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. 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – November 13th, 2015

Dear Parents,
This week was a short one, but one filled with learning at Kids For Kids Academy.  I had a chance to peek into the kids journals and am so happy with the progress they are making in all areas.  Mr. Davis reports that the kids just finished the TRUST curriculum and have shown a 44% improvement from the pre-test.  I know the skills they are learning with him and our other staff will really make a difference in their academic futures.
Our wonderful soccer coaches, Coach Eric and Coach Sebastian, were away this week as the FIU Soccer Team was away at finals. We wish them the best of luck at the tournament.
Since there was no school on Wednesday, the kids did not participate in Karate this week.
 
This week in fitness after warm up, the children learned how to do mountain climbers standing up, and completed a set of 20. They also did a variation of a sit-up: they placed their feet against the wall, and reached for their toes, also in a set of 20. The children then did lunges individually for approximately four feet, and once they reached the four feet mark, they had to sprint back to the start, back to the ending point, and back to the start again. This week’s challenge was standard mountain climbers (on the floor).
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 12 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Prosocial Behavior Classes Grades K-5:
 
Kindergarten and First Grade: This week we read the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  Aside from exposing them to some excellent literature, the goal was to have them practice paying close attention.  For many young children, the concept of really focusing on something (like a story, or verbal instruction) is a skill which needs to be learned and practiced.
Second, Third, and Fourth/Fifth Grades spent the first half of the session briefly reviewing all of the sessions from the TRUST curriculum.  We will be starting Safety Matters on Monday.  During the second half of the sessions, the kids completed a post-test on the material covered.
Tabitha Balon, BA
Kindergarten/First Grade:
This week in our STEM program the students continued to learn about sound. As a class we had a discussion on the five senses. Afterwards, there was an experiment that was done together to show how sound can change. The students observed how sound and appearance do not always match. We used a metal spoon and tapped different size tin containers, and on different surfaces, to see which container and on what surface the sound was loudest. After observing the results, kindergarten students drew their results in their journals. The first grade students wrote a sentence and drew a picture of their results.
In math, students continued to learn about addition and subtraction. After reviewing some problems, as a class students each got two dominoes. In their journals the students drew the domino they received. Then they used the numbers given on the dominoes to make addition and subtraction problems.
In language arts, the students learned about common and proper nouns. After discussing the difference between common and proper nouns as a class, a list was created of different common and proper nouns. Finally, the students were told to make their own list of common and proper nouns in their journals.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M Second and Third Grade: 
This week in 2nd and 3rd grade we discussed inclined planes.  We talked about the problem statement:  “Will increasing the height of an inclined plane increase the distance that a car travels?”  The students wrote their hypothesis and then they experimented with inclined planes.  They used books and a track to launch toy cars on the tile.  They did indeed discover that increasing the height of the plane will increase the distance the car travels.  They wrote their results and conclusions into their journals.  They also discussed different examples that they see in their everyday life of inclined planes.  The students really enjoyed this experiment.  Ask them about an inclined plane at home.  See if they can explain it.  During Language Arts, the students worked with fact and opinion.  They made charts that differentiated facts from opinions.  We will be continuing multiplication and division with the third grade students during math time next week.  The second grade students will be working with probability in mathematics.  Have a great weekend.
 
Sandra Valenzuela, Ed.M. Fourth and Fifth Grade:
This week, our 4th and 5th grade super science sleuths continued exploring energy.  We started the week with a conversation which tied together all the projects we have done on energy thus far.  The students were given a chance to make connections and apply their understanding of all the forms of energy and how they would apply to how energy is transferred. By the end of this short week, the students observed how energy best transferred by conductors as opposed to insulators.  They were also able to observe that the proximity of matter to a heat source does have an effect on how quickly heat moves from one place to another.  The project “How does the distance from a heat source affect how quickly chocolate chips melt?” was focused on this principle.  The students especially enjoyed the end when they were given some of the “experiment” to sample.

 

 

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!