3rd and 4th Grade BBG Field Trip

May BBG field trip

Our rescheduled field trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be on Monday, May 5.  Students will be attending the Alabama Woodlands Workshop AND, for a special treat the Birmingham Audubon Society will be doing a bird walk with us.  Parents are invited to attend.  No younger siblings please, as the birding walk requires us to be quiet.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens has been gracious to us in providing the cost of our transportation and the Birmingham Audubon Society is also volunteering their time.  So, there is no cost for this field trip.

Dress comfortably in good walking shoes.  Students should wear tennis shoes.  We will be outside for this entire field trip.  Audubon will be bringing binoculars for the birding for the students only to use that day.  If you wish to participate in this with them and have binoculars, please bring your binoculars.   Students will eat lunch when they return back to school (leaving around 11:30 for school).  Students must ride to and from the Gardens on the bus for this field trip.

We will leave Moody Middle with the 4th graders around 8:15 and pick up the 3rd graders approximately at 8:30 am.  Our workshop does not begin until 9:30 so if you wish to meet us at the Gardens, plan to be there before 9:30.  If you plan on attending and wish to help me chaperone, please indicate below.

Chess Tournament


My classes at Moody Elementary and Moody Middle School are learning how to play chess.  Chess Coach Pino has been coming to our class to teach us.  Coach Pino holds regular classes at Moody Middle School for students in Moody.  You can contact him at pmpino@hotmail.com

On April 12, there will be a chess tournament that you are invited to attend.  You need to contact Coach Pino for more information.  You can find the registration form here - Chess Tournament

I will be out of town but I hope you can attend this exciting event.

Clip art from: http://www.picgifs.com/clip-art/playing-chess/clip-art-playing-chess-190077-690637/

Think Like an Engineer: Bridge Building 5th and 6th grade


Photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge

Use these links to help you -






Do a Google image search for “truss”


My students need your help!

friendsandfamilyHi Friends,

This school year, I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed. So I’ve created a classroom project request on a 501(c)3 charity website called DonorsChoose.org. March 10 – March 17 is the Friends and Family Challenge, so I am writing in hopes of any donations for my students! For this week only, your donation of $20 or more will not only help fund my projects, but will also earn my classroom bonus DonorsChoose.org gift cards to put toward my projects. You can help my students twice with one tax-deductible donation, and you’ll hear back from our class about your impact on our learning!

To learn more or donate, visit my Teacher Page at http://www.donorschoose.org/teachfine   My plan is to be able to purchase Mini iPads as a lab for my gifted classes to use at Moody Elementary and Moody Middle School.  Thank you to those who have already given.  Also, if your company you work for matches donations, Donorschoose is able to be part of it.  When you use a credit card and use the code INSPIRE, it usually will double your donation.  Please feel free to send me any questions you may have, and know that my students and I greatly appreciate your support.

Thank you, Audrey

Keys to Understanding Your Gifted Child

2014-03-05 20.58.27Just in case you missed Dr. Patti Wood’s presentation at the St. Clair County Gifted Meeting, Dr. Wood has shared her presentation with us.

Keys to Understanding your Gifted Child

St. Clair County Parent Meeting

I hope you can join us!


Oh, the Places You Can Go in the 21st Century Night

Moody Middle School Parents,

I hope you are going to be able to attend the MMS “Oh, the Places You Can Go in the 21st Century Night!”  this Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30.  If you find you have time to visit our gifted room, I will be in the 4/5th grade hall computer lab.  Bring your child in to show you “The Places” we have been going!

Mrs. Fine

Second Semester at Moody Gifted

bridge_iconWe are just starting with our new units after many days off with snow.  3rd and 4th grade are working on a unit on Natural Disasters.  5th and 6th grade are working on a unit on Design.  In the near future, the 5th and 6th graders will construct their own bridges with a set material given – more info to come later.

4th, 5th, and 6th grade are learning computer programming through a program called code.org   If you have internet access at home, please be sure to ask them to show you how they are doing.

In addition, 5th and 6th grade are participating in the Stockmarket Game – see stockmarketgame.org  They have been placed in teams and have been given an imaginary $100,000 to invest over a 10 week period.  Please ask they to login and show your their team’s portfolio.

Clip Art: http://clipart.mrdonn.org/bridges.html

Share with your Parents

The parents and teachers of gifted children of central Alabama are forming a group to support and advocate for our gifted children.  Please join the email list at:


Parents have the power and the ability to make change.

3rd and 4th Grade Project

Search my livebinder for information on your Endangered Species poster project


5th and 6th Grade Projects

Mythology Tic Tac Toe 5th Grade

Mythology Tic Tac Toe 6th Grade

Look at the top of this page and see the link to Greek Mythology.  There I have placed a lot of great links to websites you may want to use.  If you come across something new that is great, let me know about it and I will add it to this site.


4 – 6th grade is loving the time we Zentangle.  Here are some ideas to do on your own:



zentangles patterns

Habit Forming Game

I bet you have a hard time quitting this game.Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 9.16.17 PM

It’s Time to Be More Awesome!

Love it = “Wanna change the world? You gotta know about it.”

Try to Do

What can we learn from watching this video?

How does the squirrel’s mindset change through the video?