Gifted and Talented (GT)

Sam Polack and Kim Dean
GT Resource Teachers at Rockburn

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Back to School Night Presentation 23-24
September 11th for  1, 2, and 3 - 5:30 in the media center
September 12th for 4, and 5 - 5:30 in the media center

PDF icon RES GT Orientation 2023-2024.pdf

Primary Talent Development, Instructional Seminars, Curriculum-based Extension Units, and 4/5 GT Math classes are among the major activities you will find occurring in the Gifted and Talented Program at Rockburn.


Primary Talent Development [Kindergarten and First Grade]


Primary Talent Development (PTD) exposes all students in kindergarten and first grade to critical thinking behaviors. Through these lessons, the classroom teacher and GT Resource Teacher work together in the development of creative and analytical thinking skills. Each class will be involved with up to 8 lessons during the year.

Kindergarten PTD Lessons for the 23-24 School Year

Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • K Intro Lesson - Brain Growth
  • Analytical Reasoning - See-Think-Wonder
  • Analytical Reasoning - Attributes
  • Analytical Reasoning - Tangrams
  • Analytical Reasoning - Picture Interpretation
  • Creative Reasoning - Doodles
  • Creative Reasoning - Picture Magic
  • Creative Reasoning - Gunniwolf

1st Grade PTD Lessons for the 23-24 School Year

Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
  • 1st Intro Lesson - Developing Perseverance
  • Analytical Reasoning - Observation and Exploration - Zoom In
  • Analytical Reasoning - Analogies
  • Analytical Reasoning - Puzzling Paths
  • Analytical Reasoning - Logic/Reasoning
  • Creative Reasoning -  Creative Circles
  • Creative Reasoning - The Littles
  • Creative Reasoning - Galimoto

Instructional Seminars [Grades 2 through 5]

During  each semester, we will be offering Instructional Seminars for students in grades 2 through 5.  Seminars provide students with an opportunity to learn about a topic of interest outside of their regular classroom environment.  Seminars are not graded; however, they may require students to do some additional work outside of the seminar class. Seminars will be scheduled for a 30-minute block during recess. They will follow the color schedule and may not meet every week. Specific details and links to a google sign-up form will be distributed through the grade level Canvas pages for grades 2 through 5.
Instructional Seminars for the 23-24 School Year
Second Grade: Paper Airplanes [First Semester] Lego Landmarks [Second Semester]
Third Grade: Safe Racers [First Semester] Creative Dramatics [Second Semester]
Fourth Grade: Unheard Perspectives [First Semester - Culminates in February] It's Debatable [Second Semester]
Fifth Grade: Fabulous Factoids [First Semester] Websiters [Second Semester]
Fifth Grade: Memory Book [Students meet about 4 times and are responsible for organizing a collage page for the Memory Book]
Fifth Grade: Live Stream Announcements [Teams of students will be responsible for presenting the Friday Live Stream Annoucements on a rotating basis.]

Curriculum-based Extension Units [Grades 2 through 5]


The Curriculum-based Extension Units (CEU's) are dedicated to expanding and accelerating the curriculum in the content areas of social studies and science.  Students are identified for participation at the beginning of each unit by a committee including the classroom teacher and the enrichment team. Mutiple data points from formal and informal assessments are utilized during the identification process. These groups meet every day during the corresponding social studies or science unit during the content period. The GT teacher is the teacher of record for the content area during that quarter.

Curriculum-based Extension Units for the 23-24 School Year

Second Grade: Exploring Earth [2nd Quarter during science] The Economics of Production [3rd Quarter during social studies]
Third Grade: Weather [2nd Quarter during science] Environmental Literacy [3rd Quarter during social studies]
Fourth Grade: Waves of Communication [2nd Quarter during science] Road to Revolution [3rd Quarter during social studies]
Fifth Grade: We the Students [1st Quarter during social studies] River Watch [4th Quarter during science]


GT Math [Grades 4 and 5]

The GT 4/5 math class provides enrichment combined with acceleration. These students meet every school day during math. Upon successful completion, these students will enter Pre-Algebra GT in the sixth grade and Algebra I GT in the seventh grade.