21st CCLC Weekly Updates – January 12th, 2018

Dear Parents,
 
Welcome back from winter recess! Our kids quickly got into the swing of things this week and as you can see from the photos on our Facebook page, great things continue to happen in our program.  Please note: Session 3 has been changed from February 17th to February 10th, as we realized that the weekend it was originally scheduled for is a long weekend and some families may have travel plans.  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.
 
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
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
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 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 19 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
We celebrated the New Year by playing chess.  All four groups were very excited to play chess this week.  The difference between Checkmate and Stalemate continues to be difficult for many of the students and a few are still having difficulty understanding that the King is never captured, only threatened.  Usually this happens when the players don’t recognize that a Check situation has arisen and, suddenly, one of the players realizes that it is her or her turn and one of their pieces is threatening the opponent’s King.  Fortunately, these situations are happening less often as the kids learn to be more observant with all of the pieces on the board.  This kind of awareness is critical for moving to the next level of play and thinking strategically.
 
Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break! This week, we discussed invierno (winter), when it takes place, and different characteristics about the season. We don’t fully experience winter here in Miami, but we talked about what is typically done in invierno (patinar, esquiar, tomar chocolate caliente, usar ropa que nos proteje del frío) in places where there is nieve. We then read the lastest Scholastic News together, titled En Un Dia de Nieve. Have a wonderful weekend!
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science: It was Earth Science at its best for most the groups this week. Group A worked on comparing erosion to weathering. This was quite the lesson. It was basically jello with rocks and jello with soil. Once hot water poured over it we had a river of rocks and MUD, lots of MUD. Group B made a cloud in a jar. The cloud was interesting, especially since it was blue! We could easily see it swirling around in the jar. Group B decided to make a cloud in a jar too but just a little differently. This was interesting; it was like a smoke ring in a way. The students realized that clouds are simply water vapor from hot and cold meeting. Group C made a homemade thermometer. It didn’t work quite as well as a real thermometer, but the liquid did rise when heated. There is still some confusion as to how thermometers really work and how they correlate to a number but for 4th and 5th graders we have quite an understanding already. Group D experimented with different tastes on the various parts of the tongue. This week we worked on salt and sweet. The students followed a diagram of the different taste points of our tongues and dipped Q-tips into salt and sweet solutions to place on those areas. It was an interesting evaluation of how we taste different types of food. Overall it was a very busy week in science.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Language Arts: This week in reading all the groups focused on books having to do with the Earth and its climate. Groups A and B read about the Earth’s Land, Air and Water. They learned about how all three of these play a part in the water cycle of the earth. They also learned that each of these is a natural resource that needs to be conserved and protected. The groups also practiced their oral reading skills with emphasis on paying attention to punctuation marks. Groups C and D focused a little more on the earth’s cycles and the natural resources that are involved. The students were able to look at many text features involving the earth’s cycles which helped them to better understand the complex text. Groups C and D also had the opportunity to practice their oral reading skills. We look forward to more books on Earth next week.
Math: Groups A, B combined their directional skills with their math skills this week. In this activity students needed to solve computation problems and then use those answers to move certain number of spaces in certain directions to reach a goal. Groups A worked on their subtraction facts while group B focused on division. We had to do a little review of North, South, East and West as it pertains to the paper. The words up, down, left and right came into play quite a bit. Not only did we brush up on our computation facts, we also perfected some of our directional skills in the process. In the end the maps proved to be quite an interesting design. Group C and D had a different type of lesson fractions. Group C used pattern blocks to create various fractions. Group D used colored squares randomly drawn from a bag to create multiplication fractions. A good time was had by all!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 22nd, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
This week all the students’ energy levels were high with so many holiday activities at their home schools, not to mention excitement over the start of winter break!
 
As parents we have so many things on our minds, but please be sure to give us a call when your child will be absent from our program, especially if they are picked up at Jack D. Gordon Elementary. When we have to call parents to check on children during the pick-up process, it causes that day’s schedule to run late, affecting the allotted times for snack and homework.
 
We hope that all the parents that took advantage of the Options2Eat food truck on Thursday enjoyed their meals and taking a break from cooking. Thank you for contributing to the Goodwin family by purchasing food from the truck. 
 
Lastly, we wish every one of your families a very happy holiday season, and  good health, happiness, and abundance in 2018.
 
