TAG Services for Students in Grades 3-5
ELEMEnTS (Elementary Learners Engaging In Mathematics, Engineering, new Technologies, and Science)
The program is designed to challenge our gifted learners with relevant activities to meet their academic needs. Identified students in grades three, four, and five are invited to participate in a program of weekly pull-out classes. Students are engaged in both critical and creative thinking activities created to provide an emphasis on research through an in-depth study of differentiated learning strands. Learning activities focus student discovery on relationships, systems and structures that exist all around them. Topics are broad in scope, embracing the tenets of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming. Problem-based learning activities and assessments draw on students to conduct and apply research and predict future trends in technology, education and economics. The program addresses the New Jersey Learning Standards (NJSLS) at an advanced level; aligns with the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Standards; and focuses on creative problem-solving, research, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and leadership skills within a highly engaging format.Student selection is based upon multiple criteria, including cognitive abilities testing, standardized test scores, ratings pertaining to characteristics of the gifted student, and teacher input.