21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 16th, 2017

Dear Parents,
     The first week of our summer enrichment program was off to a great start.  Even through having a lot of rain, the kids did a really great job participating in the activities both indoors and out.  On the rainy days, our students had PE in the covered area outside my front office.  They used plastic engineering sticks to construct different structures.
     Everyone had an amazing time at the Biscayne Nature Center for our first fieldtrip.  What an amazing learning experience to teach our children about the importance of conservation and our environment.
     As part of our program, we use feedback from parents and also from our advisory committee to make program improvements.  As a result of feedback from both of these groups of individuals, we will be changing the structure of our last two family engagement activities to better support the needs of our families.  That said, Family Engagement Activity #5 will not take place on a Saturday as previously scheduled.  It will take place on Thursday, June 22nds at 5:30 which is the scheduled end time for the program.  Those families who have been picking up a bit early, please note that time so that you plan on your child staying until the end of the day so that you can get credit for attending this activity with your child.  Remember, the family engagement activities are required for participation in the program.  If you cannot attend because of your work schedule, it is okay to send another adult representative along like a grandparent, aunt, or uncle.  Please mark your calendar so that one adult can be here for this program.  The final activity, #6 will take place on the last day of camp, July 28th, also at 5:30.
     Finally, click here to see the advisory committee meeting notes and recap to see the feedback we were given and how we plan to change our program for the better.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Year 2 Summer Week 1 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A discussed what it means to be “responsible for what we say and do.” They also listed different ways that they can show responsibility at home in contrast to showing responsibility at school.
In Group B, we made a flip-book. Each child was able to cut out and make his or her own flip book. The story involves a cat with some cheese and a mouse with some milk who decided to share and ended up having a better snack than they otherwise would have.
In Groups C, we read a book called Big Al and used the story as a springboard into a discussion of the skills needed to make friends. We made a list of those skills and will continue our discussion next week when we will also focus on stereotypes.
Group D was introduced to a generic problem solving formula which was demonstrated through role play. The children then worked independently on making a radio announcement to convince other people that the formula is the best way to solve problems.
 

Amanda Dufau., Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, students were introduced to the names of the seven continents of the world in Spanish: Asia, África, Norteamérica, Sudamérica, Antártida, Europa, y Australia. We practiced saying the names, matched the names to a map of each continent, how the accents in the words change the way the syllables sound, and discussed how some of the names are similar to the names of the continents in English. Groups C and D also discussed the sizes of each continent, which is the largest and smallest, and how most other countries use the metric system to measure size. Did you know Australia is the smallest continent, measuring 8 million square kilometers? Ask your child how this would be said in Spanish.

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:
We just jumped right into science for the summer starting with group A and their roof designs. Group A spent the first half of the week trying to design a roof to their house that wouldn’t leak. The remainder of the week was dedicated to coming up with a parachute that would land a few figures safely and by safely we mean not falling out of the basket. The students did quite well, we may have a few future engineers in our midst. Group B started the summer science with an intro into engineering. They constructed gliders, diving bells, and parachutes. It was a fun and relaxing way to start the summer. Group C built items that were powered by air and water. This week they made a cutting machine, grinding machine and truck. It was complicated and we are working on being patient and not giving up thus we ended up successful! Group D went back to medieval times with catapults and crossbows. I think out biggest discovery this week was there are MANY different types of catapults and crossbows. This week was the classic catapult, a trebuchet, and a scorpion. We learned that a trebuchet is a fancy name for something that looks like a fancy catapult. The students loved this, especially the part where we can launch things across the room! We look forward to continuing these themes next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
Math is a little different this summer. It’s only 30 minutes one day a week so our lessons are a little shorter. Group A continued their adventure in subtraction with regrouping. They used pennies and dimes to show how regrouping is just exchanging one dime for ten pennies. The fact that we could physically do this with our coins made the concept a lot more meaningful. Group B created a collage of solids using old magazines and catalogues. They found some very interesting examples of each type of solids and the cutting and gluing was the most fun. Group C learned how to use a compass which is not as easy as it sounds. They practiced drawing all sizes of circles. Once they got the hang of it, the students found out how great it was to draw a perfect circle. Group D used their knowledge of geometry to design a playground to meet certain specifications such as two polygons, four intersecting lines etc. The designs are coming along but we will need one more week to finish. I can’t wait to see the final product.
Language Arts:
Groups A and B dove right into their books study. Group A read Hi Fly Guy which is a story about a boy who has a pet fly. I’m not sure all the students are embracing the pet fly idea but some of them thought it would be cool. Group B started a great story called Battle Bunny about a boy who rewrites a book his grandma gave him for his birthday. He had to rewrite it because to him it was a baby book. Wow, the kids really could identify with that one! The story is very interesting but we’re going to have to wait ’til next week to find out if Alex saved the world from the evil Battle Bunny! Groups C and D started the summer with a little word game called Word for Word. The students add prefixes and suffixes to words to create new words. It started off a little slow but once the students found out you could make words with multiple prefixes and suffixes their curiosity peaked! Next week the older groups will start their novels for the summer. We can’t wait!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 9th, 2017

