21st CCLC Weekly Updates – August 25th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Year 3 week 1 went off without a hitch this week.  Thanks to all the parents who waited until 5:45 to start signing out your child.  By now you know what room you can find your child in.  In case you are still not sure, students can be picked up in the following rooms:
Grade 2: Look on front field as you approach the school.  If they are not there you will find them on our back soccer field.  On rainy days, PE/Soccer will be held in the covered patio outside the main office.
Grade 3: Science Lab Front Room
Grade 4: Science Lab Back Room
Grade 5: Silver Door
Each year families must turn in a new food form and a mutual exchange of information form so that we can have your permission to communicate with your child’s home school.  We will have tables set up on Monday for parents to fill out those forms.  Please plan on filling it out when you come to pick up.  We will have the tables set up at 5:30 for those who wish to come a few minutes early to do the forms.  If you have a second child in our day school, you do not need to fill out another food form.
Finally, a reminder about grant requirements. All families are required to complete six Family Engagement sessions. Failure to complete the first four may result in not being able to participate in the summer program. Failure to complete the two over the summer may result in losing your spot for the fall program. Please plan your work schedules accordingly, as one parent must attend with their child.  For your convenience, these dates were included in the “message in a bottle” test tubes given to each family this week.
 

Session 1: Wednesday, October 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 3: Saturday, February 17, 9:30-10:15 am
Session 4: Wednesday, April 18, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, June 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Session 6: Wednesday, July 27, 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Below you will find the weekly reports from our PBL teachers. You can view schedules and copies of these weekly letters on our school website by clicking on 21st CCLC, or click this link.
Don’t forget to check out our 21st CCLC Facebook page for great pictures of the activities completed during the week.
Have a wonderful weekend,
  
 
 
 
 
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
 
Year 3 Week 1 Activities
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Next week, we will be starting the year with the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum which teaches assertiveness and various safety skills.  Given the stress and chaos of the first week of school, this week all groups brushed up on critical thinking skills.  The broke into teams and had to solve a chess problem before being allowed to play a game of chess.  We will be having a monthly chess tournament and will track student wins and loses.  At the end of the year, as part of a math lesson, students will learn how to calculate their averages and the player in each group with the best win average will be given a year end tournament prize.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
I am so happy to welcome back most of our students, and to meet our new participants. This week in Spanish, we introduced ourselves by going around the room and saying, “Yo me llamo _______”. The students then completed a worksheet in Spanish where they shared their favorite color, animal, food, and what they would like to be when they grow up.  I helped them with some of the words they didn’t know how to spell. I extended the activity by partnering them up and they “interviewed” the other student and asked them some of the questions from the worksheet. I am looking forward to a wonderful Year 3 with your children!
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
What a way to start the year off in science…A SOLAR ECLIPSE! We talked about how the eclipse happens and how often it happens. Groups A and B conducted demonstrations and simulations of the eclipse using flashlights, balls and inflatable globes. They found out why the eclipse is a total eclipse in one place and partial in others. Groups C and D did their simulations using quarters, dimes and nickels. They aligned the coins and drew the path of the shadows. We then simulated a lunar eclipse to compare the two. It was an eye-opening experience as well as an enjoyable one.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: 
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. The students returned to their world of math this week by exploring math in our daily lives and careers that involve math. The younger groups worked on using magazines to find pictures that represented math in our lives. The older groups used post it notes to create a visual representation of careers and sorted them by the types of math used in each career. We then had group sharing about which careers we might be interested in.
Language Arts Grades 1-5:
Welcome back everyone! This week we dove right into reading with group A composing questions and conducting interviews with each other as a get to know you type of activity. It worked out quite well and the students did learn some new things about each other. Groups B,C and D started our year off with a little informational reading about how science interacts in our daily lives and how useful it can be. They learned many facts and details about science and some key components of reading informational text.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 28th, 2017

