Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Newsletter

Team 202
December 21, 2017

Time Flies When You’re Learning Tons!


I can’t believe that we are in our second term and sliding into the new year! Where, oh where, does the time go? The children are working hard. I am also always impressed at how well they all get along overall!

Reading & Daily 5
During this time, we continue to work on word sorts (to examine phonics/spelling patterns), and fluency routines.  We are also practicing our comprehension skills and strategies (visualization, making connections, making predictions, etc.). Students are engaged in reading authentic literature; folk tales, picture books and chapter books that are at their instructional level of reading. We have even had some reader’s theater performances!  Bravo!

Calmer Choice
We have just finished up our final session of Calmer Choice.  As you may have read in the letters that were sent home or heard from your child, Mr. Bob from Calmer Choice has been coming into our classroom twice a week for twenty minutes each session for the past 3 months. This mindfulness program helped to add “tools to our toolboxes” that will help manage emotions, attention and stress. This, in turn, will help support academic growth. The students were excited and engaged during all of the sessions. We will truly miss Mr. Bob!!


    In Math, we have finished our “official units” on place value, addition to the 10,000 place and subtraction to the 10,000 place, although, we will continue to revisit these throughout the year. We are working on several different concepts in class right now:
*We are using our knowledge of place value, addition, subtraction and key vocabulary (ex: total, how many more, altogether, etc.) to solve multi-step word problems.
*Also, the students are investigating the relationship between multiplication and equal groups and equal shares, as well as  the connection to repeated addition and skip counting. They are also exploring multiplication concepts with arrays, area models, and pictorial representations. The children should continue to practice multiplication math facts (the “times tables”) at home to help with memorization.
*Finally, we are using project-based learning in the area of geometry to help develop a better understanding of plane shapes: more specifically, quadrilaterals. Each child is designing a 2-D city that contains various elements such as a town hall, 4 retail shops, 4 restaurants, library, park, etc. Each building/space needs to be represented by a specific quadrilateral. The children are then describing the space (what it is/what it is used for) as well as the unique characteristics of the shape used for the space. After the new year, students will be writing a speech during writer’s workshop to present to the “Town Council” to describe their town. They are all working hard and seem very invested!

Writer’s Workshop
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.
Important Dates:
  • Friday, December 22, 2017: FULL DAY of SCHOOL
  • Monday, December 25-Monday, January 1, 2018: No School~December Vacation
  • Tuesday, January 9- Early Release
  • Monday, January 15- No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Happy Holidays and enjoy your vacation!
Holly Sawyer

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Plimoth Plantation

     As part of our Grade 3 Social Studies Curriculum Standards, November is typically dedicated to learning about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe. Our learning starts in England with the Pilgrims being persecuted by the King and therefore, in search of religious freedom. The children learn about their voyage to the new world, the Mayflower Compact and the challenges the Pilgrims faced in this new world.
     At the same time, we are focusing on the daily life of the Wampanoag people, their beliefs and customs as well as their perspective on the arrival of the Pilgrims. They also learn about the beginnings of the relationship between these two different groups of people.
     As part of our learning, we take our annual field trip to Plimoth Plantation to step back in time and learn about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. Check out some photos below!

Wampanoag Learning in the Classroom

In November, Ms. Kitty Hendricks-Miller, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's Indian Education Coordinator visited our classroom. She taught the children about the early life and customs of the Mashpee Wampanoags. She talked about their respect for nature and how they used it well. She taught the children dances, let them try on furs, touch the tools and play with the games/toys. The children loved it!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!

The annual parade was a success, as always!  Have fun tonight!! Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Recommendations by Third Graders (and Ms. Sawyer) FOR Third Graders

During Parent-Teacher conferences, many of you asked for book recommendations to help keep your child reading at home. I thought it would be a great opportunity for the children to share their favorite titles with each other. Here is what they had to say (with a few "thrown in" by me, as well):

Mr. Popper's Penguins - Recommended by Robbie

The BFG - Recommended by Sophie & Will

Dog Man - Recommended by John, Matthew, Danny, Robbie, Will & Bailor

Charlotte’s Web - Recommended by Ms. Sawyer

The Magic Treehouse series - Recommended by Brayden, Will & Makhi

Amelia Bedelia - Recommended by Lexi

The Trouble with Chickens -a reading blog recommendation

Junie B. Jones series - Recommended by Lexi & Isabella

Geronimo Stilton - Recommended by Lexi, Teagan, Olivia & Mia

Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest - Recommended by Olivia

Sideways Stories from Wayside School - a reading blog recommendation

Who Would Win? series - Recommended by Jayden

The Mouse and the Motorcycle - a reading blog recommendation

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Recommended by Morgan

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - Recommended by Morgan

Lego Ninjago - Recommended by Morgan

Muggie Maggie - a reading blog recommendation

Magic Kitty: Double Trouble - Recommended by Isabella

How to Eat Fried Worms - Recommended by Ms. Sawyer

I Survived series - Recommended by Brayden & Makhi

Alvin Ho series - Recommended by Mia, Makhi & Lilly

Life on Mars - Recommended by John

The Doll People - a reading blog recommendation

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Recommended by John

The Secret Garden - Recommended by Mia

Captain Underpants - Recommended by Victoria

Horrible Harry series- Recommended by Danny

The Boxcar Children - Recommended by Ms. Sawyer

Miss Nelson is Back - Recommended by Victoria

Swamp Monster in Third Grade - Recommended by Victoria

I Survived series - Recommended by Brayden

Double Fudge -Recommended by Matthew

Judy Moody series - Recommended by Sophie, Raegan & Matthew

Buddy Files - Recommended by Teagan

Wings of Fire series - Recommended by Teagan & Raegan

Bad Guys series - Recommended by Bailor & Robbie

Henry and Mudge series - Recommended by Bailor

Little House on the Prairie series - Recommended by Ms. Sawyer

Comic Books for kids (such as Owly) - Recommended by Olivia

Fact Attack - Recommended by Lilly

The Dragon of Lonely Island  - Recommended by Lilly

Amber Brown Series - Recommended by Sophie

Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps series) - Recommended by Danny

Freckle Juice - Recommended by Sophie

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle - a reading blog recommendation

Dinosaurs - Recommended by Jayden

The Diary of a worm - Recommended by Raegan

Wings on Things - Recommended by Jayden

Happy Reading!! :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Aren't they though????!?

The students of Team 202 have earned the status of  OUTSTANDING  during their latest L.M.T. class with Ms. Anderson! They went above and beyond to cooperate, make good choices and work hard. They should be VERY proud of themselves!! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daily Five in Action

The "Daily Five" is the name of the five authentic reading and writing tasks that your child can engage in during our reading period while teachers meet with small groups and individuals for reading instruction. The jobs each child can choose from are: Read to Self, Listening to Reading, Word Work, Work on Writing and Read to Someone. The children have been practicing the routines for these activities and the activities themselves since school began. All the members of our classroom are really doing a great job with them. Each child will bring home a Daily Five contract each week so you can see which activities he/she participated in. Check out some photos below (not pictured: Work on Writing)!

Listening to Reading

Word Work: Scrabble Spelling

Read to Someone

Read to Self

Work Work: Spelling Word Stamp

Word Word: Wiki Words