EXCEL ENDINGS...

May 2016

It's been a GREAT Year!!!!

As I ask students about their favorite units or activities, I quickly put a list of highlights for each grade level, which I've included for you.


With all the end of year campus activities, i haven't seen my GT kiddos as much as I'd like, but each group has returned to Excel class at least once after STAAR testing.


Most of our final Excel classes includes some problem solving and quite challenging puzzles, such as these:

4th Grade (TEAM and Smart Student Agency) Highlights

Brainstorming Class Names

First Day Quiz (following directions)

Who's in the Bag investigation

Cardboard arcade game construction

Arcade day (sharing games with all of fourth grade)

Hour of Code

Bridge Research

Toothpick bridge building

Bridge Breaking competition

Perfectionism activities

HARK - Heartfelt Acts of Random Kindness

Super 7 GT Expectations

Sudoku puzzles, Plexars, Fallen Phrases puzzles, Hinky Pinky's, Stories with Holes, etc.

Investigating new websites, google drive or apps with iPads, Dino's (old desktops), DY's (hp mini's), MacBooks

LOOKING BACK...

3rd Grade (Kool Kidz and Super Smooth Smarties) Highlights

Brainstorming Class Names

Flip the Sheet teamwork activity

Ancestor Adventure - researching country of ancestors

Creating ancestor puppet and luggage with destination information

Travel preparation - budgeting for trip, researching and planning excursions, booking flight, lodging, applying for passport, medical and vision exam, sending postcard from destination

Toys through History research

Create new toy/game

Hour of Code

HARK - Heartfelt Acts of Random Kindness

Super 7 GT Expectations

Sudoku puzzles, Plexars, Fallen Phrases puzzles, Hinky Pinky's, Stories with Holes, etc.

Using technology including google drive - iPads, Dino's (old desktops), DY's (hp mini's), MacBooks

2nd Grade (Super Thinkers and Smarter than a 5th Grader) Highlights

Brainstorming Class Names

Endangered species research

Create a zoo species

Design a zoo habitat

Hour of Code

HARK - Heartfelt Acts of Random Kindness

Super 7 GT Expectations

Sudoku puzzles, Plexars, Fallen Phrases puzzles, Hinky Pinky's, Stories with Holes, etc.

Learning technology, using apps - iPads, Dino's (old desktops), DY's (hp mini's), MacBooks

1st Grade (Smart Minds and Brain Experts) Highlights

Brainstorming Class Names

"Red, A Crayon's Story" - giant crayons

Detective Badges (deductive thinking)

Brainfocals (divergent, inventive thinking)

New inventions

Study of scientists (analytical thinking)

Creative writing

Pattern hats

Hour of Code

HARK - Heartfelt Acts of Random Kindness

Super 7 GT Expectations

Sudoku puzzles, plexars, Fallen Phrases puzzles, etc. in GT binders

Learning to properly use technology - iPads, Dino's (old desktops), DY's (hp mini's), MacBooks

Kindergarten (Master of Words and Super Smarties) Highlights

Brainstorming Class Names

Super 7 GT Expectations Hand Motions

Plexars on the board

Divergent and Evaluative Thinking Activities

Organization using a 3-ring binder

Introduction to GT iPads

I miss my fourth graders already!!!!

I've already bragged about each of them with their new GT Specialist at BCI or TMIS. I hope you will keep in touch through the years, and let me know how your child is doing. Former students can always email me at gayle.barron@kellerisd.net.

And finally...

GT Binders have been emptied with contents coming home. They can use the same campus provided binder each year, unless they want to bring their own.


I will be emailing parents in each grade level and campus a link to a Google file with pictures. Please download what you want to keep sometime this summer. I will be deleting most pics when school starts, to free up space for new photos.


THANK YOU for sharing your exceptional child with me. I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer.


Gayle Barron

GT Specialist, KISD Advanced Academics

Keller-Harvel Elementary

Woodland Springs Elementary

gayle.barron@kellerisd.net