Curriculum Updates from K-4 Specials
Update #5Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 5/19/2017 3:00:00 PM
Thank you to all who attended the District Art Show. It means so much to have such great support for our Lincoln artists! It is a wonderful way to celebrate students as artists. A special shout out thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the art show a huge success! It would be difficult to put on such a large endeavor without so much help matting, labeling, transporting, holding ladders, and hanging work.
Kindergarten We made color books and closely observed lilacs to make beautiful Impressionist paintings. We also practiced observational drawing with their alphabet puppets.
Grade 1 We are still riding high from the updraft created by the collaboration of music, art and classroom in the performance of Weather Matter! The Case Against Mother Nature. We also made pockets for Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Grade 2 2nd graders made gorgeous, symmetrical butterflies of all varieties using a special layering technique.
Grade 3 Students brainstormed lists of animals that the Wampanoag would have seen and the animals were in Massachusetts after the Europeans came. We then looked at the work of Eric Carle and spent one day, as he does, just making the paper to cut into collages later. Everyone made multiple paintings utilizing pattern and texture in earth tones, in warm colors and in cool colors. The next time we cut those papers into shapes of the animal without drawing first. Next is attention to detail that really brings these creatures to life!
4th grade Working in collaboration with poet Lyn Hoopes, 4th graders have created poetry from their stunning renditions of pastel flowers inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. These will be on display soon at the Poetry Breakfast for families.Library ~ Alice Sajdera-
Kindergarteners are listening to favorite classic and new award winning books. We have been talking about other libraries, and how important it is to read all summer long. We will stop checking books out of the school library next week, so we will have more time to do some short activities before Tech class.
2nd Graders are working on their maps of the continents and the key that shows where all of the folktales we have been reading, listening to and performing came from.
4th graders are working on maps of the North American continent. We are hoping to have some read aloud time to close out the year.
The Library after school hours are over for the school year on June 8th. All are looking forward to a visit from the public library, to hear all about their summer activities!The concert season is winding down. Congrats to 1st and 3rd grades on their wonderful performances. 2nd grade will perform at their continents project on June 6th and 4th grade will perform at their poetry breakfast on June 12th.Kindergarten has been composing music using quarter notes, quarter rests and the music alphabet. They have also been choosing centers with activities that further deepen their understanding of those concepts.Grade 1 has been learning about eighth note pairs and composing music using quarter note, and eighth note pairs.Grade 2 has been hard at work learning a song from each continent to present at their continent presentation.Grade 3 has been working on their recorder karate program. Students have been excited to earn their white, yellow and orange belts. The goal is to be able to play songs using the notes B,A,G.Grade 4 has been working on preparing their songs for the poetry breakfast.It has been another fantastic year of making and celebrating music.Have you visited our new wetland boardwalk back behind the green playground? Your children have and they love exploring all the plant and animal life in that wetland habitat. Take a walk with your children and come by some day after school or on the weekend. You won't be disappointed.What a great year of learning it has been for students at The Lincoln School in the science lab!
Students have been learning about living things, how they are classified and how animals survive in their habitat. They learned about the different types of organisms found in wetlands and the food webs found in them. They will finish the year with some hand-on exploration of sink and float, or the density of common objects.
Grade two students have explored living things found in the wetlands of New England. They have become experts at identifying invertebrates found in pond water.Grade 3
Water, the water cycle and how we use and clean water has been the focus this spring. Students learned about where our water comes from and how it gets cleaned. They then engineered their own filtering systems. The end of the year will focus on Ecosystems in the science lab.
Our final grade four unit has been Energy and Energy Transfer. Students learned about the different types of energy and how energy can be changed from one form to another. Our final project involves building and testing windmill designs.
Do some science this summer. Keep a nature journal, go on a hike, catch some frogs, watch some clouds, wonder and wonder and wonder.Check my website for more summer fun ideas. See you in September.
