• GIFTED EDUCATION LENDING LIBRARY

    Flagstaff Unified School District

    928-527-6290

     

    THE GIFTED CHILD

     ANXIETY-FREE KIDS

    By Bonnie Zucker (One of nations leading experts on childhood anxiety)

    Offers strategies that help children become happy and worry free, methods that relieve a child’s excessive anxieties and phobias, and tools for fostering interaction and family oriented solutions. 

     

    EARLY GIFTS

    Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Talents

    By P. Olszewski-kubilius, L. Limburg-weber, and S. Pfeiffer

    A Resource for parents of gifted children.  Leading experts discuss how to recognize and nurture talent in preschool- and elementary-school-aged children.

     

    EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS

    Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings

    By Christine Fonseca

    Designed to provide support for the difficult job of parenting and teaching gifted children. Learn why gifted children are so extreme in their behavior but also learn specific strategies to teach gifted children how to live with their intensity.

     

    INFINITY AND ZEBRA STRIPES

    Life with Gifted Children

    By Wendy Skinner

    Author shares her experiences raising two highly gifted children, including conversations with school staff and efforts to provide social and emotional support.  Parents of gifted children will identify with the mixed emotions in this story.

     

    LIVING WITH INTENSITY

    By Susan Daniels and Michael Piechowski

    A comprehensive introduction to understanding the sensitivity, excitability and emotional development of gifted children, adolescents, and adults.  A detailed perspective on intensity throughout the lifespan.  An exploration of the multifaceted sensitivities/intensities of gifted children and adults.  A resource for parents and teachers to help them understand and nurture the complex combination of intellectual advancement and over excitabilities.

      

     TEACHING RESOURCES FOR GIFTED EDUCATION

     

    THE DIFFERENTIATED CLASSROOM

    Responding to the Needs of All Learners.

    By Carol Ann Tomlinson

    Elements of differentiation, Learning Environment to support, Instructional strategies.

     

    RTI* FOR THE GIFTED STUDENT *RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION

    By Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D. and Vowery Dodd Carlile

    Best practices for Differentiation, Research based strategies, classroom management strategies for differentiation, products and their assessment.

     

    TEACHING YOUNG GIFTED CHILDREN IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM

    By Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Yahnke Walker, and Elizabeth Meckstroth

    Identifying young Gifted child, creating a learning environment, compacting curriculum, promoting discovery, critical thinking, imagination, higher level thinking for math and science, assessment and documentation, cluster grouping, partnership with parents, meeting social and emotional needs.

     

    TEACHING GIFTED KIDS IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM

    By Susan Winebrenner

    How Gifted  students identify themselves, compacting curriculum, Creating more challenging activities, reading instruction for the Gifted,  evaluation Gifted work, Cluster Grouping, behavior characteristic of Gifted, Learning contracts.

      

    CRITICAL THINKING 

     

    FAMOUS PEOPLE PUZZLES

    By Carolyn Powell

    Exercises in inference and research.

     

    THE INCREDIBLE SCIENCE PUZZLE CHALLENGE

    By Helene Hovanex

    Science puzzles.  In order to save the world from certain destruction you must complete all the puzzles in the book to find the password that will stop Dr. Frick’s evil machines from destroying our planet.

     

    LOGIC LINE-UPS

    By Miguel Kagan

    Higher level thinking activities that help to develop logic reasoning with fun cooperative logic activities.  72 Logic Activities, reproducible problems and cards.

     

    LOGIC PROBLEMS for Primary People

    By Valerie Stofac and Anne Wesely

    Book 2 of a series of books providing step by step introduction to logical thinking for young students.  Students will use deductive reasoning as they sort, combine, relate and order information.  Activities can be used to enrich math and reading.

     

    LOGIC PROBLEMS for Primary People

    By Valerie Stofac and Anne Wesely

    Book 3 of a series of books providing step by step introduction to logical thinking for young students.  Students will use deductive reasoning as they sort, combine, relate and order information.  Activities can be used to enrich math and reading.

