This book is written as a long poem and tells the true stories of prominent African Americans who played a pivotal role in American history and beyond. Fifth Graders discussed the importance of the story and its message.   

This week’s objectives in Fifth Grade Music were poetry and composition.  As part of poetry month and fifth graders ongoing composition study, students found a poem of their choice and composed some music to accompany the poem using Soundtrap.    

This week the 5th graders continued their floor hocket unit. The objectives for this week were stick handling skills, passing, and shooting. Students got the opportunity to demonstrate these skills during practice games and small sided scrimmages.   

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 working on Activity #10 which allowed students to practice building sentences to answer questions that include “Donde” and “Cuantos”. In class, students shared their sentences with peers and built model answers to the questions. Students were able to check their sentences and edit them if they needed too. This week students worked on their graded classwork packet focused on “Donde” and “Cuantos”.  

Worksheet Being Sent Home This Week: “Estar” Conjugation Half Sheet Chart 

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

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