The GT cuties came to class twice this week. They did not attend GT on Tuesday or Wednesday due to the STAAR test. On Monday the 4th graders participated in The Great Paper Airplane Contest. Over the past three weeks they have been working in small groups, or companies, to design and test paper airplanes. On Monday the planes were flown in front of their parents and the 5th grade GT cuties who served as judges. The results are posted below.
Lights! Camera! Action!
The 5th grade GT cuties impressed on every level of The Festival de Eanes movie contest!!! It is with great pride that we share with you the finished products. For more information about contest rules and directions check out the official web site: https://spark.adobe.com/page/T4bqmAOKfF6fy/
Below are the three movies we entered into the district's contest.
During our time together this week the GT cuties have been focused, productive, and all around adorable!
The kindergartners are eagerly learning the basics of being a GT student. We began by learning some of the things GT students do for their Warm Up activity when they first get to the classroom. This week they downloaded a GT app called National Geographic Puzzle Explorer. This app demands the use of strong critical thinking as the student sculpts a puzzle using basic programming commands. We also started learning about and playing checkers. The game is an excellent way to have the students practice problem solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.
Students in 1st grade took the Straw Bridge Building Project to the next level this week. They thoughtfully decided upon at least three ways they will test their bridge when construction is complete. Each student set their own testing goals and recorded them in their Builder's Journal. After each test is completed the students will record the results, make improvements to their bridge, and test it again!
It's all about the puppet show in 2nd grade GT class! The students are enthusiastically working on creating puppets for "Underground Ella." They are using craft items and recyclable from our classroom to turn the characters into working puppets. Each student is working independently to make a few different puppets. Our next mission will be to design and build the puppet theater itself!
The 3rd grade GT cuties really care about each other! During their work time this week they chose to make a very extravagant and heartfelt "Get Well" card for one of their classmates who is out for the week. They worked together flawlessly to design the card and divide up all of the jobs needed to make their idea into reality. What a caring and productive group!
Paper airplanes are sailing all over the classroom during 4th grade GT class! That is due to The Great Paper Airplane Factory Project that the cuties have chosen to do. There are three teams working on designing and constructing paper airplanes for an upcoming contest. The teams can enter their planes into different categories such as: highest flying, longest flight duration, most aerobatic. All of the groups made excellent progress this week!
The 5th grade class was excited to complete the Festival de Eanes Movie Contest last week! We got an update from the contest hosts this week. The next phase is campus based judging. Two movies from each campus will be selected to advance to the finals. All 16 of the finalist movies will be shown at The Alamo Drafthouse on May 23....so cool!!!! We will find out if any of our movies advanced to the finals on April 20. This week the cuties have enjoyed watching the movies that they, and the other groups, made for the contest.
During GT class Thursday your child received their official GT folder. Inside are three important papers:
I am always available to discuss your child's progress in more detail :-). Just email me if you'd like to schedule a conference.
This Week in GT
Every Friday Ms. O updates this page. Check here to find out more details about the learning we did in GT class this week!
GT Class Schedule
Monday - Thursday
8:15-8:55 4th grade
9:05-9:45 5th grade
10:05-10:35 1st grade
11:15-11:45 Kindergarten 12:00-12:45 2nd grade
1:00-1:45 3rd grade
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