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Third Grade RULES! October 12, 2018

Writing

Third Graders were excited to publish their first stories of the year this week. Students spent the past couple of weeks recalling some of their favorite memories and writing descriptive stories recalling details for their readers. Writers were encouraged to choose one small moment in their lives to interpret into a short story. Third Graders were very excited to share their work with their classmates!

 

Math

Third Graders have spent the week digging into multiplication arrays and two-step word problems. Students were thrilled for the chance to play a new game, Array Bingo. In which, students draw a card between 1 and 20. With this number, students look at their Bingo cards and try to match a multiplication array with the product on the drawn card.

Stone Fox

This week, our class finished reading Stone Fox aloud. Students were charmed by the characters in this book and we may have shed a few tears through the novel’s very sad ending. We are very fortunate to have such empathetic and thoughtful Third Graders.

 

Important Dates:

  • October 15th – Make Up Day (normal school day)
  • October 17th- 3rd Grade Parent Morning Meeting (8am)
  • October 31st – Halloween Carnival (11:30am Dismissal)

Publishing Party!

Nonfiction Readers

Our readers are identifying the distinctive qualities of nonfiction texts. Qualities include text bubbles, bold words, pictures with text, and books with glossaries.  An in class exercise included choosing a non fiction text and analyzing these findings.

Publishing Party

Our writers proudly presented their published texts to fellow Cooper School scholars in First and Fifth grade.  They practiced their presentation of public speaking and giving positive feedback to other writers. They wrote on a range of topics using descriptive words!

Estimation

Our mathematicians familiarized themselves with estimation in math this week.  Through work on our class number line, second grade scholars learned to round up and round down in order to quickly add and subtract!

Monday, October 15th                                    Make Up School Day

October 24th                                                  Parent Morning Meeting


We are Publishers!

Publishing Is Hard Work

This week we started publishing our Narrative Writing stories and shared them with our classmates. Our writers have been waiting to read these aloud and were very excited to do so with their peers. While one author was reading, the rest of us were diligently writing compliments on each story to eventually give to the author. Our 5th Graders had the greatest compliments to give, comments such as, “I love how you used really descriptive language. I felt like I was there with you”. Now, onto opinion writing!

 

Home of the Brave

A favorite book in our classroom has come to an end, “Home of the Brave”. This book sparked so many questions and brought on a lot of emotions from the entire class. “Home of the Brave” by Katherine Applegate is a story about a boy who was torn from his home in Africa and has moved to America to live with his long lost family. He is having a hard time relating to his peers and fitting into this whole new world. Ask your child about this book, they’re bound to have a very strong opinion about the events that happened in the story.

Vocabulary

Students complete vocabulary tests every two weeks. So far we have learned 36 new words! Each week students use the words we are studying in discussion, in writing, in drawing and in dramatic interpretations.  Parents can help develop vocabulary by reviewing our vocabulary words with their child and playing games like Charades or Pictionary.

Important Dates:

 

Monday, October 15th                                Make-Up Day

Wednesday, October 31st                          Halloween Carnival- 11:30 Dismissal

Monday, November 5th                             Science Fair Presentations

Monday-Tuesday, November 12-13th        Parent/Teacher Conferences

Curious Greek Mythologists!

Greek Mythologists

 

Fourth Graders started researching Greek Gods and Goddesses this week, as they began reading Greek mythology stories, in small groups. Students picked one story from an array of books and recorded the setting, plot, purpose and characters. This activity was a great introduction to Greek Mythology and is just the beginning to what they will discover!! Ask your child what Greek God or Goddess they learned about.

 

 

 

Social Studies On The Map

Our students surveyed numerous maps of Greece, which included decoding population maps, identifying the peninsula, neighboring countries, nearby islands and bodies of water. Students labeled the major Ancient Greek city states and discussed the first settlements in the country based on predictions of the biome. Each student created a chart of their current knowledge of Greece and what they want to learn. Fourth Graders are ecstatic about Greek history! Ask your child where the Greeks made their first settlements and why.

 

 

Curious Fourth Graders

Fourth Graders put on their curiosity hats and started thinking profoundly about their world and what they are curious about! Students combined their creative thoughts with Fifth Graders during Morning Meeting and they came up with some great wonders! Students were asked to close their eyes and imagine themselves on a quest to learn something new about what makes themselves most curious. Fourth and Fifth Graders shared their reactions with an emphasis on emotions. Ask your child about their wonders.  

