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Specialty Class Update April 8 – April 26, 2024

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Rotation: April 8 – April 26

Music – Mrs. Hunt  [email protected]
Kindergarten- Circle games- Old Brass Wagon, Farmer in the Dell and other farm animal songs with learning dynamics and tempos.
1st grade- Composer Louis Armstrong and Jazz music, Learning songs about plants and gardens
2nd- Practicing for our Glow musical May 1-3rd.
3rd- Meter, Dynamics, Rests, and singing folk music
4th- Musicals and learning to play the recorder
5th- Hope of America May 6th and Ukulele chords- We’ve learned C, C7, G7, F, and our new chord is Dm
6th-  Pillow Concert music, drum lines, and bucket drumming

Computer Lab – Mrs. Stonely  [email protected]
Kindergarten – Lesson: Introduced to Scratch Jr. and coded a dance party program.

1st Grade- Digital Citizenship: We learned about the internet and how it works.
Lesson – Coded a moving target game.  Students created a launch pad and when clicked it would send a laser up trying to hit a moving target.  The students used many coding skills they have learned over the past year. 

2nd Grade – Digital Citizenship: We learned about the internet and how it works.
Lesson – Coded a fish hook game.  Students designed a game where one sprite had to get past other sprites without touching them.  If the racing sprite was caught the game stopped.  The students used many of the coding skills they have learned this year.

3rd Grade – Digital Citizenship: We learned about the internet and how it works. We learned about modems, routers and packages. We also discovered how emails are sent over the internet. 
Lesson – Students created a CS First program about 3 animals.  The students used the “When Sprite is Clicked” block and speaking block to share a fact about the animals they researched., 

4th Grade – Digital Citizenship: Learned about creators rights and responsibilities.  We learned what copyright, fair use and different types of license are and how to use them correctly.
Lesson – Students programmed Ozobots to draw different geometric shapes.  The students had to use geometry to figure out what angles the Ozobots had to turn at to make the correct shape. 

5th Grade – Digital Citizenship: Learned about HTTP and HTML and how they are basic building blocks of the internet. 
Lesson – Coded Virtual Museum programs in CS First.  Students had to research 3-5 events in US history and create an interactive program highlighting their events.

6th Grade –  Digital Citizenship: Discussed who is responsible for their education.  We watched a news report of a student failing in Baltimore and what could have been done to change this situation. The students started doing research finding articles and studies for an essay they will be writing in their classes about who is responsible for their education.
Lesson – Students worked on finding sources for their  essay and also coded a short program in CS First called 10 Square.


Art – Mrs. Clarke  [email protected]

We’ve had a fun rotation in art. The glazing and firing is all complete so celebrate your students sculptures and pottery when it finally makes it home!  Also in the studio this week:

Kindergarten:  sculpted clay mice

1st-6th grade:  Using the logo, colors, design, and font from their favorite candy artist created a sneaker. I won’t be surprised if Nike wants to collaborate with your artist!  They’re turning out great!

Specialty Class Update 03/11 – 3/29/24

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Rotation: March 11 – March 29
Music – Mrs. Hunt  [email protected]

Kinder- We will be learning  Bingo, Five Green and Speckled Frogs, and The Little Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly and/or Shell.

1st grade- Clapping, using patterns, and partner songs like Tideo

2nd grade- Preparing for Glow musical 

3rd grade- Reviewing songs we’ve learned this year and notation

4th grade- Reviewing music words learned and playing Bingo with words and definitions

5th grade- Working hard on our Hope of America songs 

6th grade- Drum lines and learning about the eras in music

Computer Lab – Mrs. Stonely  [email protected]

Kindergarten – Digital Citizenship: We discussed ways to be kind online and in real life..
Lesson- Learned how computers work and practiced mouse moving skills

1st Grade- Digital Citizenship: We learned about our online community and the effect we can have on it.
Lesson – Coded a tag game in Scratch Jr., learning new block functions: “When bumped”, “repeat” and how to set character speeds. We did have a small competition to see who’s tag game would go on the longest, we had some still going after 15 min.  That’s amazing.

2nd Grade – Digital Citizenship: We learned about our online community and our responsibility to  ourselves, our community and the world.
Lesson – Coded a control game in Scratch Jr.  The students learned how one sprite (character) can send a message to another sprite causing it to follow code.  The students’ control game consisted of creating directional arrows, when clicked would send a message to another sprite telling it to move in a certain direction.

3rd Grade – Digital Citizenship: Discussed their rings of responsibility online, first starting with them, what they share and say online, to their online community and how they are affected and finally to the world.
Lesson – Practice top row typing.  The third graders worked on learning which finger is responsible for top row keys and keeping other fingers anchored to the home row.

4th Grade – Digital Citizenship: Discussed our online impact and our responsibility to be a good citizen online.  We learned about our rings of responsibility: ourself, our community, and the world.
Lesson – Practiced top row typing, focusing the correct fingering and keeping our other fingers anchored to the home row.

5th Grade – Digital Citizenship: Discussed online friendships, what the benefit of having them are and red flags to watch out for when online.
Lesson – Created stop motion conversion tables in Canva

6th Grade –  Digital Citizenship: We learned about  plagiarism, taking someone else’s words or ideas and using them as their own.  We discussed different types of plagiarism and how to avoid it. We briefly discussed how to cite other’s work, and we will have another lesson on how to properly  cite people’s work and ideas.
Lesson – Learned how to organize their Google Drives and Gmail.  The students learned how to create folders and subfolders to organize their work and emails.  We also had a little fun in Adobe learning the feature, “Animate Your Voice” by telling St. Patrick’s Day jokes and knock knock jokes. 

