Applications to a Gifted Education
Program in an Elementary School
FIRE ECOLOGY
WORKSHOP 2013
Michele Thelen
Gifted Educat...
Overview
My Story
How Did Content Fit In?
Scientific Method
Dichotomous Key Lesson
Archaeology Lesson Ideas
My Story
• Gifted Ed in
Elementary School
• 80 students, grades
K-6
• Cluster Model
• 4-Day Compacted
Curriculum
• Enhance...
Where did it
“fit in”?
• Alignment to
classroom teacher
units
 Scientific Method
 Plant Ecology
 Archaeology
 Weather
...
Scientific Method
• Presented to grades
3-6
• Used format for all
science experiments
& activities
• Common
language/commo...
Understanding
Using
Creating
DICHOTOMOUS KEYS
(Lesson plan included in binder)
Productive
Group Work
 Teacher models
“thinking”
 Students
collaborate
 Frequent pause &
check for
understanding
Where to begin?
 Activating prior
knowledge
 2nd graders & plant
ecology background
knowledge of desert
plants & animals...
Dichotomous Keys
Resources
Provide the background knowledge for future units (older grades)
Lesson built on previous les...
Lesson Overview
 Activated prior
knowledge
 Whole group
activity: creating
class shoe dicot key
 Partner work: candy
di...
4th grade unit
ARCHAEOLOGY
Activate Prior
Knowledge
• Review what
classroom teacher
had taught
• Create a starting
point based on
knowledge that was
...
Introduction to
Archaeology
• Introduce concept of
“context”
• Summarize story for
students
• Show some of the
illustratio...
Wupatki National
Monument
Great lessons available
from National Park
Service at:
Wupatki National
Monument Teacher
Resourc...
Walnut Canyon
National Monument
More hands-on,
interactive lessons
found at:
Walnut Canyon Teacher
Resources
Tree Ring Act...
Questions???
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  1. 1. Applications to a Gifted Education Program in an Elementary School FIRE ECOLOGY WORKSHOP 2013 Michele Thelen Gifted Education June 2014
  2. 2. Overview My Story How Did Content Fit In? Scientific Method Dichotomous Key Lesson Archaeology Lesson Ideas
  3. 3. My Story • Gifted Ed in Elementary School • 80 students, grades K-6 • Cluster Model • 4-Day Compacted Curriculum • Enhance, Enrich Accelerate  CCSS  Gifted Standards  Science  Social Studies  Technology  Social-Emotional
  4. 4. Where did it “fit in”? • Alignment to classroom teacher units  Scientific Method  Plant Ecology  Archaeology  Weather • Collaboration with gifted-cluster teachers • Resources  Career Day
  5. 5. Scientific Method • Presented to grades 3-6 • Used format for all science experiments & activities • Common language/common concepts • Aligned to SARSEF (Southern Arizona Regional Science & Engineering Fair)
  6. 6. Understanding Using Creating DICHOTOMOUS KEYS (Lesson plan included in binder)
  7. 7. Productive Group Work  Teacher models “thinking”  Students collaborate  Frequent pause & check for understanding
  8. 8. Where to begin?  Activating prior knowledge  2nd graders & plant ecology background knowledge of desert plants & animals  Extension for 3rd & 4th graders  Think like a scientist  Work like a scientist *Meet with students weekly
  9. 9. Dichotomous Keys Resources Provide the background knowledge for future units (older grades) Lesson built on previous lessons using dicot keys Resources available at www.thelenlearningteam.wikispaces.com/forest+fire+ecology
  10. 10. Lesson Overview  Activated prior knowledge  Whole group activity: creating class shoe dicot key  Partner work: candy dicot key  Fine arts extension: shoe art
  11. 11. 4th grade unit ARCHAEOLOGY
  12. 12. Activate Prior Knowledge • Review what classroom teacher had taught • Create a starting point based on knowledge that was retained from class unit that was previously taught  What is an archaeologist?  What do they do?  What are their tools?  How do they “know” about ancient cultures?
  13. 13. Introduction to Archaeology • Introduce concept of “context” • Summarize story for students • Show some of the illustrations • Conversations on how those that found the artifacts made deductions about them • Students select common household object and brainstorm “alternate” uses for item • Illustrate in black & white, give new name to object, & write up “description” to what it was used for
  14. 14. Wupatki National Monument Great lessons available from National Park Service at: Wupatki National Monument Teacher Resources
  15. 15. Walnut Canyon National Monument More hands-on, interactive lessons found at: Walnut Canyon Teacher Resources Tree Ring Activity Walnut Canyon Web Quest
  16. 16. Questions???
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