PACE News Flash
Notes from Ms. Froemming--December 6, 2015
Hour of Code!
Please take a look at the schedule below to know which day your child will be participating during PACE. If you choose, your child is allowed to "bring their own device" that day for the Hour of Code activities. (As long as the child has a "BYOD" permission form on file in their regular classroom.) Please note that tablets and laptops work best for what we are going to do. Smartphones do NOT work as well. Also, bringing a device is completely optional. Classroom laptops, as well as my own iPad and laptop, will also be available for student use.
4th Grade A (Murugesan & Sewell)--Tuesday
4th Grade B (Burke & Hill)--Tuesday
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What We're Up To...
2nd Grade: The second graders continue to be able to do more and more with the Microworlds program. This week, they will learn to add music to their animation, as well as change the size of the pictures in their programs.
3rd Grade: The third grade PACE students are right in the middle of the Astronomy unit. We've moved on from the Life Cycle of a Star and are now in the midst of learning more about the classification of stars using spectral charts. Ask your third grader if they remember what stars are the hottest according to the spectral chart, as well as what a star's magnitude indicates! Bonus points if they can tell you the difference between "magnitude" and "apparent magnitude".
4th Grade: Science Fiction often becomes Science Fact! This will continue to be the theme of the next couple of weeks as the fourth graders learn more about artificial intelligence (including Watson, the amazing Jeopardy-playing computer) and Jules Verne's amazing fictional predictions that eventually came true.
5th Grade: This week, the fifth graders will debate different cases involving the 1st and 4th Amendments. Each group needed to prepare both sides of the case, as they won't know which side they are arguing until the day of the debate! From there, we will be moving into Intellectual Property law, including topics like copyrights, patents, and trademarks.
If I don't see you before Winter Break, enjoy the time off! I hope all of you have a safe, relaxing, and fun break--full of good food, happy cheer, and time with family and friends!
Thanks for reading!
PACE Specialist, Wells Elementary