We will be starting the research for our big project. Students have or will receive the Decision-Making sheet to complete for their topic and return it to me as soon as possible. Grades 1-2 and possibly some 3rd graders can choose Endangered Species. The 3rd-5th grade students are researching Disappearing Destinations. I hope to give everyone their first or second choice, but we may have to move to a third or fourth choice as we have enough topics so as not to repeat. Most work will be done in class, such as lessons on note-taking, bibliographies, consolidating notes, etc. Some work may be done at home. Projects can be done at school and at home. Students will present their projects at Eco-Adventure ALPHA Nights in May.
The ECO-ADVENTURES ALPHA NIGHT for Ellison will be Wednesday, May 27th at 6 pm in the cafeteria.
The Braun Station ECO-ADVENTURES ALPHA NIGHT is scheduled for May 21 at 6pm in the cafeteria.
I will begin sending timelines, project ideas, and other items for the research in the next few weeks. Please check binders for any new information. Some information is located on the Research and Research Resources links on this website. These will continue to change as we go through the steps in the process.
We had a great trip to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where students learned about several biomes and the plants that grow in them. They made terrariums that they took home and will care for. Although the day started out cold, it warmed up and became a beautiful sunny day. Students are writing in their journals about their experience and will connect it to their learning in the classroom. Super job ALPHA students!
As Kira has reminded us, "GT isn't about getting smarter. It's about making connections." Bravo, Kira!
Parents, thank you for all your help in getting forms back, lunches packed, and for joining us for the day. If you have pictures from the field trip, please share them with me electronically.
On January 21st, Ellison 4th and 5th grade students participated in a webinar scheduled by Time for Kids with researcher Jean Pennycook. She is the researcher we sent our postcards to last fall. Over 2,000 people viewed the webinar live that day. The students who were not in attendance at both Ellison and Braun Station have seen portions of the recorded interview during their class time.
We learned quite a bit about what it is like to visit Antarctica as a researcher and how Jean studies the Adélie penguins. What amazing animals to be able to live in such an environment.
Ms. Longoria is a GT/Enrichment specialist at Braun Station Elementary and Bonnie Ellison Elementary