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Please review the listing and description of our course offerings for the coming semester.

Winter 2014
2nd Grade
Class Information
Session
Animals from the Deep Dark
B
G&T class*
Students will explore the fascinating world of animals. Using both science and the arts, you will learn about adaptations and special characteristics of animals from the deep and from the dark. Just bring your sense of adventure and get ready to ooh and ah over some of the earth's more mysterious creatures.
Cooking for Beginners
A
Hall, Heather
Learn to think outside the box! Tap into your creative side! It's not just airplanes that come in a kit, so can muffins! When you think about burritos, think breakfast not beans. Don't just roll your cookies in sugar paint them! Learn to use both sides of your brain & amaze your family & friends with your creative side in the kitchen. *Students will need an apron, a large mixing bowl with a lid, a wooden spoon, measuring cup and measuring spoons.
Dazzle 'Em with Dinosaurs  Cancelled
A,B
Session A has been Cancelled
Session B has been Cancelled
Schigur, Liz
How did Oviraptor get its name? Find out why dinosaurs have such long names and discover the life and times of these enormous creatures by playing loads of games and doing hands-on activities. You'll act as a paleontologist on a prehistoric dig. Dazzle your parents and friends as you become a dinosaur museum curator.
Exploring Writing through Discovery and Wonder
A,B
Session B has been Cancelled
Tyra, Jenny
Use your sense of discovery to uncover the wonders of the little things in our world.  Through observation and discovery students will begin to develop purposeful and authentic non-fiction writing pieces.
Fairytales, Folklore, and Fables, Oh My  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
G&T class*
Step into the lands of ever after where tricksters, heroes, magical potions and talking animals are typical fare! While on your adventure, you'll use art and theatre and a host of other fun activities to explore all the elements of these three unique storytelling forms.
Hello Human Body!
B
Herman, Jana
Learn body systems, senses, anatomy and skeletal structure, as well as what our bodies need to be at their best. At the end of the course, children will have a thorough understanding of the human body, be able to care for their bodies and make healthy decisions.
Introduction to Spanish: Grade 2
B
White, Maria
¡Hola! Songs, games and other lively activities, followed by discussion and reinforcement of skills, will introduce you to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Viva el Español--where language and culture comes to life!
Look deep into my photo!
B
Wall, Gunter
We want to have fun with photography - besides learning how it works and taking lots of pictures. But how does something look seeing it from above or from below? What if we look very closely or look from different sides? What if we change the background or foreground? Above all, pictures tell stories and eventually bring back memories--sweet or sad. Learn how to tell that story with pictures! (Students bring their own digital camera; be sure the batteries are charged!)
Out of this World: Solar System Exploration
A
Herman, Jana
You'll learn the composition, position and importance of Earth, our moon, and our solar system. Hands-on activities and song will cover the basics of our Solar System for IN standards. In addition to conducting experiments and keeping a Moon Diary, children will have a take-home item from each class meeting. Supplemental materials from NASA will also be used.
3rd & 4th Grades
Class Information
Session
Awesome Architecture and Engineering
A
G&T class*
Could you build one of the next wonders of the world? During this class, students will examine structures both inside and out and will use their creativity and ingenuity to create their own architectural designs and projects. In the process, they'll explore careers within the fields of architecture and engineering.
Buen Provecho! (Enjoy your meal!) Introductory Spanish: Grades 3/4
A
Santiago, Cynthia
Would you like to order food in a restaurant like a native speaker?  This introductory Spanish course will teach you to do just that!  You will learn basic vocabulary, verbs, and phrases that are essential for beginning language learners.  The course will be taught through oral instruction in the target language, songs, games, and hands-on activities.   Viva el espanol!
Cooking 200
B
Murphy, Melanie
Ants on a log! What's this? Breakfast in a burrito! How is this possible? Who thinks of this stuff? Grab your chef hat and don't forget your appetite because you'll learn how a ball can be made out of popcorn and how to make snow taste so good! You'll impress your friends and family by showing them that cheese on a pizza is "so five minutes ago" and fruit on your pizza is how you win friends and in influence people. You will be asked to make the meals at your house because they are so good--you might even get out of doing chores! *Students will need an apron, a large mixing bowl with a lid, a wooden spoon, measuring cup and measuring spoons.
Creative Dramatics
B
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques.  Students will learn to concentrate and work together while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others.  The class will culminate in an original student production of a fairy tale with a twist!
Food, Fitness & Fun!
B
Coffman, Abby
In this class you'll learn how to eat better to feel your best!  We'll test delicious, healthy recipes that you can try at home.  We will also learn fun exercises and stretches to keep your body strong and healthy.  Prepare to be surprised by how much fun you'll have improving your health! (Participants will need to bring a towel and old necktie or belt.)
