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Teaching Gifted and Talented Students
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Lesson Plans for Gifted and Talented Students
Classroom Resources for Gifted/Talented & Enrichment
Units for grades K-6 from the NYC Department of Education.

Nigeria: A Case Study
A 3rd-grade unit from the above resource.

Mrs. Seagrave's Quest Class and Thematic Units
Information, weekly activities, online activities, and units from this long-time teacher of elementary gifted and talented students.

Ancient Egypt Thematic Unit
One of the 13 instructional units from the above site.

MENSA for Kids
An excellent resource. See their lesson plans.


The Power of Invention
Lesson plans for gifted and talented students from MENSA for Kids.


I Need a Hero
A high school lesson plan from MENSA for Kids.

"I'm Done Now, What Can I Do?"
A 4th grade social studies unit from Core Knowledge in which students develop skills to become self-directed learners. See also Not Just for Gods and Goddesses for a 2nd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Tiered Instruction
Sample lesson plans and other resources to "support differentiated instruction."

A Different Place
Materials and links for differentiating instruction for high-ability and gifted students.

Fact or Fiction: Learning About Worms Using Diary of a Worm
Though this K-2 lesson plan from Read/Write/Think isn't only for GT students, it requires the use of higher-level thinking skills.    

Creativity and Butterflies
A lesson plan for grades 2-5 designed to "
use the basic objectives of creativity, to provide for the basic needs of gifted children . . ."

Talented and Gifted Process
Two lesson plans for elementary gifted students involving online research regarding astronomy.

Aztec Mythology
A unit for fourth and fifth-grade students in the talented and gifted program.

The Anti-Slavery Movement
A lesson plan from Lincoln/Net. Scroll down to the "Notes for the Instructor" for information on adapting the lesson to higher-functioning students.

Hometown Children and the Depression
A lesson plan from the New Deal Network Classroom that is suitable for gifted or advanced-placement students at middle school or high school level. See also A Comparison with Children in Modern Times.  

To Be or Not to Be
A high school lesson plan from the Holocaust Teacher Resource Center in which students read, analyze, discuss, and write about the poem "To the Little Polish Boy Standing with His Arms Up."

Picture This in Your Community
An interview project for grades 3-4 gifted.

Similarities and Differences Between the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War
A lesson plan for 5th-graders or 4th-grade students who are high achievers.

Science Fiction and the Future
A unit designed to be used in conjunction with the future studies that are a part of the curriculum for seventh grade Talented and Gifted students .   

Worth a Thousand Words: The Photography Essay
A project for grades 7-8 gifted students.

Economics: Market surveys
A lesson plan for academically-gifted 4th/5th-grade-students from Learn NC.

Story Shackles: Linking Students to Written Text
This middle-grade esson from Learn NC is not specifically for gifted students, but looks like an excellent way to teach students to read text critically.


Interior Design and Housing Makeover Project
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 that includes extensions for gifted students.

Advanced Placement U.S. History Lessons
Many lesson plans from EDSITEment.


AP English Language and Composition Home Page
Scroll down the page to find lesson plans and teaching strategies. See other similar pages for a variety of subjects.

Beyond the Book Report
A list of ideas from a middle-grade of gifted students.


Early Finishers
Not a lesson plan, but rather a list of five ideas for students who finish their work very quickly. See also Smart and Bored.  

Teaching Children Philosophy
A website designed to help adults "conduct philosophical discussions" with elementary-grade children.

Rubric for Higher Order Thinking
Uses Bloom's Cognitive levels.


Free Online High School Courses & Curriculum Materials
From Hoagie's Gifted Education Page.

Emergency Substitute Plans for Gifted Classrooms
From Suite 101.

The Marshmallow Challenge
An activity designed to promote "
collaboration, innovation and creativity."

So, You're Gifted  . . . Now What?
A WebQuest to promote self-discovery.

Running the Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth
Another Webquest for elementary gifted students.


Collections of High Quality Lessons (but not necessarily specifically for GT students)

EDSITEment
This site from the National Endowment for the Humanities offers many high quality and challenging lesson plans.

ArtsEdge
A program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ArtsEdge offers high-quality, standards-based, interdisciplinary lesson plans.

United Nations Cyber School Bus
A great source for high quality curricula on topics such as poverty, human rights, women's rights, and cleaner oceans.

