Elementary Enrichment Programs

WordMasters Challenge is a national contest for students in grades 3-6 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. WordMasters Challenge consists of three analogy solving meets from December to April. Students are given wordlists of 20 words to study before competing in each meet, and the AL Department hosts regular development meetings.
Grades: 3rd - 6th
Time of Year: December, February, March
How to Participate: All students will be invited to participate each year. 
Computer Coding Club 
4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in the Elementary Coding Club, which meets weekly during guided study. Students are guided through lessons on Code.org in which they utilize the block coding language Blockly. This program introduces students to early logic and problem solving in a computer science format. Students are encouraged to continue their coding work on this free, online platform outside of school. 
Grades: 4th & 5th
Time of Year: 4th Grade during Fall; 5th Grade during Spring
How to Participate: All grade-level students are invited to participate at the beginning of each semester.  
Battle of the Books
Grade-level teams of three students read from a list of 45 books in preparation for in-school battles where they answer questions about the books and authors. The winning team from each grade level advances to the invitational battle. Periodic lunchtime BOB meetings will be held to monitor team progress and discuss the books in preparation for the battles. 
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
Time of Year: February and March
How to Participate: All students will be invited to participate each year. 
Science Fair 
Lake Bluff elementary hosts an annual science fair at which students can present scientific demonstrations, models, or controlled experiments. Students will present their projects during the school day to their peers and in the evening during the public viewing. Most of the students' work on their projects is completed outside of the regular school day; however, check-ins and information sessions are hosted regularly by Advanced Learning Staff during the school day. 
Grades: 5th & 6th
Time of Year: December - April  
How to Participate: All 5th and 6th grade families will get information before winter break. 
Spelling Bee
Shorewood's Elementary and Intermediate schools participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students receive a list of spelling words that are used at the grade-level and school-level bees. The top two students at each school then advance to the regional spelling bee with the chance to represent the region at the state and national bees.  
Grades Offered: 1st through 6th
Time of Year: December, January, February 
How to Participate: All students will be invited to participate each year.
Geography Hunt

The winter break tradition continues with this year’s Elementary Geography Hunt. Based on the National Geographic School Bee, students investigate questions related to geography, culture, and language that takes them on an adventure throughout the country and across the world. The Hunt has two editions, a 50-question multiple choice edition suggested for 1st/2nd and a 100-question edition suggested for 3rd through 6th (students can ultimately choose whichever edition they prefer). Participating students can submit their answers either electronically or as a hard copy to the Advanced Learning Department upon their return from winter break.


Grades: 1st through 6th
Time of Year: Winter Break
How to Participate: All students will be invited to participate each year in early December.