Orange Cluster (Grades 2-3)

Welcome to (Orange Cluster) from Mrs. Anne Granick and Ms. Tracey Maye!


“To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”

-Thomas Edison

Orange Cluster’s theme this year is Inventors & Engineers: Learning to be Persistent, Brave and Risk-Takers. In social studies, the children learn about different inventors and their contributions to society. They will create a multi-media presentation of this information. They will even create an invention for a fairy tale character. Snow White needs a device to detect poison in apples and the Gingerbread Man needs unique transportation to get safely across the river. The students will tinker with a variety of objects including but not limited to cardboard tubes, paperclips, cotton balls, fabric, straws, and cotton swabs. Using these objects, they will create a model of their invention. As real inventors do, the students will then write and turn in a patent to the Orange Cluster Patent Office.

In science, these inventors will also become engineers. They will learn about simple machines such as levers, wheels & axles, wedges, screws, pulleys, and inclined planes. At the end of the unit, they will use their knowledge to create an original Rube Goldberg. They will also discover the vast field of engineering. Through investigations they will hone their skills and knowledge of the multi-step engineering design process. With their cooperative group they will: define the problem, research the possibilities, assess guidelines/limits, brainstorm the possibilities, choose the best solution, develop/sketch the idea, create and construct, and test it out. But it doesn’t end there. As a team they will discuss and keep track of what worked and what did not in order to improve and redesign. All of this and more will be on display at our end of the year museum tentatively set for May 30th so mark your calendars!


“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itive-ness, and common sense.”  

- Thomas Edison

“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”  -Albert Einstein

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November/ December Monthly News (Article)

Submitted by Orange Teacher on Nov 26 (last updated Nov 26)

November/ December Monthly News

November 26, 2017

THANK YOU! As we wrap up the Thanksgiving break, we wanted to thank all of you for attending your child’s conference. It was great to see you again and to watch how well the students led their conference. We greatly appreciate all of your support. When we work together, your child is the beneficiary of our teamwork and they will continue to blossom. Again, thank you!


Thanksgiving Holiday: November 20th – 24th

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