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2nd Grade Enrichment Clusters

Catalog Offerings Winter 2014

SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program Table of Contents Welcome To Our Enrichment Program


How Can I Help My Child Choose?


Multiple Intelligences


Enrichment Cluster Offerings



SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program “Every child should have the chance to be exceptional without exception.” ~Dr. Joseph Renzulli Dear Parents, We are excited to send along our Spring Enrichment Cluster Brochure for you and your child to together consider their talents and interests. Our Enrichment Cluster Program aligns with Multiple Intelligence Theory, and our many varied enrichment learning offerings address the diverse abilities and strengths children possess. Our ultimate goal is to help children develop their interests and talents and understand how they can share their gifts with the world. Please feel free to be in touch with Sharon Marson at or at 718-5481717 x1212 if you would like to be involved in this program or if you have any questions. Please fill out the Student Selection Form to indicate his or her 3 choices among the offerings by December 20th. Enjoy! Rabbi Binyamin Krauss Principal Sharon Marson Schoolwide Enrichment Program Coordinator 3

SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program How Can I Help My Child Choose? To help your child explore his or her interests and strengths, you may want to consider the accompanying list of Multiple Intelligences. Along with each multiple intelligence description is a numeric list of the Enrichment Clusters in which that intelligence is engaged. There is also a Venn Diagram on the next page to guide your child in making selections among the offerings. We are also asking that each child select 3 enrichment learning opportunities in which he or she is interested. Please fill out the online Student Selection Form for your child in grade 2, by Friday, December 20th.


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program Use this Venn Diagram as a tool to consider your child’s talents (strengths) and interests:



What did you discover? _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program

Multiple Intelligences Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart) Using language, spoken or written, to make connections and derive meaning. You may like to read, play word games, tell stories, discuss ideas, or learn foreign languages.

See Enrichment Clusters: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Logic Smart) Using numbers and reasoning to make sense of information. You may like to play chess, decipher strategy games, brainteasers, or logic puzzles.

See Enrichment Clusters: 2, 7, 8, 9, 10


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart) Using mental pictures to learn and remember information. You may like puzzles, mazes, creating art, or building models.

See Enrichment Clusters: 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14

Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart) Using movement to express thoughts and ideas. You may like physical activity, sports, dance, roleplaying, acting, or hands-on activities including building things.

See Enrichment Clusters: 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart) Understanding and caring about relationships and people and their moods and feelings. You may like group games, working cooperatively in a group, or have the ability to motivate people and communicate well with them.

See Enrichment Clusters: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Intrapersonal Intelligence (Self Smart) Using thought and reflection to understand information. You may like to be alone, are self-motivated, enjoy your independence, and know yourself very well.

See Enrichment Clusters: 6, 7, 11, 13, 14

Naturalist Intelligence (Nature/Science Smart) Understanding natural patterns and cycles to explain how things work in nature and science. You may like to learn about nature, enjoy being outside, or appreciate the environment.

See Enrichment Clusters: 1, 4, 7, 13


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program Musical Intelligence (Music Smart) Using rhythm, musical patterns, tones, sounds, or melody to understand information. You may like to sing, play an instrument, compose songs, remember songs, or are sensitive to noises or sounds, and typically have strong language skills.

See Enrichment clusters: 11, 13

Existential Intelligence (Religious Smart) Some proponents of multiple intelligence theory proposed spiritual or religious intelligence as a possible additional type. It certainly reflects our learning community and environment. You may like to learn Torah, think about G-d, pursue dedication to mitzvot, consider the workings of the universe, and make connections between Torah and life.

See Enrichment Clusters: 6, 13


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . .

Welcome to our Enrichment Cluster Program! Semester Dates: January 15th– March 19th Have fun selecting among the offerings!


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 1. ROCKS AND MINERALS AND GEMS, OH MY. . . Rocks rock. Do you love rocks? How about gems? Do you like to collect rocks? Did you know that there are 100’s of kinds of rocks? And did you know that you are strong enough to crush a rock in your hands? Are you curious if there is anything that can scratch a diamond? Come join this cluster to explore rocks, minerals, and gems. Perform science experiments on rocks. Use rock kits to make discoveries about rocks, minerals, and gems. Discover what makes a diamond great and meet a diamond dealer. Join our outdoor rock hunt to form your very own rock collection . . . all in Rocks, Minerals, and Gems . . . Oh My . . . Facilitator: Yael Edelstein Morah Yael has been teaching about rocks for many years and every time she does she learns something new about them. She even has a special rock that traveled with her when she moved. Morah Yael is excited to share her excitement about rocks with you.

