3rd

Time in a Capsule

Dear Third Grade Families,

It seems like just yesterday we embarked on this journey together, and yet here we are, at the culmination of a truly fabulous year in third grade. Our final week was nothing short of spectacular as we took a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on the wonderful moments we shared and the incredible growth we’ve witnessed. We wrapped up our academic endeavors with engaging activities. 

We played Math and Reading Musical Chairs, infusing laughter and camaraderie throughout our classroom. We also delved into the realm of “Math Mysteries,” unraveling perplexing problems and exercising our critical thinking skills. The excitement was contagious as students eagerly pieced together clues and cracked codes, demonstrating their prowess in mathematics with each solved mystery.

One of the highlights this week was revisiting the treasures buried within our time capsules from nine months ago. As students reflected on their favorite adventures in third grade and expressed gratitude for the knowledge gained, there was one discovery that sparked the greatest excitement—seeing how much their hands had grown over the months.

Last but not least, field day was a huge success! Students gathered to play, slide, and tug! We can still hear “TEAM BLUE” and “TEAM GOLD”! 

Thank you for an amazing year! We look forward to the adventures that await these kiddos! 

Have a great summer! Hanna and Paula

Tall Tales from 3rd Grade 

Important dates/notes:

**Duck Race forms are due by Monday, May 20th : https://forms.gle/Nk1JzWPAgjvMA37w6

**Next week will be a casual dress week. If your child chooses, we are also doing a spirit week with a different theme each day:

Monday – Favorite team/sport/musician

Tuesday – Favorite color

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – crazy hair/socks/clothes

Thursday – Field Day shirts (bring a swimsuit or wear it under your clothes)

Friday – 1st – 4th graders wear Monday uniform (blue tops/khaki bottoms) – 5th graders dress nicely for promotion.

  • May 22- 8th Grade Capstone
  • May 23- Field Day – SK-8th
  • May 24-Early Dismissal & Fifth Grade Promotion

Hello Third Grade Families!

This week was as long as the Mississippi River. Or, this week flew by as quickly as an express train! Wow, we’re still on a figurative language kick from this week’s American Tall Tales theme unit! Students were introduced to a new, legendary person every day. We met Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Annie Christmas, Paul Bunyan, and Davy Crockett. These five fine folks all had one thing in common: determination. Speaking of determination, each day students participated in different types of math that were linked to the different American legends we learned about. We measured, multiplied, added, subtracted, and even threw in area and perimeter.  Amidst the legendary lessons, students also practiced transforming singular nouns into possessives by adding apostrophe S (‘s). Additionally, in ELA, students were able to write for many different purposes. We conducted brief research in order to compose mini-biographies. We fast-forwarded into the future and wrote about what may happen if machines take over every type of job! (Yikes!) Finally, we saved the best for last as we bragged on ourselves in the grand stylings of the tall tales themselves. We were faster than cheetahs, stronger than steel, and larger than life! Luckily, the weather was on our side this week and we were also able to enjoy the creek. It’s so hard to believe that we’re rolling into our last week of the school year. What a ride it’s been!

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

 Have a great weekend! Hanna and Paula

An Explosive Week!

Important dates/notes:

  • Third grade “creek day” has been moved to one day next week 5/13 – 5/17 (weather permitting)! Starting Monday, bring creek shoes, towels, sunscreen and creek supplies! 
  • May 23, Field Day – SK-8th
  • Our 8th grader, Addilyn Snodgrass is currently an intern with the Oglebay Good Zoo. As part of her Capstone project, she is running an art contest next Saturday, May 18th. If your child is interested in participating, here are the details: Join us for an exciting Art Show at the Oglebay Good Zoo, where kids ages 6-9 and 10-14 bring in an art piece inspired by their favorite animal at the zoo made from any art style you prefer–painting, drawing, or even sculpture! Your child is welcome to drop off their creations (labeled with name and grade) in the main office at WCDS or at the Good Zoo anytime next week. The Art Show will be on Saturday, May 18th. Visitors and participants can come in and vote on their favorite piece. The winner will get their project displayed in the lobby with the winner’s name, grade, what animal it is, and what it’s made out of. 
  • Edge has teamed up with the Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children (DABC) to offer various workshops to staff, sites, parents, and caregivers in the coming months. The first Summer Literacy Club workshop will be held on May 23rd at 6 PM. It will provide families with ways to facilitate literacy learning throughout the summer. 

