You’re a unique individual. Did you know that? It’s true! There’s no one else in the whole world just like you.

But guess what? You’re also an important part of many different groups. For example, you’re an important part of your family. You’re also part of a classroom and a neighborhood.

You’re probably an important part of several other groups, too. What are we talking about? Clubs, of course!

Clubs can be an important part of school and, indeed, life in general. Clubs bring together all sorts of different people who share a common interest. For example, do you have a chess club at school? It’s most likely made up of people from all different sorts of backgrounds who share a love for the game of chess. Maybe you’re a part of a robotics team that competes to engineer and build the best robot. Your friends on such a team all probably share an interest in robotics.

Clubs have been around for thousands of years. Ever since the first group of people got together to pursue a common interest, clubs have existed. Some clubs might be purely local, while others are statewide or even nationwide.

Today, there are more clubs than you might imagine. There are clubs that focus on games, such as chess or cards. Other clubs might revolve around sports, such as table tennis or horseback riding.

Some clubs exist to raise funds for a particular group they support. Other clubs bring together people who share common career interests, like farming or computers. Still other clubs encourage members to participate as a group to complete community service projects.

Some clubs allow anyone to join, while others may have membership that must be earned. For example, some academic clubs require that you achieve certain grades to become a member.

Still other social clubs, such as fraternities and sororities, exist to strengthen the bonds of friendship among their members. They may have special requirements and processes for those interested in joining. Sometimes the friendships formed as part of these clubs last a lifetime.

Clubs are a great way to meet new friends who share similar interests. They also provide experiences that can be hard to find outside of the club setting. In addition to fun with friends, club membership can give you skills that will help you become a better student and person.

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    • Hi Stacy! Thanks for visiting Wonderopolis! We welcome anyone who likes to WONDER to be a part of Wonderopolis, so we hope to see you again soon! Are you a part of any other clubs, like at your school? :)

  1. Dear Wonderopolis, I liked the video today. And I am in a lot of clubs at my school like yoga, logo, student council, French speech, kindergarten helper and singing. I think being in clubs is a lot of fun and it’s even more fun when you do it with your friends! Bye ;)

    • Hi Ana! We think the clubs you are in sound SO FUN! Which one is your favorite? And it is more fun to join a club with your friend! Do you have a friend you could invite to Wonderopolis? We would love to meet them! :)

    • Hey Crystal! The video from today’s Wonder did have a LOT of cool clubs at that school! That would be fun! We love this Wonder too! What would be your favorite club if you could start one? :)

    • Hey Wonder Friend! We like to think we are all in the club of WONDERing, where anyone can join and use their imagination to explore! We bet there are also clubs about action heroes, Batman fan. Maybe you could find one or start one of your own! :)

  2. Dear Wonderopolis, my favorite club is student council because we get to plan stuff that nobody knows about. And yes I could invite some of my friends to Wonderopolis. See you later, bye! ;)

    • Hey Ana! Student Council sounds like an awesome club to be in! What kind of stuff are you working on in it now? And thanks for sharing about Wonderopolis! We love to meet new WONDERers! :)

    • Hey Mary! That is a great idea to start a Wonder club! Who all would you invite to be in the club? What would be the first thing you WONDER about? We are glad to see you have lots of other fun clubs to be a part of too – Girl Scouts and dance sound really fun! Thanks! :)

  3. HEY Wonderopolis!! I liked the WONDER of the day! I’m part of a gymnastics club! Clubs are really fun to be in especially with your friends! :)

    • Hey Emily! We are glad you liked today’s Wonder – we did too! Gymnastics Club sounds like a lot of fun. What is you favorite thing to do at the club? Are you in any other clubs too? Thanks! :)

    • Hey Zoe! We loved the video too! It was fun to learn about all the different kind of clubs that school has! What kind of clubs are at your school? Are you a member of any of them? Let us know! :)

  4. Hello Wonderopolis, your Wonder made me make a club. I know now there are more clubs than reading, writing, math, art, music and gym.
    Next Wonder I think it’s Ronald McDonald…

    • Awesome, Kayne! What club did you make? There are LOTS of different kinds of clubs. Which was your favorite from the video? And that’s a great guess for tomorrow…check back and see if you are right! :)

  5. Hi Wonderopolis,

    I did not know that there were that many clubs.

    I learned that there was a cooking club.

    There are a lot of clubs.

    • Hey Alicia! We didn’t know there were that many clubs either! It was a fun thing to WONDER about. Would you ever join a cooking club? Maybe you could start one with your family and learn to cook new things together! :)

  6. Hi Wonderopolis! I liked learning about clubs. I’m in two – soccer and volleyball. My brother is in tech club. It’s really fun. I could start a Wonder club. :)

    • Hey Brooke! Soccer and volleyball sound like great clubs to be in! You must be good at sports! If you could join any other type of club, which would you choose? Maybe art? We want everyone to join Wonderopolis and be a part of our WONDERing! Pass the word! :)

  7. Hi Wonderopolis!!!

    I have a club house at home! I did not know that there were so many clubs!!!
    I learned that clubs have been around for thousands of years!

    I made a club once!!!

    There are a lot of clubs!

