Re-2 Caravans travel around the world in just six days

Kay Vasilakis

The culmination celebration for the Garfield Re-2 Talented and Gifted Caravans unit was held on May 15 at Roy Moore Elementary School.G&T Coordinators Christy Walters, Jennifer Ellsperman and Delaine McBride met weekly with third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students in teams referred to as Caravans to study world geography. Each team chose a name, bought supplies, and “traveled” the world together through a simulation activity. The teams earned “travel dots” to move across a world map, stopping to find artifacts for a museum and earning gold pieces to buy more supplies.A dimension of catastrophe and/or good fortune was added as students drew Fate Cards twice per day, trapping them in quicksand or befriending them with a Polynesian king. They also played games, did crafts, and made food from other countries. The team with the most gold pieces at the end of the six-week unit was declared the winner. District third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers recommended the participating students. These multi-aged groups worked well together, according to McBride. Several people visited the Caravan teams to share their life experiences about different parts of the world. Manami Yoshimura came to speak to the Esma Lewis students about life in Japan, and a representative from the Frontier Museum in Glenwood talked to all the groups about the responsibilities of being a museum curator. During the final event at Roy Moore Elementary, the students sampled a variety of food from the countries they studied, from sushi to chocolate fondue, while they listened to oral reports from other students. “The biggest complaint was that it only lasted for six days! This was very rewarding to hear,” said McBride.Rifle Middle School will host orientations for the fourth grade on May 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and the same evening for fifth grade from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The infamous Esma Lewis Elementary Talent Show will be held at 9 a.m. in the school gymnasium on May 30, the last day of school. Teachers and students have been working on their entertainment for some time, and everyone at the school eagerly anticipates the unexpected talent of students and staff alike.The Roy Moore Elementary Parent Association (RMEPA) puts forth a huge effort to make the Roy Moore Elementary School Summer Reading Incentive a huge deal for RME students. Every child at Roy Moore Elementary receives a reading log for June, and teachers mail additional logs for the months of July and August. For each monthly reading log a student returns to school in August, he or she will receive a ticket to enter a drawing for incredible prizes including CD players, bikes, dinners for families, games and toys. Every participant receives free books. RMEPA spends countless hours procuring these prizes from generous local businesses for summer reading motivation.Roy Moore Elementary’s third-grade CSAP reading scores showed 79 percent of the students scored advanced or proficient, which is above the state average. Only 2 percent of the third graders scored unsatisfactory on the CSAP reading test, lower than the 7 percent state average.

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