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Topic: 5th Grade Activity
Replies: 15   Last Post: Apr 25, 1995 5:26 PM

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Linda Harris

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Re: 5th Grade Activity
Posted: Apr 25, 1995 5:17 PM
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> I was interested in Linda Coutt's use of her activity with the Mobius strip
> with a multi-leveled math group of 4-6th graders. Would any of the other
> activities that have been described as good for gifted students also benefit
> heterogeneous groups of students and at what ages?

The Mobius strip activities described are great with a heterogeneously
grouped class of students at a similar grade level. As she described in
her posting, her group included identified and non-identified students.
The activity was very appropriate for all of those students. However for
the gifted math student this type of activity is not just appropriate it
is essential. For the child who can master an entire grade level
curriculum in weeks or days, activities like this are a requirement to
prevent burnout or shut down. We cannot just give these children more of
what they already know how to do, or the same kind of problems with
longer numbers. We have to give something that is different and will
challenge them to think and use their brain for something besides trying
to imagine what they would rather be doing during math time. These
activities should not be limited to an after school math club, but should
be part of their math curriculum. Whether you should enrich a gifted
math students curriculum with activities like this or accelerate them
into higher level mathematics disciplines is another whole topic for
debate.

Linda Harris





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