Mrs. Barbara Hollish
Primary and Intermediate Schools Gifted Support Teacher
Upper Moreland School District
215-325-1700 ext. 6230

"Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can."

-Carol Tomlinson, author of The Differentiated Classroom

What do we have for Super Star Math Homework?

for the week of January 15th:







Please come prepared each week with your Superstar Math.

Problems are due by Thursday for in-class review Remember- even attempts get star credit!

Please attempt to make corrections on Thursday nights by showing or explaining your work. Simply changing the answer and stating that you misunderstood or made a calculation error is not sufficient evidence to show your rethinking and understanding of the problem. Remember, the best part of making a mistake is what we can learn from it!

Corrections are due Friday for full credit.

Take time to put forth the extra effort that it takes to review your answers and apply new learning!

Remember- The more you use your brain, the more brain you'll have to use!

What was our focus this week in class?



For this past week of January 8th

First Grade:

Second Grade:

This week second graders were introduced to a new text, P.W. Cracker sees the World. They spent some time comparing and contrasting it with our companion text, Our World of Wonders. The kids discussed some facts they already knew about the landmarks in the book and also shared some things they would like to learn. We will continue the reading of this new text next week and also continue to create activities and questions that correspond to the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy on Thinking and Learning based on one of the countries read about in Our World of Wonders. The kids will finish up with the Evaluation and Synthesis levels before creating our ladders.

Third Grade:

Third graders spent time this week reading and responding to text on our growing and changing language. We looked at some dictionary examples of words that have faded from use as well as words that have become relatively new to the English language in the past few years and have talked about the need to periodically update dictionaries. The students have also discussed some new words they think might be necessary to add to current dictionaries to describe new things as our world changes.

Fourth Grade:

Fourth graders are in full swing with their Multiple Intelligence projects. They are working in class and (hopefully) at home on game boards, tri-folds, websites and slide shows to highlight one Multiple intelligence area of their choosing. They have been previewing videos, working to write original poems, investigating different careers that use various intelligences, and scouring websites for information to use in question cards. Our classroom is a busy place! Final MI projects are due January 30th.

Fifth Grade:

Fifth graders should still be working at home to put finishing touches on their personality projects, due on Wednesday. In class, we have been discussing the term irony- verbal, situational and dramatic. We read one of the most famous examples from American literature of dramatic irony- O. Henry's short story, The Gift of the Magi. The students thoroughly enjoyed the clever twists throughout the text and will continue its use to discuss a wonderful writing technique using the Power of 3. The kids will soon wrap up their reading of The Phantom Tollbooth- responses to final chapters are due Tuesday and will then use the text to determine and discuss the differences between a summary and a critique.

"Whether you think you can or think you can't- you are right." -Henry Ford
Announcements, Resources, & Reminders: UM PAGE Gifted Education parent information night
January 18th
7:00 PM

First Grade:

Second Grade:

Third Grade:

Fourth Grade:

Multiple Intelligence Projects due January 30th

Fifth Grade:

Personality Projects due January 17th

Here are a few great websites for all grades to try:

Mensa for Kids


Make Me Genius

Check out these great alternatives to video games from our UM PAGE group's parent support meeting:

Beyond Video Games presentation by Karen Hanssens and Michelle Lutz