Dear Parents,
As we close the chapter on the 2016-2017 school year, we look ahead to an amazing summer of fun.  My staff has been busy planning wonderful activities for your child.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as we continue the year with our Summer Enrichment Program.
  • We ask that students bring a filled cold water bottle to camp each day.  You may want to freeze the container half way so it stays cold.  Please make sure that it is labeled with their name.  We will give them the opportunity to refill it with bottled water if needed for their second PE block.  Students will have soccer 3 days a week and PE 5 days a week.  There will be 30 minutes of outdoor time in the morning and another hour in the afternoon.
  • We ask that each child bring from home a chapter book that they can read daily during our D.E.A.R. time which stands for Drop Everything And Read.  We will have some books on hand but we find their interest is held better with something they like to read.
  • NO electronics of any kind including cell phones will be permitted on site over the summer.  If you need to reach your child, please call the school and we will gladly transfer the call.  NO Pokémon or Yugi-Oh cards will be permitted.
  • We have purchased several board games that the children will have access to for about 45 minutes each day.  If your child has a board game or card game that they would like to bring in to share with their group, or you have any you wish to donate that you no longer use, we will gladly accept them.  Please keep in mind that we cannot be responsible for lost pieces.
  • If your child has been given a summer home learning packet, we have a 15 minute period each day that we will allow them and assist with working on those packets.  Although it does not seem like a lot of time, 15 minutes everyday will give your child 8.5 hours of time on the packet.  Students will also have time everyday to work on the District mandated computer software.
  • Our students will take part in 7 fieldtrips over the summer to enrich their learning.  Five of them will be off site and for those, they must wear a Kids For Kids Academy T-shirt so that we can monitor all of our students and keep them safe.  We have those shirts available for $10 at the school.  Our first fieldtrip is an amazing one to the Biscayne Nature Center.  For this fieldtrip students will participate in ankle deep water explorations so WATER SHOES WILL BE REQUIRED on the fieldtrip.  It will take place on Friday, June 16th.
  • Program hours are from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.  Although you are not required to be on site as early as 7:30, we will be available for program activities starting at 7:30.  The program ends at 5:30 daily.  Families who need care after 5:30 may pay a $15 weekly fee to the Hero Gym who will be picking up children at our school at 5:30 and will remain with the kids until 6:30.  Families who do not pick up by 5:30, your children will be sent to the Hero Gym and you will be billed a fee of $5 daily fee for Hero Gym to watch your child.  That said, if you know you can’t pick up on time, it will be far more economical to sign up and pay them the $15 per week.  The grant does not pay our staff after 5:30 which is why we have contracted their services.
  • Students are encouraged but not required to stay until 5:30.  They must however be present for all academic instruction and reinforcement activities.  Please check the schedule in the front window for their instructional blocks of time.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 39 Activities
Soccer highlights:

