THIRD GRADE

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.

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February 15th, 2019 February 15, 2019

A Visit from the Mayor

This week, Third Graders were fortunate to join Second Grade for a visit from Mayor John Tecklenburg. Students were so excited to ask the Mayor about their concerns for the city. The tables were turned when the Mayor asked students to share the laws they would create if they were in his shoes for the day. Students shared so many insightful changes that they want to see in our community. Second and Third Graders were delighted when Mayor John Tecklenburg said goodbye with a song on the piano.

Reading

This week in Reading, Third Graders spent some time digging further into research for their assigned Asian animals. Students began to choose a cause they’d like to research. Third Graders were excited to dive right in and begin formulating their own ideas for ways to help protect such animals as the Bengal Tiger and Giant Pandas . We love getting to see all of the passion and joy students put into their learning!

 

Math

Third Graders spent the week wrapping up Unit 6 in Math. This week, we spent time introducing the Order of Operations. Students have been so excited to show off their skills in solving multi-step problems. We had so much fun discussing and creating new ways to remind us the order in which we solve complicated math problems! Students also spent much time this week continuing to master their multiplication facts. Wow, have they gotten good!

 

Important Dates:

  • February 18th – February Break (No School)
  • February 19th – 11:30 Dismissal
  • February 22nd – Grade 3 Playdate
  • March 1st – Asia Study Presentation (1:45pm)

February 8th, 2019 February 8, 2019

Chinese New Year

Third Graders were so excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year this week, and to welcome the Year of The Pig. Students celebrated by participating in a Dragon Dance while wearing Chinese robes. Students got the chance to read up on some of the qualities associated with their own Chinese Zodiac Sign. Third Graders spent the afternoon doing a little bit of self-assessment, comparing the traits associated with their Chinese Zodiac Sign to their own personality.

Writing

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, Third Graders have spent a good bit of time considering what it is about each of their classmates that they appreciate. This week in Writing, students completed their first drafts of compliments for each of their classmates. Students have begun working on their final drafts of each of these notes to be compiled into a book to be delivered to their classmates on Valentine’s Day. Third Graders have loved the opportunity to show their appreciation for their friends!

Social Studies

This week, students were so ready to begin research on their chosen topics for our Asia Study. Using a database of websites we have compiled, students began going online to read up on any piece of information they could find on their topic. Topic selections range from Panda Sanctuaries, to Kung Fu, to dragons, to China’s Olympic Stadiums, and more. Third Graders have been so excited to share all of their discoveries and cannot wait to share them with you in their presentations!

 

Important Dates:

  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day Concert (1:30pm)
  • February 18th – February Break (No School)
  • February 19th – 11:30 Dismissal
  • February 22nd – Grade 3 Playdate

February 1st, 2019 February 1, 2019

Reading

This week, Third Graders had the big decision to choose between studying pandas, elephants or tigers! In Reading, students were broken into three groups to begin researching. From stacks of books, Third Graders chose and narrowed their group’s subject into subtopics and began noting their findings. Students have had a blast flipping through pages and having a look at all of the adorable pictures!

Math

Third Graders began their next Unit in Math this week. In Unit 6, students will begin to work through multi-step multiplication and division problems. To begin preparing to build onto what Third Graders already know, students learned five new strategies for multiplication. Third Graders spent the week looking over these strategies and created posters to remind themselves of all of the multiplication strategies we’ve learned so far!

Grammar

Students spent the week analyzing the apostrophe and its uses in our language. Third Graders worked on identifying apostrophes being used for contractions as well as those showing possession. Third Graders started the week by looking over several examples of the correct uses of apostrophes, and have wrapped up their week by imitating the rules and writing their own. Students are so proud to show off their writing!

 

Important Dates:

  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day Concert (1:30pm)
  • February 18th – February Break (No School)
  • February 19th – 11:30 Dismissal
  • February 22nd – Grade 3 Playdate

January 25th, 2019 January 25, 2019

Reading

This week, Third Graders finished reading “The Year of the Dog” by Grace Lin. Students were excited to learn about the Chinese New Year and what exactly it entails. Third Graders loved following the story of Pacey’s year. From making a new best friend, halting her own audition for “The Wizard of Oz”, to winning a book competition and finding her talent, Pacey had a year of friends and family and personal growth. Third Graders concluded the week by creating arcs of the story they finished, and using these arcs to work again on mastering summarizing the story!

Writing

This week, students finished writing their petitions. Our class had several issues they thought needed to be addressed, from environmental and animal rights to video game updates. Students were excited to share their writing with their own class while asking for signatures, but things really got fun when Third Graders invited our TCS Fifth Graders to stop by to read and sign their petitions as well. Third Graders were so thrilled to be adding signatures to their cause, they even brought their petitions to snack this week to ask Second Graders to sign!

Social Studies

Students delved deeper into their Asia study this week by beginning to study several Asian animals. Students were thrilled to get the chance to view “Born in China”, a documentary following four different China specific animals. Third Graders used their new findings from the documentary to compare and contrast giant pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, and red-crowned cranes. We think we might have seen several wheels begin turning with ideas of things to study for our upcoming Asia projects!

