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By Portable Gifted and Talented
The common core wants effective speakers and 21st Century Learners! Here is a template for the one to two minute informative speech in handy notecard-sized cutouts. This document includes public speaking tips and tricks for all ages and ability
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Oral Communication
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Outlines, GATE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
4th Graders through adults find this video and activity fascinating. Let's try it FREE!Maybe your students will ask the same question mine did, "When can we do this again?"Using a short 2 minute video and an accompanying "Visual Inference Guide,"
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Gifted and Talented, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, GATE, Minilessons
FREE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Make a cool top in just about an hour with a few materials! They work great, are fun, and are a good engineering challenge for upper elementary students. Materials • 110 weight or heavier card stock • Construction Paper • Compass or circle
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Physical Science, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, GATE
FREE
5
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
I am always looking for “report cards” for gifted and talented. Here is a rubric for a gifted and talented pull-out talent pool which has served me well. Perhaps it will work for you, too, with some edits here and there?You might also see my free
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, GATE, Rubrics
FREE
3
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Just say YES to the five C’s for gifted learners with CHALLENGES, CHOICES, COMPLEXITY, CONTROL over what and how they learn, and teachers who authentically CARE. Energize all readers with this project choice menu – FREE! Come back for over 200
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Literature Circles
FREE
1
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
It’s the popular smart phone puzzle in a fun, creative challenge for your classroom. It’s fun and easy to create Flow Free puzzles and fun to share and solve them. My 4th and 5th graders designed these puzzles as warm-ups but ended up obsessed for
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, GATE, Games
FREE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Trundle wheels are a simplified version of a surveyor’s wheel. In this basic student edition of the trundle wheel, students roll their own version of trundle wheels across all sorts of things. They work especially well to measure curved surfaces
Subjects:
Applied Math, Geography, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, GATE
FREE
9
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
This is the introductory slide show for my unit, "From Putt-Putt to Pebble Beach: Table Top Mini-Golf."
Subjects:
Math, Science, Physics
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
FREE
5
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Use these guides to explore all things visual—from fine art to historical primary sources, from poetic videos to kids’ cartoons and from public service posters to visual instruction guides. These guides are designed to generate discussion, insight,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Instructional Technology
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, GATE, Minilessons
FREE
1
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Use this slideshow as a blended learning resource to spur critical thinking and analysis about print advertisements. Each slide leads students through a series of questions and teaches various advertising strategies in the process.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Graphic Arts, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, GATE
FREE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Few times in a person’s life do we realize we are living important moments in history. In this lesson designed for the classroom or for distance learning, students choose primary sources which represent important aspects of their understanding of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, GATE
FREE
1
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
I am always looking for “report cards” for gifted and talented. Here is a rubric for an enrichment group in literacy which has served me well. Perhaps it will work for you, too, with some edits here and there?You might also see my free “Gifted
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, GATE, Rubrics
FREE
2
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
I am always looking for specific, student-friendly ways to help students dive into a deeper reading—a more analytical and critical thinking view—of any text. This activity (and discussion) works well in my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade GATE literacy
Subjects:
Reading, Gifted and Talented, Literature
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, GATE
CCSS:
RL.3.3, RL.4.1, RL.4.3, RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.6.1, RL.6.3, RL.7.1, RL.8.1, RL.8.3, RL.9-10.1...
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
I generated this form a couple years ago as a way for students to think critically about non-fiction topics in a non-threatening, brief format. It was developed with reluctant readers and writers in mind. As a gifted and talented resource teacher,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, GATE, Nonfiction Book Study
CCSS:
RI.4.2, RI.5.2, RI.6.2
FREE
1
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
This vocabulary in context activity is an excerpt from my Brave Irene unit for GATE 2nd and 3rd grade. It can be used with any age or any piece of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Keep the dice chart handy and a collection of vocabulary words
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
CCSS:
RL.3.4
FREE
2
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
If you’ve ever thought, “I’d like students to try something other than writing out answers to show what they know . . .” or “We need more energy in this classroom . . .” or “How do I know if they ‘get it’ if they don’t write it out?” THEN THIS
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, For All Subjects, Engineering
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Teacher Manuals, GATE, Professional Development
FREE
1
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
No, no, no . . . you, the teacher, are not writing and performing the jingles. The students are! Although I know that all good teachers know how to perform a song and dance . . . Why ask Students to Write and Perform Jingles? o Jingles serve
Subjects:
Music, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
FREE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Great for sponge activities or to enhance concentration and memorization . . . What follows are a number of activities and games that are loads of fun and all fall under the concentration, observation, and memorization categories. Most of these are
Subjects:
Drama, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
FREE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Free tools to help you reach and teach, engage and motivate Generation Z who is: PragmaticConnectedGlobalEducatedSocialVisualIndependentThese tools will engage critical thinking through visual channels and finally will appeal Generation Z’s love of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, GATE
FREE
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By Portable Gifted and Talented
Can you solve my little picture mystery with only part of it revealed and only five questions before I open the door or window?Openings seems simple, yet it is a powerful activity built through creativity, critical thinking, and metaphors. Just give
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, GATE
FREE
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Let's meet standards by building stuff, through critical thinking, prototypes, and creativity. From poetry to gnomes, wrecking balls to paper football, gliders to land speeders, primary sources to Ferris wheels, come visit the Portable. Have a look . . . stay awhile. We're pretty friendly around here. Watch the portable grow!

MY TEACHING STYLE

An active classroom which combines standards-driven units and hands-on, inquiry-based learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Pikes Peak Association for Gifted Students President. Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Board Member. National Math and Science Initiative Contributing Author, Colorado Boettcher Foundation Scholar and Teacher; Colorado State University Admissions Outstanding Teacher; Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education National Officer; Phi Beta Kappa

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. (with distinction) University of Colorado, Boulder in English Literature; M.A. University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in Curriculum and Instruction; K-12 Gifted and Talented Endorsement; Secondary Language Arts Licensed

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