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2nd Grade Enrichment Clusters

Catalog Offerings Winter 2016

SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program

Table of Contents

Welcome To Our Enrichment Program


Multiple Intelligences


How Can I Help My Child Choose? 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 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. The program will run for nine weeks beginning on January 13th. Please feel free to be in touch with Sharon Marson at or at 718-548-1717 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 Monday, December 14th. Enjoy!

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss, Principal

Sharon Marson, Director of the Arts & Enrichment 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 each of your child in 2nd grade by Monday, December 14th, after which date some Enrichment Clusters will become filled. Every student is guaranteed a place in one of his or her three selections. If only one selection is made, we cannot guarantee placement in that Enrichment Cluster.


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?

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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.

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.

Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart)

Using mental pictures to learn and remember information. You may like puzzles, mazes, creating art, or building models.


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program 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.

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. 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.


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program 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. 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. 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.


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . .

Welcome to our Enrichment Cluster Program!


Enrichment Cluster Offerings . . .


Do you love to act, imagine, and be spontaneous? Through Improv games and your 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 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? 10

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Rocks rock. Do you love rocks or minerals and 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 and find out what makes a diamond great. 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? 11

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Let’s have a tea party! Delicious or ‫טעים מאוד‬. Tea

parties have been around for thousands of years and now you will have the chance on a cold winter day to warm up with a cup of tea around a lovely, creative tea table you set, all while speaking Hebrew in a natural setting. Bake tea biscuits using Ivrit, perhaps create an invitation in Hebrew to invite guests to one of your tea parties, maybe even design a tea kettle of your own to continue the Hebrew tea party at home. Explore teas of different cultures, the different herbs used in teas, and various ways to make tea. Tea parties are cozy, tea parties are special, tea parties are fun! Come, let’s make time for Hebrew and tea! Facilitator: Adi Frankel

Morah Adi is part of the 2nd grade Judaic Studies team. She loves all the arts and of course Ivrit and she is very excited to share her joy for Hebrew at a delicious tea party. Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Naturalist, Interpersonal Driving Question: How can we make tea an opportunity to develop Hebrew speaking? 12

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Get your hands dirty as you make something beautiful! Silversmithing is among one of the oldest trades known to man. In this Cluster, we will explore silversmithing as it has both evolved and stayed the same over the course of time. We will look at some famous and historic silver creations and will have the opportunity to make our own pieces of silver jewelry using some classic techniques such as hammering, wiring and etching. We will experiment with creating texture and interesting form in our pieces and will learn to 'finish' our work with careful polishing. Students will design and create their own pendant to bring home. 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, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Naturalist

Driving Question: How can silversmithing connect history to the present day?


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5. GAMECHANGER: Card Game Design Company

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 to create it? 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? 14

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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

Driving Question: How can we in advertising create a campaign to interest children in a product?


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Do you like to act? Do you like to perform? Would you like to creatively act out a story? How about acting out a story that is a riddle? 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? Let’s explore, act out, and perform stories! Let’s experience them like they’re 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?


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8. SCRATCH! Creative Computer Programming For Kids

Do you like computers, being creative, and making your own projects? If so, this Cluster is for you! Learn how to create your own animations using Scratch, a computer programming language for kids. You will learn how to create a sprite (a character), how to make it move, sing, and talk, and how to incorporate different backgrounds, all using commands that are part of the Scratch programming language for kids. Come create, learn, and enjoy! Facilitator: Nehama Libman

Morah Nehama loves using computers to create animations, stories, and videoa. She learned Scratch as an adut and thinks it is a great way to learn programming commands and be creative at the same time. She is looking forward to learning with her students! Multiple Intelligences: Logical-Mathematical, Linguistic

Driving Question: How can we as computer programmers learn to create inviting programming for children?


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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

Morah 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 love for 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? 18

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Can you really speak without using your voice? Come listen with your eyes & let your fingers do the talking. Discover how fun & easy it is to learn American Sign Language. We’ll start with basic vocabulary and fingerspelling, then develop our conversation skills as we build fluency. Explore how, when, and why sign language began. Discover the power of visual expression and this wonderful and 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 and 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 & Religion from Columbia University. She taught at the elementary & high school level in 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?


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11. ARTLAB: What If Picasso Had An iPad?

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 “ARTLAB” 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?


