21st CCLC Weekly Updates – January 8th, 2016

Dear Parents,
 
Welcome back from Winter Recess.  I hope you all had a nice time with your families.  We started the New Year with lots of excitement in our enrichment program.  I hope you will enjoy reading about the projects that our students worked on below.


One of the requirements of the grant is that we have an advisory panel that meets 3-4 times a year.  The purpose is to share what we are doing and get feedback from parents and community members to improve our program and to help evaluate its effectiveness.  We will have our first meeting on Tuesday, January 12th from 5:45pm-6:15pm.  I have asked a parent at each grade level to serve on this board in addition to community business individuals.  These meetings are open to the public so if you wish to attend, please meet us in the science lab.
In our soccer program, the younger groups worked on learning how to dribble the ball with control, working on their ability to turn with the ball, stop, start and also how to change speeds, from slow to fast. The older groups began to learn how to play a new game, Kick-ball and will continue to learn how to play for the next few weeks.
In Karate class, children worked on punching and kicking combinations on bags and targets.  Also they did 10 minutes of exercise and stomach work and 2 minutes of running.


During the fitness class students warmed up as usual and then they used new music to work on their arms and legs.  They learned how to do reach and squat combinations.  Other new movements introduced were bend-and-shoot movements similar to bending and shooting a basketball.  The challenge for the week was jumping and hopping on alternating legs.  The class ended with breathing exercises to relax their bodies.
 
 
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.

Wishing you well,

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 18 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
This week all groups began the PeaceWorks curriculum by the Peace Education Foundation.
The Kindergarten group got a visit from the I-Care Cat who sang them a song and talked about why listening is important. The kids did a coloring activity in which they identified scenarios that demonstrated good listening.
First graders reviewed the I-Care Rules and also did a listening activity.  Time they also began working on a crossword puzzle related to listening skills.
The Second and Third grades took a post-test to see how much they learned from the Child Safety Matters curriculum.  They were then introduced to the new curriculum by discussing what a conflict is, what kinds of conflicts they encounter most often, and what strategies they have already learned to address conflict.
The Fourth/Fifth grade class took a pre-test for the curriculum.  We then had a circle discussion about a letter written to them from the authors of the curriculum.  The letter included comments from a sixth grade student about the many problems in the world, both big and small, and how a single person could or could not set out to make a difference.  The authors use the word “peacemaker” to refer to someone who helps resolve conflicts both directly and by working to solve the underlying causes of conflict in the world.

Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students were able to observe the growth of their plants that we planted last month. Before going outside to measure the plants there was a class discussion on how to measure with a ruler. Once outside, each student measured their plant to see how much it grew. Then, the students documented their results in their journals.
In math, students learned how to create and solve their own math problems by playing a game. The game included two spinners. Each spinner had numbers and whatever numbers the students spinner landed on were the numbers they would make a problem with. As the students played, they wrote their math problems in their journals.
In language arts, the students learned about contractions. As a class, we went over what contractions are and what they are used for. Then as a class, the teacher used a word puzzle to teach the students the different contractions. To show comprehension students used contraction words to write sentences in their journals.
In Spanish, the students learned their colors in Spanish. The class started by reviewing each color in English and in Spanish. Then, the students played color bingo to show that they learned the colors in Spanish.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M 
Second and Third Grade: 
 
Welcome back and Happy New Year!  The kids in 2nd and 3rd grade worked on summarizing and main idea during Language Arts.  Second grade students read an article about a new bridge and wrote a summary of the article.  Third grade students read an article about the upcoming presidential election and wrote a summary.  During Spanish time, the students reviewed Spanish color words by playing Color Word Domino.  They had a lot of fun.  During math time 2nd grade students are continuing with addition and subtraction using money and 3rd grade students are working on fractions. During Science, the students experimented with static electricity.  They conducted an experiment with a balloon and their hair and an aluminum can.  They wrote their results in their journals.
 
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. 
Fourth and Fifth Grade:
This week, our 4th and 5th grades students continued studying fractions during the Math lesson by playing Fraction Dominoes.  For this game, they divided fraction dominoes among their groups and took turns finding equivalent fractions for each side of the domino.  They were then to write out the list of equivalent fractions as well as round each fraction to Zero or One.  This skill will come in very handy during their math classes as rounding fractions to check for reasonableness is a Math Standard skill.
For the Language arts activity, they were tasked with cutting out scenes from magazines and pasting them into their journals.  They were then to write a detailed description of their scene and share it with your group.
Lastly, our super science sleuths studied Spanish vegetable vocabulary by playing Spanish vegetable dominoes. Similar to the fraction domino game, the students were to match up a picture with it’s corresponding Spanish word.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 18th, 2015

