21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 6th, 2015

Dear Parents,

I can hardly believe that the first report cards are due to come out shortly.  As mentioned previously, we will be making copies of all report cards when the hit our school and will give them back to your child before you pick them up.

Thank you to everyone who has been sending in notes when your child is absent and for adhering to our mandatory attendance policy.  If you have not turned in notes when your child has been absent, we will provide you with the absent dates so that you can provide us with a note either from the doctor or stating why they missed our program.  Moving forward to make it easier for everyone, please either send a note following each absence or simply send me an email and I will gladly print it out.

Now that hurricane season is almost behind us, we will begin to work in our school garden.  Science lessons will be geared toward the creation and monitoring of our garden.  We hope to have a healthy harvest.

I would also like to welcome Tabitha Balon.  She will be the new teacher for our Kindergarten and First graders as Michelle Melendez is taking it easy as she has a new baby on the way.

Here is a report from our athletics department:
This week in soccer practice, the younger groups worked on agility and coordination, as well as learning how to use a number of different ways to move (jumping, walking and hopping) while playing ‘follow the leader.’ The older groups continued to work on their teamwork and ability to dribble the ball while playing maze games.

This week in fitness class we warmed up as we always do. We then proceeded to do floor bicycles to workout out legs. We then did a few in and outs to continue working on our leg movement. The challenge this week was to hold in your push up position.

This week in karate class, the kids started the yellow belt curriculum which consists of blocks, kicks, punches and basics.  We also did 10 min of stretching.  Lastly, the kids punched and kicked the targets.

Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 
You can always view the class schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website and click on 21st CCLC or click this link.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 11 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 

Kindergarten: This week the students were introduced to some of the general concerns about alcohol by listening to and discussing a story about a group of sea creatures who found an old beer can on their reef.
First Grade: This week the first graders referred back to a previous lesson about conflict.  Today we focused on conflict resolution.  They were given a simple, concrete formula to use and they practiced using it in role play.
Second Grade:  This week we made use of what we have been learning recently about drugs to provide a backdrop for role play.  We practiced assertiveness skills by saying “no” when offered cigarettes or alcohol.
Third Grade:  Today we completed our substance abuse education series by discussing inhalants.  They were given a fact sheet, which we reviewed together,  and then they completed a word puzzle using information from the fact sheet.
Fourth/Fifth Grade:  This week we are winding up our substance abuse education series.  We reviewed what was learned in previous weeks, discussed less commonly used drugs like inhalants, and began a discussion of fictitious situations in the context of personal, social and legal responsibility.

Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:

This week in our STEM program the students learned about sound. As a class we had a discussion the five senses. Then, we discussed hearing  sounds around us. Afterwards, there was an experiment that was done as a class to show how sound can change. The students observed how sound changes when you tap glass cups that have different amount of water in them. Each student had a turn taping the glass cups with a metal spoon. After observing the results and finding out that the amount of air that is in each glass changes the sound the kindergarten students drew their results in their journals. The first grade students wrote a sentence and drew a picture of their results. To wrap up the lesson students were told to close their eyes and share the things that they heard around in the classroom.
In math students learned about addition and subtraction. After reviewing some problems, as a class students were able to come up one by one and threw two beanbags at the target that was on the board. With the two numbers they hit the teacher then wrote an addition or subtraction problem. Once everyone in the class solved the problem they reviewed the answers as a class.
In language arts the students learned about main idea. The lesson started with the class discussing what the definition of a main idea was and detecting it in sample stories told by the teacher. Once the students grasped the concept the teacher introduced the book, Corduroy. The kindergarten students listened to the teacher as she read the book. The first graders did popcorn reading. After each class finished the book, they talked about the main details in the book and then putting those details together to find the main idea. Afterwards, the students wrote the main idea of the book in the journals and drew a picture.
In Spanish we discussed the parts of a plant to the students. First, as a class the students  reviewed the parts of a plant in English and then learned words in Spanish. After, the class went over all the parts the teacher reviewed the pronunciation with the students as a class. Finally the students drew and labeled the parts of a plant in English and in Spanish in their journals.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade: 

