GT Parent Update

February 2022

Jameson Fleming, 3rd Grader from Rocky Hill Elementary School

G.T is an awesome way to challenge me! My G.T teacher, Mrs. Ciancio is a great teacher and always gives me a great challenge. I love going to GT because when I’m in class I don’t always feel super challenged and when I go to G.T it feels a lot harder than class. G.T group is a great way to make me think and work harder. When I am in G.T it allows me to use different types of thinking such as critical, creative, and a few more. I love G.T!

Parent Question

Are there GT activities being shared with classroom teachers to offer GT students when they finish their work and have nothing to do?

Yes! Students in grades 3-5 have asynchronous activities for each GT lesson that can be completed during their Core Ex time or whenever they finish their classroom assignments. Students may also work on their asynchronous assignments at home but we do not ask GT students to take work home. This is optional! Second-grade students have independent activities after each GT lesson that may be completed if a student finishes his/her work early.

The GT Department has created Advanced Intervention Modules (A.I.M.) for both Reading and Math for all students (not just GT students) to complete in grades K-5 using their classrooms' Canvas page. These lessons are standards-based and are relatively new. We are offering Professional Development to teachers on how to utilize these lessons on February 21st.

Research and Inquiry Units have been created by the GT Department and are aligned with the new reading series. Students learn how to research topics and create a project to present the information learned. This is available for advanced students in grades K-5.

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GRADE LEVEL NEWS

Second Grade

This month our second graders worked on multiple perspectives through learning about how some cultures incorporate both parents’ last names. After reading Rene’ Has Two Last Names students focused on empathy by analyzing illustrations from the story to determine the characters’ perspective. Your child can continue his/her learning at home by completing a family tree.

Third Grade

Grade 3 students spent two weeks learning about perseverance. Students first reflect on mindset and share their own thoughts about situations involving perseverance. Students then learn the definition of perseverance and apply their new learning by completing an interactive concept capsule. Be sure to ask your child about this engaging activity!

Fourth Grade

Students in fourth grade spent several weeks learning about delayed gratification. They began with exploring the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment by watching a video about the 1972 study. Next, they explored further by reading an article about current research regarding delayed gratification. Students then used this learning to participate in a discussion with their peers.

Fifth Grade

During this lesson, fifth-grade students learned about the history of making Valentine’s cards. Students were then challenged to create their own Valentine’s Day riddles. Finally, students connected to the fifth-grade competency by completing a Depth and Complexity Frame about the advocate Bishop Valentine.