Dear Parents,
 
Thank you to all the parents who attended last weekend’s family engagement activity. We hope you found the information Mr. Davis provided regarding internet safety useful. As we go away for winter recess, I want to wish all of our families a wonderful holiday season.  I hope your new year to come is filled with good health, happiness, and abundance.
In Fitness this week, the children went to the field and did sprint races for two different distances, about 30 feet and about 80 feet. The children sprinted to the shorter distance, did five jumping jacks, sprinted the shorter distance again, completed five burpees, then sprinted to the shorter distance a third time and completed five pushups. They did the same thing for the longer distance. This week’s challenge was to see how long the children could hold a lunge.
In Karate this week, tie children worked on their belt curriculum, including all punches, blocks, kicks and basics. They also did two minutes of running in different positions and 10 minutes of exercises and stomach work.
This week during soccer practice, the younger groups (Kinder and 1st grade) went on an adventure to Soccer City, using their imaginations to drive their cars to explore and learn some soccer skills along the way. The older groups worked on using their visual skills to learn and react to visual cues in maze games.
 
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.

Wishing you well,
 
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 17 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
This week we completed the Child Safety Matters curriculum. All grade levels reviewed the safety rules, finished the lessons, and/or took the post-test. All the students received a variety of items emblazoned with the Child Safety Matters logo or the safety rules in order to help them remember, and parents should have received letters (on yellow paper) explaining what was discussed. The Child Safety Matters lessons included short videos from the NetSmartz Workshop, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (that’s NetSmartz with a “z”).
I encourage all of you to visit their website for more information and tips for parents on keeping your children safe on the internet. You can also let your children visit the kids website for more videos and activities. www.NetSmartz.org www.NetSmartzKids.org


Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students learned why the stem/bark is one of the most important parts of a plant. As a class, the students observe how a plant receives water from the stem and how it travels through the plant to grow. The students then draw and write their observations in their journals.
In math, students continued to learn about addition and subtraction through a game. The class plays holiday math bingo. The teacher writes problems on the board and the students solve the problem to know what numbers to mark. Once a student has bingo they call SANTA to claim their prize.
In language arts, the students learned about the problem and solution of a story. As a class the students read the book, A Tiny Seed. After reading the book, there is a class discussion on what the problem and solution of the story is and the students write it in their journals.

 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M 
Second and Third Grade: 
 
During Science this week in 2nd and 3rd grade we discussed density in salt water as opposed to fresh water. The students participated in an experiment where they made an egg float in salt water and then discovered that the egg sank in fresh water. The students wrote down their observations. During Language Arts, students used as many describing words as they could to describe pictures they cut out of magazines and newspapers. During Math time 2nd grade students played a partner game practicing their addition and subtraction skills. Third grade students played a partner game practicing their multiplication and division skills. During Spanish, the students discussed describing words and translated to Spanish. Students drew winter scenes and labeled the scene with the Spanish description words. Happy New Year and we will see you in 2016.

 

Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. 
Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
 This week, our super science sleuths worked on multiplication and division related fact families.  During this activity, they worked in groups to find the multiplication and division fact families hidden in a game board.  They were to use tiles to cover up numbers which made up the fact family.  The play with the most sets of families won!

 For the language arts activity, they read a chapter of Robert Dahl’s The Twits.  They were then to find the main idea and supporting details.  They documented their work in their journals with a graphic organizer. Lastly, they worked on dissecting a flower to see all of its reproductive parts.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 11th, 2015

