The Importance of a Challenge
There are usually one or two…and sometimes a whole cluster! I love the GT kids. We need to remember to make special considerations with them in the science classroom. While the GT student may be a “teacher’s helper” at times and lead their groups, it is important that they have their needs met, too. Helping others is wonderful and a great skill, but it’s just not enough to accept that they already know everything about the states of matter, let them make their 100, and call it a day.
We need to make sure they are challenged, especially since pull-out GT classes are being cut in many places.
One of the best ways we can challenge them is during science station work. If you’ve ever read my blog before, you know I love science stations and use them all the time. While the teacher works with small groups and other students complete stations, your GT kids can complete independent or partner work.
6 Ideas and Examples
Here are 6 ideas! I’ll use the example of a unit on erosion. It’s great to give students choices on this.
Research Project: Students select an area of interest with how erosion has changed a particular local region. They decide what they want to learn about and report back.
Engineering Project: Students design a device that will stop water erosion on the playground.
Technology: Students use an app or the computer to create a movie of weathering, erosion, and deposition.
Experiment: Students pose a question, then develop a way to test their question.
Lesson Design: Students design and teach a lesson to younger students or the class about erosion.
Problem Solving Task: Come up with a situation in which students would need to solve a problem that is occurring due to erosion. Students pose possible solutions to the problem and weigh the benefits and drawbacks.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to challenge your Gifted and Talented students!
Printable Science Challenges
Looking for a printable ready-to-use set of projects for your gifted students and high-acheivers? Look no further!
See it on TpT!