Gifted & Talented

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First Grade: Thinking Big
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OverviewThe purpose of Thinking Big is to immerse students in a series of research-based cognitive behaviors that are foundational to school and, indeed, life success: creativity, logical reasoning, memory, and spatial reasoning. So while the majority of the lessons use mathematical thinking prompts and manipulatives as the stimuli, the focus of the unit is not on math.The lessons that comprise Thinking Big were developed by Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) and are single-day experiences that are designed to instruct students in the behaviors and elicit them without additional prompting. While these lessons are arranged in order of difficulty, they may also serve as “stand-alone” experiences throughout the year that are grouped by cognitive focus. The majority of the lessons use mathematical thinking prompts and manipulatives as the stimuli. While the focus of the unit is not on math, it is rather the thinking and reasoningThe lessons have also been mapped to the relevant gifted behaviors that are taught and observed through the Primary Talent Development (PTD) Program. There are two scoring guides: one that allows the observer to record the names of those students who exhibit a command of the desired cognitive behavior(s); and a REPI-aligned continuum, which allows the observer to note the affective behavior that undergirds a student’s high-level completion of the desired cognitive behavior. This module is meant for all students. The classroom teacher should work with a specialist or special educator to find or develop alternate activities or resources for visually-impaired students, where appropriate.

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Education
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Author:
Amy Tubman
Kindergarten: All About Attributes
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The purpose of the module, All About Attributes, is to encourage students to use communicative and perceptive behaviors to think like a scientist.  The module strengthens observation, description, and sorting skills.  The attribute strategies serve as the foundation for subsequent Grade One and Grade Two Primary Talent Development (PTD) modules. Throughout the lessons, students will manipulate materials, play thinking games, and create products. This module is meant for all students. The classroom teacher should work with a specialist or special educator to find or develop alternate activities or resources for visually impaired students, where appropriate.

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Education
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Author:
Melinda Wilson
PreKindergarten: It Fits!
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The purpose of the module It Fits is to encourage students to use perceptive behaviors to think like a scientist. The module introduces strategies that will be further developed in kindergarten. These strategies include identifying attributes to sort, classify, and make inferences to create analogies on collected observational data about our world. This module is meant for all students.

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Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Amy Tubman
PreKindergarten: Making Sense of Our World
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The purpose of Making Sense of Our World is to encourage students to use communicative behaviors to relate their thinking like scientists. The module introduces strategies that will be further developed in Kindergarten. These strategies include identifying sensory attributes to sort, classify, and compare observational data about our world. This module is meant for all students. The classroom teacher should work with a specialist or special educator to find or develop alternate activities or resources for visually impaired students, where appropriate.

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Life Science
Material Type:
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Author:
Amy Tubman
Second Grade: Tremendous Trees
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The purpose of Tremendous Trees or Tree-mendous Trees, as it is sometimes called, is to encourage students to use inquisitive and creative behavior, to think like a scientist. The module extends the Essential Strategies of Attributes and Questioning that were introduced in Kindergarten and First Grade. Students use questions to approach problems and identify attributes to sort, classify, and make inferences to create analogies on observational data about our world. This module is meant for all students. The classroom teacher should work with a specialist or special educator to find or develop alternate activities or resources for visually impaired students, where appropriate.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Amy Tubman