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Enrichment Project Planning Packet


Pre-Planning

Take some time to think about what interests you about this subject. Why did you choose this subject? What would you like to learn and/or teach about this subject? What would you like the kids to get out of this?


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What are some sub-categories that this subject could be broken down into that would provide for broad appeal?

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What are some related activities (both passive and active) that could contribute to learning about and getting excited about this subject?

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What can be produced to demonstrate to others what the group has learned?

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What are some ways the group can experience what they are learning about (this could be a field trip, a visit from an expert in the field, or a hands-on experiment or activity)?

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What are some related team-building games and/or activities you can use to excite and unite your team?

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How will you ensure everyone is heard, respected, engaged, and having fun in the group?

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How will you focus the group toward agreeing on shared goals for the group as a whole?

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Example: Pre-Planning for Bugs

Take some time to think about what interests you about this subject. Why did you choose this subject? What would you like to learn and/or teach about this subject? What would you like the kids to get out of this?


I chose this subject because all of the bugs that are coming out for the season. I thought it would be interesting to learn about their life cycles, life spans, lifestyles, and their habitats. I would like the kids to have a better understanding of nature and how species impact one another,
What are some sub-categories that this subject could be broken down into that would provide for broad appeal?
This category can be broken into species, life cycles, lifestyles, habitats, relationships, experiments, observations, etc.
What are some related activities (both passive and active) that could contribute to learning about and getting excited about this subject?
Building an ant farm, collecting and looking up different species of bugs, butterfly farms, life-size yarn spider webs, dissecting bugs, writing our own version of a bug’s life, performing the story, building the stages of life model, testing non-toxic bug repellants, creating a bug superhero, creating a bug trivia game, evolution of bugs through time . . .
What can be produced to demonstrate to others what the group has learned?
Ant farm, Butterfly farm, models, observation study, slides, stories, plays, songs, game
What are some ways the group can experience what they are learning about (this could be a field trip, a visit from an expert in the field, or a hands-on experiment or activity)?

Hayes Honey Farm, Natural History Museum, Rattlesnake Museum, Entymologist(?), Exerminators, Chemists, bug collection, insect farming . . .

What are some related team-building games and/or activities you can use to excite and unite your team?

Ants Across A River (River Crossing), Spider Chase (Goose Chase), Stay off the Web (Poison Carpet), Insects (Animals), Pass the honey (Hold Your Breath), Dead Bugs, Mosquito Bite (4 Corners), Queen Bee (Guess the Leader), Building a Colony (Coin Carry), Bug Club (I am starting a club . . .)

How will you ensure everyone is heard, respected, engaged, and having fun in the group?


The group will agree to adhere to the CC rules, will also follow tips on brainstorming, negotiation, and unanimous decision-making. I will guide the children in their rule making and ask leading questions and present scenarios to illustrate the point of rules.
How will you focus the group toward agreeing on shared goals for the group as a whole?
See Notes on Brainstorming, Negotiating, & Unanimous Decisions


Tips on Facilitating Brainstorming, Negotiating, and Coming to a Unanimous Decision
*Make it known that brainstorming allows for all ideas – no matter how big or how small, good or bad, realistic or unrealistic because a small, unrealistic, bad idea could spark a big, realistic, good idea.
*Therefore, everyone must be able to give his or her ideas without a value judgment (good or bad), but merely a thank you
*When the ideas die down, always ask and give time for more
*Discuss the pros and cons of each idea

*Teach positive ways of expressing disagreement

*Cite reasons for disagreement

*Be respectful

*Resist using words like stupid, dumb, can’t, and won’t

*Start criticism with “ I am concerned that . . . “


*Ask each member to mark his or her first (and second choice, if you want) privately, and then cross out any that aren’t marked.

*Discuss again, mark again until you have a unanimous decision

*You will more than likely have to inform them and explain budgetary, time, and ability constraints. However, resist dismissing ideas by saying “we don’t have the money, we don’t have the time, we can’t, etc. Instead, ask questions to allow them to come to their own conclusions of the plausibility of each idea. But, keep your mind open.
*A unanimous decision is better than a majority rules decision because it decreases the possibility of members of the group not buying into the decision, not feeling part of the group, not feeling listened to, group resentments and blaming those who made the decision for anything that may go wrong, etc. It gives everyone an investment and encourages everyone to

be accountable for the decision.


First Meeting




Team-Building Game (15 Minutes) _____________________


This should be subject related (even if you have to change the name to make it fit, etc.). It should be fun. It should encourage the kids to engage with one another and work together toward a common goal.