     

    LOTS OF PROBLEMS – MANY SOLUTIONS

    By Dr. C Samuel Micklus and Samuel W. Micklus

    Odyssey of the Mind problems that challenge your creativity and sharpen your mind.

     

    MIND BENDERS WARM UP

    By Anita Harnadek

    Questions for deductive thinking skills.

     

    MATH GAMES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

    By Mario Salvadori and Joseph Wright

    Challenges and skill builders for students at every level.

     

     PUZZLES AND GAMES THAT MAKE KIDS THINK – Grade 1

    Teacher Created Resources

    Puzzles, games, activities.

      

    PUZZLES AND GAMES THAT MAKE KIDS THINK – Grade 1

    Teacher Created Resources

    Puzzles, games, activities.

     

    PUZZLES AND GAMES THAT MAKE KIDS THINK – Grade 6

    Teacher Created Resources

    Puzzles, games, activities.

     

    SPONTANEOUS PROBLEM COMPETITION

    By C. Samuel Micklus Ed.D. and Samuel W. Micklus

    Types of Odyssey of the Mind Problems, Coaching Teams, Judging Teams, Practice

    Problems.

     

    50 PROBLEM SOLVING LESSONS for grades 1-6

    Compilation of best lessons from Math Solutions Newsletters.  Lesson/Activities.

     

    CONNECTIONS

    By Bonnie Risby

    Activities designed to sharpen deductive reasoning skills and strengthen the ability to sort through information formulating connections.  Created with the teacher in mind, these puzzles are easy to fit into lesson plans.  Formulated for success within 50 minute periods.  Grades 2-4.

     

    MIND SPARKLERS

    Fireworks for Igniting Creativity in Young Minds (2 copies)

    By Robert Myers

    A collection of exciting activities that challenge the students to think creatively. 

    Grades K-3.

     

    MIND SPARKLERS

    Fireworks for Igniting Creativity in Young Minds (2 copies)

    By Robert Myers

    A collection of exciting activities that challenge the students to think creatively. 

    Grades 4-8

     

    BRAIN FOOD 100+ GAMES THAT MAKE KIDS THINK (2 copies)

    By Paul Fleisher

    Grades 4-12

    More than 100 mental exercises guaranteed to make kids think.  Games are all classroom-tested and tailored toward enhancing the intelligences of the children you teach.  Reproducible game boards and word, math, and strategy games.  Exercises encourage higher-order thinking, unique approaches to creative problem solving, easy ways to promotes cooperative learning and competitive fun.   Skill builders for the visual-spatial, logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic and personal intelligences.

     

    CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION MENUS/LESSONS

     

    ASSESSING DIFFERENTIATED STUDENT PRODUCTS

    A protocol for development and evaluation

    By Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman

    A tool for developing and accessing a variety of authentic products in your classroom.  The DAP tool is a protocol that simplifies the assessment process, encourages differentiation, and takes the ceiling off of learning.

     

    CLUSTER GROUPING HANDBOOK (6 copies)

    How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All

    By S. Winebrenner & D. Brulles

    Directed to administrators and teachers but offers information that will be useful to other school personnel and parents.  Contains precise descriptions of how to develop and maintain a school wide cluster grouping model, specific guidelines administrators and teachers can follow, and suggested criteria for analyzing the level of success of the model in schools.  Special attention directed toward how schools can empower gifted English language learners and enfranchise them in gifted-education services.  Also included are resources to help parents of gifted and high-achieving students find specific information that will improve their advocacy for the learning needs of their children.

     

    CREATIVE CURRICULUM EXTENDERS   (2 copies)

    Differentiated Projects for the language Arts Classroom

    Grades 3-5

    By Laurie Stolmack Eatson

    Easy to use source of reading and writing curriculum projects that align with national English standards and help teachers differentiate instruction.  Each page has four in-depth, open end, and varied project choices, allowing students to pick a project that fits their needs, ability level, and learning style.  Activity areas include, poetry, persuasive communications and autobiography, among others.  With this resource, teachers can extend content, build specific skills and guide students to pursue their unique goals and passions.

