Morning Share – We started our day with sharing. Students illustrated a 3 part cartoon of their winter break. Some students shared vacations, others shared gifts/holidays, and others shared activities. (see SOAR folder). (Advanced Communication Skills).
PBL – How can I evaluate and promote my community? (see description below). I introduced our PBL. Next, students practiced becoming independent researchers using a teacher made web quest (see SOAR folder). Students will have the opportunity to choose a category of interest next week, and I will assign partners based on their interest. (Advanced Research Skills, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking Skills).
3rd grade gifted students will conduct research and create web sites high-lighting a topic among 8 areas: Local Leaders, Community Groups & Special Populations, Businesses & Organizations, Local Specialties, Sports, & Health Local Attractions (Natural/Mad-Made), Historical Landmarks, Environmental Awareness & Issues, and Local Music & Art.
Student web sites wills be entered into the “Cyber Fair” competition. Cyber Fair, “believes that learners should be exposed to the ideas of the ‘world as a whole’ and become engaged in studies that focus on various aspects of human experience, language, creativity, problem solving, literature, history, and politics (http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsncf/).
Critical Thinking – Students completed “The Survival Game” (see photo attachment below and/or SOAR folder). The children ranked 30 items needed to survive on an uninhabited island. All answers are correct; however, students debated their reasons for ranking the items.
Higher Order Thinking – Students solved a math problem, “Flower Power.” In additional to basic math skills (adding/multiplying) students had to decipher clues to solve the problem (see photo below and/or SOAR folder). I explained to the class that gifted problems are “math with a curve ball or twist.”
Centers – We end the day playing a variety of mind challenging/creative games such as: Chess, Pivot, SET, Qwirkle, and 24.