FRIDAYS Week 27: Wrap Up

April 21, 2017

This week we wrapped up our Genius Hour projects. Students will present their projects next week (April 24th-28th). 

 

This is READ WEEK for the Read-a-Thon! Students should be reading toward their goal this week and will collect the money for pledges next week (April 24th-28th). 

FRIDAYS Week 26: NO SCHOOL

April 14, 2017

We did not attend school today due to Good Friday. This week is "pledge week" for Read-a-Thon. Be collecting pledges this week in preparation for "read week" next week (4/17-4/23). Remember, you are welcome to be working on your Genius Hour project at home!

FRIDAYS Week 25: Deja Vu 2

April 07, 2017

This week we again looked back on what we've missed covering the past decades and continued on with Genius Hour projects. We completed our non-verbal representation project to reflect our learning this year and began our read-a-thon kick-off!

WORD OF THE WEEK

integrity:— noun, the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

FRIDAYS Week 24: Deja Vu 1

March 31, 2017

This week we looked back on what we've missed covering the past decades and continued on with Genius Hour projects. We represented a specific decade by brainstorming ideas for a non-verbal representation project to reflect our learning this year. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

covenant:— noun, an agreement or promise.  

FRIDAYS Week 23: Terrific Tenties

March 17, 2017

This week we concluded our decade research by discussing the 2010's, better known as "the tenties". We learned about the finality of some ongoing conflicts and what events have taken place thus far in this current decade. We wrapped up our study of pop culture with an iconic problem solving activity that built community, collaboration and communication skills. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

circumvent:— verb, to find a way around an obstacl

FRIDAYS Week 22: Empathy & Communication

March 10, 2017

This week we took time to focus on character and communication. Through a variety of activities, we practiced the facets of good communication and discussed it's role in empathy. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

empathy:— noun, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. 

FRIDAYS Week 21: Fantastical 2000's

March 03, 2017

This week we wrapped up the "noughties" by discussing some awe-inspiring events that took place, such as Hurricane Katrina, the Hudson plane landing and the collapse of the housing market. We examined how Americans sought after fantasy as a form of escapism, through fantastical novels and movie series. As documentary films became a new political outlet for hot button issues, the popularity of "mockumentaries" ruled TV. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

reverie:— noun, a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream

FRIDAYS Week 20: The Noughties

February 24, 2017

This week we began discussing the "noughties" ....better known as the first decade of the 2000's. We focused on the impact of social media, the events that shaped the decade from the beginning, such as 9/11 and two historical elections that took place. 

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

pandemonium—: noun, wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.

FRIDAYS Week 19: NO SCHOOL

February 17, 2017

This week we did not meet due to Joplin Schools being out of session. 

FRIDAYS Week 18: Gnarly 90's

February 10, 2017

This week we wrapped up the 90's discussing some of the top movies, music and TV shows that dominated the decade. We built collaboration and problem solving skills through a STEM activity in which teams had to craft a flotation device for a sinking action figure. We also discussed some of the tragic events that took place in the 90's which made an impact on the popular culture scene. As an extension activity to discussing O.J's  "trial of the century", we investigated our own fingerprints, watched footage depicting differing reactions to the verdict and made connections to what we learned about when studying the 60's Civil Rights Movement. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

unrelenting:— adj., not yielding in strength, determination or severity. 

FRIDAYS Week 17: Rad 90's

February 03, 2017

Today we began studying the 1990's with a look at presidential history, the popularity of video gaming and the renewed love of sports. We experimented with video game effects on the body and debated in written form whether or not we feel video games are more hurtful or helpful to kids. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

desensitize:— verb, To make less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, violence, or suffering by overexposure to such images.

FRIDAYS Week 16: Totally 80's

January 27, 2017

Today we wrapped up the 1980's with our totally 80's party! We simulated the tearing down of the Berlin Wall (Jenga), participated in the high stakes stock market (Monopoly), as well as had iconic snacks while dancing to the rad sounds of the decade. 

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

inflation:— noun, a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. 

FRIDAYS: Week 15: Optimistic 80's

January 20, 2017

Today we began studying the 1980's by looking at how Reagan's positivity created a change of emotions for citizens coping with unemployment, the of newly discovered presence of AIDS and the end of the Cold War. We explored how T.V progressed as a tool for women empowerment as well as a socially acceptable guilty pleasure. 

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

consternation:— noun, feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.

FRIDAYS Week 14: SNOW DAY

January 13, 2017

Today was a snow day....have fun and stay warm!!

FRIDAYS Week 13: Holiday Fun!

December 16, 2016

Today we had our holiday party and wrapped up the day with a riveting game of See Run Do. We will return to Gifted after the holiday break. Enjoy your time off and make sure to check for a special video challenge to be posted over break :)

FRIDAYS Week 12: Soulful 70's

December 09, 2016

This week we discussed products created at the beginning of the technology age with a fun game of The Price is Right. We also explored the importance of TV programming during the 70's and how it pushed the limits of artistic and social expression. President Nixon was introduced as a figure in history surrounded by much debate and controversy. After all the facts, we placed him on trial and voted on how he should be remembered in history books. Lastly, we began our introduction into Genius Hour which will officially launch when we return from Christmas break.