This week, the younger groups worked on developing their range of movement, including playing games like ‘Chase the Coach’ and during obstacle courses where they needed to use skills such as jumping, stepping and crawling. 
The older groups learned more games to increase their athleticism and specifically their agility and coordination skills in catching games. They also played Pacman with the balls where they worked on passing skills. They ended the week with their favorite “Doctor Doctor”, working on their passing skills while dribbling.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A began discussing I-Care Rule 5: We are responsible for what we do and say. The group made a tally chart of all the household chores the students are responsible for. Then we did an activity ordering the steps for growing a plant and briefly discussed what would happen if one of the steps was left out.
Group B discussed the nature of the human brain. We broke into small groups and each group did a pantomime of a different machine (blender, lawn mower, washing machine, etc.). The other students tried to guess what machine they were. Afterwards we discussed the ways in which our brains make us different from machines.
Groups C and D practiced their chess skills in head-to-head matches. All the students were remarkably focused and showed strong skills in moving the pieces. Some students are starting to think a few moves ahead.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 
It was a week of silly sentences for all the groups. Each of the groups used premade word cards to create the silliest, yet grammatically correct, sentences they could make. Groups A and B worked only with nouns, verbs, articles while groups C and D used all parts of speech. I have to say some of the sentences were hilarious. This was a very creative and stress free lesson; a very enjoyable way to end the school year. We look forward to starting our novels for the summer next week.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: It was a short week for science. Groups A and B created labyrinths from shirt boxes and empty paper rolls. It was a very relaxing way to end up the regular school year. There was no school on Friday so Groups C and D didn’t meet for science this week. We are on to our summer program starting next week. Catapults, Amusement Park Construction, Engineering, and Electromagnetism are all topics we look forward to for the next 7 weeks of camp.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:   
Our final week of math consisted of working with patterns for groups A and B, order of operations for Group C and time zones for group D. Groups A and B used shape cards to create and extend patterns. The students were allowed to create their own and some were quite complicated. Groups C had a little more fun with order of operations and figuring out what would happen if you mixed up the order. Group D entered into the Time Zone! They used a world map of time zones to calculate the change in time from one place to another. It was a great end to a fabulous school year in math. Summer, summer here we come!
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 2nd, 2017

Dear Parents,
It is unbelievable that the end of the school year is already next week! Please remember that summer programming begins right after the school year ends, on June 12th.
Field trip permission forms for summer are already available for parents to sign, please be sure to ask someone at the front desk to sign your child’s.
Next Wednesday, June 7th, is the Kids For Kids Academy   Pre-K Graduation. In order for staff to attend and be recognized for the wonderful job they do with all our students throughout the year, we will allow parents to pick up by 5 p.m. if you are able.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Week 38 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

This week, the younger groups continued to explore different methods of moving including marching, hopping and doing star jumps. They also continued to explore how to kick the ball, gaining comfortability with this. 
The older groups worked on evading an opponent without the ball using movements such as cutting, dodging and ducking. With the ball they focused on their dribbling and passing skills.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Groups A and B did not meet this week due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Groups C read Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Oh, What a Day” and discussed the clues in the poem which revealed what kind of day the narrator had. Then the reflected on their own lives in recent weeks and rewrote the poem twice (using templates provided), once including things which led to a bad day and once including things which led to a good day.
Group D began by defining conflict. It was pointed out that viewing a conflict as a battle which must be won or lost limits options, but viewing conflict as difference of opinion leaves open the possibility of both sides getting what they want. The group was then introduced to the elements of a conflict (the issue, the relationship between the parties, and the emotions involved). The students analyzed a recent conflict in their own lives and shared/discussed the analyses with their peers.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 
Group A worked on visual story sequence cards. They had to use their observation skills to put the cards in sequential order. Some of the stories were quite funny. Groups B, C and D read poetry. Group B read a rhyming poem and focused on their knowledge of rhyming words. Group C read a poem and then inferred topics from the details in the poem. Group D focused on figurative language, especially metaphors. Unlike similes, metaphors take a little more intense reading to figure out their meaning; all in all a very productive week in the language arts department.

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: Group A used clothes pins and craft sticks to build various structures. It was quite interesting to get the clothes pins to properly hold the craft sticks. Group B continued with their bubble shapes. This week we made the solution and blew bubbles everywhere. Group C continued with waterslide construction. The students really learned the meaning of trial and error this week! Finally, Group D finished their lung project and they actually worked! Well most did anyway. It was a great week in science especially for groups C and D since this was their last week of PBL science for the school year. Summer here we come!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:   
Group A started the week by learning about subtraction with regrouping. This is a very difficult topic for most the group. We’re going to need a lot more practice. Group B used catalog shopping to learn about addition of money. They were given $50 to spend and had to cut and paste goods from various catalogs to total that amount. However, I think their minds were bigger than their money allowance. They kept ending up with a lot more than $50 worth! Group C dealt with order of operations. They used task cards to solve order of operation problems. It seems everyone has this down pat!! On to the next level! After last week’s lesson with whole cubes and volume, Group D continued on to half cube volumes. The groups actually built things using whole and half cubes and determined their volume. I believe this activity helped the students to figure out the volume of drawings with hidden cubes. All the groups are looking forward to the last week of school!
 
