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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:   Thursday, 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 
 
K - 2nd Grade - "Who Borrowed Mr. Bear" Mystery Festival by Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) 
 
This highly popular GEMS unit provides exciting and effective learning for all students.  In a effort to discover who borrowed a stuffed animal called "Mr. Bear," student detectives conduct forensic science tests on evidence found at the "crime scene" to help solve this make-believe mystery.  Key science content areas are explored, and the crucial distinction between evidence and inference is emphasized.  Students use a multitude of critical thinking skills and directly experience both real-life applications of science and the joys of scientific investigation.
 
3rd/4th Grade - "The Case of the Missing Millionaire" by Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)
 
This highly popular GEMS unit provides exciting and effective learning for all students.  In a effort to discover which fictional suspect (or suspects) may have committed a "crime" at Felix's beach house, student detectives conduct forensic science tests on evidence found at the "crime scene" to help solve this make-believe mystery.  Key science content areas are explored, and the crucial distinction between evidence and inference is emphasized.  Students use a multitude of critical thinking skills and directly experience both real-life applications of science and the joys of scientific investigation.
 
 
 
  



 
 
  

Classroom Resources

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

Upcoming Assigments, Projects or Events

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