Johnson Jungle

Art, Guidance, Library, Music, P.E., and Spanish

Edition 4.7- April 2018

Kindergarten

Kindergarten- Music

Kindergarten has been working hard getting ready for their end of the year program. The date of their performance is Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 in the gym. Please save the date. Here is a sneak peak of them rehearsing.

Alyssa Vanderpool
Music Teacher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53q36C61f5c&app=desktop

Kindergarten- Library

Students have been learning how to use several of our digital resources for research. They explored the desert using Pebble Go, Brain Pop Jr, and Britannica Encyclopedia.
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First Author/Illustrator Visit

Students met Lucy May and Kevin Necessary on April 19. Students learned how the author and illustrator created My Best Friend Fiona. Hopefully they were able to see Fiona on their zoo field trip the next day.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

Kindergarten- Spanish

In kindergarten, we are learning shape words in Spanish! As shown in the photos, we created shape robots and wrote how many of each shape we used. The robots turned out really well and we got to practice our Spanish!


Julie Dashley

Spanish Teacher

1st Grade

1st grade- Music

First Grade has been learning about quarter notes, double eighth notes, and rests. They are now applying their rhythm skills through Mallet Madness. This is where we get to play the xylophones, metallophones and other percussion instruments.

Alyssa Vanderpool
Music Teacher

1st grade- Library

First grade students have been working on their Biomimicry PBL in the library. They are exploring unique plant features and discussing how humans utilize some similar features. Students are using Pebble Go, Brain Pop, Britannica Encyclopedia, and National Geographic for research.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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2nd grade

2nd grade- Music

Second Grade is in full rehearsal mode for the upcoming production of HATS! The show is Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 in the gym.


Alyssa Vanderpool
Music Teacher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZajKFUxts9g&app=desktop

2nd grade- Library

Second grade students are writing a continuation to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane using themselves as a character. We will be sharing our stories and cartoons (designed in art) with Illustrator Kim Smith who will be visiting on May 8th.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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3rd grade

3rd grade- Music

Third Grade has started playing recorders to practice their music reading skills. We have started recorder karate where the students earn belts for each song that they master. Their goal is to earn 3 belts before the end of the school year. All students have been provided a school recorder that will stay with them until 5th grade. The recorders stay at school but many have asked to practice at home. I encourage you to purchase a recorder for home practice. They are very cheap ($10 or less) and can be found at any music store. If you want to order online be careful and make sure you aren’t purchasing a “toy” recorder. There is a big difference. Here is a link to a reputable recorder if you would like to purchase one to keep at home . https://amzn.to/2F1ewAf


Alyssa Vanderpool
Music Teacher

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3rd grade- Library

Third grade students just finished learning about bias in their media literacy unit. Next they will be creating book trailers and planning our summer reading program.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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3rd and 4th grade- Art and Guidance

Below are the pictures that will be included in the 2018-2019 Character Calendar!

4th grade

4th grade- Music

Fourth Grade has been enjoying their time in Europe. We have been researching and exploring instruments from Switzerland, France, Norway and United Kingdom. They have been keeping notes on their google docs and sharing information such as how the instruments sound and how they are played. In addition, we will be exploring famous composers and movies from these countries. We will also dive into playing some music from these famous movies on the recorders.

Alyssa Vanderpool
Music Teacher

4th grade- Library

Fourth grade students finished their fake news unit and are moving onto choice projects. Students have chosen to learn about 3D printing, circuits, and others S.T.E.A.M related topics.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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5th grade

5th grade- Music

Fifth Grade are wrapping up their promotional videos. This was a collaborative unit with social studies, art, drama, music and technology. One group was spotlighted at the last board meeting. Here is their final product. Way to go 5th grade!!!

Alyssa Vanderpool
Music Teacher
https://youtu.be/qD1N0SE6NgU
https://youtu.be/Bp2IsW_nnLk

5th grade- Library

Fifth grade students are sharing their Genius Hour Projects!


Marie Zimmerman
Library Media Specialist

Family Information

Resiliency Poll

Dear Parents,


On Friday April 20, 2018, students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades took a survey assessing their resiliency. This poll assessed students in the following areas:


*Global Life Satisfaction (overall assessment of feelings and attitudes about one’s life at a particular point in time ranging from positive to negative)

*Positive School Experiences (assessment of a student’s experiences with their learning, as well as their overall interactions with school personnel)

*Peer Bullying Scale (assesses whether or not a student has been victimized and/or a victim)

*Social Ostracism Scale (assesses degree of perceived social isolation)

*Children’s Hope Scale (assesses goal-directed thinking)


I will be pulling students from now until the end of the year to go over their results with them. I will not meet with every child in the third, fourth and fifth grades…however, I will be casting a wide net to be sure that we have a solid plan in place for next year. I will also be contacting parents about these results as needed.


If you have questions about this poll, I encourage you to contact me.


All the best,


Whitney McKay

Library Books

Please remind students to turn in books on time. Of course, books can be renewed. If a book is lost, the student will have to pay the replacement costs. If your child has an overdue item, you will receive an automated message from our library management system, Destiny. All library books are due back to the library during the week of May 8th for inventory purposes. Any lost books will need to be paid before the end of the school year. Students may still read digital books!

eBooks

Did you know that students have several different ways to read digital books on their iPads?

Students can use their Epic! app while at school to access a complete digital library for free.

OverDrive QuickStart is our newest digital platform. Students have access to 200 books that can be read by multiple users at home and school. There are even several read aloud options for our beginning readers. Students can access these books by signing into their FTLearn app and then clicking the OverDrive icon. Or they can sign in using the following information: Website: http://johnsones.lib.overdrive.com Login code: Johnson.


We also have almost 300 eBooks available through the Destiny Discover app. Students just need to sign in through google with their Fort Thomas email and FT password.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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