Cassidy Gifted and Talented News

Week of February 15

What We Are Up to This Week in GT

Literacy:
In literacy, students are starting to finish up their opinion pieces so keep an eye out for those to start showing up on our Gifted and Talented Student Work page on www.cassidyschool.org. Fifth graders should be finishing up their projects to go along with Johnny Tremain so those will start popping up on our Gifted and Talented Student Work page as well. They will then be starting their opinion pieces. All groups are continuing to work on book clubs as well.

Math:
In math, we will be working on accelerating the curriculum, meaning that we will be teaching any grade level content that is needed and then moving on to more challenging above grade level content. We will also continue our work with advanced problem solving and metacognition (being mindful of our thought processes so that we can explain our thinking).

Art, Creativity, and/or Leadership:
All students have selected a project now, so, if your child is in Gifted and Talented for one (or more of these areas), check in with them to hear about the exciting work they are doing! They will continue working on these projects over the next few weeks.

General Intellectual:
Students in these groups have been working on higher level thinking, reasoning, and logic through complex problem solving. We are using a program called Problem Solvers in 2nd and 3rd grade and Deductive Reasoning in 4th and 5th grade. I am amazed at how much more quickly and proficiently students have been learning to solve these problems and use a variety of strategies (visualizing, drawing diagrams, collaborating with peers) to solve them. I am also pleased at the level of resilience they have. They just won't give up when they have a challenging problem, which is a wonderful life skill to keep them going even when things are tough. I have already had to increase the complexity of the problems to keep it challenging for them!

In the Community

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education Conference - An Evening for Parents - February 22 - click for more info

E-Day (Engineering Open House Day) at UK - February 27 - click for more info

Events hosted by Lexington Parks and Recreation - click here for more info It might be a bit chilly for such activities this weekend, but if you are interested in braving the cold, there will be a salamander hunt at Raven Run on Saturday February 13.

Explorium President's Day and Snow Day Camps - click here for more info

Newport Aquarium Family Days Discount - click here for more info

Lexington Public Library President's Day Programs (and Beyond) - click here for more info

Resources

Check out https://curious.com/ It is not a website specifically intended for children, but I still thought it might be engaging for them!