Although our schedule's been a bit wacky with the January snowdays, we've had a great time getting our TARGET classes back in 2018! For everyone's first day back to TARGET, we took a break between units for some winter fun! Students completed a Creative Problem Solving lesson where they identified problems in the "Frosty the Snowman" song, brainstormed possible solutions, established criteria, and evaluated their solutions using a problem-solving matrix. Some classes also participated in a STEM challenge to design a new home for Frosty the Snowman after learning about insulation and friction. Other classes explored the work of "Snowflake" Bentley and his photography of snowflakes under a microscope. Then students identified, categorized, and created their own snowflakes, from stellar dendrites to stars, plates, and columns! All classes strengthened their Convergent thinking skills by solving Frosty the Snowman brainteasers, perplexors, puzzles, wordokus, and memory builders. Students expanded their Divergent thinking skills by SCAMPERing a snowman, playing a Scattergories brainstorming game, and creating a winter glyph. It's been SNOW much fun!
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary