What's Happening in Mitchell PACE

Volume 3- November/December

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1st grade

We've read Nate the Great and the Sticky Case by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. This book is about a young detective who solves a case involving a missing dinosaur stamp. Students are in the process of conducting research about a dinosaur (or 2) of their choice. They will then create a presentation to share their knowledge with each other.

2nd grade

Students have looked at family traditions and culture; sharing information about their own history and what makes us each unique. We are in the process of creating a book to share about our diversity. We will then begin learning about map skills and use Google Earth to create a tour of places of interest to share with each other.

3rd grade

Who dunnit? We have almost cracked the case of the Chocolate Caper! Once the mystery is solved, we will begin a study of Patterns. Students will explore patterns in nature, language arts and math.

4th grade

We are wrapping up our architectural unit and will begin our next unit, Robotics. This unit invites students to realize that what was once a scientific fantasy may become a scientific fact over time. Technology available today makes the fictional robots of Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne a reality. Student's first project will involve them researching an industry that uses robots and create a presentation to share with the rest of the PACE crew.

5th grade

Students have discussed several cases involving the 1st amendment and started discussions about the 4th Amendment. We will be delving into a few more cases, both fictional and factual, involving the 4th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They will have to justify opposing points of view, identify facts, interpret documents, etc. We will also begin our next unit, The Stock Market.


  • PACE progress reports will be sent home with K-2 students December 17 and in report card covers for grades 3-5. Feedback is provided for time spent in PACE only.
  • The assessment window for PACE testing in grades K-5 starts Jan. 5, 2016 - Feb. 12, 2016. Please remember that PACE classes will be held during this testing period, but modified.