Dear Parents,
 
We are excited about the information Mr. Davis will be providing tomorrow during our second Saturday Family Activity. You can come during either time slot: from 9:30-10:30am or from 10:40-11:40am. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, Internet Safety, this is a parents only event. Be sure that you sign in so that you can get credit for attending. We hope to see you all there!
Remember, attending these family events is a condition of the grant. The rest of the Family Activities are on:
February 20: Science Sleuth Day-Ramps, Rockets and Much More!
April 16: Reducing Stress and Curbing Test Taking Anxiety
June 25: Loving Language Arts!
August 1: TBA
In Fitness this week, the children did open-and-close exercises with their legs, scissor jumps, and different floor work: push-ups on their knees, and in-and-outs with their legs. We also practiced jumping jacks, we were able to make it up to 50 in a row. This week’s challenge was to see who could hold a squat position the longest.
In Karate this week, the children worked on al lthe kicks, blocks and basics They also did some target work to help them with focus. They also did 10 minutes of exercise and running to help them with their stamina.
This week during soccer practice, the younger groups (Kinder and 1st grade) used their imaginations to go on a pireate ship to learn different skills and ways of manipulating the ball. The older groups worked on some ball manipulation skills and also on invasion games in teams. 
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.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 16 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
This week we continued working in the Child Safety Matters curriculum. There are only two lessons for each grade level, but, since they are expected to take 45-60 minutes apiece, I have had to break the lessons down into smaller units.
Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grade groups started working on the second lesson. After a review of the safety rules learned in lesson 1, we started talking about bullies.
The Fourth and Fifth grade group finished the second lesson. We expanded the discussion of bullies to include cyberbullies and then we discussed cyber safety in general.
Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students learned how different fruits have different seeds inside. As a class we guessed how many seeds a squash, kiwi, pear and avocado had. Afterwards the teacher opened up the fruit and the class counted how many seeds were in each fruit together. The students documented their results in their journals.
In math, students continued to learn about addition using counters. They learned that with even simple or more complex problem using something like counters can make problems easier to solve. The students used double sided counters to make and solve their own math problems.
In language arts, the students learned about verbs. The students learned about still verbs. As a class they read a book about living and non-living things. While reading the students had to point out the still words that they saw in the text. Afterwards the students wrote and drew a picture of one living and nonliving thing that was not in the book.
In Spanish, the students learned about verbs in Spanish. After reviewing that verbs are action words students learned how to stay certain action words like run and skip in Spanish. Afterwards they drew and labeled their favorite action word.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M 
Second and Third Grade: 
 
This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we looked at seeds. Students examined dry and soaked lima beans. We talked about the cotyledons and the embryo that is part of the seed. The students dissected the seed and wrote their observations. During math time, 2nd grade students continued to work with money. They added amounts using quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies. Third grade students used fraction strips to find equivalent fractions. The students really enjoyed discovering the many equivalent fractions that there are. During reading and language arts, we read fictional stories, predicted the text, and answered questions. Then the students revised their predictions and talked about theme. During Spanish time, the students described actions in Spanish and wrote stories including Spanish Action words. The students drew pictures for their stories. We had a very busy week!
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. 
Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
This week, our students explored what happens when foods are digested.  In the activity, the students used saltine crackers, water, pineapple juice, and iodine to conduct the experiment.  They were to answer the question “What breaks down food better, water or pineapple juice?”
In the experiment, the students broke saltine crackers into a fine powder to simulate what happens when food is crushed up in the mouth.  They then placed a small amount of the crushed saltine cracker, 2 tablespoons of water and added 3 drops of iodine into a cup.  The iodine was used as an indicator to tell if the food was indeed being broken down by the liquid tested.  In another cup, they poured a small amount of the crushed cracker, 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice and 3 drops of iodine.  They then observed that the pineapple juice allowed the cracker to break down better than the water.
For the math activity, we continued our exploration of fractions.  After a lesson on adding fractions with unlike denominators, the students got with a partner and used a pair of die to put together fractions.  They were then to add the fractions and document their work in their journals.
Lastly, the students’ Spanish lesson centered on acting out action words.  After writing a 3-column chart in their journals, they wrote the Spanish translation of the action words, then played charades with their partners to guess each word.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – December 4th, 2015

Dear Parents,
 
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with their loved ones! Our schedule returned to normal this week.
Mark your calendars: our next Family Academy class will take place next Saturday, December 12. Please remember that participation in the six Saturday classes are a requirement of the grant.
In Fitness, the children danced to different cardio music, followed by 20 jumping squats. Next the children lined up in two different groups and did jumping jacks for short distances. This week’s challenge was that the children had to hold a table position for as long as possible. We discovered that we have many flexible children! We also continued working on sprints.
In Karate, the children did bag work as well as punching and kicking combinations focusing on different targets. They also did 10 minutes of exercise and running.
This week during soccer practices, the younger groups (Kinder and 1st grade) worked on using different ways to move, including star jumps, marching, hopping on two feet and leaping. They also worked on their agility and teamwork ability. The older groups worked on reaction games, as well as agility, coordination and fun group games in teams.
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.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 15 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
This week we continued working in the Child Safety Matters curriculum. There are only two lessons for each grade level, but, since they are expected to take 45-60 minutes apiece, I have had to break the lessons down into smaller units.
Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grade groups completed the first lesson. Please look for the Parent Safety connection; it is on yellow paper. This has more detailed information about what we covered and has activities you can do with your child to support the lesson. All the kids also received a refrigerator magnet with the safety rules on them. Most importantly, all the students received two bookmarks. These are not for the children to keep. They are to give the bookmarks to adults they can trust to help them out in a serious safety situation. The book mark has an open letter so that the adult they give it to will understand the purpose. Please help your children select one adult outside your family that they can look to for help, if needed
The Fourth and Fifth grade group began the second lesson. We discussed bullies and did some creative exploration in to the kinds of character traits make a good friend.
Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students learned how to classify things into different groups. The students classified and sorted different types of seeds. They classified using peas, green beans, corn, and carrot seeds. After putting the seeds in different groups they noted their findings in their journals.
In math, students continued to learn about addition using counters. They learned that with even simple or more complex problem using something like counters can make problems easier to solve. The students used double sided counters to make and solve their own math problems.
In language arts, the students learned about verbs. The students learned about verbs by playing a game that had them moving. This showed the student that verbs were action words. Then, as a class, the students read a book called Class Field Trip. While reading the story the students would point out the action words. After, students wrote and drew about their favorite verb that was used in the book.
In Spanish, the students learned about what people do and wear during the winter time. The students also learned that winter time is not the same all round the world. After the discussion, the students drew and labeled the different clothes that is worn during the winter and also drew a picture of something that they would do if they could play in a snowy place.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade: 
 
