Mr. Neil Lahammer
Greetings and welcome to our third grade classroom website. You will find many wonderful resources here that can make your life between home and school much easier.  From photo galleries of classroom activities, links to download school forms for your convenience (like our weekly reading log), to copies of our daily student planner page, visit it throughout the school year to see what we're up to.  Bookmark the page for easy access.

I believe that third grade is such a wonderful year of transitions. In math, going from adding and subtracting quickly into more challenging concepts of multiplication and division. In writing, making the move from short sentences to more descriptive sentences with supporting details.  In reading, going beyond reading the words and sentences to predicting, understanding, inferring (reading between the lines) and developing the strategies of a good reader. Also, having an opinion about what you're reading and understanding, supporting, and expressing that view. 

Third grade is also a time where students are expected to take on bigger role in becoming responsible and accountable for completing their work.  Students will be shown how to use the tools they have (student planners and 6 pocket folders) to keep track of their work and become better organized.  There's also the homework room at recess for students who do not have their work completed.

This will be my 18th year of teaching overall and and my 13th in Red Wing. I began my career by teaching 4th grade for five years in Farmington, MN, and I've taught 5th and 3rd grade at Burnside. I have a wonderful wife Margaret who is the Twin Bluff and Red Wing High School librarian and teaches computer. We've been married over 20 years and have two lovely daughters,  Audrey 14 and Beatrix 10.

I graduated from Winona State University in 2002 with my major in Elementary Education and a minor in Humor/Sarcasm (my students/parents will agree they are VERY minor.)  In the spring of 2014 I completed my Master's Degree of Science in Education through the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked 14 memorable years as a radio broadcaster/sportscaster, including my last 7 years working at KCUE/KWNG in Red Wing. I enjoy a variety of sports including baseball and tennis, family trips/activities, reading, collecting sports memorabilia, and the flavor vanilla as in taffy and vanilla Tootsie Rolls.  One of my favorite hobbies is theater, and it's not uncommon for me to particiapte in a play at the Sheldon Theatre or Hobgoblin Theater during the school year.

Please "Bookmark" this page or add it to your "Favorites" and refer to it often throughout the school year for Daily Planner Pages, Classroom photo galleries, reading logs, and information on homework and assignments.  Feel free to share the photo galleries with family and friends.  Also follow us on Twitter at @mrlahammer150.