Dear Parents,
What an exciting final week of programming we had! While Mrs. Davis, Ms. Natazha, and Ms. Amanda went to the Florida After School Alliance Kick Off Conference in Orlando earlier in the week to prepare for the next year of programming, our students were busy honing their engineering and math abilities, enhancing their pro-social skills, and exploring the worlds of fantasy found in The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. On Friday, students took their last field trip of the summer to the Actor’s Playhouse to see these stories get all mixed up in “Dorothy Meets Alice”. Our older children were also able to help our community by filling backpacks for migrant children, which will be distributed next weekend (please reach out to us if you’d like to join us on August 5th). Finally, our final Family Engagement Activity took place: Bricks For Kidz joined our students and their families for a wonderful engineering event. We thank all of our students and parents for complying with the guidelines of summer programming. We had a wonderful seven weeks, and are looking forward to an even more fun and engaging Year 3, starting on the first day of the coming school year, August 21st.
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 7 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A completed the unit by doing a crossword puzzle using words associated with I-Care Rule 5: We are responsible for what we say and do. These type of puzzles are challenging for students of this age, but everyone was able to complete the puzzle (and review vocabulary and lessons learned at the same time).
Group B reviewed 6 strategies frequently used to diffuse daily conflicts. The kids were asked to independently select which strategy they would use in each of four given situations and we discussed why they made those selections (including the pros and cons of each selection). Lastly, we also reviewed six different ways to decide who goes first when taking turns.
On Tuesday, Group C learned about using I-Care Statements. These are generic, assertive statements which can be used to stand up for oneself. We read and discussed the East Indian folktale: The Snake and the Wise Man. Finally, the kids practiced using I-Care Statements in role play scenarios.
On Wednesday, Group C discussed assertiveness in the context of bullying. The students acted out a couple of scenarios from their activity book. We discussed the motivations of each participant (bully, victim, and bystander) and their associated feelings.
On Tuesday, Group D learned about how and why to use I-Statements, which are a generic formula for being assertive and standing up for yourself. They practiced making I-Statements using events from their real lives.
On Wednesday, Group D learned about anger triggers, signals and reactions and reflected on their personal triggers. We also learned about 5 common styles of managing anger and discussed the pros and cons of each style.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we did a culminating activity, reviewing all the concepts learned throughout the summer. We discussed all the lessons, from the continents to Harry el Perrito Sucio. We closed out each session by playing a trivia game on Kahoot. The children did very well! We had a great summer, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them in the fall.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
We ended our summer session in science the same way we started: constructing things. Group A finished out there amusement park engineering by making a jungle gym and a slide to look at forces of gravity and motion. Group B did some block playing where they constructed different types of bridges to see which would stand up to the most force.  Additionally, they examined how much force it takes to knock things over. Group C worked on chain reactions. This is always fun for the students! They get to build various types of chain reactions using different kinds of relay stations. Group D finished up their unit on electricity and magnetism by making a telegraph. They learned about Morse Code and got to send messages to each other. We’ve had a very exciting time in science this summer!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: 
We have reached the end of our summer session in math! Groups A, B, and C ended this summer by doing a playground math scavenger hunt. This involved incorporating materials and equipment found on the playground into math problems. Group A and B stuck with geometry, measurement, and addition and subtraction. Group C got more in-depth with multiplication, measurements, and geometry as well. It was a wonderful hands-on way to finish the summer session. Group D ended the summer by doing some scale drawings. They had to look at a picture and draw it two or three times its size using graph paper. This gave them a very good idea about ratios. We look forward to starting our fall after school sessions in August. Hope everyone has a nice summer.
Language Arts Grades 1-5:
Continuing our unit on fantasy literature, groups A and B  read and discussed Alice in Wonderland. We discussed the elements of fantasy found in the story. Groups C and D did their presentations on their fantasy story Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz.  The students always enjoy acting in front of an audience. We had a wonderful time on our field trip to the theater to see how these two fantasy stories interacted in one dramatic production. It was a nice way to end the summer.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 21st, 2017

