April GT Newsletter 2016

Mrs. Wellenberger

Look at all the great things going on in GT!

We are finishing up all of our projects!

Kindergarten- Yolanda the Yarnspinner was introduced as a new character and reinforced the concepts of divergent thinking. We discussed that divergent thinking allows us to use our imagination and helps us see many possibilities. Yolanda the Yarnspinner allows students to learn about the art of storytelling. She weaves word pictures with her creative use of language. We practiced expanding sentences by adding adjectives to paint a picture with each colorful word added. We also met Jordan the Judge and learned about evaluative thinking by making the "best choice" and weighing all of the "considerations".

1st Grade- Each student has been busy creating and developing their invention. Students made a prototype of their invention and learned the importance of having a patent. Earlier students wrote a report and created an advertisement about their special creations. Ask your child to tell you all about their invention!

2nd Grade- Students are finishing up their Party Planning project. Each student planned a party including invitations, created their own game, and worked on their budget. Students presented their party presentation and their games to the class. All of their work is saved in their Google Drive, so ask them to share it with you!

3rd Grade- I hope your child has been coming home and sharing some interesting facts about the Egyptian pyramids! Students are finishing up their project by creating a presentation. Groups are also making their own pyramids using tooth picks and marshmallows.

3rd and 4th Grade participated in the "Pringle Challenge". Students had to engineer a way to safely ship a single Pringle chip through the mail using specific materials. The project was made even more challenging when certain materials such as cotton balls and other padding were not permitted! We shipped our boxes to Ms. Wike (Mrs. Anders' assistant) at Admin. Check out some of the pictures below!

4th Grade- The Road Trip Across the USA Project allowed students to explore new states and landmarks along the way. Each was in charge of calculating their mileage during the two-week adventure, calculating the cost of gas, and staying within their budget as they planed their lodging and food. Students presented their project using Google Slides.

GT Information

It has been a pleasure to have your student this year in GT! Our last week of GT will be the week of May 9th. Kinder's last day was May 2nd. I hope you have a great relaxing summer. Thanks for all your support and the generous amount of supplies that everyone has donated all year.

*Progress Reports will go out the last week of school.

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.

-Walt Disney


Mrs. Wellenberger