Curriculum Updates from K-4 Specials
Update #2Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers on 11/6/2017 4:00:00 PMArt ~ Colleen Pearce
Kindergarteners have been exploring printmaking with printing with actual leaves on Gelli plates. We made a pumpkin patch where students learned to cut an octagon from a square and then turn it into a circle, then adding lines to make it look like a pumpkin.
When one does something unexpected, or takes something and uses it in a whole new way, we call that creativity. And that just what 1st graders did to turn fall leaves into amazing creatures. We have been scientists and artists by observing and painting fantastic fall trees.
2nd graders have been learning about the difference between abstract and realistic art. We asked many questions about giraffes and researched answers before making realistic giraffe drawings. They used numbers as a starting point to create abstract paintings. There is a wonderful new series on Netflix called Abstract, that I recommend.
As a connection with their Wampanoag study, 3rd graders stitched pouches with a braided strap made of yarn that we dyed using vegetables and fruit! We watched chemistry in action as we divided the cabbage bath in two and added lemon juice (acid) to one batch and baking soda (alkaline) to the other. Changing the PH changed the color right before our eyes!
4th graders regional study of North America took them to the area we now call Mexico. Using symbols from the Aztec language, they are putting their understanding of positive and negative numbers to use in metal tooling. Do you know what the 2nd greatest export from Mexico was for 300 years? 4th graders do, and it might surprise you!Library ~ Alice SajderaKindergartners have been practicing a steady beat. They have represented a steady beat with a quarter note. We have notated a few songs we sang with a steady beat quarter note. We will now learn the letters of the music alphabet by singing songs and playing games.First grade has been working in small group centers that focus on quarter note and eighth note pair rhythm activities. We will begin to learn about the lines and spaces of the music staff.Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones). We were introduced to the half note and have been working in smalll group center activities that focus on the half note. We will begin learning about the treble clef staff note letter names.Third grade has been busy learning the first three notes on the recorder. We practiced our first Recorder Karate -White Belt Song "Hot Cross Buns."Fourth grade is learning about the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. He wrote a tone poem called Danse Macabre (Dance of Death). Students created pictures of what they imagined the song would look like in a drawing learning connections between the elements of art and music. We have been introduced to using two hands on the recorder by playing low E in the right hand.Science ~ Terry Green
The science lab has been a busy place this fall. Your children are learning so much about the world around them, making connections to things they already know. Be sure to ask what they are learning. Looking for more science in your life? Science Calendars for each month are posted on my website. Print one out and do science every day.
Click here for the monthly calendars. http://www.lincnet.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=499
Grade 1 has learned about cyclical patterns with Earth’s rotation and revolution. We took an in-depth look that the phases of the moon. We will begin our engineering unit in early November using Lego building blocks to build lunar rovers.
Grade 2 has been learning about soil and the earth processes that make it. They explored weathering and erosion. Later in November students will become experts on food chain and food webs in nature, learning about consumers and producers and how important living organisms are to a healthy earth.
Grade 3 are becoming rock hounds, learning about the three different types of rocks on earth. They are investigating how rocks form, taking a deep look into the Rock Cycle and the processes that change rocks.