This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we discussed main idea in reading and language arts. The second grade students read a fictional text and identified details that led to the main idea of the text.  The third grade students read an informational text and identified and wrote down details that led them to discover the main idea.  During math the 3rd grade students made skip counting beads to help them with their 3′s and 4′s times tables. The third grade students then solved multiplication problems using their 3′s and 4′s skip counting beads. The second grade students played spinner math and practiced their 2-digit addition with regrouping. The students talked about family members during Spanish time and they created family pictures and wrote sentences that described their family members in Spanish. We had a very busy week.  Have a safe and fun weekend.

Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade:

This week, our science students engaged in another project involving energy.  This activity centered on the question ” How does increasing the height of a ramp affect the distance a toy car will travel?”  Our scientists hypothesized that increasing the height of the ramp will allow the toy car to travel further distances.  We were able to set up the experiment, test and confirm that indeed increasing the incline of a ramp will allow a toy car to travel further distances.  Students shared their data with each other to confirm the physics of the experiment.  They observed that being able to communicate with other groups to learn that all groups had very similar observations proved that increasing the ramp’s height allows for an  increase in kinetic energy exemplified by the distance the toy car traveled.
Our scientists also solidified their observational skills during the Spanish activity. We took a tour of the school garden to identify, sketch and name the various plants found with in.  They were also to name these plants in Spanish and practiced the pronunciation.
Lastly, our students learned about divisibility.  They used two different beans with different dividends and divisors.  Some division problems divided evenly, some did not.  They were to show examples of division with and without remainders.  They benefited from using manipulatives to understand the meaning of remainders.

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 30th, 2015

October 30, 2015
Dear Parents,
It was so nice to welcome so many parents and students at our first Family Enrichment activity.  The Family Math-o-rama was well attended.  Our participants in grades K-2 completed several tangram activities following the interactive reading of Grandfather Tang.  Our participants in grades 3-5 made a game to practice finding equivalent fractions.  Both groups took part in a “make and take” and got to take home tools to practice at home with.  Please keep in mind that attendance in the 6 Saturday sessions is a requirement for participation in the grant program. To ensure your continued enrollment in the program please make sure you attend next session.  The next session will take place on December 12th. Mr. Davis will be doing a session on internet safety.
Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer this week, the younger groups (Kinder and 1st grade) worked on using different ways to move, including jumping, turning and running backwards, as well as playing fun dribbling games. The older groups worked on reaction games, as well as agility, coordination and passing skills when learning a new game.
 
This week in karate, the children worked on pad drills, and punching and kicking combinations. They also did 15 minutes of running, conditioning and exercise.
Our fitness instructor reports that after warm up this week, the children learned new moves in the Cardio/Step Up movement class: low squats followed by jumping onto the step. This was followed by marching steps and low step ups. They also learned a new exercise on the step, a side plank push-up. The children completed 10 push-ups with each arm.

This week’s challenge was a Superman challenge: the children had to balance on the step with their belly, with arms and legs stretched without touching the floor.
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 
You can always view the class schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website and click on 21st CCLC or click this link.

Have a wonderful weekend and a save Halloween,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 10 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
Second Grade: This week we learned where kids can turn for help. After a discussion of who are safe adults to seek help from, we reviewed a couple of case studies, identified the issues and decided how to seek help in each case.
Third Grade: Third grade also discussed help providers and used concrete examples as a springboard to identify specific courses of action. Third grade went into a little more detail than second grade did and the entire discussion was framed in the context of meeting or failing to meet one or more basic needs.
Fourth/Fifth Grade: We had a very ambitious agenda this week. Using the context of “responsibility,” we discussed specific examples of issues that arise when family members abuse alcohol or drugs. We then engaged in brainstorming what the children could do in those situations. Special emphasis was placed on understanding that kids are not at fault if a family member abuses drugs or alcohol.
Kindergarten: Teacher workday (Friday)
First Grade: Teacher workday (Friday)
   