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12. BIRD’S EYE VIEW: Avian Adventures With Wave Hill

Attention aspiring scientists or nature lovers–get ready to break out your binoculars! Discover how local birds survive winter-and how you can help. Your adventure begins at Wave Hill, where you’ll investigate feathers, feet, and skulls to learn about birds’ adaptations. Go bird-watching on Wave Hill’s gorgeous grounds, and learn to identify the laughing call of the woodpecker and the black cap of the chickadee. After becoming avian experts, transform a corner of SAR into a bird haven and observation station. Use problem-solving skills to construct feeders from recycled materials and collect data to monitor your feeder’s success. Use math and science skills to interpret the data and submit your research online to eBird, a citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Take flight as you support our feathered friends! Facilitator, Wave Hill Educator, Elizabeth Bradley Elizabeth Bradley is a School Programs Educator at Wave Hill. She is excited to share her lifelong love of bird-watching and Wave Hill’s compelling, hand-on approach with the students of SAR.

Multiple Intelligences: Naturalist, Spatial, LogicalMathematical

Driving Question: How can we as bird researchers design a plan to help local birds survive the winter? 21

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Do you want to roar like a lion, hiss like a snake, and stand tall and straight like a tree? In Yoga-Kids Edition you will do all of this and much more. Get to breath deeply, strengthen and stretch your body, and relax your mind. Activities will include performing yoga poses, sharing stories, visual imagery, group building exercises, and more. Proper exercise clothing required: loose pants and a T-shirt. Come join us for a fun and relaxing experience in Yoga-Kids Edition! Facilitator: Shifra Shafier

Second grade Judaic Studies teacher, Morah Shifra, an avid runner, has also been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She finds yoga to be a sanctuary in a busy world, a way to exercise, and a technique for creating inner calm and focus. She is excited to bring her love of this discipline to her Enrichment Cluster. Multiple Intelligences: Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal, Existential Driving Question: How can the practice of yoga increase a sense of calm in ourselves and impact on how we interact with others? 22

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Did you know that one of the first human inventions were clay vessels? Do you know where clay comes from? Have you ever wondered how stone age men were able to carry food and liquids back to their caves? What is a vessel? Consider how Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Israelites lit their homes and temples? In this Cluster we will explore where clay is found and how it is made. Experience the full process of ceramic making starting with a slab to sculpting through glazing. This is a hands-on design experience creating different types of clay vessels that are both functional and decorative. Faciliatator: Chani Jaskoll

Chani, a professional artist and has been SAR’s art teacher for many years. She has studied ceramics and is currently working in a Ceramics Studio creating many different kinds of hand-built vessels. Multiple Intelligences: Spatial, Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal Driving Question: How can clay be used to create a vessel that holds liquids or solids? 23

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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? 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 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? 24

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You will learn the beginning stitches and treasured craft of needlework and embellishing projects with colorful thread and creative appliqués. Join the wonderful world of learning to bead and embroider and create beautiful things including a headband for yourself with Ita Aber. Ita used needlepoint and beading to create the beautiful curtain for the aron in the SAR Academy shul! Go look at it! Experience Jewish history as you design and learn from a very unusual artist who has created many Jewish ceremonial objects of great beauty. Experience the tradition of needlepoint and beading work from a master as she passés on her craft and the needlework and beadwork tradition to you! Faciitator: Ita Aber

Ita is a master of fabric arts whose work has been shown in every major Jewish museum throughout the world. Her diverse skills include embroidery, beadwork, sewing, appliqué, silkscreening, and more. She is also an art historian, curator, and author of, “The Art of Judaic Needlework.” Multiple Intelligences: Spatial, Logical-Mathematical, Existential Driving Question: What can Jewish art express?


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/her in recognizing how he/she might be interested in several different clusters. For example, if your child is “Logic Smart” then Out of the Box Lego Exploration Company or GameChanger: Card Game Design Company or Ad Detective Agency or might interest him or her. If your child’s interest lies in the naturalist arena then perhaps he or she would be drawn to Rocks, Minerals, and Gems or Birds-Eye View or Monkey Business. It is also OK to explore new disciplines when it is compelling for your child.

Please make 3 selections on the online form by Monday, December 14th. Every student is guaranteed a place in one of his or her three selections. If only one selection is made, we cannot guarantee placement in that Enrichment Cluster. 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.


SAR’s Schoolwide Enrichment Program

“Every child should have the chance to be exceptional without exception.”

~Dr. Joseph Renzulli


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Winter EC Brochure 2nd Grade 2016  
Winter EC Brochure 2nd Grade 2016