21st CCLC Weekly Updates – May 5th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Hard to believe that there are just five weeks of school left! With summer programming just around the corner, we are finalizing schedules and field trips. Ms. Amanda will be providing you with the field trip permission forms in the next couple of weeks. Please be sure to sign it so that your child can participate as we’ll have our first field trip the first Friday of the summer program.

Thank you to all the parents who have completed the Parent Surveys and had their children complete the Student Surveys required by the Department of Education.  If you and your child have not yet completed yours, please do so at your earliest convenience as the data has to be collected by next week. The links are indicated below. If you are unable to complete the online surveys at home, please let us know as we will have a few computers available during pick-up time. It will just take a few moments. We appreciate your cooperation with this requirement.


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 34 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

The younger groups did a group warm up where they continued to explore their agility, balance and coordination. They also played ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’, where they needed to use their math skills to play a fun game. They also worked on their ball skills and dribbling while playing the game traffic lights.
On Monday, the older groups worked on their coordination and reaction skills in a number of games including traffic lights and ‘On the River’. They also worked on their passing and footwork skills while playing Pacman and Ghostbusters on Wednesday. On Friday, they worked in teams while doing different obstacle courses.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A and B reviewed the rules of Checkmate and Stalemate. They were given specific cases and were asked to identify what move was necessary to achieve checkmate. They were then allowed to pair off and play a practice game.

In Group B, we discussed the ways that children change, physically and cognitively, as they grow older. After a general discussion of the nature and extent of changes that occur from birth to age 8, the children did an activity to guide reflection on specific ways they have each changed as they grew older.

Groups C learned about body language. We worked through a popular children’s book and the kids attempted to tell the story just by looking at the pictures (especially the expressions and postures of the characters). We then read the book together and compared their story to what was actually written.

Group D learned to identify cruel humor (e.g., put-downs, practical jokes, etc.) and distinguish it from good humor. We focused specifically on why this kind of humor is so seductive. They were presented with a self-talk strategy for addressing it when they find themselves involved.

 

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

Well Groups B and C started their informational text. Group B read about how living things grow and change. We learned that some types of animals are excellent parents and others just leave the eggs and the babies fend for themselves quite well. That was interesting. Group C read about the interaction of plants and animals. We read about how living things get energy from their ever changing environment. Groups A and D continued with their readings from last week. Group A enjoyed reading about nocturnal animals. They thought about staying up all night to see them but we learned that our eyesight is not quite as good at night. Group D continued learning about the immune and digestive system. Wow the human digestive system is very acidic. No wonder we can digest things like steak and hamburgers with no problem. A very productive week I can say.
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: This week was a very hands-on week for us in science. Group A used Crisco to simulate animal blubber in order to figure out if it really does keep the animal warm. After putting our hands in ice, we realized blubber is amazing! No wonder polar bears, whales and seals are so happy living in cold weather! Group B tried different materials to clean up an oil spill. We found that it’s easier said than done. Nothing works well or quick! The dish soap did the best but there were problems with that one too. We agreed that the only solution was NOT to have an oil spill. Groups C and D made individual microscope slides. Group C used an onion while group D used their cheek cells from inside their mouths. The onion was great but the cheek cells were kind of a hit or miss thing. We definitely agreed that buying prepared slides was a far better option.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: Group A continued with their addition regrouping only this time we used colored dice and made it a game. Students rolled the dice to simulate the tens and ones, and then created a problem which they used the magnetic board and numbers to solve. The students compared their answers to reinforce larger and smaller numbers. Since this is a non-competitive environment, we didn’t keep score, we just had fun!! Group B analyzed their tally from last week and turned it into a graph. We also discussed what this graph told us about our class and their favorite color. Next week we will continue our graphing adventure! Group C ventured forward into their review of fractions with another design art activity. This time they had to correlate answers to questions with the coloring of squares. When the students finished, the coloring revealed a design….or at least it was supposed to. Some of us realized we need to be a little more careful with our reading of the problems; but it was still good fun! Group D went into reinforcing how to write and say decimal names. They practiced drawing decimals on graph paper and then writing it in two other ways. It’s like synonyms for math!
 
