Cluster Corner (Specials)

October 2022

Music

  • Kindergarten will be learning about the different instrument families. We will be focusing on the percussion family.
  • 1st grade and 2nd grade will be playing the keyboards. We will be focusing on the finger numbers and notes for the right and left hand.
  • 3rd grade and 4th grade will be learning how to play the recorders. We will be focusing on the notes B, A and G.
  • 5th grade will be learning how to play the guitars. We will be learning the names of the strings and starting to learn the melody for “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

Media Center

  • Kindergarten – Students will learn about roles and responsibilities of people in the school community.
  • 1st grade – students will learn family and communities are important. We will focus on how do families influence who we are?
  • 2nd grade – students will learn about our community’s geography by discovering the 5 boroughs of NYC through maps, internet tools, and research. We will also learn about New York’s unique cultural places.
  • 3rd grade will review the different kinds of communities and will write about a specific community environment, using personification of an object.
  • 4th grade will discover the natural resources in the environment of New York State and how the Indigenous people of NY used these resources to thrive.
  • 5th grade will be introduced to Project Soapbox, a program that will enable students to write and deliver speeches on topics they care about.

Computer Science

  • Grade K: Kindergarteners will continue developing mouse skills- including clicking, double clicking, and dragging- by utilizing the paint and drawing software KidPix.
  • Grade 1: First graders will learn about the word processing software Microsoft Word. Students will create and save an All About Me word document, in which they form capital letters, use punctuation and modify text in various ways.
  • Grade 2: Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Powerpoint to create an All About Me slideshow, which includes transitions and animations, along with images from the internet.
  • Grade 3: Students will create an updated All About Me presentation, share their projects with their classmates, and offer glows and grows as feedback.
  • Grades 4 & 5: Students will use Microsoft Excel to create a “wishlist” table, use a formula to calculate the sum of their items and include images in their spreadsheet.

Art

  • Kindergarten students will create fantasy animals by combining various animal parts to create one imaginative animal, based on the book “The Mixed-up Chameleon” by Eric Carle.
  • First grade students will learn about different types of autumn leaves, then paint a variety of them in a colorful collage.
  • Second grade students will learn about autumn leaves, then create a pattern of leaves in a design using radial symmetry.
  • Third grade students will learn about the artwork of Henri Matisse, by creating Paper Cut Out Collages.
  • Fourth grade students will learn about parody, by creating their own parody paintings based on Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”.
  • Fifth grade students will learn about composition and blending with pastels, by creating a planetary space scene.

Drama/Theater

  • Grades K to 2: Introduction to the basics of Reader’s Theater! For our younger students, familiar stories will be used to encourage participation. As well as modeling from the teacher with the children repeating in choral readings. These activities each week help develop confidence, fluency and emerging reading skills.
  • Grades 3 to 5: Learning the basics of Reader’s Theater! This involves a dramatic representation of a written work in script form. Readers read from a script and the parts are divided amongst the readers. Lines are not memorized, and the focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures, making comprehension meaningful and fun for all students. As well as build confidence and fluency with reading.
  • All grades: Social emotional learning through the Sanford Harmony program in all grades to promote a sense of community and appreciation of one another’s similarities/differences through various ice breaker/team building activities. Also, students will use facial expressions and identify character traits, plots, and problems in a story.