Gr. 3 Spanish has been performing the play "¿Qúe hay en tu clase?" in Spanish. The students have been having alot of fun performing while learning to read in Spanish for the first time. In the play they have reviewed vocabulary pertaining to the current unit about things in the classroom, while reviewing past vocabulary and also learning some new vocabulary. They have also been working on speaking and pronouncing the words correctly in Spanish. It has been great watching your students flourish from initial trepidation at not knowing how to read in another language to pure joy and pride when realizing that they are not only reading in Spanish but acting also! Our next unit will be focusing on the parts of the body.
Gr. 4 Spanish has been performing the play "¿Qúe hay en tu clase?" in Spanish. This is a more complicated version of the play being performed in 3rd grade. The students have been having alot of fun performing while practicing their reading in Spanish. In the play they have reviewed vocabulary pertaining to the current unit about animals, while reviewing past vocabulary and also learning new classroom objects vocabulary that will be in their next unit. They have also been working on speaking and pronouncing the words correctly in Spanish. It has been great watching your students flourish from the beginning of the year where many of them did not know how to read in another language to pure joy and pride when realizing that they are not only reading in Spanish but acting also! Our next unit will be focusing on the school subjects, places in the school and classroom objects.
TechnologyKindergarten students just finished making alphabet charts with upper case and lower case letters. We will be working on making addition and subtraction pictures towards the end of the year.Second Grade students created presentations for their continent research. They worked with text and images and recorded their voices.Third Grade students are learning how to work with tables by making multiplication tables. Students will also explore using shapes, colors and different features of text to make creative designs using a word processor.Grades 1 & 5 are currenty in Tech. In First Grade, we're learning what it means to be "online" and how to stay safe when we are online. Then we will use KidPix® multimedia software to create drawings for the lifecycle of a butterfly.Fifth graders are learning concepts in programming using the Code.org website. We're using Edmodo (educational micro-blogging site) to discuss "coding" vocabulary and concepts.Wellness
Ryan Cassidy The warm weather is back!!! Please remember to send students with sneakers on wellness class days. Also, we will be outside. I will be speaking to students about sun and summer safety in the next few classes.Students in all grades have been working on personal fitness and exercises to improve fitness. We have been talking about pacing yourself and doing your personal best. Students in grades 3 and 4 are participating in the FitnessGram Presidential fitness test. These scores will come home with final report cards. Classes have also begun to talk about track and field and the different events that are involved. We will finish the year with baseball/softball and circus arts.Last but not least....FIELD DAY!! Wednesday 5/31 from 10:00-12:00During the month of April students in grades 2-4 began playing Badminton. Students were taught how to grip the racquet, various ways to strike the birdie, and how to work together as a team during game play. In April students in grades K-1 played various activities such as parachute games, chasing and fleeing games, and bowling. During the beginning of May students in all grade levels participated in an assortment of movement stations. Activities such as hula hooping, yoga, throwing/catching, and rope jumping were involved. Also during May students in grades 3-4 began fitness testing. Students are assessed using six different physical fitness tests through the program FITNESSGRAM. 3rd and 4th graders will receive a summary of how they performed these tests sometime in June. Students in grades K-2 also played frisbee, kickball, and a variety of tag games that focused on teamwork and cooperation. On Wednesday May 31st from 10-12 the annual Lincoln School Field Day will take place. It will be a fun event for all! Students will receive more information as the date approaches. During the month of June students in all grades will play tennis and learn about summer and sun safety.We welcome questions and comments from families. Please click "Comments" to leave your question or comment.
Update #4Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 3/17/2017 3:00:00 PM
Kindergarteners celebrated Chinese New Year painting with real sumi-e ink and bamboo brushes from China. A mitten tree has grown in the hallway, with matching patterned mittens in a lesson about color and symmetry.
1st graders performed a Chinese New Year Dragon dance with dragons they created using the concept of contrast.
2nd graders are in the midst of puppets! Special thanks to all the volunteers. The puppet shows will be before April break.
3rd graders finished up their half-way there art history project. Using images from the Met, students chose an style of art that appealed to them from a vast array of art dating from 2000BCE- present day. Next they researched that piece and then the image was cut in half. Students recreated the other half using a variety of materials. It is not an easy thing to do, but they did a great job!