Spanish: This week groups A, B, C, and D all were introduced to new vocabulary. The vocabulary entailed direction – we discussed a compass, north, south, east, and west. We then created our own compasses. We used plates, construction paper, and crayons. All the compasses look different and unique. The kids enjoyed this project and will  use their compasses that they made next week.  
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – April 28th, 2017

Dear Parents,
It was great to see so many families at our Literacy and Science event last Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the morning and liked taking home the new book to share with your child. I was so excited to see the report card grades and the progress our students are making in all areas. I really think that our program is making an impact on our students. Remember, we are gearing up for summer camp which will take place the first seven weeks of the summer, right when school lets out. Please plan all family vacations during the last 3 weeks of summer (in the month of August).
IMPORTANT: We are required to have parents and students complete an end of school year survey. These must be completed by May 8th. Please take a moment to click on the link below to take the family member survey. Please also assist your child in completing the student survey. For both surveys, please select program number 206.  We must have a response from every family. If you prefer to complete a paper survey, let us know and we will give you one. Thanks for your help with this requirement. Your honesty is very important as it will help us to improve our 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, 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 33 Activities
Soccer highlights:

The younger kids worked on their listening and reaction skills with a few individual games and in groups, as well as working on running and jumping. They also played ‘Traffic lights”, where they had to follow commands. The older groups worked to improve their passing skills in a team, as well as team games to improve their communication, including listening, reaction and gesturing to classmates. They also played Pokémon Go, where they worked on using their passing skills to kick their ball on players running away. 
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced making facial expressions corresponding to different feelings. Then we made a feelings doll.
In Group B, we discussed the ways that children change, physically and cognitively, as they grow older. After a general discussion of the nature and extent of changes that occur from birth to age 8, the children did an activity to guide reflection on specific ways they have each changed as they grew older.
Groups C and D reviewed the rules of Checkmate and Stalemate. They were given specific cases and were asked to identify what move was necessary to achieve checkmate. They were then allowed to pair off and play a practice game.
 

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

Just when I thought we were done with plays I forgot there were two groups that still needed to present. Group C and Group B enjoyed the performance of a Silly Fairy Tale and a Funny Folk Tale. Groups A and D went on to read an informational book. Group D read about body systems this week. They learned about the skeletal, muscular and circulatory systems. Group A read about Fur, Feathers and Scales in their National Geographic Young Explorers edition. All in all it was a very relaxing week, which is exactly what we needed after all the drama productions for the last month. I look forward to continuing our reading next week.
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: This week groups A and B dealt with concepts centered on animals while groups C and D worked with their microscopes. Group A used crayons to simulate how bird feathers are waterproof. The wax that makes crayons repels water the same way penguin feathers do. Group B learned about different coverings and their ability to insulate. We compared fabrics to see which one would retain heat the most. Aluminum foil and felt worked quite well. Group C and D looked at various slides using their microscopes. The students are really enjoying working with microscopes; they feel like real scientists. Group C looked at plant fungi, mushrooms in particular. They compared fresh mushrooms to looking at the pieces under a microscope. The results were fascinating however; some may not eat mushrooms again. Group D looked at animal coverings such as snake skin, feathers and fish scales. Luckily the snake at the school sheds because we got to see a real snake skin! Next week groups C and D will be making their own slides…WOW we can’t wait!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math: A week of firsts in math! Group A started their unit on addition with regrouping. This is new for them but they did amazing. We used magnetic numbers to show regrouping. This helped the students actually see how the tens and ones are broken up in columns when we regroup. We will continue to practice next week so we can only get better. Group B started in on data collecting. We came up with a question and learned how to collect data and tally the results. We will move on to graphing these results next week. Group C played a game of fractions on the number line match up. This was a fun way to reinforce our identification of fractions before the FSA next week for the third graders. Finally Group D entered into the world of decimals with a fun decimal art activity. They colored a graph with three colors and then calculated the decimal equivalent of the squares colored. Coloring is a very relaxing activity and it’s nice we could learn some math too!
Spanish: Groups A,B,C and D continued working on their restaurant menus in Spanish. They had fun using all the vocabulary they have learned so far. The kids also exchanged menus and practiced ordering off the menu. They really enjoyed this assignment. They were allowed to be creative and have fun with Spanish. 
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – April 21st, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
      It was great to welcome everyone back from Spring Break.  We looked over the report cards and the kids really did well this grading period.  We have seen much improvement with regard to the subject areas that we are enriching in our program.  We know that the summer will be a great help to keep the kids with a bit of academic focus.  We also have gotten feedback for our advisory committee.  I will share the full report with you as well as the formative evaluation from our external evalulator in my next correspondence.  One thing that was suggested was that the family engagement activities take place 6 times a year immediately following the pick up time so that families won’t have to come out on Saturdays.  We look forward to seeing all of our families tomorrow morning.  The last 2 sessions for the year will take place at the pick up times.  We hope that that will make it more convenient for families.
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 32 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

