•   4th Grade GT Extension
    GT Extension class is an enrichment class for students identified as gifted learners. It is meant to enrich, not replace differentiation in the core subject areas.  Differentiation in the core areas is served by the cluster teacher.  The GT Extension class was created to support the GISD policies and procedures for gifted learners to help GT students excel in research and create excellent products with a STEM focus while challenging their capabilities in learning.

    GT Extension class is project based learning, using integrated thematic units & technology. We begin computer programming/coding as early as 1st grade and use a variety of Robotics while programming. 

    4th Grade:  Engineering (using Lego Simple & Powered Machines with renewable energy), Coding/Programming, Robotics with Dash & Dot, Green Screen Stories/Reporting, Inventions with Shark Tank, All Things Google, & more!
    *All Things Google: Classroom, Slides, Sites, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Drawing, Email, Hangouts, Groups, Maps, Earth, etc.



     Computer Science
    Engineering Unit (Using Lego Simple Machines)
    Engineering Unit:
       During the Spring Semester, students will be working as young scientists, engineers, and designers while they are provided with the settings, tools and tasks that promote design technology, science and mathematics.  We begin our unit with a study on "Grate Misteaks" where students will research several of history's greatest inventions -- only to find out that they were originally considered to be huge mistakes.  Hopefully they will be able to understand that not only are mistakes inevitable and acceptable, but they can also recognize the value of mistakes in the research process. 
       Students will then dive deep into Legos using the "Lego Simple & Powere Machines Kit" where they will build various types of machines and determine how to make them perform in certain ways. They will answer questions about the machines and the process, and share their experiences with the class.