 

Important Dates:

Monday, 10/15 Make-Up Day

Thursday, 10/25 – Grade 4 Parent Morning Meeting

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – 11:30 Dismissal

 

Reading, Writing, and Research…oh my!

Author! Author!

Earlier this week, each student selected an original, personal small moment story to publish. 1st Grade Authors used editing checklists to put the final touches on their stories. We also had a visit from inspiring 2nd Grade Authors who published their stories to us. 1st Graders loved being an audience for older friends who were in their shoes not too long ago!

   

Fiction to Facts  

In Reading Workshop, we launched our non-fiction unit. We talked about how this genre is different from fiction and students have been reading an assortment of books at their “just right” level around topics ranging from animals, to sports, to history. During Wednesday’s Morning Meeting, students selected specific subjects they are particularly interested in. Some of their individual interests included cooking, crafting, gems and minerals, whales, pandas, snakes, football, NASA, and tornadoes.   

A-Z Researchers

1st Grade Scientists have been brainstorming insects that they want to research. Each student will choose a unique insect that is native to South Carolina to research using nonfiction texts and iPad minis. Some of the insects students came up with included June bugs, green beetles, ladybugs, cicadas, cockroaches, honeybees, praying mantises, moths, wasps, flies, mosquitos, grasshoppers, termites, and various species of butterflies.

Important Dates:

Monday, October 15th            Make-Up School Day

Tuesday, October 23rd           1st Grade Parent Morning Meeting, 8:00 am

Wednesday, October 31st      Halloween Carnival (early release at 11:30am)

Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Happenings

Young pumpkin enthusiasts are deep into our study of pumpkins. Kindergarteners learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin during Science this week, through read-alouds and class discussions. We read Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden, Pumpkin, Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Jack. Our young scientists learned about the life cycle and parts of a pumpkin. They now know that the beautiful yellow flowers that grow from a pumpkin vine are the promise for a future pumpkin. Scientists also observed our “Pumpkin Jack” and recorded daily observations of the changes occurring. So far they have noticed that it is getting “fuzzy” or “furry” and there is a lot of pumpkin juice at the bottom of the container. Stay tuned as we continue to learn more about the decomposing process through our pumpkin unit!

Storytellers

This week, Kindergarten storytellers worked with their “Peanut Butter and Jelly Partners” to retell story books! Your reader retold stories by looking at the previous page, saying the words first, next and last, and by using dialogue that the characters use. Kindergarteners can’t wait to continue learning how to make facial expressions and voices like the characters so they can act out the popular story, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

Math

This week in math Kindergarten mathematicians have been working on numbers 6 through 10. We have mastered the ability to sort by count using numbers 6 through 10. Your Kindergartener has the ability to write out these numbers and count them using objects.

  • Friday, October 12th- 11:30am dismissal
  • Monday, October 15th- Make-Up Day
  • Tuesday, October 16th- Parent Morning Meeting (8am)
  • Thursday, October 18th– Boone Hall Field Trip
  • Wednesday, October 31st-  Halloween Carnival, 11:30 dismissal

It’s Plane to See…. October 5, 2018

On the Table

This week we participated in a discussion lead by Mia’s mother. We talked about the issues we face in our own community. These were things like homelessness, traffic, new developments going up, etc. The students were so insightful when thinking of solutions to these problems. It was a real treat hearing their ideas about adding more trash cans to cut down on litter, or helping with our local food drive. Ask your child about the discussion, I’m sure they will have a lot to say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plane Sense

In science we started our new investigations: Planes! We constructed our new planes and discussed variables that may affect the flight of our planes. The only materials we used were a propeller, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, and straws. Next week we will all put these variables into use while we fly our own planes!

 

Let’s Multiply!

In Math this week we

 have overcome the challenge of writing numbers in exponential notation. Students learned that the large number at the bottom is the base number, the smaller number at the top is the exponent, and the exponent tells you how many times to multiply the base number by itself.  

 

 

 

Important Dates:

Friday,October 12th                     11:30 Dismissal

 

Monday, October 15th                   Make-Up Day

 

Wednesday, October 31st             Halloween Carnival- 11:30 Dismissal

HELLO ROXIE!

Welcome Roxie!

Third Graders were excited to start the week with our new class pet, Roxie the gerbil. Roxie is named after our current Read Aloud book, Roxie and the Hooligans. Much like her namesake, Roxie is spunky and cute as a button!

