HOOKSETT MEMORIAL SCHOOL MUSIC-MISS LATHAM & MRS. WARHOLA Third graders started the year studying Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Each week, students listen to a different section of the piece and sing a song related to the same animal. Students are also learning classroom dances. Soon we will be learning how to read notes on the staff in preparation for playing the recorder in the new year. UNIFIED ARTS PROGRAM GRADE 3 TRIMESTER 1 PHYSICAL EDUCATIONMRS. JENKINS & MRS. OLKONEN The first few weeks at school have been busy and exciting. The students really enjoy using the spacious new gym. They especially like the cushioned floor. The students have been reinforcing their locomotor skills while working on conditioning and cooperative activities. Students connected physical education skills with math skills by being human geo-boards, bowling for money, and practicing their multiplication facts with movement. ART-MRS. WHITE & MS. MERRILL Third graders started the year by learning about Pablo Picasso, and completing a very colorful and designfilled cubist portrait with oil pastels on black paper. Next, they learned about Georges Seurat, and how distant objects look smaller as they created a fall landscape complete with blowing leaves. They move on to learning a little about Matisse, and creating one of his paper cutouts, mounted on complimentary color paper for pizzaz! They will enjoy a lesson in origami as they learn to fold a bat, and add it to a harvest moon picture. They will learn about native NH animals and using watercolor as a media in the lesson “watercolor tricks and animal tracks”. We usually send them home with free samples of the “Wild Times” pamphlets from NH Fish and Game Department, and cards that identify native animal tracks. Take advantage of this great, free resource by downloading as many different issues as you want at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Kids/kids .htm GUIDANCE-MRS. BERGER Third grade is reading a story called “The Colors of Us.” This is a delightful story that celebrates diversity. We brainstorm the characteristics of ourselves that we see that are the same and different. We then create a small book with a secret compartment. In this book students may write the characteristics of themselves that they are comfortable sharing, and in the secret compartment those traits they would only share with trusted friends or family. HEALTH-MRS. OLKONEN HEALTH CLASSES MEET FOR 40 MINUTES EVERY WEEK FOR ONE TRIMESTER. MRS. UX, MRS. COULON, AND MS. FREMEAU CLASSES HAVE HEALTH FIRST TRIMESTER Students are learning to classify foods according to the new food guide pyramid. They will be designing a breakfast and snack with at least three different food groups, as well as analyzing our school lunch menu. Safe behaviors and injury prevention (food safety, bicycle safety, traffic safety, personal safety, fire safety, and water safety) are additional topics being taught and assessed in third grade. HOOKSETT MEMORIAL SCHOOL MUSIC-MRS. WARHOLA The fourth graders are currently singing and listening to a variety of music. Over the past few weeks students have improved their critical listening skills by learning to recognize different instruments in the orchestra. They will also been introduced to “Theme & Variations” and identify ways composers change tunes to create something new. This school year, as part of the music appreciation standard, fourth grade students will be voluntarily tracking how many musical events they attend outside of school. For each concert or musical performance that students attend or perform in they will fill out a short form and earn a sticker for their class. We are hoping for 175! UNIFIED ARTS PROGRAM GRADE 4 TRIMESTER 1 PHYSICAL EDUCATIONMRS. OLKONEN Fourth grade students were introduced to soccer skills including dribbling with their feet while maintaining control and trapping and passing the ball. Offense, defense, and position play were taught and applied in small games (3 on 3 and 6 on 6). Throwing and catching a football and dodging skills were reinforced in a cooperative keep-a-way game. ART-MS. MERRILL 4th graders began the year by exploring their own personalities and learned how to represent their attitudes and interests with symbolism on a piece of footwear. They increased their vocabularies and idea fluency as they played “homograph pictionary” in preparation for NECAP testing. Next, they begin a study of texture as they learn to draw bats and trees for their first printmaking project. In this project, they create a printing plate by etching their design into Styrofoam, and “ink it up” by rolling ink on with a printmaking brayer and using the printing press. Then, its back to paper and pencil as they learn the art of cartooning!! GUIDANCE-MRS. BERGER Fourth graders will be introduced to the HMS Peer Mediation Program. Students will watch a CD prepared by our student mediators who in their own words describe the program, how to apply, selection process, and training. Peer Mediation is an important component of the conflict resolution program taught in grade four. HEALTH-MRS. OLKONEN HEALTH CLASSES MEET FOR 40 MINUTES EVERY WEEK FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Students saw what the doctor sees during a pediatric exam. Looking inside the ear, eye, and mouth was interesting and real for them. Now, we are studying nutrition and learning about the nutrients in each food group and the health benefit that these nutrients provide the body. HOOKSETT MEMORIAL SCHOOL MUSIC-MRS. WARHOLA Fifth grade students began the year experimenting with sound and creating compositions without traditional instruments. Throughout the year they will be studying the elements of music, beginning with melody. Students will be assessed on reading rhythms and notes on the staff. UNIFIED ARTS PROGRAM GRADE 5 TRIMESTER 1 PHYSICAL EDUCATIONMRS. OLKONEN Students practiced soccer skills including dribbling the ball with their feet while maintaining control and passing, trapping, and kicking the ball. Offense, defense, and position play were emphasized in 6 on 6 and 11 on 11 games. Students showed their knowledge of soccer rules on their written soccer test. Throwing and catching a football, dodging, moving to an open space, and defending a player from the opposite team were used in a cooperative keep-a-way game. ART-MS. MERRILL 5th graders began the year with the study of Wassily Kandinsky and the principles of art. Each completed an oil-pastel drawing (with stencils they created themselves) that is reminiscent of Kandinsky’s work from the 1920’s. They increased their vocabularies and idea fluency as they played “homograph pictionary”, reinforcing their language arts learning. Students then began a study of the works of M.C. Escher, and were wowed by his mind-bending illusions. Once inspired by Escher’s work, students will learn to create their own tessellation, reproducing it through printmaking!! Another Escher-related project will be the creation of a metamorphosis (changing one object into another), on the computer so it can be played back as an animation!! We use the drawing tools on Microsoft PowerPoint (office) for this project, so that most students will be able to continue to practice their computer graphics skills at home after the project ends. GUIDANCE-MRS. BERGER Fifth grade is the year where much of the guidance focus is on tolerance, diversity, and accepting the differences among people. Our first lesson will include the book “Wings” by Christopher Myers. It is a story about the beauty and wonder of a child who possess a unique ability and the perceptions different people have of him. We conclude the lesson with an art activity entitled “What do you see?” Students use their imaginations to complete a partially drawn picture as each student perceives the finished product differently. HEALTH-MRS. OLKONEN HEALTH CLASSES MEET FOR 40 MINUTES EVERY WEEK FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.