Kim Littman, Ed.M., Angie Rosero
Kindergarten/First Grade:
 
This week in our STEM program the students learned about gravity and also continued their previous learning about making predictions. The students had to predict if two different items would fall at the same time or if they would fall at different times. Many students predicted that the items would fall at different times because one item was heavier than the other. They were shocked to see that the items fell at the same rate.
In math students worked on simple addition and subtraction problems. First we reviewed addition and subtraction problems together. Afterwards each table was given a small turkey with addition and subtraction problems for the students to solve.
In language arts the students learned about non-fiction stories. We discussed that non-fiction is real facts. Everything in a non-fiction book is true. We discussed that facts are things that can be proven, such as, age, name, birthday etc.
In Spanish we continued discussing our familia- family. This week we wrote the English words on the board and matched the Spanish words at the bottom. Then together we worked on matching the words with the Spanish words on the bottom.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M Second and Third Grade: 
 
This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we discussed magnetism.  We talked about the scientific process and how we go about finding the answer to a problem statement.  They wrote a hypothesis on what they thought was magnetic and non-magnetic. Then they tested their hypothesis by testing different items such as a penny, wood stick, candle, hose nozzle and others. The students discovered that not all metals are magnetic, like copper in a penny.  They wrote down their findings in a data chart and discussed their results.  This week we also talked about empathy and how lucky we are to be able to eat candy and celebrate Halloween if we choose to.  The students decorated bags to fill with candy for needy children.  They wrote messages on the bags and colored them with colorful drawings of their choice.  During math time, we reviewed time and place value by playing place value bingo and time bingo.  The students got a chance to be the callers as well.   We had a very busy week.  Have a safe and fun weekend.
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
This week, our forth and fifth grade students continued to explore decimals.  During the math lesson, the students discussed decimal and fraction equivalent numbers.  They also worked together to model and draw decimals in their word form as well as what portion of 100 each decimal represents.  They were then able to share their findings with each other.  This activity will greatly benefit and support the 5th graders in particular as it is the subject being covered during the regular school day.
In preparation for Halloween, our students engaged in a very special activity.  In collaboration with the other classes and the rest of the Kids for Kids family, our forth and fifth grade students decorated Halloween goodie bags for homeless children.  After a lesson on empathy, we decorated the bags and included a special message in each bag wishing whoever received the bag a safe and happy Halloween.
Lastly, our scientists began their next project: Balloon Rockets!! We had a wonderful conversation about kinetic and potential energy.  The students’ knowledge and understanding of this topic really was further supported during the lesson.  I was happy to observe that every student was able to apply and extend the concept of kinetic and potential energy. The Balloon Rocket activity will continue next week.  It is sure to be a hit!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 23rd, 2015

