MONDAYS Week 27: Wrap Up

April 17, 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). 

MONDAYS Week 26: Deja Vu 3

April 10, 2017

This week we again looked back on what we've missed covering the past decades and continued on with Genius Hour projects. This is pledge week for the Read-a-Thon! Students should be collecting pledges this week for "read week" (April 17th-21st). 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Discernment:— noun, the ability to judge well. 

MONDAYS Week 25: Deja Vu 2

April 03, 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.

MONDAYS Week 24: Deja Vu 1

March 27, 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.  

MONDAYS Week 23: Terrific Tenties

March 13, 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

circumventverb, to find a way around an obstacle. 

MONDAYS Week 22: Empathy

March 06, 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. 

MONDAYS Week 21: Fantastical 2000's

February 27, 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

MONDAYS Week 20: The Noughties

February 20, 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.

MONDAYS Week 19: Creativity

February 13, 2017

This week we took a break from our major unit focus of pop culture to learn more about creativity. We put what we learned to the test with a series of activities that promoted creative thinking through fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration. 

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

serendipity:— noun, the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

MONDAYS Week 18: Gnarly 90's

February 06, 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

unrelentingadj., not yielding in strength, determination or severity. 

MONDAYS Week 17: Rad 90's

January 30, 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

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

MONDAYS: Week 16: Totally 80's

January 23, 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. 

MONDAYS WEEK 15: NO SCHOOL

January 16, 2017

NO SCHOOL TODAY....Have a great time with your family!

MONDAYS Week 14: Sensational 70's

January 09, 2017

This week we wrapped up the 1970's with a special focus on a pop culture phenomenon and took a look into some of the outlandish fashion and musical icons that dominated the decade. We also discussed the state of America post-Nixon as well as how the art scene changed with the popularity of pop art. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

conscientious:— adj., wishing to do what is right, especially to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly.

MONDAYS Week 13: Holiday Fun!

December 12, 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 :)

MONDAYS Week 12: Soulful 70's

December 05, 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. 

MONDAYS Week 11: Sounds of the 60's

November 28, 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. 

MONDAYS Week 10: Thanksgiving Week

November 21, 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). Today was all about creativity and teamwork! We will finish up the 60's next week when we return. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

MONDAYS Week 9: Racial Rights

November 14, 2016

This week we continued our discussion on 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. 

MONDAYS Week 8: The Segregated 60's

November 07, 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.

MONDAYS Week 7: 50's Fun

October 24, 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.

MONDAYS Week 6: The Fabulous 50's

October 17, 2016

This week we began exploring the 1950's by discussing the impact TV had on the consumer age. Our research focused on advertising methods "then and now", while simultaneously continuing our pop icons group research projects. Students also participated in a "Build a Levittown Home" STEM challenge, expressing what they learned about the 1950's boom of suburbia. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Mendaciousadj.,lying, untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, insincere, two-faced

MONDAYS Week 5: Historical Events and Pop Culture

October 10, 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. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Cyclical: adj., occurring in cycles, reoccurring. 

MONDAYS Week 4: Pop Culture

October 03, 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.

MONDAYS Week 3: Day Off

September 26, 2016

This week, Monday gifted students did not meet due to teacher professional development. Students are welcome to explore other dashboards and are encouraged to complete this week's homework video challenge on the Homework tab. We will review the random acts of kindness reflections when we meet again. 

WORD OF THE WEEK

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

MONDAYS Week 2: Character Counts

September 19, 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. 

MONDAYS Week 1: Welcome Gifted!

September 12, 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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