Overview

The Gifted Program at Estes Elementary

The gifted program at Estes Elementary serves students who have a need for differentiated curriculum.  Formal identification begins in 3rd grade.  There is a nomination period each fall.  Buncombe County uses multiple criteria to determine the degree of need for differentiation.  The criteria include: aptitude (intelligence) testing, achievement testing, teacher observation of typical gifted characteristics, teacher documentation of the need for differentiation, student grades and work samples. 

Formally Identified Gifted Students Grades 3 and 4 (AIG)

·        Cluster Grouping in heterogeneously classrooms(a minimum of five gifted students) placed in a classroom where the teacher has had some training in gifted education.

·        Curriculum differentiation in classrooms  under the advisement of the Gifted Specialist.

·        Gifted reference materials and teaching resources available on loan to K-5 classroom teachers.

·        Enrichment Groups with the Gifted Specialist with curriculum designed for gifted students.  Much of this curriculum focuses on Project and Problem Based Learning which are authentic and relevant learning experiences that nurture creative and critical thinking skills.  Units and activities are all aligned withCommon Core, NC New Essential Standards and Gifted Education Programming Standards

·        Quarterly Progress Reports for students and families detailing work and progress

o   4th Grade project and problem based curriculum includes:

§   Run for Cover! Natural Disasters

§   Let’s Go into Business!: Opening a SmallBusiness in Western NC

§  The Lost Colony: A NC Mystery

§  What’s wrong with the Water? A CloserLook at the Water Quality of the French Broad River as part of the Our World OurFuture unit. 

§  Other parts of our program include activities with Gifted Awareness, Caesar’s English,  Algebra:Hands on Equations and Book Clubs.

 

o   3rd Grade project and problem based curriculum includes:

§   Culinary Adventure USA: People, Geography and Food: What’s the Connection?,

§  America’s Melting Pot: A Closer Look at Ellis Island as part of the People Making a Difference unit

§   Entrepreneurs in our State: What do Natural Resources have to do with Business?

§   Community Gardening; Helping our Local Farmers.  Other parts of our program include Gifted Awareness and Algebra Thinking First Experiences and Book Clubs.

 

ProblemSolvers: Students who show gifted potential in Grades 1 and 2

·        Nominated by teachers and parents as studentswho exhibit gifted characteristics

·        Enrichment Groups with the Gifted Specialist with curriculum designed for gifted students.  Much of this curriculum focuses on Projectand Problem Based Learning which are authentic and relevant learningexperiences that nurture creative and critical thinking skills.  Units and activities are all aligned with Common Core, NC New Essential Standards and Gifted Education Programming Standards

 

·        Grade 1Curriculum includes:

o   Geography Adventure! Let’s Explore Maps,  Landforms and Bodies of Water

o  They Have the Best Ideas! Problem Solving Using Plants and Animals

o   Western North Carolina Celebrates! A CloserLook at Local Celebrations

o  Let’s Help the Earth: Green Ideas Abound

o   Book Clubs.

 

·        Grade 2Curriculum includes:

o   Breathing Easy: Less Pollution, More Fresh Air

o   What on Earth Lives There? : A Study of ourWorld’s Extreme Diversity

o  Invention Convention

o   Let’s Go to Market: 2nd Grade Entrepreneurs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,comments or concerns:

donalyn.small@bcsemail.org

Estes Elementary 654-1795

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