FEBRUARY 2019

Gifted Resource Update:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”– Albert Einstein

This month services will be interrupted due to administering CogAT tests, scoring transcripts for Maggie Walker, completing student observations and interviews, and closing out the 3-5 gifted identification window.  When possible, I will pull groups, but wanted you to be aware of the situation.

Grade 1– First graders are now officially members of the Detective Club! They really embrace the challenge of solving mysteries! The first case closed was The Mystery Valentine, now we will open the case of The Missing Backpack.  Students will continue to decode messages, sort information, solve logic puzzles and use critical thinking skills.

Grade 2- Students have begun a simulation set in Ancient Greece.  They must solve various arithmetic puzzles, earning Greek drachmas.  The students will learn the value of addition, subtraction, and logic, while having the enjoyment of solving the magic puzzles and developing problem solving abilities

Grade 3- Students will continue to work their way through Private Eye School by using the inquiry process, making inferences, being observant, and using logic puzzles to solve mysteries.  Next Up: The Great Electric Train Robbery.

November 2018 Gifted Resource Update:

Grade 1– #GAME ON- the first graders really impressed me with their understanding of equations! They used problem solving skills to create pattern block, coin and domino equations! Students did a great job communicating with “Math Mates” to complete their activities and earn sand dollars. Way to go!! We will take a break from algebra and return to the next sea depth after we complete a unit on research. The research unit is based on Bloom’s taxonomy and designed to help guide the students to higher levels of thinking and cognition.

Grade 2- Students will continue to increase their understanding of the hardships the Pilgrims faced and the difficulties they had in being the first New England settlers. Groups will use critical thinking skills to make decisions that will impact their shipmates. They will also enhance writing skills by communicating all of the encounters in a Pilgrim log.  Ask your child to communicate to family members what they have learned about the Pilgrims over the Thanksgiving Break.

Grade 3- Students continue to focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills as they work cooperatively with their team in order to succeed and apply logic skills to solve problems that they encounter in the Explorers simulation. They will communicate all of the crew’s adventures in a letter addressed to a family member back home.

Please don’t forget to check out the blog:  http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/giftedparents/

October 2018- Gifted Resource Update:

Grade 1– First graders will get their #Game On in algebra! Students begin by taking a pretest to gauge their understanding of basic algebra. Next, pairs or “Math Mates” examine elementary algebraic concepts to master and move through sea depths. Each Sea Depth (or phase) consists of problem solving lessons and an assessment of that week’s concept. As Math Mates successfully complete their activities, they progress through three levels of accomplishment (Aquatic Investigators, Diving Detectives, and Sea Sleuths), earn “Sand Dollars,” and move closer to their goal—the bottom of the ocean!

Grade 2- In the imaginative simulation, Pilgrims, students assume the roles of early American colonists so they can better understand the trials that the original Pilgrims underwent during the first year at Plymouth Colony. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized as student teams tackle the tasks of crossing the Atlantic, drafting a governing compact for their colony, building houses, planting and harvesting crops, and making peace treaties and trading with the Indians. Each team’s fate depends both upon answering true/false questions about Pilgrim life, and upon the quality of journal entries kept by individual team members. As they move through the simulation, students can compare their progress to that of the original Mayflower settlers.

Grade 3- Land Ho! Students will focus on critical thinking and problem solving as they work cooperatively with their team in order to succeed and apply logic skills to solve problems that they encounter in the Explorers simulation. By taking the perspective of a historical character, students will realize that history is much more than just names, places, and dates.  Challenges include sailing from ports of “the old world” to the shores of “the new world,” meeting the natives, and problems with the crew and ship.

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GIFTED RESOURCE 2018-2019

Dear Parents or Guardians,

Welcome Back! I am delighted to once again have the opportunity to be the gifted resource teacher at Shady Grove. I will be at the school every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to deliver small group instruction.  I have many engaging projects and lessons planned that will focus on the integration of creativity and the HCPS Gifted Program Goals.  These goals include the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, communication, independent research, and leadership.  An in-depth look at these goals can be found on the HCPS Gifted website: http://henricoschools.us/gifted/.

Every student I teach on a weekly basis will receive a gifted enrichment progress report in their report card envelopes at the end of the first and second semesters. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I will also provide newsletters on a monthly basis.  My email address is elkoprowski@henrico.k12.va.us and my blog address is: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/elkoprowski/

To help keep parents informed about current information, please make sure you check out the HCPS blog regularly for updates!  http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/giftedparents/

I am looking forward to a great school year! #Game On!