While the rain may have dampened some of our plans this week, it did not dampen our enthusiasm for learning. Rain brings renewal and promotes growth. Our field trip to The Mound truly recharged our spirit of learning and curiosity even as we approach a time of year that we are tempted to start powering down. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to conquer The Mound and we are so grateful that Ms. H was there to share it with us! We also had the joy of experiencing the launch of JoJo X, the amazing weather balloon project completed by WCDS’s own fifth grade class!

Back in the classroom, we continued to expand our knowledge in math and language arts. In math, it was time for, well – TIME! Students engaged in lessons ranging from the simplicity of hour hand vs. minute hand to employing the skill of skip counting to calculate time to the minute. We also put our knowledge to the test with a FUN interactive quiz. 

Language arts time was dedicated to volcanoes as well! We read nonfiction stories and discussed several vocabulary words to enhance comprehension. Students were able to view action footage of volcanoes erupting and examined a cross section image of what “makes” a volcano. Prior to the main event (Eruption Day), students created virtual volcanoes through the National Geographic website. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/forces-nature/vol-create.html Try it! 

Finally, Volcano Eruption day came to fruition! After spending a few days building individual volcanoes, we transformed them from dormant to active! A simple concoction of water, vinegar, baking soda, and a dab of dish liquid produced explosive results. “Lava” bubbled and foamed out of the “craters” of each volcano. We could hardly hear the fizzing over the excited sounds that erupted from each student and onlooker as the show continued! Encore after encore maintained the action until everyone’s volcano fizzled out! Thank you to everyone who could join in the fun! (pics to come)

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

 Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day! 

Hanna and Paula

3rd Grade Rocks!

Important dates/notes:

  • Tuesday, May 7th- Mound Field Trip (Memo sent home Monday 4/29)
    • Arrival Time: Students need to be at school no later than 8:20 AM. We are hoping to leave by 8:30 AM so we can arrive at our destination by 9:00 AM! 
  • Packed Lunch: We ask that students bring a packed/cold lunch with them as we will be enjoying a picnic lunch together at The Mound! 
  • Attire and supplies: Students are to wear their school uniform and appropriate shoes. Make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather that day! Students do not need their regular backpack. However, students can bring a “back-sack”/drawstring bag to carry their lunch and water bottle!
  • We will be at the mound from 9:00 AM -11:30 AM. Students will arrive back to the main campus around 12:00 PM. 
  • May 10th- Ms. H will be hosting her last parent coffee at 8:30AM. After coffee and a chat, we are hoping you join us for our volcano eruptions! We will start after the coffee (9:00am-9:15am) in the courtyard by the third grade room. You are more than welcome to stay afterwards to see the launch of the weather balloon at 10:00AM! 
  • May 10th- Third grade creek day (weather permitting)! Bring creek shoes, towels, sunscreen and creek supplies! 

Sunny Salutations!

Another successful week in the books. While things may have been a bit more relaxed, we’ve still been hard at work expanding our minds and diving into exciting subjects. Math contained a smattering of skills. Area and perimeter kicked off a review, which led further into geometry as we discussed shapes and attributes. Tri = 3, Quad=4, Penta=5, and Hex=6 were a few word parts that were discussed pertaining to math vocabulary. Students learned about a few special cases in which the area AND perimeter are the same! Ask your kiddo if they can illustrate and describe an example for you!

In ELA, students read a book called, “Rocks in his Head.” It was about a man’s passion to collect rocks. This allowed us to share our passions with one another! Our writing wonders took us to the completion of our OREO writing. Most students are done with their opinion writing and are ready for a teacher conference! Just wait until you see the topics they chose; they are quite convincing. 

Our geology deep dive allowed students to explore Mock Rocks!  What are those, you ask? They are fake rocks that students were able to decompose. Once the rocks had been picked apart, students then sorted and classified the materials that were found. Minerals? Tiny rocks? Shells? Students soon learned that rocks contain a wonderful mix of many things. Can you dig it?

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

Have a sunny weekend!  

Hanna and Paula

A Sad Goodbye!

Important dates/notes:

  • Monday April 29th- Students bring in Volcano supplies 
  • May 3rd- Early Dismissal 
  • May 7th- Mound Field Trip (details to come)
  • May 10th- Ms. H will be hosting her last parent coffee at 8:30AM. After coffee and a chat, we are hoping you join us for our volcano eruptions! We will start after the coffee (9:00am-9:15am) in the courtyard by the third grade room. You are more than welcome to stay afterwards to see the launch of the weather balloon at 10:00AM! 

Ciao Families! 

Another exciting week has flown by in our third-grade classroom, filled with a bouquet of educational experiences and heartfelt farewells. We’re thrilled to share all the wonderful things we’ve been up to!