 
Spanish:
This week we reviewed directions with airplanes and compasses. The students have mastered the vocabulary norte, sur, este, oeste, derecha, izquierda, aquí, y allá.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 26th, 2017

Dear Parents,
As we are gearing up for our summer programming, we ask that all parents sign a permission form.  We will have 5 off site field trips and two onsite. If you do not have a Kids For Kids Academy T-Shirt, please get one prior to the first field trip.  For security purposes  we ask that all kids wear one so that they can be easily identified.  Please know that some kids still have homework and we are doing our best to have all kids work wisely during homework time.  If your child has no homework, we ask that they bring a book to read in case they don’t find one in our library that they like.  Remember, our programming will take place all the way until the last day of the program which will be on June 8th.  We will begin programming again on June 12th and look forward to a wonderful summer program.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful long weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Week 37 Activities
Soccer highlights: 

This week, the younger groups continued to explore different methods of moving including marching, hopping and doing star jumps. They also continued to explore how to kick the ball, gaining comfortability with this. 
The older groups worked on evading an opponent without the ball using movements such as cutting, dodging and ducking. With the ball they focused on their dribbling and passing skills, as well as playing catching games and reaction games like Stuck In The Mud and On The River.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5:
This week we had our promised, monthly chess lesson. All of the students continue to be very enthusiastic about playing chess. All four groups reviewed the difference between “checkmate” and “stalemate” and, in addition, groups C and D practiced identifying how to create a checkmate in 6 different chess problems from our workbook. All groups then paired off and played at least one game.

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 
Group A read an interesting Scholastic News article about Shark’s Teeth and let me tell you we learned they have quite a few sharp teeth. We used the article to enhance our skills in locating and using text features to help with comprehension. Group B and C read the article What Makes Charlie Awesome from Story Works Jr. Both groups leaned some valuable lessons on value and acceptance. Group B brushed up on their main idea skills while group C worked on inferencing. Group D compared the articles Monster Goldfish and Pigs On The Loose. We’re all anxious for summer!

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:   
Group A is using balloons and flour to create stress balls and boy do we need them! Group B is starting their two week project on making solid shapes which we will use to create large bubbles. Group C is starting on their two week project of creating a water slide using paper towel rolls, foil, straws and saran wrap. It has to be waterproof which will present the biggest challenge but I have confidence the kids will find a solution. Group D is building a model of a lung using balloons, two liter bottles and straws. This will probably be our most difficult construction experiment to date. However just like my faith in Group C’s ability I know Group D will come through as well. It will be a busy few weeks as we wind down the regular school year!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:   
Group A used magnetic numbers and base 10 blocks to learn about subtraction with regrouping. It’s a tough concept for young ones to grasp but they all did very well. Group B went money shopping. They worked on adding and subtracting different amounts of money. It’s hard to remember to put that pesky dollar sign. Group C worked with calculators. They realized that once you learn your facts you can think of the answer before you can type it in the calculator. However, for larger number problems calculators are fabulous. Group D used cubes to create three dimensional designs and figure out the area. This was a nice hand on experience.
 
Spanish: 
This week we took the time to review. Group A and B looked over different food names. They also asked each other what they liked. After they mastered both, we put them together to form sentences. The students practiced how to say “Yo quiero la pizza”. 
Group B and C used the compass that they made the previous week. We discussed the directions of the continents. We used our compass to locate the different continents. 
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 19th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Week 36 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

