JKES Special's Newsletter

February 2020

2019-2020 School Year!

Specials for PreK

Art:


  • The students are creating seasoned themed artwork
  • Classes will also be creating artwork with using positional words (up, down, beside, under..)

VA SOLS that will be covered: K1, K3,K5, K7


Drama: Students are participating in drama games that give them the chance to collaborate with their classmates.


PE: Students will be learning the procedures in the gym like how to warm-up and stretch as well as learn new tag games


Music: Students are learning to dance to music, through space, with respect for other's space. We are also continuing to learn to use our singing voices, loud vs. quiet sounds, playing and sharing instruments and high and low sounds.

Specials for Kindergarten

Art:


  • · The students are creating artwork inspired by famous artists that will show the Art Elements of line, color, and shape. They are also creating season themed artwork.
  • · They will be using the art mediums of paint, and cutting paper to create collages.

VA SOLS that will be covered: K1, K3, K7,K8, K9, K 11, K12, K15, K16, K17 and K18


Drama: Students are being introduced to the characters and plot of this year's musical "The Wizard of Oz'". They will be seeing the play in March.


PE: Students are working on the procedures in the gym, when it is acceptable to run safely and how to have good behavior and listening skill


Music: Students are continuing to learn to use their singing voices, alone and with others and are moving towards matching pitch through high vs. low singing activities. Students are also learning circle dances as well as general independent dance, with special regards to moving through space with respect for other's space.


Library: Book checkout, independent reading time, and story time continue to be the focus of scheduled library class.


STEAM: Students will be working on the Scientific and Engineering Practices of asking questions and defining problems


· ask questions based on observations

· identify a problem based on need

· make predictions based on observations

Specials for 1st Grade

Art:

  • The students are creating art with the Art Element.
  • They will be studying the artist Henri Rousseau
  • Classes will also be creating art with the subject of animals and their habitat
  • We will also start our clay projects

VA SOLS that will be covered: 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, and 1.11


Drama: Students will be exploring puppets, both physical and shadow.

Library:


PE :Students are working on scooters with partner and individual relays as well as learning various physical activities they can pick at the end of each lesson


STEAM: Students will be working on the Scientific and Engineering Practices of asking questions and defining problems:

· ask questions and make predictions based on observations

· identify a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new tool or improved object


Music: We are working towards:


  • Reading sol and mi melodies on a three-line staff (they are currently labeled as "high" and "low").
  • Reading quarter note and paired eighth note rhythms, labeled as "ta" and "ta-di"
  • Participating in a circle and partner dance
  • Singing alone and with others


Library: Book checkout, independent reading time, and story time continue to be the focus of scheduled library class. .

Specials for 2nd Grade

Art:


  • Students will be studying the Art Element of texture, line and color.
  • The students will also be studying artist E. A. Seguy.
  • They will be comparing 2D art vs. 3D art
  • We will also start our clay projects

VA SOLS that will be covered are 2.1.2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, 2.14, and 2.15


Drama: Students are exploring backstage terminology and learning about the what has to happen behind the scenes in order to put on a show.

PE:Students are working on classroom procedures as well as fitnessgram exercises to practice for their first testing cycle


STEAM: Students will be working on the Scientific and Engineering Practices of asking questions and defining problems:

· ask questions that can be investigated

· make predictions based on observations and prior experiences

· identify a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new tool or improved object


Music: We are working towards:


  • Using our "detective skills" to figure out the rhythm and melody of songs we have been learning, through listening and movement activities
  • Composing our own rhythms
  • Reading sol, mi, la melodies

We have also been learning about various composers, from various genres and times throughout history.


Library: Book checkout, independent reading time, and story time continue to be the focus of scheduled library class.

Specials for 3rd Grade

Art:


  • The students are studying the art of Origami
  • They will also be studying the artist Pablo Picasso
  • Students will be creating art that shows the Art Element of Texture
  • We will also start our clay projects


PE: Students will be learning to participate in cooperative games like using scooters, outdoor games, and increase fitness levels to prepare for fitness testing during the end of September


Drama: We have been rehearsing a Theatre for Young Audiences Play based on the story, "Stone Soup". Each third grade class will be performing the play for a kindergarten or 1st grade class.


STEAM: Students will be working on the Scientific and Engineering Practices of asking questions and defining problems:

· ask questions that can be investigated and predict reasonable outcomes

· ask questions about what would happen if a variable is changed

· define a simple design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system


Music: We are currently:


  • Reading, composing and playing sixteenth, paired-eighth, and quarter note rhythms

We are working towards:


  • Reading melodies on a five-line staff, using solfege
  • Playing the ukulele to accompany ourselves and others

We have also been learning about various composers, from various genres and times throughout history.


Library: Book checkout, independent reading time, and story time continue to be the focus of scheduled library class.

Specials for 4th grade

Art:



  • The students are studying the different types of art mediums like painting, oil pastels and artist chalk
  • Students will be studying the Art Element of texture, line and color.
  • They will also be starting their clay projects

VA SOLS: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.13, 4.15, 21 and 4.23


Drama: We are connecting what students have been learning in their Virginia Studies classes about the American Revolution. Each class will be going through a mock debate between patriots and loyalists. Students are also being introduced to the popular musical Hamilton which tells the story of the revolution through a modern lens.


PE: Students will be learning to participate in cooperative games like using scooters, outdoor games, and increase fitness levels to prepare for fitness testing during the end of September


STEAM: Students will be working on the Scientific and Engineering Practices of asking questions and defining problems:

· identify scientific and non-scientific questions

· develop hypotheses as cause-and-effect relations

· define a simple design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system


Library: Book checkout, independent reading time, and story time continue to be the focus of scheduled library class. .

Some exciting activities on the horizon to look for:

Drama:

Musical permission forms will be sent home in the beginning of September.

March 12th: In- School Performance of The Wizard of Oz

March 13th: Performance of The Wizard of Oz at 7pm


STEAM:

April 23rd: Art, Math and Science Animal Night Celebration with the Shenandoah Discovery Museum-Showcasing our amazing artwork, STEAM Challenge participants, and LEGO League Jr. participants.

March TBA: STEAM Wind Challenge Competition at Shenandoah University: A selected group of 4th grade students will be working with Dr. Daniels during school hours throughout April to prepare for this competition..

April TBA: First LEGO League Jr EXPO


Library:

April: Scholastic Bookfair



PE: Be on the lookout for Ski Club Information at Whitetail Skit Resort

Thank you to AIAA Foundation/Boeing FIRST LEGO League Grant!

A Huge THANK YOU to AIAA Foundation/Boeing FIRST LEGO League Grant who gave us a Lego League Jr Grant of $250 to start up this year's Lego League Jr. Keep looking for posts coming in June!