Subhadra has been working at The Cooper School since 2009. She is originally from Florida and received her Bachelors degree in Early Education and Special Education followed by her Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. Subhadra has taught Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades at TCS.
Third Graders were so excited to start our Holiday Migration Morning Meetings this week. This is a winter tradition for Cooper School students that makes connections between the many holidays that are celebrated this time of year. Our focus this year is on food. Students are learning about the role that food plays in the many traditions that are celebrated and they will even get to taste a few! On Thursday, students began their day with the whole school discussing the Italian holiday Buon Natale. Students enjoyed pizzelles while discussing the foods eaten to celebrate the holiday. Each day, we will be discussing different holidays around the world!
Students have had a blast learning about geometry. This week we have been working on finding the area and perimeter of rectangles. Students have enjoyed measuring rectangles of all sizes, both on paper and in our classroom. The challenge this week was to figure out the best size rabbit cage they could make with a perimeter of 24 feet. This required them to draw many different rectangles with a perimeter of 24 and figure out which one had the largest area. Third Graders have risen to the challenge of applying their math skills to real life situations.
Third Graders were so excited to start book clubs this week! Students were divided into clubs with different series to read. Students worked together to determine how much reading they would do each day. They gave their clubs a name and created rules, which included making sure to read the agreed upon chapters and to not spoil what’s coming next. Students are following their characters up the story mountain and exploring how secondary characters interact. With all of this insight into characters, Third Graders have raised the level of their prediction skills, basing them on what they already know and how they think things will happen.
Next week TCS will be collecting pajama donations for our annual Pajama Drive. While the whole school will be donating to the Pajama Program who distribute them to children in need across the Lowcountry, Third Graders will be doing something a little different. During our Change Makers Unit, Devon got inspired to help create change in our community. She has focused her attention on the Jenkins Orphanage (Institute) in North Charleston. Her idea is that Third Graders collect pajamas specifically for the children that are currently living there. Devon wrote a persuasive letter to convince her classmates and they agreed! Jenkins currently houses 8 girls between the ages of 12 and 18.
Social Studies Field Trip
This week, Third Graders got to attend an exciting field trip to the South Carolina Historical Society Museum located in the fireproof building downtown. Ms. Knight guided students through South Carolina’s history from the Native Americans through the Civil War era. Students enjoyed interactive touch screen displays and a scavenger hunt to find out more information.
Third Grade has spent the week working on character studies in Reading Workshop. Students have discussed ways to get to know characters from patterns in behavior, speech, and predicting deeper theories as to why characters act and say the things they do. Students have been so excited to apply it to new characters as well as familiar friends.
This week, Third Grade had a special guest visitor who discussed Gullah culture in the Lowcountry. Cindy Makowsky stopped by with photos and sweetgrass baskets to explain the historical significance of the culture and its impact on the city of Charleston!
Third Graders were so excited this week to complete a persuasive letter to Ms. Franci. Students discussed and decided to request an additional Pajama Day this school year. Third Graders individually worked on their own persuasive letters and then joined forces to create one final draft to deliver to Ms. Franci. Students used solid reasoning, humor, and even flattery to deliver their point and are so excited to hear back from Ms. Franci!
This week, students began a new unit in Social Studies on South Carolina history. Students started the unit by observing world maps to find Charleston, and eventually looking at a state map to discover all of the bodies of water and cities there are in the state. Students enjoyed decoding and using color to label parts of our state maps.
Third Grade began our next read aloud this week, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The story follows a young girl, Opal, as she meets and takes in a, “big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor”, Winn-Dixie. Students have loved listening to the hilarious adventures of the dynamic duo.
Community Change Makers Presentation
Third Graders spent the week wrapping up their Community Change Makers unit. Students polished their writing, art, timeline boards, and public speaking in anticipation of their final presentation. We are so excited to show you today how much change even the smallest voices can make.
Students have worked diligently in our third unit in Math. As we wrap it up, students have spent the week finishing up and preparing for our third assessment. Students have been challenged and excited to learn different methods of long addition and subtraction and continue to build on their math skills.
Third Graders spent a large amount of time this week discussing gratitude and different ways to show it. Students created lists of both the large and small things in their lives that they are thankful for. Using these lists, Third Graders selected things from their lists to write about in our Gratitude Book for the upcoming Harvest Feast!
How To Eat Fried Worms
Third Graders are about halfway through their fourth Read Aloud book of the year. Students have been perplexed, disgusted, and amazed following the story of four friends who dare to eat fifteen worms. The boys try the worms fried, boiled, and even in ketchup and mustard. Third Graders are eager to hear the trials of the boys’ experimental cuisine.
Our class has come so far in their nonfiction writing. As students finish each chapter of their informational books, they then begin the editing process. This week, students worked in pairs to read and give feedback on each others’ instructional text. Third Graders are thrilled to be one step closer to publishing their work!
Specials Spotlight: Art
As part of their Social Studies Change Makers projects, students worked with Ms. Kerry this week on portraits of their chosen subjects for our November 16th presentation. Students will use these portraits like masks to present their persuasive speeches to their visitors. Our class has been thrilled to explore so many creative ways to piece together their final projects.
Third Graders were so excited to celebrate Halloween at The Cooper School this week! Fifth Graders organized and ran an amazing Halloween Carnival where our entire school enjoyed many carnival games as well as a spooky haunted house. We loved seeing all of our students’ creativity in their costumes and were so thankful to spend the holiday with you all.
This week, Third Graders continued working on their Community Change Makers projects. Students have expanded on their work by searching for inspirational quotes which support their activist’s missions, as well as creating timelines of major events in their lives. Students are loving being able to use both books and supervised iPad research to include in their findings.
Third Graders have been reading nonfiction texts, and using their findings to teach their peers. This week, we partnered up to share the interesting information they had read on their on topic. Students outlined their main idea and collected notes to support their points. Third Graders were so excited to share everything they had learned with a friend!
Social Studies Research
Third Graders were so excited to begin some online research this week on our Community Change Makers webpage. Students used iPads to scroll through our online database of biographical web pages. Our class was elated to find all kinds of new information about their selected activist, right at their fingertips!
Students have been building grammar notebooks over the past couple of weeks, with each page devoted to a different grammar rule. This week, students learned how to use our student scholastic magazines for a grammar hunt! Third Graders spent a little while digging through their texts for sentences using “verbs of action” and those using “verbs of being”.
Third Grade finished our second math unit this week. Students wrapped up the unit with our Unit 2 Assessment. The unit assessment was followed by a cumulative assessment reviewing all of the math tricks they have learned this school year. We were thrilled to see Third Graders using their math building blocks to show us all that they know.
This week, students began working on their first piece of informational writing. Third Graders were instructed to consider and begin writing about a subject area in which they are familiar. Students started by creating a Table of Contents and then dividing up and deciding in what areas they could expand and build on their writing.
Third Graders began their first Social Studies unit of the year, Community Change Makers. Students began by passing around nonfiction books in Centers with information on many historical figures who have made great changes to our society in the areas of Equality, Environmental, Civil Rights, and Women’s Rights. Students are excited to begin working on their projects to present to parents on November 16th.
Third Graders were thrilled to have two visitors from the fire station this week. Charleston Fire Department’s Sarah Bootle and Robert Boulem stopped by to go over important techniques in fire safety. Students were thrilled to review evacuation planning, ways to prevent fires, and how to react in dangerous situations. Third Graders were elated to get to see and try on the firefighting gear that keeps firefighters safe.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!