Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Team 202
April 13, 2016




The students of Team 202 really threw themselves into the work and preparation for our annual wax museum. Each student researched his/her chosen historical figure using both book and internet sources. Each child then used those facts to create a unique speech to be used during our afternoon and evening performances. Their effort was evident and their performances were truly amazing. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

PARCC Planning
As April speeds to a close, we continue to work on a variety of math skills and concepts,  reading comprehension skills as well as writing skills. The dates of the third grade PARCC testing have been scheduled (Please see “Important Dates” below) and the children are ready. There will be three English Language Arts testing sessions and four Math sessions. Each session typically last about 90 minutes and is scheduled in the morning. We will follow our usual daily classroom schedule around these sessions.  I have, and will continue to, emphasize that the children should work hard and try their best but not worry so much that they don’t feel well. They have worked hard all year and this is another opportunity to “show what they know”.  
C.A.S.T. is Cross-Age Science Teaching.  It is a program designed and implemented by Falmouth VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools). During CAST, eighth graders, who have participated in special training, come to third grade classrooms to teach the third graders about electricity. Each eighth grade student works with a small group of third grade students to provide lessons about electrical safety, using small motors, creating circuits and other engaging hands-on tasks. Our class had two sessions last week and will have our third session on Thursday. Ask your child about it today!!

Important Dates:
  • April 18-22 ~ Vacation week
  • April 29 ~ Walk to School Day (details to follow)
  • May 3, 4 and 5 ~ E.L.A. PARCC testing
  • May 10, 11, 12, and 13 ~ Math PARCC testing

Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Team 202
February 11, 2016

Team 202 won the “Soup-er Stars of the Day” award THREE times!!

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A big, big thank you!

I have honestly never had a class so “into” the Soup-er Bowl. They loved the competition and most of all helping others! No class at Mullen-Hall has ever won the Soup-er Star award three times during a single Soup-er Bowl! The third grade won the coveted “Soup-er Bowl” trophy which is now on display in our grade level pod. I appreciate your help and support in providing so many donations for the Falmouth Service Center. Mullen-Hall is proud to say that we donated over 2,000 cans of soup PLUS all the additional non-perishable items that were donated! Talk about “Do Well, Do Good!!” Thank you!

It’s ORQ Time!!
‘Tis the season for ORQs! An ORQ, or Open Response Question, is a type of question that asks students to demonstrate comprehension of a reading passage by finding specific evidence from the text to answer the question in paragraph form. In class, I have been modeling this process for the students and providing guided practice as the children begin to build stamina and independence in answering these types of questions. We have been working on restating the main idea of the question into a topic sentence for our answer paragraph, finding specific evidence within the story to answer the question being asked and then turning all of that information into a coherent paragraph that includes proper capitalization and punctuation. Whew! We are spending time on each of these steps individually as well as the process as a whole. Talking with you child about what he/she reads and asking them to go back in the story to find specific information is a great way to help practice at home.

In Math
In Math, we have moved from multiplication to its related operation, division. In third grade, children progress from dividing smaller numbers into equal sets to using the long division algorithm (Divide, multiply, subtract, bring down, repeat!) to divide much larger numbers, including numbers that may have leave a remainder. There are a lot of steps to recall in long divisionas well as managing the facts themselves. Please encourage your child to practice his/her facts at home each night. It is one of our homework expectations. We will next be moving on to solving multi-step word problems using multiplication and division with the help of bar models.

Coming Soon…
In Social Studies, we have spent time this year learning about the Pilgrims, Wampanoags, & Puritans as well as the events leading up to the American Revolution. After vacation, as we continue to learn about the events of the American Revolution, we will begin working toward the third grade “Wax Museum” event. Please watch your child’s folder for notices with specific information.
Important Dates:
  • February 15-19 ~ vacation week
  • February 24 ~ Grade 3 Concert (2:30 & 6:30)
  • March 2 ~ PTO Meeting 6:00
  • March 8 ~ Early Release Day
  • March 18 ~ Grades close
  • March 25 ~ No School (Good Friday)
  • April 1 ~ Report Cards Home
Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Community Meeting

Thanks to all of you for your support in preparation of the All-School Community Meeting. It was a great success. Ms. Ashworth, Mr. Atwell, Ms. Bryant, the office staff, cafeteria staff and custodial staff were surprised and thrilled! 
A special thanks to Leslie (Leah's mom) for sending in extra chef hats!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November News

I hope you had a happy, bountiful Thanksgiving! Thank you to all of you for attending our play, “Gran’s Guide to Stop an Ogre”. Thank you so much also for your help and support throughout the production. (Check out my post below to view some photos.) I was so proud and impressed with all of the children during this process. They were so invested and worked so hard! We begin our second session of iCreate this week. Team 202 will be working with Ms. Tessier on science and engineering activities. I think they will love it!

During E.L.A., we continue to work on grammar and word sorts. We also will be wrapping up our Reading/Social Studies unit, “Whose Story Is It?”, which is about the Pilgrims and Wampanoags, this week. After that, we will be using books from our guided reading library to help us learn and practice our comprehension skills and strategies.

In Math, we are just about finished with our first unit on multiplication and division. We have worked on practicing our 6, 7, 8, and 9 times tables as well as understanding the relationship between multiplication and division. The children should continue to practice math facts at home to help with memorization.

Finally, in writing, we will continue working on narrative writing. Students will continue using the writing process to create entertaining beginnings, elaborative segments, main events and memorable endings while working on using the rules of capitalization and punctuation more consistently.

I truly can’t believe that we are headed into December. Time is certainly flying! Thanks for all of your support and encouragement at home. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Ms. Sawyer

Gran's Guide to Stop an Ogre

Bravo to Team 202 for their spectacular performance of "Gran's Guide to Stop an Ogre"! The rave reviews have been rolling in! Check out some photos of the show as well as from "behind the scenes"!

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!