4th graders have finished their weavings using the Navaho technique as well as the industrial revolution (i.e. a ruler)Library ~ Alice SajderaIn recent weeks we have received the final book orders for the year. This has included youth media awards for the year, the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King, all of this years winners and honors are part of the collection- along with a few that SHOULD have won! Currently showing in the library: 5th grade Biography projects, browsing boxes themed "make a difference" and "community" and a new Boredom Buster zone of high interest books. On Read Across America day, 16 classes came to the story to listen to books. All of the groups were multigrade, and seemed to enjoy the chance to see different people for a change! April is National Poetry Month, a favorite time in the library. Watch for pocket poems, and information about Poem in your pocket day! Check out the library web page for access to the library catalog and to information resources: here 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.)We continue to have an indispensable crew of parent and senior volunteers shelving all of our returned books. We also now have volunteer student clerks checking books out when we are exceptionally busy and a volunteer who repairs books and helps with projects. Without them, this place could not function.It's the beginning of concert season. All grade levels have been practicing songs for performances that will be happening throught the spring. Stay tuned for information about your child's performance. Kindergarten has been reviewing the letters in the music alphabet and making their first music compositions of quarter notes. The kids love drawing notes on the staff. Grade 1 has been focusing on reading quarter note, eighth note pair and quarter rest. Grade 2 has learned all of the notes on the treble staff. We are begining to practice patterns and draw our own melodies. Grade 3 is busy getting ready for our concert about America in April. Grade 4 is learning about Jazz and improvisation on instruments. They have been singing songs to help them with remember states and capitals in the style of hip hop.
Please join us Sunday, April 2 11:30-12:30 for the opening celebration of our wetland boardwalk.The boardwalk entrance is behind the green playground at The Lincoln School.Grade 1
The students are working like chemical engineers exploring the properties of play dough. We have been experimenting with the ingredients to try and find the perfect recipe for play dough.
The second grade students have build robotic snails using Legos, Lego motors and gears. They ran them using a RCX microprocessor in our snail parade.
Grade Three scientists have build Lego robots with NXT controllers. They used the robots to gather data about the robot’s speed.
Grade Four students are exploring our new wetland boardwalk, learning about the biodiversity of organisms that live there.
Looking for some fun science activities to do at home? Science Starters for each month are posted on my website. Print one out and do experiments. Do science every day.
Click here for the monthly Science Starters. https://www.lincnet.org/Page/1068
Grade 3: Grade 3 is currently studying the family, pets and colors unit. The students are learning family vocabulary and showing thier knowledge by giving oral presentations about their family members in class. They saw a video taken by me of my family visit to Argentina and were fortunate to have my 2 cousins who were in the video, and who do not speak English, come into class and practice speaking with each individual student in Spanish. The students were amazed that they knew so much Spanish and were able to converse with my cousins! Ask your child to sing to you the song "Mi Familia Grande".
Previously grade 3 learned the Spanish ABCs, the days of the week and how to count to 100. Their next unit will focus on objects found in the classroom.
Grade 4 (Dwyer's class): Grade 4 is currently studying vocabulary about clothing and the body. They are performing plays and enjoying speaking more fluently. We were fortunate to have my 2 cousins from Argentina, who do not speak English, come into the class and practice speaking with each individual student in Spanish. The students were amazed that they knew so much Spanish and were able to converse with my cousins!
