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Week of 6/8/2020

Please see below for the optional learning activities for this week.  My virtual office hours are Mondays and Fridays from 2:15-2:45.  During these times, I am available immediately via email (greenfkt@pwcs.edu) to answer any questions you may have.  I am also checking email periodically throughout each weekday as I work on planning lessons for your students as well as attend trainings and meetings.

PWCS Home Learning Page 

K-3 Gifted Resource Optional Learning Activities

High Technology Choices
*Powerpoint Activities (see powerpoint in files section at very bottom of page)- There are creativity, language and math activities in the powerpoint.
*Play Sudoku at Sudoku for Kids.  Remember that each square has to have the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4.  There can only be one of each in every row and every column.
*Play lots of online games at ProProfs.  There is everything from mancala to puzzles to checkers.  You can even make your own games!

Limited Technology Choices
*Powerpoint Activities (see powerpoint in files section at very bottom of page)- There are creativity, language and math activities in the powerpoint.

No Technology Choices

*Creativity Challenge
1. List activities you can do when you are bored.

2.  What if you can check out animals from the zoo like you can check out books from the library? 

3.  What would the sun say to people laying on the beach? 

4.  Would you rather feel really hot or really cold? 

5.  How is a sandcastle like an igloo?

*Language
Complete the word ladder to make head into tail.  You do a word ladder by taking the start word and changing one letter to make a new word.  You keep changing one letter at a time until you have the end word.  All the words you make should be real words.  Try to change shoe into foot or wet into dry with as few steps as possible.  

*Math
Ask your family if they have a favorite recipe.  Look at it together and notice how things are measured.  Do you see cups, tablespoons or teaspoons?  Think about how the recipe would need to change if you had more or less people.  See if you can write up a new recipe.  



4-5 Gifted Resource Optional Learning Activities

High Technology Choices
*Powerpoint Activities (see powerpoint in files section at very bottom of page)- There are creativity, language and math activities in the powerpoint.
*Khan Academy Disney Imagineering in a Box course
This is an amazing course that walks you through how Disney creates theme parks.  It goes perfectly with what we were doing in A4!  Sign up at Khan Academy.  In Lesson Three, you are learning about bringing characters to life.   Complete exercises four, five and six in Lesson Three to learn about prototype and digital armatures as well as controls to bring characters to life.  
*Play Model Algebra at Math Playground.  This is very similar to the Hands on Algebra we did this year!
  

Limited Technology Choices
*Powerpoint Activities (see powerpoint in files section at very bottom of page)- There are creativity, language and math activities in the powerpoint.
 

No Technology Choices

*Creativity Challenge

1. List activities you can do when you are bored.

2.  What if you can check out animals from the zoo like you can check out books from the library?

3.  What would the sun say to people laying on the beach?

4.  Would you rather feel really hot or really cold?

5.  How is a sandcastle like an igloo?

*Language
Complete the word ladder to make head into tail.  You do a word ladder by taking the start word and changing one letter to make a new word.  You keep changing one letter at a time until you have the end word.  All the words you make should be real words.  Try to change shoe into foot or wet into dry with as few steps as possible.  

*Math
Solve this problem and then make up a similar one of your own.  The cat weighs half as much as the dog.  The monkey weighs three times as much as the cat.  Their total weight is 720 pounds.  How much does each animal weigh?


Update 3/24- Resources from the Gifted Department
***Please note that all learning activities are optional and strictly for enrichment***

PWCS Home Learning Page -lots of links to learning activities
Wonderopolis- explore answers to fascinating questions and curiosities.  Explore the "Wonder of the Day"
KrazyDad- thousands of puzzles and games to play online or print
Scratch- create interactive stories, games and animation while learning to code
Kids Should See This!-smart videos for curious minds of all ages
Wow in the World -NPR podcast that guides curious kids and their grown ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them
Time for Kids-current events in a kid-friendly format.  (choose articles by grade level)
ByrdSeed-lessons, videos and challenges to get "kid's brains sweating"
Mensa for Kids- games and resources for gifted kids from the Mensa Foundation
NASA- STEM lessons and "stuff to make, do, play or print" for students in grades K-4
Brainzilla- printable logic grid puzzles (remember to read all clues carefully!)
Critical Thinking Workbook- printable critical thinking activities

