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  • Adventures in Service Learning

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 8/24/2020

    Our GATE 3rd and 4th graders are currently working on their service-learning projects. For the unit, our 3rd and 4th graders conducted a needs assessment. Students researched kindergartners, developed questions and studied the classroom environment. We analyzed data and made decisions about how we could address kindergarten needs with our gifts and talents.

    Our students decided they could make academic activities for kindergarten students. We immediately rolled up our sleeves and got to work! We researched primary-level activities, kindergarten learning standards, and kindergarten characteristics. We are designing and creating games with a focus on a certain skill, theme, and type of activity. We are drafting, editing, and publishing our game directions. We will play and practice presenting with our peers.

    Lastly, we will deliver our academic games to kindergarten students! The GATE students will model the activities, play with the kindergartners, and present them with the gift of keeping the games at the end of our session. 

    Sure, we are making these games to help the kindergarten students learn the necessary skills, but the lessons we are learning through this unit are priceless. This very challenging project is helping us practice research skills, technology skills, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, persistence, presentation skills, and resilience. We're so excited to get going with our ideas!

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  • Adventures in Architecture

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 8/24/2020

    Our GATE 5th and 6th-grade students have recently embarked on an adventure with architecture! Students are studying a variety of architectural styles. They will soon be planning a master community, deciding which styles best lend themselves to specific community structures. 

    Students will develop their technology skills by using a variety of online architecture tools similar to the auto CAD software tools, professional architects, designers, and builders use in the workplace. Individuals will have a choice to use recycled materials for their 3-D city and buildings or software to create renderings, blueprints, and floor plans of their community structures. Individuals will also document their project with a recording device and software.

    We look forward to sharing their style of design and method of construction of buildings and other physical features with their parents and community members in the near future.

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  • We're Learning Mandarin

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 2/6/2019
    Our GATE students love a challenge! 3rd and 4th grade gifted students are learning Mandarin Chinese. There are many reasons for students to learn Mandarin. First, those who master the language will have unique future opportunities. Additionally, learning the tonal language stimulates brain development. A third reason, and perhaps our favorite, is the challenge. The students are learning that struggle is good. They are learning that if they persist and practice a variety of strategies they can overcome the struggle. They are learning that success on the other side of struggle feels incredible! Hen hao, GATE students! Hen hao! 
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  • New Year, New Adventures

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 1/9/2019

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    January signals a fresh start for many. At GATE we celebrated this fresh start in many ways: 

    New Students

    For our spring semester we welcomed many new students to our program. Our returning students became natural mentors, offering support, answering questions, giuding through procedures. We're so thrilled for the opportunity to help more students develop their gifts and talents! 

    New Big Idea Units

    Our 3rd and 4th graders started a fresh Big Idea Unit: Service Learning. We'll be partnering with our Barcelona Kindergarten for this unit. We'll be conducting a needs assessment, analyzing our observation information, and determining a way to use our skills to help the Kindergarten students and teachers. We're so excited about this new adventure, and we'll keep you posted on our process!

    Our 5th and 6th graders started their Architecture Big Idea Unit. We'll be researching a variety of architectural styles, planning a community, and designing structures for that community. Students are learning Google SketchUp, a professional autoCAD software program for creating renderings and floor plans. Ultimately, our groups will create a model community and displays of their autoCAD work and research. What a MASTER plan! 

    New Opportunities 

    Our 3rd and 4th grade students are new studying Mandarin Chinese. We've learned that learning this language can open new opportunities AND help us develop our brain function. As we learn new vocabulary and phrases, we'll also study the geography and culture of China. If you see one of our students, be sure to say, "Ni hao!"

    Our 5th and 6th graders are embarking on website development. We've been studying HTML through code.org, and we're eager to put our skills to the test! Stay tuned for fresh, innovative web resources from this GATE crew! 

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  • GATE STEM Roadshow

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 11/6/2018

    We're so proud of our 5th and 6th grade GATE students! They recently traveled to younger classrooms to host STEM activities. This project took a lot of interdependence, flexible thinking, and persistence! Students formed teams to select STEM activities, plan the sessions, organize materials, and create Google Slides presentations. Students took responsible risks and got out of their comfort zones to speak in front of an audience and lead their activities. 

    We're grateful to Madrid Elementary School for hosting our Thursday crew and to Barcelona Elementary School for hosting our Friday crew. We made some memories together! 

    GATE students present STEM activity.  GATE students present STEM activities.  GATE students present STEM activities.  GATE students present STEM activities.  GATE students present STEM activities.  GATE students present STEM activities.  GATE students present STEM activities.  GATE students present STEM activities.

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  • Airplane Algorithms

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 10/17/2018

    Who knew there was so much critical thinking with making paper airplanes? Our 3rd and 4th graders recenlty practiced creating and following algorithms. They created their own airplane algorithm by sequencing steps. They then exchanged papers with a classmate and followed that algorithm. Students practiced debugging algorithms that had bugs in them. Of course, the big fun came with testing our creations! 

    As an added challenge, students were encouraged to create an alorithm for a differenty style of paper airplane. We'll see what our brilliant minds develop!


    Student prepares steps for algorithm.   Students follow an algorithm to fold a paper airplane.  Students test their creations.

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  • Questioning and Posing Problems

    Posted by Melody Hodges on 10/3/2018

    Have you ever had to organize an event? If you have, you know there is a LOT that goes into it. We love our roadshow and talent showcase units, because they facilitate so much learning and growth. We’re developing our verbal and written communication skills, collaboration, technology, critical thinking, and creativity. Most of all we're develoing our problem-solving skills. 

    One of the greatest skills we can learn is to question. During these units, students have practiced questioning and posing problems to define their tasks. By questioning a variety of elements invoved with life's challenges, we can get a deeper understanding of the issues and make better decisions about how to deal with them. By predicting potential problems, we can prepare for them and build a larger capacity for success. 

    Our students are learning that questions are smart! 

    Habits of Mind: Questioning and Posing Problems

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