The younger groups did a group warm up where they continued to explore their agility, balance and coordination. They also played ‘What’s The Time Mr. Wolf”, where they needed to use their math skills to play a fun game.  The older groups worked on their coordination and reaction skills in a number of games, including Traffic Lights and ‘On the River’. They also worked on their soccer skills playing Pacman, where they needed to dribble their ball to get other players on their team.

Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A looked at pictures of kids in different situations and they were asked 1) how does the person in the picture feel and 2) what would you do or say if you came upon one of your friends in that situation.  The activity was designed to show kids how we demonstrate caring for one another.
In Group B, we discussed different family structures and ways in which families can be different.  We also discussed the important ways that all families are the same despite all differences.
Group C read a book called It Could Always Be Worse, which is based on an old Yiddish folktale.  The purpose of this was to open the kids up to the role of perspective and perception on our feelings and our choices.
Group D reviewed the Peace Scholar rules and discussed Fouls.  We reviewed a list of fouls in our activity books and began discussing how we might address those fouls in our small groups.
 

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

Well it’s been weeks in the works but we finally raised the curtain on our productions.  They were FABULOUS!  The students really did a great job and most importantly they had fun!  It’s testing time for many of the students and this was a welcome break from the stress of day school.  The costumes were so amazing; the kids really put their hearts into this project.  There are definitely some future theatrical starts in our midst!
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science:

We jumped right back into science this week with a look at bird beaks and items under the microscopes.  Groups A and B used various items to simulate different types of bird beaks in an attempt to pick up different types of bird “food”.  This was a fun and enlightening activity.  The students in group A used a net, a spoon and a dropper to try and “eat” seeds, worms, fish, nuts and nectar.  It was interesting to say the least.  The students figured out that certain beak types were meant for certain types of foods. Once they were finished, students looked at birds and were able to correlate the beak types to their simulated tools.  Group B did the same as group A.  However, group B used tweezers, clothes pins, skewers and chop sticks.  Group B definitely had the bigger challenge but in typical Kids For Kids fashion they rose to the occasion.  I was so proud.  Groups C and D had their debut with microscopes.  The students in both groups learned and practiced using the parts of the microscope.  The lesson was topped off with the viewing of animal fur, feathers and scales by group D and plant materials by group C.  This starts their journey of microscope lessons for the next few weeks; all of us are quite excited about it.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:  I can’t say all the students are happy to be back from spring break but this week’s math lessons gave them the opportunity to ease back into the routine.  Groups A and B worked with Tangrams.  The students had various animals’ outlines to choose from and their mission was to use all 7 tangram pieces to fill the shape.  There were definitely some patterns easier to complete than others.  Overall the students enhanced their special skills and many of them learned to work through their frustrations to feel the thrill of victory when they accomplished their task.  Group C has the interesting lesson of solving area and perimeter problems on the sides of shapes and match them to construct a different shape.  The computation of area and perimeter turned out to be the easy part; matching them up was a little more difficult.  That’s ok; it was a good intellectual challenge to welcome them back from the break.  Group D eased their way into decimals with a simple activity involving breaking down a whole into hundredths.  Group D will be exploring decimals in great details in weeks to come.
Spanish: This week group A, B, C and D created menus for a restaurant they created with their partner. The menu contains a restaurant name, logo, drinks, entrée and dessert. Everything is in Spanish and each item has a price. The kids had a lot of fun creating their own restaurants and menus. They were creative and unique.
 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – April 7th, 2017

