After a busy week in TAG, all units are successfully underway!
Second grade students answered the Essential Question "What would you do if you were living in England under the same conditions as the Pilgrims? Would you move to America or stay in England?" Students completed a Carousel Brainstorming activity where they reflected on what they already know about the 1st Thanksgiving, why we celebrate the holiday, and how they would feel if their family moved to another country. Students also worked on an Inductive Reasoning lesson where they defined and categorized unit vocabulary words with a group. Next time in TAG, students will finish a Compare Contrast lesson between the 1st Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving now and we will begin packing and loading our ships for an exciting voyage to the New World as Pilgrims.
Students in 3rd grade chose an Ancient Civilization they were interested in researching and began investigating as a group. Students researched either Ancient China, Rome, India, Egypt, or Greece - all civilizations we will study in depth throughout our unit. Students will work as a group to create products for each of the levels of Blooms' Taxonomy to share and present their findings with the class next week in TAG. Through their research, students solidified their answers to this week's Essential Question: "In what ways do the accomplishments of ancient civilizations contribute to our way of life today?"
Fourth grade students answered the Essential Question "How can we evaluate the choices leaders make?" and completed a fascinating Compare Contrast lesson analyzing two famous speeches of well-known leaders: Tecumseh and Patrick Henry. Students practiced analyzing the texts for rhetorical techniques and style. We discussed the qualities of leadership both of these men utilized to convey their message to the target audiences. Students also practiced their speech writing skills as they thought of an issue they are passionate about and wrote to persuade or convince others to take action. Next week students will finish their speeches and create pictograph symbols to communicate their message to their audiences.
On Thursday and Friday, 5th graders began the day answering the Essential Question "What are both the positive and negative impacts of viruses and bacteria on human lives?" Students also completed a Compare Contrast lesson on bacteria and viruses. Students then had an opportunity to create their own virus or bacteria and started a doctor's office pamphlet to inform others. Next time in TAG, students will complete their pamphlets and design and label a 3-D model of their virus or bacteria.
As a reminder, Mrs. Biggs and I will be holding our TAG Curriculum Night sessions at 5:00pm on Thursday, September 1 in the TAG classrooms before the homeroom sessions begin at 5:30pm. For parents that are unable to attend, all materials and presentations will be posted to my weebly page for review at your convenience following Curriculum Night.
Thank you for your support,
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary