Start the school year with a powerful metaphor about what gifts we bring to the world—including an important example about using abilities and talents for academic achievement. Use this social-emotional lesson as a pathway to thinking about gifted learners and achievement or any other important social-emotional understanding. Need a pathway to discuss perfectionism or making friends? How about a way students can learn appropriate ways to express emotions? You can tailor this lesson to fit the needs of your students. It’s “best practices” for teaching GATE whose students often live life thinking through metaphors (Shhh! They just don’t know it yet! We’ll keep this secret to ourselves for now.).
Perhaps you already use my “Precious Gift” lesson which explores giftedness? My students re-visit the topic with this lesson as they return for a second year of gifted and talented programming. We will think critically about ourselves and our abilities through a physical metaphor product—simple and fun to construct, but packed with meaning. Graphic organizers and class discussion lead us through the process. It’s hands-on. It’s thought provoking. It’s fun. What more could we ask?
This lesson provides examples to jump start a discussion about academic achievement and friendship, ready-to-print graphic organizers, a sample metaphor and how to construct it, an optional writing assignment, Common Core references, an extemporaneous speech application, and instructions for simple but effective student presentations.
Class Time—About 3 Hours or More
Level—Best for 3rd through 5th Grades
Includes 5 Ready-to-Print Activity Sheets so You are Ready to Go Tomorrow