Please review these videos with your child. This is a great example of creativity and initiative. We viewed the first video with some of the classes and every child has enjoyed it! I have also shown them to the IC Club groups this week. I am hoping to include some of the concepts into our IC Club as an extension or start a new Makers Club in the spring with some other ideas I have. We will include some activities in the GT classes as part of culminating project options this year. If any of your kids make cardboard arcade games at home, bring them in or send video! We would LOVE to see them!
This week we will finish our desert mini-unit. We will complete our technology project "Me and Biomes". I will be posting photos of our Scholarly Behavior project that was completed by most classes a few weeks ago, a creativity project "Cactus Squiggles", and the "Me and Biomes" pictures. You will be able to find them on the "Showcase" tab on this website. Please check next week for any additions to these as some students wanted a little more time to complete them.
I added some thinking challenges to the GT binders for students to work on if they finish an assignment early or at home. Each child should complete the packet by the Christmas/Winter holidays. I will them for progress periodically. The grade levels have different packets--analogies, code breakers, and word roots.
The first week of classes is behind us! The students are learning the routines and jumping into the biomes unit right away.
We began with a creativity exercise.
Grades 1-2 worked on originality and elaboration completing a Savannah tree transformation.
Grades 3-5 worked on fluency and flexibility of ideas naming birds then categorizing them.
I shared information about myself, the classroom routines, our unit, and the expectations for the year.
We painted nature flags depicting an insect, plant, animal, or a nature scene on Muslim cotton squares. These will be displayed in our hallway soon.
We discussed the homework activities.
Grades 1-2 are to create a mask of an insect, plant, or animal which represents their personality or characteristics.
Grades 3-5 are to create a surfboard with items that tell about them.
I introduced the centers that students will complete in the next 2-3 weeks related to our unit.
We reviewed the day's activities.
**Please make sure that students bring their supplies to class. They should have a binder, dividers, a flashdrive, and a spiral.**
Ms. Longoria is a GT/Enrichment specialist at Braun Station Elementary and Bonnie Ellison Elementary