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Guiding Questions


·       What materials or resources can you substitute or swap?

·       Can you use this object somewhere else, or as a substitute for something? 


·       What would happen if you combined this object with something else to create something new?

Adapt or Alter:

·       How could you adapt or readjust this object to serve another purpose or use?

·       In what ways can this object be altered or changed?

·       Can you change its function?

Modify, Magnify, Minify:

·       What can be larger or smaller?

·       What can I do to exaggerate it?

Put to Another Use:

·       Can you use this object somewhere else? 

·       What else can you use this object for?

·       How can this object be used in an unusual way?


·       How could you simplify this object?

·       What features, parts, or rules could you eliminate.

·       What would happen if you took away some part of this object? What would you put in its place?

Rearrange, Reverse:

·       Can the object be turned around?

·       Can you make something go up instead of down?

·       Can you rearrange one of the object’s parts?



L4:      Determine or clarify the meaningof unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues,analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specializedreference materials, as appropriate.

SL1:  Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations andcollaborations with diverse partners, building on others ideas and expressingtheir own clearly and persuasively. 

SL2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media andformats, including visually, quantitatively and orally.

SL4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such thatlisteners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development,and style appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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Substitute something

Combine things

Add something, adapt or alter

Make partsbigger or smaller

Put to another use

Eliminate something

Rearrange parts



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Creativity Tools

Eliminate - omit; take away; get rid of. Sometimes a problem is a problem simply because there is a clutter of extra stuff. So... what could you get rid of to make something better?

Elaborate - add details; make something new by adding on to something already created.

Describe - give a picture in words or help others better understand words by drawing an illustration. Some problems are made easier by simply describing them. Expressing a problem in words or through a drawing often leads to insights that make things plainer and help you figure out a solution.

Combine - join or put things together to create something completely new. Erasers at first were not on pencils!

Rearrange - move things around; place parts in a different order. Sometimes we already have everything we need to solve a problem, but the parts of the solution aren't arranged properly. Rearranging often makes things work better.

Classify - group, sort, or categorize objects, ideas, or people. Grouping things can help solve problems. 

Substitute - put one thing in place of another. This helps you see other options that may actually be better than what you started with!

Reduce - decrease; lessen; make smaller; miniaturize. Think small. Oftentimes, something smaller is easier to handle!

Exaggerate - make outrageous, stretch the idea; make bigger; to magnify.  This gives a new look that calls attention!

Compare - contrast one thing with another, who what's different and alike. This helps us see the key parts of a thing or idea that we might have missed and helps us come up with new solutions.

Associate - pair up; relate one thing to another; form a mental connection between things. This gets ideas flowing and sparks new ideas that help us get past a creative block.

Hypothesize - assume, suppose; make a good guess based on your knowledge. Sometimes when a problem is hard to solve, you can make it easier by standing back from the problem and making a good guess. The guess is a starting point as you work to solve the problem. Your guess may be wrong, but it helps you begin to think.

Symbolize - represent; stand for, what a thing represents or suggests. Symbolism is a way of solving problems. Symbols convey a wealth of information and ideas without using any words! Symbols encourage us to think about many aspects of ideas.

Separate - divide; take apart; break into component parts. This helps you get a new perspective on a problem.

Reverse - make opposite; turn backwards; reflect as if in a mirror. Reversing makes things look different and often solve problems. Some call this working backwards.

Visualization - imagining in the mind's eye what a thing could be or could accomplish.  To imagine.

Divergent Thinking - brainstorming. Thinking up many ideas and not judging any of them for value. Sometimes ideas that might seem stupid at first turn out to be pretty great!

Convergent Thinking - thinking about all the possibilities and all the facts and then coming up with a solution.

Put to Other Uses - thinking of many ways one object or idea can be used in other settings.

Turn Things Around

Imagine What Others Need or Would Like

Shake things up!

What can you make from a circle?

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Rounding with Circles

To play this game, you need big hula-hoops and small hula-hoops. If you don't have hula-hoops, you can draw circles on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.

1. One person is the asker and one is the thinker.

2. The asker comes up with a question with 3-4 possible answers.

3. The thinker says his/her answer out loud.

4. If correct, the thinker moves 2 steps closer

5.if the thinker is incorrect, he/she moves back 4 steps

6. The small circles are worth 5,and the big ones are worth 2.

7. After moving forward or backward, the player bounces a ball into a hoop and if it's big you get 2 points and if it's small you get 5.

8. The players switch and redo this cycle for 10 turns 

9. After 10 turns they round their points and whoever has the bigger number wins!

Game created by Uriah and Christian Lujan


Where's the candy?

Addison made a circle bowl.

The World Globe

Jillian created a globe!

Noah made a lego poke-ball.

Moses made a tennis ball.

Ayden made a poke'ball pinata!

