Happy New Year!
Here is a little bit of what is happening right now in PACE...
First grade read Snowflake Bentley. They discussed symmetry and how snowflakes are symmetric.
Second grade started their World of Wonders unit. They read A School Like Mine and discussed how schools differ around the world, from Europe and Asia to Australia, Africa, and the Americas.
Third graders have continued to explore with MicroWorlds. They have learned to animate and add music to their programs.
The students are using math and spatial skills to create a house floor plan to meet the needs of a fictional family. They must also calculate the price of the house based on the cost factors handout given to them.
Over the next few weeks, fifth graders will be learning the basics of the stock market. Starting in February, they will participate in the Stock Market Game. It is a real-world simulation which will enable them to discover the risks and rewards involved in the stock market.
I will be assessing potential PACE students during the month of January. This might impact PACE classes in the next week or two.