# AT Times

### Newsletter from Mrs. Mogle's Class

This year our class has a few different needs than we have in the past. I would like to suggest that, instead of giving the AT teacher a gift, you may want to give something to the AT classroom. We can always use boxes of tissues, colored pencils, and small hand-held pencil sharpeners. We can also use some games, such as Equate, Muggins and related games (http://www.mugginsmath.com/store.asp), Rush Hour, The Towers of Hanoi, Pathwords, chess, and others. Happy Cubes is a type of foam puzzle you can find on Amazon.com. Please do not feel obligated: I am just making suggestions in case you are interested. You may also want to purchase one of these games for your child to play at home. MindWare (http://www.mindware.com/) is another place where you can find great games and hands-on puzzles.

## Math Classes Multiply Learning and Divide Problems

All three grade levels have been studying multiplication and division. Third graders have been learning the concepts of multiplication and division through pictures, objects, and number lines while practicing their basic multiplication facts. They have also been applying their knowledge through problem solving. Fourth graders have mastered multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers and dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. They will continue to extend their division skills in the days to come. They have also learned to write the factors or multiples of a given number and how to identify prime numbers. Fifth graders have mastered multiplication and division with whole numbers and are beginning to multiply decimals. All three grade levels continue to be challenged by unusual problem-solving activities.

## Third Graders Travel to Southwestern Illinois (Or is it Missouri?)

The third graders have been on a virtual field trip to Kaskaskia, Illinois. Did you know that this part of Illinois is WEST of the Mississippi River? Your third grader can tell you all about it. Meanwhile, we are learning lots of vocabulary and doing critical thinking as we ask ourselves questions about the text.