The support staff at Green Hope makes every effort to assist teachers in differentiating instruction for students. Enrichment opportunities are one way that the AIG department is able to assist. Enrichment is extending grade level subject material, not teaching curriculum from higher grade levels. Mrs. Alberdi and Ms. Drake are working with teachers at every grade level to provide small group enrichment to students throughout the year. Groups will change as needed based on teacher discretion and student interest.
1. Making connections, retelling with elaboration, and summarizing using children's books.
2. Home: After reading a book about various habitats of animal species, students will identify elements of their own homes along with what makes them similar and different than the habitats of animals.
3. A Reading Rebus: After reading the Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo, students will use pictures and words to retell the story through a rebus.
1. The Magic Math Mountain: Counting, Sorting, and Forming related addition and subtraction sentences using manipulatives.
2. Experimenting with Grouping: Students will be challenged to come up with mutliple ways to make 10 by grouping objects. They will then translate their groups into number sentences.
3. Rainbow to Ten: Students will use the rainbow graphic planner and mainpulatives to show all possible groupings to make 10. They will then use that visual to create 11 different addition number sentences that equal 10.
1. American Girls Books Study:
Students are creating dictionaries that help define the culture of their characters era in history. They are also making a “zigzag” time line summarizing each chapter. Finally, they will analyze their main character externally and internally base on actions in the text.
2.Non-fiction Animal Report Enrichment
Students will researching and printing pictures related to an animal.They will be creating a poster and a zig-zag book to share at class presentations.
Panels may be in any order. Cover panel should have the name of the animal, a picture, student name and teacher.
Information should be organized by topic. Our original questions were based on….
Habitat - Where does it live in the world? Country, region, in the ground? In trees? Desert? Wetlands?
Physical characteristics- color variations, size, weight, number of varieties, special adaptations
Life Cycle- Egg or live birth? Gestation? How many does the mother have at one time? Time spent with parent? Lives for how long? Hibernates?
1. Grandma is Here! Students will use information to determine how much three days with Grandma will cost, and they will determine multiple ways to represent a specific amount of money.
2. Algebra is Awesome! ABC Booklet of Addition and Subtraction: Students will create addition and subtraction algebraic word problems using each of the letters of the alphabet as variables. Students are encouraged to use 2-4 digit numbers in their problems and to avoid using numbers that all end in 0.
3. Math Analogies and Logic Puzzles: Students will be exploring several different types of relationships and recognizing shared relationships between paired items. They will also learn how to use deductive and inductive reasoning to find solutions.
4. Tagged: Students will be practicing their understanding of money and multiple ways of combining numbers to get the same totals. They will also be using reasoning and logic to solve puzzles related to money problems.
5. Math Rules!: Students will be earning stars for various level higher-order questions. As always, they are encouraged to show their work.
Third Grade Explorers:
Unit 1: Students were building critical thinking skills working with analogies in shapes and words, grouping items with similarities, creating patterns, and manipulating shapes to create new shapes.
Unit 2: Students are going to be exploring figurative language like simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, idioms, and hyperbole to understand some tools that authors use to enhance visualization.
Unit 3: Fables Re-Motivated
Students will explore the concepts of motivation, and moral to determine how a character's motivation can change his or her actions. They will analyze famous fables, and then rewrite them portraying one character's change in motivation. Students will identify what change the actions have on the moral of the story.
1. Jacob's Ladder: Students will used scaffolding techniques to build in-depth understanding of short biographies working within various levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.
2. Tall Tales: Students will identify the elements of a tall tale after reading two examples. They will then use a graphic organizer to plan a tall tale about themselves using the beginning, middle, and end of their lives as sequential markers in the story. They will use the graphic organizer to help them in drafting a complete Tall Tale of their own.
1. Pinball Whiz Kid: Students will work with 2-D polygons (tangrams) to design a pinball machine that incorporates symmetry, similar and congruent shapes, and creating polygons by combining other polygons.
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2. The Business Plan: Using multiplication and division to create a work schedule for five employees, determine how much money they will be paid, and how much you will still have left as profit.
3. Algebra is Awesome: ABC Booklet of Multiplication and Division: Students will create multiplication and division word problems using each of the letters of the alphabet as variables. They are encouraged to include the variable in various locations of the equation. They are also encouraged to use more challenging numbers (up to three digit numbers) in their problems if they have the background knowledge to do so.
4. The Hunt for Blackbeard's Treasure: Students will be solving many multi-step math problems as they try to beat the family of Blackbeard to his hidden treasue on the coast of North Carolina!
Kids Into Thinking
Groups of parents have been trained in grades K-2 to work with small groups using the Kids into Thinking resources. These resources are meant to be used to enrich the subject matter that is being taught in the classroom. Teachers will work with volunteers to determine the best method for utilizing the program within their classrooms.