Third Grade Reach for the Stars

Mrs. Roberts

Mark your Calendars!


  • January 28th- Visit from Officer Amy on Internet Safety
  • 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

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!

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

Next 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 Friday, 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! If your child will not be at school on Thursday, February 13th, please send the mailbox in early! Thanks so much for your support!

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!

English Language Arts

ELA

Through the use of our mentor text, Knots of a Counting Rope and Storm in the Night, students are learning to describe characters and explain how their actions transmit experiences. We’re delving deeper into using context clues to understand higher level vocabulary and recount stories including fables, folktales & myths, from diverse cultures. We are also focusing on making inferences and drawing conclusions. to The stars are certainly reading for meaning and utilizing parts of the text to support their ideas and opinions, through rich discussion and in their writing. They sure shine!

Writing

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!

Math

This week we will kick off our next math Unit #5, devoted toward Multiplication & Division. Be sure to check out the Bridges Unit #5 Family Overview that will be sent home with your child on Monday. It has helpful vocabulary & strategies, along with a frequently answered questions portion.

In preparation for an activity to help connect multiplication and division, this week we will brainstorm a list of things that come in fours. We will then come to a consensus and select one of the ideas. Students will each draw a visual to be used for the activity. After students share observations about the Fours Chart from the previous session, we will work together to label the chart with multiplication and division equations. The third grade mathematicians will build and discuss rectangular arrays to represent multiplication and division story problems. We're in for fun & learning in math this week!

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!


https://orders.scholastic.com/TVXW3