Multiple Intelligences: Naturalist, Linguistic Driving Question: How can our deep exploration as rock scientists help us organize our knowledge and understand our world?


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 2. GAMECHANGER: Card Game Design Studio Which game is your favorite to play? What makes you want to play again and again? What makes a card game very popular? Which of these games are available as iPad apps? You probably love playing a particular game, but what goes on behind the scenes in creating that game? Meet a professional in the game industry to discover what makes games fly off the shelves. Explore a variety of card games and some new versions of much loved and played games. Then, individually or with your friends, design the next slamdunk card game. Come up with your own rules and create your own game. Then teach your game to others! Facilitator: Lynn Zadoff Lynn has been playing cards since before she was a second grader! She plays by herself, with friends, family, and students. Lynn loves to teach card games, learn new games, and develop new versions of much loved games. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, LogicalMathematical, Spatial, Interpersonal Driving Question: How can we as card game designers create a game that is appropriately challenging for children? 12

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 3. DON’T MOVE: Still Life Studio Does still life move you? Observe the world through new eyes! Take a closer look at everyday objects as you explore light, shadow, shape, and line--you might be surprised by what you see! Did you know that famous artists have been painting still life throughout history? In this cluster, we will explore some of these artworks and learn to see like famous artists have. We’ll experiment with different materials as we become “seeing experts!” Explore how arranging objects (you can even bring in some of your own personally meaningful trinkets!) creates interest in a composition. Discover color’s impact and effect. Use pastels, charcoal, watercolors, collage materials, and computer graphics, to capture still life as artists have from ancient times to modern times. Facilitator: Eva Broder Morah Eva, 2nd grade General Studies & Enrichment teacher has always been interested in art, especially the magical way it expands meaning beyond language. She brings her years of art training at S.V.A and The New School to the classroom to guide budding artists on their artistic journey. Multiple Intelligences: Spatial, Intrapersonal Driving Question: How can we use multi-media to create moving and meaningful still life artworks to impact on an environment? 13

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 4. MONKEY BUSINESS! Are you curious about these active, playful, and intelligent creatures that “monkey around”? Did you know that some monkeys fly? Or that some are white, some red, and some are even green? How about that all of them use their feet as hands? Come let’s explore and using iPads, research the world of monkeys. Discover what makes up their habitats and then with various materials create them. Take a virtual visit to the Bronx Zoo. Explore how monkeys are trained to perform in movies and to learn sign language. How do they develop a social culture? What are the differences between a chimpanzee and an orangutan? What unusual work did Jane Goodall do with chimpanzees? Let’s have a “barrel full of monkeys” good time while exploring at “Monkey Business!” Facilitator: Hillary Edelson Morah Hillary joined the 2nd grade English team this year. She is studying General and Special Education in Graduate School. Hillary has always had a fascination for animals and is excited to share that interest with our students. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Naturalist Driving Question: How can our understanding of the world of monkeys teach us something about positive ways to live together? 14

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 5. TOP SECRET: Say It With Sign Can your really speak without using your voice? Come listen with your eyes & let your fingers do the talking in this Enrichment Cluster. Discover how fun & easy it is to learn American Sign Language. We’ll start with basic vocabulary & fingerspelling, then develop our conversation skills as we build fluency. Explore how, when, & why sign language began. Discover the power of visual expression & this wonderful & creative way to communicate with others. Develop the tools necessary to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing. Most of all, empower yourself by learning this visual language & you can teach others to sign with you. Facilitator: Lauren Lieberman Lauren Lieberman holds an M.A. in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College as well as a B.A. in Economics and Religion from Columbia University. She has taught at the elementary and high school level in both the liberal arts and sciences. Her current interests are in developing student awareness of the deaf and disabled population, as well as exploring the benefits of sign language for the realm of special education. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal Driving Question: How can sign language get us thinking about spoken language, connect us with others, and develop our communication skills? 15

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 6. THEY SAID IT, WE ACT IT TROUPE Two women were arguing over a baby. Both said the baby was hers. How did Shlomo haMelech resolve the conflict? The king determined the baby’s true mother with an unusual solution. What do you think it was? How about this riddle? A princess was ill and three brothers each had something to contribute to her getting well: a magic carpet, a mirror, and an apple. Which did the princess consider most valuable? Why? Do you agree? In the Gemora certain men needed to determine the start of the new month, only this time one of the men at the meeting didn’t belong. What did the rabbis do? We have beautiful stories that are part of the Jewish mesorah: folktales, wisdom stories from the lives of our chachamim, and anecdotes from our texts. We’ll explore the stories, discuss the characters, and analyze the solutions. Then we’ll act them out and perform them-to feel the story-to experience it like it is happening today. Facilitator: Einav Rosen Morah Einav is part of the 2nd grade Judaic studies team, and mom to 5 kids. She loves to sing and act and teach Torah in special, fun, and meaningful ways. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Kinesthetic, Existential Driving Question: What is wisdom? 16

