But for now, I am going to share the 2nd and 3rd grade enrichment cluster descriptions. The topics reflect the top interest areas in 2nd and 3rd grade. The students will make their selections in class this week and will begin their enrichment clusters on January 8, 2016. The clusters will meet for eight weeks and the showcase will be on Friday, March 4.
There will be more updates later this week including the 4th and 5th grade enrichment cluster summaries and highlights from the Enrichment Cluster Showcase.
2nd and 3rd grade Enrichment Cluster Descriptions
Are you a wiz at solving puzzles? Is problem solving a snap for you? Stretch your mind as you discover the magic of challenging your thinking while having fun trying number puzzles, brain teasers, logic twisters, and optical illusions! Play, learn, create with your fellow puzzlers!
Wonderful World of Watercolors!
Are you interested in creating beautiful pieces of art using your imagination and watercolor paints? Join this cluster and we will explore famous watercolor artists and paint beautiful works of art!
Do you love creating amazing projects in Minecraft? Are you a wizard at using redstone, or an expert at designing fantastic structures? Would you like to learn even more about using Minecraft? Join the Minecraft Masters cluster and work together with like-minded kids to make something you'll be proud to show off to the world!
Behind the Lens: Book Trailers
Have you ever thought of writing, directing, or producing a movie? Now is your chance to do all three! In this cluster, you may work alone or in a small group to create a movie trailer based on one of your favorite books. As the producer(s), all creative choices are yours. If you like books, and you like movies, then this is the cluster for you!
Does putting a video camera in your hands put a smile on your face? Do you dream of directing your own movies or writing your own script? Perhaps you are a budding young actor who comes “alive” in front of a camera! Does the idea of using a computer to edit your movies get you excited? If so, join me as we explore WeVideo and the art of cinematography!
Ready, Set, Fun Play
Do you like playing games that are "out of the ordinary"? Does Cup Stacking, Troll Mountain, Make it Take it, Bacon, or track races sound fun to you? How about making up your own game? We can play inside and outside, both in individual and team activities. Fun, Fun, Fun!
Choose a card, any card! Do you like to entertain people? Are you brave enough to stand in front of a crowd and perform? Have you ever wondered how magicians always know which card you picked or how they make coins disappear? In this cluster you will have the opportunity to discover the mysterious secrets behind magic as well as explore, refine and perform real magic tricks that will amaze your family and friends! If you are a performer, come check out the "Hocus Pocus" cluster!
If you are interested in what you can do with clay this enrichment cluster is for you. Using many different clay techniques you will make your own creations. What is the process of making a finished ceramic piece? How does clay stay together? How do you add color to your work? Come to the “Clay Creators” and you will find some mysteries of clay!
Would you like to learn to cook famous dishes from all around the world? Would you prefer to create food that is also a work of art? We could focus on food from one agreed upon country or make food that is served during special celebrations around the world. Would you like to make some gluten free or vegan recipes? It will be your choice in “Culinary Creations”. Get ready to get messy, try some new recipes, and be creative with food!
Flying Lion Travel Agency!
Do you love traveling to exciting places and seeing new things? Would you like to explore famous destinations all over the United States? Then come explore with us at the Flying Lion Travel Agency! Become an amateur travel agent and plan perfect trips to see all the sights!
Drawing: The Magic of Your Pencil
Did you know artists have many "tricks" or rather tools and techniques that help them make their works of art look amazing and realistic? Da Vinci and other famous artists have used these techniques. If you would like to learn to use the magic of your pencil and a few other simple tools to create realistic drawings, this is the cluster for you!
Do you enjoy spending your free time learning new games and teaching them to your friends? If so, join a group of fellow game-lovers as we learn how to play a variety of hands-on games together. Whether we play board games, card games, video games, or outside games…the choice is yours! You might even have a chance to create your very own game and teach others how to play to it. If you love working together, friendly competition, and having fun, then this is the cluster for you!
If you like to build, design and create your own LEGO masterpieces this cluster is for you! Come explore the world of making LEGO creations. You can use LEGO designs or create your own. There are endless possibilities. Come ready to be creative!
Can you imagine a generation where a robotic car is driving you to school? How about one that will clean your room or make you breakfast every morning? If you are interested to learn more about building robots and programming it to your demand, sign up for Robotics Rock Cluster. Maybe one day in the future, you will be given an opportunity to invent a robot of your imagination. What will you have your robot do for you?
Help Save the Animals!
If you love animals and want to help protect them, then this cluster is for you! You will research and learn about animals in danger, spend some time outside, play animal games, and create a special way of convincing people to protect animals. Join our cluster and become a hero to endangered animals!