Greetings from SCGifted Superheroes at our 2014 conference. Thank you to everyone who joined us in Columbia this week!
Cheraw Intermediate School ALPHA students sharpened their math, reasoning and decision-making skills by participating in a study of stock markets and investing.
Like anything else worthwhile in life, investing takes knowledge, practice, and a pinch of good luck. After looking back into the history of the stock market and studying the causes and effects of the Great Depression, student teams competed in the South Carolina Council on Economic Education’s SC Stock Market Game. The ten week competition is an online simulation of the real stock market. The student teams competed against other teams across the state for the best stock portfolio performance.
The ALPHA students also continued to manage a real stock portfolio with the help of Mr. Larry Haynes of Edward Jones Investments. The stocks were purchased by the ALPHA class in 2004 using money donated from the Harsey Pharmacy. The investment has continued to grow over the years. This unit on the stock market was an active motivating device for teaching the fundamental economic concepts.
On a wet, gloomy day in December, Mrs. Lisa Funderburk’s ALPHA students and 4th graders at Jefferson Elementary School were transported back in time!
The students were greeted at the car rider drop off by a Colonial drum and fife group dressed in Colonial clothing. The students spent the morning traveling in groups to 5 stations. The stations included a quill and ink writing station, hatchet throwing, Indian bead necklace making, Colonial dress up and Colonial games. They even got to shop in the Colonial store and square dance! After lunch our teachers got to fire a real musket and hear a real cannon fired! This was by far the best “field trip” we have ever been on and we didn’t even leave school. Camp Flintlock came to us! Mr. Tim and his crew were GREAT!
The fifth grade ALPHA students in Cheraw, Chesterfield and Ruby participated in a field study of architectural styles found in the Historic District of Cheraw, South Carolina.
The focus for the lessons in this unit on architecture was more historical in nature, pursuing the purpose behind the historical changes in architecture. Cheraw is a small town rich with the architectural heritage of three centuries. Many fine Victorian and Greek Revival buildings are still in evidence in Cheraw.
“More of Sherman’s Army passed through Cheraw than any other town in South Carolina and amazingly, they left the town essentially untouched,” said local historian David Sides.
The walking tour to observe historic homes and buildings in Cheraw’s Historic District was designed to show the students some actual examples of architectural styles and structures presented during their recent study of architecture and to increase the students’ awareness of the importance of historic preservation.
McBee Elementary Alpha students celebrated with an Egyptian feast after the completion of their unit on Ancient Egypt.
Students enjoyed sampling the foods and drinks that were perhaps used during those times in history: grapes, cucumber, honey, dates, yogurt, course grain breads, and grape juice. Students also wore the crowns and cuffs they had created during their study. The crowns represented those worn by a pharaoh to signify his rule over all Egypt after Lower and Upper Egypt were united under the rule of King Menes.
Elementary GT students in Aiken study the laws of motion by designing roller coasters
You've bought your ticket and boarded the rides. Your heart is in your throat, and your stomach is somewhere near your shoes. The only thing separating you from total disaster is a safety harness...but are you really in danger?
Amusement park rides use physics laws to simulate danger, while the rides themselves are typically very safe. How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? In this unit, students have a chance to find out by designing their own rides. Be careful--it has to pass a safety inspection. Students build an amusement park to demonstrate how the laws of physics are at work.
Elementary GT students in many of the Aiken County Public Schools are studying the laws of motion using an inquiry- based, hands-on unit to design roller coasters. Teachers in the GT program have collaborated to design a unit appropriate for the needs of the gifted student. In the unit, students conduct many experiments in order to understand how the laws of motion affect not only their ride but also their everyday lives. They experiment with weightlessness, action/reaction, inertia, Aristotle’s theories, car design, and other physics principles.
As a culminating activity, students design and build a roller coaster based on the laws of motion. Roller coasters are constructed with everything from paper towel rolls and swimming “noodles” to K’nex® kits. In the final learning assessment, students use the laws of motion and other physics principles to explain how the roller coaster works from the beginning of the ride to the end.
Are you ready to ride?
Ellen Meder / Morning News
Lesson plans that integrate multiple concepts across disciplines and seem more like fun craft projects than school work are the norm at Florence School District 1’s Gifted and Talented (GT) program for third- through sixth-graders, called REACH: Reaching Exceptionally Able Children.
Read the full article at SCNow.com.
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