October 23, 2015
Dear Parents,
We are super excited about our first Saturday Family Activity to take place this Saturday.  We hope to see you all there.
Grades K-2 will be from 9:30am-10:30am and Grades 3-5 will be from 10:45am-11:45am. Remember attending the family events is a condition of the grant.  Please plan to send at least one adult with your child.  We will see you in the Adult Daycare located next door to our science lab.  Students in K-2 will learn about tangrams for critical thinking and grades 3-5 will participate in fraction activities.  Both will be “make and take” activities so that you can extend the instruction at home.  Be sure that you sign in so that you can get credit for attending.
Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer this week, the younger groups (Kinder and First Grade) worked on their agility, balance and coordination and also learned a new game, while the older groups worked on their passing and receiving skills.
This week in karate, the students went over all they need to know for karate kicks, blocks and basics.  We also worked on 10 minutes of exercises like stretching, push ups, sit ups and running.  And at the end we did a listening game called Sifu Says.
Our fitness instructor reports that this week after warm up, the children participated in a Cardio/Step Up movement class. Each child was a given a step, and completed different movements: marching steps, low step ups, and running on the steps. This week’s challenge was arm circles: the child to maintain their arms straight and fingers up and do circles for the longest period of time was the challenge winner. The children then did a relay race with a chosen partner.
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 9 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
Kindergarten: 
This week the Kindergarten students were introduced to “Ciggie Smokenkoff” and the effects of tobacco on the body.
First Grade: 
This week we reviewed what we have learned so far about healthy eating and the importance of self care generally, including exercise. We then began a conversation about alcohol: what it is and what it does.
Second Grade: 
This week we quickly went over what we learned last week about the effects of alcohol on the body. We then introduced the disease of alcoholism and talked about the effects of this disease on the family and friends of the alcoholic.
Third Grade: 
After briefly revisiting what we learned last week about alcohol, this week’s discussion covered Marijuana and Cocaine. We discussed the health effects of these drugs, and then the kids were given a fact sheet about them and completed a crossword puzzle about the facts.
Fourth/Fifth Grade:
As with Third grade, this week we reviewed the lesson about alcohol and then discussed the health effects of Marijuana and Cocaine and completed a crossword puzzle on facts about these drugs. We completed the session with a role play activity using basic decision making to resist peer pressure.
   
Kim Littman, Ed.M., Angie Rosero
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students learned about making predictions and the scientific method. We focused on what a hypothesis is or a prediction. The students first made a list of the materials we would be using to make a predication about what objects would sink or float. The students wrote down what they thought would happen to the objects and then we tested their hypothesis. Each student had a chance to put objects into water and sort them into bowls that said Sink or Float.
In math students continued working on True and False math problems. This week we used two addition problems to determine if it was true that both problems equaled the same number or if it was false and the problem did not equal one another.

In language arts the students learned about fiction stories. The students learned that fiction means that the story is made up. The events and characters are not real. The story we used to best describe what fiction is was the book There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! The students each recieved a copy of the book to look through and determine the characters of the story and the setting- where the story took place. We all read the story aloud. The students then drew pictures of the charaters of the story and the setting of the story. 

In Spanish we discussed our familia- family. The students talked about their families and then we named the family memebers. Such as mama-mom, papa-dad, hermana-sister, hermano-brother. We went over the new words and then each student wrote them in their journals and drew a picture of their own family.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M Second and Third Grade: 
This week the second and third graders were quite busy. We discussed friction, and what surfaces have the most friction. They experimented with toy cars on tile, felt, and carpet to see which of those surfaces had the most friction and would stop the car. We discussed trials (doing the experiment more than once) in order to get more accurate data. The students wrote a hypothesis and then tested their hypothesis. They also put their findings into a data table. The students enjoyed this experiment. During math class, we talked about skip counting and multiplication. The students made skip counting beads for their 2’s and 5’s in second grade; in third grade, they made skip counting beads for their 3’s and 9’s. They took their beads home so they can practice their multiplication facts. During Language Arts, we discussed cause and effect using the book “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.” We will continue discussing cause and effect next week. The students talked about their families during Spanish time and wrote down family words in Spanish. They will continue this activity next week when they will make family trees in Spanish.
 
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade:
This week our 4th and 5th grade students explored the effects of acid rain on buildings and other structures.  After a discussion on how acid rain is formed, its causes and effects, the students were each given a jar with vinegar.  They were also given a piece of chalk and instructed to drop it in the vinegar.  The vinegar and chalk were used to simulate the how acid rain weathers structures on earth.  The student observed how the vinegar broke down the chalk and saw how quickly pieces of the chalk dissolved.  They wrote observations and also discussed how to help prevent the formation of acid rain by being environmentally conscious of air pollutants.
 
The math lesson centered on exploring decimals.  They saw how decimals related to parts of 100 by completing an “Art by Decimals” activity.  Their objective was to come up with a combination of 3 decimals which would equal exactly 1 whole.  
 
