Our Schools:

***In addition to our 6 Hats Thinking and 16 Habits of Mind Training, all classes will be studying a class project with True Colors the first weeks of school.  We will discover and investigate our personality traits, and some of my students will certainly be interested in finding out traits of other family members, teachers and friends.  If you would like to learn more, click the link below to take a quick survey!***
LINK TO WEBSITE (There are hundreds out there, but here is one:)  True Colors International: https://truecolorsintl.com/
STUDENT SURVEY - Student True Colors Test
Class Units

1st - 2nd Grade - Stewardship in the Global World / Global Extremes with STEAM

Over the course of two years, students and specialists will travel through the continents using the lens of various kinds of engineers to solve problems within those continents.  By the end of second grade, students will work collaboratively to create a story about surviving in an extreme environment of their choice for a theatrical performance.  Students will create an environmental set and props with specific requirements (extreme gear with simple machine elements) to aide in their survival for the performance.
3rd Grade - Natural and Man-Made Global Structures Over the course of the year, third grade students and specialists will identify and analyze structures in their world (manmade and natural). Structures include anything made to hold a load and to stay in place – buildings, bridges, roads, play structures, etc.  They have a supporting framework, form (size and shape) and function (purpose).
Students will engage in a hands-on, open-ended engineering design activities to deepen their understanding of strong and stable structures.
4th Grade - Archaeology and Ancient Global Civilizations Students will develop an understanding of our past and the contributions made by ancient civilizations. They will explore how these contributions have shaped our world today and apply their knowledge to work as teams of engineers to design and create a “civilized” theme park.  
5th Grade - Global Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship  Students will choose to work individually or collaboratively to create a marketable product designed to address a global issue with the potential to impact current and future civilizations.  Students will research their chosen issue, design and test their invented solution, and develop a presentation aimed at marketing their product and appealing to investors.  Emphasis on philanthropy and entrepreneurship is key.
Unit includes a study on Da Vinci and The Passion Project.
  Specific gifted behaviors that will be observed during the units are the following: 


·         Uses advanced language

·         Uses analytical thinking

·         Is motivated to construct meaning

·         Demonstrates perspective

·         Shows sensitivity to the needs of others

·         Demonstrates accelerated learning


Ongoing Class Projects (Brain Builders)


Daily Buzzword -  Visit www.wordcentral.com daily to see what words your child should begin incorporating into their vocabulary, and see if you are a "Word Wiz"! 



P.O.W.- (Problem of the Week)- Students will work on problems that will require them to think creatively and logically to solve non-routine problems.  This will give students an opportunity to practice and apply strategies like Guess and Check, Draw a Picture, Work Backwards, Use Logic (Deductive Reasoning) and Act it Out.  Students will have opportunties to create their own P.O.W.s to "stump" each other (and me!)   
Visual Perception (V.P.) - Photojournalism - Based on a workshop I attended at TAGT, this activity focuses children's visual perception skills and teaches them to rely on non-verbal clues to decipher a photograph.  Students are asked to figure out a logical explanation and caption for a published news photo without being given any verbal information.  Students learn to infer about body language and expressions, lighting clues, setting and location possibilities, and the probability of their analysis.
Draw Start - Another visual perception activity, where students are given a series of lines, shapes, or figures which they must make into something recognizable.  Students may have complete creativity over what to turn their lines into, or they may be challenged to make their image fit a specific category - ex. something that is used for transportation.  Students are asked to explain their drawings and some choose to write about them in their probe journals.  Encourages creativity and divergent thinking.  From Dr. Bertie Kingore, Ph.D.
ABC's and 25 Things - Another adaptation from Bertie Kingore, Ph.D., this activity asks students to come up with 25 things related to a specific topic, or think of something related to that topic that begins with each letter of the alphabet.  Developing students will typically give one-word responses; advances students will begin to use more complex phrases and perhaps string one or more together.  Encourages analytical thinking.
Unit Projects-Ongoing and culminating projects will be created in class.  Most of the work will be completed in class, so I can "see" your child's creative thinking  and problem-solving skills in action. 
Probe Journals and Journal Writing- Students have the opportunity to voice their feelings, reflections, and questions through weekly journal writing.  Topics cover current events, units of study, and student-generated questions.  Students may take one or more topics deeper into "Probe" mode - doing research and independent study to gather further information about this topic.