Weekly Work

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 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 in math, we will be finishing up
 Chapter 5:  Measurement and Fractions.  In this chapter, we have studied perimeter and area, fraction equivalence and making change.

Homework for the next two weeks:

Monday, February 20th: No School
February 21st: 5-9
February 22nd: No Homework
February 23rd: 5-10
February 24th: No Homework

Monday, February 22nd: 5-11
February 23rd: Chapter 5 Review
February 24th: No Homework
February 25th: 6-2
February 26th: 6-4

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.

Spelling lists came home last Monday for this Friday's tests! 

Each week 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. While it's wonderful when students learn their weekly lists, the ultimate goal is for them to carry over those new learnings to their daily writing! Please help your child review the patterns we talk about in school as they study their lists. In addition to the weekly lists, your child will be learning the 3rd grade priority words found in the folder below. We look for mastery by the END of third grade and there will be periodic checks of these words throughout the year. Lists will come home on Mondays, and the test is first thing on Friday mornings. 

This week:  Words with the "ir" sound.  


This week in 
science, we will continue
focus on magnetism.  In this investigation, we will be learning about the properties of magnets and magnetic fields.  Students will learn what magnetism is, the difference between a permanent and temporary magnet, how things become magnetized, and finally what we can do with magnetism.  Vocabulary for this first chapter will be:  magnet, magnetic field, poles, current, temporary magnet, permanent magnet, attract, repel, compass, interact, opposite and gravity. 


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.

Story:  A Symphony of Whales
Skill:    Text Features
Strategy:  Determining Importance
Vocabulary Skill: Synonyms and Antonyms


This week in writing, students will be working on finishing up our expository writing on our presidents.  Next week, we will begin to work on poetry as we discuss different patterns, moods and themes found in poems.  As we read multiple poems, we will learn about the format that poetry uses including rhyme, stanzas, etc.  Finally, kids will be showing what they know by creating their own poems based on certain criteria. 

Social Studies  

We have finished up our Piggy Bank Primer and will move in to a unit on how our economy works. Students will learn about supply and demand and how they are related by role playing buyers and sellers in a fruit market. This unit will have a written test on Thursday, December 21. It will include more than just memorizing vocabulary words; students will need to understand what happens to prices when there is a high or low supply and a high or low demand. We will practice situations a lot at school but any real-world situations you can provide at home will greatly benefit them with this abstract concept. Look for flashcards and a parent letter to come home on Friday, December 15. Students should plan on studying 5-10 minutes each day when they receive the flashcards.