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Welcome to Grade Two Project GATE!

Project GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) classes provide a differentiated, academically appropriate learning environment where high-ability children can maximize their potential in reading and mathematics. Project GATE curriculum includes reading and math instruction as well as gifted curriculum, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Global awareness
  • Work habits
  • Social and emotional skills

Please contact me for more information about second grade GATE reading and GATE math classes, as well as enrichment opportunities for kindergarten and first grade students.

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Weekly Update

We had a GREAT week in Project GATE classes!

The highlight of our week was (most definitely) learning how to use QR codes. We used them to search for correct forms of irregular plural nouns. Here you can see a few students in action...


The class was so excited about QR codes that we spent time discussing other places to find them, as well as how to make your own. I promised a link to a website where you can make your own. Here it is:  You can save the image as a jpeg and insert it into a document or web page. 

Don't forget there are a few assignments due tomorrow for GATE reading class, including Caldecott Medal reading response (number one) and spelling journals/homework pages. Why not create a QR activity for a Caldecott Medal project? If not this time, maybe next time!

Have a great weekend!

Friday News - October 10

Happy Friday to you!

An update especially for GATE readers this week...

I administered a mid-unit spell check assessment to students this week. I noticed most students need added practice with spelling patterns. We'll begin a new spelling routine, starting Tuesday. Students will bring home their spelling/word study journals at the beginning of each week. Throughout the week, please complete two additional spelling activities from the menu taped inside the front cover of the journal. Return journals to school each Friday.

Spelling practice activities include...

  • Write your words in alphabetical order.
  • Find the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Write sentences using your spelling words.

Thank you for your support at home. 

Have a great weekend!

Todd Hall School
3925 W. Lunt Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
[Ph] 847-675-8235 | [Fax] 847-675-9378


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