The Moon, a Mystery, and More!

Lunar outpost near the moon's south pole mystery novel

TJ’s Tiger Pause schedule begins on Monday and that means loads of great opportunities for our ACE students.

All third grade ACE students will participate in a unit entitled “Mystery Island”.  When their ship is blown off course and potential settlement of a mysterious island seems to be the only chance for survival, the students will need to determine where to place a signal fire, how to source fresh water, how to select a leader, and more.  Once they’ve created an ideal settlement, disaster will strike (but don’t let your favorite 3rd grader know this yet!!), forcing an evacuation.  Math will be integrated throughout the unit, as the students design an escape vehicle, calculate their resources, and plan for survival.

Drawing from the NASA Educator Unit on Lunar Colonies, fourth grade ACE teachers will lead their students through an examination of the pros and cons of colonizing the moon.  They will research topics related to the safety, sustainability , and survivability of a lunar colony, and then set about developing a plan to get to the moon and colonize it!  Math will be integrated into all of the planning as distances are calculated, funding is determined, and strategies to deal with the change in gravity are crafted.

Some ACE students in 5th grade will be creating their own novella or graphic novel, complete with a developed denouement and descriptive imagery.  Others will focus their energies this trimester on math problem solving and an exploration of topics such as binary numbers, positive and negative exponents, base systems, and the Golden Ratio.  If you have a child who has been identified for ACE in both Math and Humanities, don’t worry — they’ll have an opportunity to tackle enrichment in their other area of strength in the third trimester!

In addition to the exciting opportunities described above, Level 2 ACE students will be engaged in units dedicated to the explicit teaching of a particular sort of thinking.  Third graders, for example, will solve a variety of problems and puzzles requiring logical thinking.  Fourth graders will explore the idea of symbolic thinking in literature, and fifth graders will polish their critical thinking skills.



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