Primary SAGE K-2

Location: SAGE Center - Northland Innovation Campus


On a typical day in the Northland Innovation Center, multiple engaging learning experiences are available for each student. The Primary SAGE program encourages independent and self-directed learning. The students rotate through mathematics problem solving and individualized math, creative problem solving, affective education, Spanish, and self-selected Units of Study. In addition, the kindergarten and first graders receive science instruction while the second graders choose an exploratory topic to study.

Math instruction includes ten research-based problem solving strategies that build a child's confidence and provides them with the tools they need to succeed in math. Students use these strategies to solve individualized real-world problems.

Creative problem solving challenges occur through a variety of activities. These experiences build students' fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration skills.

Within affective education, students have conversations on learning styles, goal setting, strengths and weaknesses, different types of “giftedness,” and why they need specialized instruction.

Primary students receive Spanish language instruction during the SAGE day with a different theme each week. The Spanish instructor uses review and practice as well as games, songs, and activities to reinforce student mastery of beginning vocabulary. Spanish instruction takes place during second semester and is one of the highlights of the day for many students. 


Students investigate various components of art, science, social studies, math, and communication arts through student-selected units of study. Throughout these units, students have an opportunity to choose such topics as: forensic science, rainforests, coding, theater, mock trials, archeology, marine biology, and physics.

Exploratories are keyed to the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating) and higher-level thinking activities. At an exploratory center, for example, second grade students can choose to investigate such topics as: mummies, the Statue of Liberty, the Titanic, sea turtles, rocks & minerals, the human body, electricity, microscopes, Eric Carle, puppetry, sign language, tessellations, and pentominoes. Students investigate topics through a variety of informational materials and tools, and they demonstrate what they have learned by creating projects which show understanding using the different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Examples of projects might include using multimedia to teach others, three-dimensional models and descriptions, digital books, real world problem solving, and comparison graphs and charts.

Students in the SAGE program will work in a one-to-world computing environment, which supports our vision of opening our students to limitless opportunities for learning. Students will undertake challenging and stimulating learning experiences supported by instant access to global information resources and powerful tools for information processing, collaboration, creation, and transformation. SAGE Instructors will facilitate the usage of various technological tools and applications in the spirit of the SAMR model to interweave these tools into instruction so students utilize technology in a transformational way.


For more information on Gifted Education in North Kansas City Schools, please contact the Northland Innovation Center at (816) 321-5350

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