January Newsletter TAG/Enrichment for 4th and 5th Graders
Referred 4th and 5th Graders Will Be TAG Assessed In The Month of February
- Art, Creativity,Leadership, Science, SS, and Writing testing will occur at Wright with Mrs. Berlin.
- 4th Grade Day at Blair Center Will be February 10th (Wednesday)
- 5th Grade Day at Blair Center Will be February 9th (Tuesday)
Who Participates In TAG/Enrichment?
In 5th grade, you can also take new assessments for TAG identification in Science, Social Studies, and Writing . These assessments will happen in late winter/early spring. These areas are serviced when you start 6th grade.
If You Haven't Sent in Your Gifted Student Service Plan or Progress Report Please Do So...
What's Been Happening in January in TAG/Enrichment
Math- Students finished up a multiplication/division project from before Winter Break dealing with creating a Movie Theatre. Students are now dealing with:
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Clock Work [Problem #17066]
Sundaes [Problem #3715]
Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
Filling Beauty's Seats [Problem #3271]
Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.
Pizza Dough [Problem #4003]
- 4.MD.2Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
The Farmer in the Dilemma [Problem #5227]
Vivian has a knapsack that can only hold 15kg of weight. The diagram shows all of the possible items that Vivian had to choose from to pack her knapsack. 1. Find three possible ways that Vivian packed her knapsack that reached but did not exceed the weight capacity. What was the total dollar value for each of those ways? 2. Find one possible way that Vivian packed her knapsack whose dollar value exceeded each of the three ways you found in the first question. Was there a weight remainder? Why?
Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10
Marta made an error while finding the product 84.15×10.
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Understand The Place Value System.
Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392 = 3 × 100 + 4 × 10 + 7 × 1 + 3 × (1/10) + 9 × (1/100) + 2 × (1/1000).
Charlene Goes Shopping [Problem #913]
You can ask your child to see their Math Journal that they put their projects or activities in from class this will give you a peek into their time in TAG/Enrichment.
5th Grade TAG/Enrichment:
Students have been working on:
Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. For example, interpret 3/4 as the result of dividing 3 by 4, noting that 3/4 multiplied by 4 equals 3, and that when 3 wholes are shared equally among 4 people each person has a share of size 3/4. If 9 people want to share a 50-pound sack of rice equally by weight, how many pounds of rice should each person get? Between what two whole numbers does your answer lie?
Wheels R Us [Problem #3931] (Drexel University POW)
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
Interpret the product (a/b) x q as a parts of a partition of q into b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a x q ÷ b. For example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) x 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) x (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (a/b) x (c/d) = ac/bd.)
Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths by tiling it with unit squares of the appropriate unit fraction side lengths, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths. Multiply fractional side lengths to find areas of rectangles, and represent fraction products as rectangular areas.
Odds vs. Evens [Problem #3775]
Video Viewing [Problem #1897]
Interpret multiplication as scaling (resizing), by: (a) Comparing the size of a product to the size of one factor on the basis of the size of the other factor, without performing the indicated multiplication. (b) Explaining why multiplying a given number by a fraction greater than 1 results in a product greater than the given number (recognizing multiplication by whole numbers greater than 1 as a familiar case); explaining why multiplying a given number by a fraction less than 1 results in a product smaller than the given number; and relating the principle of fraction equivalence a/b = (nxa)/(nxb) to the effect of multiplying a/b by 1.
Multiplication Mystery [Problem #1777]
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
A Pound of Tea [Problem #4087]
Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.
Interpret division of a unit fraction by a non-zero whole number, and compute such quotients. For example, create a story context for (1/3) ÷ 4, and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient. Use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that (1/3) ÷ 4 = 1/12 because (1/12) x 4 = 1/3.
Interpret division of a whole number by a unit fraction, and compute such quotients. For example, create a story context for 4 ÷ (1/5), and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient. Use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that 4 ÷ (1/5) = 20 because 20 x (1/5) = 4.
Solve real world problems involving division of unit fractions by non-zero whole numbers and division of whole numbers by unit fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. For example, how much chocolate will each person get if 3 people share 1/2 lb of chocolate equally? How many 1/3-cup servings are in 2 cups of raisins?
Good Fences [Problem #685]
You can ask your child to see their Math Journal that they put their projects or activities in from class this will give you a peek into their time in TAG/Enrichment.
