AIM (Activating Inquisitive Minds) Curriculum
*Allen ISD's Elementary Gifted & Talented Program
What does our AIM curriculum look like in each grade?Kindergarten: Critical Thinking SkillsWe begin service for kindergarten students during the spring. A variety of higher level thinking skills, logic, and critical/creative thinking skills are introduced. Students also learn the difference between convergent/divergent thinking.
1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade: Ancient Egypt & "A Culture of Water"
Explore ancient Egypt to demonstrate the interdependent systems that develop and sustain a civilization. Students will generate an understanding for the importance of water while learing about the oldest civilization recorded and how they access water. They will explore the following topics:
- Location of Egypt and what the Nile River has to offer
- Components of a civilization
- People and society structures
- Floods and farming, Egyptian daily life
- Bartering economy
- Egyptian mythology and the Pharaohs
- Pyramids and tombs
- Egyptian art
- The Aswan Dam
- Water issues
- The City of Allen’s water
4th, 5th & 6th Grade: TPSP Texas Getaway (with a focus on National Parks) and Designing Spaces Combo
Throughout this project, students will explore national parks and learn that every park tells a story. If we figure out the story, we will learn about environmental changes, the history of our nation, science, and humanities. Students will explore the following topics:
- History of our School’s Namesake / How National Parks are Named
- Conserve and Protect
- Problem Solving for National Parks
- Invasive Species and Human Invasive Behavior
- Humans as Invasive Species and Conservation Efforts
- Wilderness Survival Skills
- Planning a Camping Trip
- Design Challenges
- LOTS of STEM challenges too!
Students will conclude the year long unit by working to create a Tourism Festival. Everything we learn throughout the year will set students up to complete this end of year project.