Goodrich Gifted News
Friday, January 8, 2016
6th Grade Advanced Math
We started our first day back with some team building activities! The remainder of the week was spent as our unit 2 buffer week. We went over problems that caused students difficulty on the test, and then they had the opportunity to fix their mistakes. The final test grades will go home next week.
Next week, the students will finish their Real World Experience project, take the unit 3 pretest, and begin learning the first concepts of unit 3. Unit 3 covers ratios and proportions.
3rd/4th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)
The students started the week with some team building activities! The students spent the remainder of the week completing their design thinking projects. They were in charge of creating an invention to help solve a classmate's problem. They used several miscellaneous items to create their designs! We had many interesting and creative ideas! For example, some creations were a brother/sister tracker, a robot organizer, robotic sneakers, and a sister security system. It was so much fun watching the students imaginations soar!
Next week, the students will be introduced to simple machines. The students will be exploring simple machines and how they work. In partners they will be creating an automaton that represents a scene from their favorite book. Take a look at an example of an automaton below!
5th/6th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)
Students in DEB 5/6 started the week with some team building activities as well! The remainder of the week was spent working on a design thinking project based on the story, The Most Magnificent Thing. After reading the story, we discussed the words perseverance and imagination. The students brainstormed problems they come across in their daily lives and thought of ways to fix those problems. This week we also discussed the word, empathy, means to put yourself in someone else's place. Each student interviewed a classmate in order to understand his/her needs and wants. Next week, each student will create an invention to help solve their partner's problem.
I am collecting miscellaneous items THROUGHOUT JANUARY that students can use to build things, especially wrapping paper/paper towel/toilet paper rolls and cardboard boxes!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing winter break!
Gifted Nominations have opened! Please read below for details! This is also posted on the district website.
Gifted services are provided to identified students in grades 3-8. Woodridge 68 uses a four step process for identification which includes 1) nominations, 2) screening, 3) review and 4) placement. All students in grades 2 and 6 are automatically screened; parents of second and sixth graders will receive a letter with details in January. For students in grades 3-5 & 7, to be screened, a student must be nominated by a teacher or parent. Nominations will open Monday, January 4, 2016. Completed nominations must be received in the school office or postmarked no later than Friday, January 29, 2016. No action is required for students who are already a part of the gifted program. Review and identification for gifted services will occur in May, and letters regarding placement will be mailed this summer.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Have a great weekend!