Weekly Work

Welcome to the 2018 - 2019
school year!  I am
extremely excited to get to work with all our Third Graders to help make them the very best they can be. Below, you will find subjects that we will begin to undertake this year.  As our subject matter changes, the postings below will change as well!  Coming here often is a great way to keep up on current curriculum at Wheeler!

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This week, we will continue working in 
 Chapter 2:  Multiplication and Division with 6 - 8 and multiples of 10.  In this chapter, we will continue learning about the properties of and the relationships between multiplication and division.  Students will learn strategies for multiplying larger numbers, what square numbers are and more advanced word problems that may have more than one step.

Homework for the next two weeks:

Monday, October 1st: Homework 2-4
October 2nd: Homework 2-5
October 3rd: No Homework
October 4th: Homework 2-7
October 5thHomework 2-8

Monday, October 8th: No Homework
October 9th: Homework 2-9
October 10th: No Homework
October 11th: Homework 2-10
October 12thHomework 2-11

If needed, homework sheets can be printed from the "Math and Math Homework Pages" tab in the menu above.  Simply match the lesson number to the homework number.  For example, if we do lesson 1-4 that day (which stands for Chapter 1, Lesson 4) at school, the kids will have homework 1-4 that evening.

We will have a spelling pattern or rule that we will learn to not only help us in our spelling, but also our reading and writing. It's wonderful when students learn their weekly lists, but the ultimate goal is for children to carry over this new language to their writing! Please help your child review the patterns we talk about in school as they study their lists at home.

Your child will get their weekly lists on Monday and will take their final, graded tests on Friday.  It is important that each child is practicing at school and home to learn the spelling and the meaning of these words.  Kids will usually not use the language they learn unless they can use it in context.

Week of October 1st:  Long o: o, ow, oe, oa, oe.

Week of October 8th:  Long e


This week in 
science, we will continue 
talking about the different ways that we group animals.  As we learn about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates, we will get hands on with animals in our classroom and a variety of science related items such as a cow spine, turtle shell, jaw bone and other specimens. Important vocabulary for us to learn will be:  trait, vertebrate, invertebrate, warm-blooded, cold-blooded, fish, bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, life cycle, pupa chrysalis, froglet, tadpole, adaptations, camouflage, armor, mimicry, poison, migration, hibernation, learning, and fossils.


Third grade students make tremendous growth in reading during this particular school year! They move from concrete "right there" questions and answers to inferential "reading between the lines" questions and answers. This is done through much modeling and explicit instruction during whole group, guided groups, and one-on-one sessions. Students will be given explicit strategies to know when to stop and notice what is happening in both fiction and non-fiction texts and ask WHY, closely read texts to figure out what they know and need to figure out in order to understand better, and learn how to find evidence in texts to support their answers. This is taught in a step-by-step process so that by the time the Nebraska State Test (NeSA) comes up in April, students are prepared and confident in their test-taking skills and overall reading capabilities.

This week's work:

Stories: Wonder, A Natural Beauty and A Landmark Street
Skill:   Main Idea
Strategy:  Asking Questions
Vocabulary Skill:  Multiple Meaning Words


This week in writing, students will be finishing up their first descriptive writing piece.  Each student has created a monster that we are describing with a variety of adjectives.  We are working on showing (imagery), not telling about our monsters.  Students will also learn a variety of literary devices such as similes and metaphors that will improve our writing.  Students will be creating paragraphs with a main idea and supporting details.  Finally, we will introduce the introductory and concluding paragraphs.  These first writing samples will then come home for your child to share with you!
Upon completion of our monster writing, students will be working on a second writing piece using the steps that we have gone through with our monsters.  We will reinforce the idea of paragraphing and the literary devices simile and metaphor.  We will introduce onomatopoeia and imagery as we work.

Social Studies  

We are finishing our first chapter by playing the game Roll-A-Map to practice our knowledge of the 7 continents and 5 oceans. Students will be taking a quiz to test that knowledge.

Then we move into our second chapter which will teach the cardinal (north, south, east, and west) and intermediate (NW, SW, NE, and SE) directions on the compass rose and map scale. Students will be making a compass rose and measuring distances on maps from Omaha to national landmarks and parks including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Everglades.