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Elmwood Field Trip--April 23, 2014  

The url shown below is a Padlet of pictures from the Elmwood field trip.  You will need a password to access it.  I am sending the password out on Remind 101.  If you did not sign up for Remind 101, please email me at randi.sluder@dcsms.org and I will send it to you.  Any parents who took pictures and would like to add them, notify me and Ihttp://oge.desotocountyschools.org/admin/Second.asp will give you access rights to do so.

padlet.com/rnsluder/elmwood2014


Target Card Championship 2014  

Use the address below to view pictures of our Target Target Card Championship.  You will use the password that is sent out on Remind 101.  If you did not sign up for Remind 101, you may email me at randi.sluder@dcsms.org and I will send it to you.  

padlet.com/rnsluder/target2014


The Many Faces of Me  
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Our first study for the year has been one that has focused on the Mississippi outcomes of self-awareness, social/emotional awareness, and communication. We have looked into ourselves to determine who we are during the many facets of our lives.  We have compared and contrasted ourselves to our classmates to see how alike we really are.  The activities for the study allowed us to demonstrate different types of communication.  Our class has written poetry; thoughtfully answered probing questions; completed Double Bubble thinking maps; practiced silent communication; improved our Target Card skills; learned how to brainstorm on a given topic; explored the individuality of Cubism in art, discussed books that illustrate gifted issues, and more.  Visit our hall and view our displays outside the gifted classrooms to see what we have learned.

What face shall I wear today?


WISH LIST  
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  • paper towels
  • California Scents Citrus Splash 4 fl.oz.  (can be found in the automotive section at WalMart) We call this our "brain spray" since citrus stimulates memory!  We use one can per month!
  • Kleenex
  • Diamond 2 oz. cups with lids (These are at Dollar General and cost about $2 per bag.  We go through lots of these in projects.)
  • wrapped candy  (We are beginning the year with 50 students.  Candy becomes expensive for that many.  I will mark what you send for your child's class.)
  • For each unit I will send notes out asking for consumable items (types of chocolate, aluminum foil, etc.)
  • YOUR TIME--We will need help for the Christmas Post Office (Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, Thursday, Dec. 4th, and Friday, Dec. 5th [in case we don't finish on Thursday].  We will need help for the Valentine Post Office (Tuesday, Feb. 10th, Wednesday, Feb. 11th, and Thursday, Feb. 12th [in case we don't finish on Wednesday].
  • Dollar Tree shower curtains (We use these to cover the tables when we are doing a messy project.)

GENERAL CLASS GUIDELINES  

 


Students may bring a snack to eat, but all snacks must be finished in a timely fashion.  Please avoid sending your child with peanuts or peanut products as I do have some students with peanut allergies.

Students are allowed to bring water bottles to class but must drink from the water fountain once the bottle is empty.

All students need to be respectful of class members, adults, and room materials.   Two of the Mississippi outcomes are group dynamics and social/emotional awareness.  Our students must learn how to conduct themselves in varied group situations.

Students may visit the restroom at any time unless Ms. Sluder is giving instructions or the class is in the middle of presentations.

Students are expected to approach the work in the gifted classroom with a positive attitude and give each activity the best effort possible.

Please let Ms. Sluder know as early as possible if you will be checking your child out on SPOTLIGHT day as the majority of our projects are done in teams.  This will allow me to juggle the activities and place the team activities earlier in the day.

Please call me at 901/494-2370 or email me at randi.sluder@desotocountyschools.org if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.  You are welcome to visit the classroom.


LITERATURE FOR PARENTS  
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BOOKS FOR PARENTS OF THE GIFTED

(This page will be updated throughout the year.)

 

Fertig, Carol.  Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook


Isaacson, Karen L.J.  Life in the Fast Brain:  Keeping Up with Gifted Minds


Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy.  Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More  Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic 

 

Matthews, Dona J.,Ph.D.,  and Foster, Joanne, Ed.D.  Being Smart about Gifted Education:  A Guidebook for Educators and Parents


Webb, J.T., Gore, J.L. ,Amend, E.R., and DeVries, A.R.  A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children



MISSISSIPPI GIFTED OUTCOMES  
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Have you ever wondered what we teach your children?  In the state of Mississippi, we have 8 different outcomes as a goal for the student.  We want to develop their:

thinking skills

problem solving skills,

research skills,

leadership/group dynamic skills,

career/self-awareness skills,

social/emotional awareness,

and communication skills.

All of our thematic units address these skills.


TARGET CARD  

 

 

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Target Card is a game that I created three years ago based on one I saw at a seminar for math teachers.  This is a great game for people of any age from the fourth grade to past retirement age.  We never get to old to sharpen our brain!  Dollar Tree sells two packs of jumbo face cards for $1.00. 

     At the end of the year we will have a fourth grade tournament and a fifth grade tournament.  Those two winners will play each other for the school championship trophy.

Below is a list (not inclusive) of objectives that are met by Target Card: 

1)  The student will acquire the knowledge and skills to communicate   effectively within and beyond the classroom.

2)  The student will demonstrate fluidity of mathematical thought.

3)  The student will use multiplication, division, subtraction, and addition.

4)  The student will demonstrate algebraic reasoning. 

5)  The student will develop numerical awareness and understanding of operational strategies.




TEST TAKING VOCABULARY WORDS  
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Become a better test taker!  Familiarize yourself with these words that are used as directions on test questions.


Analyze


Systematically and critically examine each of the facts.


Compare


Show how the facts or ideas are similar.


Contrast


Show how the facts or ideas are different.

Criticize


Express your judgment or correctness or merit. Discuss the limitations and good points or contributions of the plan or work in question.


Define


Set forth the meaning or make something clear.

Describe

 

In a a descriptive answer you should recount, characterize, sketch or relate in narrative form.


Diagram


Present a drawing, chart, plan, or graphic representation in your answer


Discuss


Present a detailed argument or consideration.


Enumerate


Recount, one by one, in concise form, the points required in an outline or list


Evaluate


Determine the value, significance, or worth of.

Explain


State the "how or why," reconcile any differences in opinion or experimental results, and, where possible, state causes.


Identify


Establish the essential characteristics of.


Illustrate


Make clear by citing examples.


Interpret


Present the subject at hand in understandable terms.


Infer


Draw a conclusion based on given facts; predict, generalize.


Justify


Show or prove to be right or reasonable.

List


Present an itemized series or tabulation. Such answers should always be given in concise form.

Outline


An outline answer is organized description. You should give main points and essential supplementary materials, omitting minor details, and present the information in a systematic arrangement or classification.

Prove


Establish something with certainty by evaluating and citing experimental evidence or by logical reasoning


Sequence


Arrange in meaningful order, beginning to end.


Summarize


Explain the main points.


Synthesize


Combine the parts into a coherent whole.


Trace


Review in detail, step by step.