PACE May/June

Mrs. Kristin Glasscock

Where has the year gone?!?

Thank you so much for all of your support this year. It has been another wonderful year full of growing and learning...and we're not done yet!!
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5th Grade

We wrapped up the stock market game with a BANG! We had two teams that place in the top 100 out of 433 teams. The Stock Dragons aka McRae, Alex, and Atreya finished 56th!! They were our top winners for Mathews. Close behind them were the Buddy Brokers aka Ritwik, Tom, and Derek. They finished 65th.

We all walked away with a lot of financial knowledge that hopefully will spark an interest to smart investing later in life. We finished the unit with a competition called Invest Write, and those papers were turned in on their google classroom. If we have any winners from that competition, I will be notified at the end of the month. They've been graded and returned electronically to the children. Great job!

We are currently studying how figurative language creates meaning. Students are creating a presentation that discusses the theme of a song by breaking down how the figurative language's connotation contributes to the theme of the song, good thinking and analyzation skills required!

We will move to poetry and prose next, and try to make the most of the time we have left together.

4th Grade

Programming the EV3 robots is in full swing in our classroom. We are using flowcharts as a way to organize the steps necessary for a robot to complete a task. We started with creating flowcharts about a subject of their choice, Examples are below. It was quite humorous listening to some of them! We now are becoming very proficient at flowcharting the programming of the robot to make a 90 degree turn and a square.

Our next phase of programming will take the groups through a series of timed challenges. They are also working on finishing up their science fiction stories

Funny story- Yesterday I made a suggestion to a group to work on their keyboarding skills over the summer. That knowing the home keys and becoming an efficient keyboarder is a skill they will use often. Today, one of the students from that group had enabled the dictation feature on google docs so that he didn't have to type, just speak into the microphone. Pretty genius in my opinion!!! This group of PACE students constantly keeps me on my toes :)

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3rd Grade

We are blasting through space completing challenges of different types to move through the different galaxies. We used Messier's chart to create forced associations between the stars on the charts and star words that the groups brainstormed.

We are currently learning about the life cycle of medium and massive stars. The groups are creating presentations that will describe each step with pictures and words. They'll present these projects to the rest of the class in the next week or two.

We will finish the year looking at constellations, Google sky, and the sun!

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One last thing....

It's always bittersweet for me towards the end of the school year. My 5th graders are ready to move on to middle school and spread their wings, and I'm so fortunate to have been able to be a part of their journey at Mathews.

Having some of them for 4 years has been an amazing experience for me. It is one part of my job that I love, seeing the growth over the years. Unfortunately, it also makes my heart hurt a little to see them go.

They are an amazing group of individual, creative, analytical thinkers, and I will miss their spirit and spunk next year. Good luck, Mathews Class of 2016. I can't wait to see what the future holds for you!!

Love, Mrs. G