Fun with Math: Go Figure
B
G&T class*
Does your student love numbers? Are they always quick to work through their math homework and beg for more? In this course students will be engaged in new math learning by observing math in everyday life, as well as fun and creative ways of problem solving. This isn't just your plain old multiplication and division!
Money Matters
A,B
G&T class*
Discover the potential millionaire within! Using fun activities, students will learn personal finance and economic skills that they can use the rest of their lives. Saving and investing, critical thinking, and communication are all part of the curriculum. Careers in finance will also be examined.
Powerful PowerPoint Presentations
A
Wall, Gunter
PowerPoint is an engaging and creative medium to tell a story about a person or pet, a place, an event, or anything!--not just with pictures or photographs but also with animation, sound, film clips, narration, and music. We will create more interesting and visually pleasing presentations with the use of color, fonts, balance of picture elements, as well some of the basic principles of design we can find in architecture and painting. (Students should have a working knowledge of using computers, especially basics of MS Word.)
So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?
A
Coffman, Abby
Do you have a great idea for a business or product?  Through hands-on activities you will learn concepts like supply and demand, resources, costs, and profits.  You'll create your own business, develop a product, and market it to your consumers.  We'll have Market Day where your idea will be put to the test to determine how profitable your business is!
What's the Buzz about Bees?!  Cancelled
A
Session A has been Cancelled
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the coolest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's 'bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do bees make honey? What does it take to 'Bee' a Beekeeper? Why do we need bees? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
5th & 6th Grades
Class Information
Session
Buen Provecho! (Enjoy your meal!) Introductory Spanish: Grades 5/6
B
Santiago, Cynthia
Would you like to order food in a restaurant like a native speaker?  This introductory Spanish course will teach you to do just that!  You will learn basic vocabulary, verbs, and phrases that are essential for beginning language learners.  The course will be taught through oral instruction in the target language, songs, games, and hands-on activities.   Viva el espanol!
Creative Dramatics
A
Fleming, Terrilyn
Magic, communication, observation and play combine in this fast-paced class comprised of theatre games and improvisational techniques.  Students will learn to concentrate and work together while becoming more self-assured speaking in front of others.  The class will culminate in an original student production of a fairy tale with a twist!
Imagine, Design and Create
B
Schweitzer, Debbie
Imagine designing your own comic book, t-shirt, poster, and mouse pad. In this class, you are limited only by your own imagination. Learn to use websites and programs to imagine, design and create all of this and more. Learn to use computers in ways you have never imagined. It's fun and exciting--and you'll walk away with amazing products you imagined, designed and created.
Intro to Web and Game Design
A
Schweitzer, Debbie
Have you dreamed of becoming an online game designer? Would you like to become a webmaster and create your own website? Take your computer knowledge to the next level! Become a game designer by using online tools to create your own online games. Learn how to design webpages and embed HTML coding to build your own personal gaming website that puts all of your creations in one site to share with your friends and others.
Let's Learn about College & Careers  Cancelled
A,B
Session A has been Cancelled
Session B has been Cancelled
Medina, Dr Veronica
This is a hands-on, interactive course designed to help students get a head start on their future success by learning how to make connections between their unique talents and their college & career aspirations! We will approach career planning as a life-long process that builds on and integrates students' interests, values, and school experiences in their future occupational goals. Creative team-building and individual activities introduce students to John Holland's RAISEC career theory, with an emphasis on developing college and career planning strategies.
Mythology
A,B
Session B has been Cancelled
Merrifield, Callie
You've heard of Zeus and Hercules, but did you know that they were just two gods among a multitude of gods and goddesses in ancient times? In this course, you will learn the stories behind many of the gods and goddesses of both ancient Rome and Greece. We will reenact these tales using drama and each student will have the opportunity to research his/her own mythological creature to present at the end of the course.
Unconventional Inventions
B
G&T class*
Does your student love to dream up solutions or creatively problem solve? They could have what it takes to be the next great inventor! In this session students will be engaged in learning about inventors, inventions and will also brainstorm and create an invention of their own.
What's the Buzz about Bees?!  Cancelled
B
Session B has been Cancelled
Vawter, Matt
Wanna 'Bee' the coolest kid in school? Learn what the Buzz is about in the Beehive. Let's 'bee'gin with why bees sting. Why must every hive have a queen? Why do bees make honey? What does it take to 'Bee' a Beekeeper? Why do we need bees? Sample some honey, touch some comb, and 'bee'come more acquainted with these fascinating creatures. You will 'Bee' amazed at what you learn!
* "G&T class" is a group of educators enrolled at the graduate student level at IU Southeast. They are concentrating on the teaching techniques benefiting the academically-gifted learner. These educators collaborate, design, team-teach and peer-review curriculum for high-ability/high-achieving students, under the supervision of their IU Southeast faculty.

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