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wcpss 3rd grade explorers
WCPSS 3rd Grade Explorers

Vance Elementary School

Jennifer Davis, AIG Resource Teacher


The purpose of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is to provide an appropriately challenging educational program for students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment…~from WCPSS 2010-2013 AIG Plan, page 1

aig program service delivery
AIG Program Service Delivery
  • Grades K-2: Consultation/Collaboration for IDEP students
  • Grade 3: 3rd Grade Explorers Nurturing
  • Grades 4-5: Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction may include:
    • Resource class for strong and very strong students
    • Team teaching
    • Consultation/Collaboration
    • School-based enrichment
    • AIG Basics
    • Elective classes
  • Grades 6-8: Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction may include:
    • Small group enrichment
    • Team teaching
    • Consultation/Collaboration
    • School-based enrichment
    • AIG Basics
    • Elective classes
  • Grades 9-12
    • Advanced course selection
3 rd grade explorers classes
3rd Grade Explorers Classes

The AIG teacher works in partnership with 3rd grade classroom teachers to provide a variety of in-class experiences designed to elicit high academic performance.

Students who demonstrate potential in the activities will receive enrichment/extension activities in language arts and/or math under the guidance of the AIG teacher.

Whole group experiences

Small group experiences

team effort
Team Effort

3rd Grade



AIG Teacher

explorers classes
Explorers Classes
  • Whole class introductory lessons in the 3rd grade classroom
  • Assessment of student performance and products
  • Small group enrichment activities facilitated by the AIG teacher
  • Units of study may include reading/language arts, math, and writing
criteria for small group participation
Criteria for Small Group Participation
  • Observational checklists by the AIG and classroom teachers
  • Rubrics for the products
  • Student communication skills
  • Student interest
  • Student motivation

Groups are flexible as the units of study change.

student participation
Student Participation

Participation in a small group experience does not mean that a student has been or will be identified for future AIG services.

3rd grade explorers portfolios
3rd Grade Explorers Portfolios
  • Student work samples
  • Products
  • Rubrics
  • Journals
  • Teacher checklists

Portfolios may be a part of the spring AIG identification process for 3rd grade students.

aig identification process
AIG Identification Process
  • Informal Indicators
  • Student Learning Behaviors
  • Student Performance
      • Language Arts and Math Grades
      • Profile Cards
      • Student Portfolios and work samples
  • Student Interest
  • Student Motivation
  • Formal Indicators
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
  • Iowa Assessments (IOWA)
keeping you informed
Keeping You Informed…..
  • AIG Program Brochure
  • Parent informational meetings
  • School newsletters
  • School/ AIG teacher website
  • Email for questions and answers

Our goal is to support classrooms with educators working together

to help each student grow and develop as fully as possible.

~ AIG Plan Goal for Explorers