Goodrich Gifted News

Friday, September 4th, 2015

6th Grade Advanced Math

Monday, August 31st was the first day of math! We spent the first three days of the week getting to know each other, participating in teambuilding and classbuilding activities, and taking a learning style inventory. On Tuesday, the students participated in a science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) activity. They were put into groups to build the tallest cup tower. We started the activity by viewing pictures of famous towers and buildings around the world. The students noted similarities between the buildings. Then, individually they drew designs for different cup towers. In groups they shared their ideas and decided on their final design. They were then given ten minutes to create their tower. The students had fun and came up with some successful models!


On Thursday and Friday the students took their Unit 1 pretest, set up their math notebooks, and were showed how to use the Accelerated Math 2.0 program. The students and I are ready to jump into learning about rational numbers on Monday! Next week's lessons will review rational and irrational numbers, as well as adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. The students will also complete Task #1 on their real world experience activity. I will send home practice sheets with the students throughout the week in case they feel they need extra practice at home on the concepts we are learning. I'm looking forward to a fun week of learning!

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Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

If your child is identified gifted in English Language Arts, I will be their DEB block teacher! DEB will start on Monday, September 14th. The DEB curriculum focuses on a specific theme throughout the entire year. This year, the 3rd and 4th graders' theme will be Exploration. The 5th and 6th graders theme will be Changes. I have some exciting activities and projects planned for the students, and can't wait to get started!


Supplies needed:

  • spiral notebook
  • folder
  • post-its

Other information

If your child is a 3rd or 4th grader, and is identified gifted in math, please be aware that he/she will stay in their own classroom for math instruction. My job as the Gifted Specialist will be to push in and/or support the classroom teachers in meeting the needs of the gifted math learners within their classroom.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Email: wisel@woodridge68.org


Have a great weekend!