Dear Parents,
Just a follow up to last week’s information about summer. After speaking to parents we have found that it is a hardship for some to pick up students from camp by 5:30pm. We have looked for another option for parents. Since we cannot accept money for care as we are a fiscal agent for the grant, we reached out to a completely separate entity. The folks at the Hero Gym at the end of the shopping center will be offering a summer program daily from 5:30pm-6:30pm for only $15 per week. As our program is completely free all day, this seems like a great option. I also discussed with them that we have some siblings who pay $10 per week for that extra hour in our school. In this case, if you wish to pay Hero Gym the $10 for your non grant child, they will pick up both children for $25 per week. We will hand out a flyer with all of the information after spring break so that those who wish to sign up for this program can do so.
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, enjoy your Spring Break!
   
Beth Rosenthal Davis, Ed.S., NBCT
Project Coordinator
Week 31 Activities
Soccer highlights:

This week, the younger groups worked on different warm up movements including stretching and jumping, crouching and marching. The also worked on their coordination when stepping over and crawling under a hurdle.
The older groups worked on listening games and their decision making skills. They also worked on their balance and soccer skills when participating in obstacle course races with and without the ball.
Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
All groups made cards and pictures designed to lift the spirits of homeless children and families. The kids’ work will be distributed in the next few weeks along with bagged meals and basic personal care items by a local agency. To put the kids in the right frame of mind, I read Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting to them; it is a book about a homeless boy and his father who live in an airport. After reading the story, we discussed what it is like to be homeless and then made our cards and pictures.
 

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

We had another delay in our production schedule. It’s just like the real Hollywood! The students want to perfect their costumes so it’s taking a bit longer than anticipated. They are quite adorable. We are hoping for an opening date after the break but we’ll wait and see. The good news is the students are enjoying this so much and learning a great deal about what goes into a dramatic production.
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: Groups A and B ended their unit on water play with a bang! Group A compared a triangle sail to a rectangular sail to determine which would make the boat travel faster. While Group B worked at creating a water spout. Both groups got a little wet but had a ton of fun in the process! Groups C and D channeled their inner architect and used craft sticks and small paper cups to build various structures. The students were given a certain amount of cups and sticks and challenged to create the tallest and strongest free standing structure. After a great deal of trial and error, they accomplished interesting designs. This week was a welcome stress release before spring break. I hope everyone has a wonderful vacation!

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:  Groups A and B worked with geoboards this week. They each created shapes on their boards using various colored rubber bands. They also created designs by following some Geoboard Task Cards. The students were able to identify various shapes and how to create other shapes with the least amount of redesigning. This was a great critical thinking activity for the young ones. It was also a fabulous hands-on activity to wrap up our final week before spring break: which everyone is looking forward to! Groups C and D played Human Geometry. This is where the students created various shapes by “acting them out”. The students had so much fun doing this! They loved being able to work together to create a trapezoid or pentagon by lying down on the floor. It was quite entertaining for the students and they even managed to learn a few things along the way! See you after the break!
Spanish:
This week in Spanish groups A and B discusses things we can see and how to properly say it in a sentence. The students also practiced with their partners and did an activity together. 
Groups C and D discussed things around the house. We introduced a lot of new vocabulary and they also worked with their partners to review the topic. 
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – March 31st, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
     As we move into the home stretch of the last grading period, we are busy getting our summer program in order.  Please remember this is a free program that has guidelines.  In order to return to the program in August when school starts, students must complete the 7 week summer program.  The program will run from June 12th – July 28th.  Please plan your vacations for the last 3 weeks of summer once our program is over.  The hours of the program will be from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm.  You do not need to drop off at 7:30 am but that is available for families who need it.
 
