December 4thWelcome Namya! Today we continued with our focus on scientific language and ways of thinking. We talked about how disagreements can lead to more discovery if we keep an open mind. Students used World Book Online to practice skills of comparison. In lab we designed tests to compare a Magic Ball and a Mortal Ball. We will finish this next week. Enjoy the pictures!
November 20thToday we discussed the importance of blending what we know with an open mind. We directly related this to the work of scientists and the process of discovery. Students discussed the discovery of a new species and how scientists enjoy academic arguments. We practiced comparing living things and determining how related some animals are to others. Students then conducted a lab with two samples of sand. Through experimentation they gathered data to determine if the samples shared enough properties to be grouped together.
Welcome Sam, Gabe, Lydia, and Adalia! We started a unit of study that will challenge students to embrace the importance of common language and concise communication in the field of science. There is a unit summary page,Think Like a Scientist, that can be opened in the left margin. Our activities today included Mish-Mash Art, Do We Think Alike?, and Let's Talk. Crazy things are produced when communication is limited or restricted. Natalie and Adalia were very accurate and precise with their communication as seen in the repeated designs in the last picture.
We missed Jackson today! We finished our research and discussion about jellyfish; the ghosts of the ocean. Students wrote a paragraph with the goal of using a topic sentence, 3 details, a concluding sentence, and transitions. Students also created a diverse collection of jellies that they will be bringing home.
What a great day! In honor of Halloween our research topic is "ghosts of the ocean". Parents, I wish you could have seen your children today! They were so engaged and demonstrated remarkable research skills. We scanned multiple resources, generated questions, read for deeper meaning, and shared ideas. Specifically, we discussed the concept of diversity through the lens of science, the implications of removing a species from a food web, and attributes of jellyfish (ghosts of the ocean). I will post pictures ASAP.
Ask your child about our imagination activity today. My goal was to challenge their frustration levels while still having fun. Many gifted children struggle with having their ideas interrupted or thwarted. This was a stress-free way of practicing tolerance.
Next week we will use our research to develop a paragraph along with creating our own jellies; ghosts of the ocean.
Parent Conferences: I will be spending the conference days at the middle school. I have 60+ middle school students and usually have approximately 35 conferences to attend each year. Though the majority of my roster is middle school, it does not imply that our conferences would not be important. If you would like to meet at any time please contact me. We can find a convenient time either before the holidays or in January.
Christmas in October?!?! Today we created holiday cards for our adopted soldier, Brandon Culp Henise. All of our cards need to be at the high school within two weeks. The students made beautiful cards. I am proud of their very thoughtful messages. When finished, students had the option to complete logic activities or use the manuals with the LEGO Education kits. Next week, we will begin a research study on The Ghosts of the Ocean. Students previewed the research sites today.
We missed Teagan this week! Students finished their Give and Take Me They Make poster and they are decorating our room. Our class adopted a soldier for the holidays under the guidance of the high school Volunteer Club. Next week will use the first part of the class to make cards and write letters. All items must be sent to the high school by the end of the month so that there is time for packaging and shipment overseas. After we finish our cards, I plan to have the students take part in some engineering activities and games that challenge spatial thinking skills.
We completed logic problems presented in scenarios. Our imagination activities turned us into spiders spinning webs, twinkling stars, blooming flowers, and whales spraying water. We reviewed the use of the thesaurus, read Hunwick's Egg and created model sentences from our understanding of Hunwick. Students started their posters on Give and Take. All were present today so here is a picture of the whole group.
Happy Friday! I look forward to starting with the elementary students on Tuesday the 24th. Teachers and principals will get a reminder from me that day. If your child is in a situation where he/she must eat lunch with a different class due to the seminar travel but would prefer to eat his/her lunch during our opening exercises of class, then please have him/her pack and bring the lunch with them. They do not need to bring any other supplies. All belongings may be left at their home school. The bus will pick up first at Loganville at around 12:00pm, then York Township, Ore Valley, and Dallastown Elementary. The bus will pick up at the middle school in time to return all students to their home school for dismissal.
Hello! I am currently screening students in the k-3 buildings, establishing the schedule for k-3 & middle school, and attending GIEP/Team meetings.
Additionally, this week I will be visiting with the elementary students who have been identified for the seminar class. I will give each information including a travel permission slip to bring home. Please sign and return the permission slip to your building principal or secretary by September 17th. When the classes start you may access the calendar page of this site for planning purposes.
I look forward to starting the elementary seminar class the week of September 23rd.