We spent most of the day getting to know each other, introducing our PBL, and adjusting to the gifted program.
Share Time – We started our day drawing a 3 part cartoon of our Winter Break. Some students chose to share about their holidays whereas others shared about activities such as skating or movies.
Next I introduced our PBL – How do I become an aeronautical engineer and design a flying machine for the future? I introduced the PBL by showing The Magic School Bus: Flight video. Then we discussed thrust, drag, weight, and lift.
In the upcoming weeks we’ll be designing paper planes (condor, delta, and arrow). Each week, we’ll design a plane and take 3 flights. We will measure our flights, discuss the aforementioned vocabulary words, and calculate the average of our flights – yes calculate average. J If children want to take the time to practice making the planes and flying at home, please feel free to do so – it makes for a great cold/rainy day activity.
Advanced Research Skills – Last we spent our time using the tablets to practice our independent research skills. We answered questions such as: Who was the first person in space, when was the first plane flown, who invented the drone, what’s the record for a paper plane flight, etc.?
Centers – Unfortunately we ran out of time for centers; however, we usually end our day playing: Chess, Qwirkle, SET, Pivot, Dizios, etc.
All Students – Don’t forget to pay for the overnight GA Aquarium Trip on April 18th – 19th if you’re interested. The cost is $91.95 per person. Go to Mypaymentsplus.com and create a free account. You will need your child’s student ID to create this account. If you want to chaperone, you will also have to pay the $91.95. This is a discounted rate; therefore, if you have a membership you still need to pay. I am not accepting cash/checks due to the high cost and number of people paying – I coordinate all gifted field trips – over 150 kids and parents.
New Students – I gave each child a SOAR folder. Please check this folder weekly. I will update my blog weekly, and I often refer to this folder.
I do not give actual grades in SOAR. I give progress reports each nine weeks based on the standards I teach. Please check out the standards portion of the gifted web site. I assess each child in an area with a D (check-), M (check), or E (check+). My only reason for the check system is to give families an idea as to how their child approached the standards. It is expected that many children develop or meet the standards, and it’s not a pass/fail system. If I have specific concerns, you will hear from me directly, and you’re welcome to contact me with questions/concerns.
In the folder you’ll find an “All About Me” paper. Please complete this paper and place it back in the folder for your child to return to me. This gives me a little insight into your child.
Returning Students – You’ll find your child’s progress stapled in his/her folder. For those children who have lost folders, I stapled the report and gave it to the child. Please remember that it is not expected for children to master these skills this early in the K-12 gifted program.