Mrs. Steffen's GATE Classes

October 2015

I cannot believe that classes have been going on for over a month now! Students in GATE having been working hard in the midst of some rather difficult and challenging work.

This month, students will begin a new Habit of Mind - Managing Impulsivity. If your child's class has started using calendars to assess each habit, he or she will be bringing a completed one home for September. Any day that is marked with an X, is one where he or she was either absent, we didn't have class, or grades were not given. Feel free to contact me with questions about any rubric scores. Remember , the target score is a 3!

Important October Dates

Oct. 5-9 - Book Fair

Oct. 6 - Stride Night for Pre-K and K

Oct. 8 - Math Night for Grades 1-5

Oct. 16 - No school - Association Day

Oct. 20 - Crazy Hair Day

GATE Goings On

Students will begin continuing to work on a learning experience that asks them to comprehend Counting Crocodiles a book heavy in divergent thinking and questioning. We read the book, identified the story elements, and came up with multiple ways to solve the related math problem. Students will now be given more data to include and will be asked to apply these strategies. They also will be asked to devise another way for the monkey in the story to solve his problem

Students are continuing to interact with the Junior Great Books story, "The Monster Who Grew Small". We have read the story twice and placed stickies where important things happened, showing our ability to analyze the story. They will be taught the beginnings of Socratic circles to analyze the text, as well as to identify the central theme of the text through its details (RL.2). Students will also be asked to write a narrative about a different way the monster could have got what he wanted in the story, Tied to this will be a list of items that the monster could have purchased to help him and they must use their math strategies to add, subtract, and estimate within 1000 to help them problem solve. (NBT.A.3 and NBT.B.7)

Students are now experts on the concept of change and its generalizations! So proud of them. They are in the midst of reading Caporushes, and are loving it! Their final assessment will be to read Cinderella and Caporushes , a Junior Great Books version of Cinderella, idenfying examples of the change theme. They then will pick a point of view from either story and write a narrative from that point of view explaining one of the change generalizations and its impact to the story.