AT Times Newsletter

from Mrs. Mogle's Class

Student Progress Updates

Tomorrow, April 28, 2015, your child will receive a current report of his or her grades in A.T. Please review these with your child. Remember, an E or EXC indicates the student was excused from the assignment, usually because it was only given to those students who needed it at that time. M or MIS means an assignment was not handed in. Students have five days from tomorrow to turn in missing assignments.


Please encourage your child to keep working to improve right up until the end of the year!

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Noetic Learning Math Contest

The math classes in the Academically Talented Program at Prairie Point Elementary School recently participated in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. The third and fourth graders had a local competition to see who could earn the best score. Fifth graders’ scores were also submitted to the Noetic Learning website to be entered in the national competition. The contest consisted of 20 problems. Students had 45 minutes to solve as many as they could. The purpose of the contest is to spark students’ interest in math, to help them further develop their problem-solving abilities, and to encourage them to set their goals high.

Class winners in third grade were as follows: 1st place, Colin Brakeall, 2nd place, Charlie Snyder, and 3rd place, Chance Marlowe. In fourth grade, Kaiden Kohls placed first, Jacqueline Engdahl placed second, and Ella Schrader, Tori Segarra, and Emily Thomas tied for third. There was a tie for first place in fifth grade between Brian Stratton and Aidan Maddox. Avery Veselik placed second, and Riley Travis placed third in their fifth grade class. Students who placed in the national competition will receive their awards at the awards assembly at the end of the school year.
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Third Graders Meet Yeti, Plan Party

One of our recent projects with the M3 (Mentoring Mathematical Minds) unit was to draw a life-sized picture of a Yeti using only the measurement of its footprint. Our Yetis are enjoying their homes in the hallway and have generated quite a bit of interest from other classes. We have also been planning a “party” for 30 people by calculating various ways to buy the equivalent of 72 cups of lemonade and enough cake for everyone to have a volume of a certain number of cubic units. Between now and the end of the year, we will be checking to make sure we have mastered all of the standards in the Common Core, and we will continue with our measurement unit in M3.
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Fourth Graders Look at Math from All Angles

Fourth graders have been working on all types of measurement, including angles. We took a three-day hiatus during PARCC testing. Now that we have conquered the PARCC, we will be assessing our skills and working on those standards we still need to meet, as well as having fun using our skills to solve problems. We hope to try out some M3 activities involving representing and interpreting data during the month of May.

Fifth Graders Look Ahead to Analysis and Algebra

We have worked at least a bit on all the standards for fifth grade. Now we are brushing up on the areas we still need to develop. Next week we will begin our M3 unit, “Using Algebra to Analyze Change.”

Third Grade Readers Paraphrase Patriotic Documents

We are just finishing our unit on Patriotic Documents, including the Pledge of Allegiance, The Star Spangled Banner, and the Illinois Song. During this unit we developed our close reading skills as we learned to paraphrase text. For each text, we identified unfamiliar words, found the definitions, and then synthesized the information to make sense of the text. Our next unit will involve reading some historical information and a piece of historical fiction.

Fourth Grade Readers Revolutionize Writing about Reading

This quarter we have been reading informational text about the American Revolution. Students have been challenged to write main idea statements and summaries and to answer text-dependent questions. We are spending quite a bit of time on these skills to make sure the students include all of the important information from the text in their responses. Parents may notice that the midterm grades are lower, as students are learning to be more thorough in their writing. We are continuing to practice. Grades at the end of the quarter will reflect the progress students make, as the later assignments will be weighted more heavily than the early ones. This unit may continue for the rest of the quarter if students need more practice. If not, we will read one more fiction piece before the end of the year.

Rising and Pajamas in Fifth Grade

We wrapped up our unit on Esperanza Rising by applying what we learned about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the events in the novel through an essay assignment. In our next unit we will work on inference, character, and point of view as we read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.