April Independent Learning Module (ILM) for Gifted and Talented (GATE) Learners

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Eight no-prep activities provide hours of independent learning for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. This April Independent Learning Module includes a 14-page student booklet, answer keys, rubric and an interactive website. Kids engage in meaningful learning experiences on their devices (computer, Chromebook, iPad, etc.) and respond in their packets. It’s a teacher’s (or parent's) dream come true!

I'm focusing on Internet activities this year. Kids everywhere love them (including my fourth graders). Listen to just a few comments:

I know I told you before how impressed I was with your ILMs. I continue to be impressed with the high quality assignments given to my students. I have been using them as an early finisher project for students who finish their writing and reading projects first, but they all love them so much that I have students begging to stay in at recess, at lunch, and at other “self selected” times. They love, love, love these. It definitely gives me a few minutes of peace and quiet, and my students are total engaged with high quality educational material. I cannot begin to thank you enough. Keep making these please! I will keep returning!

Fun projects for my kids who don’t go to RTI. Challenging, but not too much so.

I saw my co-teacher using January and was so amazed. The students loved it and they were engaged and had great conversations. HAD to get February! Can’t wait to see the rest of the year!

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What Is It?
Each Independent Learning Module (ILM) merges digital content with engaging activities. The specially designed website houses texts, presentations, and learning links. It was designed to keep high third grade students, average to high fourth grade students, and all fifth grade students working independently.

For increased Internet safety, all videos have been saved using Safeshare.tv, which eliminates ads.

How Can I Use It?
• Online Fun for All - The April ILM provides eight fun, meaningful lessons. You can use them individually, assign them over the course of the month, enjoy a full day of online learning, or however you’d like!
• I’m Done, Now What? - Let the independent projects provide anchor activities for early finishers or enrichment material for gifted and talented learners.
• Five Minutes Peace (and More!) - Are you behind on grading? Do you need to meet with individual students or small groups? The independent learning module will keep your students busy for hours.
• Sub Plans - For a full day (or two) of sub plans, just leave the ILM! Kids will learn, work independently, and have fun.
• Homeschool (or Learn at Home) – Hey, parents! This is a great way to enhance your homeschool curriculum. It’s also fantastic for kids who go to school but need some extra enrichment at home.

What’s Included?
This month’s module includes activities for eight subjects. Each activity relates to the rainy, blustery weather of April.

Informational Text – The Water Cycle
• ILM Online - Students read an informative paragraph and look at a diagram. An interactive diagram (for advanced students) is linked at the bottom of the page.
• ILM Packet - Students read the paragraph and draw their own diagram. On a second page, they may explore terms from the interactive diagram.
Language – Using Precise Language
• ILM Online – Students view lists of synonyms for wind and blows then consider how many different ways they could say, “The wind blows.”
• ILM Packet – Given specific situations, students select appropriate forms of wind and actions for blow. They then add more words to write sentences that precisely describe the situation. For a little excitement, hold a contest to see which student can create the best sentence for each situation.

Listening – Building a Tetrahedral Kite
• ILM Online – Students read about Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral kite and watch a video on how to build one of their own.
• ILM Packet – As they watch the video, students write and draw to express how the kite is built. (Building an actual kite is optional.)

Literature – Two Poems About Wind
• ILM Online - Students review structural elements of poetry (verse, stanza, rhythm, meter, and rhyme) and figurative language. Then they read two related poems: “The Wind” (Robert Lewis Stevenson) and “Wind” (Amy Lowell).
• ILM Packet - Children analyze each poem’s structure and language. Then they compare and contrast the two poems on a table. If you’d like students to write a compare/contrast essay, you may use the themed stationery provided in the packet.

Math – Analyzing Weather Data
• ILM Online - Students explore weather data for a city near where they live.
• ILM Packet - Students answer questions about which months have the least and most precipitation, heat, and sunlight. Then they determine which month, in their opinion, has the best weather.

Science – Why Does the Wind Blow?
• ILM Online – Students watch a video that explains how wind forms, as well as why some times of year and some cities are windier.
• ILM Packet - Students answer questions related to the video.

Social Studies – World’s Kit Festivals
• ILM Online - A six-minute video gives a run-down of fifteen top kite festivals around the world.
• ILM Packet - Two pages are provided: one for listing places the festivals are held and another for placing them on a map.

Writing – Let’s Go Fly a Kite
• ILM Online – Students study a picture of children flying a kite and imagine a story. Specific strategies for improving narrative writing are provided.
• ILM Packet – Kids write a story about the children in the picture who are flying kites.

What Standards Are Covered?
• Informational Text – understanding informational text and text features
• Language – using precise language
• Listening – paraphrasing an audio-visual presentation
• Literature – analyzing and comparing poetry
• Math – analyzing data
• Science – understanding how areas of high and low pressure cause wind
• Social Studies – identifying locations on a map
• Writing - writing a narrative; improving writing

A new ILM will be published each month. Follow my store to be notified as they are released.

Now Available:
October ILM
November ILM
December ILM
January ILM
February ILM
March ILM

Brenda Kovich

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Total Pages
website + 26
Answer Key
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Month

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April Independent Learning Module (ILM) for Gifted and Tal
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April Independent Learning Module (ILM) for Gifted and Tal
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