4th/5th Grade Reading:
- We finished reading, Number The Stars by Lois Lowry, Boy On The Wooden Box, or Guitar Notes.
- 4th grade TAG/Enrichment students will be going on a fieldtrip To Stage One on February 17th for a play that deals with the time period of the Holocaust.
- We are now reading All Four Stars a Duke Tip Book Club Read or Like A River.
- Like A River is one of the six books that we are reading for NKU BookFest that we will attend in the Spring on Friday, April 29th at NKU. Fifth graders in TAG/Enrichment will be going to this fieldtrip.
4/5th Grade Creativity/Leadership:
We have been working on 7 habits via Heritage's School webpage, blogs, writing Mrs. Black to do a cancer fundraiser for kids at Kosair, and looking for new ideas to help our school or local community. We are still waiting to hear back from the National LIM blog about our ideas.
Don't Forget to Look at my Twitter Page for Pictures of Your Children in TAG/Enrichment Class
Parenting For High Potential
Parenting for High Potential is the magazine designed for parents who want to make a difference in their children's lives, who want to develop their children's gifts and talents, and who want to help them develop their potential to the fullest.
January 2015 Edition
Gifted Quarterly Article from January 2016
Above-level testing is the practice of administering aptitude or academic achievement tests that are designed for typical students in higher grades or older age-groups to gifted or high-achieving students. Although widely accepted in gifted education, above-level testing has not been subject to careful psychometric scrutiny. In this study, I examine reliability data, growth trajectories, distributions, and group differences of above-level test scores obtained from the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development. Two hundred twenty-four middle school students participated in this study. All participants were tested at least 1 time for an overall total of 435 times. Longitudinal analyses was performed with hierarchical linear modeling and indicated that substantial differences exist between students from overrepresented ethnicities (White and Asian Americans) and those from underrepresented ethnicities (Hispanic and African Americans) in both initial scores and the rate of score gains. Sex differences existed only for the rate of score increases for above-level reading scores. Socioeconomic differences existed but did not have a unique impact beyond that of the ethnicity variable. A discussion of these results within a wider gifted education context and suggestions for further research are included.
ARTICLES FOR HELPING TO ENRICH YOUR CHILDREN
January 2016 :Teaching Children Mathematics
Guiding the Gifted Reader
Gifted Readers and Reading Instruction
APPS for Students
This website will give you the ability to find apps to have your children use to help learn through modules within many content areas:
Apps for Gifted Kids
When my kids were young, folks started getting Personal Computers. A few had Macs, most had PCs. Now this sounds like "the dark ages," but my kids are still in school! More and more of us have smart phones or tablets, mostly based on either Apple or Android operating systems. And whatever we want to do, "There's an app for that!"
Here's a quick list of popular apps for gifted kids. The apps are arranged by ages... preschoolers, young school-age kids, and older kids and teens. There are also apps for parents: apps for tracking your homeschooling efforts, and even apps for tracking your knitting! Enjoy! And if you find an app your kids, or you, just adore, please tell us about it! email@example.com
Apple apps are sold through the Apple Apps store. Android apps are available either through the Android Market, or through the Amazon App Store. Remember to check the Amazon App Store for their daily free app, often a regularly-priced app available only briefly for free.
