The Gifted News

2ND QUARTER 2016-2017

SPECIAL EDITION

Welcome to the second edition of The Gifted News, Special Edition, for the 2016-2017 school year. The second quarter flew by as fast as the first quarter. The students have been busy working on units of study such as learning styles, computer coding and algorithms, Scratch, scientific method, and budgeting for a party. The students explored the seven learning styles to help them identify how they learn best. Some discovered they had more than one learning style.

First and Second Grade

First and second grade students continue to explore beginning level STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and project based units of study. During the second quarter they used the scientific method to design "helicopters" for Rosie Revere the engineer, created a Thanksgiving dinner menu using a budget, as well as creating a budget for a holiday recipe of their choice. The students learned how to "shop" for ingredients for their recipe, used sales ads and online shopping to determine an estimated food budget, and created a timeline for making their recipe. To complete the unit they summarized their project in writing.


First and second grade have kicked off the third quarter with a STEAM project (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). The students are in the process of creating self-portraits in an activity in which math meets art. They are very excited for the final product of this project.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade

Grades 3 through 5 reviewed learning styles at the beginning of the second quarter. They spent the majority of the quarter learning about computer programming unplugged (computer programming without using computers) using binary code and algorithms. They also completed the first two units of a scratch program which introduced them to interactive media such as stories, games, and animation. Parents can explore the Scratch program through the following link: https://scratch.mit.edu/parents/.




As we begin our third quarter, the third, fourth, and fifth grade students are working on their first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project of the year. Their project, like the first and second grade, will be an activity in which math meets art. Students will research mandalas which utilize line of symmetry, symmetrical and asymmetrical balance, and radial symmetry.

Sixth Grade

Like the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, the sixth grade students reviewed learning styles at the beginning of the second quarter. They also reviewed computer programming unplugged using binary code and algorithms. They also completed the first two units of the Scratch program which introduced them to interactive media (https://scratch.mit.edu/parents/).


Sixth grade students will also be learning STEM content during the third quarter. They will be learning about potential and kinetic energy using the Hot Wheels (TM) Speedometry curriculum which utilizes Hot Wheels (TM) cars and tracks.

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Scratch for Parents