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ERIC Number: ED497232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-20
Pages: 136
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-9-781-4129-5198-2
Identifying and Enhancing the Strengths of Gifted Learners, K-8: Easy-to-Use Activities and Lessons
Maccagnano, Ann Marie
Corwin Press
Educators can identify children's strengths early on and gain insight into each student's unique abilities by using the numerous ideas and informal assessments in this exciting guide. Gifted and talented specialist Ann Maccagnano offers K-8 teachers challenging activities and engaging lessons to develop and nurture gifted learners' talents. Organized by skills, each chapter begins with analysis activities to immediately and informally assess students' current skill development. Enhancement activities then extend and enrich the content of the everyday curriculum. Teachers can select and implement any number of appropriate learning experiences to improve students' skills in: (1) Reading, writing, and oral communication; (2) Creative and critical thinking; (3) Interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence; and (4) Mathematics and visual/spatial awareness. Following Acknowledgments and About the Author, the book is divided into 8 chapters: (1) Developing and Nurturing Gifted Students' Strengths (The Challenge of Challenging Curriculum; What This Book Offers; How the Book Is Organized; Using Analysis Activities; What to Do After Areas of Strength Are Identified); (2) Language Arts (Analysis Activities; Enhancing Reading and Writing Skills; Enhancing Oral Communication Skills); (3) Creative Thinking (Analysis Activities; Enhancing Creative-Thinking Skills); (4) Critical Thinking (Analysis Activities; Enhancing Critical-Thinking Skills); (5) Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Intelligence (Interpersonal Analysis Activities; Enhancing Interpersonal Skills; Intrapersonal Analysis Activities; Enhancing Intrapersonal Skills); (6) Mathematics (Analysis Activities; Enhancing Mathematical Skills); (7) Visual/Spatial Awareness (Analysis Activities; Enhancing Visual/Spatial Skills); and (8) Cross-Curricular Projects (Design Your Own Dream Room; Create a Company and an Advertisement; Design a WebQuest; Create a Slideshow Presentation; Independent Study; Create Interactive Computer Games Using Hyperlinks; Design a Piece of Artwork; All About Me Project; Create a Database; Design a Travel Brochure; Create a Squiggle Drawing; Hero Unit; The Radio Show; My Creative State). The 8 chapters are followed by a Conclusion, References and Additional Reading.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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