GUPPY Track E Online Descriptions

July 6-10, 2020

Fibonacci Sequence: Understanding the Sequence and the Sum to Develop the Logic

The class will introduce students to the Fibonacci numbers and the golden ration. The class will explore topics about the Fibonacci numbers in depth. Topic will include geometry, networks, coordinate graphing, sequences, patterns and problem-solving techniques. 

Night at the Art Museum

Museums are amazing places in which we get to see and hear about experiences of old and new, seeing things we would not normally have ever gotten a chance to.  But what would happen if the displays could talk? Think of the stories they could tell us!  Like the famous movie, Night at the Museum, this art class will delve into historical pieces and the stories behind them, giving students a well-rounded lesson connecting history and art! Students will learn about various art mediums, tips and tricks on how to use them, and even learn about techniques and reaching towards developing their abilities to practice and create on their own.  Students will also experience discussion on the topics paired with presentations giving them visuals to use as a starting point for their very own creations. Though this we will also get a chance to visit the Broad Art Museum to reflect on its art pieces and their connection to our everyday lives and ideas. So get your pencil and paper out and get ready for the art museum experience of a lifetime!

Materials required: Pencil, white paper, various colors of construction paper, scissors, glue, tape, old magazines or something with school appropriate images (newspaper or grocery store ad), crayons, basic colors pack of markers.

*If you have any concerns with these requirements, contact gifted@msu.edu a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start date of the class

Astronomy 

We will start by look at the stars from Earth and each day move farther and farther away to learn about bigger and bigger things – planets, nebulae, galaxies, galaxy clusters, and the universe as a whole. We will also learn about different kinds of telescopes, how they work, and how they help us take that journey without ever leaving our home – the Earth.

Materials required: paper, pencils, markers, tape, a straw, a fidget spinner (if you can), a paper towel tube, a CD, and a balloon 

*If you have any concerns with these requirements, contact gifted@msu.edu a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the start date of the class

Who Dunnit? Reading Critically to Solve a Mystery

Students will read and discover the fun when reading like a detective within the mystery genre.  We will keep a detective journal, hunt for clues, analyze red herrings, and test theories as we enjoy some literary fun. Students will have support to analyze literary features of fiction, to synthesize character developments, and of course, to solve the mysteries as they grow as young readers ready to tackle an endless genre of exciting stories.  They may be hooked for life!