This week the second and third graders checked on their sunflower plants. They also worked with leaves and made leaf rubbings. We read about parts of a leaf and the different kinds of leaves that grow in different ecosystems. They learned that leaves come in many shapes and sizes and that leaves are an important part of the plant. During Math Time 2nd Grade students are working with coins; pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. They are discovering different combinations to make amounts. Third grade students are working with fractions during math time. They made fraction strips and labeled the numerator and denominator. Students compared 1/2 , and ¼. and 1/8. The students explored different combinations of fractions and will be working with fractions for the next few weeks. During Spanish time the students are discovering actions and how they are translated in Spanish (ie walking, jumping, writing). The students are practicing writing sentences using the action words in Spanish.
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
This week, our 4th and 5th grade Super Science Sleuth learned about carnivourous plants.  During the reading and language arts activity, they read an article about three plants who eat insects.  They were then to compare and contrast how and what they eat.  They were grossed out when they found out that these carnivorous plants dissolve their prey!
For the math activity, they used colored tiles to explore fractions.  They were to come together in teams to come up with ways to use the tiles to add fractions with like denominators.  I am happy to say that we are fostering some very good problem solvers!
Lastly, our students explored number codes using a codex to find out hidden messages.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 27th, 2015

Dear Parents,
 
While this was a very short week for our Super Sleuths Program, our students worked on some great activities to keep their minds and bodies engaged!
In Fitness, the children danced to different cardio music, followed by 20 jumping squats. Next the children lined up in two different groups and did jumping jacks for short distances. This week’s challenge was that the children had to hold a table position for as long as possible. We discovered that we have many flexible children! We also continued working on sprints.
Karate and Soccer did not take place this week. They will return to their regular schedule next week.
Check out photos taken during the week on our 21st CCLC Facebook Page: 

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and  wish you a great weekend!

Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Below are the weekly reports from the
PBL (Project Based Learning) Teachers
 
Week 14 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
This week we continued working in the Child Safety Matters curriculum. There are only two lessons for each grade level, but, since they are expected to take 45-60 minutes apiece, I have had to break the lessons down into smaller units.
The Fourth and Fifth grade group completed the first lesson. They have learned all 5 of the safety rules and each student was given a pencil, a refrigerator magnet with the rules listed, and two bookmarks which they were instructed to give to trusted adults. The bookmarks also listed the rules and had an open letter to the chosen adult letting that person know that the child considers him or her as someone they can go to in a safety situation. The students were also each given a yellow paper to give to their parents explaining what they have learned to date and what they are expected to do with the objects they were given.
The Second and Third grade groups completed going through the five safety rules, but did not complete the first lesson. We should finish up on Monday and they will be given objects to take home just like the older students.
Kindergarten and First grade, of course, did not meet this week due to the holiday, but I expect that both of these groups will also finish the first lesson next week.
Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week the students played a game that taught them the importance of following directions. The students were given a thanksgiving picture. The students had to listen carefully to the teacher’s instruction to see what had to be done. The teacher was only allowed to say the directions one time. There were two rounds, the first round was simple one step instructions and the second round had 2 or 3 steps to follow. The students learned that if they did not listen to the full instructions then their papers and the papers of their peers would not look the same.
For math the students played a bowling game. Each student had a chance to bowl and see how many pins they could knock down. By subtracting the total number of pins from the ones still standing they found out their score.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade: 
 
