21st CCLC Weekly Updates – January 26th, 2018

Dear Parents,
     I wanted to remind all families that February 2nd is Take Your Child To Work Day.  If your child will be going to work with you and not attending our program, you are asked to please sign the Take Your Child To Work Day form at the front desk by February 1st so that we will know not to pick them up afterschool.  We will have programming activities on February 2nd but since most students will be out, parents may pick up their child at any time on that day.
     Remember that session 3 is on Saturday February 10th, this will be the only SATURDAY event.  Sessions will be held as follows, please look to see which group your child is in.  If you have children in both groups, you can choose to bring them at the same time and only participate in one session.  Groups A and B-9:30 am -10:15 am and Groups C and D-10:15 am-11:00 am.
     Please also mark your calendars now for our APRIL EVENT as there has been a day and time change.  The April event will be on April 25th.  Groups A and B will be from 5:15 pm -6:00 pm and groups C and D will be from 6:00-6:45.  We have had to split the groups and have these timeslots as we are hosting an author event that will be meaningful for our families.  He has written a book about a deaf child and will teach the kids sign language as part of the event.  Each child will also get a signed copy of one of his books.  Please plan now to be here at the times mentioned above.
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.
Wishing you well,
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Session 3: Saturday, February 10, 9:30 am -10:15 am Groups A and B and 10:15-11:00 Groups C and D.
Session 4: Wednesday, April 25, 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Groups A and B, 6:00-6:45 Groups C and D.  NOTE THIS IS A NEW DAY AND TIMES
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 21 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Group A continued exploring the theme of cooperation.  We talked about games that are good to play alone and about games that need two or more people (many electronic games fell into both categories).  We also discussed what we like about playing with others.
Group B had its first lesson in reading body language.  Along with identifying feelings, this is a critical skill in conflict resolution.  To practice, we “read” a story just by looking at the illustrations.  The children were pretty accurate in “reading” the main events in the story, including identifying the feelings of the major characters.
Group C addressed the issue of cruel humor.  Put downs and practical jokes are a common experience among children this age, and in today’s lesson we explored the concept of humor and how to recognize when an attempt at humor might be hurtful.
Group D reviewed last week’s lesson about the nature of conflict and then reviewed the Peace Scholar Rules.  In order to bring these abstract concepts home, we then applied these rules to case scenarios.
Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: This week in Spanish, all four groups discussed Necesidades Básicas. We talked about what humans and animals need to survive, and how people’s basic needs are aire, comida, agua, refugio y ropa. I expanded the lesson by dividing the student into teams, with each team being assigned things we need versus things we want. We even talked about some things we need, even though they aren’t basic needs, like electricidad, carros, computadoras, y telefonos.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science: This week starts our three-week STEM exploration of wind for groups A.  This week we focused on the power of wind and how various shapes can affect this. The students compared the force of wind on a pinwheel both with and without a straw.  Much to our surprise the straw made a big difference. Group B created a weathervane from recycled plastic bottles and a straw.  We found out that the weather app on our phones are a little more accurate, but this was a lot of fun. Groups C started their unit on gravity.  This week it was all about dropping items and the speed at which they fall.   We were on a mission to find out if all objects fall at the same speed.  Our results were quite surprising.  We look forward to taking their investigations to the next level.  Group D experimented with soil permeability.  They tested wand and soil to determine which one allowed more water to pass through.  Most of the students predicted correctly, the sand allows more water through it.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Language Arts: Groups A and B read a non-fictional text entitled The Amazing Penguin.  They used this story to learn new vocabulary words and practice sequencing. It was also quite interesting to read about how penguins are affected by oil spills and the tireless effort of people to try and help them.  This passage is unusual because it was told from the point of view of the penguin.  Groups C and D read the non-fiction text Swarms of Terror which explained the effects of locusts on the plants in the Midwest.  Through this passage the groups learned about summarizing and inferencing.  The learned how to read the text, think about the text and explain the text in one sentence.  It was not an easy thing to do but they gave it their best effort.
Math: Group A was all about the money.  Using crayons and coins, students made rubbings of various denominations of coins.  They also studied the differences in quarters by looking at some real coins compared to plastic coins.  Group B worked on their introduction to fractions by using their fraction pieces and ripping papers into parts.  They compared various fraction sizes and were able to determine smaller and larger.  Playing with the fraction pieces was much more fun!  Group C used play-doh to form lines and angles!  They learned about acute, obtuse and right angles as well as various types of lines such as intersecting and perpendicular.  The play-doh certainly made it far more interesting than just drawing them on paper.  Group D played a different game of solitaire.  Once there are no more moves in the game, the students took the cards and formed mathematical equations.