Grade 4 are finishing up they engineering project Suma-Bots, wrestling robots using EV3 microprocessors. We are participating in a global study of spring by participating in Journey North, a citizen science website where data is uploaded from classrooms all across the Northern Hemisphere. We are planting Red Emperor tulip bulbs around the school and will be tracking their growth as participants in the Tulip Study. You may want to check the website to learn more. https://www.learner.org/jnorth/Spanish ~ Karen HughesGr. 3: In Spanish class we are learning how to express our feelings. For example, "¿Cómo estás? Estoy feliz " We are also working on learning numbers from 1-30. To do this we are practicing our telephone numbers, math equations, and doing other counting activities.Gr. 4: We have just finished learning about "Día de los Muertos" "Day of the Dead", a cultural celebration that takes place in Mexico Nov. 1 and 2. This goes along with the 4th grade curriculum that the students are learning about Mexico. We are now starting a chapter on learning the weather in Spanish and the students will have the opportunity to be Forcasters in class and present the weather to the class in Spanish.Technology
Cindy Matthes (Grades K, 2, 3)Kindergarten students have started to learn some of the tools in KidPix, a drawing software that we will use frequently this year in the computer lab. We will be exploring different concepts of shape while we are using these tools.Third Grade students have just started attending technology classes. Students are using 'Keyboarding Without Tears' to learn keyboarding. Keyboarding instruction will have a focus on ergonomics and proper finger techniques. We will also be working on some word processing skills, such as spell check, efficient editing and cutting and pasting. At the end of the rotation we will talk about computer hardware and software, input and output devices and computer networks.Mark McDonough (Grades 1, 4, 5)5th Grade is in Technology this rotation. The two main topics of study this rotation are keyboarding and word processing. Students use the Keyboarding Without Tears® software program to practice their keyboarding skills. We use Google Docs to practice word processing skills. Some of the word processing skills they're learning this year include copy/paste, line spacing, styles, headers/footers. alignment, creating and formatting tables, inserting images, …Wellness
Happy Fall! During the health portion of class students in grades 2-4 have recently completed a unit on bullying. During November we will be discussing Nutrition and digestion in grades 1-4. Kindergarten will get an introduction to MyPlate. There is a lot of information for all age levels at choosemyplate.gov. Students in K-4 have just finished a unit on the overhand throw and catch. We will continue to work on cooperative games and spatial awareness. We have been working on locomotor skills and combining locomotor skills. Over the next few weeks will begin to fitness activities. Some of these activities include fitness flag tag and myplate noodle tag.Students in grades K-4 recently finished playing soccer in wellness class. After learning basic skills like dribbling, passing, and striking, students were involved in game play. Prior to playing games we discussed positioning, formations, and strategy. Kindergarten students also have been continuing to work on locomotor skills (skipping, galloping, hopping, and jumping) while in class. In October, the health portion of wellness class focused on bullying prevention. Students in grades 2-4 were taught lessons on recognizing bullying, how to stand up to bullies, and how to help others who are being bullied. Throughout the month of November students in grades K-4 will be playing games that focus on throwing and catching. Please remind your child to wear sneakers on wellness days!We welcome questions and comments from families. Please click "Comments" to leave your question or comment.
Update #1Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers on 9/28/2017 4:00:00 PMArt ~ Colleen PearceKindergarteners started the year with storytelling so that we can all get to know each other. I told a story about catching frogs. We sing a song; "Everybody's good at something. Nobody's good at everything." I then I practice learning all their names. We read "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, and we are makiing our own sketchbooks to use throughout the year.
1st graders went out to the science garden planted by students last spring, and sketched beautiful sunflowers. We then painted enormous sunflowers. We looked at the art of Vincent vanGogh.
Inspired by my kayak down the Ipswich river, 2nd graders created a stunning display of waterlillies. We looked at the paintings of Claude Monet and even learned from some students who actually had been to his gardens in Giverny, France! We then learned the difference between realistic and abstract art by looking at the paintings and collages of Henri Matisse, in designing our sketchbook covers.
3rd graders played expression charades and then created collaged self portraits. Before gluing down their favorite expression, they had to move the eyebrows and mouth to create 2 different emotions to realize how impactful these facial features can be.
4th grade looked at the art of 16th century artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (http://www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org/), Enrique Klaus, and Vic Muniz (his movie Wasteland is very powerful) and then thinking out of the box, they created portraits using found objects. The results are delightful!Library ~ Alice SajderaComing back from the summer is a busy time in the library. This summer, we had some fixture adjustment- part of the “circulation desk” was removed to give us more classroom space. It has been a great change! Students all seem to be happy to be back to getting books from their familiar library. Grades K, 3 and 5 are having Library classes this rotation and are working on a range of skills, from how to find a book to how to log into Google Classroom. K is reading a story every week, and checking out a book. 3rd graders are warming up for the experience of being “Book Buddies,” reading aloud to a younger student. It’s a new experience to choose a book for another person. Of course we are also reading plenty of great stories, including some non-fiction. The library after school hours- Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 are running again, drop in any time, once you are signed up through the rec department website. (K-2 students must be accompanied by a caregiver.)The K students started the year learning our new music classroom routines, greetings, movement, procedures. We have been learning that books can also be songs.First grade has been focusing on quarter note and eighth note pair rhythms. We have even been working in centers around recognizing, creating and playing rhythms with quarter note/rest and eighth note pairs.Second grade has been working in centers to review grade 1 concepts of quarter note/rest, eighth note pairs and learning about half notes. We have started playing simple Ostinati on Orff instruments and boomwhackers.Third grade has learned about patriotic and folk music. We even played boomwhackers to the song "This Land is Your Land." We have been practicing moving to different lengths of notes, quarter, half and whole notes using tennis balls. We will begin our recorder program in class in October. There is alot of excitement around getting our new instruments.Fourth grade has been learning a song to help with the names of all 50 states. We have been learning about our Composer of the Month John Philips Sousa. We have continued with our recorder program and recorders will be able to be taken home starting in October for students to practice.Science ~ Terry Green
Welcome to our new year of science and engineering. Children in Grades 1-4 have science/engineering enrichment once a week for 45 minutes. I am so excited to be teaching students at Hansom Primary School and The Lincoln School science and engineering.