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 7. AD DETECTIVE AGENCY Why is Frosted Flakes cereal popular? How would you sell something to an alien, a pet owner, a child? What makes you say, “I want that?� Be an ad detective, learn the tricks of advertising and go behind the scenes of television, music, and magazines to find out how companies get you interested in their product. How are things placed in a store? Why are some things right next to the cash register? What do successful ads want us to buy, do, or think? Examine food advertising tricks and design your own cereal box using what you've learned. This class will inspire you to take a second look at the media messages all around. Facilitator: Debra Eis SAR mom, Debra Eis worked in advertising for 10 years prior to joining the SAR team. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the magic of advertising with our students. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, LogicalMathematical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Naturalist Driving Question: How can we in advertising create a campaign to interest children in a product?


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 8. HAVE A BALL! Which ball bounces higher: a small ball or a large ball? Which ball can your throw farther: a tennis ball or baseball? If we roll a ball on the carpet how far might it roll? What about on other surfaces? Did you ever examine the surface of footballs, basketballs, or soccer balls? How do they compare to one another? Can balls be used to paint? What is the relationship between a ball and a hoop? What is the circumference of a marble? How does it compare to the size of the earth? Balls, balls, balls. Let’s play ball and have a ball! Facilitator: Morah Jessica Nusbaum Morah Jessica is a School Psychologist intern who works primarily with Grades 1 and 2. She loves sports and was the co-captain of her High School soccer team. Morah Jessica also loves playing basketball and football and is looking forward to sharing her love of sports with our students. Multiple Intelligences: Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal

Driving Question: Given what we discover about balls, what conclusions can we make about the qualities of balls to create a ball demonstration for SAR children?


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 9. OUT OF THE BOX LEGO EXPLORATION COMPANY Do you enjoy thinking creatively? Is it fun solving riddles and questions that have more than one right answer? And . . . are you a Lego lover? Then “Out of the Box Lego” is for you! We’ll explore ways to use Legos in constructing marble runs, in designing structures that have numeric values, and to experience diverse building challenges, Lego storytelling, Lego Architectural design, an Attribute Lego game, and more! Meet with a building engineer or architect. Then, with your creative ideas flowing about all kinds of ways to use these colorful building blocks, create a “More Than One Right Answer” Lego Challenge of your own to challenge others! Facilitator: Aura Lurie Aura is part of our second grade team. She has studied at Bank Street and loves creating with Legos at home with her children. She is now looking forward to sharing her enjoyment exploring with Legos with her students. Multiple Intelligences: Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Linguistic Driving Question: How can an exploration with Legos develop our creative thinking and guide us in developing open-ended challenges for children our age? 19

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 10. INTERNATIONAL CULINARY ARTS INSTITUTE Transport your taste buds around the world and explore new flavors of cuisines from exotic countries! International cuisine is an exploration of a foreign country's history, plants, animals, spices, and unique tastes. Let’s discover which ingredients are frequently used in the native country, how the people typically cook their food, and how specific dishes reflect the countries’ culture. What can we learn about Jewish communities in different places through cuisine? Let’s prepare and sample some of the food. Let’s meet with master chefs from various countries to ask your culinary questions! Perhaps you would enjoy applying your knowledge to creating an International menu or to planning a special meal for people at SAR. Facilitator: Stephanie Minkove Stephanie, SAR parent and alum, teaches in informal, experiential Jewish Education at Camp Ramah. She is looking forward to sharing her love for cooking, for different cuisines, and her interest in Jewish communities around the world with our students. Multiple Intelligences: Naturalist, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Logical-Mathematical Driving Question: How does culture influence food in a particular region? 20

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 11. LOOKING TO LISTEN: I Spy With A Twist What did you just hear? Music is filled with unforgettable images. Do you hear a bee hovering over a Georgia O’Keeffe flower when listening to Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s, Flight of the Bumblebee? Or the animal sounds in Rousseau’s forest when hearing Sergei Prokofiev’s, Peter and the Wolf? The paired examples invite listeners to identify solo instruments (Do you hear marching knights in the timbrel of the drum or a waterfall splashing in the playful scales of the flute?) or orchestral themes in classical music that characterize an image found in visual art. As we gaze at beautiful, interesting artwork while listening to music, we will be inspired to create artwork of our own using a variety of mediums: watercolor, craypas, mosaics, and more! Come join this interesting Enrichment Cluster and look so you listen, as you never have before! Facilitator: Esti Schwartz Morah Esti enjoys teaching Judaic Studies to her students. She also loves classical music and playing the cello. Morah Esti plays in an orchestra in Manhattan. Multiple Intelligences: Musical, Spatial, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal Driving Question: How can art inspire musical listening skills?


