the samples do not open in your browser, try reinstalling Adobe Reader. Usually,
this corrects the problem immediately. Thank you! Get
It is so important that
we do not neglect the gifted and advanced children in our classrooms. Often,
because these children catch on to new concepts easily, teachers may leave them
to their own devices rather than doing everything possible to be sure that these
children learn something new each and every day. They are entitled to the same
diligent care that we give our struggling students! With this in mind, I will
add great links to information about gifted children whenever I find one. Click
here for links to gifted information. Be an advocate for your advanced and
gifted students! Challenge them!
... A collection of brainstorming activities designed to be used as
group work. Set a timer and let them at it! These fun activities consist of
word problems, math activities, brain puzzlers, and more.
Beginning Brainstorming Book (Brainstorming
Group Activity Beginning, Sample)
Advanced Brainstorming Book (Brainstorming
Group Activity Advanced, Sample page)
Advanced Brainstorming Book 2 (Brainstorming
Group Activity Advanced, Sample Page 2)
A collection of challenges for students who finish their assignments early.
These can be used as independent challenges or as group challenges.
Sample pages: Thinkers!
Sample 1 Thinkers!
Sample 2 Thinkers!
Ladybug Math Race
Ladybug Math Race ...
Visit here for this fun game!
Other Brainy Ideas...
Many more fun and
challenging ideas are included with a full subscription, including:
Group story writing
Story starter ideas
At home/in class
Solving for literature
Student Contracts ...
Getting students interested in research and writing is always a challenge.
One way that is suggested by leaders in Gifted Education is to offer
students a contract, giving them choices for a particular project. I use a
contract to extend our literature experiences. These contracts can be used
for stories that the students read together as a class or group, or for
stories that you read aloud to them. For example, if the story your class
reads is about an Indian tribe, you would offer a contract that gives the
students three choices for a writing assignment and three choices for a
drawing or other hands-on activity. Examples of writing choices: 1)
Write a paragraph that describes the cultural differences between the Indian
tribe in our story with another Indian tribe of your choice. 2) Write a
paragraph that compares the main character in the story to the character
traits. What are some of the things he/she does to show good character. Examples
of hands-on choices: 1) Draw a picture map of the Indian tribe's
village. 2) Build a totem pole, canoe, etc. from various art materials. I
usually give the students three choices for each and ask them to rank their
choices. I then try to give them at least one of their #1 choices as I group
the students into groups of four to work on these projects together. The
students work together to brainstorm ideas about their writing selections
(all students within the group work on the same projects) and activity
projects, but they must each do a separate writing/activity piece. The
students then present their final projects to the class as a group. When
finished with the presentation, the other students may ask questions. All
literature created contracts will be included in your subscription, as they
become available throughout the year.
For more information about
CONTRACTS, click to
Group Story Writing
Group Story Writing ( Group
Story Writing Sample ) Sometimes something "unique" is needed to get kids to write. Try
this fun lesson...give each student a copy of the group story paper. Ask them to
write only one sentence that fits the story starter at the top of the page.
Then, have them crumple the paper, toss it into a designated area, and then grab
another. Each student will then have to build off the previous writer's
sentence(s). Continue with this until the page is filled. Then, have the
students rewrite the story, using whichever paper for which they wrote the final
sentence. They usually have comments like, "This doesn't make sense,"
or "I don't like this sentence," or "I don't like this
part..." At that point, tell them to take ownership and edit the work. As
an extension, the students can read the final story aloud. There are 15 unique
group story activity papers available on the site!
Creative Problem Solving:
CPS... Read a
picture book to your class, but STOP right after the problem has been introduced
and then ask your students to work in groups to identify what the problem really
is. Set a time limit of about five minutes to decide on just ONE problem, having
everyone within the group agree. After they have identified that one problem,
ask them to now work on what they think a good solution would be for the
problem. Set the criteria...for example, "The only criteria is that you
must use the story characters to solve the problem." Allow them ten to
fifteen minutes to come up with as many unique solutions as possible. When this
part is finished they must choose their three best answers...they can vote on
which to choose, or you can again set some criteria for them. When they have
decided on the three solutions they believe to be best, have them use a rubric
to filter each solution. The solution that gets the highest points using the
rubric is the one the group must choose as their final solution, even if they
don't think it is the best one. Then, they must work together to figure out
possible things that could go wrong, etc. Once they have all of their answers,
ask each group to share their thoughts about the problem and solution. By this
time they are usually very anxious to find out the problem and its solution by
having you read the end of the story.
Research... Why not compact your gifted/advanced students work and allow
them the opportunity to research a topic of interest and then present it to
the class. You might be amazed at what you learn, too! For more information
on compacting, click
to this link.
Several research worksheets available with your subscription.
Tangrams or Pattern
Blocks... Have a supply of these on hand at the back of the room along
with some challenging activities to be used with the Tangrams & Pattern
Blocks. My kids have become masters at recreating the shapes. Many free
resources are available online for use with Tangrams & pattern
Challenge them with an Analogy of the Day. Start out with some easy
ones and add progressively harder ones! There are many books
Red is to apple as
_______________ is to banana.
Front is to back as top is
Four is to square as
_________________ is to triangle.
Elephant is to large as
mouse is to __________
Math Challenge of
the Day... Have a thought provoking math question on hand for those who
finish their work early.
Mindbender of the
Day... I keep five folders labeled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday in the back of the room. Each folder contains a unique
"thinking" question, picture, etc. that the students must solve.
Some of these are similar to the "Thinkers" shown above. Word
search puzzles are always popular, too. Great ideas are available in
many books on critical thinking, available in any teaching store. I like the
book, "Mind Joggers." As students finish their work, they
may take the Mindbender of the Day to challenge their minds! I do not grade
these mindbenders, but I do give the students stamps on their incentive
cards for completing it. To make life easy, you can post the solution to the
previous day's mindbender on a bulletin board so that a student can see if
his answer was correct.
Have you tried any of these ideas?
Write to let us know!
Have great games on
hand for PAT (Preferred Activity Time) Some of our
favorite games (available in most teacher stores or online):
APPLES TO APPLES
site for Set/Quiddler...Online quizzes available here!
More great teacher stuff!
Visit here today for a great list of resources!
Some graphics and backgrounds provided by
© 2005 EducationCreations.com
Copyright © 2005 [EducationCreations]. All rights reserved.
Revised: May 09, 2016