Animoto (iPad)Turn your photos into stunning, professional-quality videos, complete with music and text... Also Animoto PC application (free)
Aqueduct (iPad/iPhone)Aqueduct – a world of jumbled waterways and mixed-up pipelines. It's up to you to rearrange the tracks and restore the flow. Locked gates, shifty conveyor belts, puzzling warp portals, and more stand between you and order. Over 200 unique puzzles... ($2.99) Also Aqueduct 101 (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) with 48 different challenges (free)
BananaGrams (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)Award winning game that will drive you bananas! Just like the board game, Scrabble without a board, played against yourself in a race against your opponents or the clock... (paid $0.99)
BrainPop Featured Movie (iPad)Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz... (free)
Chicktionary Lite (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)Unscramble a roost full of letters and create as many words as possible. Each hen bears a letter. Touch the hens and spell out a word, then watch as the word appears below them. Press Enter to submit the word (free for Lite version, $1.99 forChicktionary for the iPad)
CargoBot (iPad)A puzzle game where users teach a robot how to move crates; create this game programmed entirely on iPad using Codea
DC Comics (iPad/iPhone and Android)Download and enjoy great comic books from DC Comics current weekly offerings plus their vast, legendary classics library.Check out Tiny Titans... (free)
Daisy the Dinosaur (iPad)Free, fun app with simple drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen
DragonBox (Android and iPad)Become an algebra star in no time! It doesn't matter if you hate maths or love it; you'll enjoy this game. In just one hour of playing, you will master difficult algebraic equations. Impress your friends, parents or even your teacher. Or simply prove to yourself that you are smart. The fast track to understanding algebra... $2.99 for theiPad. Review from Wired: GeekDadEvernote (Android and iPad)Easy-to-use app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go... (free)
Fractals (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)Move and pinch and fractals in real-time! Explore Mandelbrot and Julia sets, select between multiple equations and enter your own values for Julia sets. Save fractals to your photos and share with friends or save them to your Fractals album... ($2.99)
Frog Dissection (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and Android)Move and pinch and fractals in real-time! Explore Mandelbrot and Julia sets, select between multiple equations and enter your own values for Julia sets. Save fractals to your photos and share with friends or save them to your Fractals album... ($2.99)
Game About Squares (iPad/iPhone and Android and PC/Mac) (free)
GeoBee Challenge (iPad and Android) by National GeographicIn the multiple-choice round, answers come from a library of more than 1300 National Geographic Bee questions. In the map challenge round, zoom, pinch and tap your way to find spots on an interactive map from a catalog of 1000+ locations. For an added challenge, bonus rounds include National Geographic photographs; you have to locate what's in the photo on the interactive map...but you don't know where the photo was taken or what is in the picture! The faster you answer, the more points you get... For grades 4-8 ($1.99)
Glogster (PC only, see Rover for iPad)create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings (PC version uses Flash editor). (free)
Google Earth (Android and iPad)Explore the world from the palm of your hand... (free)
Google Goggles (Android and iPad)Search the real world by taking a picture. Image recognition technology to recognize objects and return relevant search results... (free)
Hopscotch (iPad)Teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Create games, animations and other programs in this colorful, interactive environment. Program characters to move, draw and collide with each other, and use shaking, tilting, or even shouting at the iPad to control them. Inspired by MIT’s Scratch...
Khan Academy (iPad)A convenient way to watch Khan Academy videos.... not the full Khan Academy experience (free)
KidCalc 7-in-1 Math Fun (iPad/iPhone)Teaches number recognition, counting and math to pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school aged children using flash cards and puzzle games... (free)
LightBot (iPad and Android) Also LightBot Jr 4+, LightBot - One Hour Coding (free)Get kids hooked on coding in minutes! Lightbot is a programming puzzle game; a game whose game mechanics require using programming logic to solve levels. Guide a robot to light up tiles and solve levels using commands, Lightbot cultivates a real understanding of procedures, loops, and conditionals for players...
Minds of Modern Mathematics (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)Takes you on an interactive journey that spans nearly 1,000 years. It tells the story of mathematics and how it has impacted almost every aspect of human progress, from science to music, art, architecture, and culture (from IBM)... (free)
Minim (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)Obliterate molecules by combining connected atoms, reducing the subatomic matter to a single particle. Become a minimalist in no time... ($1.99)
Move the Turtle (iPad) Teaches children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands, using the Logo programming language. A friendly Turtle will introduce your child step by step to the basic concepts of programming in a colourful graphic environment...
NASA (Android and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)The Official NASA App. Includes a collection of stunning images, videos, mission information, news, NASA TV, mission status and more... (free)
Numbers League (iPad)Clever use of basic math skills will save the day. The more you play the sharper these skills will become until no villain is safe from your numerical onslaught... ($3.99)
Oregon Trail (Android and iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)The Official NASA App. Includes a collection of stunning images, videos, mission information, news, NASA TV, mission status and more... ($0.99) Also available, Oregon Trail American Settler (Android andiPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
PDANet (Android)Shares your phone's Internet connection with your computer and does not require rooting your phone! (free for 30 days, creates but does NOT require tethering)
Pixelogic Daily (iPad)Puzzle game using hints and logic to reveal a hidden picture made of colored tiles. Numeric hints are used to uncover a pixelated surprise... (free)
Planets (iPad)3D guide to the solar system for aspiring astronomers, including Sky 2D: locate planets with flat view of sky, Sky 3D: planetarium style view of the sky, Visibility: find out when planet will be visible, and Globe: rotating 3D globe of planets and moon (free)
Presidents vs. Aliens Lite (iPad)Learn presidential facts, quotes, nicknames and historical events, and use your knowledge to help the presidents defeat the aliens. Fling the presidents at the aliens to knock them all down. Use the many special objects and "Executive Powers" to increase the fun! Collect all 44... (free for Lite version, $0.99 for Presidents vs. Aliens)
Presidents! (iPad/iPhone)Learn about presidents from Washington to Obama through visual recognition. Multiple choice quiz to track your progress, keeps you challenged by remembering what you got right and wrong. Browse the presidents to become more familiar; each president has a full biography... ($0.99)
Rover (iPad)Enhances the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad, including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g. Flash content) (free)
Scramble With Friends (Android and iPad/iPod/iPhone)It's like Boggle at home, now for your handheld devices. Play against friends via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter (terribly addictive). It is possible for kids to play against random opponents and those opponents to contact your child via the game chat.