Joe made a circle shaped egg!

Rainbow Connection

The rainbow connection by Evie

Moving Ball Picture

Nora made a picture with a moving ball. Look closely and you can see how the paper is cut. The little ball “bounces” from one person to the other.

Marcos and his Circles

Big Red Apple

Aiden made an apple!

The Sun

Pierce made the sun from tin foil and paint.

Computer Created Pacman

Dusty made a Pacman!

Ball World

Felix drew a picture with lots of circles!

Challenge Work


Sign Language

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READER's THEATER Collaborate withothers: The learner will accept the limitations of group members and adjust accordingly. Creativity: The learner will reorganize a body of information and make original additions to it. Communication: The learner will present material to an appropriate audience using oral communication. The learner will identify and demonstrate various skills of listening (such as eye-contact, observation, attentiveness, etc.) The learner will identify and demonstrate effective body language while listening. I will collaborate with others to present material (Readers’ Theater) and effectively listen to material using oral communication and effective body language.


GT Frameworks: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving recognize a problem define the problem identify underlying and sub-problems State Standard W.3-6.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Solve different kinds on non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways.

Team Building The learner will recognize and carry out one’s own role in various groups. The learner will recognize group member’s role in various groups. The learner will assess/reassess obligations in individual and group endeavors to fulfill guidelines established by the learner and/or the teacher/facilitator. The learner will develop awareness that cooperation and competition are aspects of interpersonal relations.

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Challenge Work

Challenge Work:  The learner will make valid predictions on available information or as a result of an action.  The learner will recognize a problem.  The learner will define the probem.  The learner will identify underlying and sub-problems.


Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl Practice Evaluate the benefits of effective listening Use communication to inform Accept the limitations of group members and adjust   accordingly Develop awareness that cooperation and competition are aspects of interpersonal relations Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism


PRESENTING PROJECTS:  The learner will offer and accept constructive feedback.  The learner will deal positively with praise, setbacks, and criticism.  The learner will develop skills necessary for self learning.  The learner will participate in activities that develop effective leadership roles.  The learner will manage time and projects effectively.  The learner will present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette.  The learner will be held accountable for results. 



About Me

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All About Me!

Hello! My name is Susan Etzkorn. I am the GATE teacher for Fairview, Orr and Pike Elementary Schools. I have 31 years of teaching experience! This is my eleventh year as a GATE teacher. I am also the elementary GATE coordinator for the district. I have taught in so many places over the years. I began teaching first grade at Barling Elementary. I have taught first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Ironically, I always wanted to be a third grade teacher. The places I have taught are also numerous. I have been a teacher in Columbus, Mississippi, Longview, Texas, Hanes City, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. In 1994 my husband and I moved to Los Angeles, California. My first child, Kaley, was born there. In 1995 we moved back to Fort Smith and started our family business. I worked at our business for five years before returning to the classroom. During that time, my second child, Gunnar was born. In 2000, I went back to work teaching fifth and then sixth grade at Orr Elementary School. I began teaching GATE classes in 2010. In 2020 we sold our business. Mr. Etzkorn gets to stay home now and I get to focus on my GT students! WOW!!! I have taught in LOTS of places!


*Spending time with my family and friends *Reading *Traveling *Four-wheeling


Westark Community College AA degree 1980 University of Central Arkansas BS degree 1982 University of Arkansas MEd Degree 1987 Arkansas Tech University GT Endorsement 2009


Mrs. Etzkorn

My Family

We added a member to our family!


Alba, the Shark Dog

Grand Pup, Alba

Rules and Procedures

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Internet Etiquette Rules

1. Ask yourself, “Would I say this to the person’s face?” If not, don’t say it online. 2. Do not type in ALL Caps as it represents shouting. 3. Be respectful of your classmates. It’s OK to disagree, but it is not OK to belittle classmates’ ideas and writing. Do not flame or use harsh criticism. 4. Be forgiving. 5. Avoid using humor or sarcasm. A lack of facial expression can cause people to misinterpret humor as a personal attack. 6. Proofread before posting for spelling and punctuation errors. 7. Be aware of classmates’ diverse backgrounds. Try not to monopolize discussions, but encourage others to participate.

Chromebook Rules and Procedures

1. Bring your Chromebook to class each week. 2. Don't surf the web without permission. 3. Only go to sites that have been approved.

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Classroom Procedures


Give your best.

Always be respectful.

Take time to be prepared.

Evolve into a leader.


Grading Rubrics

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General Grading Rubric

Outstanding Engineer:

Satisfactory Engineer:

Needs Improvement Engineer:


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Self Reflection Assessment
Project Name:

Project members:

List the major steps of the project:

What is the most important thing you learned in this project?

What could you have spent more time on or done differently?

What part of the project did you enjoy most?

