Nichols GT Scoop

October - November 2021

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“Expecting all children the same age to learn from the same materials is like expecting all children the same age to wear the same size clothing.”

~Madeline Hunter

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5th Grade:

Our GT students completed their Road Trip Project where they visited a location and attraction of their choice. Fifth grade GT students traveled all around the United States!

The students selected four destinations to consider for their road trip and then did some research on information for each destination before selecting a final destination as their road trip project. Once they selected their destination, the students planned their trip, completed a budget, learned how to spend money on the road, and learned how to map their route. Students also created a few vacation selfies, as no vacation would be complete without selfies!

The students created a brochure of their favorite attraction as a culminating product for this project.

Below is a sampling of the attractions/destinations the fifth grade GT students visited:

· Disneyland, Los Angeles, California

· The Whitehouse, Washington, D.C.

· Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

· Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville, KY

· Salt Lake City, Utah

· Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA

· Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, FL

· Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

· Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

· Thunder Bay, Lake Superior, Michigan

· White Sands National Park, New Mexico

· Park City, Utah

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6th Grade

Our sixth grade GT students have enjoyed the Crime Scene Investigation unit. They have learned about crime scene basics, eyewitness basics, fingerprinting, ridge characteristics in fingerprints, impressive evidence including bite marks and tire tracks, forensic anthropology and the skeleton, and hair and fibers. Detective Compton from the Jacksonville Police Department gave a presentation on fingerprints and demonstrated several techniques to acquire them at crime scenes. Our students have enjoyed all the hands-on labs and learning opportunities this unit has given them. You can see more pictures on my website at

Detective Compton

Detective Compton of the Jacksonville Police Department gave a presentation on fingerprints and demonstrated some methods to obtain the fingerprints from various surfaces.


1. I go all around the world, but never leave the corner. What am I?

2. You’ll find me in Mercury, Earth, Mars and Jupiter, but not in Venus or Neptune. What am I?

3. It has keys, but no locks. It has space, but no room. You can enter, but can’t go inside. What is it?

4. I make a loud sound when I’m changing. When I do change, I get bigger but weigh less. What am I?

Answers at the bottom of the page.

Games for Gifted Children

Gifted children enjoy many of the same games, like Monopoly, that other children enjoy, but their love of learning and need for challenge means that they will enjoy games where they can learn, show off their knowledge, and be challenged. Whether your gifted child loves robots or space, language or logic, or anything in between, you can find the perfect game. Here is a list of toys and games recommended by other gifted children, tweens, and teens sorted by age.

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Starting in January, our Gt students will begin working on their showcase projects!

Mrs. Cagle's GT Class Website

Please visit my website by clicking the button below. You will find a variety of links and resources as well as a class blog, more pictures, and much, much more!

Riddle Answers: a stamp; 2. The letter “R”, 3. A keyboard, 4. popcorn