Christina Dacey

(K-8) /Gifted Resource/Expansion Teacher

602-896-6322

christina.dacey@wesdschools.org

Project Potential

Note to Parents

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to 4th graders, Amelia Chandler, Anna Le, Danny Robling, and Vanessa Dreher! Their team project, (DAVA Tracker), was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Exploravision Competition. Exploravision is a national competition with a strong emphasis on STEM, in which students propose solutions to real world problems. For this project the students choose a type of technology to research and project what it would be like in 20 years from now. Their “DAVA Tracker” idea would help parents keep track of their children and warn them if their child was in trouble. Teams from Abraham Lincoln competed against schools from all over the country. Although there were other teams from Abraham Lincoln who also worked together on some amazing projects, the competition was very tough. Team DAVA Tracker was one of the elite teams who placed in the top 10% of the competition. Way to go!

Find out more HERE.

Quarter 3 and 4 Focus

Kindergarten and 1st Grade: PETS

PETS is a program that helps students learn and develop higher level thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Each lesson is introduced and guided by an animal character with unique traits. The students are currently on a chapter in which the character, "Yolanda the Yarnspinner"( a spider) who helps them add more descriptive and colorful words to spice up their writing. This week we are writing poems about a noisy place that contain 3 or more onomatopoeias . (They should know what this word means)


3rd-5th Grade: Top Secret

These grade levels are decoding the secrets in the book. "The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups", and finding out the real reason parents tell children to eat their vegetables, drink milk, and comb their hair. Once the secret code is broken, they will write and illustrate their own chapters to add to the class's version of the book of secrets. This week and next, the groups are finishing and presenting their original stories.

2nd, 6th, and 7th grade:

This week the students will be participating in the The Marshmallow Challenge - a timed STEM engineering activity in which teams compete to build the tallest towers that can balance a marshmallow on the top, using only dried spaghetti, tape, and string.

8th Grade: Historical-Fiction Narrative: Trixie the Troll

The eighth grade students have chosen to write an imaginative narrative about an important period in history, with an added challenge. The piece must contain four historical facts, a historical figure, a time line, a map, and all of the elements of good narrative writing, plus the challenge of incorporating the appearance of the character Trixie the Troll into their story. Presentations this week.

Note to students: Please share your story with all the students in the class and me on Google Drive, and read all other stories and write PQP comments on all other students work.