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 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!
Jerry the Gerbil
This week, Third Graders said farewell to a good friend, our class pet, Jerry the Gerbil. Jerry passed away over the weekend after a full, long life surrounded by the love and care of many students over the years. This Monday, students gathered with letters as we buried Jerry in the Cooper School backyard while sharing some favorite memories. We all smiled remembering that Jerry’s last big trip was to Disney World while evacuating for Hurricane Florence.
Third Graders enjoyed balancing math and fun. First, students used a panscale to predict which items in our classroom have the same weight. They then used math cubes to measure the weight of selected items in grams. Later, students used data collected about their favorite subjects to learn about line graphs. With different types of data collected and graphs made, students are learning about a variety of ways to view data collections as well as identify the maximum, minimum, and mode of data sets.
Drama with Charleston Stage
Third Graders were charmed this week with Charleston Stage visiting for a full week of morning drama classes. Students grinned from ear to ear as they created tableaus illustrating social and environmental activism. This was especially exciting for our Third Grade class as it provided a wonderful introduction to our upcoming Social Studies unit on social advocacy.
Students spent the week working on several short stories in their writing journals. Our focus this week was on using our best storyteller voice, by using transition words, dialogue, and creating a movie for their reader’s mind. Third Graders viewed and analyzed example stories, as well as revised their own old stories to practice storytelling.
After our time away last week (and many stuck in the house), Third Graderswere so excited to get moving. This week, students played a riveting game of Sharks and Minnows, involving a lot of running, dodging, and tagging. Students were chased (but not often caught) by the biggest shark, Mr. Ryan.
World Language: Spanish
Each week, about half of our third grade class attends Spanish with Ms. Tania. This week, students focused on conversational dialogue and greetings. Students stood tall in front of the class to read scripts in Spanish and to use their newly discovered words. ¡Muy bien!
Third Graders spent Wednesday morning with Second Grade, and Thursday morning with First Grade this week. Classes were paired for math games and reading. It set off our days on the right foot getting to meet some new friends, and really getting to work with and assist younger groups. Third Graders were also not shy to accept assistance from their younger friends as well!
Third Graders started the school year with a goal of 20 minutes of silent sustained reading. We quickly learned that our class LOVES reading, and they whipped right through 20 minutes. Our class is now trying for a new SSR goal: 25 minutes!
Specials Spotlight: Yoga
Third Graders were enamored for their second visit to Yoga this week. Students were so thrilled to return to the classroom and tell us all about the new poses and techniques they’ve learned with Ms. Stacy.
Hopes and Dreams
Third Graders were very excited to share their goals with us this week. Students considered things in their life they wanted to work on this school year, whether that be their organization, their handwriting, or even climbing the rock wall. We all decided what objectives we wanted to achieve by the end of the year and created our wall of Hopes and Dreams, complete with our own hot air balloons!
Third Grade spent the week having fun with numbers! Students worked with number grids finding differences between two numbers, as well as playing our Number Game Difference today. As the week continued, students were introduced to (and are working to master) estimating!
Specials Spotlight: Art
We were ecstatic to start our specials this week. On Wednesdays, Third Graders attend Art with Ms. Kerry. This week, students worked on “under the sea” drawings with colored pencils! They were so excited to take home their artwork.
Fantastic First Week
We are so excited to kick off our year in Third Grade! Students have spent the week getting to know new friends who have joined us, and becoming comfortable in our classroom with a new routine. Third Graders started the week by creating and analyzing a birthday picture graph! Students were shocked to find that we would not be celebrating any birthdays in January or February! We’ve spent the week discussing Hopes and Dreams, diving into reading, as well as working on some fun math activities.
This week, Third Grade started our first read aloud book, The World According to Humphrey by Betty G Birney. Students were totally engaged listening to the sweet story of Humphrey the hamster, the classroom pet of Room 26. Students are loving the story about a hamster as we patiently wait for our class pet, Jerry the Gerbil, to return from his vacation!
Third Graders began their Physics of Sound science module this week, where they are learning about how sound travels, and how our ears work. Students experimented and tried identifying objects by the sounds they make when they are dropped. Third Graders will be working on their ability to discriminate sounds and brainstorming words to describe the sounds made.
