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WFS - Third Grade: Our Focus

Learn everything you wanted to know about being in the third grade at Wilson Focus School.

Third Grade Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is a project that includes reading, writing, and reporting. The Capstone Project will also include a lot of technology! Students will learn and practice using a search engine, locating and saving images, creating a Keynote, and presenting the report and Keynote.

The 3rd Grade Capstone Project includes:

  • selecting a "good fit" biography from the school library
  • reading the biography
  • taking notes from the book
  • taking notes from an approved online search engine
  • compiling the notes into a written report
  • creating a Word document
  • creating a Keynote with the same notes
  • adding images to the Keynote
  • presenting the written report and Keynote

FOCUS on Literacy

FOCUS on Literacy is an important part of the third grade school day. It includes: Reading, Writing, Spelling, and the Daily 5. During the Reading portion of the Literacy block students are engaged in both whole group and Guided Reading lessons. While I am meeting with Guided Reading groups the rest of the class is engaged in the Daily 5. Our focus during this time is on:

F - Flash Card Fluency

(sight words, Spelling words)

O - Online Technology

(Tumble Books, Storyline Online)

C - Comprehend Literature

U - Using the 6 Traits of Writing

S - Sum it up by incorporating all of the above in to the Daily 5

Daily 5

Daily 5

Word Work

Work on Writing

Read to Self

Read to Someone

Listen to Reading



(Read Often and Relax)

is third grade's daily at home reading program. Students are expected to read a minimum of 15 minutes a day. The monthly R.O.A.R. goal is 10 signed and returned slips. A tally chart is kept so that students can keep track of their monthly goal. Incentives are given during the month and students are also rewarded at the end of the month with a certificate and other prize.

The R.O.A.R. slip is on the back of the M.A.D.D. slip.

FOCUS on Science/Social Studies

FOCUS on Science and Social Studies is a block of time during the week when a Science or Social Studies lesson and task are completed. My goal is for students to independently work at their assigned FOCUS on Science and Social Studies station by the 2nd semester of the school year. The focus during this block is on:

F - Flash Card Fluency

(flash card games using

content vocabulary)

O - Online Technology

(use of the computer to read,

research and practice skills

learned in Science/Social Studies)

C - Comprehend What you Read

(reading and responding to

informational text)

U - Using the 6 Traits of Writing

(writing informational paragraphs

about Science/Social Studies

related topics)

S - Sum It Up

(apply writing and research

skills learned here to the

3rd grade Capstone Project)

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).