Dear Parents,
This week our Super Science Sleuths had an amazing experience at the new Frost Museum of Science.  The trip was extra special as our program was chosen by the Frost Museum for a special outreach partnership.  Some of our staff attended a special training at the museum and the museum outreach staff visited our program for a two day study of electricity.  Today’s field trip was a chance to see the whole museum including their amazing aquariums.  Our kids got to take special classes while there as well.
With just one week left of the program, I would like to remind our families that this program is attendance based.  If your child has missed more than 20% of the summer program, they will not be invited to return for the school year program in the fall.  Finally, to fulfill the requirements for the grant, families must attend our last family engagement session that will be held on the last day of our summer program.  We have a special activity planned with the Bricks For Kids program.  It will run from 5:15-6:00 p.m. When you arrive, please report to the following rooms.  Group A:  Purple Door, Group B: Brown Door, Groups C & D Outside tables outside of the main office.  Your child will already be there.
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 6 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced making I-Care Statements using the formula I introduced two weeks ago: (person’s name), I feel ____ when _____ and I would like __________. The students were asked to use this formula to respond in three common conflict situations.
Two weeks ago in Group B, we discussed anger management. This week we discussed ways to handle fear. In particular, we discussed how it is different if the source of your fear is real as opposed to imaginary.
In Group C, we began a module on empathy. After studying a picture and using our knowledge of body language to infer how the subject was feeling, we studied a series of pictures which provided a context and backstory for the picture and discussed how this knowledge changed what we inferred about the boy’s feelings.
In Group D, we did an exercise to illustrate how stereotypes develop innocently and are a natural part of how we are wired to learn about the world. The limitations of stereotypes were demonstrated and the students were cautioned about acting on assumptions based on a stereotype.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we continued discussing Harry El Perrito Sucio. Groups B and C had finished reading the book last week, and Groups A and D completed the story. All groups discussed vocabulary words from the book such as perrobañera, escapó, casa, sucio, mancha, familia, cansado, trucos, cepillo, and more difficult words found throughout the book. We answered questions about the book for comprehension, and each child was asked to come up with a sentence using the vocabulary words in Spanish.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
Group A continued creating amusement park rides, this week’s engineering activities included Frita the Free Fall, Penny the Pendulum and Larry the Log Flume. They learned all about force and motion while having fun building the amusement park rides. Group B 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 C built and used contraptions with multiple parts to explore chain reactions while Group D identified the relationship between electricity and magnetism through various experiments. 


Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
 
Math: Group A started this week by exploring the flips, slides and turns of shapes. We started with the hands-on approach using the cutout letter B. We then moved to the more abstract of recognizing it on paper. Next week we continue even further by looking at flips, slides and turns of other objects. Next came group B’s continuation of their clock board game. The students are getting much better at telling time using analog clocks! Group C continues with their city map of lines and shapes. I must say some of the maps are quite creative! Group D continued their practice with mean, median and mode only this time stacking cups to create data. The class was divided into groups and each group was given a certain time to stack as many cups as they could. The number of cups each group used created the data to find the mean, median and mode. This was quite fun!
Language Arts Grades 1-5: Group A continued their Can-Do games only this week it was word families. The students used word family characteristics to work on beginnings, endings and using context clues to choose the right family member. Group B continued the Can-Do Games with one entitled language skills. The students practiced their verb tenses, plural nouns and adjectives. It was a welcome practice! Next week we all head into a fantasy world. Group C explored analogies; a little easier analogy than group D last week but the students did just as well. Group D went back to their novel after a brief break last week. This week’s reading explored character traits and how they are handled in the story. We enjoyed the story and will continue with our fantasy theme next week.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 14th, 2017

Dear Parents,
This week found our Super Science Sleuths experiencing the world of Biscayne Bay.  Students visited the Biscayne Nature Center.  They had the opportunity to use the beach and bay as their outdoor classroom as they investigated plant and animal life.  They also did work in classrooms where they had a chance to make aquarium observations and learn about a variety of animals, not just marine life.
Parents, a small favor….Please do not allow your child to bring any items other than a water bottle and a book to read.  When kids bring toys, phones, and Fidget Spinners, it is a tremendous distraction.  Next week we will head into week 6 with still lots to learn and do!  Please make sure that your child attends every day.  If they are absent please send a note from the doctor so that we can submit it with our documentation.  Remember, attendance is a requirement for this program and for re-enrollment in the fall.  If your child misses too many days over the summer we will not be able to invite them back for the fall.
Finally, if your child attends Jack D. Gordon or Norma Butler, we have a family from our school who embroiders our school uniforms.  They also do polos with the logos from both of these elementary schools.  You can avoid the long lines and the uniform stores and save some money by placing an order here.  We will have a rack of samples here next week for your viewing. The cost is $13 per polo.
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 5 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced making I-Care Statements using the formula I introduced two weeks ago: (person’s name), I feel ____ when _____ and I would like __________. The students were asked to use this formula to respond in three common conflict situations.
Two weeks ago in Group B, we discussed anger management. This week we discussed ways to handle fear. In particular, we discussed how it is different if the source of your fear is real as opposed to imaginary.
In Group C, we began a module on empathy. After studying a picture and using our knowledge of body language to infer how the subject was feeling, we studied a series of pictures which provided a context and backstory for the picture and discussed how this knowledge changed what we inferred about the boy’s feelings.
In Group D, we did an exercise to illustrate how stereotypes develop innocently and are a natural part of how we are wired to learn about the world. The limitations of stereotypes were demonstrated and the students were cautioned about acting on assumptions based on a stereotype.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we read the children’s story Harry El Perrito Sucio. Many of the children were familiar with the story as they have read the English version: Harry The Dirty Dog. All four sessions started with reading the English version to expose them to the story to encourage better comprehension. All four groups read in “Round Robin” style, where they each take a turn reading a few lines of the book. Overall, they all did a wonderful job with pronunciation, particularly accents and more complex words. Next week, we will continue discussing the book and some of the vocabulary found within.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
This week group A is embarking on a new chapter of their summer science program; constructing amusement park rides. This week started with the construction of Robby the roller coaster and Harry the merry go round. The students had a wonderful time. This might end up being their favorite activity. Group B ended their time in the amusement park by building a Ferris wheel, slide, swing and jungle gym. I think the only disappointment is the rides weren’t big enough to actually ride on. Group C finished up their unit on catapults and crossbows and they were very sad to pack it away! However, we did learn that there are very different mechanisms that can launch things and each has its own effectiveness. This time in history may not have had our technology but their weaponry was probably effective judging by the student’s creations. Group D finished up their Air and Water unit with the completion of the helicopter, forklift and propeller aircraft. We are now half way through our summer of science and look forward to exploring magnetism and electricity the last two weeks.


Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:
This week in math group A explored various types of solids and what could be done with them. We worked with prisms, cylinders, cubes, hexagons and pyramids. The students attempted to stack and roll each of the solids to determine if it could be done. The results varied and more importantly we had fun learning. Group B explored time which is a very difficult concept especially since we are dealing with analog clocks and not digital. The group first used individual clocks to practice and review various times. Next the students played a time/clock board game. Group C started creating their geometric city map. They will create a city map using specified types of lines and shapes. The planning turned out to be the most difficult part. There was a lot of erasing but everyone is making progress. Finally, we get to group D who learned about mean, median and mode by playing a card game. I believe the students really enjoyed this.
Language Arts: Group A spent this week playing a Phonics Can Do game. The students practiced their beginning and ending l sounds along with syllables. It was a welcome review and much needed. It didn’t hurt that it was also quite enjoyable. Group B also played a Can-Do game but theirs was a little more advanced than group A. Group B students practiced their prefixes, multiple meanings and root words. It might have been more difficult than group A but just as entertaining. Group C continued their Greek adventure with the Time Warp Trio by reading the last part of our novel. It ended up being one of those “happily ever after” stories. I think some of the students were hoping for a little less traditional. Group D took a break from their novel to learn about analogies. This is not always easy but the students did very well. They can see word relationships on a higher level. There are students in this group ready for 6th grade.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – July 7th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Although it was a short week, our Super Science Sleuths were busy, busy, busy.  The special event this week was our Bricks For Kidz in house field trip.  Students had a chance to test their hand at some engineering concepts during the exciting Lego based program.  It is hard to believe that our summer program is more than half over.  We have three week left of summer fun and academic enrichment.  We are looking forward to adding some chess into our program for the last three weeks so our kids can test their critical thinking and competitive skills.  Please make sure to mark your calendars now for our last of six family engagement activities.  It will be held on the last day of camp, Friday, July 28th from 5:30-6:15.  We have a very special culminating activity for our families.  Bricks For Kids has been hired to do a Lego engineering activity with families so that you can get a real taste of what the kids have been doing.  Remember, in order to be re-enrolled for year 3 of the program, you must attend this activity.
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 4 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
All groups practiced their chess skills this week. Most of the kids continue to be enthusiastic about playing chess and all who were with the program during this past school year demonstrated proficiency in the basics. The younger children are focused on recognizing tactical situations and the older children are beginning to think ahead and plan their moves strategically.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we discussed the terms  and usted, and when it is appropriate to use which term. We talked about how we address our friends, classmates, and cousins with , and we use usted for our elders like our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and for people in a role of authority, like teachers, principals, police officers and other members of the community. I gave them many examples, and we played a game in teams where they had to identify how they would address certain people.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: 
Group A has successfully finished their introduction into engineering. This week it ended with a glass “trick” involving force, puff wheels and the design of a helicopter. We are sorry to see this chapter in our science go but we are welcoming a different type of construction next week. Group B continued with their amusement park engineering designs. This week students created a free fall ride, pinwheel and log flume ride. Group C continued on their catapults and crossbow construction with a weighted catapult and two types of crossbows. The students are loving this unit, kids love the idea of building things that can launch items across the room! However, we will NOT be doing that! Group D continues on with their air and water unit with the construction of a rocket car, excavator and motor bike. The students continue to be amazed at the power of air and water; no wonder hydro-electric dams and windmills are fast becoming a source of electricity.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
No Math due to the Holiday.
Language Arts: 
Due to the short week, all groups practiced their language arts skills by playing word games. Group A and B played a game of Chunks. The kids really enjoyed combining letters to make words. The kids then all combined their words to make a funny sentence.
Group C and D played a game of Banana-grams. The kids each used 10 titles with different letters to make their own personal crosswords. If they needed to trade tiles they yelled “peel” and when they used all ten tiles in the crossword they yelled “split”.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – June 30th, 2017

