Teaching gifted and talented was my first love. I started out with this position in 2001. Then, I decided I wanted my own classroom experience for awhile, so I took a position in elementary grades for 13 years. Returning to the gifted and talented position has been an exciting path for me! I look forward to this year!
Mrs. Flatt's Gifted Schedule
Monday-Adair County High School, 270-384-2751 Tuesday-Adair County Primary Center, 270-384-3367 Wednesday-Adair County Elementary School, 270-384-0077 Thursday-Adair County High School, 270-384-2751 (ACMS classes at ACHS) Friday-Adair County High School, 270-384-2751 (ACMS classes at ACHS)
The Gifted Program Curriculum
Reading-The Junior Great Books series is used for ACPC students and ACES students. The Great Books Roundtable is used for ACMS. Students read a story, reread for a purpose and develop interpretive and evaluative questions to ask peers, then participate in a shared inquiry discussion. They must find evidence for their answers, and they learn to agree and disagree with each other using accountable talk.
Math, Science, and Social Studies-The Junior Great Books series has related projects that pair with each story and connect with other content areas. Example: In the story, "Catalog Cats" about a catalog selling cats, the follow-up activity asks the students to price items in a catalog and agree on ten items to purchase with a certain amount of money. The Great Books Roundtable stories are similar to the Junior Great Books text. They are just at a higher grade level. These text are generally used for high level or gifted and talented learners.
We also do many projects throughout the year based on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The students will do things, such as building a shelter for pilgrims that can withstand snow, rain, and wind. They will also build and measure bridges with q-tips, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, ect. that can hold a penny on them without falling between the slats on their creation. They will measure the bridge for certain height, length, and weight requirements.
You Can Do the Rubik's Cube
Teacher lesson plans from www.YouCanDoTheCube.com. Students practice on class borrowed sets of Rubik's cubes from the company's website, and they use algorithms to solve the cube with lesson plans provided by the company.
Winter Waiter Challenge
The students to my right are preparing objects to be used in a "Winter Waiter Challenge". In this challenge, students first create three-dimensional objects out of paper including cylinders, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and cubes. Next, they build a waiter tray that the items can be situated on for a team competition. During the competition, the students move around the tables in my classroom or in the lunchroom in a buffet style and pick up as many objects as they can to place on their waiter tray. They may only use one hand to hold the tray up during the relay similar to how you see waiters carry trays at restaurants.
Extensions for this activity include finding the area and perimeter of the shapes your group was able to keep on their tray and tally them up for points. The most overall points wins the match.
For younger students, they can add up the faces on the three-dimensional objects for points.
Grade level span of this activity is 2nd through 8th grade.
This lesson can be found at teacherspayteachers.com or www.feelgoodteaching.com by Kerry Tracy.