Third grade GT students began an exploration of the question: Was the Trojan Horse myth or military history? They generated questions that they had to research in order to answer their driving questions and posted their results in a tri-fold board. Students located the ruins of the city of Troy and explored archaeological ruins as well as legend and myth surrounding the Battle of Troy. Using math skills, students recreated a scale model of the Trojan Horse and documented the building process. Ultimately, students wanted to share some of their findings and their Trojan Horse with their school, so they posted their research board and the Popsicle horse in the hallway for classes to see as they passed. History, research, myth, and math all in one question.
First and second grade GT students are bringing their stories to life and dedicating themselves to creating a book length work that can be published and made available in their school libraries for others to share. Students brainstormed ideas, developed an outline, are writing their stories, creating illustrations, and preparing for publication. Through sustained effort and tenacity comes success. Publication date is Fall of 2016.