     

    DIFFERENTIATED PROJECTS FOR GIFTED STUDENTS (5 copies)

    Grades 3-5

    By Brenda McGee and Debbie Keiser

    More than 150 ready-to–use projects in this book to get student minds working and their hands investigating as they complete fun tasks.  Research oriented activities will help teachers provide differentiated learning experiences for advanced and gifted learners based on their grades 3-5 to use independently.  Teacher friendly projects require few additional materials and very little guidance.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH CENTERS (3 copies)

    Grades K-2

    By Judith Sower and Laverne Warner

    Easy to set up centers in this book teach children social skills and also help them practice important academic skills.  Each center is designed to be adapted to prekindergarten through second grade inclusion classrooms.  Themes covered in the centers include archaeology, camping, farms and farm supply, amusements parks, offices, travel agencies and much more.  The book also describes inexpensive approaches to preparing and storing centers from year to year, as well as assessment and observation forms for teacher use.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH CENTERS (3 copies)

    Grades K-8

    By Julia Roberts and Julia Boggess

    A resources with tons of ideas and guidance for creating unique classroom centers that will challenge gifted learners and encourage high-level independent thinking.  This book discusses the use of centers in each content area, with suggestions from experts in the content areas and easy-to-implement lessons that go beyond the core curriculum.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH MENUS – ALGEBRA I/II

    By Laurie Westphal

    Resource for creating a student centered learning environment based on choice.  This book offers 5 different types of menus that students can use to select advanced-level products instead of using traditional worksheet format.  Topics addressed include properties of numbers, equations, graphing and polynomials.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH MENUS – MATH

    By Laurie Westphal

    Resource for student centered learning environment based on choice. Attractive reproducible menus for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.  List menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, 2-5-8 Menus and Game Show Menus.  Specific guidelines for products, and rubrics for student assessment.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH MENUS – LANGUAGE ARTS

    By Laurie Westphal

    Resource for student centered learning environment based on choice. Attractive reproducible menus for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.  List menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, 2-5-8 Menus and Game Show Menus.  Specific guidelines for products, and rubrics for student assessment.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH MENUS – SCIENCE

    By Laurie Westphal

    Resource for student centered learning environment based on choice. Attractive reproducible menus for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.  List menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, 2-5-8 Menus and Game Show Menus.  Specific guidelines for products, and rubrics for student assessment.

      

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH MENUS – SOCIAL STUDIES

    By Laurie Westphal

    Resource for student centered learning environment based on choice. Attractive reproducible menus for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.  List menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, 2-5-8 Menus and Game Show Menus.  Specific guidelines for products, and rubrics for student assessment.

     

    DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION WITH MENUS – SCIENCE FOR 3-5 GRADES

    By Laurie Westphal

    Resource for student centered learning environment based on choice. Attractive reproducible menus for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.  List menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, 2-5-8 Menus and Game Show Menus.  Specific guidelines for products, and rubrics for student assessment.

     

    DIFFERENTIATION THAT REALLY WORKS   (3 copies)

    Grades K-2

    By Cheryll Adams, and Rebecca Pierce

    This book provides time saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field tested by practicing professionals in their own classrooms.  Provides templates that can be used to develop new lessons using each strategy.  Strategies, include exit cards, choice boards, cubing, graphic organizers, learning contracts, and tiered lessons.

     

    DIFFERENTIATION THAT REALLY WORKS   (3 copies)

    Grades 3-5

    By Cheryll Adams, and Rebecca Pierce

    This book provides time saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field tested by practicing professionals in their own classrooms.  Provides templates that can be used to develop new lessons using each strategy.  Strategies, include exit cards, choice boards, cubing, graphic organizers, learning contracts, and tiered lessons.

