Students created their own games with rules on how to play. After creating their games they presented to the rest of the class their game name, the equipment required to play, its rules, and how to play. During the next few club meetings we selected and modified some games allowing the students to experience the games they created. This project has not only utilized a wealth of creativity but it has also allowed students to get a better understanding for the reasons and the importance of rules.
– Mr. Poole
It has been a great first month in cooking club! The students are learning that healthy eating can not only be fun, but delicious as well! While enjoying the story, “Chika Chika Boom Boom” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” for our books in September, students were able to enjoy their snack that went along with the story read. Here is a picture from our own edible trees. It included, peanut butter, apples, graham crackers, and raisins. Yum!
This year our Lego club is at an all-time high in members! We have 31 students in our Lego club! We have been experimenting with all the available shapes and parts and have made some really cool things like trucks and robots. We are looking forward to getting our official theme from the Junior Lego League so we can focus on our nationwide task! Look for a letter in your students backpack soon for more information about the League!
– Mrs. Bresnahan
Students in fantasy football club orchestrated their own football draft by reading statistics and averages of players and selecting them to fill open team positions. Each week students recalibrate their rosters and check team points and standings. After the students have completed their weekly setup they can play various games related to the fantasy football. Students earn points for the games that they play and can challenge fellow students to compete. The points they earn allow them to purchase merchandise for their player. Students have really enjoyed the combination of strategy and competition that is involved in managing their teams.
We have many aspirations in garden club!
Our plan is to beautify our school campus by gardening a variety of plants. We have identified one area that we will use to plant green-leafy vegetables that we believe will survive the current season. Later on in the year, we hope to do some bigger projects but we will need some help from our parents. If you are interested in helping us on our mission please visit us during our club meetings on Wednesdays from 2:50 – 3:30 in Room 123!
The Newspaper Club has been working hard to establish our goals for the club. The students decided that the title of our newspaper will be New Springs News. Each month we will work to print a student made newspaper for the school. It will include a variety of articles all written by students. The kids are very excited to write and print the October issue which will include articles about our school sports teams, video game reviews, Halloween articles, and crossword puzzles!
Robotics club is getting prepared for the FLL (FIRST Lego League) tournaments which help experience engineering with a fun way. There are three focus areas which students will be judged on:
- 1. Students build robots with LEGOs, motors, sensors and program them to do complex tasks.
- 2. Prepare a presentation on a real-world problem by using the steps of the scientific method which develops their research, critical thinking skills and learn innovation.
- 3. They also learn core values such as teamwork, friendly competition, Gracious Professionalism, and Coopertition.
Currently, we meet every Fridays 3:00 PM-5:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00AM-1:00PM. Please check FLL’s official website for further details on the competition: http://www.firstlegoleague.org
Spelling Bee Club
Spelling bee has been off to a great start! The K, 1st, and 2nd graders in the club are all such great spellers! I have enjoyed seeing how energetic the students are when spelling the words and how they are taking their time to think of what sound they hear next before saying the next letter out loud. I am looking forward to all of the spelling bee-ers building more skills and strengthening their spelling skills throughout the rest of the club!
Students have engaged in activities designed to help develop listening skills. Extremely specific instructions are given to complete the activities and if done without utilizing their listening skills students cannot fully complete the task. Activities have also put an emphasis on resolving conflicts to create an environment in which students treat each other with respect. Conflict resolution is important for students to learn in order to be effective as a team and to be successful in their future education.
Due to students being gone for the soccer and cross country season the sports club has been too small to do certain activities and games. The lack of students has allowed more responsibility to be given to each club member. Often club members will be allowed to create their own scrimmages and learn how to regulate their own games. Being able to regulate their own games has allowed the students to learn more about the game and the importance of the rules in place. The experiences of creating scrimmages are translatable to movement outside of school or organizational settings and can be a fitness component for the rest of their lives.