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 How Do We Grow From Failure?: Solving Problems by Being Brave and Persistent 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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Open Expressions: Wow, that was a great show! What talented, creative, and brave students we have in Orange. Way to go Myla B., Oliver, Cameron, Kia, Tyler, Raif, Giselle, Lulu, Francesca, Natalia, Olivia, Bella, and Mason! A big shout out to Brooke & Leah for making the show run so smoothly with their behind the scene work on stage crew! We loved watching you all in action.

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Conferences: We look forward to seeing everyone for spring conferences and setting new goals with your child. We do run on time. Please check the sign up genius link for your conference time:

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Thank your for your support during the strike. We appreciate the love and kind gestures throughout the work stoppage. We know this was a challenging week for you all and a disruption to your schedules. Thank you for the patience! We are so happy to be back and enjoying the rainy day INSIDE the classroom!


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December 7, 2018

Welcome back! We hope your Thanksgiving break was restful and full of family time. We are grateful for our supportive and enthusiastic families! We greatly appreciate you all being on time for your child’s conference and for working in partnership with us to continue the growth of your child!



Holiday Program – Wed., December 12th 8:45am, 11:00, & 1:10pm

Orange’s Winter Party – Fri., Dec 14th 9:00 – 10:15am

Last Day of Instruction in 2018 – December 14th

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THANK YOU: Thank you to all of you who have made time to volunteer in the classroom and/or donated supplies! It helps our class so much. 

PARENT CONFERENCES: Almost everyone has chosen a time for parent-teacher-student conferences. If you haven’t yet, please do so as soon as possible by visiting the schedule at:

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THANK YOU:  First and foremost, thank you for such an amazing start to what we are sure will be a great year. Your generosity of time, wish list gifts, and spirit has really touched us.  It was lovely to meet so many of you on Back to School Night, and thank you in advance for signing up to volunteer and to donate needed items. We truly appreciate your support. It takes a village!

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