Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Gifted Kids

Missouri gifted students have been challenged by the Gifted Association of MO to create a poem including:

1) Personal experiences as a gifted student

2) What they wish people to understand about being gifted
3)  The importance of having gifted education programs in schools and communities

The winners of the competition will be announced at GAM Day at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 24.  I've written my own poem to inspire my students!

My Gifted Kids
By Mrs. Hawkins

I love my gifted kids ALL year.
To my heart I hold them dear.
As their teacher and mom,
I’m a gifted time bomb.
‘Cause they may fall through the cracks, I fear!

I challenge gifted kids ALL week.
Continuous knowledge, they seek.
I wonder and why, and
What’s the Greek letter for PI?
Could I, too, be considered a geek?

I’m surprised by gifted kids all day.
I’m tickled by the things they say.
Like, who made God?
And, your solution is flawed.
They push boundaries in every way.

I’m inspired by gifted kids each hour.
I like to give them the power,
To show compassion
With great passion.
Their leaders, I try to Empower.

I’m intrigued by gifted kids each minute.
It’s challenging at times, I’ll admit.
They make me tense
With their nonsense.
But, I appreciate their literal wit.

I’m with gifted kids each second, and
Could be considered a saint I’d, recon.
They’re misunderstood.
I’d help them all if I could.

Support gifted kids, I beckon!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ready for Space Travel

First and second grade students have been learning about space occupations, rockets, and constellations.  Here are our little astronauts!

Rube Goldberg Machine

I can't wait to see this Rube Goldberg Machine in action!  Great job with the sketch, Jessi and Morgan!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mystery Skype

We've been enjoying Mystery Skype, a global guessing game, with classes all over the world!  Last week 5th and 6th grade students Skyped with students in Jacksonville, Alabama.  This week, 4th grade Skyped with Barcelona, Venezuela!


A student from Venezuela asks us a question.  

Students synergize to eliminate locations.

A student from Venezuela asks us a question.
Students eliminate locations as they ask clues.

Sixth grade students created some great questions to ask our Skype partners.

Students use Google Maps to help narrow down their mystery location.

Students keep track of clues on the board.  

Students from Venezuela ask us questions.

Students synergize to locate their mystery location.

They found their mystery city and school!

Sixth grade students talk with students from Jacksonville, Alabama.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We'll be holding our Parent/Teacher Conferences in an Open House format again this year.  It seemed to work out well last year.  Please stop by and visit me at your convenience during the times below:

Tuesday, Oct. 26 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, Oct. 30 - 3:30pm - 6:30pm

If I'm with someone, please wait outside our room until we are finished.  There will also be literature for you to view on a table outside our classroom.

Thank you, and I hope to see you then!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GAM - Action Alert

Write Governor Nixon
October 18, 2014

GAM needs your action today, to urge Governor Nixon to release the funding ($750,000) for the 2015 Missouri Scholars Academy and Missouri Fine Arts Academy.

The good news is that the Missouri General Assembly (with the leadership of Senator Kurt Schaefer) increased the funding for the Academies to our original funding level of $750,000.  The bad news is that Governor Nixon is not releasing the funding so we can move forward with planning the Academies for 2015.  Without the funding, the Academies will be forced to charge students tuition to attend, and not allow for quality programming/instructors.

Here is a sample letter:

The Honorable Jeremiah "Jay" Nixon
Missouri Governor
State Capitol
Jefferson City, MO  65101

Dear Governor Nixon:

Please release the full funding for the 2015 Missouri Scholars Academy and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. 

The Academy funding is one of the few state programs that help Missouri's gifted students.  Educating our potential high learners should be a priority for Missouri.



Or you can call his office at 573-751-3222


If you have questions, please contact kynaiman@earthlink.net
Kyna Iman
Governmental Consultant
Gifted Association of Missouri

Pen Pals in Kenya

The fifth grade class has been writing to students from Obwororo Academy in Kenya. My students have been learning how different our lives are from theirs. So far they have discussed, environment, war and conflict, poverty, and technology. This week they will be discussing education.  We look forward to learning more about them!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's Your Favorite Pun?

This year's Family Trivia Night theme is "A Night of PUN." Some of my younger students have been asking, "What is a pun?"  

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines pun as:

a humorous way of using a word or phrase so that more than one meaning is suggested

Some examples of puns are:
  1. The delicatessen is sandwiched, if you'll pardon the pun, between two stores.
  1. She's a skillful pilot whose career has—no pun intended—really taken off.
There are many different ways to write puns. A pun can be of two types: Typographic and Visual. Therefore, yes, you can dress in a "Punny" costume for Family Trivia Night!

Typographic is further divided into five categories:

  • Homophonic -They use homophones (similar sounding word pairs) which are not synonymous. Example: Why is it so wet in England? Because many kings and queens have reigned there.

  • Homographic - These kinds of puns are where words are spelled the same (homographs) but have different meanings and sounds. Example: You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish. 

  • Homonymic -These words are both homographs and homophones.  Example: Bank (meaning embankment) and bank (where money is kept).

  • Compound -That contains two or more puns in the same sentence. Example: Where do you find giant snails? On the ends of giants' fingers.

  • Recursive -In this case, the second aspect of the pun relies on the understanding of the first. Example: Infinity is not in finity.

Visual Puns - They are those which use non-phonetic writing.
Example: In 'The Muppet Movie', Kermit and Fozzie are driving. Then Kermit looks at the map and says they need to turn at the fork in the road. At this point, he lowers the map at which point and sees a giant fork in the middle of the road.


It IS Rocket Science!

I'm sure you have all heard the expression, "It's not rocket science."  Well, believe it or not, that's exactly what our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students are learning...ROCKET SCIENCE!  Last week, students tested how the length of a straw rocket can affect the distance it travels.  This week, they will be experimenting with angles and nose cones.

Join us for a night of PUN!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ice Cream Cone Stack

We started the year off with some Instant Challenges...SWEET!  This week, students were challenged to stack as many ice cream cones on a basketball as possible.  They were given string, rubber bands, clothes pins, pipe cleaners, spoons, Dixie cups, and a CD to assist with this task.  The cones could not touch each other or the table.  We have some very creative problem solvers!