The first unit for the 3rd and 4th grade GT students will be called “Researching Myself.” It will include the students researching their family tree, interviewing family members, and writing about themselves. The unit will also include a presentation at the end. The unit will address affective development, research, and presentation skills and will include many of the GT Standards.
The Unit for September is Class Logos. During this unit, the GT Students will learn about logos and the principles of effective logo design. They will research famous logo designs and then create four different logo designs for our GT class. During the creation process, the students will reference their tips and research. The students will present their logo designs to the class for feedback. Once the students have narrowed their choices down to a top design, the class will vote on the final logo for each GT class. Each class (3rd-4th, 5th, & 6th) will vote on the overall winning design for the Hector 3rd through 6th grade GT Program and the final design will be made into a t-shirt for each GT student in 3rd through 6th grade. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see the designs they come up with!
The October History Unit is called “Trick or Treat History Cemetery.” The students will choose one significant person from History to research. The students will write a 1-2 minute monologue, create a tombstone for their person, dress up as their person, and showcase their talents at the Trick or Treat History Cemetery on October 25th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Hector Elementary Activity Building. We hope all parents will come “trick or treat” with us!
This month we are working on a Tower Unit. We will be conducting some challenges involving marshmallows, spaghetti noodles, and pipe cleaners. The students will use researching skills to find information on the tallest towers in the world and in the United States.
In the month of December, the GT students will be finishing up their tower presentations, and then they will start a Christmas Around the World Unit. During the Christmas Unit, we will learn about how different countries celebrate Christmas, we will create new versions of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and we will be crafty while making Christmas crafts that represent how our chosen country celebrates the season.
This month we are working on an Unsolved Mysteries Unit. Students will chose an Unsolved Mystery to research. They will then write about what they learned and give an opinion on the mystery. The students will then present their findings either by Power Point presentation, poster, skit, or news report!
We are finishing off the month of January with a Snowflake Challenge! The students have learned about snowflakes and how they are formed. They have studied the science behind a snowflake, and they have started coming up with a snowflake design. The design challenges them to create a 6-sided snowflake that is symmetrical and will be able to hang freely.
After researching the history of Valentines Day and the significance of the bow & arrow, the 3rd & 4th graders will work with a partner to create a bow & arrow out of a selection of given materials. Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process for this challenge.
In March & April, students will participate in a Career Unit. This unit will include the personal self-evaluation of students’ strengths and weaknesses. Students will evaluate themselves using the Myers-Briggs Indicator and Holland Code Indicator. Students will understand career definitions and research career cluster groups. They will also evaluate their career options and set personal career goals to help answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
This unit meets several GT standards including: 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.1.3, 5.3.1, 5.3.7, & 5.6.3
Students will be learning about catapults & will build a catapult that will launch a marshmellow peep. The students will compete to see who can launch their peep the farthest distance.