Silver Cluster (Grades 1-2)

Welcome to silverclusteratme.com (Silver Cluster) from Tina Wada and Kim Min

Silver Cluster’s theme is: Caterpillars to Calendar: Discovering the Patterns and Cycles in the World Around Us. In Silver Cluster we spend the year examining the various cycles and patterns that take place in the world around us, here at our very own Open School, as well as from a more global perspective. Children engage in projects and activities based on integrated thematic units. Using the traditional calendar and the holidays and events that occur during the year, we create celebrations and explore traditions from American culture. The children experience the cycles of time as they celebrate the events and changes that occur throughout the year, both today and long ago. They learn about and compare celebrations, life in different countries and different cultures in our community. The focus on the patterns and cycles that exist in the world around us make learning a much more personal, rich, and meaningful experience for each child.

Cycles of time will also be explored as children learn about animal and plant life, and the cycles in which they naturally undergo. We take a very detailed look at the birds, mammals, insects, invertebrates, rodents, and the occasional reptile that share the wonderful Open School campus with us. Furthermore, we become experts on the trees and plants of the Open School habitat. Since all of the ecosystems of California are represented in the plantings between the buildings, the children are exposed to a large variety of plants and animals native to California. Children then share their knowledge and expertise through the creation of a student authored Open School Field Guide. Through this guide, the children’s natural curiosity guides the formulation of questions, which are then researched and published by the students. The field guide serves as a culminating project as well as an assessment tool, as the students use the research process and on site observation to answer the student generated questions.

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Extended Home Learning Day #12 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 31 (last updated Mar 31)

Good Morning Silver Families,

It is the last day of March!  This month felt like a blur!  Through all of the transitions we are experiencing together as a community,  we are so thankful that we can connect with your children online and through platforms that allow us to see their smiles and hear their voices.  We had a lot of students submit their first activity about their feelings on Class Dojo.  We LOVED listening and responding to each and every child. We miss them a lot!  

Extended Home Learning Day #11 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 30 (last updated Mar 30)

Good Morning Silver Families,

Thank you so much for checking your email this weekend.  We sent Class Dojo invites on Friday. If you have yet to register on Class Dojo, please check your email and register today.  There have been three emails sent about this: Class Dojo Invite, Class Dojo-Part 2, and Class Dojo- Part 3. This week we will be using Class Dojo to assign and collect work from the students.  For Silver Cluster, we will have the children submit work through an app on the phone or a tablet. 

Extended Home Learning Day #10 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 27 (last updated Mar 27)

Good Morning Silver Families,

Extended Home Learning Day #9 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 26)

Good Morning Silver Cluster Families,

We loved seeing many of our Silver kids yesterday for our Wacky Wednesday read aloud.  We will meet later today, Thursday, March 26th at 9:30 AM for another read aloud (please check your email for the Zoom code).  As we make the transition to remote learning, all LAUSD teachers will participate in professional development tomorrow so we will not be sending an update or zooming with students.    

Extended Home Learning Day #8 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 25 (last updated Mar 25)

Good Morning Silver Cluster,

As you may know, we will be out of school until at least May.  We are receiving more information from the district and as a staff we are diligently working on how best to serve the needs of our students.  This looks different at every age and grade level. We are committed to our students and we want to ensure access and equity for all.  We are working on what this will look like in Silver Cluster and will update you soon.  Thank you for your patience.  

Extended Home Learning Day #7 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 24 (last updated Mar 24)

Hello Silver Cluster Families,

Extended Home Learning Day #6 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 23 (last updated Mar 23)

Happy Monday Silver Cluster Families,

Extended Home Learning Day #5 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 20 (last updated Mar 20)

Good morning Silver Families,

Yes, we made it to the end of Week 1!  We know that for some of us this week has been a challenge, and for some of us this week may have not been as challenging.  Wherever you are in this situation, we want you to know that we understand that our new reality takes time to adjust to. We are all in this together.  We just hope that by communicating with you, that it brings you and your child a feeling of connection to your school community.

Extended Home Learning Day #4 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 19 (last updated Mar 19)

Hello Silver Families,

Extended Home Learning Day #3 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 18 (last updated Mar 18)

Hello Silver Cluster Families,

How was Day 2 of Extended Home Learning?  We heard from many of you that Day 2 went smoother.  It helps to have the sun out for everyone to enjoy. We hope that you took some time to enjoy the blue skies.  We know that there is new news circulating daily and we are experiencing this with you. We hope by sending this communication it reminds you that we are here for you and your children.

Extended Home Learning Day #2 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 17 (last updated Mar 17)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Silver Cluster!

How was Day 1 of Extended Home Learning?  We hope that you are doing well and staying warm.   We missed all of the smiling faces in Silver Cluster.  If we were at school today, the children would have seen if their leprechaun presents worked (maybe this would have been the year that we caught a playful leprechaun).  Unfortunately, the leprechauns went back to Ireland in response to our school closure, but we hope that they return next year.  

Extended Home Learning Day #1 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 16)

Dear Silver Cluster Families,

We know how confusing and stressful this time can be and hope that your families are equipped with the necessities that you need. We hope that we can provide you with resources that will support your child at home in their learning. If you are in need of some structure for your child, we would recommend following the schedule of Silver.  

School closures- Please read (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 15 (last updated Mar 15)


Hello Silver Cluster Families,

Healthy Habits (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Mar 12 (last updated Mar 16)

Hello Silver Cluster Families,

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