Vanessa Collier » Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

I am so excited to begin the Gifted and Talented program at MSI this year! Students will use multiple skills and talents to problem-solve, create, and collaborate as they apply their skills learned from current ELAR, Math, and Science class. My hope is to expand on their current knowledge by applying their skills to innovative projects using technology, STEM kits, and other hands-on activities.
Students completed their research and final product on their future careers. Here is a link to all the final products that were digitally created using Google Tools. There are a few more that were hand drawn or completed on another digital platform that needs to be shared.
Students will next research a decade from the 1900's and organize their facts in a Google Slide. They will embed music and a theme to match their decade. Students will include:
  • Music
  • Fashion
  • Pop culture
  • government -president (s)
  • Inventions
  • World events
  • Price of gas, gallon of milk, dozen eggs, average home cost, average car price
  • Historical events in US
  • Popular tv shows and movies (actors/actresses)
  • Popular phrases
  • Popular food items
  • Other interesting facts
Students researched a future career they want to learn more about. We used to learn more about STEM jobs. Many students expressed interest in other fields different than the ones included in the STEM Works website, so they used other websites. Students had to use their critical thinking skills to navigate information for the purpose of deciphering the relevancy of it for their project. Students completed a Google Form which structured their research process. Students practiced their leadership skills and professionalism as they created relevant interview questions for an expert in their chosen career field, then used Flipgrid to practice their interview skills. The last part of the research project was to create a product that represented their chosen career. 
Students conducted a PBL activity that was connected to the book The Water Princess. Students first predicted, then tested out which materials filtered out dirty water the best. Then they worked cooperatively to build a water filtration system.
The next project students participated in was a forensics unit. Students learned about fingerprinting and participated in a "crime" where they had to practice lifting fingerprints and comparing them to their peers' fingerprints we collected prior to the "crime." Students also collected clues to analyze to solve a mystery/crime on kid-friendly websites. 
Students conducted Candy Cane STEM projects that involved finances and engineering. Students were randomly given a product to create using the candy cane as a functional part. Each item cost a certain amount and students had a $10 budget. They had to work cooperatively with their group to plan out how to create their product and stay under budget.
November Highlights
November is Indigenous Heritage Month. We will incorporate social studies, literacy, and math into Project Based Learning activities. Students will create a Thanksgiving meal and budget using recipe cards, shopping advertisements, and budgeting sheets. We will study literature connected to historically accurate events of the first Thanksgiving, along with Native American Folktales that ties into their ELAR classrooms. We will create art pieces to support the literature pieces as well. Every week, my goal is to extend what students are learning in class and provide them opportunities to show their knowledge in creative ways.
October Highlights
The students had a blast with many engaging and innovative activities during the month of October! Students created a Google Slide to expand their knowledge on text and graphic features using Informational Texts over energy and electrical circuits. Then they designed and tested their own circuits, which they documented with pictures they added to their Google Slide. We read Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea to learn about Bangladesh real life problem-solving skills by designing, creating, and testing a solar oven to cook s'mores. We ended October with testing the solar ovens, observing a chemical reaction using an acid and a base (vinegar and baking soda), and discussing other examples of chemical reactions.
September Stop-Motion