This week, the younger groups started off working with their reaction and group skills, playing Traffic Lights and also working through obstacle courses. They also played What’s The Time Mr Wolf, where they worked on their reaction skills to evade the wolf.
The older groups played similar games, on Monday playing multi-skill games, playing Traffic Lights as well as Sharks and Minnows, where the kids used their agility, balance and coordination to evade the shark. On Wednesday, they focused on their soccer skills, specifically using their passing skills to Pacman and other fun games like Ghostbusters. On Friday, they worked on team games, working on their speed and agility skills to perform different movements at speed in a race in their teams.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A  finished the unit on I-Care Rule 4 (We care about each other’s feelings) by doing a crossword puzzle using vocabulary learned in this unit.  Students who finished were asked to write a story about a time when they showed they cared about someone’s feelings.
In Group B, we discussed food and nutrition.  We reviewed the USDA plate (the replacement for the food pyramid) and talked about how proteins, carbohydrates and fats are used in the body.  The kids were asked to sort foods into categories according to the USDA groupings (Meat, Cereal, Fruit/Vegetable, Dairy, or Junk Food).
Groups C began a two-part lesson on Anger Management.  Today, the kids reflected on what makes them angry and what they typically do in response to those things.  They broke into their groups so that their group members could help them remember the things that make them angry and their usual responses.  For each of the things they do when they are angry, they were asked to reflect on whether or not that response is helpful to the situation.
Group D worked on taking responsibility.  First they discussed what “taking responsibility” means and why it’s important.  Next they reviewed steps in their activity book on how to do it.  Finally, they practiced apologizing in scenarios given in their activity book.
 

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: 

Language Arts:  Well, after finally finishing our plays we are on to reading from our magazines.  Group A read an article from Scholastic News about animal homes and worked on their key details reading skills.  Group B and C read a story entitled Evil Swirling Darkness about tornadoes in Missouri.  Group B used this story to work on their sequencing skills while group C focused on text features.  Both groups agreed that tornadoes are very dangerous storms.  Group D read the story Disaster in Space about the dangers astronauts face.  They identified the text features in this reading in addition to learning how much astronauts risk by going up in space.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:   It was a human body kind of week.  Group A started it out by learning about heart rate and pulse.  It was fun to take our own pulse and what happens when we move a lot.  Group B used balloons and paper tubes to simulate an elbow.  We examined how it moves and the hinge joint.  Group C examined fingerprints and how they are all different.  We even got to make an imprint of our own fingerprints to examine.  Come to find out, all the patterns have specific names…WOW!  Group D simulated a hand using paper, string and straws.  They could even move the fingers.  We will continue with the human body next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:   Group A continued on with their two and three digit addition with regrouping by solving problems using alphabet cards with numeric designations.  Group B ventured into the world of pictographs.  A picture is not worth a thousand words here but it may be worth 5 votes.  Group C learned about metric and standard measurement units.  They went on an exciting scavenger hunt in Purple Door looking for things of specific sizes.  Group D focused on changing decimals into percent how percent is important in our everyday lives, especially shopping.  Group D learned how to calculate the sale price of items.
 
Spanish: This week in Spanish we had a blast making paper airplanes. We practiced saying direction words. The students took tally marks to keep track of their planes. We practiced aqui, alla, a la direcha, and a la izquierda. The students enjoyed flying and creating their planes.
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 12th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Thank you to all the parents who completed the surveys! We appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback as it will not only allow us to improve our program, but will provide the Department of Education with information regarding the benefits of the program to our community.
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day with your child.
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 35 Activities
Soccer Highlights:

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

Maria Bushea, Ed.M., Grades 1-5:
Language Arts: After finally finishing our plays we are on to reading from our magazines. Group A read an article from Scholastic News about animal homes and worked on their key details reading skills. Group B and C read a story entitled Evil Swirling Darkness about tornados in Missouri. Group B used this story to work on their sequencing skills while group C focused on text features. Both groups agreed that tornados are very dangerous storms. Group D read the story Disaster in Space about the dangers astronauts face. They identified the text features in this reading in addition to learning how much astronauts risk by going up in space.

Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: It was a human body kind of week. Group A started it out by learning about heart rate and pulse. It was fun to take our own pulse and what happens when we move a lot. Group B used balloons and paper tubes to simulate an elbow. We examined how it moves and the hinge joint. Group C examined fingerprints and how they are all different. We even got to make an imprint of our own fingerprints to examine. Come to find out, all the patterns have specific names…WOW! Group D simulated a hand using paper, string and straws. They could even move the fingers. We will continue with the human body next week.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: Group A continued on with their two and three digit addition with regrouping by solving problems using alphabet cards with numeric designations. Group B ventured into the world of pictographs. A picture is not worth a thousand words here but it may be worth 5 votes. Group C learned about metric and standard measurement units. They went on an exciting scavenger hunt in Purple Door looking for things of specific sizes. Group D focused on changing decimals into percent how percent is important in our everyday lives, especially shopping. Group D learned how to calculate the sale price of items.