21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 12th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Thank you to all the parents who completed the surveys! We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback as it will not only allow us to improve our program, but will provide the Department of Education with information regarding the benefits of the program to our community.
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 and a wonderful Mother’s Day with your child.
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 35 Activities
Soccer Highlights:

This week, the younger groups started off working with their coordination skills, playing Traffic Lights and also learning how to change direction, start, stop and find space. They worked on getting into groups of 2 and 3. 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 dribbling towards a goal and shooting into the mini goals. They also worked on changing direction and passing skills.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A broadened their understanding of feelings to include body language. Group members pantomimed various feelings and the group guessed the feeling. Then they completed a page in their activity book where they were asked how they would feel in a given situation and tell why. Their responses were discussed as a group.
In Group B, we drew a link between emotional and physical health. The students began by identifying parts of the body (internal and external) and then were asked to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy choices from examples given.
Groups C followed up on last week’s lesson on body language by discussing how word choice can be a reflection of the intensity of someone’s feelings. They were given a list of feeling words and told to, first, decide if the word is more of a “blow-up” word or a “Calm-down” word and, then, to place the feeling words in order of intensity within each group. When we compiled the individual ratings, we discussed why different students gave the same words different ratings and the significance of this fact.
Group D read a poem and identified feeling words. Then we had a group discussion about the distinguishing characteristics of facial expressions associated with the feelings listed. We concluded by having the students write down how each of 6 situations would make them feel, then practiced identifying feelings from body language by having our partner pantomime the feeling they wrote down for each situation while we tried to guess it.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 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 tornados in Missouri. Group B used this story to work on their sequencing skills while group C focused on text features. Both groups agreed that tornados 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.