Johnson Jungle

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

Edition 4.4 - January 2018

Kindergarten Music

Kindergarten has been working on their melody unit and exploring high and low sounds. We have created melody roller coasters, danced to Camille Saint-Saens, The Aquarium, and have taken a listening quiz. Over the next few weeks Kindergarten will be introduced to Garageband on their iPad and learn how to create their own high and low tracks.


Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

Kindergarten Library

Students in Kindergarten have been learning about various story elements like problem and solution. Students are also working in different centers to practice literacy and technology skills.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

Save the Date! Our Next Family Night is March 22!

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1st Grade Art

1st graders are finishing up their independently planned designs for a special art collection we will share with families at our next Family Night. Each student carefully planned an artwork, focused on subject matter that has special meaning to them. With this broad, open-ended topic, every student has an opportunity to share their unique perspective of what's important to them at this moment in their lives. Soon you'll see a sneak preview on Artsonia, our online art gallery, but in March you'll get to see them proudly showcased!


On S.T.E.A.M. Family Night, occurring at Johnson on March 22, every student from grades PK through 5 will have an artwork framed and on display. More information will be sent home soon.


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Teacher

1st Grade Library

1st grade students have been learning about iMovie!

They are working to create book trailers.


On January 25th, our first grade students were able to meet Kentucky author, Heather Henson. She wrote Lift you Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer. Ms. Henson was able to teach students about both the writing process and Mammoth Cave.



Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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1st Grade Music

1st Grade has been learning about onomatopoeia (sound words). We have explored these sounds with our voices and instruments while reading The Listening Walk by Paul Showers. We also created onomatopoeia rhythms using the poem Onomatopoeia Rita by Mary A. Mills. Currently we are in the process of creating and sharing our very own onomatopoeia stories.


Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

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2nd Grade Physical Education

Recently, the 2nd grade finished our "TableBall" unit which is a combination activity of ping pong and 4-square.

We are currently in the middle of our Hockey unit. Hockey is very active and provides challenges for students at any level. Hockey involves a variety of skills that may be practiced individually, in pairs or in groups. Students will dribble, shoot, practice passing with a partner, and play mini-games, utilizing the skills built in this unit.


Nick Behymer

Physical Education Teacher

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2nd Grade Library

Exciting News: 2nd grade students may now check out TWO books at a time!

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.


2nd grade students are almost finished designing and testing their bridges! We are amazed at how much the bridges are able to carry!


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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2nd Grade Music

2nd Grade has been feeling the beat with the hip hop sounds of the 80’s. We explored hip hop music through Keith Herring’s artwork and created our own dance compositions and community.


Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

The 40 Book Challenge

This year we are using Biblionasium to track books for our 40 Book Challenge. Any students that meets his or her goal will receive a prize! The class that logs that most books will receive an ice cream party from me! The below video shows how to log books for the challenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Hx4-gEKpM&feature=youtu.be

iPads

Update iPads to the latest IOS to ensure that programs keep working correctly!

3rd Grade Art

Third Graders are finishing up their "forever pieces" they are creating for our S.T.E.A.M. Family Night on March 22. These artworks will be on display for everyone to enjoy! Students encourage one another and give practical advice, working together in a healthy, creative community!
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3rd Grade Library

3rd grade students are planning and recording videos to teach others about digital citizenship. Students are experimenting with the green screen and other apps to create engaging videos.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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3rd Grade Music

3rd Grade has been working hard on learning the pitch names of the treble clef staff. We read a book titled A Thump in the Night by Sharon Burch. This book is all about Freddie the Frog and his adventures on Treble Clef island. In addition, we have made flash cards. Next week we will be doing center work to apply our knowledge of the treble clef staff and eventually begin playing the recorder once our reading skills are solid.


Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

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3rd Grade Spanish

In third grade, we are learning about describing our hair and eyes. In this video, students from Mrs. Shadwell's class describe their hair and eye color.


Julie Dashley

Spanish Teacher

https://youtu.be/gdW0aFWVCj8

One Book, One School

We are reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane for our One Book, One School program that begins on February 5th. 19 classes from various states and countries will be reading along and discussing the novel with us!

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4th Grade Library

4th grade students are creating projects to teach other students how to be good digital citizens.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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4th Grade Art

We are putting the finishing touches on 4th grade Famous Kentuckian portraits for Wax Museum! This is one of many examples of how our 4th graders are becoming experts, ready to share all they know about famous individuals from Kentucky.


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Teacher

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4th Grade Music

4th Grade has been exploring music around the world. We have been to New Zealand where we learned the Maori Stick Game and Dance. We are currently in Australia and the students are doing their own research about the country and its culture. We were able to connect globally and actually send questions to an Australian citizen. They replied to the students’ questions with video. Our goal is to learn a song/dance from each country. Once we have mastered our Australian song/dance we will send to our Australian friends.


Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

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This Month: Guidance

Guidance: This month (January) is ALL ABOUT CAREERS! In Grades 1 through 5 we are exploring and learning about different career pathways. In 1st grade we played Career Bingo to learn about different jobs in the community. In 2nd and 3rd I created stations and the students rotated through them to learn about how to be a professional musician, an entomologist, a lawyer and a therapist. Our 4th and 5th graders completed career interest inventories, then went to the website careercruising.com to further explore their interests.


Character: Our character trait for the month of January is COOPERATION. At Johnson we define Cooperation in the following way: “Cooperation is the process of working together toward the same end. People who cooperate interact among themselves to get a job done peacefully. When kids cooperate, everyone benefits. Children who cooperate are helpful and willing to listen to others’ ideas.”


Watch DOG Program: It’s not too late to sign up to be a Watch DOG this year! Email Whitney McKay at whitney.mckay@fortthomas.kyschools.us and she will put you on the calendar for the SPRING!


Whitney McKay

Guidance Counselor

5th Grade Library

5th grade students are participating in Genius Hour. Each student has selected a topic that he or she wants to learn more about. Topics range from drama, to cooking, and robotics! After completing research, students will create a project to share what they have learned! Some students hope to present at STEAM night!


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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5th Grade Music

5th Grade has begun their drama unit. The students will be exploring several elements of drama and then applying those skills to create their own scripts for a future performance. On Feb. 12 we will welcome our Artist in Residence, Miss Kelly, to round out our drama project. In addition to drama, student have researched and chosen a ukulele song they want to master by the end of the year.


Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

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Digital Citizenship- Cyberbullying

One of the things that students learn in library is how to be a good digital citizen. This is so important now that we are 1:1 with iPads. Below are some tips from Common Sense Media about how parents can help student handle cyberbullying.

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