Lastly, during the language arts lesson, we reviewed cause and effect.  After a lively discussion, the students then used a T-Chart to identify the causes and effects of several scenarios.  They then used the different scenario cards in their collaborative groups to continue learning about cause and effect.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 16th, 2015

Dear Parents,
Hard to believe we are coming to the end of the first grading period.  Please keep in mind that we must get a copy of your child’s report card to input as part of our data.  When the children are dropped off here, we will ask them for it, make a copy and give it back to them.  In case we don’t get it, please provide a copy after you receive it.  Please also note that Miss Littman and Miss Angie are stepping in for Miss Michelle until we can find a replacement for her as she has asked to leave at 2:00 pm.
Don’t Forget to mark your calendar for our first Saturday Family Activity, Math-A-Rama on October 24th.  Grades K-2 will be from 9:30-10:30 and Grades 3-5 will be from 10:45-11:45.  Remember attending the family events is a condition of the grant.  Please plan to send at least one adult with your child.
Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer this week, the younger groups (Kindergarten and First Grade) continued to work on agility, balance and coordination with fun games, while the older groups continued to learn some ball manipulation skills in groups. 
This week in karate, the kids worked on running to bags and doing different punching and kicking combinations.  Also worked on arms and legs by doing duck walks, bear crawls, crab walks and bunny hops.  They also played a game of flags which is for speed and hand eye coordination.
Our fitness instructor reports that in fitness class this week students had their usual warm up at the beginning of class. After warm up, the children did a balance challenge while standing on their left leg with their arms extended. Then the children did 20 each sit ups, in-and-outs with their legs, and mountain climbers.  To finish, the children did continuous dancing with movements of their choice during an entire song.
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 
Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 8 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:

First Grade: This week we discussed the health effects of tobacco. We discussed this in fairly clinical terms, but then reinforced the concepts with an allegorical story about “Ciggie Smokenkoff.”
Kindergarten: This week we discussed how to identify and keep yourself safe from common household poisons. They received a picture of Mr. Yuk that they could take home and hang on the cabinet where cleaning supplies are kept.
This week Second, Third, and Fourth/Fifth grades were learning about alcohol and its effects on the body.
Second Grade: We reviewed the basic facts about what alcohol is and how it affects the body. Students had a lot of questions.
Third Grade: We reviewed the basic facts about what alcohol is and how it affects the body. We also briefly discussed alcoholism. Students were interested in the similarities and differences between a depressant drug like alcohol and stimulant drugs like caffeine and nicotine.
Fourth/Fifth Grade: We had a substitute teacher this week. In addition to all the topics covered by the Third Grade students, Fourth and Fifth graders ended with an activity designed to identify alternatives to drinking alcohol. It is important for them to know that there are always alternatives and that the choice is theirs.

Michelle Neira, BA/Miss Littman/Miss Angie
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program we learned about eruptions! The students each imagined what a volcano looks like and what comes out when it erupts. Our experiment shocked all the students! Using baking soda, food coloring and vinegar. The students poured baking soda to the bottom of a cup, using 4 ounces of vinegar the children poured it all into the cup with baking soda and observed how an eruption can occur when mixing both ingredients together. The students were shocked and excited that they made a mini eruptions!
In math students determined how to make a balance beam stay balanced using math cubes. The children were given cubes and we started with the problem ___ +___=5 we decided to put 5 cubes into one side of the balance beam and realized that it was not balanced. The students had to move cubes from one cup to the next until they were able to get the balanced beam balanced. We determined that 3+2=5 would keep the beam balanced.
In language arts the students learned about verbs. We started doing an action such as skipping, jumping, and dancing. We decided that what all those words have in common are that they require an action to be done. Therefore, a verb is an action
word. We made a list of all the action words the children then wrote a sentences using action words and drew pictures.
In Spanish we continued discussing the season of autumn. We talked about pumpkins and the color of a pumpkin. We also talked about what kind of clothing is more appropriate to wear when the weather becomes a little chilly. The students drew pictures of a pumpkin patch and labeling it in Spanish as Calabaza.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M Second and Third Grade: 
 
