21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 19th, 2017

Dear Parents,
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
 
Week 36 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

This week, the younger groups started off working with their reaction and group skills, playing Traffic Lights and also working through obstacle courses. They also played What’s The Time Mr Wolf, where they worked on their reaction skills to evade the wolf.
The older groups played similar games, on Monday playing multi-skill games, playing Traffic Lights as well as Sharks and Minnows, where the kids used their agility, balance and coordination to evade the shark. On Wednesday, they focused on their soccer skills, specifically using their passing skills to Pacman and other fun games like Ghostbusters. On Friday, they worked on team games, working on their speed and agility skills to perform different movements at speed in a race in their teams.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A  finished the unit on I-Care Rule 4 (We care about each other’s feelings) by doing a crossword puzzle using vocabulary learned in this unit.  Students who finished were asked to write a story about a time when they showed they cared about someone’s feelings.
In Group B, we discussed food and nutrition.  We reviewed the USDA plate (the replacement for the food pyramid) and talked about how proteins, carbohydrates and fats are used in the body.  The kids were asked to sort foods into categories according to the USDA groupings (Meat, Cereal, Fruit/Vegetable, Dairy, or Junk Food).
Groups C began a two-part lesson on Anger Management.  Today, the kids reflected on what makes them angry and what they typically do in response to those things.  They broke into their groups so that their group members could help them remember the things that make them angry and their usual responses.  For each of the things they do when they are angry, they were asked to reflect on whether or not that response is helpful to the situation.
Group D worked on taking responsibility.  First they discussed what “taking responsibility” means and why it’s important.  Next they reviewed steps in their activity book on how to do it.  Finally, they practiced apologizing in scenarios given in their activity book.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

Language Arts:  Well, after finally finishing our plays we are on to reading from our magazines.  Group A read an article from Scholastic News about animal homes and worked on their key details reading skills.  Group B and C read a story entitled Evil Swirling Darkness about tornadoes in Missouri.  Group B used this story to work on their sequencing skills while group C focused on text features.  Both groups agreed that tornadoes are very dangerous storms.  Group D read the story Disaster in Space about the dangers astronauts face.  They identified the text features in this reading in addition to learning how much astronauts risk by going up in space.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:   It was a human body kind of week.  Group A started it out by learning about heart rate and pulse.  It was fun to take our own pulse and what happens when we move a lot.  Group B used balloons and paper tubes to simulate an elbow.  We examined how it moves and the hinge joint.  Group C examined fingerprints and how they are all different.  We even got to make an imprint of our own fingerprints to examine.  Come to find out, all the patterns have specific names…WOW!  Group D simulated a hand using paper, string and straws.  They could even move the fingers.  We will continue with the human body next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:   Group A continued on with their two and three digit addition with regrouping by solving problems using alphabet cards with numeric designations.  Group B ventured into the world of pictographs.  A picture is not worth a thousand words here but it may be worth 5 votes.  Group C learned about metric and standard measurement units.  They went on an exciting scavenger hunt in Purple Door looking for things of specific sizes.  Group D focused on changing decimals into percent how percent is important in our everyday lives, especially shopping.  Group D learned how to calculate the sale price of items.
 
Spanish: This week in Spanish we had a blast making paper airplanes. We practiced saying direction words. The students took tally marks to keep track of their planes. We practiced aqui, alla, a la direcha, and a la izquierda. The students enjoyed flying and creating their planes.