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
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am Groups A and B and 10:15-11:00 Groups C and D.
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 18 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Group A discussed the next I-Care Rule:  Hands are for Helping, Not Hurting.  After talking about ways that hands can help and hands can hurt, the class read a poem.  Then we traced our hands on paper.  On the tracing of the left hand, the kids wrote down some good things they do at school and, on the tracing of their right hand they wrote down some good things they do at home.
Group B started exploring personality traits by identifying the traits most commonly associated with 4 animals (lion, deer, fox, and dove) and then thinking about which animal best represented their typical actions in each of 4 different situations.  This activity was primarily reflective.  The goal was for the students to begin to appreciate how their own behavior can vary by context.
Group C continued the discussion of the Peace Scholar Rules we started last week, with a particular emphasis on fouls.  It was pointed out that people often have a preferred foul they use in conflict situations and this could be viewed as a bad habit that should be broken.
Group D did an activity and heard a story.  The activity (which involved finger pointing) was designed to illustrate that learning new skills take practice; conflict resolution being a set of new skills that they need to learn.  The story (The Wise Men and the Elephant) is a classic Indian tail which illustrates the importance of perspective.  Being aware of this fact and being able to empathize with others’ perspectives are critical skills in conflict resolution.

 

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: This week in Spanish, all the groups read all about how Gingerbread cookies are made in a Spanish edition of Scholastic News. Students took turns reading excerpts from the newsletter. We also completed a sequence activity related to the story, putting the steps on how Gingerbread cookies are created in order. Did you know the word ginger in Spanish is jengibre? Most of the children thought this was a very funny-sounding word! Wishing you and your families a very joyous holiday season, see you in 2018!
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science: Science: This week it was all about the garden. All the groups took a garden tour to check on their plants and how they’re doing. They watered them and measured their progress using tape measures. Then they recorded their findings in their journal. We talked about which plants were doing the best and which might need a little more attention. We also predicted when they might be ready. It was nice to get outside for 45 minutes. I hope everyone has a wonderful winter break and safe travels to anyone leaving town!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Language Arts: Group A spent the last week before vacation working on contractions. The students completed a matching activity with an ice cream theme. They matched scoops of ice cream to create a contraction sundae. The students learned contractions and ended up with cravings for ice cream. Group B played Word Uno to practice their third-grade sight words. Uno is always a fun game, even when played with words. The students had a great time. Groups C and D also played an Uno game but theirs was a little more difficult…Prefix Uno. In playing this game, the students reviewed various prefixes, their meaning and the new words these prefixes help to create. The one common factor of all the groups is that they are all happy to be on vacation for two weeks! Happy Holidays everyone!
Math: Well the final week before vacation and we are all ready for a break. This week all the groups played place value Yahtzee. It’s similar to the regular game but you need to use the dice to create what the instructions on the score card say. Group A worked with three-digit number, group B four digit, group C five digit and group D put all its effort into decimal place value. It was a fabulous lesson and a magnificent way to wrap up before break. Hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday. See you in the New Year!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 15th, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
  It was so great to see our families at our second family engagement session.  Both the geometric shape building and the playground math scavenger hunt went really well.  Sorry that we didn’t account for the darkness outside, but it was great that everyone had flashlights on their phones.  Thank goodness for technology!  In all we had 10 students who did not attend which gave us a 83.9% attendance rate.  Although that is considered good by the grant standards, please be aware that attendance is mandatory at these session and failure to attend could result in being dropped from the program.  If you missed this one, please make sure to attend the rest so that we can keep you on the roster for the summer and fall programs.
     Finally, I was called by our local scout pack and was informed that one of their scouts lost his mother unexpectedly.  To help this family, OPTIONS TO EAT will be having a food truck fundraiser on our campus on THURSDAY, December 21st.  They will feature a family friendly menu and will be parked in our parking lot from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm so that the community can come out and eat.  They will be donating 30% of all sales to the Goodwin Family.  Please consider picking up dinner from the food truck on Thursday to support this family.
 
  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
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30 am -10:15 am Groups A and B and 10:15-11:00 Groups C and D.
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 17 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Group A quickly reviewed the I-Care Rules and then focused on the Rule: We Listen to Each Other.  After discussing what it looks and sounds like to listen to someone, the kids did an activity in which they identified which  visual scenes showed people listening and which did not.
Group B reviewed the I-Care Rules in a little more depth than Group A, and then spent time discussing the list of fouls (last year focused on the rules, but did not mention specific ways the rules could be violated).  Most of the kids were unclear on the meaning of at least one or two of the fouls.
The curriculum Group C is using does not explicitly use the I-Care Rules; instead, it introduces “Peace Scholar Rules.”  We spent today reviewing these rules and the fouls that go with them.  All of the students were unclear on some of the concepts and they will be revisited in more depth in later lessons.
Group D moved 180 degrees from our last lesson on finding common ground.  Today we focused on what we usually do in 8 common conflict situations and how each of these situations make us feel.  After those that wanted to shared their responses, common themes among the responses were highlighted.