Grade 1 is learning about repeating phenomena on earth, such as day and night and the seasons. They have been exploring shadows as evidence of the earth’s motion. Grade 2 is learning about the work scientists do by conducting an experiment about melting crayons. Ask your child what their hypothesis was. We will explore food chains and food webs. Grade 3 have become robotic engineers, building NXT-bots which walk in a silly way. Grade 4 students are working as engineers designing, building and competing Suma-wrestling robots using Lego EV3 technology.
I am excited to tell you about the Wetland Trail behind the green playground and the science lab at The Lincoln School. This boardwalk will serve as an outdoor classroom to explore nature. It will also be a town resource for recreation, conservation and nature observing.Spanish ~ Karen HughesWelcome to Español. We are very excited to present Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Our little Brothers and Sisters) from Guatemala on Fri. Oct 6th at Lincoln Elementary and Middle Schools shows 9-10 and 11-12, and Tuesday Oct. 10th at Hanscom Elementary and Middle Schools shows 9-10 and 10:15-11:15. Los Pequeños are from an orphanage in Guatemala, they come once a year to perform at schools to raise money for their orphanage. They will be dressed in traditional Guatemalan clothing, playing and dancing to traditional Guatemalan music. This is all part of our celebration for National Hispanic Month.Grade 3 has been introduced to the first year of Spanish in Lincoln and HPS. They are learning greetings, what is your name and how to order in a restaurant. The class is taught only in Spanish.Grade 4 is in it's second year of Spanish instruction. Currently we are reviewing vocabulary from year one about famiy, colors, greetings, numbers and geography. This class is taught only in Spanish.Technology
Cindy Matthes (Grades K, 2, 3)Kindergarten classes have technology/library class each week all year long. In Kindergarten, students are learning the computer lab routines, how to log in and out and how to use the mouse. We will also be learning how to use some of the basic functions on an iPad.In 2nd grade, students will be learning some basic word processing skills while writing acrostic poems. Students are working hard to think of words that describe them and things they like that start with the letters in their name.Mark McDonough (Grades 1, 4, 5)First graders are working on their "All About Me" project using KidPix multimedia software. Each student has created three slides for their slideshow. Students have entered text and formatted text, inserted images, and drawn pictures using the mouse.Fourth graders have been learning about passwords: what they are, when we use them, and how to create a strong one. They will create a strong password and use it for the Google acccounts. Students are practicing their keyboarding skills using Keyboarding Without Tears software, and are learning word processing skills using Google Docs.Wellness
Welcome back!!! Summer was great and we are off to an active start in class. During the fall we will be working on units including cooperative games, soccer, and throwing activities. These activities involve fundamental locomotor and manipulative skills. During the health portion of class we will be working on safety in September and bullying prevention education in October. Please remember that we will be outside until late fall so dress appropriately. Also, please have your child wear or bring appropriate footwear on wellness days. Thank you!!Welcome to the wellness section of the specialist blog! During the month of September, students in grades 1-4 have been playing project adventure games. These games and challenges focus on team building and cooperative learning. Students in grades 2-4 also learned several games that can be played during recess. During the month of September kindergarten students have been learning various locomotor movements (skipping, running, galloping), how to work cooperatively with their classmates, how to play a variety of tag games, and how to move their bodies safely in the gym. During September, students will learn about personal safety during the health portion of wellness class. Beginning in October students in grades 1-4 will begin playing soccer. Students will practice dribbling, passing, shooting, and game-play situations. October’s health unit will focus on bullying prevention. Please remind your child to wear sneakers on wellness days! I look forward to a great school year!We welcome questions and comments from families. Please click "Comments" to leave your question or comment.