 

Important Dates:

  • January 21st – MLK Day (No School)
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day Concert (1:30pm)
  • February 18th – February Break (No School)
  • February 19th – 11:30 Dismissal

January 18th, 2019 January 18, 2019

Reading

This week, Third Graders finished reading the fantasy novel, The Magic Paintbrush, by Laurence Yep. Students wrapped up their reading by exploring the story’s themes and challenging themselves to write summaries of the book. Third Graders practiced analyzing the story’s most important plot points and separating the small details. Students enjoyed discussing their findings!

Math

Third Graders spent the week mastering multiplication! Students spent the week discussing different multiplication strategies, including grouping, arrays, fact families, repeated addition and skip counting. Third Grade worked on mastering their doubles facts and found new ways to apply these skills to fractions. Students also continued their work this week on illustrating and solving fractions.

Social Studies

Students continued their Asia study this week learning all about the
culture of the indigenous people of Mongolia. Students studied all aspects of Mongolian life, from clothing to travel. Third Graders read an interesting book this week about the daily life of a normal Mongolian family. Students were fascinated to learn about the Mongolian way of using all of their available resources, including cow dung to burn fires.

 

Important Dates:

  • January 21st – MLK Day (No School)
  • January 31st – Art Walk

January 11th, 2019 January 11, 2019

Math

 

Third Graders got right back to work this week and began their latest math unit on fractions. Students were introduced to fraction circles and used tactile cutouts to manipulate different parts of the whole. Once Third Graders got a grasp on fractions, we began to work this week on mastering fraction equivalents. Students had fun illustrating their own fraction circles!

Writing

Students kicked off the New Year in Writing by beginning our study of petitions! Students were introduced to petitions this week through a series of printouts Ms. Subhadra had found from campaigns designed by other children online. Example petitions included the removal of BVO from Gatorade, the reimagination of pink or cutesy Legos designed “for girls”, and the plea to save a turkey at Thanksgiving by eating vegetarian. Third Graders spent the end of the week brainstorming and writing their own petitions to create change!

Social Studies

Third Graders were excited to start their Asia study in Social Studies this week. To kick off our study, students looked at and learned to identify Asia on a world map. Students began to study the many biomes of Asia, starting with the Grasslands and had the opportunity to illustrate the many attributes of these dry areas of the continent. Third Graders cannot contain their excitement for starting their individual projects and have already begun to consider their topics of interest for this intriguing unit.

 

Important Dates:

  • January 21st – MLK Day (No School)
  • January 31st – Art Walk

December 21st, 2018 December 21, 2018

Social Studies Field Trip

Third Graders went on their third and final South Carolina Study field trip this week and got the opportunity to sit in the twelve seats of South Carolina’s council members. Students were hopeful to meet the mayor, but were excited to learn that he was busy after announcing his bid for re-election this week. Our guide shared many interesting stories with students about South Carolina history, but really blew us away with stories about the art and architecture of the room we were so fortunate to sit in!

Writing

Students ended 2018 by writing persuasive letters to people in their lives requesting things they were passionate about. Our class used luscious language to convince their readers of so many things, from adopting a puppy to purchasing new playground equipment. Students have been inspired by the change they made by writing a letter to Ms. Franci requesting an extra PJ day. Third Graders ended the week by presenting their persuasive letters to the class.

Because Of Winn-Dixie

This week, Third Grade finished our latest Read Aloud novel, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Students laughed and fell in love with our novel’s protagonists, Opal and Winn-Dixie. Third Graders have had a blast using the story to study the characters and analyze the growth of Opal as she navigates through her new town, following the loss of her mother. We have been delighted to hear students’ recognition of the take-away lessons of Opal and her dog friend, including forgiveness and kindness.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Important Dates:

  • December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter Break (No School)
  • January 4th – School Resumes
  • January 21st – MLK Day (No School)
  • January 31st – Art Walk

December 14, 2018 December 14, 2018

Holiday Migration

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!

Math

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.

Reading

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.

Pajama Drive

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.

Important Dates:

  • December 14th- 3rd-5th Movie Night (5pm-8pm)
  • December 21st – PJ Day (11:30am Dismissal)
  • December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter Break (No School)
  • January 4th – School Resumes

 

December 7th, 2018 December 7, 2018

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.

 

Reading

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.

 

Gullah Culture

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!

 

 

Important Dates:

  • December 11th – Winter Choir Performance at Circular Church (1:30pm)
  • December 14th- 3rd-5th Movie Night
  • December 21st – PJ Day (11:30am Dismissal)
  • December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter Break (No School)
  • January 4th – School Resumes

November 30th, 2018 November 30, 2018

Writing

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!

Social Studies

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.

 

Read Aloud

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.

 

Important Dates:

  • December 11th – Winter Choir Performance at Circular Church (1:30pm)
  • December 14th- 3rd-5th Movie Night
  • December 21st – PJ Day (11:30am Dismissal)
  • December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter Break (No School)
  • January 4th – School Resumes

 

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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