About the Gifted Education Program and Curriculum

Gifted Education Program at Oakley and Bell Elementary Schools and Curriculum 

- Cluster grouping (5 gifted students or more) in classrooms where teachers have gifted edu. local endorsement or Gifted Education license. It is recommended that no more than 60% of the class population be identified as gifted.

  • - Curriculum differentiation by the classroom teachers
  • - Gifted curriculum materials and differentiation resources available for loan to classroom teachers
  • - Gifted students will receive explicit and direct instruction from Specialist in a separate setting (at least 60 min./week and up to 120 min./week) for the purpose of implementing the Gifted Edu. curriculum.
  • - Critical, creative, and logical thinking, and design activities included in the regular gifted ed. enrichment curriculum
  • - 1st-2nd "Problem Solvers" for primary students who show a need for enrichment
  • 1st Grade Problem Solvers = min. 45-60 min. 1 or 2 sessions per week.
  • 2nd Grade Problem Solvers = min. 45-60 min. 1 or 2 sessions per week. 

  • - Specialist may serve students by going into the classroom to co-teach or assist the regular classroom teacher with differentiated/planning instructional units.

  • - Specialist may provide small group instruction to meet the unique needs of gifted students. (enrichment, clubs, technology, STEM, accelerated math, novel studies, research, social-emotional needs, organizational skills, etc.)
  • - Progress reports/student evaluations to parents
  • - Nominations for gifted services, testing, and review of the need for differentiated services for nominated students
  • - Use of online learning classes and platform for 3rd-5th grade students
  • - Emphasis on technology, cooperative group learning, STEM/design

Gifted Education Enrichment Curriculum Map Grades K - 12

Grades 1 – 2 - Problem-Solvers

Students in First and Second Grade will:

  • Make appropriate use of activities which extend manipulation, experimentation, and application.
  • Develop reasoning skills through logic and problem solving activities.
  • Begin to develop a sensitivity to language and an awareness of the functions of words andfigurative expressions as they contribute to the appreciation of good literature.
  • Develop skills of independent, critical and creative thinking skills.

Grades 3 – 8 Gifted Edu. Enrichment

Students in Grades 3 – 8 will continue to build on primary skills, plus:

  • Gain awareness of themselves as individuals who have unique academic and socio-emotional needs.
  • Participate in activities which develop independent, critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Develop independence in identifying and solving meaningful problems.
  • Begin developing mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills which call for authentic application of concepts in non-practiced contexts.
  • Develop their desire and ability to communicate intelligibly and creatively.
  • Develop the ability to think critically about humankind and demonstrate social responsibility in a global community.
  • Develop the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • Monitor one's own understanding and learning needs and demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process.
  • Apply higher level thinking by expanding concepts and skills in the following areas:

Information Literacy

Media Literacy

Technology Literacy

Sources: North Carolina Standard Course of Study; Partnership for 21st Century Skills


General Curriculum for Gifted Education Enrichment

Curriculum and Activities for Grade 3

  • Use digital technology as a tool for research and to communicate information
  • Gifted Awareness - Growth Mindset, Habits of Mind
  • Math reasoning, Logic
  • STEM, building/design lessons and projects SNAP CIRCUITS, etc. 
  • Caesar's English - advanced vocabulary and Latin stems (lessons 1-4)
  • Computer programming and coding - use of web-based programming tools such as scratch.mit.edu
  • NC DPI -  instructional resources in math, ELA, science, and social studies
  • Smart Board and ipad apps - math and ELA enrichment
  • Algebra - first experiences and "Hands On Equations" Level 1

Oakley Math Team - nominated 3rd graders

Curriculum and Activities for Grade 4

  • "Our World, Our Future" - concept based unit on the environment - activities include simulation, novel study, research project, etc.
  • Use digital technology for research and to communicate information - learning platform (Canvas)
  • Caesar's English - advanced vocabulary and Latin stems (lessons 5-12)
  • Computer Programming and Coding - web-based coding tools such as www.tynker.com or Khan Academy (Java Script)
  • STEM and building/design lessons - "Makey-Makey" programming hardware
  • Gifted Awareness - Growth Mindset, Habits of Mind - service project or day
  • Algebra - "Hands On Equations" Level 2
  • NC DPI - AIG instructional resources in math, ELA, science, and social studies
  • ipad apps and Smartboard lessons - math and ELA enrichment and extensions

National Geographic Geography Bee - available for all 4th graders
Oakley Math Team - nominated 4th graders 

Curriculum and Activities for Grade 5

  • "Journeys" - concept based unit on immigration - Discovery Education
  • Use digital technology for research, communicate and present information (Creation of personal websites using Weebly) (Learning platform Canvas) Discovery Education
  • Caesar's English - advanced vocabulary and Latin stems (lessons 13-20)
  • Computer Programming and Coding - use of Khan Academy coding tools (Java Script and beyond) -  Arduino programming hardware, etc. 
  • STEM, building and design projects and lessons - 'Rube Goldberg Machine' build, 'Design and Build a Catapult' project, etc.
  • BREAKOUT.edu - collaborative problem-solving kits
  • Gifted Awareness - Growth Mindset
  • Online class on Financial Literacy 
  • Algebra - "Hands On Equations" Level 3
  • ipda apps and Smartboard lessons for extensions and enrichment
  • NC DPI - AIG Instructional Resources extending and enriching in math, ELA, science, and social studies
  • National Geographic Geography Bee - for all 5th graders
  • STEM Club - after school club for nominated 5th graders

Gifted Education Curriculum for Enrichment Classes (County-wide general concepts)

Each school offers more specific programs/activities/projects

See Mr. Schmidt for a more specific outline

Concept-Based Units for Grades 4-5

In the following concept-based units, teachers and students investigate a concept through a topic. Students will explore generalizations and essential questions throughout the unit. An array of multiple intelligence and problem-solving activities, performance-based tasks, higher order question activities, and research opportunities provide engaging learning experiences. These concept-based units correlate, extend, and enrich the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Our World, Our Future

The Environment

Fourth Grade

Students and teachers investigate the conflicts that occur when man and nature collide while studying environmental problems and exploring solutions to those problems. Overarching essential questions investigate changes in the environment due to conflict, how choices humans make affect the environment, and how interdependence between man and the environment create conflict. Through a variety of different activities, students develop a deep understanding of the concept of conflict within the topic of the environment.


A Study of Immigration

Fifth Grade

In this concept-based study, teachers and students journey into the world of immigration. They study the interpersonal and intrapersonal lives of immigrants spanning the centuries. Students explore selected generalizations and essential questions. An array of activities provide engaging learning experiences for students to develop a deeper understanding of the concept of change and the topic of immigration. Students explore how change affects patterns of interaction among people. They investigate how change is a result of needs and expectations and how it impacts culture.

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