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What's Happening at CATS
Students are able to gather in a variety of ways when I meet up with them on either Monday and Wednesday at Cooley or Tuesday and Thursday at Boyce. One way is what students call the large group enrichment time and the other may be a short pull-out time during their Math and/or Reading Power Up. During the large group we tend to focus on project-based learning and the shorter Power Up sessions we specifically work on skills or strategies related to your student's area of strength.
The large group enrichment time involves those project based skills like researching, writing, planning, collaborating with others and managing time to meet a deadline. All the projects focus on the design process where students ask, imagine, plan, create and improve. Some of the projects your student may be working on this quarter are: Pumpkin Characters and Character Analysis, Global Cardboard Challenge or Jason Project Poster and Video Contest. Students may be working on at least one or two projects depending on their interests.
The shorter Power UP lessons focuses on math or reading skills/strategies in your student's area of strength like supporting character traits with text-based evidence through using post-it notes or a graphic organizer to gather examples of a character's thoughts, sayings and actions. Students will then learn to take these individual pieces of information and create an analysis of the character in a persuasive argument writing sample. Through teaching models, students are exposed to eight teaching models to stimulate discussion such as the Taba Model of Concept Development to discuss change, Literature Web Model, Vocabulary Web Model and the Hamburger Model for Persuasive/Opinion writing. In math students, will learn mathematical thinking and the language of mathematics to support their conjectures coherently and clearly to their peers and audience.
All lessons are reflective of best practices for gifted learners and are supported with newly added curriculum from Mentoring Mathematical Minds and Kendall Hunt. We continue to use the framework from the William and Mary Units to support our content in environmental issues.
Unraveling the Mystery of the Moli Stone
Students begin looking at patterns in our system and then work with other systems to help discover what constitutes a place value system and a base system. by analyzing the structure of each system and comparing and contrasting different numeration systems, they will gain a deeper understanding of place value and bases and to be able to justify why our system is both a place value and base system. They will come to understand the importance of groupings and symbols and gain a much deeper understanding of our numeration system. We are currently working with the Treblian number system and will move to the Egyptian number system next.
Gickles, Bickles and Rickles, Oh My!
At the Bank of Treble, students learn the numbers have strange names. Students would trade in three gickles for one bickle. Essentially, students were trading in a Base three number system.Our archeological artifacts on display at Boyce.
Our Moli Stone!
Our archeological artifacts on display at Boyce.
Painting of the Moli Stone
Painting the number symbols for the Moli Stone by a Boyce student.
Gickles, Bickles and Rickles, Oh My!
Pumpkin Character and Character Analysis
Factors, Multiples and Leftovers
Collaboration and Communication: 2 of the Big C's
Collaboration and Cooperation: Two of the Big C's
October 31st: Cardboard Challenge Presentations begin
November 5th: STEM Fair at CCHS
November 6th: GRIPS STEM Luncheon at SBO Multi-purpose Room for 5th Graders
December 20th: JASON Project Poster and Video Submissions due
May: Date TBD for GRIPS Showcase at J-WMS for 5th Graders