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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Using Shoes to Choose!?!

Yes, you read that right! Over the last month, in addition to the rules and routines we have practiced, the books we read, and activities we worked on, the children learned how SHOES could help remind them to choose books that are “just-right” for them.

One afternoon, 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 Teagan’s flip flop and Mia’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 my Bob’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.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Welcome to Third Grade!!

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Dear Families,

   Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! This summer has flown by, as they all seem to do these days. This fall, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I will not be sending my wonderful daughter, Alexi, off to school. She graduated from Stonehill College in May and is beginning the next stage of her life in the working world. At the same time, as I begin my 24th year as a teacher, I am still as excited as ever to meet my new students and families and look forward to enjoying this upcoming year together in third grade. It is my hope that, in class, 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 environment should also provide predictable routines and consistent rules. These characteristics create a classroom "home" 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 you with more details about our curriculum, schedule and the day to day logistics of classroom life during “Meet the Teacher Night” (date TBA) 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. All items (except folders) will be shared as a community, not used by individuals.
   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 2017-2018

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Supply List for 2017-2018

Your child should please have:

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

For the classroom (These supplies will be shared by all students since we have tables and NOT individual desks. Students do not need individual pencil boxes or personal supplies.):

*One package of glue sticks

*One package of crayons

*One package of colored pencils

***Children should also please bring one healthy snack each day for our “working snack” period.***

If you are interested in donating any item, one of the following would be helpful and very much appreciated:

*box of tissues

*individually pre-packaged healthy snacks (in case someone forgets)

*AA batteries


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