Instructional objectives of the Gifted Program
Our goals are to develop skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, conceptual thinking, communication and collaboration in order to encourage and enable students to become self-directed learners

Gifted Identification Update 3/24/2020
With the closure of Prince William County Schools due to COVID-19, the timeline for gifted identification has been affected.  The division-level Gifted Identification/Placement Committees will meet to review cases and make decisions regarding eligibility as soon as possible when PWCS reopens.  We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the gifted resource teacher at your child's school.


Welcome to Gifted Education at Belmont and Occoquan!

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year with the START and SIGNET programs! I hope everyone had a fun summer and is looking forward to a great year!

The START program is for identified students in Kindergarten through third grades.  This year, I will be working with the START students on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Kindergarten receives services for 25 minutes a week, first grade and second grade for 45 minutes a week and third grade for 90 minutes a week.

The SIGNET program is for identified students in fourth and fifth grades.  This year Belmont SIGNET will be on Mondays and Occoquan SIGNET will be on Wednesdays.  Students receive services for 225 minutes a week.

The START and SIGNET programs will begin the week of September 9th.

Since I do not have a direct telephone line, parents are more than welcome to e-mail me or leave a message with the school secretary.

Permission Forms

Each student who participates in the START or SIGNET Programs must have a signed permission form on file. If you received a yellow permission form, please complete the form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible so your child may participate in gifted classes.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will my child be working on in START?

The START teachers deliver instruction according to the START curriculum of the Gifted Education Program. Our units focus on problem based learning, with students applying their critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems. Specific details of grade level units of instruction will be provided in future newsletters.

Each child also has an opportunity to work on choice activities during START. These activities are generally based in the verbal or quantitative areas and allow for the application of critical and creative thinking skills.

What will my child be working on in SIGNET?

Resource teachers deliver instruction according to the SIGNET curriculum of the Gifted Education Program.  The first half of the day is spent learning about systems through a cross curricular TAG Unit called “Amazing Almonzo’s Awesome Adventureland”. This is a study of different thinking and symbol systems used by language, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The content of the unit focuses on each system’s methods of problem solving and communication used by the subjects. It is designed to meet the needs of high ability learners and to provide extensions and challenges that go beyond fourth and fifth grade SOL Objectives. 

The second half of the day is spent working on learning “Centers” based upon interest in a particular area of science, history, language, humanities, or math.  Students research and problem solve while applying critical and creative thinking skills to complete learning center activities.


Does my child receive a Report Card for START or SIGNET?

The START teacher will provide you with a Progress Report at the end of each semester, not a Report Card. The Progress Report assesses progress in the areas of Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Independent Learning, and Interactive Learning. While these categories may not be areas of independence initially, we hope that students will make continued progress on the continuum of skills as they grow older.


Will my child need any supplies for START or SIGNET?


No. All supplies used by students during START classes will be provided.


Will my child receive homework from START or SIGNET?

No. Children may choose to explore additional material based on the curriculum covered in the START program. We certainly encourage them to extend their learning and their individual interests, but there will not be mandatory homework assignments.

Differentiated Services Plan

Each child identified for the START or SIGNET Programs will receive a Differentiated Services Plan at the end of the first quarter. This plan will be written collaboratively with the child’s classroom teacher and the gifted education resource teacher. The plan will indicate how gifted education services will be provided for your child. A Differentiated Services Plan will be provided for each semester.

Please call me at 703.494.4945 or email me at greenfkt@pwcs.edu if you have any questions regarding the gifted program at Belmont and Occoquan Elementary Schools. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with the students!