Third Grade

Wheeling Country Day School offers Third Grade for children seven and eight years old. Classroom experiences include many hands-on activities and are often integrated with other academic areas.

Language arts, mathematics, and social sciences, coupled with technology, are the basis for this curriculum.

The language arts program emphasizes various methods of reading, comprehension, and skill development as well as offering many opportunities to gain experience with all forms of writing. Public speaking, independent reading, use of high-interest literature selections, and writing in a personal journal are a few methods used.

Blending problem solving and computational skills, the mathematics program includes advanced concepts in these areas and emphasis on word and logic problems. Hands-on activities provide opportunities for the children to explore and understand various mathematical concepts. Daily computational exercises in written and mental math help the students maintain accuracy and fluency that are so important to areas of higher mathematics, and these all enrich the students’ mathematical vocabularies and experiences.

The social studies program includes a review of map skills and expands upon the understanding of the global community in terms of culture, commerce, and geography. The children often engage in research projects. The science program contains a combination of topics from earth, physical, and life sciences. Classroom experiences include many hands-on activities and are often integrated with other academic areas. Major areas of study are life cycles, living things, matter, the solar system, and the Earth’s resources.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Throughout the year, the class heavily emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged to approach challenges from various angles and think outside the box to find creative solutions. They engage in thought-provoking discussions and participate in hands-on activities to develop the ability to analyze complex problems, evaluate different perspectives, and generate innovative ideas. The class focuses on honing their decision-making skills by considering the potential consequences of each option and making informed choices. Through these practices, students not only become better problem solvers but also more confident and independent thinkers.

Creative & Skill-Based Courses

In addition to the traditional subject areas, students participate in fine arts, physical education, foreign language, and technology classes. An emphasis on the fine arts has been a part of the school since its inception. Biweekly classes in art and music are highlights in the children’s experiences. Daily physical education classes enhance physical development, while the morning intramural program fosters team relationships across grade levels. Children learn to use both the library and the computer as valuable resources for information.

Collaboration and Communication

Another significant aspect of the class’s learning philosophy is collaboration and effective communication. Students actively engage in group projects and discussions, learning the importance of working together to achieve common goals. They are encouraged to listen attentively to their peers, ask clarifying questions, and contribute their own ideas to foster a dynamic exchange of thoughts. By participating in collaborative activities, students learn to appreciate diverse perspectives, resolve conflicts amicably, and develop strong interpersonal skills. The class also emphasizes the importance of clear and concise communication through verbal presentations and written assignments, enabling students to express their ideas effectively to a broader audience.

An Emphasis on Character Development

Character development instruction highlighting respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship complements the academic offerings. Each teacher weaves this special program into the class’s regular curriculum.

Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and innovation are central themes throughout the year. The class provides opportunities for students to explore their creative potential and develop innovative approaches to problem-solving. They are encouraged to think imaginatively, challenge conventional ideas, and take risks in their projects and assignments. By fostering an environment that values and celebrates creativity, the class nurtures the students’ ability to think beyond boundaries, experiment with new ideas, and embrace failure as a stepping stone towards success. As a result, students gain the confidence to explore uncharted territories, bring their unique perspectives to the table, and become catalysts for positive change.

Technology & Culture

While being part of the Wheeling Country Day School community, children prepare for an increasingly global, technological society with language and culture classes as well as technology instruction. Students explore the rich cultural heritage represented by the school’s families. Special school-wide and classroom activities throughout the year expand this understanding of the relationship between self and community. At the same time, students receive computer instruction preparing them for the world’s technology and their participation in it.

Research and Information Literacy

The class places a strong emphasis on research and information literacy skills. Students learn to evaluate and critically analyze various sources of information, distinguishing between reliable and biased resources. They are taught to conduct thorough research using credible databases and utilize appropriate methodologies to gather accurate data. Through guided research projects, the class encourages students to ask meaningful questions, develop research plans, and synthesize information to form well-supported arguments. By honing their information literacy skills, students become more discerning consumers of knowledge, capable of navigating the vast sea of information in the digital age.

Global Awareness and Empathy

The class fosters a sense of global awareness and empathy among the students. They are exposed to diverse cultures, global issues, and perspectives from around the world. Through discussions, presentations, and real-world examples, students develop a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of our world and the importance of empathy in addressing global challenges. They learn to appreciate cultural differences, embrace diversity, and respect multiple viewpoints. The class also encourages students to take an active role in making a positive impact in their communities and beyond, nurturing a sense of responsibility and global citizenship.

Third Grade Teachers & Staff

Hanna Williams

Third Grade
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Paula Buck

Third Grade

Before & Aftercare Programs

Our before and aftercare programs are designed to help the student and the parent. Drop your students off early or pick them up a bit later and feel comfortable knowing they are safe and still learning.

Tutoring & Multisensory Learning

Edge at Wheeling Country Day School is an on-campus instruction center for students with language-based learning differences. 

Fourth Grade

For students ready to graduate from Third Grade, Wheeling Country Day School offers exceptional Fourth Grade education.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I stay updated on my child's progress in the class?

The class ensures regular parent-teacher communication to keep you updated on your child’s progress. You can expect to receive timely reports, attend parent-teacher conferences, and have access to an online portal where you can view grades, assignments, and any specific feedback from the teacher.

What measures are in place to ensure my child's safety during class?

Your child’s safety is a top priority in the class. The teacher maintains a safe and inclusive learning environment by implementing various safety protocols, such as monitoring classroom activities, promoting respectful behavior, and addressing any concerns promptly. Additionally, the class follows established school-wide safety guidelines to ensure a secure learning environment for all students.

How does the class promote a love for learning and foster a growth mindset in students?

The class promotes a love for learning by creating an engaging and stimulating environment. Students are encouraged to explore their interests and passions through project-based learning and hands-on activities. The teacher cultivates a growth mindset by emphasizing the value of effort, resilience, and embracing challenges. Students are encouraged to view mistakes as opportunities for learning and to approach new tasks with a positive and open mindset.

What strategies does the teacher use to differentiate instruction and meet the diverse learning needs of students?

The teacher implements various strategies to differentiate instruction and meet the diverse learning needs of students. They employ flexible grouping techniques, provide personalized learning resources, and offer alternative ways for students to demonstrate their understanding. The class also integrates a variety of learning modalities, such as visual aids, kinesthetic activities, and interactive technology, to cater to different learning styles and preferences.


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Applying online is easy with WCDS. Complete and submit your online application. This application confirms your interest and prompts the school’s consideration of your child. You can download and submit the records release form if your child currently attends kindergarten or above. 

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The school takes great pride in the fact that the Head of School meets with each family to engage in a mission/philosophy conversation. Admissions Events offer this group opportunity or you can contact the Admissions Office for special arrangements. 

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Diversity Statement

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WCDS seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors diversity. We honor the dignity of every human being, and we respect and value differences including but not limited to socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family composition. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue, education, and reflection to develop understanding and inclusion of every member.

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