GT Fair draws 200 to see kids’ creativity
Models of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Stonehenge captured the imagination of visitors at the second annual GT Fair held at Pinon Hills Elementary School last week.
Gifted and talented students in Douglas elementary schools invited friends and family to view projects, said coordinator and GT teacher Bobbie Williams.
The projects were varied and ranged from student-written novels to kids’ models of famous buildings. Many models came from a GT unit on ancient architecture and included the Parthenon in Greece and the Taj Mahal in India.
“Since we teach a lot of creativity,” Williams said, “there were a lot of creative projects that involved stories, puzzles and games.”
Also on display were “artifact boxes.” This is a project that involves students in Douglas schools exchanging items with students in other parts of the country.
For instance, a class in Apple Valley, Minn., sent an artifact box to a class taught by Williams. In the box were objects that helped the students figure out where it came from, as the idea is to research and deduce its origin without knowing the origin of the box.
Students exchange such items as clothing (Western clothes help indicate a western state), pictures of state flags and symbols – birds or flowers – and hints, such as being located near Genoa, the state’s oldest town.
When the children receive their box, they then hit the books – atlases, geographical dictionaries and the like.
At the GT Fair, individual presentations were made by students. Only the best were chosen from the classes taught by the school district’s three GT teachers, Barbara Young, Sandy Weir and Williams. They each teach GT classes at more than one school.
More than 200 students are in the Douglas GT program, and the projects represented units done throughout the year. Some 200 people attended the fair.
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