Smithsonian Education
Wonderful lesson plans for art, language arts, science, and social studies. Most could easily be adapted to the needs of GT students .

Docs Teach
Teaching activities and lesson plans based on primary documents in the national Archives. Lessons are correlated to national standards for history, civics, and government. 

Library of Congress
Many wonderful lesson plans using primary sources.

Teaching with Historic Places
From the National Registry of Historic Places. Click here for a chronological index of available lesson plans.

ReadWriteThink
Lesson plans from the National Council of Teachers of English and Verizon Thinkfinity.

National Geographic Teaching Resources
Many lesson plans, activities. and units.


Lesson Plans from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Many high-interest lesson plans for a variety of subjects and grade levels. 

Illuminations

Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site offers multi-media mathematics investigations, reflections on teaching, links to the best panel-reviewed mathematics web resources and Internet-based lesson plans all linked to the updated NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics .

SMILE Program Lesson Plans
Nearly 200 lesson plans from IIT organized by the following categories: Geometry and Measurement, Patterns and logic, Probability and Statistics, Recreational and Creative Math, Practical and Applied Math, Arithmetic, Graphs and Visuals, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Miscellaneous. See also their lessons for Chemistry and Biology.

Franklin Institute Science Lesson Plans
Elementary science lesson ideas; most are constructivist

Social Science Education Consortium
Lesson plans for both the elementary and secondary levels from the NCSS.

National Organizations and Centers
National Association for Gifted Children
The home page of the NAGC.

Davidson Institute
"A national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students
18 and under."

National Society for the Gifted and Talented
A relatively new organization.


Center for Gifted Education Policy

From APA Online.


William and Mary Center for Gifted Education
Includes information on the William and Mary Curriculum.


Neag Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development
From the University of Connecticut, this page includes information about and links to graduate programs in gifted education, a mentor connection, and various models for gifted education.

The National Research Center on Gifted and Talented Education
Also from the University of Connecticut.


Articles
ERIC EC Digests on Gifted Education
Links to many articles on gifted education from the ERIC Clearinghouse.

National Association for Gifted Children Information and Resources
Position papers, hot topics, glossary of terms, ERIC archives, etc.

Educational Resources
Many articles from the NSGT.

Article Library
Articles from SENG.

Unwrapping the Gifted
A blog from Education Week.

Nurturing Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children
From Kid Source Online.

Gifted Education as  a Whole School Model
This article from Education World summarizes Joseph Renzulli's model.

Gifted/Learning Disabled
Links to articles and resources.

Underachieving Gifted Students

An excellent article with strategies to reverse patterns of underachievement and resources for students. 


Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom
Another excellent article.

Challenging Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom
One more article.



Degree and Certificate Programs in Gifted Education
The Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University (GERI)  
GERI offers masters and doctoral degrees with a specialization in gifted education.

Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary
Offers doctoral degrees in Gifted Education.

The Curry School of Education (U. of Virginia)
Offers master's and doctoral degrees in educational psychology with an emphasis in gifted education.

University of Arizona
M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees with concentrations in education of gifted students.

Northeastern Illinois University
Offers a master of arts degree in gifted education.

University of South Florida

Entirely online, fully accredited master's degree programs in gifted education.

MU Direct (Missouri)
Another online master's degree with a focus in gifted education.

University of Connecticut
Offer both campus and online master's degree in gifted education.

University of North Texas

Offers certificates for teachers in gifted education.

University of Minnesota

The U of M's certificate in talent development and gifted education is a 12-credit program preparing teachers, administrators, and other professionals to develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12 and postsecondary schools and other settings.



Other Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Students

Hoagie's Gifted Education Page
An award-winning resource for teachers, parents, and students. Be sure to see Gifted 101 and Gifted 102.

Glossary of Gifted Terms
From NAGC.

Differentiation of Instruction
Information from Hoagie's Gifted Education Page.  

How to Challenge Gifted Students
Ideas from Teachnology.

A Different Place
A site designed to "
help schools and especially teachers facilitate learning opportunities for gifted students in the general education classroom."

MENSA for Kids
See their resources Characteristics or Giftedness,
Answers to questions about gifted youth, and Is My Child Bright?

Center of Talented Youth
Information regarding Johns Hopkins SET program.

Education Program for Gifted Youth
E-learning courses from Stanford University.

Gifted Kids' Bill of Rights
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