Snow Day Info
  • Dear Parents of GATE Enrichment students:

    Attached is a creative activity menu that students can do as part of their snow day requirement. Students can do one or two squares for one digital day. This requirement is only for a snow day that would have been a GATE day for your child.

    SSES Mondays, DDES Tuesdays, Moss/Dodson Wed., Beck Thursdays, Taylor Fridays

    Students should download a hard copy, or they can get a copy from the teacher, before our Digital day, or after the student returns. If they cannot return the document, send a picture of the boxes "x"ed out. Students will receive a GATE grade in IC for their participation.

    Lastly, we will be using the Microsoft Teams server for storage, and as a source for conversations. The students will be given an overview of the process for using this service, and invites will be sent to each group of families at each school. I will continue to use my Parent Contact Groups to inform, and use a source for these documents. This is rather confusing, but with the email backup, we should be able to meet the digital day challenge.

    Thank you for the support this year, and please let me know if you have any questions.

    Mark Steinmetz masteinmetz@washoeschools.net GATE  Pull  out teacher

    SSES DDES

    Natchez ES Alice Smith ES

    Taylor ES

     

    Creative Elementary Gifted and Talented snow Day Choice Board:

     

    Directions: Choose 1 or 2 topics from the choice board below. Place an X in that topic box once you completed the topic activity. Bring the completed activity back to school the following day for your GATE class, and hand to your teacher.

     

    1) Play a creative, brainstorming game with another person in your home.

    Choose an object, such as a paper clip, fork, hat, toothbrush...

    Time yourself for one minute and write down everything that you can use the object for, or turn the object into. The person with the most ideas wins.

     

    2) *** ILLUSTRATE   YOUR BEST IDEA

    Write an excerpt about what the idea is, how it works and who the idea may effect, is for.

     

    3) If you have access to a computer and the web, find an article or video that you are interested in learning about.  Read or watch it then explain what, you learned by doing one of these activities:

              Writing a paragraph

              Create a diagram or chart

              Draw an idea for new technology-how does it make life easier?

              Your choice-what can you create or show?

     

    4) CREATE A MATH WORD PROBLEM FOR SOMEON£ IN YOUR FAMILY. HAVE THAT PERSON SOLVE YOUR MATH WORD PROBLEM. 

    OR

    CHALLENGE: CREATE A TWO-STEP WORD PROBLEM FOR SOMEON£ IN YOUR FAMILYTO SOLVE. HAVE THAT PERSON SOLVE TH£  PROBLEM.

     

    5) Find any type of food item in your pantry or fridge. Use the acronym SCAMPER to creatively come up with other ways that the food item can be reimagined.

     

    Example: Skittles  candy

    S- Substitute the gooey inside with milk chocolate.

     

    C- Combine skittles with ice cream.

     

    A-Adapt the skittles package into a heart container far V alentine's   day.

     

    M-Modify the size of the skittles like into big heart shapes.

     

    P-Put to other use skittles by using them in an art piece.

     

    E- Eliminate the hard shell and just have gooey candy.

     

    R- Reverse the candy by having a hard candy in the middle covered with the gooey skittle.

     

    6) Elaboration: Creative thinking that results   in adding to a solution or idea by adding more details, making something more interesting, and magnifying ideas.

    Task: You have been hired to make a room look brighter, but calming and fun to be in. The room already has a bed, lamp stand, lamp and drawers. Illustrate a picture of the room with the given furniture and add details that will make it brighter.

     

    7) Write a short, imaginative story about snow. The story MUST have a lesson that has been learned. Illustrate a scene.

     

    8) Awareness: Being aware means to pay attention to what is going on around you and how you feel inside.

    Choose one of your senses that could be extremely magnified to become a super power. What positive and negative situations could occur with this power? Draw or write the results     OR,,,

    Find something around your house or outside that you could pay attention to. Identify a sense to show how you feel. Write a paragraph to show your feelings, and see example below.

    Item: Water from the faucet Sense: Touch, sight

    The water smoothly, gently, swishes through my fingers. It pounces on the palm of my hand as I move my hand through it. It touches the white, porcelain sink. Then the water slithers into the drain.

     

    9)Perseverance: The creative thinking characteristic of seeing a challenge through to the end. It means to continually try again and again when we fail. Think of a time that you have persevered in something. What were the steps you took to get through so that you ended up becoming successful?

    Task: You have been asked to create a video for children on understanding what it means to persevere. Write out a script or create a story board that shows how you will teach children how to persevere.