During the enrichment cluster, students experienced several methods of working with clay including: pinch pots, coil, and slab. The students were able to use the methods they were taught to design their own pieces of art. After they made their masterpieces, they were fired and then glazed. The students decided to donate some of the bowls they made to the Empty Bowls Project as philanthropy.
The “Inspiring Illusionist” honed their magic skills and improved their illusions during these 8 weeks. We were inspired by a local magician, who came and shared his background, how he got started, and some of his tips on making a magic trick memorable. We researched how illusions tricked our brain and different types of illusions. Each week, they learned a new trick and then chose one to practice and record into a movie. The group decided to find other LME classes that were interested in magic and teach them a magic trick. Five younger classes were chosen based on their interest surveys; two Kindergarten classes, two first grade classes, and a second grade class. On December 9, each group of three students will go into their chosen class and present their magic trick to the students. They will then provide the materials for the younger student to do the trick as well. Then they will show the video of all the tricks.
Where in the World did the Traveling Lions explore for the past eight weeks? We have crossed continents and oceans wide and far studying Spain, Portugal, China, Kenya, The Galapagos Islands, Mexico and the good 'ole USA - Maine and Hawaii. Our enrichment cluster looks forward to presenting clay models, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, books and trifold boards at the showcase. We will also have clip on KPAW.
Easy as 123D
We learned about 3D printing and its current capabilities and possible future applications, and explored a variety of 3D design tools such as Tinkercad, MakeThingsNow, and Blender. Each student designed at least one 3D element for printing, and discovered how to better design items that will print correctly. Some students chose to explore 3D animation using Blender to create Minecraft animations. We welcomed some guest speakers who helped us learn more about engineering, design, 3D printing, and 3D animation. The students learned quite a lot and made some fabulous 3D products!
I Dream of Paint
In the "I Dream of Paint” enrichment cluster students grabbed a paint brush and unleashed their imaginations! Students explored their own creativeness creating works of art using ceiling tiles! Yes, ceiling tiles! Who would think a simple white ceiling tile and some paints could be transformed to brighten up and liven up LME? Students narrowed down their service project, spending time adding inspirational messages and beautiful pictures to the ceiling tiles around LME. Be on the look-out for inspiration, up ABOVE!
The Lion Ledger
“The Lion Ledger” staff celebrated the publication of their first issue! We reviewed the articles and the design and continued with plans for Issue #2. Journalists edited articles, including an upcoming article on the Westwood volleyball team. Photojournalists were sent around campus to snap additional photos needed for Issue #2. All articles were input into the template for issue #2 and revision by the editors took place. Issue #2 is tentatively scheduled for print and distribution on Friday, December 9.
“The Groundwork” enrichment cluster thoroughly enjoyed our eight weeks together. Our purpose was to work in small groups to create a design for the natural exploratory/play area, which will be created this spring outside the 2nd-5th grade playground thanks to funding from a district grant. We learned about land formation, topography, site maps, and other things related to landscape architecture, thanks to the expertise of rock-star landscape architects in the field, Mr. and Mrs. Doerle, who are LME parents of a 4th grade student. We also had a visit from Mr. Nuccitelli, a civil engineer and LME parent, to help us learn about erosion and drainage. Our plans will presented to the Tier II Innovative Action Team, school district staff and planning professionals, parent/guardians, and other stakeholders at the showcase on Friday, December 9th, in room 210. Please join us for a presentation (or few) to support the student voice in planning for this unique, upcoming space at LME as we share our designs and ideas with those attending.
“Got Science?” enrichment cluster ended their last session by creating a simple machine, a catapult, out of a staple remover, spoon, and tape. Shooting marshmallows is always fun! We also used simple ingredients to create a lava lamp as chemistry is one of our strongest interest areas. For the showcase we have compiled a symbaloo of our favorite science video games that can be accessed through a QR code we will be handing out. A padlet QR code will also be handed out linking our authentic audience of scientists to science videos they may want to use to perform their own experiments at home. Lastly, we will be providing teachers a QR code link to a padlet we created with all of our Owl Dissection resources (songs, instructions, virtual lab, and more) so they can perform Owl Dissections with their classes. We will also be performing experiments for our audience!