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 12. IMPROV 101 ENSEMBLE! Do you love to act, imagine, and be spontaneous? Through Improv games and our own creativity, develop and practice basic performance skills such as public speaking, making eye contact, exercising your memory skills, and developing poise. Consider: How do we stand in front of an audience? What techniques can help us brainstorm while in the spotlight? How do improvisation artists learn to interact with one another on stage? Develop Improv skills as you master techniques with: “21 Countdown,” “1-Word Story,” “Copy Cat,” “Shrinking Box,” “Lines In Our Pockets” “Honey Walk,” and more! We’ll be creative as we laugh out loud with this Enrichment Cluster’s improvisational fun! Facilitator: Talia Rauch Mrs. Rauch joined the second grade team two years ago. She enjoys the fun of improv and was part of an improv goup herself. She looks forward to sharing the joy and spontaneity of improv with her students! Multiple Intelligences: Spatial, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic Driving Question: How do improvisation artists develop improv skills and create joy in sharing that skill with others?


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 13. WINDOW TO THE WILD: Connecting Kids With Wonder Do you like nature? Are you creative? Do you love to explore? Then this cluster is for you. Through hands-on outdoor adventures, science experiments, and art and music activities we will explore the sounds and sights of the elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. In creative exploration of the outdoors, we’ll hike outside, we’ll collect samples of earth around the school, catch the wind in kites we design, work with Park Rangers to build a small campfire, and walk to the Hudson River and paint there. This cluster will open your eyes, inspire new thoughts, and warm your heart to the beauty and wonder of Hashem’s world. Facilitator: Adiella Shem Tov Morah Adiella has a BFA in Art Education with a specialization in Project Based Education. She has been teaching for 12 years and loves to incorporate adventure and self-motivated learning into all her teaching. Adiella is a fine artist, a singer/songwriter, and a recording artist. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Musical, Kinesthetic, Naturalist, Existential, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal Driving Question: How can connecting with the elements develop a sense of wonder for creation? 23

Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . . 14. WHAT IF PICASSO HAD AN iPad? Using Art Apps That “Real” Artists Use With ipads we will paint, sketch, and print our artwork while delving into and exploring art apps like ArtRage. Did you know that with art apps you can use a virtual brush and enhance digital images. Imagine what van Gogh’s Starry Night might have looked like if he used apps to paint this masterpiece? Let’s explore the work of various artists and the techniques they used to imagine what the design and composition of their art might be if they were living in the 21st Century and had an ipad to create. Come create computer generated masterpieces of your very own. Perhaps you will choose to put them on gallery-display! Facilitator: Debby Schloss Debby Schloss, a veteran SAR faculty member will be combining her love of art and computers in “What If Picasso Had An iPad?” When Debby isn’t at SAR Academy, she loves spending family time trekking around Manhattan or tiyuling around Israel. Multiple Intelligences: Spatial, Intrapersonal , Interpersonal Driving Question: How can we as digital artists transform the way we look at and create art in the 21st Century?


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program Student Selection Form For Enrichment Clusters We are asking the children to think about the 3 Enrichment Clusters they are most interested in attending. In reading through our selections with your child, please guide him or her in recognizing how he/ she might be interested in several different clusters. For example, if your child is “Logic Smart” then GameChanger: Card Game Design Studio or Have A Ball or Out of the Box Lego Explorers might interest him or her. If your child’s interest lies in the naturalist arena (“Science Smart”) then perhaps he or she would be drawn to Rocks, Minerals, and Gems, Oh My! or International Culinary Arts Institute or Window to the Wild: Connecting Kids With Wonder. It is also OK to explore new disciplines when it is compelling for your child.

Please make 3 selections on the online form by December 20th. Every student is guaranteed a place in one of his or her three selections. Students will receive their cluster registration prior to the first session.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Marson, our Schoolwide Enrichment Program Coordinator, at or 718-5481717 x 1212. 25

SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program

“Every child should have the chance to be exceptional without exception.” ~Dr. Joseph Renzulli


lwide o o h c S s SAR’ rogram P t n e m Enrich

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2nd grade winter ec 2014