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In 2018, SummerLEAP decided to integrate an overarching theme that spans the entirety of the program. Throughout the program, students break into groups (based on their grade) and work on a project that uses the theme as a core component.
At the end of the program, all of the grades come together on the final day to present their projects.
Superheroes — Summer 2018
The overarching theme for the summer of 2018 was “Superhero-Super You!” Students explored what a superhero is, compared and contrasted the different qualities of a superhero and a supervillain, and then created their own superhero based on what they had learned about what constitutes a superhero.
Along with expiring different superheroes, each grade adopted a superhero name; kindergarten was the Justice League, first grade took the name of the Incredibles, second grade adopted the name The Defenders, third grade found that the Avengers suited them, fourth grade became the Fantastic 4, and lastly, our fifth grades identified as the Black Panthers.
Each grade was tasked of creating their own original superhero - they had to include an origin story, the superpower that the superhero , the physical qualities of their superhero, and a short story about their superhero in action. Once they had created their superhero, each grade chose a different art media to portray their original superheroes.
Board Games — Summer 2019
For the 2019 program, SummerLEAP decided to take a different approach to our theme — board games. Research shows that playing games is a valuable method for children to learn. Children learn how to obey rules, many games factor in math and reading comprehension, how to be a good winner/loser, but most importantly — they learn how to play.
Our students spent the program developing their own board games in which they presented to the entire program on the final day. Students were encouraged to integrate their favorite part of learning into the project. Students also used themes and ideas from their favorite books, including Harry Potter.