     Students must be in attendance, especially for the PBL classes.  Those classes will take place daily from 9:30 am-3:30 pm.  Please note that the program is only funded until 5:30 pm over the summer and the grant will not pay staff after that.  That said, all students must be picked up no later than 5:30 pm.  Unfortunately, grant guidelines will not permit us to charge families to stay later.  If you work past that time, please start looking now for alternate pick up arrangements.  Finally, in order to participate in the summer program, families must participate in the family involvement events.  You will be informed if you have missed too many to be included in the summer program.  Please mark your calendars, the next Saturday family event will be held on April 22nd.
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 30 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

The younger kids worked on their reaction and coordination skills with a few individual games and relay races using different movements, as well as working on running and jumping. The older groups worked to improve their passing skills in a team, as well as team games to improve their group skills. They also worked on their ability to dribble during games to evade a catcher.

Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A practiced using I-Care Language by writing responses to frequently encountered situations. Since the group finished this activity so quickly, we also had time to do a crossword puzzle based on-Care Rule #3: We use I-Care Language.
In Group B, we learned what body language is and practiced identifying different feelings based solely on body language.
Group C reviewed the significance of the individual totem and of the totem pole. We discussed how people can act differently in different situations and they were asked to consider which of four animals (lion/courage; deer/grace; fox/cleverness; dove/peace) best represented them in different situations (with family, with friends, alone, among strangers, etc.)
Group D reviewed the village rules they developed last week, discussed what obstacles the rules addressed and reviewed the Peace Scholar Rules provided by the curriculum. We then broke into our villages and finalized the ground rules for each village.
 

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

This week was the time where all our creative juices were flowing. The personal shopper did a pretty good job of getting the raw materials need so each of the groups could create a suitable costume for their character. Keeping in mind this is more along the lines of dinner theatre than Broadway, the students had to adapt some of their original ideas to fit our time. However, the creativity was amazing. The students really embraced the authenticity of their character. I think it’s finally going to be premiere time next week! Look out Broadway, here we come!
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. , Grades 1-5:
Science: It was water world once again for Groups A and B. This time Group A started where they left off last week, with sails! Upon discovery that sails are amazing at moving a raft, the students took it further and found there are two basic sail designs, triangles and squares. They had fun, and got a little wet, testing each type. The results were more about who could blow the hardest to simulate wind than which sail worked better. We had fun though. Group B were all about the water spouts; not the tornado kind. They built a water system similar to a faucet. It was fun to put all the pipes together and then have it come out the other end. Group C spent the last week of their airplane unit designing airplanes from different types of materials. We had aluminum foil planes, newspaper planes, wax paper planes, tissue paper planes and cardboard paper planes. It was like Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the room. Planes were flying everywhere! The students realized sometimes the simplest designs works the best. Group D continued with their last week of electricity for a while. It was all about the switch this week. The students designed a path that was controlled by some switches. It was like the kids were four years old again turning on and off the lights only this time there wasn’t mom and dad yelling “you’re going to break it”. The students enjoyed this unit on electricity. We’ll visit it again in the summer.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5: 
Math:  In Group A this week it was all about lighter and heavier. The students weighed various objects, reordered the results and then had to place the objects in order from lightest to heaviest. This was not a difficult task for the students but it was fun! It’s good to see the students enjoying math. Group B ended their time unit with a game of elapsed time using the elapsed time cards. They couldn’t use their clocks this week so the calculations had to be done in their head. We had a little mental math this week. Group C learned about the history of various toys while organizing them into a time line. They were given a text to read and from that they needed to organize the cards into the correct order. It was a lot of information but the time lines turned out great. Group D worked with area. Now this was not the usual area of quadrilaterals, no, it was area of triangle. The students learned the formula for area of a triangle. It was different but a lot of fun! Next week we’re on to human geometry..I wonder what that could be.
 

