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 #14 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Apr 2 (last updated Apr 2)

Good Morning Silver Cluster Families,

We enjoyed working with the students during Readers’ Workshop.  In each small group, we read books about walkingsticks. We found many interesting facts and made connections to the students’ field guide animals.  We hope that they will continue to read and learn more about this interesting insect.

Extended Home Learning Day #13 (Article)

Submitted by Silver Teacher on Apr 1 (last updated Apr 1)

Good Morning Silver Families,

Happy April!  We hope that your family has an opportunity to take a walk together to enjoy the gifts of Spring.  If you notice any signs of Spring that you would like to share with the class, perhaps a bird’s nest or a baby animal in their habitat, we would love for you to share it with us through your Class Dojo account.  We will select a few pictures to upload onto our Class Story. Speaking of Class Story, we posted a picture of Stompy.  We are so glad that the children got a chance to visit with Stompy yesterday during Council.  

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,

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