GT Update

Look what we've been up to...

October 11-14, 2016

If you child hasn't brought in a binder with dividers yet (folders for 2nd grade), please send it in. I decided to postpone setting them up until more of my kiddos have them. Since Monday was a student holiday, 2nd grade did not have GT this week. I look forward to seeing them next week.


Thank you to everyone who came to our 3rd-5th parent meeting this morning. I emailed the slide show and ipad app information. It is also on my webpage, http://msmaloneswebsite.weebly.com/parent-information.html. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

3rd Grade

This week, our 3rd graders continued to explore fixed vs. growth mindsets. We read articles about John McEnroe and Michael Jordan, and compared their approach to achieving greatness. We also explored a little about multiple intelligences, and took a survey together to determine our strengths. It's important to remind them, as we discussed in class, that an area that had a low score is NOT a weakness. It just means that our minds work best under certain circumstances. We talked about expanding our minds by trying out new opportunities in some of the MI areas we aren't as confident with. Next week we will begin Hands on Equations, and will apply our growth mindsets to a new challenge.

4th Grade

This week, students got to present their Mobius Strip Story to the class and share it on Seesaw. We then examined the Mona Lisa by looking through a "frame" to focus in on the details. They learned about the mysteries surrounding the art, as well its famous theft in the early 1900's. As a culminating activity, they saw parodies of both American Gothic and the Mona Lisa. They then created their own parodies of Leonardo's masterpiece, Mona Lisa. I shared a couple of them below. Many of the students are completing their work at home and bringing the final product to class next week. Next week we will look at perspective and da Vinci's Last Supper.

5th Grade

We celebrated Power of 10 day this week! The students watched a video, The Power of 10, which explored the vast universe (10 to the 24th power, or 100 million light years) to the nucleus of an atom (10 to the -16 meters). They were mesmerized by what they saw! They then explored the importance of zero, as they worked with powers of 10, and created a "love poem" to this important number. We also listened to, and read, Lincoln's Gettysburg address, which was made of ten sentences. We will be analyzing this speech more in depth in the future, but they were very interested in the civil war and President Lincoln. Some students have decided to research their unanswered questions regarding the civil war during Genius Hour. Next week is our field trip to the McNay. Please send a disposable lunch with them; we will be eating on the grounds, weather permitting.