    • Hey Holly! How fun! What club did you make? If you could make another, like some of the ones in the video, which would you like to be a part of? Thanks for visiting Wonderopolis today! :)

  8. I know that in my school the young woman leadership of the Bronx give us permission slips for us to be in our own favorite after school club. They said that we have to choose an after school club OR else they’ll put us in the one that we do not like so that is why I belong to clubs.

    • Hey Monique! We think it’s great to have clubs you can join, so we are glad you were able to choose one! Which club are you in? We bet it’s a good way to make new friends…what do you think? Thanks for visiting Wonderopolis! :)

  9. Hi! I liked today’s wonder! My sisters and me and some neighborhood friends put together a club, but then one of them moved away and the club kind of fell apart. Thank you for today’s wonder!

    • That’s awesome, Berkleigh, we Wonder what your club was interested in? Did you draw together, write stories, or create an awesome new sport? We bet you had a great time being a part of the club! Thank you for sharing your comment about today’s Wonder! :)

  10. Dear Wonderopolis,

    Many of us are in clubs. Some clubs we belong to are Homework Club, 4H Clubs, Girl Scouts, Batting Club, Little Britches, Children’s Choir,Saddle Club, Church Clubs, Sunday School, Dance Clubs, Soccer Clubs, and Karate. We are busy!

    What kinds of clubs were you in as a kid?

    Some of us have been inspired to start our own clubs. Our teacher said that we have to write up a proposal.

    Here are some of our guesses on the “fun guy” for tomorrow: clowns, magicians, Michael Jordan, and Handy Mandy.

    Thanks for continuing to make us wonder!

    Ms. Uppena’s Third Grade Super Sleuths

    • How cool, Super Sleuths! We think you are involved in a variety of clubs and activities– nice work! It sounds like you are all very involved and are exploring all sorts of interests! Some Wonderopolis friends were part of service club, cartoon club and book club! We still participate in them today! :)

      We think your teacher, Ms. Uppena, is awesome, and we bet your new clubs will be super cool and full of fun. We look forward to WONDERing with you soon! :)

    • How cool, EE, Girls on the Run is an awesome club! We bet it was cool to run with a great group of new friends– what a WONDERful way to exercise and have fun, too! Thanks for telling us about your accomplishment– a 5k is a lot of work! :)

  11. Dear Wonderopolis, I loved your video. I am in homework club. I am one of the super sleuths. I hope you all have a wonderful life. My sister loves One Direction, Justin Bieber, and Austin Mahone. I love my sister and brother. Also my mom, dad, cat, and dogs.

    • Hey Rodger, thanks for stopping by to Wonder with us today! Homework club sounds cool– we bet it’s a great way for your classmates to help one another! The super sleuths sound really awesome, too! Are you in a detective club with the rest of your classmates? :)

      We really enjoy WONDERing with you– thanks for sharing your comment today! :)

    • Well thanks so much, Lindsey! We’re so glad you are joining us to Wonder! It’s so cool that you’ve been checking out our Wonders and learning with us! What’s your favorite Wonder so far? :)

  12. In our club, we mostly did art because one of the neighborhood friends had a basement that had cool art stuff like India ink and real bird feathers to dip in the ink and write with, and glitter, colored construction paper, markers and crayons,stickers, ribbons, felt, and a bunch of other stuff. Thank you for today’s wonder! :) ;)

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  • Do you belong to any clubs?
  • What kinds of clubs are there?
  • Can you start your own club?

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Ready to explore clubs in greater detail? Ask a couple of friends to help you try out one or more of the following activities:

  • What clubs exist at your school or around your town? Find out! Ask your teacher, guidance counselor or principal for a list of all the clubs that meet at your school. Then talk to neighbors and friends about the clubs that they might participate in around your town. What do the clubs do? What activities do they sponsor? Which ones interest you? Pick a club or two and get involved?
  • Make a list of all the clubs that your parents have belonged to. Ask them to think all the way back to elementary school. What clubs did they join throughout middle school and high school? What about college? Were they members of a fraternity or sorority? What clubs did they like? What are their favorite memories of club experiences? What clubs would they recommend you join one day? Ask them to help you get involved in a club that would match your interests.
  • Have you ever thought about starting your own club at school? If you have a special interest that doesn’t fit any current clubs, why not start your own? Others who share common interests with you might be willing to help out! Here are a few tips to think about if you’re considering starting a club of your own:
    • Get permission! Talk to your teachers and the principal to make sure your idea for a new club will work. They can even help you figure out what else you need to do and where you could meet.
    • Get the word out! Talk to other students about your idea and get an idea of how many kids would be interested in joining your new club.
    • Set goals! What is the purpose of your club? Other than just getting together to have fun, make sure your club has some structure to it. Plan some activities and set goals for the school year. As a club, what do you want to achieve?
    • Get help from parents! Make sure you have students’ parents fill out permission slips, so that parents are aware of the club and give their okay for their children to participate. At the same time, get them to volunteer to help out with your club!
    • Have fun! All work and no play isn’t fun for anyone, so make sure that you have fun getting together with other students in your new club. The more fun you have, the more students will want to be part of your new club!

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