Gifted and Talented

Chad Morris

Gifted and Talented Specialist

SWAEC/SCSC

chad.morris@swaec.org

(870) 777-3076 ext 121



The following information on Gifted Education, web addresses, and enrichment lessons are for GT teachers, GT Students, and Parents of gifted children to use. Please use as needed and feel free to contact me, Chad Morris at chad.morris@swaec.org if you have any questions or ideas.

GT Announcements


  • SWAEC/SCSC GT Coordinators meeting with Chad Morris - August 26th at 1:00 via Zoom.


  • Registration is Open for the 2022 AAGEA Fall Conference.

The 2022 AAGEA Fall Conference will be held at the Benton Event Center October 6. New Coordinator's Workshop will be the afternoon of October 5. Click on the link below to register for this conference.

members.theaaea.org/event/2022AAGEAconference


  • AGQBA Coaches Meeting - SWAEC- Sept. 12th session #486989

SCSC - Sept. 14th session #487139


  • SWAEC/SCSC - Program App Work days

SWAEC - Thursday Sept. 8th: Session #486876

Tuesday Oct. 11th: Session #486880

SCSC - Friday Sept. 9th: Session #486676

Wednesday Oct. 12th: Session #486682



GT Program Approval Applications are due October 15, 2022

2022-2023 Gifted and Talented Program Approval Application link


DESE Gifted and Talented Information and Resource Links

docs.google.com/document/d/1ru8ozms-fbfCIfI2wDbwiycuWacslbrpOb6u9gfaO60/edit



IMportant dATES FOR SWAEC AND SCSC GT COORDINATORS



Upcoming SWAEC/SCSC Student Competitions


Vlog Competition - December 14th

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Chess

Divisions - Senior High 9th-12th

Junior High 7th-8th

Elementary 5th-6th & 3rd-4th


SCSC Dates - Senior High, Sept. 23rd

Junior High, Sept. 26th

Elementary 5th-6th, Sept. 27th


SWAEC Dates - Senior High, Sept. 29th

Junior High, Nov. 2nd

Elementary 5th-6th, Oct. 3rd

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Superheroes Mixtape Quiz Bowl (Virtual)


Email me to reserve your date and time. I will enter names by the dates that have been taken.

Pick a time slot below on an available date:

  • November 7th:

  • November 8th:

  • November 9th: Camden - Burger AM

  • November 10th:

  • November 11th:Bearden - Raney PM

  • November 14th:Nevada - McAfee AM

  • November 15th:

  • November 16th:Blevins - Rogers 1:10-2:00

  • November 17th: Genoa -Hensley12:30

  • November 18th: Lafayette County -Ward AM



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Rubik’s Cube Competition

Age Divisions: Team - 6th-8th

Team - 9th-12th

Solo - 6th-8th

Solo - 9th-12th

If you have 1st-5th grade students that can solve a cube, they can compete in the 6th-8th grade Team and Solo competitions.


SCSC Date - December 2nd

SWAEC Date - December 5th



Rubik’s Cube Open Invitational

Open to any student in Arkansas

February 28th - SWAEC in Hope


Age Divisions: Team - 6th-8th

Team - 9th-12th

Solo - 6th-8th

Solo - 9th-12th

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Quiz Bowl


Age Divisions: Senior High - 10th-12th

Junior High - 8th-9th

7th grade

Elementary - 3rd,4th,5th,&6th


SCSC Dates Senior High - Jan. 12th

Junior High - Jan. 13th

7th Grade - Jan. 20th


SWAEC Dates Senior High - Jan. 23rd

Junior High - Jan. 25th

7th Grade - Jan 30th


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Star Wars Quiz Bowl (Virtual)


Email me to reserve your date and time. I will enter names by the dates that have been taken.

Pick a time slot below on an available date:

  • April 24th: Lafayette County - Ward

  • April 25th: Nevada - McAfee AM

  • April 26th: Genoa - Hensley 12:30

  • April 27th: Camden- Burger AM

  • April 28th:

  • May 1st:

  • May 2nd:

  • May 3rd:

  • May 4th:


We will announce the winners via zoom on May 4th ( May the fourth be with you )




Eerie Arkansas

A Look at Arkansas History Through Local Legends and Myths.