First and foremost, our week bloomed with the Liters and Millimeters Flower Math Lab. Picture this: our classroom transformed into a botanical wonderland as we explored measurement concepts through the beauty of flowers. Students were placed in groups and were given a bouquet of flowers to dip a certain amount of colored water. We have been watching the flowers throughout the week to see if the dye changed the color of the flowers! What a way to kick off Earth Day!  In addition to our math adventures, we delved into the world of shapes and sizes with area and perimeter explorations. We will continue learning this concept next week. 

In light of International Day, students read three passages about young students who traveled to America. They learned that Sanu was a Princess in Africa and she now lives in NYC. Then they learned about Eric. He was from Puerto Rico and he now also lives in NYC. Lastly, students read about April. She is from Taiwan but now lives and shares her culture in NYC!  

The writing realm took us to opinion writing. This is also known as OREO writing. Students were first introduced to facts and opinions by listening to the book “Facts vs Opinions Robots” by Miachel Rex. We then learned the difference between a reason and example and how they both have to work together for their writing to flow properly. In order to help with this, students listened to another book called “The Perfect Pet” by Margie Palatini. Afterwards, students were asked to sway our opinion regarding their perfect pet! Ask your kiddo what they chose! 

And of course, our week wouldn’t be complete without celebrating International Day! Decked out in vibrant attire representing cultures from around the world, we came together to share traditions, foods, and stories that celebrated the richness of 15 different countries and cultures! 

Finally, we bid a bittersweet farewell to our beloved student teacher, Miss Alissa. With so many memories to cherish, we celebrated her time with us, reflecting on the impact she has made. We even celebrated by having a farewell kickball game and boardgame day! We wish nothing but the best for Miss Alissa in her future endeavors!

WOW! What a week to reflect on! Have a great weekend… 🙂

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

 Have a sunny weekend!  

Hanna and Paula       

Oh Sweet Sunshine

Important dates/notes:

  • Saturday, April 20th- Parent Coffee w/ Ms. H & Mrs. B at Wheeling Park branch campus 
  • April 25th- International Day: We will be celebrating International Day at school this Thursday, April 25th.   There will be about ten or eleven stations headed by natives of Germany, Morocco, Italy, Ukraine, Russia and other exotic countries, who will share interesting snippets from their respective cultures with the children.  We will begin right after lunch, and end with a buffet of snacks from around the world by 3:00 pm.  Children are encouraged to wear national dress from any country.
  • May 3rd- Early Dismissal 
  • May 7th- Mound Field Trip (details to come)

Sunny Greetings! 

We could not get enough of the sun this week! Third grade took full advantage of learning outdoors… How could we not!? With that, we started our week off with a performance from Mr. Tim and his crew from Towngate. They put on a children’s play titled, “The Three Wishes.” The lesson of this play was be careful what you wish for and don’t be greedy! Speaking of plays, in ELA students were given a group and a specific play. They had the whole week to read the play and make costumes/props for the big show on Friday! Ask your child which play they performed. They were real showstoppers! 

During ELA we wrapped up the “change the Y to I” spelling rule. We reviewed the concept with a variety of practices and brought it all together with a concept review. In lieu of beginning another writing piece, we worked with a new grammar concept. Students worked hard at identifying the correct form of the verb BE. They learned that BE can morph into five other words: am, is, are, was, were. Students were also taught how to listen for what sounds “right” in order to choose the correct form of BE.

We turned the tables in Geology by creating “water tables.” Students filled a small pan with earth materials such as sand, pebbles, dirt, large rocks, grass, and sticks to create a small-scale landscape. Once their miniature landscapes were perfected, water was added! Students were able to observe changes to their landscapes. Some changes were subtle and some were drastic! What wet fun we had! WV Studies continued on with a discussion about coal mining. Students were able to be miners themselves, but not underground. A small, organic cookie provided a surface to mine. Instead of a real miner’s pick, we used toothpicks in order to remove minerals (chocolate chips) from each cookie. Who knew mining could be so delicious!?

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

 See you Monday!  

Hanna, Paula, and Alissa                  

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Important dates/notes:

  • Friday, April 19th – 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal; Aftercare available until 3:00 pm.
  • If you have extra fabric, cardboard, or craft supplies, third grade will happily take them off your hands. Next week kiddos will be making their own props reading theater! 

