Do you have a reluctant writer? We’re offering a 17-week (34 hours) course to teach middle schoolers how to develop a research project. Students choose and research a topic that they feel inspired about as they dive into the rabbit hole for exploration.

Join us for “Down the Rabbit Hole,” a creative but structured group teaching research methodology. A variety of note-taking and information-gathering strategies will be taught. The group will also present or display their projects at our Research Fair in January. All resources and materials needed are provided. Drop your student off and we will facilitate the rest. There will be no homework. The Instructor will send weekly updates about class activities.

This course includes 34 hours of instructor-led of class, 20 hours of parties and events, access to 4-6 field trips, member clubs, and parent resource nights. The fee for the course is $700 (payable in 4 payments of $175 each).

Each class will also end with a brief read-aloud session lead by the Instructor. She will read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the class each week. Students will be invited to draw the story while they listen.

Family orientation is September 10, 2019. Classes begin September 17 and will take place from 9:30am – 11:30am.

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Fall 2019 Enrichment Schedule 6-8th “Down the Rabbit Hole”
The class schedule will be followed by the Research Fair.

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Focus Studies
Be a Researcher
Intro to Research Process Define an Inquiry Develop Subtopics Information Seeking Strategies
11:30-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Skillful Play:
Team Building  Cooperative Game Creation and Play Relay and rally Engineering Challenges

Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Research Mechanics
Identifying Facts Graphic Organizers Keyword Noting MLA citation
11:30-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Skillful Play:
Mindful Art
Resistance Geometric Prints Spirals  Patterns

Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Language Arts
Flow Charting Subtopic Notes Outline Main Ideas Final Product Selection  Drafting
11:30-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Skillful Play:
Public Speaking
Action Storytelling Make a Commercial Creative Beginnings  Picture Worth 1000 Words

Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16
Project Creation
Written Product Visual Product Oral Product Final Draft
11:30-1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Skillful Play:
Mindful Body
Mindful Seeing Mindful Hearing Mindful Tasting & Smelling Mindful Whole Body

Note: Lunch Bunch and Skillful Play sessions may be added with an additional $500 fee (for 40 additional Coop hours) but are not required to participate in the course.

Research Explorers

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