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Curriculum

Whole Class  Enrichment ~ Elementary

The PEP Teachers work with classes on all levels, Kindergarten through 5th grade. Full units last six or more sessions, while mini units include between 3 and 4 sessions. 
 
  • Kindergarten classes participate in two or more units with the PEP teacher, including Computer Coding with Scratch Jr, Let’s Observe, Build It Festival, or Tangrams/Visual and Spatial Games.  
  • First grade classes participate in two or more units with the PEP teacher, including Computer Coding with Scratch Jr, Tangrams/Visual Spatial Games, STEM Puppet Parade (mini unit), or Fibonacci & Fractals Fun.
  • Second grade classes participate in two or more units with the PEP teacher, including Computer Coding: Introduction to Scratch, Engineering Design Process, Mystery Festival, or Tangram Stories. 
  • Third grade classes participate in two or more units with the PEP teacher, including Computer Coding with Scratch, Visual and Spatial Reasoning, or Engineering.
  • Fourth grade classes participate in two or more units with the PEP teacher: Computer Coding with Scratch, Engineering, or Visual and Spatial Reasoning.
  • Fifth grade classes participate in two or more units with the PEP teacher: Computer Coding with Scratch, Engineering, Biomimicry, or Space Systems.
 

Lunchtime Enrichment ~ Weber Middle School

Lunchtime Enrichment (LTE) is open to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during their lunch/recess time.
 
 
Activities include:
  • strategy games such as Othello and Quoridor
  • paper engineering and Origami
  • word games such as Scrabble and Bananagrams
  • math games such as 24 Game
  • visual spatial games such as Blink and SETgame
  • KNEX, KEVA and LEGO challenges and projects
  • TED Talks
  • Math Olympiads (once a month) Visit the Math Olympiad Page at Weber for more information
 
Visit Weber's Lunchtime Enrichment Page for more information. 
 

Core Group Curriculum

Core Group curriculum is meant to enrich the classroom experience by exposing students to a more complex and advanced curriculum.  It provides students the opportunity to examine topics in depth and with more rigor. Some topics are an extension of concepts that are taught in the classroom.  Other topics are selected by the PEP teachers, in each building, to best meet the needs and interests of their core group students.  Some of the academic topics, studied in the past, are listed below.  
 
Field trips and guest speakers are often used to further enrich the curriculum.  Some trips in the past have included visits to the Dolan DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor, The Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of American Finance in the Wall Street Area, and the Nassau County Supreme Courthouse. 
Developing an advanced understanding of computer technology skills is a crucial part of our curriculum.  This area is addressed throughout the core group experience.
 
Grade 4
Biodiversity
Cells
DNA
Genetics
Codes and Ciphers
Deductive Reasoning
Optics
Computer Coding and Robotics 
Math Olympiads
 
Grade 5
Economics and the Stock Market Game
Engineering
Computer Coding and Robotics
Math Olympiads 
 
Grade 6
Collaborative Problem Solving
Philosophy
Debate
Law Education and Mock Trial
Passion Projects (Students conduct independent research on a topic of interest to them)