Student Session

In this session, students will gain a unique perspective of the history, geography, and lifestyle of Arkansas through an in-depth look at a few of our Arkansas legends and myths. Legends and Myths such as the White River Monster and the Crescent Hotel will be analyzed. Mysteries will be discussed and analyzed and multiple theories will be presented as possible explanations for the mysterious phenomenon in our state. Join us virtually, via Zoom, for this very interesting and eerie look at our state.

Email me to reserve your date and time. I will enter names by the dates that have been taken.

Pick a time slot below on an available date:

  • October 4th: Taylor Schools - Ellmore 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th P.M.

  • October 7th:

  • October 11th: Harmony Grove - Harris - 1:10-2:00

  • October 12th: A.M. - Camden- Burger 8:30/ETB - Watson 12:45-1:30 & Maybe 7th-12th at 2:25-3:10

  • October 14th:

  • October 17th: Fouke - Hudson - 9:00-9:50

  • October 18th:Nevada - McAfee AM

  • October 19th: Magnolia - C Smith - 4th grade 10:30-11:30

  • October 20th:Magnolia - C. Smith - 5th 9:00-10:00 also Genoa 3rd and 4th will join with Smith at this time.

  • October 21st:

  • October 24th: Prescott - Rucker, 9:00 -11:00

  • October 25th: Lafayette County - Ward 9:00

  • October 26th: A.M. Smackover - Bailey 9:00 AM 3rd-5th grade/ Blevins - Rogers 1:10-2:00

  • October 28th: Bearden - Raney - 2:00-3:00 4th and 5th grade

  • October 31st: Spring Hill - Curtis, 4th grade 8:30-9:30 and 5th-6th 1:45-2:45




contact me now to sign your students up for this opportunity!!!!

For more information, contact Chad Morris - chad.morris@swaec.org



Helpful AP Links

The Following links are provided by College Board for AP Teachers, Students, and Parents of AP students to help them throughout the 2022/2023 school year.












Attention Parents of Gifted Students

The following websites contain a few ideas of some great enrichment activities that you could do with your child at home.

Rube Goldberg Machine

Have them construct a "Rube Goldberg Machine." If your not sure what that is, check out this link:

boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/159359/how-to-make-a-rube-goldberg-machine/

Smithsonian Virtual Tour

How about a virtual tour. The Smithsonian has a few virtual tours online that cover a wide variety of topics.

www.si.edu/

Old Statehouse Museum

How about taking this time to get them interested in some cool topics that pertain to our state. The Old State House museum has some of the most interesting exhibits that you can view online and I believe they have a virtual tour. Check out their online information:

www.oldstatehouse.com/

Enrichment Lessons

The following lessons are enrichments lessons that can be used with students. Please use as needed and above all, have some fun with these lessons.

The Mystery of The White River Monster

GT Enrichment Lesson


With it’s 2,400 named lakes and 33 different rivers and streams, it's no wonder why we refer to Arkansas as “The Natural State.” Because of our state’s plentiful water sources, we have some of the most amazing ecosystems that support an abundant wildlife population here in Arkansas. From the animals that live in our vast forests to the aquatic species found in our lakes and rivers, our state has some of the most interesting wildlife imaginable. Unfortunately, the people of the town of Newport, would probably disagree with that last statement. They have had a mysterious resident that has made its home in their area of the White River since the late 1800s that the good people of Newport are not too sure about. This elusive creature is better known as the White River Monster. Is there really a monster in the waters of the White River, or is it a case of some aquatic creature that has been misidentified. Let’s take a journey into this Arkansas legend to see if we can formulate our own opinions of what could be in the water there in Newport Arkansas. This enrichment lesson can be used with grade levels ranging from 3rd grade to 12th grade. Click on the links below to make a copy of the lesson plan and the powerpoint. Use as needed.