Previously grade 4 was learning about weather and seasons, the next unit will focus on animals.TechnologyKindergarten students have started making animated counting books in KidPix. When the counting books are finished we will move on to exploring the keyboard and will learn how to make upper case and lower case letters.Third Grade students just finished a research project on trees that they started in their library class. Students used their research notes from the library to create a polished presentation of their findings that includes text and images. The research from each class will be put together to make a field guide that we hope to use to identify some of the trees around our school.1st Grade just finished their Silly Bird project in tech. They drew a bird in KidPix; made at least one part of the bird "silly", wrote a 5-sentence description of the bird, and typed it into their drawing.5th Grade just finished learning about some aspects of Digital Citizenship. We learned about Digital Etiquette and steps to prevent and stop Cyberbullying. We also learned how to find images online that are copyright-free.4th Grade is about to start a Google Maps project. In library classes, they researched a national park. In tech classes, they will use their research to create a customized Google Map with placemarks, images, and information about their park!Wellness
Ryan CassidyExciting times in wellness class! The students have recently completed the elementary gymnastics. The unit focused on balance and gymnastics skills such as rolling and cartwheels. During the health portion of class we have been discussing the bones. Over the next few weeks the students will be working on striking skills through badminton. They will also be working on the throwing, catching, and kicking. Muscles and body systems are the upcoming health units.During the month of January students in grades K-4 participated in our basketball unit. Students learned the basic skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting. Third and fourth grade students were also able to play small-sided games. Teamwork, moving without the ball, and sportsmanship were discussed with students prior to game play. January’s health topic focused on the skeletal and muscular systems. Students learned how our muscles and bones work together and how to properly take care of them.Following our basketball unit, students in grades K-4 had the opportunity to use scooter boards. This is a favorite unit for many students! During February and March all students participated in our gymnastics/balance unit. Along with Mr. Cassidy’s classes, the students were able to use the entire gym to work on skills like tumbling, cartwheels, jumping, balance, and rope climbing. Recently during wellness class students in grades K-4 have started to learn basic volleyball skills. Students have learned both the bump and overhead passes. Please remind your children to bring sneakers to school on wellness days. Thank you!We welcome questions and comments from families. Please click "Comments" to leave your question or comment.
Update #3Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 12/16/2016 3:00:00 PM
In collaboration with the music department (the middle school is putting on the play; The Lion King) as well as the second grade study of the continents, in the art room, we have learned about African Art. We were lucky enough to have the PTO borrow us some actual artifacts from the African Art Museum in Clinton from countries including Congo, Cameroon, Mali and the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
Kindergarteners made Kuba cloth from Congo using shape and earth tones to create a large quilt, which will be used during the play The Lion King.
First graders studied a copper sculpture of a rhino from Burkina Faso and made clay rhinos.
Second grade made cloth inspired by the country of Mali painting with real mud!
Third graders continued their study of the Wampanoags by making clay pottery.
Fourth graders did some amazing charcoal sketches of African masks and other artifacts. Charcoal is particularly tricky as once you put down a mark it stays. There is no erasing. The expression, texture, line and shape they captures was very sophisticated.Library ~ Alice Sajdera-The K students have learned a song about the letters of the music alphabet. We know the 7 letters in the music alphabet. We played xylophones with a steady beat on several different holiday songs. We clap and sing a quarter note steady beat. We can recognize a printed quarter note.First grade made quarter note, quarter rest compositions. They played games that used different rhythm patterns of quarter note/quarter rest. We will begin learning about the 5 lines and 4 spaces of the staff.Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones). We are learning about solfege syllables (Do,Re,Mi) and where the letter names are on the treble clef staff. We have learned where E,F,G,A go on the staff and have learned a really cool song for each letter. We even did some composing on the staff.Third grade has begun their recorder unit. The students are excited and focused. We have learned how to hold the instrument, get a good sound by blowing softly and how to cover the holes. We will learn 3 notes over the next several months (BAG). We are also learning about instrument families to prepare for our PTO supported trip to Lexington Symphony.Fourth grade is learning about the Russian composer Tchaikovsky. He is most noted for the music of the Nutcracker ballet. We are also learning about instrument families to prepare for our upcoming PTO supported field trip to Lexington Symphony. Students will begin composing their own melodies this winter.
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!
The science lab has been a place for authentic learning this year. Read more about what we have been up to.
The students worked like engineers sketching, designing and building Lego chair prototypes for a stuffed animal in science class. The chairs were sized correctly for the stuffed animals and included added features such as wheels, perches and snack trays. Teams modified and redesigned their prototype as they built, adding a rotating sign to their prototypes.
We have been learning about weather for the past month, exploring temperature and the water cycle.
The second grade students began our Simple Machine unit. Students are exploring the 6 types of simple machines: levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedge, wheel and axles and the screw.They designed and build cars from recycled materials.
Grade Three scientists are learning about rocks and minerals and the earth processes that form our landforms.
