Third Grade Reach for the Stars

Mrs. Roberts

Mark your Calendars!

  • February 3rd- Carnival Basket Donations Due.
  • February 8th- Sherwood Carnival!
  • February 13th- Valentine's Day Afternoon Celebration
  • February 14th- Teachers Institute- No Student Attendance
  • February 17th- Presidents Day- No School

Guest Teacher Tuesday

All the third grade teachers will be attending a ELA ReadyGEN training on Tuesday, February 4th. Therefore, a guest teacher will be present in class that day. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Sherwood Carnival-Our room parents are busy preparing a creative "fidget" theme basket! Each class in the school helps to prepare a basket that can be used for the annual raffle at the Sherwood Carnival. Please consider donating! Please send in any donations by Friday, February 3rd. On behalf of the Sherwood PTO, thank you so much for your support!

iREAD- The District 112 IRead challenge if off to a great start! Everyday school day, 3R can log 30 minutes of reading during our class time. 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!

5 Essentials Survey

PLEASE participate in the parent portion of the 5Essentials survey. This survey will contribute to the District 112 Illinois Report Card data and will help us with our improvement efforts.

Click this Link to Start the Parent Survey (10 mins approx. completion time).

Valentines Day Updates

We are looking forward to upcoming Valentine’s Day celebrations! Since students will not be at school on Friday, February 14th, we look forward to celebrating on Thursday, February 13th. Our room parents are planning a special celebration and we are sure to have a wonderful time in class that afternoon!

In order to keep all students safe, this year Sherwood Pandas are asked not to send in any edible Valentine items. If students do choose to bring Valentines for the class, please ensure that they bring one for every child in our class. (They are welcome to bring individual Valentines for any students in other classes.) Students are welcome to attach non-edible items such as stickers, stampers, pencils, etc to their Valentines.

Secret Cupid

Today (Friday) we will select our Secret Cupids! This community-building activity is a great way to show kindness and share compliments leading up to Valentine’s Day! An informative letter will also be sent home next today, along with a list of your child’s Secret Cupid’s favorite things! This information, along with the brainstorming sheet, may be helpful in preparing their Valentine mailbox! At school, students will be providing their Secret Cupids with compliments and clues leading up to Valentine’s Day! Students will be asked to decorate a mailbox for their Secret Cupid to use as a Valentine holder. Please be sure to bring in your mailboxes to school by Thursday, February 13th, in order for your Secret Cupid to have a special container for their Valentines! f your child will not be at school on Thursday, February 13th, please send the mailbox in early! Thanks so much for your support!

English Language Arts


This week we will delve into our next mentor text, Storm in the Night! Students will see firsthand how author Mary Stolz is able to naturally embed figurative language to help “show” rather than “tell” her readers information. Students will learn to describe characters and explain how their actions transmit experiences. They’ll also closely look to see how using inferencing skills helps us to further understand characters’ traits and allow us to identify the mood and tone of the story. In the weeks to come, students will soon be asked to form an opinion piece determining which story they believe had a stronger central message. They will be asked to use text evidence to support their claims. It is so incredible to see the reading and writing connection hard at work in 3R!


You may have heard all about our great debates in class! These will lead us into our next form of opinion writing. Students will be working together and then independently writing opinion pieces linked to both fiction and nonfiction mentor text. They’ll continue to use the writing process to form pieces that include supportive reasoning to defend their claims. It’s been a true pleasure to watch students express their ideas and opinions freely! It appears we have some future lawyers and possible politicians in our classroom!


This week the third grade mathematicians built and discussed arrays to represent both multiplication and division equations. We are investigating the relationship between these two operations and will continue to work with matching word problems to their correct equations. Next week students will organize their solutions for a story problem on a special problem-solving sheet, estimate a reasonable answer for the problem, write an equation to represent the situation, explain the task briefly, and then show their mathematical thinking. This will also allow us to review fact families to help them better understand the connection between multiplication and division.

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!