During our 1st session, we discussed all the reasons why everyone chose this cluster. The kids offered their ideas about what they had in mind when they read the All About Animals cluster description & what they wanted our cluster to look like. There were 2 main themes among the ideas. One was to help save shelter animals in the Austin area, & the other was to help save endangered animals in the wild. All the kids agreed that they wanted our cluster to work towards helping animals. The class decided to split into 2 groups, one for shelter animals & one for wild animals.
The wild animals group discussed as a team & decided that they wanted to research the top endangered animal species list & write a book educating people on these animals, why they're endangered, & what we can do to prevent their extinction.
The shelter animals group brainstormed ideas & voted on holding a Dog Beauty Pageant using shelter dogs. They hope that this will encourage audience members to adopt a dog instead of buying one. They'd also like to make homemade dog treats & toys to hand out as prizes to the dog contestants & possibly sell at the pageant to raise money for the shelter.
Next session, the wild animals group will need to begin their research & the shelter animals group will be writing a proposal to send to Mr. Bechtol in hopes of getting approval for the pageant. They will also need to reach out to a local shelter to establish a partnership if Mr. Bechtol approves.
Snack Attack started by naming several snacks we like to eat after school. We discussed the importance of exercise and good nutrition to maintain a healthy body. Making good snack choices is important for all of us. Students discovered a small milkshake at Chick-fil-a or McDonald's can have as much as 762 calories! We discussed other options and soon the room was buzzing with the sound of blenders. Students worked in small groups to make MOCK chocolate and strawberry milkshakes! The milkshakes were made with frozen fruit and strawberries and topped with a small dollop of fresh whipped cream! It was a great way to end the day and Mr. Bechtol said the shake was delicious!