  • ***SHHHHH! We need your help! Miss Alissa is leaving us soon.  We’re all sad to think that next week is her last week and she won’t be joining us each day for learning here soon. To show her our appreciation and help get her ready for her own classroom we’re asking each student to bring in a book they’d like to give to help start Miss Alissa’s own classroom library.  It can be new or used straight from your own bookshelf.  We think it would be extra special if each kiddo wrote a special note to her or her future students inside the cover.  Thank you in advance for helping us give Miss Alissa the best sendoff and joining us on this top secret mission!***

Hello 3rd Grade!

This week we transitioned from fractions to standard measurement. Students were introduced to the concept with a read-aloud of the book “How Tall, How Short, How Far Away?” The tale took us back to a time before standard measurements were developed. For example, in Ancient Egypt, a cubit is the distance between a person’s elbow to the tip of the middle finger. A great discussion ensued and we discussed the need for a standard measurement system. Just for fun, compare your cubit to that of your child! Students partnered up and stepped outside to compare how many of their own footsteps it took to get from point A to point B. We also sent the kiddos on a scavenger hunt to measure various objects pictured around the classroom. 

During ELA we dabbled in phonics, reading concepts, and writing. Phonics was focused on applying suffixes to words by using the “change the Y to I” spelling rule. Happy + ness became happiness, for example. Writing time was spent adding final details to our informational pieces. Students showcased photos, sketches, and notecards packed with details as part of a portfolio display. The last act of ELA was reading and acting out plays! Students were able to take turns in different roles as they practiced reading with expression. They loved it so much that we’re continuing to explore plays next week and even trying our hand at writing our own!

We almost felt the earth move under our feet as we discussed tectonic plates. Students created cardboard models of landscapes, cut them into pieces, and simulated earth movement! Inflated balloons served as earth models as well; We covered them with wet paper towels and then slowly deflated the balloons. What remained looked like a treacherous, crag-filled model of a mountainous landscape! WV studies delved into a deep discussion about coal mining. After a brief read-aloud and Q&A session, students were shown old pictures of what coal mining towns looked like “back in the day.” The students were amazed at how difficult life was for coal miners long ago in WV!

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

 See you Monday!  

Hanna, Paula, and Alissa           

April Showers

Important dates/notes:

  • We are planning a Music field trip with 3rd and 4 th grades to the 2024 Young People’s Concert on Friday, April 12 at the JB Chambers auditorium at Wheeling Park. This educational concert titled “Lights, Camera, Action!” features Maestro John Devlin, and Wheeling Symphony musicians. Our music classes have been discussing the symphony and we are looking forward to hearing them live! Please have your child arrive at school no later than 8:40 a.m. on Friday, April 12, since we will depart, by bus, at 8:50am. We plan to return to campus by 11:00am. **Regular school dress for this trip.
  • On Monday afternoon, WCDS students will gather to view the solar eclipse from 3:00-3:30. Middle school students will be transported to 8 Park Rd, and we will all share in the wonder together. The school has purchased glasses for every child to wear and we joined together today (Friday) for an assembly, learning more about the eclipse and explaining the potentially harmful effects of viewing the eclipse without the necessary protection. Due to the timing, the alternative options for dismissal are as follows– pick your child up from the office before 3:00, join us on the field from 3:00-3:30 for the viewing, or wait until the gate opens at 3:30 to come through and pick up your child. **No student will be charged for aftercare until 4:00 pm on Monday due to the late start to dismissal.

Hello 3rd Grade!

Come rain, shine, snow, or sleet – learning must go on! We literally learned through every type of weather in only one week! During our math time, students discussed vocabulary words used to identify the parts of a fraction. With that knowledge, students were able to compare fractions with like- numerators and denominators. Fraction models, number lines, and butterflies (yes, butterflies!) were used to aid students in understanding how to compare fractions. Ask your kiddo which method was their favorite! 

ELA was action packed, to say the least! The week started out methodically with the usual; We were introduced to the affix /a-/ in phonics and before long students were A-ble to produce many words via practice and review. Reading was the show-stopper as students put on several performances in which they acted out problems and solutions. 

Deep dives also presented some exciting content! During Geology, we began with a discussion about weathering, erosion, and deposition which are three ways that landforms are created. Then, nature decided to lend a soggy hand with enough rain to produce flooding! We shifted our focus to discuss the origin of rivers and how they can shape the landscape. WV Studies was centered around one of our favorite topics – food! Students listened to an article about pepperoni rolls, which originated in the coal mining towns of West Virginia. We also viewed a short tutorial video, narrated by Vagabond Kitchen’s Chef Matt Welsch, titled “An Ode to Pepperoni Rolls.” Then, we crafted our own mini version of pepperoni rolls, baked them in the oven, and enjoyed! Simply scrumptious!!

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

Stay dry and See you Monday! 