 

Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: This week in Spanish, the topic was ¿Que Hora Es? All groups reviewed the numbers in Spanish, as well as the purpose of the small and large hands on the clock. Then the group took turns telling the time in Spanish with the examples I provided on the board.   
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science: Group A examined the relationship between the size of a rubber band and how far their toy car could travel.  As it turns out, there is a relationship between the two.  We had a great time just launching toy cars across the table and floor.  Group B explored electric currents in an activity entitled “Alarm Your Pencil Box”.  Just the name alone lets us know how much fun this could be.  The students set up a power source and small light bulb, connected the two via wire and WOW! They created a circuit.  This was fascinating to them.  Group C worked with the same electrical current kit as Group B.  However, theirs was a little more complex.  This group created parallel circuits that connected multiple circuits.  This group was very interested in this, especially the alarm part.  Group D did a little product testing to find out which paper towel was the strongest.  The students tested four different brands and came to the conclusion that Costco Kirkland brand has some seriously good towels for the price!  This is some good information to have!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Language Arts:  Groups A and B worked on paragraph writing this week.  The most interesting part of this lesson was the article we read was about dinosaur poop!  Needless to say, the students were far more interested in how dinosaur poop is very important and far less than how to write a paragraph.  However, we did manage to learn how to use details from the article to construct a paragraph.  It was a productive week.  Groups C and D worked on their vocabulary skills using an article about a volcano.  Through reading the article, the students learned about idioms and how they enhance the emotion of the article.  Students also went on a word hunt to find nouns and adjectives throughout the article.  This was a fun way to expand our vocabulary and learn about the destruction a volcano can cause those who live near it.
Math: The students in Group A played a number game using empty egg cartons with numbers written in the spaces.  We put three dried beans in each of the cartons and the students each had turns in shaking the egg cartons.  Whatever numbers the beans landed in, the students had to create the number with the greatest value.  This was an enjoyable way to review place value.  Group B played a missing sign math game where they used a game board and had to choose the mathematical operation that completed the problem.  If they did this, they could move across the board. The students had a nice time using their algebraic skills.  Group C learned a very neat division trick by using a math poem to determine divisors for a number.  It was a rhyme and they loved this activity!  Group D played a new twist on an old game.   We turned the game Guess Who into a math game.  It was played the same way except the students had to guess the math equation.  This was so much fun for all the students.  It was difficult, but a lot of fun!
 

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
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
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!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 1st, 2017

Dear Parents,
   I am so excited to see our garden growing so fast, before you know it, it will be time to do our garden field studies out here.  Thank you to everyone who donated garage sale items for our fundraiser to support Mia Rios and her fight against cancer.  For those of you who are interested, we have raffle ticket books now available.  The tickets are $5 each and we have more than 50 wonderful prizes.  If you would like to sign out a book and sell to your family and friends we will gladly give you books on consignment.  You will have until Valentines Day to turn in the ticket money.  Finally please don’t forget to mark your calendar for our second family engagement event to be held on Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm.
  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
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
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 15 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Due to popular demand, all groups played chess this week. While all the kids are enthusiastic about playing, the students in Groups A and B continue to need to be reminded of play basics.  The challenge with Groups C and D is how to teach them to recognize patterns in play.
 
Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: This week in Spanish, we continued our lesson on plants. First we reviewed the parts of plants in Spanish. I showed them several pictures of vegetables, and we discussed their names in Spanish. A few they were familiar with, like cebollas, ajo, zanahorias and papas. Others, like remolachas and cebollines, they did not recognize. We then talked about how all these vegetables are from different parts of plants, mainly the raíz, tallo, or hoja. I then had students take turns saying the names of the vegetables and the part of the plant they come from.  
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science: 

