Gifted & Talented

9.12.16-9.16.16

What did we do this week?

1st-3rd Grade

Students started mapping out their ideas for their "About Me" presentations. Students were given 5 different colored pieces of paper and each color represented a different slide, which contained a different theme. They have all decided on their themes and have generated some great ideas for the slide content. We will be finishing these up next week so we can move on to creating them digitally, using Google Slides. I will share them with you once they are completed!

4th-8th

We used Google Slides as a platform to work collaboratively on Richard Paul's Critical Thinking Standards using Frayer Models. Through that process, we discussed the importance of reading, writing, speaking and thinking critically. When thinking critically it is important to be relevant, accurate, and precise to reach clarity. As we move forward this year it is extremely important that we focus on metacognition and in doing that focus on implementing these critical thinking standards to reach clarity when communicating.
We briefly discussed upcoming competitions and an opportunity for 6th-8th around the Future City project and how we will use Genius Hour in the upcoming weeks. We have a lot of exciting work ahead!

Next Week

This will be the last week that I meet with the students before the break. Our 1st-3rd graders will continue to work on their "About Me" presentations and our 4th-8th graders will work through another BreakoutEDU challenge. 6th-8th will decide if they want to create a team for the Future City Competition.

COMPETITIONS

National PTA Reflections Program - ALL GRADES

There is a competition run through our PTA that focuses on the arts; dance, film, literature, music, photography, and visual arts. If your student is interested please click on on the link below to learn more. The deadline is coming up soon!

PBS Learning 50 for 50 Contest 6th-12th Grade

PBS Education's 50 for 50 is a contest that invites students in 6th - 12th grade to write a letter of 500 words or less to a Presidential candidate about the issues they care about most and how to get those issues passed in Congress and signed by the President.

Battle of the Books - 4th & 5th Grade

America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in 3rd thru 12th grades. Our local competition is only for 4th and 5th graders. The students read books and come together usually in groups (We will be competing against Franklin County Schools) to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions. However, the structure, format, and rules of the competitions may vary depending on the educational goals, student needs, local resources, and personal preferences at various school sites, school districts, county libraries, or offices of education.


Find the 4th Grade reading List here!


Find the 5th Grade reading list here!

Future City Competition 6th-8th Grades


Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. The 2016-2017 topic is the Power of Public Space.


Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow. - http://futurecity.org/about

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

Are you a member of KAGE?

To learn more about the Kentucky Association of Gifted Education please visit their website!

KAGE Family Night

Monday, Sep. 19th, 7-8pm

Embassy Suits: 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511

Click here for more information: http://kagegifted.org/fall2016/parent/


Click here to register: http://kagegifted.org/fall2016/parent/register/