Third Grade Reach for the Stars

Mrs. Roberts

Mark your Calendars!

  • February 28th- Early Release
  • March 2nd- No School
  • March 4th- Author Visit

Upcoming Events

Read Across America- Staff and Students will celebrate together with a spirit week!

Monday 2/24: Cat in the Hat: Crazy Hat & Hair Day

Tuesday 2/25: I Am Not Getting Up Today: Pajama Day

Wednesday 2/26: Wacky Wednesday: Backwards/Mismatch Day

Thursday 2/27: My Many Colored Days: Favorite Color Day AND

Guest Reader Day at Sherwood

Friday 2/28: The Foot Book: Silly Sock & Slipper Day

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Mrs. Nekritz is leading the school in the Six Flags Great America’s Read to Succeed program! If students complete the form, (sent home with students on Wednesday, February 19th) parents may use the directions provided to receive a free Six Flags Great America voucher! Don't miss this special opportunity!

Bernie's Book Bank

Do you have any books that always seem to stay in the same place on your shelf? Please consider donating any slightly used books to the Sherwood PTO's Bernie’s Book Bank Drive! Feel free to check out the PTO Blast for more information about this great charitable opportunity!

Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 19th from 3:30-8:00 pm & Friday, March 20th from 8:00 am-noon. Using the information that Mrs. Filippi shared on Wednesday, February 19th, please sign up for the 15-minute time slot that works best for you and your child.

In order to ensure that students are also a part of the reflection and goal setting process, the third grade students will be joining us for our conference time. For those that may not be able to attend due to spring break plans, students will be creating video presentations that they can share with you at a time in which it is convenient for your family. Thank you for your support & collaboration!

English Language Arts


After delving into the tall tales of Paul Bunyan, analyzing a collection of Aesop’s fables, and reflecting on short stories with strong central messages, students have been exposed to enriching texts that have made quite an impression on us, as both readers and authors! Our mentor texts allowed us to learn about these special literary genres! We loved identifying the many forms of figurative language that help to make these tales more descriptive! We were also able to really discuss and consider an author’s, reader’s and a character’s point of view. We look forward to digging deeper to integrate this new knowledge with our opinion writing! Students continue to embrace this form of writing and support their claims with reasoning and evidence. This week students will be asked to consider two mentor texts and form an opinion piece depicting which one has the stronger central message. This is a unique way for them to continue to strengthen their skills in the reading & writing connection!


This week students will continue to apply what they have learned about the relationship between multiplication and division. They will also take part in a hands-on "Create a Zoo" project based learning opportunity to apply what they have learned about area and perimeter. As we often discuss in our math conversations, we use math every single day in our lives!

On Friday, the students will take part in a Bridges Unit #5-Multiplication, Division & Area Post-Assessment. Over the course of the last month students have worked hard through in-class activities, small group opportunities, class forums, hands-on work places, team notes and forming anchor charts displaying visual strategies to help build their knowledge on the concepts covered in our fourth unit. Our focus continues to be on helping students grow and learn, therefore we do not place a percent or “grade” on the assessments. We use these as a way to measure growth and an opportunity to reteach concepts & extend student learning. Thank you so much for your support!

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!

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks (extra learning opportunities) are a hit! Kudos to the kiddos that opted to take part in this optional opportunity! Please remember that these activities are completely OPTIONAL. Students can access these opportunities on our Reach for the Stars Google Site!

Students who complete THREE opportunity knocks activities by Friday, will have the chance to enter my class prize bin! If your child is looking for something fun to do this weekend, these just may be the answer you're looking for!

Scholastic Book Orders

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