December Special Areas

Take a look at what our students have been up to!

Highlights!

Jr. K and K students sang their hearts out during their holiday shows on December 11th.

First through fifth grade students are practicing for their winter show on December 18th.

Kindergarten through fifth grade students participated in an Hour of Code during the first two weeks of December.

Technology Class

Hour of Code

Students from grades K through 5 learned about and practiced coding. our K-1st graders used activities on the Code.org site to learn the basics of coding. Our older students used the Scratch animation software. These are both free websites that students can continue to access at home. Take a look at some of the highlights below!

Spanish

Junior Kindergarten has been learning about days, months, seasons, and weather.

Kindergarten has been learning about vocabulary words for family and also the Spanish ABCs.

1st Grade has been learning about family vocabulary and separating the vocabulary into boys and girls.

2nd Grade has learned about where the different Spanish countries are and some facts about them. They also learned about the verb "gustar" and created sentences about things they like.

3rd Grade has learned about where the different Spanish countries are and their capitals. They also were able to view different monuments and landmarks located throughout Spain.

4th Grade has learned about where the different Spanish countries are and their capitals. They have also learned about the Spanish ABCs and named a word for each letter.

5th Grade has learned about where the different Spanish countries are and their capitals. They have been researching different facts about the various countries and are creating a "Keynote" presentation on their iPads.

PE

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JK – 5th: The students have been reviewing various skills while taking part in a verity of winter activities.

JK-1St Winter Stations

1. Snowball roll

2. Paper Plate ice-skating

3. Igloo building

4. Snowball throw/catch

2nd-5th

1. Pass the snowball

2. Snowball drop

Health

JK: The Junior Kindergarten students have been learning about stranger safety. They are able to identify who strangers are and ways to get help if a stranger tries to approach them.

K: The Kindergarten students are finishing a unit on Food for Health. Throughout the unit the student learned about creating balanced meals based upon MyPlate.

1st: The First grade students finished a unit on Your Teeth. The students are able to identify different types of teeth and the roles they play in eating. They are also able to identify the importance of caring for teeth, such as brushing and flossing properly, protecting teeth from injury, and visiting a dentist.

2nd: The second grade students started a unit on Caring for Your Teeth. The students are able to identify foods that keep teeth healthy. They are also able to describe and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. They are also able to explain the importance of visiting the dentist regularly.

3rd: The third grade students finished a unit on Taking Care of Yourself. The students are able to identify ways to maintain healthy hygiene habits. They can also identify skills that create good buying decisions as a consumer.

4th: The fourth grade students finished a unit on Food and Your Health. The students learned about the basic nutrients and their functions in the body. They are able to create balanced meals using MyPlate. They are also able to describe basic safety techniques for handling and preparing foods.

5th: The fifth grade students finished a unit on Being a wise Consumer. The students learned the importance of good personal hygiene and how it is related to staying healthy. They are also able to identify the basic structure and function of the eyes and ears and ways to keep them healthy. They are also able to analyze reliable health information from a variety of sources.

Art

Junior kindergarten: We will read Too Much Glue and finish our guinea pig collage practicing our cutting and gluing skills!


Kindergarten: We will read Chancay and the Secret of Fire A Peruvian Folk Tale by Donald Charles and work on our Tambo the fish collage. We use cut up shapes to create a shape pattern on our fish.


First grade will read Chancay and the Secret of Fire A Peruvian Folk Tale by Donald Charles and begin the recycled art project of making maracas in water bottles.


Second grade will read Chancay and the Secret of Fire A Peruvian Folk Tale by Donald Charles and begin to draw and paint a patterned fish like Tambo in Florescent colored paint.


Third grade will finish the story quilt picture of their summer adventure in the style of Faith Ringgold and make a Mexican "tin" ornament.


Fourth grade will finish their paper molas and learn about symmetry. Their next project is South American masks from Brazil’s Carnival.


Fifth grade will work on the Calacas boxes and critique their work.

Music

In music this month the students have been working extra hard to prepare for their winter concerts. The Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten concerts went beautifully and the children were all very proud. We are looking forward to the 1st thru 5th grade performance on Thursday, December 18th. They have been practicing and rehearsing very hard and are all excited to perform for an audience.