Special Delivery January 2016

Oak Ridge Specials Teacher Newsletter Ed. 5

Reminder!

4th and 5th grade performances are Thursday, January 14 (4th grade at 6PM and 5th grade at 7PM). Please refer to previous emails from Mrs. Royal for details.

Kindergarten

First Grade

Media: Over the next several weeks we will read and discuss North Carolina Children’s Picture Book Award Nominee books. The North Carolina Children’s Book Award program is a children’s choice program sponsored by school and public librarians in North Carolina and is designed to introduce children to current children’s literature and to instill a love of reading. There are 10 books on the nominee list this year. After reading all of the books students will have a chance to vote for their favorite book. More information about the program can be found: http://www.bookhive.org/bookhive/nccba/


Music: We are finishing up units on melody. Kindergartners learned about high and low sounds in music and continue to work on finding our singing voices.

First graders completed their unit by composing a song with two pitches. It should come home soon so be on the look-out!


PE: We will be finishing up our unit on basketball skill by working on the jump shot. Then we will start on unit on jump rope skills.


Technology: Kindergarten students are working on creating a digital winter story that will be published and illustrated in Tux Paint. Then, we will get to enjoy it as a PowerPoint slide show with student narration! Coming up, kindergarteners will be researching animals of the same kind and comparing them. Information will be presented when students create a PowerPoint slide.

First graders will be bringing their knowledge of the moon phases to the Tech Lab to publish illustrations using Tux Paint. Coming up, students will be learning how to use the school’s tablets.


Art: After finishing up some pre-holiday work, Kindergarten and First-Grade Art students will be learning to draw and plan a wintry snowman artwork. Then these young artists will learn about proper painting techniques, procedures, vocabulary, kinds of paint, and brush care. Using a variety of brush sizes, they will paint a large snowman picture with liquid Tempera paints. Following completion of their paintings, students will learn about and participate in a class critique.

Second Grade

Media: Over the next several weeks we will read and discuss North Carolina Children’s Picture Book Award Nominee books. The North Carolina Children’s Book Award program is a children’s choice program sponsored by school and public librarians in North Carolina and is designed to introduce children to current children’s literature and to instill a love of reading. There are 10 books on the nominee list this year. After reading all of the books students will have a chance to vote for their favorite book. More information about the program can be found: http://www.bookhive.org/bookhive/nccba/


Music: Students have begun a lesson about melody where they will learn to read, play and create melodies using three or more pitches.


PE: We will be finishing up our unit on basketball skill by working on the jump shot. Then we will start on unit on jump rope skills.


Technology: Second graders will bring their knowledge of biographies into the Tech Lab to create digital timelines. Coming up, they will learn to navigate the school’s website!


Art: After finishing up some pre-holiday work, Second-Grade Art students will be learning to draw and plan a wintry artwork. Then these young artists will learn about proper painting techniques, procedures, vocabulary, kinds of paint, and brush care. Using a variety of brush sizes, they will paint a large wintry picture with liquid tempera paints. Following completion of their paintings, students will learn about and participate in a class critique.

Third Grade

Media: Over the next several weeks we will read and discuss North Carolina Children’s Picture Book Award Nominee books. The North Carolina Children’s Book Award program is a children’s choice program sponsored by school and public librarians in North Carolina and is designed to introduce children to current children’s literature and to instill a love of reading. There are 10 books on the nominee list this year. After reading all of the books students will have a chance to vote for their favorite book. More information about the program can be found: http://www.bookhive.org/bookhive/nccba/


Music: Our unit on melody began with singing and playing a major scale. We will continue our study on melody with a review of reading, playing and creating melodies with three or more pitches and branch out to compose a short song at the end.


PE: We will continue our unit of Volleying Skills and begin our unit on Basketball Skills.


Technology: Third grade students are learning about the PowerPoint program. They will bring their knowledge and research of the solar system into the Tech Lab to create PowerPoint slideshows. Coming up, students will learn to navigate the school’s website!