 This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we experimented with ice and water. We talked about the scientific process and wrote down the problem statement and a hypothesis. We answered the problem statement: Will ice have the same mass as in its liquid form? During science lab the students had a lot of fun discovering whether the ice has more matter than the water once the ice has melted. Students wrote down their data, results, and conclusions in their journals. During math time, 2nd and 3rd grade students worked on creating alligators to show greater than and less than equations. They also answered and created word problems using their equations. In Language Arts, the students in 2nd and 3rd grade worked in groups creating and finding compound words. They also created meaningful sentences with their compound words. Children learned the meanings of some unfamiliar compound words. During Spanish time, we translated some of the compound words into Spanish and drew pictures to go with their words. We had a busy and productive week.
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
Our 4th and 5th grade science sleuths continued exploring potential and kinetic energy this week.  They engaged in a the project entitled “How does the height at which  a ball is dropped affect its bounce?  They were able to hypothesize that the higher a ball is positioned when dropped will affect how high the ball bounces.  This project allowed our students to work collaboratively to answer with careful observation, that potential energy does have an effect on kinetic energy.  They saw that both the mass of the ball and the height at which it’s dropped increases the amount of kinetic energy an object has. 
During the math lesson, the students were able to graph their data using a data table.  I am happy to report that they are really getting the hang of graphing!!
The language arts component had the students use the energy book to answer the follow up questions and to solidify their understanding of potential and kinetic energy.

 

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 9th, 2015

Dear Parents,
It was so nice to see so many families joining us for the Kids For Kids Family Day at the Movies.  Many of you have commented that you loved getting to see the free private screening of the movie Pan a week before it came out.  Although this was not technically part of the grant, it was still fun to have an activity outside of the school. We thank Warner Bros. for the event.
Don’t Forget to mark your calendar for our first Saturday Family Activity, Math-A-Rama on October 24th.  Grades K-2 will be from 9:30-10:30 and Grades 3-5 will be from 10:45-11:45.  Remember attending the family events is a condition of the grant.  Please plan to send at least one adult with your child.

Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer this week, the younger groups (Kindergarten and First Grade) continued to work on agility, balance and coordination with fun games, while the older groups continued to learn some ball manipulation skills in groups. Note from Mrs. Davis on soccer:  Our students are really loving this program and the coaches will be starting a Saturday soccer program on the grassy patch in our shopping center.  The program, $70 for 7 Saturday sessions will start on October 17th on our campus.  Flyers will go home on Tuesday.  Please note that this is not a grant related activity, we are merely passing on the information to families who are interested.
In the martial arts class students reviewed all the basic punches, blocks and kicks.  They also did bag work.  They worked on different stretching exercises.  They ended with two minutes of running.
Our fitness instructor reports that in fitness class this week students had their usual stretch before beginning their workout. They had a step class and learned to step on and off step boards. Finally, students did a plank push up challenge!
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 
Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 7 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5
Kindergarten: The theme this week was fire safety.  We did an experiment where we watched a candle burn out in a jar and then practiced stop-drop-and -roll.
First Grade: This week we discussed healthy eating and food choices.  We read a short story about a trip to the grocery store and did a follow-up art activity.  The emphasis throughout today’s lesson was to get them to start thinking that they have control over their food choices.
This week Second, Third, and Fourth/Fifth grades were learning about tobacco and its effects on the body.
Second Grade:  We read a story about Ciggie Smokenkoff and did an art activity to learn about the parts of the body affected by smoking.
Third Grade:  After reviewing detailed background information about the effects of smoking, we did an art activity tracing the pathways the chemicals in tobacco use to enter the human body and travel to various organs.
Fourth/Fifth Grade:  We learned more in depth information about the chemicals in tobacco and their effects on the body and then played a game reinforcing the new information.

