Seeking Educational Activities to Reach and Challenge Higher Level Thinking Skills 
      From the LCPS gifted webpage
      "SEARCH teachers provide model lessons in thinking skills to students in grades K-4. Classroom teachers work with the SEARCH teacher to screen students for referral and identification for gifted services. The bi-weekly SEARCH lessons are designed to foster an environment that encourages students to think, take intellectual risks, and develop an excitement for learning and discovery across a variety of thinking skills.
      The SEARCH curriculum is problem-solving based and founded upon gifted education research. The curriculum spirals developmentally through five components:  reasoning, perceiving, connecting, evaluating, and creating. Each grade level learns about each component at increasingly more complex and abstract levels. "
    • From Mrs. Styles
      SEARCH is for all students K-3.  I visit the K-3 classrooms twice per month.   I present a creative or critical thinking lesson that is intended to challenge students and give them an opportunity to think in new and different ways.   No grades are given for SEARCH and you will not find it on the report card.   SEARCH allows me to observe / screen students for possible future referrals for gifted services.   All students benefit from the exposure to critical thinking and creative thinking opportunities.  We play games, work alone or in groups, solve puzzles, draw, and write (unusual ideas are encouraged).  It is important that students gain experience persevering in the face of a challenge, as there will certainly always be tasks that are difficult throughout life.  SEARCH is a great time to take an academic risk and showcase those "outside the box" ideas without worrying about grades.  
    • All 3rd graders are screened by the gifted department in the spring.   During our SEARCH time, we work on making a portfolio.  This means I keep a folder with student work samples that will be used as part of the screening process.   In addition to the portfolio, MAP and CoGat scores are considered. 
    • 4th and 5th graders can also go through this process.  If they were not found eligible in 3rd grade they can be re-referred, or if they are new to the county as they enter 4th or 5th grade, they can be referred.  

             Keep an eye out for special events from the gifted department to find out more (Gifted information nights), or contact me with any             questions you may have.