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Elementary Gifted Open House for 2nd-5th grades is Thursday,  September 6th from 5:30-6:30 at Memorial Education Center. It will begin in the cafeteria. Learn about the Gifted Program, meet friends and staff, as well as finalize registration. We hope to see you there!

August 30, 2018

Ready or Not!

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Wicked Words: cordial- warm and friendly

Students practiced greeting classmates in a cordially manner. The focus was really getting to know each other and building that community here at Gifted.

Biodiversity- the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem

We discussed the biodiversity in our world.

Homework: This week homework was really for parents  :)  Your child should share a purple Volunteer Sign Up sheet that went home in the connection folder. If you're able to help out, we appreciate it. If not, we understand. If you weren't able to attend Open House I sent home the parent packet to complete as well. I would like to send out email reminders once I receive the majority of the packets back. 

Week 1:  September

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

*environment - surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives or operates.

Students practiced greeting classmates in a cordially manner. The focus was really getting to know each other and building that community here at Gifted.

*interdependence - the dependence of two or more things or people on each other

We discussed the biodiversity in our world.

Homework: This week's homework was really for parents (again)  :)  We would like your insight into your child by answering important questions.  Thanks for your input!

Week 2:  September

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

*habitat-

noun

the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

*giftedness - Giftedness isn’t something you choose. It’s how you are hardwired. Just as every individual is unique and exhibits his or her own personality, “giftedness” manifests itself differently in every child.

Homework: Illustrate what the Gifted poem means to you

Week 3:  September

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

Wicked Words: 

*habitat-

noun

the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

*giftedness - Giftedness isn’t something you choose. It’s how you are hardwired. Just as every individual is unique and exhibits his or her own personality, “giftedness” manifests itself differently in every child.

Homework: Illustrate what the Gifted poem means to you

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Wicked Words: 

*adapt

noun

to become adjusted to new conditions​

*bioluminescence- light produced by living organisms

Homework: Logic or KenKen puzzle

Week 4: October

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

*adaptation - noun -the action or process of an animal adaption to survive showing behavioral or physical changes.

*self-directed- the ability to regulate and adapt behavior to the demands of a situation 

Homework: Read Fall Park night flyer to a paren

Week 5: October - Ocean Animal Research

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

*awareness - knowledge or perception of a situation or fact

*countershading - protective coloration of some animals inwhich normallly in the shadow are light and those exposed to the sky are dark.

Homework: Genius Hour form - get topic approval from a parent/guardian

Week 6 & 7: October - Shark Week!

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

Apathetic- adjective

showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.


The class listened to the story One Plastic Bag and we discussed the difference one person can make. It's a true story about a lady from The Gambia in Africa who saw a problem with plastic bags and took action.

Biodegradable-adjective

capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms

We looked at biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials. 

Our essential question was what effect do humans have on the oceans?

Week 8: October - Ocean Pollution

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words

determination-noun

overcoming obstacles in order to reach a goal

I read a story called, "Talking Leaves," and students had to pull out which character trait was most prevalent and explain. 

Quote-

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas A. Edison

algae-noun

plant-like organism

Our unit study focused on "red tides."  Then, the class participated in a hands on project removing "harmful" algae from the ocean.

Week 9: October - Ocean Pollution

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words:

Reliance (noun) - dependence on or trust in someone or something

Both classes practiced relying on each other while working to complete puzzles. 

Gravity - the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth or towards a body having mass

Students went on a scavenger hunt in the cafeteria to learn about the moon, tides, and ocean waves. 

Week 10-11: October - Moon, tides, gravity

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Greetings! If you are wanting to order a Gifted t-shirt, I sent the order form home today in your child's connection folder.  I'm including the picture of the options below. There are some oldies but goodies on there from last year as well as some new designs. The form didn't have the price for the 3/4 sleeve shirt (number 8), but it's $15. All orders are due by December 7th here at MEC. Cash or check must be attached. If ordering, please indicate the number corresponding to the t-shirt or hoodie etc. that you want on the order form, since there are multiple t-shirts. Let me know if you have any questions.

Wicked Words: 

confluence - the junction of two rivers

integrity - the quality of being honest

Quote:  "Do the right thing even when no one is watching." CS Lewis

Week 12: October - Amazon Rainforest/Gifted t-shirt orders!

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

*efficiency - working in a well organized manner

*epiphyte- a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic

Homework: Genius Hour resource retrieval & t-shirt form

Week 13: October - Biomes

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

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Week 14: October - See, Run, Do

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth

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Wicked Words: 

*awareness - knowledge or perception of a situation or fact

*countershading - protective coloration of some animals inwhich normallly in the shadow are light and those exposed to the sky are dark.

Homework: Genius Hour form - get topic approval from a parent/guardian

Week 15: October - 

Ecology, EQ, and Planet Earth