Art: After finishing up some pre-holiday work, Third-Grade Art students will be learning to draw and plan a wintry-patterned mitten artwork to be done in crayon-resist with watercolors. These young artists will learn about proper painting/watercolor techniques, procedures, vocabulary, paint, and brush care. Using a mitten pattern, designed from each of their own hands, students will learn to use their mitten templates to overlap and underlay images in crayon outline on watercolor paper. Then with a variety of crayon colors, they will add wintry designs and patterns of their choice, from which they will paint in and out of these spaces with watercolors. Better get your frames and refrigerators ready for something spectacular!

Fourth Grade

Media: Students will rehearse for their upcoming musical program with Mrs. Royal. Also, we will focus on the following picture books, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katharine Applegate and The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting.


Music: Our performance of American Voices is Thursday at 6PM. After that we will continue our study of the recorder to explore melody.


PE: We will continue our unit of Volleying Skills and begin our unit on Basketball Skills.


Technology:

4/5 Graders are using their word processing and keyboarding skills to create ASCII art. ASCII art uses characters to create pictures. We have learned an easy trick to create pictures using Word and watermarking. After the 4/5 music performance, we will continue this lesson with pictures of our own choosing to create masterpieces!


Art: After completing combined-specials music rehearsals for their performance and then perform, fourth-grade Art students will each create a large coil pottery piece as the base for their NC-style face jugs. These wet clay pieces will be kept moist in bags and tubs in order to continue with them the next week, at which point students will add the features that make each student's face jug a unique and personal piece. After these pottery pieces are bone-dry, they will be bisque-fired in the kiln, which will get to about 1925 degrees to complete it's cycle! Once their work has been fired and unloaded from the kiln, the bottoms will be dipped in a special green wax. Then students will choose a glaze color that reflects the personality of their work, and will then paint three coats of their color before the pottery pieces are loaded and fired in the kiln again! This time it will get to about 2200 degrees! These students are so excited about this project!!!

Fifth Grade

Media: Students will rehearse for their upcoming musical program with Mrs. Royal. Also, we will focus on the following picture books, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katharine Applegate and The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting.


Music: Our performance of American Voices is Thursday at 7PM. Afterwards 5th graders will complete a quick study of opera leading up to a February field trip to the Carolina Theater (date TBA).


PE: We will continue our unit of Volleying Skills and begin our unit on Basketball Skills.


Technology:

4/5 Graders are using their word processing and keyboarding skills to create ASCII art. ASCII art uses characters to create pictures. We have learned an easy trick to create pictures using Word and watermarking. After the 4/5 music performance, we will continue this lesson with pictures of our own choosing to create masterpieces!


Art: After completing all-specials music rehearsals and performances, Fifth-Grade Art students will get back on track with their scarf weavings which they are weaving on McDonald's straws. (Thank you McDonald's for the 1500 straws!!!) When all students in a given class have woven past the edge of the straws, that class will get to take their weavings home to complete on their own time, even on the couch in their pjs!!!


Though students will receive instructions on how to finish their weavings completely on their own, in February, students will have the opportunity in class to take their scarves off the loom with class and teacher assistance. In addition, students may come by the Art room any morning before the bell rings, and after checking in with their teacher, for help with weaving issues, concerns, or early help in coming off the loom! Students may also come by any day after school if a parent has made arrangements with me and their teacher to pick their child up later in the Art Room. hodnets@gcsnc.com


If a weaving problem is serious, and can't be fixed quickly, that student's scarf may need a short stay in the Hodnett hospital! Over the past 16 years, 99.5% of weaving patients who entered the Hodnett Hospital, survived!!! ...so no worries, please! :)

Research Lab

Mrs. Newman is partnering with your child’s classroom teacher to offer research-based activities in the Research Lab.

Other Important News for All Grade Levels

GCS Reads 20

January reading logs are due February 5th. Check here if you misplace your reading logs: http://oakridge.gcsnc.com/pages/Oak_Ridge_Elementary/Media_Center. Click on the due date and print a reading log.


eBooks

Every student can use FollettShelf eBooks. Use the following information when checking out eBooks.
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To explore the ORE Follett Shelf eBooks visit: http://wbb20183.follettshelf.com or through the Oak Ridge Elementary Website under Quick Links. This eBooks are available all the time to students even if they have books checked out of the library!