Specialty News from CBA OAKS

Specialty News Update APRIL 2016

From Mrs. Maggie Constantino's Tech Lab

Technology News

In computer class our students have been working in ...


  • JK to practice number and letter skills in several websites including PBS Kids and ABCYa.
  • Kindergarten to create their own slide shows.
  • First Grade to create slide shows about dinosaurs in PowerPoint.
  • Second Grade to create a Touchcast video in preparation for one about their National Park project.
  • Third Grade to research a little about states then create a Keynote presentation.
  • Fourth Grade to animate stories in Toontastic.
  • Fifth Grade to animate internet safety videos in Toontastic and play Mystery Skype. (In Mystery Skype students had 20 questions to interview my brother using Skype to find out where he lives. Could they do it? You bet!!!

From the Gym of Mrs. Ashley Lambert

Health/Physical Education News

Health:

JrK: This past month the students learned about feelings. We focused on positive feelings and ways to make others feel good.

K: This past month the students started a unit on Home and Travel Safety. The students learned about emergencies and ways to respond appropriately when an emergency occurs. They also learned about poisons and the importance of not touching, tasting or smelling various house hold items that may harm the body.

1st: This past month the students finished a unit on Food. Throughout the unit the students learned about how food choices have an effect on ones health. They also learned about MyPlate and the importance of following its guidelines.

2nd: This past month the students finished a unit on Food for Fitness. The students learned various ways to handle food safely to avoid taking germs into their bodies and to prevent foodborne illnesses.

3rd: This past month the students finished a unit on Keeping Safe. The students learned about the importance of obeying safety rules to protect themselves and others. They also learned about ways to stay safe around strangers, bullies, and potentially violent situations.

4th: This past month the students finished a unit on Home and Travel Safety. Through the unit the students learned about safety measures to prevent injuries outdoors, in motor vehicles, and in weather emergencies. They also learned about various ways to resolve conflict and avoid violence.

5th: This past month the students finished a unit on Preventing Violence. Throughout the unit the students learned how to recognize and respond to threatening situations. They also learned about ways to avoid violence. At the conclusion of the unit the students worked in small groups to create an iMovie and poster expressing their knowledge.

Physical Education:

JrK – 5th: This past month the students used muscular strength, balance and coordination to traverse in various ways on our school rock wall.

Noticias de la Señorita Idalys Lopez

So far in Spanish class...


* Junior Kindergarten has been learning about means of transportation in Spanish.

* Kindergarten has been learning about parts of the body and learned the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" in Spanish.

* First grade has been learning about different careers in Spanish. Mrs. Palmieri's class had Mr. Oscar Gomez as a special guest.

* Second grade has been learning about feelings and emotions in Spanish.

* Third grade learned all about food, made their own menu, learned how to order food in Spanish at a restaurant, and had Mr. Oscar Gomez as a special guest. Now they are studying basic questions in Spanish.

* Fourth grade learned how to say and write some sports in Spanish. Now they are studying different verbs in Spanish.

* Fifth grade learned how to say and write numbers up to 100 in Spanish and now they are studying about the environment and Earth day in Spanish.

From the Easel of Mrs. Susan Wright

ART NEWS: Creatively Speaking!


We are being visited by Art Goes To School this month. This organization brings prints of artwork and some replicas of 3D art work to our art room. The students learn art history and art appreciation. It is like having a museum come to Chesterbrook Academy! They will be visiting us on April 13th and 14th so every class will get to participate.


This month in the art room most of the classes were working on


  • Junior Kindergarten students will continue to learn art techniques and practice cutting and drawing to improve our small motor skills so necessary in the art room. We will also begin learning about printmaking and all the different things you can use to print with including our fingers.


  • Kindergarten students will create abstract artwork out of paper scraps after they learn about the artist Matisse. They will be painting some spring themed plant paintings and doing a line drawing much like the drawing that Harold did in Harold and the purple crayon.


  • First grade students will be learning about the artist Henri Matisse who did paper cut outs in the later part of his life when he was too ill to paint. With the use of assistants, he created art work out of cut paper. They will learn the difference between organic shapes and geometric shapes. Matisse worked in organic abstract shapes cut out of bring colored papers.


  • Second Graders students will be finishing their tree wearing projects and they will be moving onto a n interdisciplinary project where they will use their national park to create a multimedia landscape of their park.


  • Third grade students will be finishing their stitching project which will have at least 4 of the different embroidery stitches to create their burlap tapestry. After their stitching project they will move onto a drawing project and learn about the artist Rousseau who did jungle paintings without ever having left Paris. A little research and some imagination will result in original jungle drawings.


  • Fourth Grade will be moving into Op Art which is optical illusion art after we finish our weaving project. The unit on Op Art combines the science of vision and perception with math skills such as measuring and using tools such as ruler triangle and compass to create art work that feels like it moves. The artist that fourth grade will concentrate on is Bridget Riley who worked and lived in Philadelphia PA.


  • Fifth grade will be moving into Op Art which is optical illusion art after we finish our weaving project. The unit on Op Art combines the science of vision and perception with math skills such as measuring and using tools such as ruler triangle and compass to create art work that feels like it moves. The artist that fifth grade will be concentrating on is Victor Vasarely. He was the master of Op Art and worked by hand to create images which would be done on the computer now in 2016.

News from the Orchestra Pit of Mr. Chris Hoffman

This month in music class our students had a lot of fun finding ways to be creative.


In Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten we learned several new songs from different genres. We learned some jazz songs, including Dancing on the Rooftop and Jada; as well as songs about food.


The upper grades were working on composing new music for themselves to perform. First and second grade have both been writing rhythm pieces. Third and fourth grade have been using different composition techniques to write for the marimba. Fifth grade has been learning to write for voice as they continue write their opera based on the 3 Little Pigs.