Genius Hour


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Something exciting is happening in our third grade class! The students are going to participate in  GENIUS HOUR!

What is Genius Hour?

Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study their passion on a new idea or skill for a set amount of time.

Why is Genius Hour important?

Students take ownership in their own learning. They learn about something they want to learn about. Genius Hour sparks curiosity, and students have an opportunity to become their own Genius. Genius Hour encourages life-long learning, imagination, perseverance, self-awareness, adaptability, as well as other life-lessons.

How will Genius Hour work in my classroom?

Students will participate in Genius Hour each week. After mini-lessons on what is appropriate, Students will choose a topic to study with Teacher Approval. Students will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a Facilitator. The Facilitator will provide research materials (ie., books, computer, iPads, etc.) for students to explore. As an end project, Students must present their topic to an audience

What Common Core State Standards does Genius Hour support?

RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

RI.3.5 Use text feature and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

I am excited to share this opportunity with your child! I am sure we will need to tweak things along the way as we embark on this new adventure in 3rd grade.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.