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PreKindergarten: It Fits! Published

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

PreKindergarten: Making Sense of Our World Published

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

First Grade: Design Dilemma Published

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The purpose of Design Dilemma is to encourage students to use resourceful and creative behaviors to think like a scientist. Students will demonstrate these behaviors to design and build a suitable structure for a fourth little pig. Although the use of the book The Fourth Little Pig is helpful, the module may be taught without it. 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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

Second Grade: Preservation Problem Solvers Published

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The purpose of Preservation Problem Solvers is to encourage students to use leadership and resourceful behaviors to think like a scientist. This module extends the Essential Strategies of Attributes, Questioning, and Creative Problem Solving that were introduced in Kindergarten and First Grade. 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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

Kindergarten: A Sense of Wonder Published

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The purpose of the module, A Sense of Wonder, is to encourage students to use inquisitive and persistent behaviors as they wonder about their world. The module extends the strategies introduced in prekindergarten. These strategies include using questions to approach problems and identifying attributes to sort, classify, and make inferences. The attribute strategies serve as the foundation for subsequent Grade One and Grade Two Primary Talent Development (PTD) modules. 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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

Kindergarten: All About Attributes Published

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

Second Grade: Tremendous Trees Published

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee

First Grade: Thinking Big Published

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: MSDE Admin, Bruce Riegel, Amy Tubman, Melinda Wilson, Kathleen Hogan, Gwen Lewis, Marcella Brown, Jessica J. Reinhard, Kathleen Gregory, Heidi Strite, Margaret Lee