LME Explorers Guild
We had a great time delving into the unknown for the past eight weeks. Our cluster was all about exploring famous monsters and mysteries, and the students were allowed to choose their own topic. Their choices were diverse...from Atlantis to the Bermuda Triangle to Werewolves! Once the students had made their selection, we began researching our topics using a variety of print and digital media. When it came time to create something for the showcase, the products were as diverse as the topics. They included Google Slides presentations, Google Map collections, Minecraft landscapes, stories and more. We hope you enjoy their products. Students were asked to look at the evidence and make their own conclusions. The truth is out there!
Games! Games! Games!
The fifteen boys who participated in the “Games! Games! Games!” enrichment cluster had a good time learning how to play several new games and sharing some of their own games from home with other members of the group. We played dice, word, card, board, strategy, and domino games. Sometimes reading and following instructions on how to play a new game can be challenging, but the students did a nice job of breaking the directions down into smaller chunks, following those directions, and then moving on to the next step. Silent Ball seemed to a favorite new game; it can be used in our LME classrooms, especially on rainy days that make indoor recess a necessity.
In “Cupcake Wars”, the bakers learned how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, bake a cupcake to perfection, and mix together a fluffy bowl of icing...all while having to convert their ingredients to make the cupcakes and icing gluten free and vegan. We were able to have the owner of Cuprimo Cupcakes and Ms. Elliott, a former LME teacher, visit us to learn tips on working under pressure, baking, and the secrets of how to pipe on icing. For the finale, bakers had to bake two dozen cupcakes, incorporate their secret ingredient, pipe on icing, and build a display to show off all they have learned.
It's All About Sewing
“It's All About Sewing” enrichment cluster is wrapping up eight weeks of learning to use a sewing machine and making crafty cloth creations. Students in this cluster first learned how to use the sewing machine. On the first day of class, we practiced sewing straight lines on paper and controlling our speed on the presser foot. The remainder of classes we worked on a variety of products from pillow cases, tote bags, stuffed teddy bears, doll clothes, hand bags, and even a t-shirt dress. Some students even learned how to use a pattern to make their creation. We will donate pillow cases to Dell Children's hospital. This e-cluster has definitely sparked an excitement for sewing...who know, we might even have the next big fashion designer in our mists. Special thanks to our parent volunteers who helped us each week.
Movie Maker Madness
The “Movie Maker Madness” enrichment cluster explored many aspects of movie making over our 8 weeks. First off, the group set a central theme and audience for their films. The theme was to be the school's conduct code or PRIDE (positive, respectful, independent, dependable, and engaged). Movie makers decided to illustrate and reinforce the ideas of PRIDE in short films to broadcast to the school during our morning KPAW feature. Students explored how the "pros" do it and applied techniques to create a storyboard to plan their films. They then turned their attention to script writing and stage direction. Once they had their vision captured and planned, they turned to production. Students created backgrounds and settings for their scenes. They experimented with camera angles, using tripods, recording sound and filming. A variety of genres were explored including live action and stop action filming techniques. A few groups reached the editing stage where they uploaded their videos and began working with clips and adding transitions. Overall, the students in “Movie Maker Madness” learned a great deal about the process and practice of making movies.
Hello? Is Anybody Out There
The "Hello? Is Anybody Out There" enrichment cluster didn't find any life in outer space, but they did complete a study of Mars which included what NASA is working on. The students then broke into groups and began organizing and building a model of what a colony might look like. They included homes, a hospital, an area where food could be grown, and land rovers. Finally, the students created the surface of Mars and placed each item on the surface. Teamwork and creativity flourished!
Girl Power Robotics
The “Girl Power Robotic” members learned and applied a variety of collaboration, creative and coding skills to build and program their NXT Lego Robot. Several girls from the Westwood High School Robotics club mentored and supported the girls during cluster time. The robots perform a variety of tasks using multiple sensors and program code. The girls worked hard and had fun creating models of robots that save kittens from a burning house, move pebbles off the playground, change direction when approaching walls or objects, and much more.
To Be or Not To Be?
In the “To Be or Not to Be?” enrichment cluster, we learned about the terminology of the theater (complicated things like “stage left,” “downstage,” “apron,” and much more) and learned some acting strategies. We did some improv and did some “quick plays.” Then . . . we actually selected a play (two plays, one for each group of thespians), rehearsed, and performed for an audience of one iPad. We will be showing that play at the Showcase and the kids will get a copy of the video. Some kids preferred the backstage jobs, so that’s what they focused on. Other kids wanted to perform, so perform they did! It was fun! Bravo!