# SAGE

## A Day At SAGE

''Okay class!'' said the SAGE teacher, Mrs. Wilson. Everyone took their seats. ''So today we are going to be doing something a little different. The state has assigned us to do a Unit of Study, we will be studying bridges for the rest of the year. We will be learning about all the types of different bridges then making them with a special bridge building kit I got us. After that we will be testing the bridges and looking at the difference between all of them. Okay, let's get started. Does anyone know what a beam bridge is?'' she said. A couple kids raised their hands. ''Andrew?'' she asked.

''A beam bridge is the simplest type of bridge there is, why a beam bridge could just be a log!'' said Andrew.

''Exactly. Okay, now I'm going to give you your bridge building kits.'' said Mrs. Wilson as she gave each table a bridge building kit. ''Now turn to page 2 in your how-to-make-a-bridge-book. What I suggest you do is, half of your table does part one of the bridge and the other half does part 2 then you both put the parts together and then we will test the bride.'' everyone got to work. About 20 minutes later everyone was done and ready to test their bridges. Mrs.Wilson had set up a work station in the back of the room for testing them. She told the kids to set the bridge in between two tables, so they did.first Mrs. Wilson told the to put as much weight as they possibly could on the middle of the bridge before it collapses. after that , they expanded the beam bridge so that it was 3 inches longer then they counted how much weight that held and looked at the differences. The kids also made a chart in their bridge building notebooks. ''Well class, that concludes our bridge building lesson, now it's time for math.

## What Is SAGE?

SAGE is a class for gifted students to take every Thursday. SAGE stands for Student Achievement Guaranteed in Education.We have many different classes in SAGE, including Math, Unit of Study, Independent Study, Spanish, and Group Development. Usually we start out with Math, then Unit of Study, then Independent Study, then Spanish, then Group Development. there many fun, and interesting things to do in SAGE.

## Independent Study

Independent Study is a project we work on most of the year, where we have to choose a topic to research on. Before we can make our projects, we have to research, so we use these things called notecards. First we look up the information in either books or websites, then we write the information down on a notecard. Our goal is to make at least 50, 60, 70 (depends on grade; 3, 4, 5) notecards every year, then based on our notecards we make a total of 5 projects representing our topic, and at the end of the year, when all of our projects are done, we have a showcase to show all the parents of the SAGE students what we have made.

## Battle of the Brains

Battle of the brains is a competition for SAGE students only. It gives them a chance to show of their creativity. What happens is we get \$250,000 to create an exhibit that we think should be displayed in Science City, Union Station. first, what you do is you have to pick a topic, like last year our topic was Mars. Then you brainstorm all the things you want to have in your exhibit. then you basically make a blue print for your exhibit. After that you make a 800 word essay explaining everything about your exhibit, then make videos showing what will go through kids minds when they see and do these things in your exhibit. You also have to make a chart showing all the money that you will be needing. Plus, it needs to have the prices of all of the materials needed to make the exhibit. And last but not least, you send of all our work to Burns & McDonnell and hope for the best. If you get into the top 20 you get a \$100 check and some prizes like popcorn and sunglasses, you also get a trophy saying ''BURNS & MCDONNELL'S BATTLE OF THE BRAINS TOP 20 FINALIST!''. Then you go to a ceremony in Union Station, there you will find out you won Battle of the Brains or not.

## Math

SAGE math is not any ordinary math, if you are in fourth grade you would be working on fifth grade math in SAGE. We have a lot of strategies in SAGE that we work on, here they are: Use or Make a Table, Make an Organized List, Act Out or Use Objects, Use or Look for a Pattern, Use or Make a Picture/Diagram, Guess and Check, Work Backwards, Use Logical Reasoning, Make it Simpler, and Brainstorm. Every week we do a different strategy, and every week our goal is to get three or more problems done. These problems are fun, yet challenging and every week I enjoy working on them.