Tiger Pause, Take 2

A new round of Tiger Pause enrichment classes started on Tuesday. No doubt many adventures and lots of learning will be encountered in the coming weeks!

Third graders enrolled in ACE will be exploring the Project M3 Me in Measurement unit. Project M3 is a curriculum created by staff at the University of Connecticut specifically for use with gifted students.  Throughout the Me in Measurement unit, 3rd grade ACE students will be hard at work measuring objects, making estimates, developing personal benchmarks, and focusing on accuracy.  Students will take the unit a step further by exploring ratio as part of the “Build a Yeti” project.  They’ll team up to discuss which measurements they might need to make a yeti, record the necessary measurements on a chart, then determine the size of a yeti’s body parts based on an assigned ratio.  The next step in making a yeti?   Making a few body parts, naturally!

 Grade 4 ACE Humanities groups have launched a unit called Meet the Press.  Students will take a look at some current events and some not-so-current events!   The kids will travel back in time with Ms. Allan to become eyewitnesses to historical news events.  The fourth graders will then set about researching a variety of historical topics (Jackie Robinson’s debut on the Dodgers, the sinking of the Titanic, the Irish Potato Famine, and more!) and will then hold Meet the Press panel discussions featuring the likes of Michelangelo, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Eric the Red!

Grade 4 ACE Math students are working on a Project M3 unit, as well.  There’s is entitled  At the Mall with Algebra: Working with Variables and Equations.  The Project M3 curriculum has a heavy emphasis on being able to communicate ideas verbally and in written form, so as the students are introduced to algebraic thinking, their problem solving and math communication skills will be strengthened.  In the included “I’m Thinking of a Number” activities, the students are introduced to the idea of using a variable to represent changing quantities.  “Number Tricks” require students to write equations that represent a rule, and variables with specific values are explored through “Variable Puzzles”.

Fifth graders have launched into the ever popular Create a Country unit.  Each fifth grade ACE student has selected a land mass and is in the process of developing everything a new country might need – money, a flag, a national anthem, and more.  As the kids discover their geographic neighbors, they’ll no doubt have an issue or two to tackle!  This unit is always one of the students’ favorites and a great opportunity for creativity to merge with learning.

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