Today I met with 2nd graders from: Kaufman, Dennard, Plumb, and Welby. They are a delightful group of 11 eager learners. As expected, we spent most of the day welcoming new students, enjoying our new classroom, and catching up.
I will meet with Glover, Cone, and Billingslea on Friday (group of 11). Typically I will blog on Wednesdays giving those families an opportunity to talk to their children about their day. Friday families may wait to read the blog on Friday. If there are any major discrepancies, I will update the post.
Folders – I gave students their SOAR folders. I’ll send home activities we completed in class in the folder. Please empty the folder and ask your child to leave it in his/her book bag for the following week.
Facebook – If you want to join my Gifted Facebook page, search “Ms. Chang’s Gifted Page” and ask to join. I’ll post class pictures, reminders, etc. here as well as my blog. It also creates a space for parents to discuss gifted education.
Morning Share – We started the day by writing, illustrating, and sharing our summer vacations. Next, we played the game, “2 Truths, 1 Lie.” In this game students write 3 things about themselves: 2 are true and 1 is a lie. Students share their information with the class and we guess which one is a lie. Ask your child if he/she remembers my lie: “I was a cheerleader, I like to snow ski, I had chickens as a kid.” This is a fun way for classmates to learn things about one another as well as discover commonalities among the class.
Logic Puzzles – See today’s logic puzzle in the SOAR folder or Facebook. The puzzles may be quite complicated – especially for new to gifted students. We completed “Fantastic Gymnastics” together and I gave the children an opportunity to complete, “Cafeteria Choices” alone. Once children master the concepts of logic puzzles, they’re fun – in my nerdy opinion. Therefore, if time permits review the logic puzzles with your child.
Chess - We took a pre-test and discussed that we will all learn to play or develop our current skills. A pre-test does not necessarily determine how well one plays the game; however, the scores as well as a student’s self-assessment help me determine one’s knowledge of the game as well as growth throughout the year.
PBL – We discussed our PBL question: How can exploring Ancient Egyptian culture and architecture help me design a sustainable building?
Analogies – Arrive : Depart as Ascend : ____________)
Creative Creatures – Students used wooden animal/creature materials to design a “Creative Creature.” Students worked in groups to name their creature, describe it, describe its habitat, etc. Students presented their creature to the class. (see Facebook for pictures).
Centers – Today I let the children choose among our centers: chess, Legos, Connect 4, Keva blocks, Qwirkle, Qwirkle Cube.