It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Gifted Enrichment. Most groups have finished their first mini project and have moved on to their first big unit of the year. 1st and 2nd graders have been using their problem solving and innovative thinking skills to create inventions and present their ideas to their peers. First graders will be learning more about engineers and building bridges coming up. Second graders will be thinking about how to improve conditions for Asha the elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo. Some second graders are strengthening their critical thinking skills with a puzzle unit. They have really gotten their brains moving! Third graders have begun an exploration of careers. The first career we are studying is graphic design. They will examine how a graphic designer must use creativity, but also keep in mind the needs of the client when making designs. We studied various logos, have practiced creating some logos for the KooKoo Candy company and will be working in teams on a logo design project for the Richmond Metro Zoo. An important part of our work is learning how to give and receive feedback. We created a feedback anchor chart and practiced how to give specific, kind, and helpful feedback. They did a great job! Fourth graders may be designing a Cider Mill using their super strong math skills or are getting ready to complete a research project on endangered animals and conservation efforts. Fifth graders are exploring how biomimicry can help create products that are more sustainable and meet our needs better. I also have a 5th grade group exploring coding through a unit provided by CS First (Google.) The month sure has flown by and I am looking forward to seeing how all of these next units progress.