Establish Rules of Conduct (20 Minutes)

These should include brainstorming rules and positive ways to express disagreement. Write them on a poster board and bring them with you to every meeting. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Name This Team (15 Minutes) _________________________


Brainstorm and negotiate to a unanimous decision rather than voting so that everyone feels they are heard, invested, and a part of the team.

Experience Summaries (10 Minutes)

Explain that every meeting will end with a reflection on the day’s session. Both kids and adults will reflect on what happened that day and how they felt about it. It is an important step in that it will help meet the needs of the kids in the group and addressing any issues that may inhibit reaching the group’s self-defined goals. Explain that their input is needed to make the club the best it can be for anyone. Ask if anyone would like to share their thoughts with the group. (Make sure to enthusiastically acknowledge anyone who shares – especially the first!) This isn’t a discussion, but rather a way to validate their feelings. Always thank them even for negative comments!



Summary of Session

Date: _______


Can you explain how the process went: ____________________________

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What did you change from your original plan and/or what you would change next time? ________________________________________________

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What problems did you face and how were they handled? ______________

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What successes did you have? __________________________________

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What are your overall feelings of today’s session? ___________________

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Summarize the children’s responses.______________________________

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Kids’ Summary of Session for

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Name: _________________ Date:________
What did the group do today? ___________________________________________

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How did you participate today? ___________________________________________

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What problems or challenges came up today? ___________________________________________

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How were the challenges or problems handled? ___________________________________________

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What would you change next time? ___________________________________________

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What was your favorite part of today’s meeting? ___________________________________________

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What are you looking forward to next time? ___________________________________________

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What else would you like to remember? ___________________________________________

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Second Meeting


Team-Builder (15 Minutes)
Establish Team Goals (35 Minutes)

Phrase these as open ended questions and just brainstorm and negotiate to a unanimous decision. Try to logically link similar ideas.

You may want to ask for someone to keep notes and record the group’s suggestions and decisions.
**Learning Goal _____________________________
What do we want to learn or investigate? What questions do we have about this subject?

Where can we find the answers to our questions? Do we know of places or people that have special knowledge of this subject?
**Creation Goal _________________________________

What can we make with our own hands to show what we’ve learned or to learn more? What do we want to present to our families to show them our hard work. What would be fun to do?

**Experience Goal _______________________________
From where or whom in our community can we get more information about this subject? Where can we go to explore the subject more? Who can tell us or show us more about this subject? What can we do to understand this subject more?

Summaries (10 Minutes)

Follow same procedure as in first meeting. Remember to ask for sharing and thank them for making the club better.


Project Meetings


Team-Builder (15 Minutes)
Work on Project (35 Minutes)

Explain to the group that this is an ongoing project that can be worked on any time. Set a target date for completion.

It would be a good idea to remind them periodically throughout the week to work on it. Avoid treating it as a chore, but rather as something that you and they can enjoy.
Break Into Specialized Groups, if necessary, to plan research areas and project plan.
Groups self-assign research duties and project responsibilities.

You, as part of the group, will take on both research duties and project responsibilities as well. There may be things that you have access to that they do not.



Generate Supply Lists

These will include a list of things that are available on site, things that can be acquired by the members of the group, and those that need to be purchased.
Action Plan

Have children record all that needs to be done, who will be doing what and set dates for completion. Break big projects into smaller steps. Adapt as needed.



Decide and Plan for Your Experience

This will require advanced planning. Treat it as sort of a celebratory event to be planned in honor of working so hard on your project.

Summaries (10 Minutes)


  • Adapt as needed, learn from mistakes, revel in successes.


Final Meeting

Meet after the project presentation.


This time, start with the overall club summaries.

Sharing is vital at this point. Make sure you share, too.

Lessons learned?

Favorite memories?

Do it again?
Follow through on your celebratory experience.
Keep it super positive with lots of reflection over the course of the semester.

Summary of Club

Date: _______


Can you explain how the overall process went: _________________________________________________________

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What did you change from your original plan and/or what you would change next time you do this club? _________________________________________________________

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What problems did you face and how were they handled? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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What successes did you have? __________________________________

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What are your overall feelings and thoughts on your experience? _________________________________________________________

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Summarize the children’s responses.______________________________

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Kids’ Summary of __________ Club

Name: _________________ Date:________

What were the group’s goals in this club?

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What did the group do in this club? _________________________________________________

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How did you participate? _________________________________________________

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What problems or challenges did the group face? _________________________________________________

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How were the challenges or problems handled? _________________________________________________

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What would you change about this club? _________________________________________________

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What was your favorite part of this club? _________________________________________________

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What did you look forward to when you met with this club? _________________________________________________

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What will you remember most about being a part of this club? _________________________________________________

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Would you join this club again? Why or why not?

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Anything else? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




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