Art – Mrs. Clarke  [email protected]

Kindergarten artists learned about primary and secondary colors in this rotation. They mixed the paints of the primary colors and made their own green, yellow, and purple.  They will use their mixed paints to create their own color wheel next time they come. 

Artists in first grade created a colorful cat inspired by the work of the artist Laurel Burch. They got to blend with chalk pastels then highlighted the cats facial features and patterns using black oil pastel. 

Second through sixth grade artists have finished their sculpting and have moved on to glazing. They’re all excited about how their pieces are turning out and can’t wait to take them home. They have to be fired in the kiln one more time so they won’t get them until their next rotation in art. 

Specialty Classes 02/19/24 – 03/08/24

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Rotation: Feb. 19 – March 8

Music – Mrs. Hunt
During this music rotation we will be learning:

KA- The 4 Seasons by Vivaldi, making weather sounds with percussion instruments, circle dancing with left and right, and in and out with the song The Old Brass Wagon

1st- Morning by Edvard Grieg- moving our bodies to the feeling we get when we listen, Learning the song Down by the banks- clap the beat while singing and playing a circle game.

2nd- Working on our Glow program that is coming up the 1st week in May. Please have your child work on their speaking parts if they have one. All the children have a part whether it’s singing, speaking, or dancing. Reyes’ class performs on May 1st at 1 pm, Clement’s class on May 2nd at 10 am, and Fu’s class is on May 3rd at 10 am.

3rd- Singing Hey, Ho, Nobody’s Home in a Round. Singing The Man on the Flying Trapeze and moving to the feel of the music. Learning about George Gershwin and listening to Rhapsody in Blue. Keeping a steady beat while moving around playing Beat Monster.

4th- Working on our Utah songs for the performance on March 1st. Introducing recorders and how to play them.

5th- Working on Hope of America songs. Please sign up your child under We are scheduled to perform the night of Tuesday, May 7th. This is an amazing event so please encourage your child to participate.

6th- Working on our Pillow Concert songs and drum lines. The Pillow concert is on May 17th.
As always, please email me with any questions at [email protected]

Computer Lab – Mrs. Stonely
Kindergarten – Learning to log in and off the lab computers by themselves.  They are also working on learning about the keyboard and where the letters are located.

1st Grade- Digital Citizenship: Learned  skills of pausing and thinking when they are online, using their head, gut and heart to help keep them safe.  
Lesson: Worked on sequence coding in Scratch Jr. creating a story inspired by “Dragons Love Tacos”.

2nd Grade – Digital Citizenship: Learned the importance of pausing when they are on a screen to listen to people, take a breath and finish up when it’s time to get off.
Lesson: Introduced top row typing.  The second graders worked on learning which finger is responsible for top row keys and keeping other fingers anchored to the home row.

3rd Grade – Digital Citizenship: Discussed the power of our words online and how we can show empathy to others.
Lesson:  Coded a Hide and Seek game in CS First, learning about variables by adding in a scoreboard. 

4th Grade – Digital Citizenship: Discussed online personal information vs. private information. Personal information are  things we like, hobbies,  interests.  Private information is identifying information such as name, address, phone number, school name and parents’ names. 
Lesson: Created energy transfer stop motion movies in Canva.

5th Grade- Digital Citizenship: Learned about clickbait and its purpose. 
Lesson: Bottom row typing practice, working on keeping fingers on home row, acting as anchors. We also did a Rotating Story activity to encourage touch typing practice,  ask your child about their story.

6th Grade- Digital Citizenship: Learned about fake vs. real websites and strategies on how to tell the difference.
Lesson: Started 7th Grade Boot Camp designed to help the sixth graders be ready for middle school by learning formatting skills in Google docs.  We will be doing other 7th Grade Boot Camp activities like organizing Google Drive, Gmail and working in Canvas.

Art – Mrs. Clarke
It is an exciting time for Alpine Artists right now because we are working with clay that will be fired and glazed in the school kiln!  Before we started, we looked at the work of “Master Potter” Juan Quezada whose pieces can be found in museums throughout the world. His curiosity as a young boy led to his discovery of some ancient pottery while exploring a cave one day.  Fascinated by the pieces he found but without any previous experience with pottery Juan worked to create pots using only local materials like the ancient Paquime Indians would have.  Today, the village of Mata Ortiz is alive only because of Juan’s ceramic artistry and his willingness to generously share all he knew with many locals.  As a college student I was able to visit Mata Ortiz and see Juan Quezada as he worked on a pot.  I didn’t understand at the time the legend that was in front of me but it has been fun to revisit and share his story with your students.  His example of curiosity, willingness to experiment and fail, and desire to share all he learned is the inspiration for us as we try this new art medium.    Your artist will soon bring home their ceramic creation and we can’t wait to see how they turn out!  We have practiced the score and slip method used to attach two pieces of clay as well as the coil, slab, and pinch techniques.  After they finish their project it requires an entire week of air drying before it can be loaded in the kiln and fired for two days.  Students’ next art rotation will be spent glazing their piece with non-toxic and dishwasher safe glaze.  After firing them a second time they will finally be able to bring them home and share with you their masterpiece.  It will be a few weeks before you get to see them but we are working hard, getting messy, and practicing some patience through the process.