OUR FOURTH GRADE PACE CLASS
Students in the 4th Grade PACE classroom will grow their love of reading by being challenged to read 30 or more books.
Additionally, students will learn how to seek out information not easily found in books as they study the diverse regions of Washington State. In this project students are tasked with writing handwritten letters to the Chambers of Commerce of various cities throughout the state to request more information about each region. Finally, student will practice synthesizing and communicating this information through a travel slide show for parents. Traditionally, this unit is enriched by a PACE field trip to the Washington State Corn Maze. Further, our study of Washington State government is brought to life by the PACE field trip to the State Capitol Building.
Another highlight of 4th Grade PACE is their study of Washington State Native Americans–enriched by a PACE field trip to Tillicum Village on Blake Island.
Both math and science become “hands-on.” Students will research and conduct their own science experiment shared at the Lockwood Science Fair. And math activities engage students as they work in math groups and participate in “math chat.”
Leadership and outreach skills come into play as students meet with Lockwood kindergarten buddies monthly and visit a local senior center (roughly 3 times each year) to partner with the residents for Art Club.
This packed curriculum is frequently supplemented by PACE parents facilitating cooking, art or science enrichment activities. Your talents help to enrich our classroom!
OUR FOURTH GRADE PACE TEACHER
Ms. Tradal is a UW graduate (BA in Earth Science and Masters in Education) with and Elementary Endorsement from Seattle Pacific University. She has taught science at Canyon Park Junior High for 10 years and, using her extensive science background, spear-headed and implemented both the Egg Drop and Science Fair at Lockwood Elementary.
Ms. Tradal is married with three children–all of whom went through the PACE program (she’s a former PACE Parent!). In her free time, she enjoys camping, and growing dahlias and blueberries.