Students finished designing, testing and competing their Sumo-wrestling robots. They demonstrated an understanding of how light sensors can control the robot’s motion. The learning process was fun and educational. We will be exploring light and energy this winter.
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. https://www.lincnet.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=499
3rd grade: 3rd grade is now reviewing the numbers 0-20. They can say their phone numbers in Spanish, do addition and count by 10's, and recall any of the numbers they see on flashcards. They are learning the Spanish alphabet and the days of the weeks. We continue to practice oral skits using the language acquired. The students recently finished off The 3 Little Pigs plays where the wolf asked the little pigs what their name is, where they are from, and how they are feeling.
4th grade (Mrs. Dwyer's class): The 4th grade just completed a unit on the weather. The students did oral presentations pretending to be a weatherman/weatherwoman and gave a daily forcast. The students have been reviewing Spanish that they learned in 3rd grade, and now we are combining those words with new vocabulary to do more conversations and begin reading and writing. The current unit is clothes, a review of color and body parts. The students are practicing saying I have blue/brown/black eyes, She/He has blue/black/brown/green eyes etc.
In both grades we have reviewed Spanish geography and recently discussed the Spanish speaking African country of Guinea Equatorial. In the 3rd grade hallway there is a Spanish bulletin board, a different Spanish speaking country will be displayed every other month. Please come see it!
TechnologyKindergarten students have been exploring more tools in KidPix. We are also exploring concepts of combining shapes to make new shapes by solving shape puzzles and by making books about shapes on the ipads.Second Grade students have been learning how to search for information online and how to give credit to the owners of information that they find online to use at school. For the rest of the rotation, we will be learning some basic programming concepts.4th Grade has Technology this rotation. (Grades 1 and 5 have Library.) 4th Grade will practice their keyboarding skills using the program Keyboarding Without Tears. They will also be learning Word Processing skills such as formatting text and working with tables in Google Docs.Wellness
It's an exciting time in wellness class! We have finished up nutrition and digestion in grades 3 and 4. Students have learned about MyPlate and the 5 food groups in all grades. Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade have also talked about germs and handwashing. There is a lot of information at choosemyplate.govDuring the Physical Education portion of class the students have been working basketball skills inlcuding: dribbling, passing, and shooting. 3rd and 4th grade will be playing small group basketball games and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd will be using basketball stations. After basketball we will move on to Pilo Polo, Floor Hockey, and Elementary Gymnastics.
During the month of November students in grades K-4 practiced throwing/catching. We played a variety of games and activities in the gym where students were able to learn and practice correct technique. November’s health unit focused on nutrition and the digestive system. The following topics were discussed at each grade level:
Kindergarten: The five food groups and eating balanced meals
Grade 1: The five food groups, eating balanced meals, basics of the digestive system
Grade 2: The five food groups, nutrients, and the parts of the digestive system
Grade 3: The five food groups, nutrients and their role in the body, parts and functions of the digestive system, reading food labels and how to follow a healthy diet.
Grade 4: The five food groups, nutrients and their role in the body, parts and functions of the digestive system, reading food labels and how to follow a healthy diet.
During December students in grades K-4 have been playing floor hockey. Students learned how to stick handle, pass, and shoot the ball/puck. We finished out our hockey unit by playing small-sided games where students were taught positioning and how to work together as a team. After the holiday vacation students will begin playing basketball in wellness class. Please make sure your children bring sneakers on wellness days!We welcome questions and comments from families. Please click "Comments" to leave your question or comment.
Update #2Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 10/28/2016 3:00:00 PM
Kindergarteners examined pumpkin vines and then learned about their life cycle. In the art room we painted pumpkin patches and students learned to cut an octagon from a square and then turn it into a circle. We have made rainy day pictures and made prints of fall leaves.
First graders read a beautiful book call The Wave and explored ways to tell a story without words. When one does something unexpected, or takes something and uses it in a whole new way, we call that creativity. And that just what we did to turn fall leaves into amazing creatures.
