(Ferris Learners Indentified as Gifted and Highly Talented)
SHOUT OUT to Liam for inventing and building a “Chloe- Distractionator” during invention week. He invented the toy to give his cat a toy to play with while he watches movies. The invention includes a switch and a drill to make the toy spin.
After studying historic paintings, sculptures and photos, students researched a famous painter of their choice and re-created the painting.
The Girl Holding the Puppy
Salvador Dali Self Portrait
Johannes Vermeer (1665) The Girl with the Pearl Earring
Vincent Van Gogh Self Portrait
Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe
Rene Magritte Man in Bowler Hat
Vig’ee Le Brun (1790)
George Healy (1863) Abraham Lincoln
Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh
Winslow Homer The Whittling Boy
First and Second Grade Work
Students read the book Rapunzel and were asked "How would the story change if Rapunzel had short hair?" I was amazed at the stories they created. The prince would have magic so he can build stairs to climb the tower. If he still could not get in he would bring the Enchantress to the top of the tower and get 48 bears to knock down the tower to let Rapunzel out. He could also use a big trampoline to jump up there to save the princess. They would live happily ever after.
~Cydney 2nd Grade
Caterpillar Shoes (1st Grade)
Students watched the video "Caterpillar Shoes." After the video, students took off their shoes and put them in a circle. Students studied the attributes of each of their shoes. They investigated all sides of the shoe, in and out, up and down, how they fasten, what they are made of, the colors and design. They were then able to sort the shoes into different categories based on their attributes.
Happy Birthday Little Gorilla! (1st Grade)
Students read the book Happy Birthday Little Gorilla. They were then challenged to make a pop up card for little gorilla.
Baby Donald's Day at the Beach (1st Grade)
After the students were shown pictures of different items they were prompted with the question: What if beaches were made of other things? What would they feel like, smell like, look like in certain temperatures? Would it make the beach more fun or less fun? What if instead of sand beaches were filled with.....
Students listed pros and cons and created their own examples of what it would be like with the beach being made up of different items.
What's in a Name?
Students researched their names to learn the meaning. They were challenged to display their name in a creative way that told a story about them. Kaylin chose to show her name with all the things she loves.
A- Her dog
Y- Her phone and a curling iron to curl her hair
L- Her Ukulele
N- Unicorns and working out
My name is Lindsay Orr and I am excited to be your child's gifted and talented coordinatior for the 2020-20201 school year. We will be focusing on S.T.E.M challenges, Logic and Reasoning Activities, Genius Hour, Project Based Learning, and coding activities. I will provide students with an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with their abilities and that emphasize creative problem solving at a depth and complexity to challenge them.
FLIGHT Program Information:
GT students will meet with the GT Specialist one day a week. All homeroom teachers of gifted students are trained and certified to provide differentiated instruction in all core subjects. GT students will have the opportunity to individually explore topics that interest them with the used of PBL, STEAM projects, coding, and individual research investigations.
DEFINITION OF GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS:
The State of Texas and Ferris ISD define a “gifted and talented student” as:
A child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, or excels in a specific academic field.
Texas Education Code 29.121; Ferris ISD Board Policy EHBB (Legal)
The Ferris Independent School District is committed to providing the best possible educational experience for each child. The district recognizes that gifted and talented students are found in all cultures, socioeconomic groups, and environments. Ferris ISD further recognizes that gifted and talented students require an enriched curriculum that reinforces and extends the regular academic program.
Ferris ISD FLIGHT services will serve the needs of those students who demonstrate above average achievement or potential in general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, and creative/ artistic/productive thinking as identified through multiple, specific criteria.
Gifted and talented students do not ordinarily excel to their potential without educational support. These students need the experience of working with and relating to both their chronological age group and their intellectual peer group. They need continued challenges and stimulation, association with others of similar ability, and a differentiated educational program designed to foster motivation, personal adjustment, achievement, and success.
Showing density with lava lamps!
Fourth grade students in the after school robotics club tested their skills coding. What can you make your Finch do??
My robotics crew! Love these kids!
STEM night was a hit!
My husband came to speak to the fifth grade about his career. The students were excited to meet a real scientist. He spoke about how humans can impact ecosystems, which is what the students are learning about in class right now.