Michelle Neira, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
 
This week in our STEM program we learned about dealing with density and matter. The students learned about different densities of different liquids. They combined liquids and observed which floated and which sunk. We mixed oil, water, and syrup in a test tube. The students were amazed to see the different colors/liquids separate: oil being on the top followed by water then the most dense syrup.
In math students determined if an addition or subtraction equation was true or false. We talked about what is true/real and what is false/not real. Then we had different index cards with equations that were true and false the students had to use their fingers or counters to determine whether the answer was true or not. They then came up to the board and put them under the correct column on the board.
For language arts they learned about energy. They used illustrations and details to describe. We talked about how authors illustrate books to help the readers understand them.
In Spanish the students identified words associated with autumn and things that happen in the fall. The students all talked about how the weather changes and leaves fall. They then drew a picture of a tree with fall leaves coloring each of the leaves fall colors and labeling the tree and leaves in Spanish.
Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade 
 This week the second and third graders used vinegar and baking soda mixed with water to test which solution would clean pennies better.  The students wrote a hypothesis and then tested their hypothesis.  They also put their findings into a data table.  Both groups of students found that vinegar cleaned the penny better than baking soda and water.  The students enjoyed this experiment.  During math class, we talked about greater than and less than and created alligators to show the greater than and less than symbol .  During Language Arts, we discussed text features in informational text.  We read a book about matter and found many text features.  The students also were “Text Feature Detectives” and found the many text features in a magazine.  They cut these out and labeled them in their journal.  The text feature and science words were translated into Spanish.  The students wrote the translations in their journal.  We had a busy and productive week.

 
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
This week, our 4th and 5th graders continued their exploration of energy.  This week we focused on potential and kinetic energy.  The students read all about how energy can be observed in these two forms.  They then had discussions with a partner.  For the STEM activity the students worked collaboratively to answer the question: How does the height at which a ball is dropped affect its bounce.  They hypothesized that dropping a ball from a greater height would have an effect on its bounce.
Next week, the students will continue the experiment by gathering their data and graphing the results to show that their evidence either supported or did not support their hypothesis.

 

 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – October 2nd, 2015

Dear Parents,
Great news….We submitted our first month of documentation to the proper channels and we got word that all was in good order.  Thanks for your help in keeping us in compliance so that we can continue to offer this great program.  The most important thing you can do to ensure our success is to simply make sure your child has regular attendance.  Better news….After describing our timeclock procedures, we were told that parents do not need to sign the attendance and that the timeclock print out is enough documentation.  Other news….we gave away 400 free tickets to the screening for the movie PAN.  We look forward to seeing our families at this family event this Saturday.
This week we will be reaching out to your child’s home school teacher to make sure they are aware of our program and to let them know that we are here to help should they need assistance in any area.   We hope to keep an open line of communication with your child’s teacher to maintain continuity on our program.
Here is a report from our athletics department:
In soccer this week, the two younger groups went to the jungle with their soccer balls and learned another new skill as well as how to use different speeds. The older groups focused on ball manipulation and were introduced to maze games.
In the martial arts class students worked on punching and kicking combinations on pads and bags. They worked on running for stamina. They also did different stretching exercises, including pushups and sit ups. 
Our fitness instructor reports that this week the children picked partners and between both of them they did a sit up challenge. Afterwards the the whole class did a plank challenge. We also did burpees and side lunges.

