JKES Special's Newsletter

September 2019

2019-2020 School Year!

Specials for PreK

Art:


  • The students are creating color and shaped themed artwork. They will be using the art mediums of paint, and cut paper.
  • 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 being introduced to emotions and how we use our face and body to express how we are feeling. We will explore how to look for clues in someone else's face and body to see if we can notice how they are feeling.


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 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 emotions and how we use our face and body to express how we are feeling. We will explore how to look for clues in someone else's face and body to see if we can notice how they are feeling.


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

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 introduced to different aspects of stage production: stage, curtains, lights, special effects etc..

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 landscape painting and mixed media artwork
  • The students will also be studying artist Grant Wood.
  • They will be comparing 2D art vs. 3D art

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 will be introduced to improv. We will be playing improv games and working on our cooperation and storytelling skills.


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


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 will start off the year with Theatre Criticism. Students will be invited to give their opinion on a theatre piece. We will learn how to formulate a well-thought out opinion and how to back up your observations.We will critique acting, costumes, lighting, dancing, and set design. We will end the unit with each student writing a theatre review.


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
  • They will be creating self portraits
  • They will be studding the artist Frida Kahlo

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 will start the year with 4th graders working on comedy scenes. We will explore how to create a character, deliver lines, memorize lines, and have fun while performing these silly scenes!


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


Art: Square 1# Art Fundraiser will start soon!


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!