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GT-Enrichment (updated April 2000)

Where can I find enrichment activities for students who are gifted?

The field of gifted education has been, for many years, a laboratory for the development of creative educational enrichment activities. Critical thinking, problem-finding, and problem-solving activities, for example, were originated by professionals working in gifted education. Recently these creative activities have been used successfully in heterogeneous classrooms, and teachers have found that the activities are highly stimulating for general education populations. The abstracts included here are typical examples of activities that were designed for gifted students, and may also be useful for general education populations. In addition, the AskERIC Virtual Library (http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/) and the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) (http://www.thegateway.org/) provide searchable databases of lesson plans and activities that were designed for gifted students and may also be appropriate for all students.

Following are links to related Internet resources and Internet discussion groups, as well as selected citations from the ERIC database and the search terms we used to find the citations.

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ERIC Citations

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ERIC Search Terms Used



curriculum enrichment OR enrichment activities

ED420954 EC306519
How To Develop an Authentic Enrichment Cluster
Renzulli, Joseph S.
Publication date: 1997
Publication type: 055
Availability: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-2007; telephone: 860-486-4676; World Wide Web: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu
EDRS Price - MF01/PC01 Plus Postage.
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Geographic source: U.S.; Connecticut
Note: 18p.
This paper describes how educators can develop authentic enrichment clusters to provide highly engaging learning activities that make schools enjoyable places for gifted students. Part 1 of the paper discusses the importance of authentic learning, in which the student applies relevant knowledge, thinking skills, and interpersonal skills to the solution of real problems. Enrichment clusters are described as opportunities for non-graded groups of students to come together for approximately one-half day per week to focus on the production of a mutually agreed on product or service that will have an impact on an intended audience. Students are brought together because they share common interests that bind them together and a willingness to work cooperatively within a relatively unstructured learning environment. The teacher's role as the facilitator of the cluster is highlighted. Part 2 of the paper discusses two key issues in developing enrichment clusters: (1) ensuring that an enrichment cluster does not become a mini-course; and (2) the teacher's role in escalating the content level of a cluster. Part 3 provides an enrichment cluster planning guide and describes the individual steps for planning an authentic enrichment cluster and for writing a cluster description.
Descriptors: *Cluster Grouping; *Cooperative Learning; Creative Activities; Educational Strategies; Elementary Secondary Education; *Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; Grouping (Instructional Purposes); Problem Solving; *Talent
Identifiers: *Authentic Learning

EJ570245 EC619689
Mathematics + Competitions = A Winning Formula!
Riley, Tracy L.; Karnes, Frances A.
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v21 n4 p42-44,48 Jul-Aug 1998
Publication type: 080; 141
Language: English
ERIC issue: CIJAPR1999
Describes how teachers of the gifted can make the study of mathematics dynamic, innovative, and creative through the exploration of problem-solving skills and real-life applications. Math competitions and general academic competitions that include mathematics for elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are highlighted.
Descriptors: *Competition; Elementary Secondary Education; Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; Group Activities; *Mathematical Enrichment; Mathematics Instruction; Mathematics Skills; *Problem Solving

ED409687 EC305733
Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students in the Inclusion Classroom.
Buckner, Cari
Publication date: 1997
Publication type: 141; 150; 160
Page: 22; 1
EDRS Price - MF01/PC01 Plus Postage.
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Geographic source: U.S.; Utah
Note: 22p.; Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (75th, Salt Lake City, UT, April 9-13, 1997).
This paper discusses strategies that can be used in an inclusive Elementary classroom to give gifted children the opportunity to choose, plan, and develop individual projects that will add meaning and purpose to their education. The steps toward providing instruction for gifted students are described, including the beginning of the year assessment and evaluation, conferences with students and their parents to allow the students to set goals for themselves, and the development of the student educational plan. Effective strategies for adapting instruction and curriculum for the gifted children are outlined, including: (1) curriculum compacting; (2) involving students in Type 1 activities such as guest speakers, performances, videos, television programs, and field trips; (3) involving students in Type II Activities such as setting goals, predicting, determining cause and effect, following directions, making inferences, and analyzing data; (4) individual or small group student projects in a self-selected problem or area of study; and (5) enrichment clusters. The use of work portfolios, show portfolios, and teacher portfolios to assess student progress is discussed. Appendices include a form for personal interest inventories, an SEP planning worksheet, a form for determining student goals and objectives, and a form for developing a student educational plan.
Descriptors: Educational Objectives; Educational Planning; *Educational Strategies; Elementary Education; *Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; *Inclusive Schools; Mainstreaming; Parent Participation; *Portfolio Assessment; Self Determination; *Student Evaluation; Student Placement