 

Reading

This week, Third Graders discussed what it meant to read with grit. Students followed the lesson by working on self-assessments where they scored themselves on the grit they use while reading. Students were excited to see how they scored and to look into what areas they could improve in their reading. Students also began working on specific examples to, “Climb the Hurdle of Hard Words”. This week, we focused on “chunking” words, or recognizing the parts of words that we know in order to piece together the full word. It was compelling to watch them apply their self-reflections into their silent reading.

 

 

Science

Third Graders were enthusiastic about our third investigation into the Physics of Sound. This week, students experimented with how sound waves travel through air and water. Students compared the vibrations of tuning forks in open air vs. the sounds created in their sound tubes. Students also used stethoscopes to listen for sounds they created in a basin of water. Third Graders are excited to wrap up our first science unit next week!

 

 

 

 

Specials Spotlight: Indigo Choir

Students attend Indigo Choir on Tuesdays each week. In Indigo Choir, our upper elementary students get the opportunity to delve deeper into chorus, learning new music that they often get to share with the whole school. In Indigo Choir this week, students learned new Halloween songs, and some students even got the opportunity to sing some music they had written themselves!  

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • October 12th – 11:30am Dismissal
  • October 15th – Make Up Day (normal school day)
  • October 17th- 3rd Grade Parent Morning Meeting (8am)
  • October 31st – Halloween Carnival (11:30am Dismissal)

Learning is so much fun!

Math Makes “Cents”

In Math, we launched our addition and subtraction unit and scholars are using hands on materials such as coins and cubes and long blocks to show their thinking. We are extending that learning and practicing those skills through partner math games in Centers.

Ant Experts

First Grade ant experts have been observing ants and their behavior and recording their observations, questions, and wonders about ants in their ant journals. We learned that ants have three body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have antennae. Their antennae have an important function. Ants use them to smell, touch, feel and communicate with other ants. On Tuesday, students answered with a tally to show what food they thought ants would enjoy most: a potato chip, a grape, or a piece of lettuce. Students guessed that the ants would prefer the grape over the chip and the lettuce. Then we left these snacks out in our backyard  to see if our prediction was correct. Ask your scholar about the results of our science experiment! We have also started mapping our backyard to show all the places ants may live. Our bug museum is growing and we are also so excited and so appreciative that so many friends have been bringing in bug specimens! Keep them coming! We are super curious about the tunnels the ants in our ant farm have been industriously digging and we are eager to research this behavior.

  

Grammar Matters!

In Writing Workshop, our authors have begun editing their work. They are paying special attention to making sure that the first word of each sentence and proper nouns are capitalized, and that sentences have appropriate punctuation at the end: a period, exclamation point, or a question mark. This is an essential part of the writing process that will make their stories better and more interesting to their readers.

 

Important Dates:

Friday, October 12th                                    11:30 Dismissal

Monday, October 15th                                 Make-Up School Day

 

Marvelous Muses!

Masterful Mathematicians 

The area of a rectangle, square number patterns and factors, oh my! Fourth Graders were busy this week hunting for the area of a rectangle, which meant discovering and then applying the formula: (A= length × width) to specific problems in their math journals. Our class remained focused as they moved onto calculating the formula for square number patterns. They created arrays for square numbers and noticed that square numbers are the products of factors multiplied by themselves. Factors in math were not to be left out as students conquered formulating factor pairs for products!

 

 

 

Musical Muses

The sounds of Fourth Graders warming up their musical instruments and voices in preparation for music and choir, was thrilling to hear. They performed Iko Iko and Hand Jive! Students came prepared for music class with guitars and ukuleles. Music grants students the opportunity to be creative and tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously! Ask your child to play or sing a song they have rehearsed in music class this week. You’ll be amazed!

 

 

 

 

Meticulous Writers

Mastering handwriting takes patience, practice and persistence! Our Fourth Graders have been applying these skills to various handwriting activities through Handwriting Without Tears instruction. Our students are becoming strong, articulate writers, which ultimately builds a strong foundation for reading and communicating. Students have been excited to practice their cursive skills through Cursive Success. The value of learning cursive enables our Fourth Graders to integrate fine motor dexterity, visual and tactile information.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

Friday, 10/12 11:30am Dismissal

Monday, 10/15 Make-Up Day

Thursday, 10/25 – Grade 4 Parent Morning Meeting

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – 11:30 Dismissal

SCHOOL NEWS

Annual Fund Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to the Annual Fund. This year, to my delight, the Silent Auction raised more money than ever before. I wanted to take a moment to let you know exactly where your Silent Auction donation dollars are going…

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