Suzanne Valenta
Technology, Gifted & Talented
Elementary UIL Coordinator
Sunnyvale Elementary School
Phone:  972-226-7601

What's Happening

 Technology Integration:
This year I will be helping teachers integrate technology into the core curriculum. The students will be exposed to websites, apps, and innovative devices to help them create, produce, problem solve and collaborate with each other.  Students and teachers will be using iPads, laptops, projectors, document cameras, and Smartboards regularly in the classroom. 
What are we learning in GT?
GT Pullouts Begin Monday, September 12:
1st Grade:   Friday, 1:15-3:15
2nd Grade:  Monday, 9:30-11:30  
3rd Grade:  Thursday, 9:30-11:30
4th Grade:  Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 
1st Grade - Tree Homes by Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) 
Children enter the fascinating habitats of trees to meet bears, owls, raccoons, and other animals.  Observing real trees, drams and role play, and building a tree out of cardboard boxes provide exciting ways for young students to learn basic life science , mathematics, and physical science concepts.  These positive early experiences build knowledge, confidence, and important language skills as young children "branch out" to further explore the natural world. 
2nd Grade - Treasure Boxes by Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS
From postage stamps to bottle caps, a child's precious collections are natural starting points for guided exploration and mathematics activities, and can galvanize discussion of environmental concepts.  In this engaging, innovative series of mathematics activities, children create personal collections of recycled, "found," and inexpensive objects and investigate their properties, calling many important science and math skills into play.
3rd/4th Grade - Investigating Artifacts by Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)
There is both great beauty and great math-and-science learning in this sensitive and exciting unit. This unit presents intriguing activities related to anthropology, archaeology, and diverse Native American and world cultures.  Students are actively introduced to ways archaeologists and anthropologists investigate the past as they excavate tabletop archeological sites, classify artifacts, an make inferences about their possible use.  Students are immediately involved, hands-and-minds-on, as they sort and classify material objects found on a walk, then make masks from those materials. This highly interdisciplinary unit weaves together science, mathematics, archaeology, anthropology, art, language arts, and social science.  


Classroom Resources

Take some time this week to get familiar with the following sites.
Username: sunnyvale
Password: bookflix
Username: sunnyvaleelem
Password: books
Feel free to also explore and learn on Brain Pop Jr. 
Brain Pop Jr.: 
Username: sunnyvalebp
Password: brainpop

Upcoming Assigments, Projects or Events