WORD OF THE WEEK

Transcend:— Verb, be or go beyond the range of limits. 

FRIDAYS Week 11: Sounds of the 60's

December 02, 2016

This week we wrapped up the 1960's by discussing the youth movement in all facets. Hippies, beach bums and go-go's were all the rage as they used their unique musical styles to give a voice to causes such as Vietnam, the feminist movement, social change and environmental issues. We also celebrated the end of the decade by taking part in some of the fun activities that made their debut in the 1960's. 

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Antipode:— Noun, the direct opposite of something. 

FRIDAYS Week 10: Thanksgiving Week

November 25, 2016

Due to the holiday, Gifted will only meet Monday and Tuesday. No homework is assigned (although you might want to check out the homework tab for some turkey fun). We will finish up the 60's next week when we return. Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S What would this turkey's protest sign say?!

FRIDAYS Week 9: Racial Rights

November 18, 2016

This week we continued our discussion of civil rights, focusing on equality rights for African Americans. In addition, we worked in teams to brainstorm conflict resolution strategies to dilemmas that may be faced during young adolescence. Lastly, we used our voices to speak out against the things that bother us most about the world by performing a peaceful protest in the Gifted hallway. 

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Credence:— Noun, belief in or acceptance in something as true. 

FRIDAYS Week 8: The Segregated 60's

November 11, 2016

This week we began examining the civil rights and counterculture movements of the 1960's. We discussed how the differing political and social views of the time divided the country but lead to great change. We also looked at how television impacted these movements and was used as a tool to give a voice to the powerless. 

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Dissension:— Noun, disagreement that leads to discord.

FRIDAYS Week 7: 50's Fun

October 28, 2016

This week we continued the discussion of how the Cold and Korean Wars of the 1950's impacted pop culture. We examined movements that began in the 50's, such as the birth of rock & roll, the grassroots beginnings of civil rights and the wild teen movement. We were transported back to childhood and teen life in the 1950's by listening to rock & roll, having a hula hoop contest and hanging out at our own soda fountain. Click the button bellow to listen to some top rock & roll hits of the 1950's. 

 

Reminder: GIFTED WILL NOT MEET NEXT WEEK Oct. 31-Nov. 4 FOR TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Escapism: noun, the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

FRIDAYS Week 6: WEEK OFF

October 21, 2016

This week Friday class did not meet. Please feel free to explore the other class pages and complete the video challenge for this week (hint: it's the 50's poodle one). 

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Mendacious: adj.,lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, insincere, two-faced

FRIDAYS Week 5: Historical Events and Pop Culture

October 14, 2016

This week we continued the discussion of how pop culture is reflected throughout history. We focused on one historical event and the impact it had on popular culture, such as television, fashion and advertising for the next decade. We simulated this historic event by having students participate in a group STEM project that strengthened collaboration skills, creative design methods and communication. For research, we continued an on-going pop icon project with Mrs. Hughes' class. We also used questioning skills to help guide our research process when given a historical photo without identifying information. 

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WORD OF THE WEEK

Cyclical: adj., occurring in cycles, reoccurring. 

FRIDAYS Week 4: Pop Culture

October 07, 2016

This week we introduced pop culture and discussed the factors which influence it. Students journaled about pop culture references that represent their own generation. We also compared and contrasted popular media from the past to present day and discussed cycles within the generations. For research, we teamed up with Mrs. Hughes' class to research pop culture icons as well as added a safe search site to our knowledge bank. 

WORDS OF THE WEEK

Pop Culture: noun, popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at a younger age. 

Multifaceted: adj., having many aspects or parts.

FRIDAYS Week 3: Wanted

September 30, 2016

This week we focused much of our discussion on character qualities we would find in a great friend, classmate and teacher. Students created a WANTED ad in their comp notebooks describing their ideal candidates for each. For research, we practiced the skill of information summarizing using a site that generates information about one's name. We also introduced class jobs. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Quintessential: adj., representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality.

FRIDAYS Week 2: Character Counts

September 23, 2016

This week we continued to build class community with icebreakers and opportunities to make personal connections to each other. We began practicing online research skills to prepare for the start of Genius Hour in the next few weeks. We used a backward design for students presenting information about people whose character impacted the world in the 20th century. Students were given the "answer" but had to express their information in question form. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Character: noun. The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

FRIDAYS Week 1: Hello Gifted!

September 16, 2016

This week we took some time to check out our new surroundings and got to know each other a bit better. We shared our thoughts on the "giftedness" label and personalized our composition notebooks to be a keepsake representing the 2016-2017 gifted year. We also did some fun activities to teach procedures in each room in the gifted hall. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Exceptional: adj. unusual, uncommon, unusually good, much better than average. 

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