     

    DISCOVERIES – DIFFERENTIATED CURRICULUM for grades 1-3

    Detailed lesson plans, reproducible activity sheets, differentiation strategies identified, standards per activity, assessment tools, guiding questions per activity.

     

    FACES – DIFFERENTIATED CURRICULUM for grades 1-3

    Detailed lesson plans, reproducible activity sheets, differentiation strategies identified, standards per activity, assessment tools, guiding questions per activity.

     

    GIFTS – DIFFERENTIATED CURRICULUM for grades 1-3

    Detailed lesson plans, reproducible activity sheets, differentiation strategies identified, standards per activity, assessment tools, guiding questions per activity.

     

    PROJECT-BASED LEARNING FOR GIFTED STUDENTS

    By Todd Stanley

    A handbook for project based learning ideal for the gifted student, focusing on student choice, teacher responsibility and opportunities for differentiation.  This book guides teachers to create a project-based learning environment in their classrooms, walking them step-by-step through topics and processes such a linking projects with standards, finding the right structure and creating a practical classroom environment.

     

    SYMBOLS – DIFFERENTIATED CURRICULUM for grades 1-3

    Detailed lesson plans, reproducible activity sheets, differentiation strategies identified, standards per activity, assessment tools, guiding questions per activity.

     

    STRATEGIES FOR DIFFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION

    Best practices for the classroom

    By Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman

    This book offers practical strategies that allow all students to learn at appropriately challenging levels and make continuous progress by focusing on their various levels of knowledge and readiness to learn. 

     

    TEACHER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE: Differentiating Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

    By Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman

    Guide filled with practical information, tips for success, and advice from experienced educators that is perfect for beginning and early career teachers.  Answers the most common questions about differentiation, including what it is, how teachers can set up a classroom that promotes differentiation, which topics should be differentiated, what strategies are most effective, and how teachers can access students engaged in different classroom experiences.

     

    OTHER:  SUBJECT BASED LESSONS/ACTIVITIES

     

    ANALOGIES FOR BEGINNERS   (2 copies)

    By Lynne Chatham

    The 7 different types of visual analogies and 14 different verbal analogies are perfect for beginning lessons in logical reasoning, flexible thinking and vocabulary.  Each page gives an example of the type of the analogy this is being introduced and then provides 7 visual or 10 verbal problems for students to solve.

     

    ANALOGIES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (2 copies)

    GRADES 4-6

    By Bonnie Risby

    A venue to combine thinking skills and vocabulary development for intermediate grades. 24 Activity lessons with Answer log in the back of the book.

     

    FIRST TIME ANLOGIES (2 copies)

    Grades K-2

    By Dianne Draze

    Analogy worksheet activities to start the nonreader on the road to real thinking experiences with these pictorial and symbolic analogies that are challenging and motivating.

     

    THINKIT Critical Thinking through Nonfiction Reading

    By Junior Great Books

    Activity magazines-articles and activities.

     

    (Science)

     

    BUBBLE FESTIVAL for grades K-6

    GEMS  gems@uclink4.berkeley.edu

    Science based activities designed for learning station format.  The study of bubbles.

     

    ELECTRIC CIRCUITS: Inventive Physicla Science Activities

    GEMS Teacher’s Guide for Grades 3-6

    By John Erickson and Kevin Beals

    A guide to safe and engaging introduction to electricity and electric circuits.

     

    DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING THROUGH SCIENCE

    By Paul Eggen and June Main

    Hands on physical science activities.

     

    THE HUMAN BODY SUPER SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

    Teacher Created Resources for Grades 2-5

    Study of the human body through science activities.

     

    THE INCREDIBLE SCIENCE PUZZLE CHALLENGE

    By Helene Hovanec

    A series of puzzles that must be completed to uncover a password that will stop Dr. Frick, a diabolical scientist who planning to unleash a mob of deadly robots on the world.  Save the world from destruction by becoming a puzzle hero.

