Intermediate ALPs (Grades 3-5)
Advanced Learner Programs in grades 3-5 is designed to engage all students in the learning and application of concepts and skills at greater depth and complexity. Advanced Learner Programs are designed to provide all students with increased opportunities for advanced instruction. In addition, they assure that students identified through the AACPS Gifted and Talented Identification Process receive daily instruction in curriculum designed specifically for highly advanced learners.
All students in grades 3-5 will participate in one or more of the following:
Hands-On Equations: This is a unique program that provides students with the foundational beginning of algebra in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Hands-On Equations performs the essential function of demystifying algebraic notation through its unique visual representation of equations using pawns and numbered cubes. Students are expected to complete levels I-III of Hands-On Equations between grades three and five.
Jacob’s Ladder: This reading comprehension strategy was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. It targets specific skills by moving students from basic understanding to critical literary analysis.
ALPs Single-Subject Language Arts Trail, Grades 3-5: Students identified as Gifted and Talented or Advanced in language arts will participate in the Language Arts Single-Subject Trail in Grades 3-5. This trail is the advanced study of reading/language arts. Students will receive instruction that addresses on-grade level and above-grade level outcomes from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Literacy Curriculum. Appropriate instructional strategies will allow for differentiated instruction among the levels of gifted and advanced learners. Additionally students will have the opportunity to participate in the following:
- Crosswalk: a curricular alignment designed to link advanced learning opportunities to the grade level reading curriculum in which students participate in hands-on real-world experiences as they research engaging topics
- William and Mary: emphasizes literature, higher-level questioning, persuasive writing, oral communication, and language study with a strong emphasis placed on developing an understanding of the concept of change with increased depth and complexity
ALPs Single-Subject Math Trail, Grades 3-5: Students identified as Gifted and Talented or Advanced in mathematics will participate in the math Single-Subject Trail in Grades 3-5. These students receive “compacted” instruction of on-grade level mathematics. Compacting is followed by the full implementation of M³: Mentoring Mathematical Minds.
- M³- Mentoring Mathematical Minds: (commonly known as M-Cubed) is a mathematics curriculum designed for advanced learners in grades 3, 4, and 5. This curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving, and discussion about math and its real-world applications. Learners engage in investigations, projects, and simulations to involve students in active problem-solving. Throughout the course, the development of rich verbal and written mathematical communication is included to enhance learning and promote higher order thinking skills. Students work as practicing mathematicians using journal entries to deepen their understanding. The use of Hint Cards and Think Beyond Cards allow for differentiated instruction among the levels of advanced learners.