WEDNESDAYS Week 27: Wrap Up

April 19, 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). 

WEDNESDAYS Week 26: Deja Vu 3

April 12, 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). 


Discernment:— noun, the ability to judge well. 

WEDNESDAYS Week 25: Deja Vu 2

April 05, 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!


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 24: Deja Vu 1

March 29, 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. 


covenant:— noun, an agreement or promise.  

WEDNESDAY Week 23: Terrific Tenties

March 15, 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. 


circumvent:— verb, to find a way around an obstacle. 

WEDNESDAYS Week 22: Empathy & Communication

March 08, 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. 


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

WEDNESDAY Week 21: Fantastical 2000's

March 01, 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. 


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 20: The Noughties

February 22, 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. 



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

WEDNESDAYS Week 19: Creativity

February 15, 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. 



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

WEDNESDAYS Week 18: Gnarly 90's

February 08, 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. 


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 17: Rad 90's

February 01, 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. 


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 16: Totally 80's

January 25, 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. 



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

WEDNESDAYS Week 15: Optimistic 80's

January 18, 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. 



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

WEDNESDAYS Week 14: Sensational 70's

January 11, 2017

This week we wrapped up the 1970's with some special visitors representing 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. 


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 13: Holiday Fun!

December 14, 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 :)

WEDNESDAYS Week 12: Soulful 70's

December 07, 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.


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

WEDNESDAYS WEEK 11: Sounds of the 60's

November 30, 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. 



Antipode:— Noun, the direct opposite of something. 

WEDNESDAYS Week 10: Thanksgiving Week

November 23, 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?!

WEDNESDAYS Week 9: Racial Rights

November 16, 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. 



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

WEDNESDAYS Week 8: The Segregated 60's

November 09, 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. 



Dissension:— Noun, disagreement that leads to discord.

WEDNESDAYS Week 7: 50's Fun

October 26, 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. 





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

WEDNESDAYS Week 6: The Fabulous 50's

October 19, 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. 



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

WEDNESDAYS Week 5: Historical Events and Pop Culture

October 12, 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. 


Cyclical: adj., occurring in cycles, reoccurring. 

WEDNESDAYS Week 4: Pop Culture

October 05, 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. 


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

Multifaceted: adj., having many aspects or parts.


September 28, 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. 


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 2: Character Counts

September 21, 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. 


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

WEDNESDAYS Week 1: Hello Gifted!

September 14, 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 of the gifted hall. KSN visited us and will be airing a news story about the Joplin Gifted Program tonight, 9/14 @ 6:00 p.m. 


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

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