Sincerely,

Lisa Koprowski

Gifted Resource Teacher

 

APRIL GIFTED RESOURCE UPDATE:

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Grade 1- Students are now members of the infamous Detective Club! Now they will use critical thinking skills to solve THe Case of the Missing Medal and The Case of the Lost Charm Bracelet. Students will solve the mysteries by:

 Organizing clues
 Combining and analyzing the information
 Using deductive reasoning and the process of elimination

Grade 2-  Students are using critical thinking skills to solve various arithmetic puzzles, earning Greek drachmas.  The students are enjoying discovering the magic puzzles found in various Athenian buildings and trying to crack the ancient secret code.  Students will:
 Learn about the historic importance of ancient Greece
 Develop problem solving abilities
 Use logical thinking to solve problems
 Use mathematical skills

Grade 3- Learners have graduated from Private Eye School, and are using their  critical thinking skills to solve several mysteries such as A Vandal Strikes and The Great Electric Train Robbery.  Students will:
 Compare and contrast viewpoints
 Make predictions and inferences based on evidence
 Use logical thinking to solve problems
 Collect and interpret data

MARCH GIFTED RESOURCE UPDATE:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Grade 1- This month students will become members of the Detective Club and gather clues by decoding messages, sorting information, using inferential thinking and solving logic puzzles. Students will solve the mysteries by:

 Organizing clues
 Combining and analyzing the information
 Using deductive reasoning and the process of elimination

Grade 2-  Students will begin a simulation centered around Ancient Greece.  They must solve various arithmetic puzzles, earning Greek drachmas.  The students learn the value of addition, subtraction, and logic, while having the enjoyment of discovering the magic puzzles to be found in various Athenian buildings. The simulation also helps familiarize the students with Greek gods, goddesses, mathematicians, and some background of ancient Greece. Students will:
 Learn about the historic importance of ancient Greece
 Develop problem solving abilities
 Use logical thinking to solve problems
 Use mathematical skills

Grade 3- Learners will become students in Private Eye School, where they will sharpen their critical thinking skills after completing the course designed for great detectives, and then go on to solve several mysteries such as A Vandal Strikes and The Great Electric Train Robbery.  Students will:
 Compare and contrast viewpoints
 Make predictions and inferences based on evidence
 Use logical thinking to solve problems
 Collect and interpret data

FEBRUARY GIFTED RESOURCE UPDATE:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

– Albert Einstein

In February gifted services will be halted due to administering the CogAT tests to referred students in grades K-2.

Gifted Progress reports will be sent home with report cards.  Services will resume once all testing is completed.

JANUARY GIFTED RESOURCE UPDATE:

Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness. Naomi Wolf

Grade 1- Students will continue to enhance their understanding of algebra as they use letters to represent a quantity and practice finding coin equations.  They will also use problem solving skills and knowledge of math facts to make domino equations.

Grade 2-  Students will use critical thinking skills to solve matrix logic puzzles. We have been practicing how to use the matrix and to understand that in order to reach the correct conclusions, students must use the process of elimination, combine and analyze the information presented, deductive reasoning, inferential thinking, and organize the clues.

Grade 3- We will conclude our Explorers simulation with a letter describing the experiences of visiting the New World.  We will then transition into a Mystery Unit in which students will have fun being detectives and sharpening their thinking skills in the process.

“Develop a passion for learning.  If you do, you will never cease to grow. ”  –Anthony D”Angelo

December Gifted Resource Update:

Grade 1- The students are working hard to complete algebra sea depth 1, and I am so proud of them!  Students will gain confidence in their mathematical abilities by practicing algebraic skills and applying them to problem-solving strategies.  Using algebraic reasoning provides a rich context for advancing mathematical understanding and promotes success in the formalized study of algebra at higher levels.  We will return to algebra after Winter Break.

Grade 2-  We have concluded our Pilgrims simulation, and the students now have a better understanding of everyday struggles that were a part of Plymouth Colony.  This month, students will examine the basic elements of logic through examples and guided practice.  As students become more comfortable with this type of thinking, they can then create their own puzzles- a perfect application of their newly developed skills!

Grade 3- Land Ho! Students will focus on critical thinking and problem solving as they work cooperatively with their team in order to succeed and apply logic skills to solve problems that they encounter in the Explorers simulation. By taking the perspective of a historical character, students will realize that history is much more than just names, places, and dates.  Challenges include sailing from ports of “the old world” to the shores of “the new world,” meeting the natives, and problems with the crew and ship.

November Gifted Resource Update:

Grade 1– First graders will dive into algebra! Students begin by taking a pretest to gauge their understanding of basic algebra. Next, pairs or “Math Mates” examine elementary algebraic concepts to master and move through sea depths. Each Sea Depth (or phase) consists of problem solving lessons and an assessment of that week’s concept. As Math Mates successfully complete their activities, they progress through three levels of accomplishment (Aquatic Investigators, Diving Detectives, and Sea Sleuths), earn “Sand Dollars,” and move closer to their goal—the bottom of the ocean!

Grade 2- In the imaginative simulation, Pilgrims, students assume the roles of early American colonists so they can better understand the trials that the original Pilgrims underwent during the first year at Plymouth Colony. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized as student teams tackle the tasks of crossing the Atlantic, drafting a governing compact for their colony, building houses, planting and harvesting crops, and making peace treaties and trading with the Indians. Each team’s fate depends both upon answering true/false questions about Pilgrim life, and upon the quality of journal entries kept by individual team members. As they move through the simulation, students can compare their progress to that of the original Mayflower settlers.

Grade 3- Land Ho! Students will focus on critical thinking and problem solving as they work cooperatively with their team in order to succeed and apply logic skills to solve problems that they encounter in the Explorers simulation. By taking the perspective of a historical character, students will realize that history is much more than just names, places, and dates.  Challenges include sailing from ports of “the old world” to the shores of “the new world,” meeting the natives, and problems with the crew and ship.

Second grade- STEM winners!

First grade students- STEM Challenge-

Third grade students- STEM Challenge-