Tiger Pause classes started this week for all of the ACE students and loads of creative and enriching things are happening all around the building!
Third Grade ACE students are busily engaged in figuring out the lay of the land on Mystery Island, where they’ve recently found themselves shipwrecked. The students have been locating the bodies of water on Mystery Island, researching its various landforms and vegetation, and exploring the average annual temperatures and rainfall for each of its regions. Let’s hope it helps them determine where the best locations for settlements might be because a solid choice will lead to greater success as the simulation continues!
Meanwhile, Fourth Grade ACE students have plans underway to build a lunar colony. After conducting initial research into conditions on the moon and preparing maps of the surface of the moon, the fourth grade ACE students will be presented with a series of “Situation Sheets” and “Dilemma Cards”. The “Situation Sheets” highlight specific lunar features with which the colonizing team must contend. How will they manage the diminished gravity on the moon, for example? What will they do about the oxygen situation? “Dilemma Cards”, on the other hand, are designed to throw the kids a few curve balls. Budget cuts partway through the project mean the planning teams will need to slash their passenger lists. Who, then, will they keep on their limited list of colonists? The project promises to engage the students in a great deal of discussion, research, collaboration, and creativity!