Dear Parents,
 Week 3 has found our students braving the heat and our PE and soccer coaches finding creative things to do with our students on the rain days.  I have really enjoyed seeing all of the outdoor science taking place including the testing of all of the items built by our students, cars, parachutes, and other machines.  The week was capped off with an amazing fieldtrip to Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  In case you missed them, make sure to see the photos we posted to our Facebook page.  Just a reminder, please do not sent phones, electronics, or other items (other than books to read and water bottles) as they pose a distraction to our students.  I have been doing my best to keep up with the Facebook posts, but so much wonderful instruction is being done everyday, I have been inundated with photo so I will be catching up and you will see lot of posts!  Remember next week is a short one as we will be closed on July 4th.
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 3 Activities
 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A learned about the I-Care Statement. This is a formulaic construction of an assertive way to confront someone appropriately. Families should have received a copy of the I-Care Statement when they picked up their children on Wednesday.
Group B took their first steps in learning to consciously modulate anger. We started by talking about things that make us a little angry, very angry and boiling mad. Then we focused on how we deal with each level of anger. We ended by coming up with alternatives for some of the inappropriate things people do when they are boiling mad.
In Group C, we continued working on stereotype. The group finished reviewing situations in their workbooks to identify the stereotype in each and its consequences. The group discussed their answers.
Group D did not meet this week due to the STEM Maker project with the Frost Museum of Science.

Amanda Dufau, Grades 1-5:
Spanish: 
This week, we talked about the words fui, fuiste and fue, and how to use them. We discussed how in English we use the word “went”, but in Spanish there are three different words that can be used, depending on who you’re talking to or about. I practiced using the different variations by asking each student “¿Adonde fuiste?“, and they each responded with “Yo fui a ________.” They gave some great examples like el parquela tiendala playa, and places they’ve been to on vacation. We then completed a worksheet to practice using fue.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:
Week three started off with Group A entering their world of engineering. However, with some different designs than group B. Group A’s engineering included simple machines such a levers and pulleys and ended up with designing cars and ramps. Group B went to the amusement park for their science. Well the group didn’t really go, they just used their design skills to create some rides you might find there such as roller coasters, merry go round and bumper cars. It’s amusement park engineering! Group C picked up where group D left off with catapults and crossbows of the middle ages. The same way group D started group C made a crossbow, trebuchet, and scorpion this week. Group D had a special treat this week. The Frost Science Museum came out to do some special projects with us. We created machines that actually lit up and drew crazy designs. It was a blast!!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math & Language Arts:   
Math: Group A met the challenge of pencil paper subtraction with some success. There are definitely some great math students in the making in this group. However, some will need to brush up a little before August. Groups B, C and D all used math games to improve their skills. Group B worked on their money skills by “Making Cents”. This is a board game where the students had to answer money questions to move ahead. Group C ventured into the “mystery” of expanded notation and writing numbers in word form with a file folder game entitled “It’s a Mystery”. Although, for most of the students it’s not a mystery at all, they understand expanded notation. Group D leaped over a frog to put decimals in order by playing the file folder game “Leap Frog”. A great many of our frog leapers did very well but I few went for a swim in the river of confusion. However, we threw them a life jacket and they could try again. Great week for math!!
Language Arts: 
Groups A and B, having finished their novels last week ventured into the world of Word Chunks. This is a game where the students got to connect blocks with parts of a word to create a complete word. There were rules they had to follow and a time limit but it was mentally challenging as well as fun! There were times where the students thought they created a word but it turned out to be just two prefixes or two suffixes not an actual word. Groups C and D continued with their novels. Since these two groups are little better readers, they have more difficult and longer novels than the two younger groups so it will take them an extra week or two to finish. However, group D is leaning how difficult small humans (children) can be to look after and group C is realizing time travel is not always the greatest thing ever. Will both novels have successful conclusions? Will all the characters live to tell about it? I guess we just read on and find out next week.