PACE News Flash

Notes from Ms. Froemming--September 24, 2015

What We're Up To...

1st Grade: The first graders are working their way through the SCAMPER creative thinking technique. Ask your first grader about letters S, C, A, and M, and what they stand for! Later this week, we will move on to the letter P, which stands for Put to Other Uses.

2nd Grade: The Microworlds computer programming unit is a hit with the second graders! We created a simple program that commands the turtle to draw a square. We also learned how to change the turtle's color, and the students just started a program today that will allow the turtle to dance! Stay tuned...

3rd Grade: The third graders are hard at work trying to crack the Chocolate Caper case! We've eliminated several suspects based on their alibis, and now we are checking with witnesses to see if anyone else's alibi can be substantiated. I anticipate that the students will solve the case by next week...we'll see if they can figure out the clues!

4th Grade: The fourth graders are learning about the forces of tension and compression, and how those two forces help to hold structures up! One of the first structures we are discussing in detail is the dome. Ask your fourth grader where the forces of tension and compression are on a dome and what kind of problems they might cause! I hope they'll be able to tell you, because they needed that knowledge when building their domes out of marshmallows and toothpicks this week! Check out the photos on the PACE Instagram!

5th Grade: The Bill of Rights has been the focus of the fifth graders for the past few classes! Each group of students is analyzing a specific amendment to the Constitution. They are deciphering the meaning of their amendment, determining why they think the Founding Fathers included it in the Bill of Rights, and linking it to our lives today. Each group is creating a presentation using Prezi, Google Slides or some other type of presentation tool to share their knowledge with the rest of the group. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Kid-Safe Search Engines

At our PACE New Parent meeting, I mentioned to several of you that there are some kid-safe search engines available online. Please see the links below!

PACE Instagram!

Be sure to follow the Wells PACE Instagram account to see what we're up to! It is a privateaccount. Only for Wells PACE families! Please send me a quick email ( with your username, so I know it is you when you request to follow our account!

Wells PACE Instagram Account: @kelly.froemming

Thanks for reading!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi! Email is the best way to communicate with me.

Kelly Froemming

PACE Specialist, Wells Elementary