Ideas & Resources for Motivated or Gifted Learners: 8-10

Share these advanced books and activities if your child is looking for a challenge.
By Michelle Anthony, PhD




If your 3rd- to 5th-grade is more advanced than classmates, engage her with some of these challenging books and activities: 

  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg: Each of the four protagonists in the book has their own story to tell, thus making this a wonderful chapter book for advanced readers to use for better understanding voice. 
  • Dictionary Fun is a wonderful site to make learning words a whole lot of fun. It will take your gifted reader on a journey of enhanced vocabulary development through games and quizzes that will adapt to his level. As he advances, he unlocks harder challenges!
  • Explore The Invention of Hugo Cabaret in a whole new way! This multidimensional site will allow gifted students to draw on engineering, writing, and thinking skills.
  • The challenge itself is a wonderful opportunity for gifted kids to put ideas together for a real world purpose. However, even when the challenge is not collecting submissions, the site has many engaging interactive opportunities to spark passion and ignite learning.
  • Allow your gifted child to explore his own voice through this interactive editorial workshop on issues from Ink Heart by Cornelia Funk.
  • Wonderopolis is a fabulous site to visit every day. Presents a different interesting visual “wonder” everyday, and encourages kids’ curiosity and creativity as they find out more about the topic of the day.
  • Math Pickle is wonderful math site that goes beyond practicing facts and offers children challenging problems in a fun way. The site offers curricular games, puzzles, and mini-competitions.
  • Feed Me Oil iPad app: Engaging way to apply physics to fun. Can your child feed each crazy monster the oil it craves?
  • Rocket Math iPad app: Adjusts to your child’s needs and abilities, engages him in missions and rocket launches. Kids can learn and play on this app for hours! 
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Pre-School to High School by Judith Wynn Halsted.
  • One Minute Mysteries Science/Math by Eric Yoder: Engage problem solving, inference, creative thinking, predictions and math/science skills with these short fun reads! 
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