- Websites for Talent Development
The index of Websites for Talent Development includes lesson plans, on-line projects, curriculum sites, and resource centers. We are indebted to Gil Dyrli, professor emeritus of the University of Connecticut, Curriculum Administrator magazine’s technology editor.
- Resources With Sample Lesson/Unit Plans
Six sample lessons/units follow. In each plan, we attempt to provide ideas for how to implement a Best-of-the-Best Resources. The plans are drawn from a variety of subject areas as well as grades.
- Curriculum Resources for Talent Development
This site is organized into three categories of Type II skills: creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving in math and science. Resources are designated at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition, science teachers can access resources for selected topic areas such as biology and physics.
Organizational Matrix for Curriculum Resources for Talent Development
- Academic Competitions
The WordMasters Challenge
Two categories in this team competition: The challenge for elementary and middle-school encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning, and the high school challenge focuses on perceptive reading, sensitivity to language, and an appreciation of style.
Contact information: tel. (201) 327-4201, www.wordmasterschallenge.com.The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for high schoolers brings the ideas of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg’s “Invention” cartoons to life. Groups are given an elementary challenge: something as simple as peeling an apple, sharpening a pencil, or putting toothpaste on a toothbrush. But instead of just “solving” the problem, students have to make the solution as complicated and as convoluted as possible. See video and more information at www.rube-goldberg.com.The NASA Student Involvement Program offers several different competitions.
See their website at www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html for more information on:
My Planet Earth for grades K-4
Science & Technology Journalism for grades K-12
Aerospace Technology Engineering Challenge for grades 5-8
Design a Mission to Mars… and Beyond for grades 9-12
Watching Earth Change for grades 9-12, and
Space Flight Opportunities for grades 9-12The Kids Philosophy Slam National Championship
Their mission is to give kids a voice and to inspire kids to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum.
www.philosophyslam.orgArts Recognition and Talent Search
Students in dance, film and video, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing may apply for a variety of awards. Detailed instructions on their website at www.youngarts.org.
National Science Bowl
For teams of high school students
Contact information: (202) 586-6702 or science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb
National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest
For students in grades 9-12
Submit work in one of the following categories: cartooning, editorial, feature, feature photo, graphics, news, opinion, review, single page layout, sports, or sports photos.
Early February annually
Contact information: (800) 780-2715 or www.nfpw.org/competitions.php
U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO)
Teachers nominate students who have taken high school chemistry.
Local tests held in March
National exam is in late April
Contact information: (800) 227-5558 or www.acs.org
Quill and Scroll International Writing and Photo Contest
High schools may submit four entries in each of 12 categories.
Contact information: (319) 335-5795 or quillandscroll.org/contests/writing-photo-multimedia-contest
Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament
Schools register teams of eight students. Individuals and teams smaller than eight may request to be matched with other students to form a team.
Contact information: hmmt.mit.edu
National French Contest
French teachers register students in elementary through high school to take this exam offered at five levels.
March. Exact dates on website.
Contact information: www.frenchteachers.org/concours
Davidson Fellows Award
Students under the age of 18 apply for scholarships of $50,000 or $10,000 for their work in one of seven categories.
Preliminary form due by March 15
Final application due by March 26
Contact information: (775) 852-3483 ext. 435 or www.davidsongifted.org
Schools register to administer this 45-minute exam to students in grades 9-12.
Awards for students and teachers
Contact information: (301) 209-3344 or www.aapt.org/programs/physicsbowl
- Great Ideas! Resources for Enrichment Teaching
Contact information: P.O. Box 9306, La Salle, IL 61301
Tel. (603) 924-7209; Fax. (815) 224-2256; Toll-free: (800) 821-0115
Products: Theme packs to aid in integrating reading and writing skills into content areas. Each theme pack boxed set contains themed magazines and a teacher’s guide.
Themes include: Civics, Africa, Ancient Civilizations, Art History Civil War, Black History, Industrialization, Ocean Life, World Religions, and many more.Use Archeology to teach about history: DIG magazine and a collection of books for your classroom library. Also a theme pack.Teaching with primary sources: Large collection of primary source materials and lesson plans.See www.cobblestoneonline.net for searchable database of articles from Cobblestone magazines. Available by subscription.