This week the second and third graders checked on the plants that they planted last week. They are growing nicely and the kids got an opportunity to water and also clean up the garden area. Students also participated in a “listening to directions” Thanksgiving activity. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Break and I look forward to seeing all the students again next week.
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
This week, our super science sleuths practiced and performed a short skit based upon an article we read last week. After learning about China’s giant cave systems and the way scientists are documenting them, the students then wrote and performed a short skit as if they were the scientists studying the caves. They were able to apply their understanding of the laser scanners used to map the caves to a funny and engaging activity. Many of the students had such a great time with this activity!!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 20th, 2015

I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of your for helping us to be compliant in all areas of our 21st CCLC Grant.  When your child has been absent, you have been doing a great job in emailing or sending in notes regarding their days missed.  As you know, report cards have come out and we have managed to make copies of just about every child’s card.  This is mandatory for our compliance.  If we do not have yours, we will let you know next week so that you can provide us with a copy.
In fitness this week, the children did sit-ups, bicycles, in-and-outs, and danced to different cardio songs after their usual warmup. The challenge this week was leg raises: the children laid down on their backs, raising their legs and bringing them down slowly without touching the floor. To finish the fitness class, the children did short sprints.
In Karate, this week students worked on all the basics punches, blocks, & kicks.  We did 10 min of stretching and running.  And we did flags for their hand eye coordination & movement.

We would like to congratulate our soccer coaches as they have helped to get FIU into the finals.  As Soccer will not take place next Thursday since we are closed for Thanksgiving, Soccer will resume as normal the week of November 30th.

Next week will be a short week since Wednesday is a Teacher Planning Day and we are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday.
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 13 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
So far this year we have been doing lessons from the TRUST curriculum developed by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This week all grade levels began a new curriculum called Child Safety Matters developed by the Monique Barr Foundation. It primarily focuses on developing assertiveness skills in safety situations, including situations which could be considered child abuse. I encourage everyone to visit the foundation website (www.mbfchildsafetymatters.org) to learn more about the curriculum, its goals, and its methods.

This week everyone took a brief pre-test related to the skills which we will be learning in the weeks to come. Then, we saw a Powerpoint presentation (some classes also saw a video) which began to introduce the kids to the five basic safety rules which form the core of this curriculum. Each rule comes with its own hand gesture to help the kids remember the rule and also remember the intent behind the rule.

Next week, be on the lookout for a parent information sheet. It will have detailed information about what we did and specific things you can do at home to reinforce the lessons.
 Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students learned about growing plants. After discussing what plants need to grow the students were told that they were going to plant seeds in the school’s garden. Before going outside, each student used a Popsicle stick to make a maker for their plants. Afterwards, the students were taken to the garden and given a place where they were to plant their seeds. The students had to fill their spot with soil, plant the seed, and water the seeds.

In math, students continued to learn about addition and subtraction. After reviewing some problems, students got into groups of four to play an addition and subtraction game with their peers.

In language arts, the students learned how to use a table of contents of a book. They were taught that the table of contents was used to find where certain information is in a book. As a class, the students learned how to use the table of contents. After, they were able to use it themselves to find something interesting about owls and write about it in their journals.

In Spanish, the students learned about Thanksgiving. The students learned how to say the different foods that they eat around a thanksgiving table in Spanish. They also discussed what they are thankful for and what they do on this special day with their family.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M
Second and Third Grade: 
 
This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we planted sunflowers. Students planted sunflowers in the garden and then predicted how long they think it will take for their plants to grow. During Spanish time we talked about the parts of a plant and labeled them in English and in Spanish. During Language Arts, 2nd and 3rd grade students discussed point of view and that point of view means who is telling the story. They identified and highlighted key words that give clues to the point of view in a story. During Math time 3rd grade students explored division with beans and cups. They divided their beans into equal parts into cups and worked out division problems using their beans and cups. During math time in 2nd grade, the students practiced addition with regrouping using bean bags and a target. They tossed the bean bags onto the target and used the numbers that they landed on to create two digit addition problems which they solved. They really enjoyed this week.

Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M.
Fourth and Fifth Grade:
 
This week, our super science sleuths explored how weathering and erosion can change the earth’s land forms.  After reading about how the huge caves that can be found in China were formed, our 4th and 5th graders engaged in an activity which answered the following guiding question: Which kind of rock can make “caves” the quickest? 
For this activity, the students used two different materials to construct a “cave” One was made out of two layers of sugar cubes.  The sugar cubes represented limestone rock.  The other was made out of saltine crackers.  The saltine crackers represented other types for rock.  
The students then used eye droppers to slowly drop water over both rocks in order to determine which would make cracks and eventually form caves in the structures the fastest.  They found out that the sugar cubes formed caves the quickest while the saltine crackers simply absorbed the water being dropped over them.  This led them to conclude that the type of rock does have an effect on how caves are formed.