We have created information on the topics of math, reading, writing, research, and interactive resources  to be used in the Elementary School setting.  We have attempted to reach all areas of the curriculum that we teach in our gifted classrooms.  We will be presenting these webpages to our Gifted staff and allowing them to link these pages to their webpages.

Project was completed by Laura Beeghly,Tina Buda, Marie Spomer


Literature Suggestions for Gifted & Talented Students
L: Lexile Level         RL: Reading Level              IL: Interest Level

"Reading Instruction With Gifted and Talented Readers" by Patricia F. Woods encourages bibliotherapy which provides literature for the social and emotional needs needs of students. High level discussions and opportunities for critical/analytical and creativity reading activities are strategies that challenge high ability learners. Students should be encouraged to make inferences, analyze text and understand elements of literature.

"Gifted Students and Reading Instruction: What is the Best Strategy" by Anne Vize explains it can be a challenge to provide appropriate reading materials for the gifted learner because they are able to read text that is beyond their years and experiences. Teachers and parents can find out what their reading level is but should pay close attention to the content to make sure it's appropriate for the students.

Gunning (1992) provided an excellent summary of the characteristics of a model program for gifted reader:

To grow intellectually, gifted students need challenging books. They need fiction with complex plots and carefully developed characters, and informational books that explore topics in depth. They should read books and periodicals that spark their imaginations, broaden their horizons, and cause them to wonder and question.


Books include the gifted framework of the Omaha Public Schools. The framework includes social emotional development, problem solving, critical/analytical thinking, creativity, and research.


Mentor Texts for Teaching Writing to
Gifted & Talented Students

*Please click on the cover of each book to access lesson plans through the Nevada Writing Project.*
Picture Books
  Title: The Three Bears
Author:  Paul Galdone

  Title:  Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street
Author:  Roni Schotter
Traits/Skills: Idea Development, Word Choice

Title:  Amelia's Notebook    
Marissa Moss

Idea Development

Title:  Brave Margaret
Author:  Robert San Souci
Traits/Skills: Organization, Idea Development


  Title:  Dancing in the Wings
Author:  Debbie Allen

Traits/Skills: Sentence Fluency, Conventions
  Title: If Not for the Cat
Author:  Jack Prelutsky
Traits/Skills: Word Choice, Idea Development


Title:  I Love You the Purplest
Author: Barbara Joosse
Title: The Boy Who Loved Words
Author:  Roni Schotter

  Title:  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Author:  Linda Williams
Traits/Skills: Onomatopoeia
  Title:  Potluck
Author:  Anne Shelby

 Traits/Skills: Alliteration
  Title:  The Little House
Author:  Virginia Lee Burton

 Traits/Skills: Point of View
  Title:  Tough Boris
Author:  Mem Fox
  Traits/Skills: Word Choice, Idea Development

Title: Tuesday
David Wiesner









Mentor Texts for Teaching Writing to
Gifted & Talented Students

*Please click on the cover of each book to access lesson plans through the Nevada Writing Project.*
Chapter Books

Title:  Dear Mr. Henshaw
Author:   Beverly Cleary
Traits/Skills: Organization, Idea Development

Title: George Washington's Socks
Author:  Elvira Woodruff

Traits/Skills: Idea Development, Organization

Title: Holes
Author: Louis Sachar

Traits/Skills: Word Choice, Voice

Title:  Sarah, Plain and Tall
Author:  Patricia MacLachlan
Traits/Skills: Word Choice, Sentence Fluency
Title:  Stargirl
Author:  Jerry Spinelli


Idea Development, Organization


Title:   The Twits
Author:  Roald Dahl

Traits/Skills: Organization, Sentence Fluency


Title:  Walk Two Moons
Author:  Sharon Creech

Traits/Skills: Idea Development, Word Choice

Title:  Where the Red Fern Grows
Author:  Wilson Rawls
Word Choice, Voice




Mathematically Gifted Students
by Rotigel, J. & Fello

Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed Ability Classroom
by Dana T. Johnson

Differentiating the Curriculum for the Elementary Gifted Math Students

Math is Not a Four Letter Word
by Marilyn Burns

Unraveling Mathematical Giftedness
by Katerina Kontoyianni, Maria Kattou, Demetra Pitta-Pantazi, &
Constantinos Christou

Characteristics of Highly Able Math Students
byThe National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Giftedness and Mathematics
by Derek Haylock with Fiona Thangata

Highly Gifted Children
by Helen Dowland

See if you can draw what you read  in the poem "Shapes" and compare the picture in the book.

Discover why the bed is the wrong size for the king.

How many humpback whales will fit into a house?

Math and literature computation sites   Connect math concepts with literature books.

 General Math Literature Books Bring math concepts alive for your students with engaging literature and picture books.

Linda's Learning Links  Literature and activities are shared that will spark students' interest in math.

Math and Children's Literature  Online resources and booklists that will help you integrate literature in your math instruction.

Math and Literature Idea Bank  Find out how to teach math using literature books.

Math Drills  Generate math worksheets on many math concepts.

Word Problems provided  for all grade levels.

Supplemental math curriculum for parents and teachers.

Dad created these math worksheets.

Printable Worksheets for every grade level in the topics of math, language arts, science, and social studies.

Jump into worksheets for all ages and content.


iTAG Project
How to Make an Interactive Form Office for Mac 2008 Downloadable PDF
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter

Read the story Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street and download the interactive document.  Put on your thinking cap as you answer high level questions and be ready to use illustrations as a graphic organizer to create an exciting new story!

Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Read the story Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss and download the interactive document. Dive into the world of Dr. Seuss and learn more about the elephant-bird!

Horton Hatches the Egg Interactive

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Read the story Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and answer the high level questions.  You will learn how ducks hatch and actually create your original invention!

Make Way for Ducklings Interactive

Peter and the Wolf Retold and Illustrated by Michele Lemieux

Here are the characters that you will use for your new tale!

Read the Story Peter and the Wolf retold and illustrated by Michele Lemieux and write a new tale for this popular story. Download the interactive to make a new exciting tale using icons.
Peter and the Wolf Interactive Form
Snowman Company

Download the Snowman Company PowerPoint and create an original snowman for the city of Snow Falls.  You must use use your math skills and write a proposal to the mayor.  Lots of decisons that need to be.... so let's get started!

Snowman Company Interactive PowerPoint