This has been a fantastic final week of Third Grade! Students continued to work hard, learn lots, and have fun until the very last minute. Students presented their State Study presentation on their second state this week. Students had to choose a different presentation type than they did the first time and present their state from the west. Once again, we had iMovies, trifold boards, and 3D models to teach the class about each state. We also enjoyed a couple more songs that were revised to give information about the state. This was a super fun project to end the year!
We started the year by measuring ourselves and saving a ribbon that was cut to that length in an envelope. For months, they’ve been waiting for us. This week, we finally pulled them out. Students once again worked together to measure how tall each person is now. They then cut a string to that length and then got to measure it against their original string. Third Graders were excited to see how much they’ve grown this year! We used this information to collect some data about how much Third Graders grew this year. Not to miss a teachable moment, we found the important data points, including maximum, minimum, range, median, and mode. We even talked about a how to find the average. We discovered that Third Graders grew an average of 2 and a half inches this year!
The Cooper School tradition of having the newly graduated Fifth Graders host the Field Day activities is beloved by all. Third Graders had a blast taking part in each of the unique and creative games the Fifth Graders put on for the students. This year’s theme was the continents and each activity was designed around one continent. Students were even delighted to have delicious Pelican Snoballs, too!
This week, Third Grade students became teachers! After a week of researching a state in either the northeast or southeast, each student taught the rest of the class about their chosen state. Students chose a variety of ways to present their information, including 3D maps, PowerPoints, trifold boards, and iMovies. Each student was able to present their information clearly to the rest of the class, sharing the important information about their state. Third Graders were impressed by a fact filled song about Vermont sung to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger”! Many students also brought in an important food from their state to share with the class! After the presentations, we got to enjoy several different kinds of pie, delicious cheesecake, some bbq, homemade clam chowder, tamales, cornbread, and pepperoni rolls. Students loved sharing the importance of their food and it’s deliciousness!
With one state completed, Third Graders have turned their focus west. Students have now selected a second state to research from the midwest, southwest, or west side of our country. Using the same process, students will independently research their second state and choose a different method of presentation to share with the class next week. It seems likely that there will be more songs inspired by the hit of “The State of Vermont” and definitely more delicious food to share. This project is a fun way to end the year while still learning and growing.
Along with their independent research, Third Graders are exploring the United States in other ways during centers. Through puzzles and games, books and iPad research, students have been getting to know the country they live in. Each day, Third Graders completed a map of the US, identifying where each state is using the correct abbreviation. They are also loving singing the song “Fifty Nifty United States”. This catchy song gets stuck in the head for a long time. It also helps students remember all of the states… for years to come!
I Heart Hungry Kids
The tradition of publishing Pass It On is all the more special because the proceeds go to a charity of the student’s choosing. Every year, the students are presented with a few different charities and they get to vote on which one they feel should receive the honor of being selected. This year, students selected I Heart Hungry Kids. Started by a young boy wanting to help other kids, this charity works to bring food to underprivileged children in the Charleston area. After the success of our Pass It On presentation and the sales of the book, students were able to present the proceeds to the charity this week. The young boy who started the project and his father joined us for Morning Meeting on Monday and The Cooper School was proud to give them more than $500 from the sale of our book.
This week, Third Graders have participated in taking the standardized ERB test. The Cooper School believes that test taking is a skill, and like all other skills, it must be taught and practiced. As students move on from TCS, it is a reality that they will be encountering standardized testing. Therefore, we want to prepare our students and teach them how to be successful. Earlier this year, students completed a reading unit that was focused on reading comprehension, reading for information and multiple choice questions. This week, Third Graders got to know the feeling of these types of tests, from completing bubbled in pages, to the stress of timed sessions, to the importance of silence. And they had fun doing it! Studies show that the best test takers are relaxed and we hope to instill that quality in our students.
Third Graders have finished their final writing unit of this year, fairy tale adaptations. During this study, each student has gotten to write two adaptations of beloved fairy tales and one unique fairy tale of their own. Now, students are beginning the process of publishing these stories in a unique way… as comics! This week, students have been working on transferring their writing into pictures. Next week, they will use an app on their iPads to turn those pictures into comics!