EJ577420 EC620341
Developing Each Child's Potential: The Discovery Program.
Schulthes, Diane; Wolosky, Jamie
Publication date: 1998
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v21 n6 p42-45 Nov-Dec 1998
Publication type: 080; 141
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Language: English
ERIC issue: CIJAUG1999
Describes a middle school program that focuses on creating educational experiences that foster life-long learning for all students. The Discovery Program provides a range of differentiated teaching/learning activities, including research competitions, language-arts studies, social-action projects, art exhibitions, mathematics projects, and technology training.
Descriptors: Ability Identification; Art Activities; Creativity; *Curriculum Development; *Discovery Learning; *Enrichment Activities; Gifted; Language Arts; *Lifelong Learning; Mathematics Curriculum; Middle Schools; Social Action; Student Research; Talent; Technology Education
Identifiers: *Differentiated Curriculum (Gifted)

EJ545958 EC616093
Weaving Qualitatively Differentiated Units with the World Wide Web.
Bulls, Melissa R.; Riley, Tracy L.
Publication date: 1997
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v20 n1 p20-27,50 Jan-Feb 1997
Publication type: 055; 080
Report no: ISSN-1076-2175
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Explores the applications of the World Wide Web for differentiating curriculum and otherwise supporting instruction for middle-school gifted students. A sample of an interdisciplinary Web-based curriculum unit is also provided. Web pages focusing on Social Studies, History, Music, Art, Science, Language Arts, and Mathematics are described.
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction; *Computer Uses in Education; *Curriculum Enrichment; *Gifted; Interdisciplinary Approach; Intermediate Grades; Internet; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; *Units of Study; *World Wide Web

EJ565216 EC619113
The Application of Enrichment Clusters to Teachers' Classroom Practices.
Reis, Sally M.; Gentry, Marcia; Maxfield, Lori R.
Publication date: 1998
Journal for the Education of the Gifted; v21 n3 p310-34 Spr 1998
Publication type: 080; 143
Report no: ISSN-0162-3532
Language: English
A study investigated the effects of providing one type of gifted-education pedagogy, enrichment clusters, to the entire population of two urban elementary schools. The teaching practices of classroom teachers who participated as cluster facilitators were positively affected both in the enrichment clusters and in regular classrooms.
Descriptors: *Cluster Grouping; Elementary Education; *Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; *Grouping (Instructional Purposes); Professional Development; *Teacher Improvement; Teaching Methods; Urban Schools

ED429399 EC307138
Technology: An Enrichment Tool for the Gifted Student.
Shaffer, Mary Jo
Publication date: 1998
Publication type: 070
Page: 11
EDRS Price MF01/PC01 Plus Postage.
Language: English
Geographic source: U.S.; New Mexico
ERIC issue: RIESEP1999
This paper discusses the use of technology in gifted students' curriculum, methods that have been successfully used in classrooms, and the wealth of technological resources available to both the teacher and student. The paper describes how technology has been used to teach science, art, and enhance other subjects. Internet Web sites and various types of software for enrichment are presented.
Descriptors: *Appropriate Technology; *Computer Software; Computer Uses in Education; Curriculum Development; *Educational Technology; Elementary Secondary Education; *Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; Selection; *Talent; World Wide Web
Identifiers: Web sites

EJ549139 EC617005
Exploring Options: Developing a Comprehensive Array of High School Services.
Coleman, Mary Ruth
Publication date: 1997
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v20 n3 p32,48 May-Jun 1997
Publication type: 080; 141
Report no: ISSN-1076-2175
Language: English
Describes different options available for gifted high school students, including seminar classes, independent studies, special programs, mentorships and internships, service projects, advanced electives, and extracurricular activities. Options for adjusting the pace of the high school experience are discussed, along with the importance of counseling and guidance support.
Descriptors: *Acceleration (Education); Educational Strategies; *Enrichment Activities; Extracurricular Activities; Field Experience Programs; *Gifted; High Schools; *Independent Study; *Special Programs; *Talent

EJ565190 EC619087
PEP: Primary Enrichment Program Utilizing Parent Volunteers.
Hall, Sharon R.
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v21 n2 p20-22,24-25 Mar-Apr 1998
Publication type: 055; 080
Report no: ISSN-1076-2175
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Describes an enrichment program for gifted primary-grade students using parent volunteers in Akron, Ohio. Twice a month, a parent provides enrichment activities for a group of six to eight students. The gifted coordinator provides the lesson plans and the classroom teacher provides the supplies. Informal evaluation has been positive and the program has been expanded to eight other schools.
Descriptors: *Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; *Parent Participation; Primary Education; Program Development; *School Community Relationship; *Volunteers
Identifiers: Ohio (Akron)