 Mondays and Tuesdays are our science days.  It’s very difficult to come back from a 5-day break and jump right into science but the students were amazing!    Group A built a fulcrum using markers and rulers.  They then proceeded to launch shapes across the room.  This wasn’t one of the most intellectually difficult labs we have had but it was so much fun and the perfect way to come back from along break.  We had foam shapes flying all around the room.  Group B started their week with a bucket challenge.  While this was not the ice water over the head type, it was still fun and far warmer!  The students designed a contraption out of straws and tape that would suspend a cup of marbles.  It was like a tripod with a pot that would have been hung over a fire in the medieval times.  There were restrictions on the number of straws and length of tape, but every group was able to design something that held at least one or two marbles.  Group C worked with wheels and inclined planes to determine if wheels really were a good invention.  Using a spring scale to measure the force, the groups were able to determine that wheels were a great deal of help when it came to moving heavy objects.  Group D had an energetic week, literally!  They worked with heat energy and its effects on balloons.  We learned how things expand with heat and contract with cold.  This helped us to understand why we use cold compresses when we want to keep the swelling down on an injury.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Language Arts:  Welcome back.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We’re back in reading action for the next four weeks until winter break.  Group A and B jumped back in by comparing and contrasting two non-fiction articles dealing with autistic children.  There were some students in both groups that could relate to real life experiences in their own lives.  The classes had very interesting discussions on this topic.  I can see how the classes with Mr. Davis have really helped the students to except people’s differences.  Groups C and D read an article and a poem about sending a rehabilitated lion back into the wild.  While both the article and the poem were both informational text, the poem is always a little more complicated to understand.  This topic led to the debate in class whether this is something that should be happening.  It’s nice to see the students form their own views and back them up with support.  I can see they are preparing for the writing test in March.
Math:  Well after a weekend of eating turkey we are back to math in full force.  Group A played a dice game where they rolled two dice and then had to represent the number in three different ways; visually using base ten blocks, words and expanded notation.  This was a review for some but to others it was a little frustrating, especially the words.  However, we managed, and some students were even able to use three dice.  Group B used the logical side of their brains for this week’s math.  Using number cards, the students had to follow some directions in logic to solve a mystery question.  When they weren’t frustrated they did quite well.  There was some intense thinking going on. Group C worked on area using dice to determine the length and width of rectangles.  They had to draw the figures, based on the dice roll, on graphing paper.  An interesting point in this activity was when the rectangle switched lengths and widths.  Even when the volume is the same, the looks can be deceiving.  Group D started their Oregon Trail math project.  They were given a list of supplies and prices.  They had to plan their journey westward with restrictions on items they could bring based on cost and weight.  We read about the trek and looked at the supply requirements and how to make cost effective choices.  Next week the students look forward to putting all this knowledge together to see if they can abide by the guidelines.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 17th, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
     The year is really going quickly….It is getting dark early and before you know it we will be off for winter recess.  The plants the kids started in the garden are doing well and I am so amazed by everything going on in our classes.  As next week is a very short week for our after school program (only 2 days) there will be no weekly letter so I will use this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are so thankful that your child is part of our program.  Finally please don’t forget to mark your calendar for our second family engagement event to be held on Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm.
 
  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
 
 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY DATES: 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
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 13 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 2-5: 
Due to popular demand, all groups played chess this week. While all the kids are enthusiastic about playing, the students in Groups A and B continue to need to be reminded of play basics.  The challenge with Groups C and D is how to teach them to recognize patterns in play.
 
Amanda Dufau, Grades 2-5:
Spanish: 
 This week’s Spanish sessions were busy, busy, busy! You may recall that a few weeks ago, we had a spelling challenge. We had our “post-test” this week with those same words to assess the children’s spelling and oral recognition. Most of them did very well!
Additionally, because all our groups have visited our garden, we completed a sequencing activity, identifying the parts of a plant, how they grow, and what some of those parts do.
As next week is a very short week, we won’t be meeting for Spanish. I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 2-5:
Science:
This week, due to a little mix up, Group A and B went to the garden to do their planting. The other groups went last week but the younger groups missed it so this was their week. They planted vegetable seeds and tomato plants. The students will keep an eye on them in the coming weeks to see how they grow. Group C worked with heat energy from multiple light sources. The students used lamps, Christmas lights, flash lights and a candle to determine the most powerful heat source. I’m glad to report there were no accidents or burns! Group D also worked with light energy to see how different materials react with a light source. They learned about refraction of light as it is directly aimed at a pencil submerged in different liquids. We got some very interesting results!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 2-5: 
Math:  
In math this week it was all about combining reading and math. Group A used letters with numerical amounts to play letter addition. They had to form some words and then add the amounts. The longer the word the more it’s worth. Group B and C participated in a similar activity as group A but they had to multiply their letter amounts. Group B kept to the single digits and shorter words while group C worked on double digit multiplication with longer words. Group D started part one of their “Beach on a Budget” project. This is where they are helping a fictional company purchase beach equipment and seeing how they can get the best deal from several fiction vendors. They must add, subtract and multiply money amounts. We started this week by only calculating the costs for the supplies, next week we must factor in shipping. Welcome to the real world of business my young entrepreneurs.
 
Language Arts:
It was a fictional reading week here in PBL land. Groups A and B worked on a story entitled Like Magic. This story was about a character who wished for something and it turned out a little different than he originally thought. The students worked on their character analysis and theme. It was a wonderful Pre-Thanksgiving story of family and love. Groups C and D read the fictional piece The Good Deed where two characters are doing the same good thing for very different reasons. This too was a study in character and values for groups C and D. The students had to determine whether motivation for doing something is just as important as the act itself. Tough social issues in both stories this week. However, the students found them interesting. We have no language arts next week. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!