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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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-oT8pBMTK85Ycpllzj2ydB5H3Tt_4ngS8r-rTQxNWXY/viewform

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

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=581300

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.

Zentangle

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

http://tanglepatterns.com/downloads

zentangle_ideas

zentangles patterns

Habit Forming Game

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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?

Mindsets

The first couple of weeks of gifted classes I am going to be getting to know my students and their interest as well as talking to them about Mindsets. Mindsets is based on Carol Dwecks work on how individuals may have a set mindset or a growth mindset. As teachers and parents we want our students to have a growth mindset. Changing how we respond to our students and children makes a great difference in how they respond to challenges. An interesting presentation you may want to read may be found at this link.

Book Club Orders

Donorschoose

I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed. So I’ve created a classroom project request at DonorsChoose.org.

Here’s my classroom request:
Rad Robots

My students and I greatly appreciate your support.

Geo-Literacy

All throughout the year, we will be learning about Geo-literacy. What exactly is Geo-literacy? According to National Geographic, Geo-literacy is a combination of skills and understanding necessary to make far-reaching decisions in the 21st century. It’s not just about knowing where places are on a the globe. However, it IS important that you begin learning about where all areas of our world are located. Following is a fun way to learn about the geography of our world.

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Summer Fun

Please, please don’t even think about telling your parents that you are bored!  Go outside.  Catch some fireflies.  Play hide-and-seek.  Ask your parents what their favorite outside activity was when they were children.

If it’s rainy – I’ve got some things for you to check out.

wonderopolis

 

 

brainboosters

Our great 2012-2013 year

Our video – http://animoto.com/play/CdZe1Y2L65SzZqzTacv1xw

Massive Rube Goldberg Machine