Waterford Public Schools
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
 
Identification of TAG Students

The formal group identification takes place in the third grade.  Upon being recommended, students are given the Otis Lennon School Abilities Test, a creative writing prompt and a math prompt. A TAG Identification Committee reviews the testing materials, parent surveys and teacher surveys indicating students’ characteristics.  Based upon all of this information, the TAG Identification Committee identifies the top 5% of the students in the grade as TAG.

Individual testing and referrals can be made at any time during the year and in any grade.  Referrals are made by classroom teachers, TAG teachers and parents. 

Talented and Gifted Services (Elementary)

The TAG program at the elementary level is a pullout math based program.  Students meet with a TAG teacher and other TAG students in their grade.  It is important for our students' mathematical learning to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  this is achieved through the joint teaching of our math curriculum through My Math  (Used in the regular classroom) and M3.  My Math there are tools that ensure an emphasis on Common Core State Standards and developing mathematical Practices in our students.  M3 is designed for gifted learners.
 
Below is a list of the M3 units that may be completed in each grade.  More information can be found at:
 
http://gifted.uconn.edu/projectm3/
Grade 3 Units

In each unit of the Project M3 series, students explore an interesting simulated or real-life problem connected to their world and use their Mathematician’s Journals to think, write, and act like mathematicians to solve the problem.

 

Unraveling the Mystery of the MoLi Stone: Place Value and Numeration
In this unit, unraveling the Mysteries of the MoLi Stone, students explore our numeration system in depth.

What’s the Me in Measurement All About?
In this unit on measurement, students are actively engaged in the measurement process and connect it to their own personal worlds.

Awesome Algebra: Looking for Patterns and Generalizations
In this unit students are encouraged to study patterns and determine how they change, how they can be extended or repeated, and/or how they grow. They then move beyond this to organize the information systematically and analyze it to develop generalizations about mathematical relationships in the patterns.

Grade 4 Units
 

Factors, Multiples and Leftovers: Linking Multiplication and Division
This unit focuses on the development of students’ multiplicative reasoning power. With an emphasis on a deeper understanding of multiplication and division, students encounter a range of different problem situations and representations, learn about the relationship between multiplication and division and the properties associated with these operations.

Getting Into Shapes
In this unit, students explore 2- and 3-dimensional shapes with a focus on their properties, relationships among them and spatial visualization. The reasoning skills that they build upon in this unit help them to develop an understanding of more complex geometric concepts.

At the Mall with Algebra: Working with Variables and Equations
When we hear the word algebra, we generally think about high school curriculum. In the early grades, the emphasis is on developing algebraic reasoning and that is what this unit emphasizes. Students represent and analyze mathematical situations using algebraic symbols and in doing so they come to understand the basic notion of equality and equivalent expressions. They learn how variables are used to represent change in quantities and also to represent a specific unknown in an equation.

Grade 5 Units

Treasures from the Attic: Exploring Fractions
In this unit, students are introduced to two children, Tori and Jordan, who uncover hidden treasures in their grandparents’ attic from a general store that their great grandparents used to own. These treasures lead to an interesting exploration of fraction concepts. The focus of the entire unit is on making sense of fractions rather than on learning algorithms to perform computations.

Funkytown Fun House: Focusing on Proportional Reasoning and Similarity
In our unit, Funkytown Fun House: Focusing on Proportional Reasoning and Similarity, students are introduced to similarity and congruence. The foundational mathematics behind these concepts is proportional reasoning. Students explore ratio as a comparison of two quantities. Students also explore the relationship between congruence and similarity.

Record Makers and Breakers: Using Algebra to Analyze Change
In this unit, students learn about algebra as a set of concepts tied to the representation of relationships either by words, tables or graphs. They also learn about algebra as a style of mathematical thinking for formalizing patterns of change. They extend their notion of variable from a letter in an equation that represents a number to a more broad definition, that of a quantity that varies or changes.

(Descriptions of units from Project M3 Website)

 
  • Contact Information:

Kathy Vallone, Director of Special Services

kvallone@waterfordschools.org

 

Stacey R. Cardello, TAG Teacher, Great Neck Elementary School

scardello@waterfordschools.org

Tracie Drabinski, TAG Teacher, Oswegatchie Elementary School 
tdrabinski@waterfordschools.org
 
Amy Tesler, TAG Teacher, Quaker Hill Elementary School
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