Lesson Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RnnYSFjz9Cp0LHfpHHoqzichiT4h03klSvuvVjKeQUI/copy

Powerpoint: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iTToVlx5EA69X3nvFaarQdQwunRoIC1QhD3J8j9ZP18/copy





The History of

St. PAtrick's Day

March GT Enrichment Lesson

When we think of St. Patrick’s day, we usually have visions of leprechauns and funny looking green hats. If you really think about it, we do some unusual things when we celebrate this holiday. Believe it or not, there is more to St. Patrick’s day than painting yourself green and pinching those unfortunate people that forgot to put their green on. St. Patrick’s day actually has a pretty interesting history. So, let’s take a dive into St. Patrick’s day and explore what makes this such a special holiday in our country.

This week long differentiated lesson can be modified to be used with Primary and Secondary grades. Click on the links provided below, and then make a copy to access the powerpoint and the google doc that you will need for the lesson. Use as needed.


Click on the link below to access the Lesson plan for this lesson:

docs.google.com/document/d/1uaRHLnJOFKT17ICDfZvqH3T0IPsOqkztz6wVQgC8e7Y/copy


Click on the link below to access the power point presentation for this lesson:

docs.google.com/presentation/d/16_R-Rh3zq_rGDZmpP1wK_uDVAeu-LFqXa4zY6UvNtKg/copy



The history of Rudolph

December GT Enrichment Lesson

By

Chad Morris


You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Well of course we know Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, he’s the most famous reindeer of all! Did you know that Rudolph actually has a pretty interesting story to how he became the most famous reindeer of all? This differentiated lesson can be modified to be used with grades 4-12. Click on the links provided below, and then make a copy to access the powerpoint and the google doc that you will need for the lesson. Use as needed.


Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1E1ghti___OvyUYU2QT6QRgGuw9_3iYs6uxMCcLx4S00/copy


Google Doc: docs.google.com/document/d/1tbua850YTF6IwiCRaSJhwbhmQKnzXuzas7RCDD5X_14/copy



Friday the 13th Enrichment Lesson

November GT Enrichment Lesson

By

Chad Morris

Americans have a tendency to be a little superstitious today, even though we are a country that leads the world in technological advances and medical breakthroughs. Friday the 13th is a day that is related to bad luck. Believe it or not, there is a little history associated with this so called “Bad Luck Day!” Take a journey with us as we explore this mysterious date on our calendar. This differentiated lesson can be modified to be used with grades 4-12. Click on the links provided below, and then make a copy to access powerpoint and the google docs that you will need for the lesson. Use as needed.


Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Q3VT3diiwwqgME6Gho7ak3F0u11xuv7qStTjkYrFRPU/copy


Superstition Recording Sheet: docs.google.com/document/d/10rjEqUq4JE5vlPaR3z4oBOk88zPd4ldY7K1dFjYGuS8/copy


Research Assignment Sheet:docs.google.com/document/d/1-inzWGiXo1ybt7zCi3j_1OJ3gsI6td1FiQN4-FIgGbk/copy

The REal Story of the First Thanksgiving

November GT Enrichment Lesson

By

Chad Morris

When we think of Thanksgiving, we usually have visions of Pilgrims wearing funny looking hats and big family gatherings. But, when it comes to the actual historical account of the “First Thanksgiving,” the traditional story that we have all become accustomed to does not match up exactly with what the Pilgrims went through and endured to give us one of our most celebrated American Holidays. Set sail for this in depth enrichment lesson on the real story of the first Thanksgiving. This lesson can be adapted for use with 5th - 12th grade students. Use as needed and have some fun. There is a powerpoint that goes along with this lesson that you can use as a visual when you are presenting the day by day activities. Click on the links below to make a copy of the lesson plan and the powerpoint. Use as needed.


Lesson Plan: docs.google.com/document/d/1MGbDZbuY52XKc5wqYYJkOmYGX_mspv8_wD0cUPrrmdM/copy


Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jWzvZdrqbXndTjW-FnMBALGd51H7SIfTHXDpN1jG3Tw/copy




The Mystery behind the gurdon light

October GT Enrichment Lesson

Our state has a very rich and important history. But what about the history that pertains to the legends and myths that make the state of Arkansas so unique. The link below is a GT Enrichment Lesson centered around the mystery of the Gurdon Light. This differentiated lesson can be modified to be used with grades 4-12 and includes subjects that range from Arkansas History to Science. Click on the links provided below, and then make a copy to access the lesson and the powerpoint for the lesson. I hope you enjoy this investigation into one of our state's most famous mysteries.

