GT LEAD

LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR ACADEMIC DISCOVERIES

MATH TELESCOPING TEST

Students in grades K - 5th have an opportunity to take an End of Course math assessment in order to skip a grade of math. A parent can register his or her child for testing through the link below or by calling the number below. There are two deadlines for two testing events. These dates have also been in Mrs. Pedevilla's weekly newsletter this semester. If you have questions about this process, I am happy to answer those.



  • JULY Testing: Online July 19-29 & Paper July 19-22

    • Registration Opens: June 14

    • Registration Closes: June 22


In order to telescope in math, a student must take a grade level end of course exam and score 90% or higher. For example, a first grader would take an end of course 2nd grade exam. If that child scored 90% or higher on it, then the next year as a 2nd Grader, that student would take 3rd Grade math. If you are wondering if this could be a good fit for your child, reach out to your child's math teacher to discuss this opportunity. If you choose to move forward with testing, then contact the Assessment Department at GCISD Administration Office (817-251-5524) to schedule and pay for testing.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW KINDERGARTEN GT LEADers!

I am so excited to work with our new Kinder GT LEADers! The theme for Kindergarten is Relationships. We have been working on getting to know each other, to think quickly on our feet with the letter game, and finding/using our learning community in Seesaw. I am impressed with their confidence and willingness to contribute in our discussions.


We have also been using literature to look at characters' relationships with each other in the book, Hey Little Ant, specifically comparing/contrasting multiple perspectives (Depth and Complexity icons).


Another way we used Depth & Complexity with literature is using the Big Idea icon. Before we began to read the book, Courage, your amazing kindergartners brainstormed times when they were courageous:


  • going upstairs in the dark
  • walking into the cafeteria while big kids were in there
  • trying something for the first time, like riding a bike
  • eating a new vegetable
  • sleeping without a night light
  • going to a new school


Overall, Kinder GT LEADers are building their toolkits right now with identifying and analyzing multiple perspectives and with some logical reasoning through sudoku and math comparison problems.

SELFIES

We wanted to capture the beginning of our GT LEAD experience! I told them they could pull their masks down for a quick pic.

1st Grade - Contribution

Sink or Float

First Graders enjoyed the experiment, Sink or Float. First we read the book, Who Sank the Boat. Then, each table was set up with the same 10 items and a bin of water to test objects. Students made predictions and tested each item. Using their clipboards, students recorded their observations and reflected at the end about what their biggest surprises were.
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Similes and Metaphors

Currently, first graders are writing about either a family member or a pet using metaphors and similes. The book, My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks, is our inspiration. Ask your child who he/she picked.

2nd Grade - Systems

THE SYSTEM OF THE BRAIN

Second graders have been conducting Brain Research. They started with learning parts of the brain and making their brain hats. Then, they gathered their 5 to 7 most important facts within their topics of brain health, optical illusions, bizarre brain facts, two sides of the brain, brain connections, memory, sleeping and dreaming, and emotions.


They have gotten INTO the brain and can even sing you a brain song!


With their research, I used this opportunity to teach them how to create Google Slides on their research so they would have a new digital resource in their toolkits. The first goal was to evaluate and pick the information we thought our audience would be most interested in and learn something new. We also learned about layout and order of slides.


This week and next, students will be presenting their slides as either doctors, reporters, or as the brain itself. For 2nd Grade, this is the first time they have presented in this way to a whole group...very scary! However, they have risen to the challenge. They have brought props, and they are giving each other specific compliments after each presentation. I am SO PROUD of them! I look forward to next week's presentatons.

Below are last week's presenters.

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3rd Grade - Discoveries

At the beginning of the last nine weeks, students created 3D symbols out of paper to represent a goal to end the year. We talked about a leadership goal, a specific goal for reading or math, or a goal for a hobby outside of school. As students persevere through this pandemic year, it is important to look ahead and to strive. Below are a few examples.


For the last two weeks, third Graders have been discovering secret codes and uncovering reasons why people would create them and send them. As part of Spy School, they have created their own secret messages using a shift code or a pig pen code and uploading those to our class blog. Then, we spent some time solving those codes. The next type of code students solved was a secret word code. We have discussed Morse Code and the Navajo language as a type of secret code and how it was used. They are learning the necessity of details and the art of asking questions.

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Brilee - Leadership Goal

(Encouraging Others)

4th Grade - Explorations

Enigma Research

Fourth Graders have been researching Enigmas, such as the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Stonehenge, Atlantis, the Pyramids,and Nazca Lines. Students organized their questions and research in Google slides. Then, they used their research to create a board game or a digital game. Lastly, they pretended to pitch their idea for a game to a big company, like Hasbro or Mattel. Their pitches were posted to our class blog in Seesaw, and students commented on each others. Each student selected the top three pitches from the class, and they included why they selected them. I compiled the data, and there were several winners who demonstrated FLAIR in their product, thus receiving their own FLAIR marker.


Most Original - Harper

Best Idea - Fisher

Best Details (Research evident in game) - Aleyah and Devan

Best in Tech - Hudson

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5th Grade - Change

Depth & Complexity

Fifth Graders have completed a big unit on Sports and Games. Students reviewed the Depth and Complexity icons and applied 3 of the concepts to a game of their choice, whether it be a physical game or a digital game. Students created mini mind maps to represent those.


After that each student SCAMPERED (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify/Magnify/Minify, Put to another use, Elaborate, Reverse/Rearrange) their favorite game and found ways to improve the existing game.

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