On other athletic days the kids are really enjoying using some of the new equipment we were able to purchase with our grant dollars.
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 
Have a wonderful weekend,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 6 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5
Kindergarten: This week we studied germs, what they are and where they can be found.  We learned that not all germs are harmful, but that frequent hand-washing is important in keeping us healthy.
First Grade: By acting out a number of situations that children their age encounter on a daily basis, the class was introduced to the concept of conflict.  Conflicts are inescapable and do not necessarily indicate malice in another person.  Emphasis was place on the fact that we all have choices when responding to another person’s behavior.
Second Grade:  This week’s lesson focused on Caffeine.  The students learned that it was a drug (a chemical that changes the way our body works) that comes from a plant and is found in many popular types of food.  We discussed some of the effects of Caffeine on the body and also what foods and beverages have Caffeine in them.
Third Grade:  Students were given information about Caffeine as a drug: where it comes from , where it can be found , and what it does to the body.  A large part of the class was spent examining the relative amounts of Caffeine in popular foods.  They were introduced to the concepts of abuse and moderation.
Fourth/Fifth Grade:  This week we rounded out our series on conflict by focusing on sensitivity to the feelings of both parties involved.  An emphasis was placed on distinguishing emotion from action and it was suggested to the students that understanding the other person’s emotion is often key to successful problem solving.  The students were asked to individually write down what they would do and how they would feel when presented with each of five commonly encountered problems.  We then discussed these responses and possible resolutions as a group.

Michelle Neira, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
 
This week in our STEM program we learned about inertia. Students talked about how things move. We listed the different ways that things move: walk, roll, run, fly etc. We then observed how a matchbox toy car moves on the floor in comparison with the carpet. The students all mentioned that it would go farther on the floor because it was smoother. Their hypothesis was correct! 
 
In math we worked on subtraction with dices. The students were paired and each pair was given a dice and counters. They would roll the dice and get that many counters then they would roll the dice again and subtract “take away” that many counters to see how many were left. The kindergarten class really enjoyed this. The first graders then had to write five subtraction sentences in their journals with the answers. 
 
Language arts looked at reading a factual book. We read the book together as a class. We talked about how this book was different from a fairy tale. They talked about how the story didn’t have characters or a setting. Each student had to give a fact they learned about the book at the end. 
 
In Spanish we learned about the months of year. Each student had to pick their favorite month of the year and write about it in their journal.  We also went around the class and talked about our birthdays in Spanish. 
Maria Bushea, Ed.M Second and Third Grade 
 

This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we experimented with matter and talked about the chemical changes that occur when we make a mixture.  During science lab the students had a lot of fun making playdough and were able to get their hands “dirty” when mixing the ingredients. The students took a piece of their play dough home with them.  Students wrote down their observations in their journals focusing on the mixture and how the ingredients cannot be separated after they have been mixed together. During math time, 2nd and 3rd grade students worked on creating bar graphs using tallies of information.  Third grade graphed their favorite foods and their favorite colors and 2nd grade graphed their favorite foods and the number of animals that were in a picture.  They also answered and created word problems using the information in the graph. In Language Arts, the students in 3rd grade worked in groups of three to sort words with the roots “port,” “act,” “tract,” and “graph.” Children learned the meanings of these roots and how knowing the meaning can help them figure out unfamiliar words.  The 2nd Grade students worked on prefixes and root words during language arts time.  They made a foldable book that reviewed four prefixes and their meanings.  They also found examples in text of words with prefixes.  During Spanish time, the students created a graph of their favorite animal translating the graph labels into Spanish.   We had a busy and productive week.  
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade
 
This week, our 4th and 5th Grade students focused on exploring changes in temperature due to chemical reactions and changes.  We observed the chemical reaction that occurs when water is combined with sodium bicarbonate.  They observed that a chemical change had indeed occurred.  During the language arts lesson, the students wrote results for the experiment. During the math lesson, the students were guided through the process of making a line graph which displayed the data gathered during the experiment. The students worked collaboratively to write the scientific results following the experiment.  They also followed up with writing the conclusion to the question “Do chemical Changes affect temperature?” Over all, the student were able to conclude that there are changes in temperature when chemical changes occur.  I encourage parents and their children to further explore this phenomena at home by having their students conduct observations of chemical  and physical changes in matter.