Today Ms. Love surprised students with pumpkins to paint. Our pumpkins were kindly donated by Strawberry Hills, in Columbia.We watched a cute video of “Pete The Cat” who keeps loosing his buttons. He never got sad or mad but looked at the bright side, he had his belly button! Pete was inspiration to paint a face on the pumpkins.
Students also had earned a compliment party by earning all their letters of “Gifted” They were able to use the computers during their free earned time. The remainder of the class we started working on CSFirst and Scratch Designs. This will be a little frustrating and challenging for students. Please keep in mind that frustration is learning and we will be learning from our mistakes with this project.
If you have not sent in your permission slips, please do. I still need parent volunteers for our trip on November 7th.
Have a wonderful day!
Warm up and class discussion:
Write this in your composition book………..>
How does this make you feel?
Can you be the “kind” kid? How?
Give an example.
15 minutes of “free/self-explore time
Finish Everfi and Do reflections on what accomplished on Google Classroom.
Students have received their compliment party! They will have expanded exploratory time and decided to bring treats to class to share or just for themselves. Great job 3rd grade!
We were able to start our login for CSFirst and will begin working on the Scratch program next week. Our Coding unit will now begin.
More information next week. Have a great weekend!
I have a lot to share with everyone! So sorry to bombard you with so many alerts, but TAG has a lot going on!
I am the District 2 GAM Assistant Director. We are hosting a conference for parents and students. It is located in Columbia on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Registration 6:00 pm
Speaker(s) begin at 6:30 pm
Please see the flier attached. We have a professional speaker and games for the kids. I know all my chess players will love to play with other students!
Gifted Association of Missouri
District 2 Mini-Conference
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Registration 6:00 pm
Speaker(s) begin at 6:30 pm
Location: Columbia Independent School,
1801 N Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO
Speakers for parents/guardians
Activities for school-age students
We will have interesting board games such as Chess and much more, set up in several classrooms monitored by our volunteer middle or high school students. School-age children may select a game room to hangout in for 30 minutes and then may switch to another room set up with different board games.
REGISTRATION fee of $5 per person (adult or student) collected at the event.
Questions? Or to RSVP
Ann Seider, GAM District 2 Director
Andrea Love, GAM Assistant Director
I hope to see everyone!
General question for all grades but would primarily apply to my older group of students for the time being.
I have talked to my administrator about this idea and he said that I could get feedback from all of you and then present the idea to the Board.
I would like for my students to be involved in a EF tour to Paris, Greece or Rome. Would you want your student involved in the tour as a 8th grader or 9th grader? Would you as a parent like to be involved? We could start the process and set up the monthly savings/debit plan with EF over the next two years after I present the idea to the Board of Education. First though, I would like parents input on the idea.
Please express your thoughts below or I could do a survey on Google.
November 7th, Field Trip:
For lunch around 10:45-11:15, I have arrangements to eat at Parkade Plaza on the Business Loop in the cafeteria area within the mall downstairs. It is a nice area with vending machines and tables. The Museum is in the old Ellis Cancer Hospital, making our lunch break close by as the Museum and Food Bank do not have a spot for all of us.
Students will bring their sack lunches as planned OR we can order a pizza to have ready in advance OR parents can decide on their own with their student if they would like to order pizza or a sub sandwich on their own within the building. Please keep in mind that we have a short amount of time to eat in our covered shelter area.
If a parent would like to be in charge of ordering a pizza for their TAG class and collect the funds, that would be great. I would assume that $5.00 would feed everyone (two pieces of pizza and a small drink.) (I have a parent who has volunteered to pick the pizza up, would someone like to take care of the money?) They DO NOT have gluten free food, please bring your own food. If you don't want pizza, there is a sub shop within the mall as well. Again, if a parent would like to be in charge of getting subs for the class in advance, that would be great. Please keep in mind that the sub shop and Imo's Pizza has very limited seating and students will need to stay together in the cafeteria area.
The cafeteria area at the Parkade Plaza will keep everyone safe and warm. If parents want to order food in advance from the Sub Shop or Imo's individually, that will work as well.
7:15 AM ARRIVAL AT DAVID BARTON
8:00 AM ARRIVAL AT THE FOOD BANK
10:30 AM LEAVE THE FOOD BANK
10:45 AM ARRIVAL AT PARKADE PLAZA FOR LUNCH
11:35 AM LEAVE PARKADE
11:40 AM ARRIVE AT MU ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM
11:45 AM STUDENTS WILL BE SPLIT INTO 1-3 GRADES AND 4-5
GRADES AND 6TH GRADE FOR TOURS.
1:30 PM BEGIN GATHERING STUDENTS FOR RETURN HOME.
PARENTS MUST SIGN OUT THEIR STUDENT
BEFORE DEPARTURE IF THEY ARE RIDING HOME WITH A PARENT.
2:20-2:40 DROP OFF HCP STUDENTS, DROP OFF LSE
STUDENTS AND DROP OF DB STUDENTS.
STUDENTS WILL GO TO THEIR CLASSROOMS AND
GET READY FOR BUS DEPARTURE.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573.982.9744 or Class Dojo.
Thank you for your help during this fun day!
K-8 Talented & Gifted
Educator and Coordinator
Warm-up: Draw your story from Scratch the best that you can. We will museum share and classmates will give suggestions to your story-line conversation.
Discussion: Students used ideas within their own story-line on Scratch.
Activity: Work on CSFirst directions and apply it towards their design if applicable.
Students work through problems using the CSFirst videos and handbook solutions.
We have been working on CSFirst/Scratch for a couple of weeks now designing a
story-line. Students will continue the block coding of the story-line at this time.
REMINDER OF GRADES:
Students receive a grade for working on their:
(ACTIVITY) CSFirst and Scratch designs. 5 points per day for 25 points a week.
