Sunday, October 18, 2015


Did you know that our class has Kindergarten buddies? Our buddy class is Miss Moore's Kindergarten. We meet with them weekly. Together the buddies have enjoyed getting to know each other with an interactive game (ex: find someone who has pets at home), sharing stories and doing a Fall scavenger hunt in the garden. Buddy time is a time that we all love!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Two Weeks in Third

We have been very busy in Room 202 over these past two weeks. We continue to work on routines and getting to know each other. The children also participated in team building activities to help practice taking turns, negotiating and collaborating. Check out these photos of the cup challenge and the paper tower challenge.

     In Math, we have been working on place value as well as standard form (2,562), written form (two thousand, five hundred sixty two) and the expanded form (2,000+500+60+2) of numbers while practicing with manipulatives on place value mats. We are now moving on to addition with numerals to 10,000 using re-grouping.

     In Reading, the children learned how shoes can help remind them to choose "just-right" books. Yes, you read that correctly! One afternoon last week, much to the astonishment of the children, I dragged out a bag that was chock full of my shoes: gardening shoes, snow boots, flip flops, dress shoes, and sneakers. I explained that each of my shoes had a purpose. I wouldn’t wear gardening shoes out to dinner or flip flops in the snow, would I? I explained that just as we wear different types of shoes for different purposes, we read different books for different purposes (typically to find out something new or just for fun). I then pointed out that my shoes reflect my interests. I don’t have soccer shoes because I am not really interested in soccer and I don’t have ski boots because I am not a skier. I explained that I choose my shoes based on my interests and, just like our shoes; we should choose our books based on our interests.

     Finally, I tried on some of the children’s shoes. After the boisterous laughter died down, I explained that even though Geovana’s flip flop and Anne’s sneaker matched my interest and purpose, I couldn’t/shouldn’t wear them because they were not a good fit for me! I would also not wear Mr. Atwell’s shoes, even if they matched my purpose and interest because they wouldn’t be a good fit for me either. I explained that again, books, like shoes, have to be a good fit for the reader. The reader has to understand what he/she is reading and know most of the words. If he/she doesn’t, then, just like the shoes I tried on, the book is not a good fit and the reader needs to choose a different book that is a better fit.

     This strategy for choosing books is called I PICK and we will revisit it frequently this year so that each child becomes skilled at picking books that match their purpose, interest and “size”. Below is a chart that shoes… I mean shows, what the I PICK acronym stands for. Talk about it together and encourage your child to use it at home, at the library and if you visit your local book store. Happy Reading! 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

First Week Team Building

What a great first week we had in Room 202! We got to know each other, practiced our classroom routines and worked together in some teamwork challenges. The children decided that these challenges helped them communicate, try out problem solving techniques, work together and persevere.
Challenge #1- The Puzzle Challenge
Work together as a team to put identical 100 piece puzzles together

Challenge #2-Saving Fred
Work together as a team and get Fred (a gummy worm) into his life preserver (gummy ring) and back into his capsized boat (Solo cup) using ONLY paper clips!


Congratulations to all of our teams! It was great to see everyone working together!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Team 202’ s Specialist Schedule 2015-2016

Monday- Library
Tuesday- LMT (Library Media Technology)
Wednesday- Physical Education
Thursday- Art & Library #2 (This #2 special will rotate approximately every six weeks. I will keep you updated as I find out more.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Day #1 and some "Housekeeping" items

It is great to be back! We had a great first day and all of the children were wonderful! We are going to have such a great year!! 

Today, among other things, we got to know each other a bit, brainstormed a list of classroom rules together, shared some stories and worked in cooperative groups to put together puzzles!

Thank you so much for all of the supplies that you sent in with your child. In our classroom we have tables instead of desks so we will share all of the supplies that you so generously donated! 

Please have your child bring his/her labeled folder back and forth each day to transport notes, papers, etc. Thank you, in advance, for your help with this.

Some other thoughts:

* Many of the children had their water bottles with them today and with this weather it is so important. It is HOT in our classroom. I do ask that they bring their water bottles home with them at the end of the day and rinse them rather than leaving them in their cubbies overnight. The water can get dingy.

*Each day we will have a working snack in the morning. Please send in one snack each day with your child.

*The next few weeks we will be focusing on rules, routines and getting to know each other while getting comfortable together as a new classroom family.  

I look forward to meeting you at "Meet the Teacher" night at the end of September (date/time TBA)! In the meantime, if you have any questions and concerns, please let me know!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Welcome to Third Grade!!

Dear Families,

    Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! This summer has flown by, as they all seem to do these days. This fall, as I send my wonderful daughter off to her junior year at Stonehill College, I begin my 22nd year as a teacher. I am excited for our year together in third grade. It is my hope that we will create a community of learners that feel comfortable with each other, are willing to take risks, will work hard and will be happy coming to school every day.
It is my belief that children need an environment characterized by safety, respect, nurturing, and caring that also provides predictable routines and consistent rules. These characteristics create an environment that facilitates learning and helps students feel safe and successful in class. I will get to know your child individually and focus my instruction to meet your child's academic needs with the understanding that each child is unique and learns in his/her own way. I will provide more details about our curriculum, schedule and the day to day logistics of classroom life during “Meet the Teacher” night as well as in my newsletters to you and on our classroom blog as the year progresses. A school supply list is posted below. Please send these items in with your child when school starts.
    I hope that you are as excited about this year as I am. I am looking forward to working with you to form a partnership that will support your child and help him/her grow intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. I believe that your input and cooperation are key components in your child’s learning process. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer.

Ms. Sawyer

Supply List for 2015-2016

Supply List for 2015-2016

Your child should please have:

*One sturdy two-pocket folder to transport notes, notices and homework between your home and school.

For the classroom (These supplies will be shared by all students since we have tables and NOT individual desks):

*One package of glue sticks

*One package of crayons or colored pencils

*One package of thin line markers

Thank you so much, in advance, for your help with these items!