SET Game (iPad/iPod/iPhone) (Android)SET, the classic card game of visual perception. Match or don't match three shapes, colors, shading and number of items on each card. For multi-touch, multi-player action, try SET Pro HD (iPad/iPod/iPhone).
SimplePhysics (iPad/iPhone and soon, Android)Design complex structures for everything from tree houses to ferris wheels and then simulate your design with a sophisticated physics engine... (free)
SketchBook Pro (iPad and Android)Professional-grade paint and drawing application... ($4.99 iPad or Android)
Sky Map (Android)Turn your Android device into a window on the night sky... previously called Google Sky, now open source (free)
Smithsonian Channel App (iPad or Android)Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts, full episodes and hundreds of video clips... (free)
Space Physics Lite (Android)Puzzle classic with over 2800 levels, ranging in difficulty from 'kids' to 'impossible.' Solve levels for fun, or try for the par score... play for years! (free for Lite version, $1.99 for Space Physics)
Stack the Countries Lite (iPad)Learn country capitals, landmarks, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated countries anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of countries that reaches the checkered line to win each level... (free for Lite version, $0.99 for Stack the Countries)
Stack the States Lite (iPad)Learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level... (free for Lite version, $0.99 for Stack the States)
Story Dice by ThinkamingoAnother pair of story-creation apps, for Android and iTunes devices.
Tetravex (Android)Classic puzzle game where pieces must be positioned so that the same numbers are touching each other... (free for Tetravex, $1.49 for Tetravex Pro)
Touch Physics (iPad)Draw shapes with a crayon that come to life. These shapes interact with the wheel, causing it to move according to physical laws. When it reaches the star, the level is complete. Beware, this is not as simple as it sounds! ($1.99)
Trainyard (iPad/iPhone)Easy to learn but very tough to master. Your job is to get each train to a goal station. Red trains go to red stations, blue trains go to blue stations, etc. You control the trains by drawing track for them to follow. There isn't a time limit or even a score; the only thing you need to do is figure out a solution for each puzzle. ($2.99)
Unblock Me (Android and iPad/iPod/iPhone)Ssimple and addictive puzzle game. Get the red block out of the board by sliding the other blocks out of the way, 4200 puzzles in four difficulty levels...
Vexed Pro (Android)Puzzle classic with over 2800 levels, ranging in difficulty from 'kids' to 'impossible.' Solve levels for fun, or try for the par score... play for years! (free)
Ultimate Dinopedia (iPad) by National GeographicDig into more than 700 dinos with National Geographic’s interactive Dinopedia! ($4.99)
Where's My Water? Free (iPad and Android)Swampy the Alligator lives in the sewers under the city. He is a little different from the other alligators — he’s curious, friendly, and loves taking a shower after a hard day at work. The other alligators have damaged his plumbing and disrupted the water flow. Help Swampy by guiding water to his shower! (free version, $0.99 for Where's My Water?, iPad andAndroid)
WolframAlpha (iPad and Android)Remember the Star Trek computer? It's finally happening--with Wolfram|Alpha. Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation! ($2.99)
Words With Friends (Android and iPad/iPod/iPhone)Your favorite crossword game, now for your handheld devices. Play against friends via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter (terribly addictive). It is possible for kids to play against random opponents and those opponents to contact your child via the game chat.
X Construction (Android)Build a bridge with the given amount of materials to let the train safely cross the valley. Great physics game. (Lite version is free, and I haven't gotten through it yet...)