2nd graders made abstract paintings using only numbers to create interesting shapes and pattern. We looked at the artist Edward Albers who did many studies about the way color changes in relationship with other colors. These relationships can elicit very different emotional responses. We also and made observations about giraffes and then made sketches. Students asked many thoughtful questions. Interestingly Nature on PBS just aired an episode all about giraffes that answer many of those questions. http://www.pbs.org/video/2365875008/
3rd graders are looking at the gorgeous fall leaves and learning to use watercolor. We learned how overlapping can add depth to artwork. We also looked at Rose windows and mandalas -designs in a circle- to create stunning stained glass symmetry.
4th graders study of North America took us to the region 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? It might surprise you!Library ~ Alice SajderaThe library is in full swing for the year. Last year some students decided that Mythology was too hard to find, since it was scattered all over the library. It was hard work to gather all of the books, change all of their call numbers and place them in the new section! The student pages were diligent, and the results are popular. Grades K, 2 and 4 are having Library classes this rotation and are working on a range of skills, from how to identify a folktale (and what makes a satisfying ending) to how to choose a great book to read to a younger buddy. 4th and 5th graders will be posting plenty of reviews of books in the catalog this year, to help friends find great books. 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. Did you know that on Tuesdays and Thursdays there are and average of 10 students in the library after school? (K-2 students must be accompanied by a caregiver.) Making in the new library makerspace is an option after school. Come in with an idea and we’ll help you plan and make it if we can!The K students will now learn the letters of the music alphabet by singing songs and playing games. We also focus on singing songs and playing games that build on finding a steady beat.First grade continues to focus on quarter note and eighth note pair rhythms. We will begin to learn about the music staff.Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones). We are learning about solfege syllables (Do,Re,Mi) and where the letter names are on the treble clef staff.Third grade has been focusing more on reading traditional music notation while playing Orff instruments (xylophones) and our cool new boomwhackers. We have been reviewing note values in order to get ready for our upcoming soprano recorder instrument unit. Stay tuned for more information.Fourth grade is learning about the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. He wrote a tone poem called Danse Macabre (Dance of Death). We will focus on reading more standard music notation while playing Orff instruments (xylophones) and boomwhackers. Soon we will compose our melodies.
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. https://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 early November using Lego building blocks to build chairs for stuff animals.
Grade 2 have become experts on food chain and food webs in nature. They learned about consumers and producers and how important living organisms are to a healthy earth. In November they will become engineers, designing and building lunar rovers out of Legos and a microprocessor to run the vehicle.
Grade 3 are becoming rock hounds, learning about the three different types of rocks on earth. They are investigating how rocks form. They are taking a deep look into the Rock Cycle and the processes that change rocks.
Grade 4 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 planted 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/Grade 3
We have just finished learning greetings in Spanish such as
hello: hola, how are you?: ¿cómo estás?, nice to meet you: mucho gusto
We also learned how to be polite and say such things as
Please: por favor, thank you:gracias, you’re welcome: de nada
We performed some skits ordering politely drinks at a restaurant. Now we are on the second unit, it is all about feelings. For example, “How are you? ¿cómo estás?, I am well: estoy bien, not good: mal, tired: cansado/a, happy: feliz, sad: triste and so-so: asi-asi. We have just begun learning our numbers 1-10. Ask your child to tell you his or her telephone number in Spanish.
Grade 4 Señora Hughes Class
We recently finished reviewing the vocabulary from grade 3, greetings, numbers, how you are feeling etc. We took an in depth look at geography and where the countries that speak Spanish are located in the world. We are just beginning a new unit on the weather, the seasons and reviewing the months of the year. Ask your child to tell you about the weather in Spanish. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Tejeda come into our 4th grade classes to tell the students about Mexico, especially since 4th grade is studying Mexico for the curriculum.