ED402705 EC305213
Research Related to the Enrichment Triad Model.
Gubbins, E. Jean, Ed.
Publication-Date: 1995
Publication-Type: 143; 020
Page: 146; 2
Availability: NRC/GT, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
EDRS Price - MF01/PC06 Plus Postage.
Contract_No: R206R00001
Report_No: RM-95212
Language: English
Geographic-Source: U.S.; Connecticut
Note: 146p.
This report highlights four research studies related to the Enrichment Triad Model, which encourages problem finding and problem solving in gifted students. The first study, "Academic Underachievement among the Gifted: Reversing School Failure" by Linda J. Emerick, identified six factors which influenced the reversal of the underachievement pattern in 10 gifted students (ages 14-20): curriculum and instruction, parents, teachers, personal interests and hobbies, goals associated with achievement, and changes in self. The second study, "Characteristics Related to High Levels of Creative/Productive Behavior in Secondary School Students: A Multi-Case Study" by Marcia A. B. Delcourt, investigated characteristics related to creative/productive behavior in 18 high school students and revealed that the students exhibited characteristics similar to those of creative/productive adults. The third study, "The Talents Unlimited Model and Its Effects on Students' Creative Productivity" by Jane L. Newman, investigated the effectiveness of Talents Unlimited training on 147 talented students (grades 3-6), and found that those receiving training produced better products and had a lower dropout rate. The final study, "Teachers' Attitudes toward Curriculum Compacting: A Comparison of Different Inservice Strategies" by Marcia Imbeau, involved 166 teachers (grades 1-12) and sought to determine the combination of teacher variables and staff development strategies that influence teachers' use of curriculum compacting.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement; *Creativity; *Curriculum Development; Curriculum Enrichment; *Educational Strategies; Elementary Secondary Education; Enrichment Activities; *Gifted; Inservice Teacher Education; Intervention; Performance Factors; Problem Solving; Productivity; Program Effectiveness; *Student Characteristics; Teacher Attitudes; Teaching Models; *Underachievement
Identifiers: Curriculum Compacting; *Enrichment Triad Model; Problem Finding; Talents Unlimited Program

EJ527634 EC614112
The New Challenge: An Ethnically Integrated Enrichment Program for Gifted Students.
Goertz, Mary Jean; And Others
Roeper Review, v18 n4 p298-300 Jun 1996
ISSN: 0278-3193
Language: English
Journal Announcement: CIJDEC97
This article describes the New Challenge Program at the University of Texas, which provides enrichment experiences for 125 students yearly in grades K-12, many of whom are Mexican American and economically disadvantaged. Students choose courses fostering creativity or special areas of interest taught by experts selected and trained by program staff. Program evaluation by students has been highly positive.
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantages; Elementary Secondary Education; *Enrichment Activities; *Ethnic Groups; *Gifted Disadvantaged; Higher Education; *Mexican Americans; Social Integration; Thematic Approach
Identifiers: University of Texas

EJ508311 EC611712
Mathematics Enrichment for Talented Elementary Students.
Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ann E.; Kuhnel, Alexis
Gifted Child Today Magazine, v18 n4 p28-31,42 Jul-Aug 1995
ISSN: 1076-2175
Language: English
Journal Announcement: CIJDEC95
Carnegie Mellon University's two-week summer enrichment program for mathematically gifted students in grades three through six is described, with attention to eligibility and student identification, a problem-solving emphasis, a typical day, staffing, instructional materials, and questioning techniques. The two enrichment courses involved probability and statistics and informal geometry.
Descriptors: *Academically Gifted; *Curriculum Enrichment; Elementary Education; *Elementary School Mathematics; Enrichment Activities; *Mathematics Instruction; Program Development; Summer Programs
Identifiers: *Carnegie Mellon University PA

EJ462574 EC605901
Parenting the Gifted Young Scientist: Mrs. Wizard at Home.
Karges-Bone, Linda
Gifted Child Today (GCT), v16 n2 p55-59 Mar-Apr 1993
ISSN: 0892-9580
Language: English
Journal Announcement: CIJSEP93
Target Audience: Parents
Suggestions are provided for encouraging and nurturing gifted young scientists (ages 4-10), such as subscribing to a science magazine, making science a natural part of family life, and linking sciences to the arts. Young children are characterized as perceiving their world through the acronym SCIENCE (Sensory, Classify, Inquisitive, Experiment, Nature, Creativity, Excitement).
Descriptors: *Child Rearing; Early Childhood Education; Enrichment Activities; Family Life; *Gifted; Parent Participation; *Parent Role; Parents as Teachers; *Science Education; Student Characteristics; Student Development

EJ370344 EC202345
Thinking Skills Instruction for All Classrooms.
Schlichter, Carol L.
Gifted Child Today (GCT), v11 n2 p24-28 Mar-Apr 1988
Language: English
Journal Announcement: CIJSEP88
This updated 1987 article argues that teaching of thinking skills, common in gifted education, has wider value in regular school instructional programs. It describes programs which have implemented Talents Unlimited, a classroom-level, research-based model for teaching creative- and critical-thinking skills which encompasses productive thinking, decision making, planning, forecasting, and communication.
Descriptors: *Cognitive Processes; Communication Skills; *Creative Thinking; *Critical Thinking; *Curriculum Enrichment; Decision Making; Elementary Secondary Education; *Gifted; Planning; Teaching Models
Identifiers: *Talents Unlimited Program

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