21st CCLC Weekly Updates – March 24th, 2017

Dear Parents,
The third grading period for Miami-Dade County Public Schools closed today. As always, when report cards are released in the next week or two, we will require a copy so that we can report the data to the Department of Education. For those parents who chose to go “paperless”, please remember to bring in a copy of the electronic report card.
We hope you’ve seen improvement in your child’s learning as a result of the activities and curriculum we offer through the grant.
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 29 Activities
 
Soccer highlights: 

The younger kids worked on their listening and communication skills with a few individual games and in groups, as well as working on running and jumping. They also played reaction games with the balls and without. The older groups worked to improve their passing skills in a team, as well as team games to improve their group skills. They also played in small sided scrimmages to learn how to play soccer.

Patrick A. Davis, M.S.
Pro-social Behavior Classes Grades 1-5: 
Group A learned how to use I-Care Language. We explicitly discussed how words can hurt people’s feelings and how polite phrasing can shield us from hurting someone’s feelings inadvertently. The children practiced re-writing example sentences into I-Care Language.
In Group B, we began by discussing “respect” and how polite terms like “please” and “thank you” help show respect and avoid hurt feelings. In their activity books, they had to place phrases provided into speech balloons for cartoon figures based on the context of the drawing. It was interesting to note that not all kids used the same phrases in the same place.
Group C continued working on their individual totems, the animal they and their village selected to represent them. Each village also decided in what order each of their totems should be placed on the totem pole and discussed if they could find a theme or meaning for their totem pole after each person’s totem was (remember, this curriculum is focused on teaching problem solving skills and conflict resolution).
Group D developed ground rules for using the talking sticks they made last week. Each village decided how they were going to address such challenges as “hogging” the talking stick, deciding who would speak first, what to do if someone insults or makes fun of another student, etc.
 

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

Welcome to costume design week here at the Kids For Kids Studios. Given that we are a very low budget production the actors are also the costume designers. Each of the groups worked on a costume design that would represent their character in the play yet not break the bank. As a group they made a very detailed list of the materials needed to create their costumes. This list will go to the grant’s personal shopper who will attempt to get all the raw materials. Next week, the students will create their masterpiece costumes. We look forward to a premiere date the first week in April where the groups will showcase their hard work.
 
Natazha Cumberbatch, M.S. 
Science: Groups A and B have ventured into working with water! Group A built a raft and tried to make it move without touching it. This presented a challenge that was met with various solutions by the students. Finally it was discovered that sails made all the difference in boat propulsion. Group B worked on fitting as many object on a raft as possible without tipping over. After a trial and error period, it was discovered that weight distribution was the key. Group C designed an airplane from their STEM kit they have been working with. The various designs were quite successful and the students thoroughly enjoy flying things across the room. Group D continued on the work with electricity. This time they worked on dispersing a current to four different locations. They learned this is similar to the electricity come into your house at one point and making all the outlets function. It was difficult but fascinating. I think the kids like this kit very much.

Diana Molina, Ed.M., Grades 1-5 
Math:  Group A used our NEW gram weights to find equivalent weights. The beautifully colored weight system allows the students to visually see how four five gram weights were the same as one twenty gram weight. It was quite visual as well as being very hands on. The balances are frustrating at time but a little frustration teaches us how to solve problems so it all worked out. Speaking of frustration group B worked with elapsed time. We are getting so much better but it’s still tough. This week the kids used a spinner with five minute increments and another spinner with earlier and later labeled on it. They had to spin both and adjust their clocks accordingly. This was a very hands-on way to deal with elapsed time. Group C made personal timelines of milestones in their lives. They learned that timelines are a very visual way to represent a chronological order of events. Group D worked with building a polygon based on a specific perimeter. This group had a chance to practice their architectural skills along with learning that one perimeter can result in very different looking designs.
 
Spanish:

This week group C and D finished discussing the different parts to a plant. We also discussed what fruits and vegetables we can eat that are considered roots, steam, and seeds. The kids had a great time talking and brainstorming about the different plant parts. We later discussed the importance of water. The kids created a web to display all the different ways we use water in our daily life.