This week we enjoyed many team building activities as a class as well as both gifted classrooms together. With Thanksgiving coming, we spent time being thankful for each other's company!
Morning Message: Which relative is tricky to spend Thanksgiving with? (An uncle, a grandparent, a cousin) They always have a good time discussing these questions!
Word of the Day: We reviewed both sets of words - Character and Pop Culture
Table Activity: We began the day with a "psychedelic" coloring sheet. The students enjoyed filling in the small, intricate patterns with color.
*psychedelic - having an intense, vivid power or swirling abstract pattern
To get their brains ready for the day, next the students were introduced to Stories With Holes by Nathan Levy. "A collection of original thinking activities for improving inquiry".
Now here are the rules:
1. I Give you a riddle that has a major "Hole in the story" Then...
2. You ask "Yes or No" Questions (ONLY) in order to get closer and closer to solving the mystery (or hole.)
3. Think before posting your question, remember every question you ask has to have one of these answers:
-Non irrelevant (UN important, Not necessary, wont help in solving the riddle!)
-Does Not Compute - If the student asks a question that can't be answered with a "yes" or a "no"
*Starting the week after Thanksgiving, I will be posting the stories that we are solving as a class and that are being sent as homework to give families a chance to solve them together. Good Luck!!!
1st - Back to Back activity: Both classes met in the Project Lab for “Back to Back” activity. This was an opportunity to practice communication skills. The students took turns verbally instructing what a partner should draw. A successful drawing can be achieved by listening effectively.
2nd - Problem Solving Scenarios: In the hallway the students solved word problems together. After reading each tricky social scenario, together they journaled what their brains were thinking as well as what their hearts were feeling.
3rd - Quiz Tin: In the Exploratorium -Teams practiced answering questions with Eggs pert buzzers to practice the format they will be using for our Spring Quiz Bowl competitions.
*Ant Power/Pickle Power: The students experienced problems in the area of "creativity" for a chance to practice elaboration, originality, flexibility and fluency.
*Spontaneous Speech: The students practiced answering spontaneous questions while in front of a group. They also learned how to properly display listening skills as an audience member.
Lunch: Gilligan's Island - an iconic show developed in the 1960's.
Research: Our Icon Research teams met in the computer Lab to input their researched information into Read, Write and Think's baseball card format. These will be displayed in the hallway.
No homework!!!! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!