Peek at the Week in Project Extra

Cami Webb

Wow! What a Week!!!


3rd grade - The kids met with Mrs. Maddox today to learn about the Tower Gardens and to begin their research on how it is built and what items they would like to look at growing. They also had to save Rapunzel from the tower by working together as a team.


4th/5th Grade - This week Mr. Howard had them working with micro: bits and coding. Due to illness, Mrs. Maddox was unable to come for the rest of the week so we will move cleaning towers to next week. Students began to analyze Cinderella and what are the patterns in a story that can stretch across other genres and cultures. Next week they will read multiple versions and look for the patterns. They were also introduced to their large STEM challenge. They will be creating a castle for CInderella but they will be met with challenges along the way!!!


6th grade - This week they recorded a sample podcast and started to finalize their ideas for their first recording next week. They also choose what the economic makeup of their manors would be so that they can make money to pay their taxes. We then did research and they began to plan and draw their "manors" We will build a miniature model of their manors and students need to consider all basic needs as well as protection. Finally, we began to conduct our debate on the fairytales and should Disney have changed the originals and did they do more harm than good. What was the original intent of fairy tales? Do fairytales create stereotypes or provide good lessons and themes.


7th/8th grade - Mr. Howard was unable to join us so students will create their sample podcast next week. They also choose what the economic makeup of their manors would be so that they can make money to pay their taxes. We then did research and they began to plan and draw their "manors" We will build a miniature model of their manors and students need to consider all basic needs as well as protection. Finally, we began to conduct our debate on the fairytales and should Disney have changed the originals and did they do more harm than good. What was the original intent of fairy tales? Do fairytales create stereotypes or provide good lessons and themes.

Great Resources

I am linking some great resources that I found that allow kids to explore beyond our classroom!!

Asynchronous Behavior - GRIT!

This week we will look at how to improve resilience and overcoming frustration when we are pushed outside our comfort zones and challenged. How do we do that?


Improve frustration tolerance (Lengthen the fuse) The first key issue is that a gifted child often has limited frustration tolerance for his or her limitations and thus reacts quickly and abruptly when faced with a challenge. A major goal is to help a child get some “space” between what he is facing and how he is going to respond to it. When this occurs, the child has more time to think and problem-solve before getting upset and shutting down. The more space, the more opportunities for solutions.


Teach them to use their great “thinking brain.” It is important to highlight a child’s strong thinking abilities and help them to access his great “thinking brain” to figure out his “problem” or “challenge area.” Teaching children about “self-talk” and how our thoughts determine how we feel and act can be very useful. Help a child understand what his negative and defeating thoughts are. “If it’s not great, it’s not good enough.” Other common ones are “If I can’t get it right immediately, I am stupid” and “I am supposed to know (or be good) at everything.” Helping a child to uncover his negative thinking allows the opportunity to have more control over feelings and behavior by changing or editing this thinking. Some examples of more adaptive thinking maybe, “This is hard for me: I don’t have to be good at everything,” “Good is OK,” or “Learning takes time.” When a child can change his thinking, it allows him to have more “space” between the stimulus and his response.

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Field Trip to CAFNR - University of Missouri

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8:30am-2:30pm

4968 South Rangeline Road

Columbia, MO

We will be touring the Bradford Research Farm in the morning to learn about plant research and connect that to our Garden Towers. Then we will eat lunch on campus, provided by the University, and end with a tour of Food Science and Animal Science facilities. I will be taking all students on this day and that will replace our regularly scheduled class for that week. If anyone would like to join us as a chaperone, please let me know ASAP so that I can get the appropriate volunteer paperwork to you in time.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.