For curriculum updates for pull-out groups click the subject below:
Language Arts Enrichment Math Enrichment
For Information about the GIFTED ELIGIBILITY PROCESS for third grade students CLICK HERE
Parents do not need to fill out a referral form for their child to be considered for gifted education services. All third students are automatically considered for eligibility.
Cognitive Abilities Test 2013
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) assesses each child's ability to solve problems in three main categories: 1) verbal (language arts) reasoning, 2) quantitative (mathematical) reasoning, and 3) non-verbal (visual) reasoning. This is not a test that can be "studied for" in any way. It is purposely designed to test skills that are above grade level to help identify students who need differentiated curriculum and instruction beyond the third grade Standards of Learning. Students who score in the 95th percentile and above in any of three categories meet the criteria for the "ability test" component of the gifted identification portfolio in that subject area. Each student must meet expectations in multiple criteria to be made eligible for gifted education services. No single test score can guarantee nor deny a student eligibility for gifted education services.
Cognitive Abilities Test Score Reports
Letters with student scores were sent home in Monday folders on December 2.
Parent Input to Eligibility Process
If your child scored in the 85th percentile or above on any of the CogAT subtests or the 2nd grade CogAT screen test, along with the score report letters was a parent survey for you to provide information about your child that the gifted eligibility committee will review when considering your child for gifted education services. These surveys are due on December 20th. Address envelopes to "Mr. Kendall RE: Eligibility" and return to your child's teacher or turn in to the main office.
Letters Regarding Decisions of the Eligibility Committee
Letters regarding decisions about gifted eligibility will be sent by mail by the end of January or first week of February. The committee will consider Cognitive Abilities Test scores, Cognitive Abilities Screening Test scores (from 2nd grade), teacher observations, gifted education coordinator observations, parent survey information, and examples of student work. No single criteria determines eligibility.
If you have any questions about these tests or the procedures for gifted education identification please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-463-5353 ext 3129).
Third grade math will use a combination of pull-out and regrouping to differentiate math instruction this year.
On Thursdays, "Math in Motion" will occur from 2 - 3 p.m. Students in the entire grade level will be regrouped according to ability so that all students get the math instruction they need at a pace that is appropriate for them. The advanced group will be a group of 18 to 24 students and the students will be engaged in extensions of the skills of the current math unit by attempting unique word problems or other enrichment activities. These activities will frequently be above grade level, so if your child expresses any frustration over the difficulty of the assignments please remind them that they are not expected to get every problem correct. Feel free to contact me with specific concerns.
The groupings will vary from unit to unit best on pretest and unit test performance. Just because students were pulled with me last year does not mean that they will necessarily be pulled this year.
Students will have Techniques of Problem Solving (TOPS) Packets in the classroom so that they can have something challenging to work on if they complete their classroom assignments or a quiz or test early. Students will review those problems with me when we meet in the pull-out groups on Tuesday afternoons.
Selected students are pulled from class once a week, during their normally scheduled math time. These groups will also change periodically from unit to unit depending upon student performance on SOL objectives. The students will be pulled at the following times:
Campagna's & Swisher's classes - Tuesdays 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Rowsey's class - Tuesdays 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Students in the pull-out groups develop problem-solving strategies through the use of multi-step word problems from the Techniques of Problem Solving series (the students refer to these as their ("TOPS Packets") and they can work on these at their own pace whenever they finish math class assignments or morning work early), the Problem Solver 3 series from Creative Publications, and "brain teaser" problems from several math web sites. The students will also play challenging board and computer games and participate in other math enrichment activities that extend grade-level skills.
LINK TO ON-LINE MATH GAMES we sometimes use in class as a "reward" activity when students work well on other problem-solving challenges.
Language Arts Enrichment
Selected students are pulled from class once a week, during their normally scheduled language arts time. The students are pulled at the following times. Mr. Kendall is the discussion leader for all of the groups:
Campagna - Mondays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Swisher - Tuesdays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Rowsey - Fridays 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.