Third Grade Reach for the Stars

Mrs. Roberts

Mark your Calendars!

  • January 10th- MAP test scores sent home in backpacks
  • January 11th0 iREAD Begins!
  • January 17th- Early Release
  • January 29th- No School Martin Luther King Day

Upcoming Events

The District 112 IRead challenge starts on Saturday, January 11th! Please join in the kick off event at the Highland Park Public Library next Saturday!

Since the Sherwood School school wide expectation is for all students to be reading for enjoyment at least 20 minutes a night (weeknights) we will ask that all students record their reading on their iRead logs. Our goal is to again bring home the iRead trophy to Sherwood School! iRead logs have been distributed at the end of the week!

Additional iRead information will also be included in Mrs. Filippi's Panda Prints

English Language Arts


This week we were amazed by Stephen Davies' book,The Song of Sky and Sand. We felt as though we took a journey to Africa through the book's words and illustrations. We recognize that reading can take us places all around the world! This week we’ll continue to focus on how key details can help us determine the central message, use a variety of text features to help ask and answer questions and consider points of view across these nonfiction and fiction texts. The students will continue to utilize their analytical thinking skills to make connections and compare and contrast information as a reader.

Writing are currently drafting their compare and contrast pieces after utilizing Venn Diagrams and other graphic organizers to help with the brainstorming process. These pieces serve as a lead in to the explanatory compare and contrast using our mentor text. Clearly, our authors are hard at work! We are so proud of the way the students navigate between the role of a reader and an author!

Spelling Update

We look forward to kicking off a new spelling endeavor the week of 1/21/20. Students will be provided with a list of ten spelling words on Mondays. (Or, the first day of the school week.) In class we will be focusing on the spelling pattern/rule in which the list of words follow, along with taking part in activities that allow students to use the words in context, identify parts of speech and apply the same pattern/rule to other words. While there will be no assigned spelling homework, students will be provided with a list of ways to help make spelling practice fun and engaging. On Fridays, students will take part in a spelling test of all ten words. We look forward to this new spelling initiative!

Figurative Language

This week we have been exploring many types of figurative language! We’re on a roll and sure feel like we’re on top of the world when fun idioms, alliteration, hyperboles, similes and metaphors roll off our tongues! Life’s a bowl of cherries in 3R


Today, we discussed how we can measure to the nearest half and quarter inch. In order to do so, we used fractions on a number line. We will continue our study of measurement in the form of fractions and begin a multi-session investigation of fractions next week. We'll be taking part in a hands-on activity in which they will make imaginary cookies. They'll be sharing these with varying numbers of people by folding paper rectangles to create and label halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. As a class, we will compare the different unit fractions, noting that fractions do not have to be congruent to be equivalent. Students will also compare and order unit fractions from greatest to least, first using the paper rectangles they folded and labeled. Students will uncover that the larger the number of people sharing something, the smaller each share. The "whole" class is excited about this "part" of mathematics!

Science- Water & Climate

This week, the meteorologists are excited to kick off our unit on Water and Climate.

This week we will conduct investigations to observe the properties of water, Earth’s most precious resource! They’ll compare how water drops interact with four materials: paper towel, waxed paper, aluminum foil, and writing paper to observe how water absorbency. Later in the week the students will engage in a challenge to measure how much water a dry sponge can soak up. They’ll determine this by measuring mass, volume, or perhaps even both. Integrating what they’ve learned in our math sessions will add for opportunities to explore real world experiences!

Scholastic Book Orders

Here is the link to online order books using our classroom code!