What part of the project did you enjoy least?

On what part of the project did you do your best work?

Do you feel like your team members did their fair share of work on the project? Why or why not?

FAIRVIEW 2020-21


The Troll's Bridge

A House for Pig

The Troll's Bridge

The Troll's Bridge

The Troll's Bridge

The Troll's Bridge

Limbless Leaf Panda--Bailey Jane

"Betty" -- Addison


Christmas Tree--Dallas

"Mac and Cheese" Penguin--Myzie

Turtle-- Emma

--- Moses

ZOOM with Noah!

Breakout EDU- Dom

Breakout EDU - Joe and Moses

Breakout EDU - Addison and Jillian

ORR 2020-21



Virtual Student, Miah

Victoria, Montgomery and Pierce

PIKE 2020-21


Dusty and Ayden

Fairview 2019-20


Ten Apples on Top

Share Fest

Building straw rockets

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Astronaut Relay race

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Astronaut relay race

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Flying drones

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Testing lunar landers

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Building straw rockets

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Flying drones

Quiz Bowl

Final Quiz Bowl GAME!

Breakout Boxes

Quiz Bowl

Fifth Grade GATE wins First Place at Quiz Bowl

Breakout Boxes

Orr 2019-20


Programming HUMAN robots


Learning to play Gimkit

Share Fest

Launching straw rockets Allie and Malea won first place!

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Astronaut relay

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Astronaut Relay

Quiz Bowl

Pike 2019-20


Share Fest

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Newsletters 2020-21

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Newsletters 2019-20


First Nine Weeks

Second Nine Weeks

Third Nine Weeks



Where to play...

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QUIZLET Directions

  • Student will receive a Join Quizlet Class link from their GT Teacher.
  • Student/Parent can click on the link 
  • If student does NOT have a quizlet account then click the box that says “Sign up for free to request access”
  • If the student is under 13, I am providing Parent FAQ sheet and parent can assist with signing up for Quizlet.
  • Fill out the sign up form..VERY IMPORTANT for the username the student MUST include the name of the school district in order for points to be tracked in competition.  For ex.  Alma23, Ozark1, ParisGT11.  
  • Once you complete sign-up and submit you will be directed to a screen and will click “Join Class”.
  • If a student does have a Quizlet account they will be able to sign in and join the class. However, in order to track any points they earn for their GT program they will need to change their username on their account and add the district name in it.  You can chase username on account once.
  • Once you do this you have access to the sets of questions that are available for competition.
  • Click on the set of questions that interests you.   For example “ Greek Mythology”
  • The question set opens and you scroll down through the list of ways to study and then you will find “Match” listed under the header of play.
  • “MATCH” is the game that will be used for the competition.  You will be using your mouse to click and drag or click to match terms to definitions, or images to titles, etc.  
  • This is a timed competition. After you complete a round you will see the list of top finishers. You can play the game as many times and as often as you wish to improve your time.  The game shuffles the terms so you don’t always get the same ones to match.
  • You may compete in as many question sets as you wish within your class.
  • Each Monday points will be awarded to the top three ranked players in each set of questions. First will receive 15 points, Second will receive 10 points and third will receive 5 points for their GT program.  Points will accumulate until May 30th when the competition will end and the top three GT programs will be awarded trophies.  
  • A leader board for GT Programs will be sent to GT Coordinators on Tuesdays.
  • You can utilize a computer, laptop, ipad, tablet, or cell phone to compete.  

What is QUIZLET?

Quizlet is a web-based application developed to help students study information through interactive tools and games. Quizlet's mission is to help students (and teachers) practice and master what they're learning.


GFESC GT Coordinator Karen Grady is hosting a Quizlet competition for the GT programs served by GFESC.  The competition is completely voluntary, however there will be trophies awarded to the three GT programs that accumulate the most points by May 30, 2020. 
  •  Any student who wishes to participate will create a free account with Quizlet and join the class using the link.
  • Within each Class there will be question sets. Students may choose question sets that interest them to work with for the competition.  Once a student opens a question set they will utilize the MATCH option under Play on the left hand side.  The student will work to complete the matches and their time is recorded.  A Student can compete over and over to lower their completion time in order to increase opportunity to gain points for their GT program.
  • Students may work with as many of the available question sets in their classroom as they wish.  
  • On Mondays Karen Grady will visit each question set and document the top three scoring participants that she can identify from GFESC Districts and award points to their GT Program.   (15 points for first, 10 for second, 5 for third)
  • When students receive link and create account they need to put their school district name as part of their user name...ex.  Alma23, County Line Indian 17..etc in order for their points to be awarded to their respective GT Program.
  • An updated Leader Board will be sent to all GT Coordinators on Tuesday to share with students.
  • New question sets will be added periodically so things do not get stagnant.

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