21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 8th, 2017

Dear Parents,
It is amazing that there are just two weeks left until winter break! Next Wednesday, December 13th, is our second Family Engagement Activity. It will take place from 5:45pm until 6:30pm. Please remember that attendance in the Family Engagement Activities is mandatory for your child to remain in the program. 
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Friday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Year 3 Week 16 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
This week we began using the PeaceWorks curriculum (published by the Peace Education Foundation) which broadly teaches conflict resolution skills.
Group A focused on their own identity.  What is it that makes me special.  After completing the activity sheet, the kids enjoyed sharing with each other.
Group B also focused on identity, but at a slightly higher level.  Rather than merely listing facts about themselves, Group B’s activity sheet, entitled “If I Wrote a Book About Me, I’d Say…”, listed activities and personal characteristics.  This group also enjoyed sharing, although a few group members did not want to do so and were not pressured.
Group C worked on developing skills in an activity called “Finding Common Ground.”  The kids were paired off and were given one minute each to find something that they have in common by starting conversation with one of their classmates that they do not normally hang out with.
Group D did a pre-test for this unit and then spent some time discussing the overall goals and objectives of the curriculum.
Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: This week in Spanish, all groups played Spanish Bingo! We practiced basic vocabulary as I read each Bingo card to them, then the winners had to read their winning words and make up a sentence with one of those words in Spanish. All the children did wonderfully pronouncing the words, all four groups had a great time with this activity!   
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science:  Group A worked with newspapers and tape to construct an engineering project that would suspend a cup full of marbles. As it turns out, newspapers by themselves are quite brittle but when you roll them into a tube they are very strong. This amazed the students!! This was very much a group effort and it paid off in the end. Group B continued with their bucket challenge by making a few adjustments and replacing some damaged straws. The buckets ended up holding more than we expected with only a few structural failures. Group C spent this weak launching things into the air. Using cups and spoons the students designed a simple catapult to launch foam shapes across the room. It was a medieval battle in the science room! Group D continued their investigation into heat energy. This week we worked with exploring the effects of color on heating liquid in a can. There was no surprise that the can wrapped in dark construction paper heated up quicker than the non-wrapped one. We also discovered if you shake up sand, you can raise the temperature. This was a surprise to some students. However, others were quick to point out that when we exercise, we heat up! Wonderful science week!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Language Arts:  This week the groups focused on a debate question. These are always interesting because the students are used to assignments that have a right and wrong answer. Our readings that deal with debate questions don’t have a right and wrong answer. Group A and B read two sides representing the topic; Is it ok to lie? Well this opened a can of worms! Immediately the answer was NO, however there was another side to it. We had to discuss various situations and people’s feelings to determine if this is ever a good thing. We had a wonderful debate and the students really did a good job presenting their opinion. Groups C and D addressed the question; Is it good to be bored sometimes? Given the age of the students and the fact that they are the technology generation, I wasn’t surprised by the unequivocal NO answer. However, in reading the article we discovered that being bored can teach us some good life lessons and allow our brains to “reboot” so to speak. It was an interesting discussion and I could tell that the students were thinking there are times in school where they had to learn how to approach this “down time”. All in all there were interesting topics for debate this week. I’m sure we’ll address some more of them later in the year.

Math: Group A played place value Uno this week. This was a review for most but playing the card game made it a lot more fun. There were students that welcomed this review. Other students just enjoyed playing the game! I like watching the students when they think it’s just a fun game but they are actually learning some valuable information. Group B worked with multiplication puzzles. The students had to put together puzzle pieces of pictures, words and expanded notation of the same sum. The students learned that just because the pieces fit together doesn’t mean you can ignore what is written on them. It was challenging because there were three sets of times tables in one set of cards. The details are important! Group C had a shape puzzle challenge using attributes of certain shapes. They looked at size, color and shape of each piece to follow a coded puzzle and place the shapes where they were supposed to be to solve the puzzle. There were times where the code had shapes with one, two or three common characteristics. The trick was the puzzle didn’t tell you what the characteristics were. It was definitely fun. Group D continued along the Oregon Trail with their challenge of packing and coming in under budget and weight. Prioritizing needs and wants is very difficult, especially for the children! It was an eye-opening experience!