Mrs. Christoff's Clues

November-January Enrichment Happenings

In the lower grade reading groups, we are focusing on creating words using word families, reviewing sight words for older students, and reading to comprehend what we read.

Some activities that we will do to incorporate these skills include:

• Reader's Theatre (Midnight at Old Truman's-a Thanksgiving themed play)
• Reader's Theatre (Tobit's Christmas-a Christmas themed play which we performed for their classmates)
• Word Ladders-activities where students change one letter to create a new word using given clues
• Monopoly Junior
• The 5 W's Game
• Logic Safari Book 2 (beginning logic problems)

In the upper grades Language Arts/Logic groups, we have been focusing on developing logic and problem solving skills using logic matrices, solving One-Hour Mysteries (Prufrock Press) using logic matrices and deductive reasoning.

Some activities that we will do to incorporate these skills include:

• Logic Safari Book 2 (beginning logic problems) (grades 3-4)
• Jungle Journey Main Idea and Cause and Effect Board Game (grades 3-4)
• Word Ladders-activities where students change one letter to create a new word using given clues (Grade 3-4)
• Apples to Apples
• Perplexors (Mindware)
• Scattergories
• Noodlers (Mindware)
• On the Dot
• Exploring Mrs. Christoff's Enrichment Website using the Google Tablets
• "Santa's Blackmail Mystery" (One Hour Mysteries-Prufrock Press) (Grades 5-8)
• Logic Grid Puzzles from www.puzzles.com

We have begun preparing for the Noetic Learning Math Contest . The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a national math contest given by Noetic Learning. The purpose of this contest is to inspire young student’s interest in Math and convey the message ‘It is COOL to be good in Math!’ to students.

The NLMC contest will take place on Tuesday, April 12 (Grades 4, 5, 6, and 8) or Wednesday, April 13 (Grades 3 and 8). Students will be given 45 minutes to solve 20 Math problems. The top 10% of students will be rewarded and the top 50% of students will be recognized on Noetic Learning’s website.

To assist in our preparations, we are completing and discussing past problems, and will be developing and/or reviewing problem solving strategies. Examples of problem solving strategies include: Work Backwards, Guess and Check, Draw a Picture/Model, Make an Organized List/Table, Use a Formula/Logic, and Find a Pattern.

Your child should have brought home a permission slip asking whether or not his/her name could be posted on the Noetic Learning Math Contest Website. They are due February 19, 2016.

Enrichment Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goals for Enrichment in Language Arts and Logical Thinking

Students will develop their Language Arts and Logical Thinking skills by:

• Solving logic problems and mysteries using problem solving and deductive thinking skills
• Developing higher-level thinking and strategy skills, and vocabulary: (Ex. Scattergories, Scrabble, Clue, Blokus etc.)
• Learning how to problem solve and strategize using different formats
• Learning new ways to expand their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills

Program Goals Enrichment in Mathematics

Students who excel in the area of Mathematics are given opportunities to participate in:

• Developing higher level problem-solving skills in Mathematics
• Learning how to problem solve and strategize using different formats
• Developing Math Skills and Preparing for Competitions:
• Developing Math Facts using higher level thinking skills (Ex. TriFacta, Snap It Up)
• Math 24
• Noetic Learning Math Contest
• Other Common Core Concepts (Ex. Fractions, Decimals, Geometry, Algebra)

Types of Enrichment Opportunities Offered

The type of opportunities offered could include:

• Focusing on higher level problem-solving skills in Mathematics and Reading
• Developing Math Skills and Preparing for Competitions:
• Developing Math Facts using higher level thinking skills (Ex. TriFacta, Snap It Up)
• Math 24
• Noetic Learning Math Contest
• Other Common Core Concepts (Ex. Fractions, Decimals, Geometry, Algebra)
• Solving logic problems and mysteries using problem solving and deductive thinking skills
• Playing games that develop higher-level thinking and strategy skills, math, and vocabulary: (EX. Scattergories, Scrabble, Math 24, Clue, Blokus etc.)
• Learning how to problem solve and strategize using different formats
• Learn new ways to expand their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills
• Learning about famous people who have influenced our lives
• Project Based Research Problems