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    AIM
     
    Welcome to the Boon AIM Program where we enthusiastically Activate our Inquisitive Minds!
    CARPE DIEM ... SEIZE THE DAY!
     

    Mrs. Wininger's AIM CLASS SCHEDULE for the 2020-2021 school year

     
    MONDAYS AM: 1st-3rd grade IN PERSON LEARNERS
    MONDAYS PM: 1st/2nd grade VIRTUAL LEARNERS
     
    TUESDAYS: 5th/6th grade IN PERSON LEARNERS
     
    WEDNESDAYS: 4th grade VIRTUAL LEARNERS
     
    THURSDAYS: 4th grade IN PERSON LEARNERS
     
    FRIDAYS: 5th/6th grade VIRTUAL LEARNERS 
     
     I look forward to working with my FABULOUS AIM students this school year! It is a blessing to see your child's brain wrinkles grow and develop! Check out our AIM CLASS Expectations
     

    We are excited to introduce our versatile curriculum for in person and virtual learners for the 2020-2021 school year! AIM class caters to the development of critical and creative thinking as well as the enhancement of communication, collaboration, and leadership skills. We utilize our unique gifts and talents to conquer advanced challenges through hands-on explorations and investigations. We empower ourselves and others by encouraging GRIT and GROWTH MINDSET as a mainstay in our AIM classroom. AIM class focuses on the design thinking process. This strategy allows us to envision, create, and learn the most from the journey of discovery.

     

    AIM students will have the benefit of being enthusiastically engaged in many facets of the Texas Performance Standards Projects (TPSP) especially designed for gifted and talented students.  These TEKS-based projects are cross-curricular, with components from English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.  Each TPSP project targets two phases of implementation and promotes higher level inquiry as well as critical and creative thinking:

    Phase I presents developmental and instructional lessons using advanced content and a discipline-based research model to gain an understanding of the background knowledge for the task.

    Phase II provides an opportunity to delve into independent research.  Students will   synthesize learning, apply knowledge to a novel situation, and provide an advanced, high quality demonstration of their knowledge.

     
    1st-3rd grade studies: Building a Business...Toys and Games
    The investigations in this project generate an understanding of marketing, consumer awareness, and business models by studying the games and toys industry. Students will learn about the making and selling of their favorite toys. 
     
    Then in small groups, students will create their own toy companies. Designers will develop a prototype of a new toy, along with one of the following: a business plan for a toy or game company; marketing campaign to sell the toy or game; or plan to mass produce the toy or game.
     
     
    4th-6th grade studies: Terrestrial Real Estate
    Our explorations will focus on two main projects. The “From Surviving to Thriving on Mars” project will allow students to analyze Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and make observations on whether these areas are fulfilled in their own lives. Students will then research the planned colonization of Mars by the Mars One project and other prospective missions. Learners will make careful observations of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs related to the Mars One plan while designing a product to address a perceived need the Mars colonists will have. 
     
    We will also explore the project entitled “Terrestrial Real Estate”. In this project students will explore the physical properties and locations of various bodies in the solar system by becoming real estate agents for Terrestrial Real Estate (a fictional real estate company in outer space). They will learn about the Goldilocks Zone and what constitutes Goldilocks conditions (i.e., conditions that allow a planet to be hospitable for life or colonization). Learners will search for locations within the solar system that have similar conditions and produce a commercial or real estate sales pitch for three different locations in the solar system that represent the inner planets, outer planets, and Kuiper belt.
     
    Beth Wininger, M. Ed.
    K-6th grade Gifted and Talented Specialist
     Phone:(972)236-0600 ext. 6557
     Email:elizabeth.wininger@allenisd.org 
     
    Visit the Allen ISD Gifted and Talented Program website