Google Classroom: Writing and reflectiing on the post question(s) and/or discussions,5 points per day for 25 points a week .
Journal Writing: Warm-up writing at the beginning of class in complete sentences reiterating the question in the writing. 5 points per day for 25 points a week
Effort: Staying on task during class-time on the project at hand.
WRITE THIS IS YOUR COMPOSITION BOOK AND REFLECT ON IT.
Write this in your composition book.
How does this make you feel?
Can you be the “nice” kid? How?
Give an example.
Students shared how they can help others feel needed instead of bullying.
Exploratory time followed our discussion. Photos of students on Dojo.
Our activity time today was to understand the world of coding in an "unplugged" fashion. We learned about Algorithms and how sequencing of steps is important when beginning to program a web-page, robots, and design apps. Students designed a program on paper and on the floor for their robot partner. They intentionally made programming mistakes to check if the robot was paying attention. The students had fun creating "unplugged" programming to help them understand coding. I posted videos on Dojo.
At 9:45, Brass band students left for band. I explained to the students that they are missing their TAG time from 9:45-10:30. They are responsible for working on their CSFirst/Scratch design project and reflecting on Google Classroom at home. I was made aware that the entire class will be gone for band practice soon. Please ask your student to work on the project if they are gone from TAG. This will prepare them for next year as TAG will be an elective that students will earn a grade much like the other classes.
Students logged into their CSFirst/Scratch to begin or continue programming their story. CSFirst has started them off with a pre-designed story that they will be instructed to make creative changes. I can see what they are designing on my login an how much coding they are implementing. They learn how to change their "Sprite" (character), move it, have it talk, change the background, and eventually have it repeat steps (looping). This project will frustrate a few. This is an important process to help them learn new information along with challenge them to defeat their perfectionism tendencies. I am here to help them solve the problem if they can't find it on the videos and the problem solving packet I prepared for them.
After working on their CSFirst/Scratch, students were asked to reflect on their work on Google Classroom. I enjoy reading their responses and give them praise for working through the design issues.
Thank you for sharing your student with me and come by this evening for Parent/Teacher conferences if you have time.
Our writing prompt today in TAG as we come into the classroom was: What is your favorite activity that you love to do or something that makes your happy? I love the diversity in their writing! We discussed our field trip that is coming up and that permission slips need to come in soon. Students were able to have their exploratory time for 15 mins before we went into our first activity.
We did an activity about Algorithms. Direct the Flurb (fuzzy ball) to collect his happy snack using arrows. Then we did an activity to control our buddy who is a robot. Directing the robot to move using only arrows is a sequencing action used in coding. Humans must program the robot or computer using sequencing and algorithms. We will do small activities to help us understand the world of sequencing, programming and algorithms.
We only did a couple of simulations on Everfi as they become much too advance for second grade and under. We will be starting on the journey of coding a story on CSFirst/Scratch. We will begin working on Kodable.com and CSFirst/Scratch in small chunks. Students will visit the world of frustration when it comes to Scratch and following the directions within CSFirst. This program will help students understand that listening, reading and following the directions is very important. Some students will want to learn through mistakes and that is fine as well, but to help with their frustration level, it is recommended to follow the simulations to help them learn how to design on Scratch.
Field trip for November 7th. I have received many permission slips and have five parents that have offered to chaperone thus far. I will need a total of 15 parents to attend for the entire group. I have an email coming out about the field trip very soon with information about our lunch time and the trip schedule.
Thanks so much!
Today in TAG we began our morning with exploratory time the first 15 minutes of class. Students enjoyed creating and playing games together during this time. We then began our morning writing and class discussion of the following:
We did an activity about Algorithms. Direct the Flurb (fuzzy ball) to collect his snack using arrows. Then we did an activity to control our buddy who is a robot. Directing the robot to move using only arrows is a sequencing action used in coding. Humans must program the robot or computer using sequencing and algorithms. We will do small activities to help us understand the world of sequencing, programming and algorithms.
Students are getting to the end of their Everfi and will be starting on the journey of coding a story on CSFirst/Scratch. We will begin working on CSFirst/Scratch in small chunks while finishing up the Everfi on Digital Citizenship. Students will visit the world of frustration when it comes to Scratch and following the directions within CSFirst. This program will help students understand that listening, reading and following the directions is very important. Some students will want to learn through mistakes and that is fine as well, but to help with their frustration level, it is recommended to follow the simulations to help them learn how to design on Scratch.
Field trip for November 7th. I have received a couple of permission slips and have five parents that have offered to chaperone. I will need a total of 15 parents to attend for the entire group. I have an email coming out about the field trip very soon with information about our lunch time and the trip schedule
Have a great week and thank you for sharing your students with me.
Today at HCP we came to class and worked on our exploratory time building a diamond shovel for a Mindcraft design. It's exciting to see what students do when you give them time to build whatever they like.
Our writing prompt was: "What makes you happy?" I am happy when I am doing..........
We then worked on a "Flurb" who has a pot of gold that is in danger. We had to help her get to it as quickly as possible before it disappears. We cut out arrows and pasted them in the direction to find the gold. We also had a Flurb who needed our help to become happy with finding the apple, strawberry, banana and pineapple. We succeeded in helping the Flub by using the Algorithm method. This method is a list of steps that you can follow to finish a task.
We then played a game to help Ms. Love get to the chalkboard by giving her specific steps and one instruction at a time. These steps are the part of sequencing that we have been using while working with our robot, Kubo, as well.
Lastly, we reinforced our learning of Algorithms by playing a game on Kodable.com. The levels become harder after programming the fuzz ball to get to their destination.
We had a great day in TAG learning all about the beginning stages of coding. We will see you next Thursday!