 Hanna, Paula, and Alissa             

Hoppy Day!

Important dates/notes:

  • Spring/Easter Long Weekend: March 29 – April 1st
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10:00 AM Late Start
  • “The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching! The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday April 10th. Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out. The deadline for video submissions is **Monday April 1st.**Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com Thank you and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

Hello 3rd Grade!

Although it was just a fraction of a week, we used every minute to our advantage. Speaking of fractions, we finished up with equivalent fractions and moved on to comparing fractions. We began by taking a look at two fractions with the same denominator, but different numerators. Students drew models and comparisons on white boards and also used graph paper to work with even more examples. As a challenge, we drew two models made of six squares each and used knowledge of equivalents to show how ⅓ and 2/6 are the “same” amount. 

During ELA time, we hopped back to an old spelling rule known as the 1:1:1 rule. This can be described as a word having 1 syllable, 1 vowel, and 1 consonant after the vowel. If all of those are true then the last consonant gets doubled! See if your child can name you an example. Grammar activities and lessons were focused on subject-verb agreement. Students learned about identifying the tenses of nouns and verbs to make sure they compliment each other. Literature circles wrapped up this week leaving everyone wanting more! (Yes!)  Several of the books are part of a series and several students asked for the next book to read on their own. Others desired to read books with similar themes. This final round of literature circles was a success in that it ignited a new fire for reading! 

During our geology deep dive, students examined different types of landforms. They tried their hand at matching pictures of landforms to a written description. Once that puzzle was complete, the correct answers revealed that they knew more about landforms than they thought! Way to go! With only one day remaining for WV studies, students collectively participated in their favorite quiz show: Kahoot! They’ve been eager to test their knowledge of WV trivia and faced the challenge boldly. Excitement filled the classroom as the kiddos delighted in knowing nearly all of the correct answers! 

Last but not least, we ended our short week with an egg hunt! Students searched the campus for eggs and each egg they found had a special treat. We even got to hide them for the fourth and fifth graders! How EGGciting! 

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

Have a great spring weekend!

See you Tuesday at 10AM.   

Hanna, Paula, and Alissa     

Celebrate Good, no…Great Times!

Important dates/notes:

  • The silent auction bidding for Celebrate will go live as of 3pm Friday (3/22). Visit the link below to begin your bidding! https://www.betterunite.com/WheelingCountryDaySchool-halloffame/Auction?a=cb38ca3d-0c74-4466-ada8-10469b891c49 All silent auction items will close at 9:30 pm Saturday (3/23).
  • Saturday, March 23rd – CELEBRATE! 
  • Thursday, March 28th: Early Dismissal @ 11:30 AM – No aftercare. 
  • Spring/Easter Long Weekend: March 29 – April 1st
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – 10:00 AM Late Start
  • This year for our school wide Spring Egg Hunt, we are asking for your help. Your child is coming home with 5 eggs. If you could fill those eggs with candy, stickers, or small toys, our fifth graders will hide them for each of the classes on the morning of Thursday, March 28th. If you are able to help, please send the filled eggs to school with your child by March 26th. 
  • “The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching! The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday April 10th. Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out. The deadline for video submissions is **Monday April 1st.**Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com Thank you and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

Hello 3rd Grade!

In math we continued working with fractions. Students drew models to compare and used several other resources to discover more equivalent fractions. We even enhanced their learning with a new type of manipulative known as “railroad track” fractions. Ask your kiddo to describe this cool fraction tool! Phonics this week consisted of the suffix /-ness/. Their hard work when reading, writing, and spelling with this suffix was no less than shy of greatNESS! In reading, students finished their literature circles. The Third Grade Angels have all but completed the book and will save the last chapter for next week…it’s a Surprise! Seven students finished their trek on the Oregon Trail with Ranger, while Five students came down from their chocolate fever, and six kiddos learned how to pay attention to detail with their pal Clementine! Meanwhile in writing, students continued their research project. This week we learned about chapters. This is also known as what three main topics he/she wants to focus on. 

During our geology deep dive, students learned that there was once a supercontinent called Pangaea. As earth’s plates shifted, Pangaea split into two and then eventually seven major land masses. We played a game to identify and then label the seven continents. Students embarked on a quick scavenger hunt to discover more about culture. We talked about music, arts & crafts, and of course food! See if your kiddo can tell you which food was created to satisfy the needs of hungry coal miners!

**Please tag us both when sending emails and/or Talking Points if you have any questions or concerns this school year: hwilliams@wcdsedu.com  & pbuck@wcdsedu.com 

See you at celebrate! 

 Hanna, Paula, and Alissa