Lesson Plan: docs.google.com/document/d/1z2KtCUFBtG4xMOMYZ32sxyh1ucaRKFJSLfn-JN72WDU/copy

Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1muW1FMLV3iZqlpf2hbeNALatmGo0UQfeG6Zs3vDkc0M/copy

"the legend of sleepy hollow"

October GT Enrichment Lesson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of America’s most beloved Halloween tales. It was written in 1820 by Washington Irving as a part of 34 short story essays that was titled The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon. Irving’s story inspired movies, Halloween Customs, and even a town to change its name. In this enrichment lesson, we will explore some of the history, mysteries, and literature aspects of this famous story. This lesson can be adapted for use with 5th - 12th grade students. Use as needed and have some fun. There is a powerpoint that goes along with this lesson that you can use as a visual when you are presenting the day by day activities. Click on the links below to make a copy of the lesson. Use as needed.

Lesson Plan: docs.google.com/document/d/1o-pf0ux_BevWLhaEW_BElkCaYN9_tm5hz2mUZPHCXUA/copy

Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AGBQ3e9wafnrCQxSzs-R_GghGZ_JqJytu92KiqYpW2Y/copy



Breaking the Cemetery code

October GT Enrichment Lesson

The following activities can be used for enrichment lessons associated with coding and decoding symbols found on cemetery headstones. Lessons could be adapted for grade levels ranging from 3rd grade to 8th grade but are geared more towards Secondary level classes. Click on the links below to make a copy of the lesson. Use as needed.

LessonPlan: docs.google.com/document/d/1KZSWIdimfwa6fOHmD8GWugF-iRa1Q010kQf9gwLRFHY/copy

Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/10ZMg-kYMLE8KENY-4acqCbGj-uOcaP536A_mq30YlL0/copy

Cemetery Code Breaking Form: docs.google.com/document/d/1tNydFH7YVV9YvMLJYwmlYBhTopevX8rUz4jsuO_Vxlo/copy



The Confusion About Christopher Columbus


October GT Enrichment Lesson

The following activities can be used for enrichment lessons associated with Columbus Day or lessons pertaining to Columbus. Lessons could be adapted for grade levels ranging from 3rd grade to 8th grade. Click on the links below to make a copy of the lesson. Use as needed.

Lesson PLan: docs.google.com/document/d/1AUkSTaH1gKutc1_hoBoDy6utPikYPLjNyH8A4j1W2lQ/copy

Powerpoint: docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vZcNg810YQV7e0mbHWacvyRdSG2tfw4OfdmzrWJ-sxs/copy

Arkansas History

An Arkansas Movie Star, the Fouke Monster

One thing that Arkansas has an abundance of is famous people. Our state is famous for producing some of the biggest names in music, politics, literature, military history, cinema, and sports. The list of Arkansas natives includes Mya Angelou, Douglas MacArthur, Johnny Cash, Bill Clinton, Scottie Pippen, John Grisham, and Bear Bryant as well as many others. But there is one famous Arkansan who has graced the silver screen, as well as TV shows and magazine articles. You won’t see him conducting any interviews because he is the king of social distancing. Who is this elusive Arkansas native, well I’m referring to the Fouke Monster of course.

Whether it is truth or myth, the Fouke monster has received national as well as global interest, giving Arkansas one more aspect to its interesting state history. The following enrichment lesson is an interesting look at Arkansas History. Click on the link below to make a copy of the lesson.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fDXrbXY2f0eLA29LWkcUuFJaEsbHMu4VvuXlbd2wB0c/copy





Remembering 9/11

September GT Enrichment Lesson


The following activities can be used for enrichment lessons associated with Patriot’s Day or lessons dealing with remembering 9/11. Lessons could be adapted for grade levels ranging from 3rd grade to 8th grade. Click on the links below to make a copy of the lesson. Use as needed.



Chad Morris

Gifted and Talented Specialist

SWAEC/SCSC

(870)777-3076 ext 121

chad.morris@swaec.org