TechnologyKindergarten 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 will be using Keyboarding Without Tears software to start their keyboarding instruction. Keyboarding instruction will have a focus on ergonomics and proper finger techniques. We will also be working on some specific skills to help them write efficiently on the computer, such as using spell check, some keyboard shortcuts and cutting and pasting text and images.Grade 5 has technology this rotation. They will be practicing their keyboarding skills using Keyboarding Without Tears® for half of each tech class. For the second half of class, students will be learning word processing skills such as formatting text, creating and formatting tables, and using bulleted lists.Wellness
Things are moving right along in the gymnasium. All grades are finishing up a unit on throwing with an emphasis on the stepping with stepping with the opposite foot. As always teamwork and cooperation are emphasized during games and activities. For health portion of class grades 2-4 will begin bullying next week. After those lessons K-4 will be discussing nutrition. There is a ton of information at choosemyplate.gov.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 like skipping, galloping, hopping, and jumping in class. Students in grades K-4 will begin playing games that focus on throwing and catching during the month of November. In October our health focus in wellness class has been on bullying prevention. Students in grades 2-4 were taught how to recognize bullying, how to stand up to bullies, and how to help others who are being bullied.
Update #1 Back to School!Posted by K-4 Specialist Teachers at 9/16/2016 3:00:00 PM
Kindergarteners 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 the Olympics, 2nd graders created self portraits with special attention to elbows and knees to create the feeling of movement. Children were allowed to imagine themselves as a champion in any sport. We then learned the difference between realistic and abstract art by looking at the paintings and collages of Henri Matisse.
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/) and then thinking out of the box, they created portraits using found objects. The results are delightful!Library ~ Alice Sajdera-
Coming back from the summer is a busy time in the library. There are a handful of new books in the collection already, and many more coming in the next month or two. Behind the scenes, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, books are moving to new homes, shelves are getting fresh labels, and what we use every day is going back on the shelf so we can find it again. In addition to our adult volunteers we have 30 middle school students helping with classes, shelving and bulletin boards. Students all seem to be happy to be back to getting books from their familiar library. Grades K,1, 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 Drive. K is reading a story every week, and checking out a book. 1st Grade is working on pre research skills, such as identifying the title of the book they are looking at. 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 and learning that books can also be songs.First grade has been focusing on quarter note and eighth note pair rhythms. We've played a few class instruments.Second grade has begun playing simple ostinatos on Orff instruments (xylophones).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.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 been practicing moving to different lengths of notes, quarter, half and whole notes using tennis balls.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 scientists making slime and testing its properties. They are also gathering evidence to support their understanding of the earth’s daily rotation in space.
I am excited to tell you about the Wetland Trail construction project going on now behind the science lab at The Lincoln School. When completed this boardwalk will serve as an outdoor classroom to explore nature. It will also be a town resource for recreation, conservation and nature observing. Keep checking back for updates.
3rd grade Spanish:
Dear 3rd grade parents;
This year we will be introducing the Spanish language into the 3rd grade. The program is called FLES, Foreign Language in the Elementary School. This is a nationally recognized program that presents language in an interactive, authentic, audio-visual way that completely engages students in their learning of a foreign language. Through music, art, movement and conversation, your child will explore the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures. Your child will receive twenty minutes of instruction, three times per week. We will have units on Greetings, Months, Days, Colors, Body Parts, Family, Numbers, and the Classroom. The goal of language learning is to have our students communicate meaningfully and in real-life situations as soon as possible.
4th Grade Spanish:This year we will continue introducing your child to more Spanish vocabulary through the FLES program with the hope of getting them excited to continue learning another language. Your child will receive twenty-five minutes of instruction, three times per week. We will have units on Greetings, Weather, Seasons, Months, Clothing and the Body, Favorite Places, Animals, Numbers, Class Subjects and Classroom items. The goal of language learning is to have our students communicate meaningfully and in real-life situations as soon as possible.
If anyone in your family would like to share information about trips to a Spanish speaking country, your Hispanic culture, or show any Hispanic artifacts please let me know. We would love you to visit us in the classroom and share your experiences with your child and his/her classmates!
TechnologyKindergarten 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.2nd Grade 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.This rotation in tech, 4th graders are learning about passwords: why we need them, and how to make a strong one. Once they create their strong passwords, I will introduce them to Google Classroom and Google Drive. These Google tools allow teachers and students to distribute, edit, comment on, and turn in digital assignments in a safe, closed online environment. All 4th grade classrooms this year will be using Google Classroom and Google Drive.Wellness
Ryan Cassidy 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. In the health portion of class we will be working on safety and Bullying education. 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!!We welcome questions and comments from families. Please click "Comments" to leave your question or comment.