     

    INSECTS SUPER SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

    Teacher Created Resources for Grades 2-5

    Study of insects through science activities.

     

    INVOLVING DISSOLVING a Guide grades 103 (with modifications for K)

    GEMS gems@uclink4.berkeley.edu

    Early childhood chemistry activities.

     

    LEARNING WORKS ENRICHMENT SERIES: WEATHER, ELECRICITY, ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS

    By Sandra Markle

    Gifted activities for grades 4-8 designed to challenge them to develop and apply higher-level thinking skills. 

     

    MAGNETS AND ELECTRICITY SUPER SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

    Teacher Created Resources for Grades 2-5

    Explore electricity and magnetism using bulbs, batteries and circuit’s science experiments.

     

    MARS ACTIVITIES

    Compiled by ASU Mars K-12 Education Program

    Science based activities to discover and understand Mars.

     

    ORNITHOLOGY LAB-bird sleuth curriculum materials

    Cornell education www.birds.cornell.edu/birdsleuth

     

    PLANTS SUPER SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

    Teacher Created Resources for Grades

    Study a wide variety of plants, seed germination, plant growth in different environments, methods of growing, create models of plants and study bee pollination through simple science activities and experiments.

     

    RECYCLOPEDIA

    By Robin Simons

    Uses the philosophy of recycle.  Games, Science and Crafts.

     

    ROCKS AND MINERALS SUPER SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

    Teacher Created Resources for Grades 2-5

    Activities designed to help students develop an understanding of the rock cycle, the differences between rock and minerals and how to identify minerals.

     

    SECRET FORMULAS

    By Rebecca Tilley and Carolyn Willard

    Science activities designed to convey key math and science concepts through chemistry.  Students investigate the properties of substance, and build student comprehension of cause and effect.

     

    STARS AND PLANETS SUPER SCIENCE ACTIVITIES

    Teacher Created Resources for Grades 2-5

    Explore stars, constellations, moon, solar system, comets through simple science experiments.

     

    (Math)

     

    A COLLETION OF MATH LESSONS

    Grades 1-3

    By Marilyn Burns and Bonnie Tank

    A book of practical classroom tested ideas for teaching mathematics through problem solving.  All the lessons require children to think and reason; they all deal with important mathematics concepts that help children develop and extend their understanding of mathematics.  All the lessons encourage students to talk with one another about their ideas and describe their thinking in writing.

     

    CHALLENGE MATH

    By Edward Zaccaro

    Difficult concepts in statistics, probability, trigonometry and calculus are explained in an easy to understand format using cartoons and drawings.  Designed for self-learning.

     

    MATH GAMES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Challenges and Skill-Builders for students at every level

    An ideal resource for parents and teachers who want to challenge their students and at the same time reinforce basic skills.  Reviews all middle school math topics from addition to subtraction, to plane and space geometry, graphing, and probability.  A fun way to apply new skills, and an intriguing background about the human side of mathematics is offered throughout.

     

    PRIMARY GRADE CHALLENGE MATH

    Grades 1-4

    By Edward Zaccaro

    This book offers a higher level of material that goes beyond calculation skills for those children who enter the primary grades already knowing basic concepts.  This curriculum allows parents and teachers to instill a deeper level of mathematical understanding and thinking skills in young children while nurturing a love of mathematics.

     

    PUDDLE QUESTIONS Assessing Mathematical Thinking

    By Joan Westley

    Open ended questions that motivate students to think about mathematics.  This math assessment series gives students the practice they’ll need to meet standardized tests.  Ideas for rubrics scoring and ways to extend students’ learning.

      

    (Arts)

     

    DISCOVERING THE ARTS

    By BYU Public School Gifted and Talented Task Force and Fine Arts Faculty of BYU

    Activities designed to explore visual arts, design, music, dance and theatre.