February 2016

Supply Check

Please ask your child to see their PACE spiral! It contains a lot of information that we have been working on this year, and it should still have pages left for the rest of the year. Some of the spirals may need to be replaced. Thank you!

General Information

  • PACE testing has finished and regular schedule has resumed!!
  • Wordmasters 2nd competition is at the end of this month (grades 3-5)
  • #MrsGPACE and @MavsPACE. Follow me on Twitter!

5th Grade

This week we played the investment game in class. This game allowed us to look at the returns and losses of different types of investments. We used this to calculate our proceeds for a year and to make the connection between chance and risk when making investments.

We also learned the parts of a stock table and began a scavenger hunt on The next step is to get into our groups and begin looking for different stocks that we are going to invest in for the simulation.

4th Grade

My 4th graders have been learning about the history of robots, some present day examples of robots, and they are currently working on a research project to answer these 4 questions:

1) What are some current uses of robots in this industry?

2) What types of robots are used?

3) What capabilities do these robots have?

4) Why are robots used instead of humans?

They will present their research to the group next week. Each group will have 1 slide which is a visual representation of the robots and they are creating songs that answer the 4 questions to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." I will be sure to take some videos of the groups presenting to share!

Hanson Robotics is proud to introduce Jules

3rd Grade

We have been working on note-taking and patterns. The students are currently creating their own coat of arms and then will create a poem and a narrative piece of writing about their shields. We will finish these up and move into patterns with shapes by making tessellations as we move forward to our next unit...Astro-Blast! This is an exciting unit where they work in teams to solve challenges about our Solar System to reach the next galaxy.

2nd Grade and 1st Grade

Mathews PACE – Gr. 1 & 2 with Mrs. Pruitt

The first graders reviewed what we’d learned about snow from reading Snowflake Bentley and created a postcard using the computer to share something they had learned as well as designed and sketched a winter scene for it. Our experience with “snow” may be it for the winter in TX. We’ll see what Feb. brings. Since today is Puzzle Day, we played a game of Qwirkle looking for patterns and unlocking puzzles.

Second grade is beginning their new unit titled “World of Wonder”. They, too, used the computer program to type a postcard telling me of their winter break. Some were cozy, hanging out at home, enjoying free time. Others were world travels, telling me of the many places and sites they saw. We examined some atlases looking at the continents and oceans. Still surprises me that it is now considered to have 5 oceans instead of 4…Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern. Always something new!