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.

Read Subhadra’s Testimonial.

 

 

April 18th, 2019 April 18, 2019

Math

Third Graders spent the week wrapping up Unit 8 in Math. In this unit, students worked to master measuring line segments to the nearest quarter inch, identifying polygons that form the faces of prisms, and by modeling sharing situations involving money. Students worked especially hard in this unit to improve their skills in dividing money among groups. Third Graders wrapped up their week with a Unit 8 assessment and are looking forward to beginning their ninth and final Math unit of the school year!

Rock Climbing

Students had the time of their lives this week at the James Island County Park! Third Grade spent Tuesday morning creating individual goals for rock climbing. Students persevered for two hours at the climbing wall, overcoming their own fears and stepping outside of their comfort zones. Third Graders truly impressed us by persevering in their own climbing, but also by showing support for classmates as they worked toward their own goals. Following climbing, Third Graders took some time to reflect on their goals to decide how they could achieve them easier during our next trip or to set new ones if they’d already overcome what they had hoped for.

Science

This week, Third Graders finished up their Structures of Life unit in Science. Students started the unit by studying seeds of assorted fruits. Over several weeks, students observed as their seeds germinated and moved through each phase of a plant’s life cycle. Students have also cared for and observed the habitats of our classroom crayfish, while learning about their own adaptations. Students were very excited to apply all of their knowledge to food chains and the circle of life.

 

Important Dates:

  • April 19th-22nd – April Break (No School)
  • April 23rd – Next Rock Climbing Date
  • April 24th – Flat Stanley Field Trip
  • April 25th – Spring Auction
  • May 10th- 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 10th – Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

April 12th, 2019 April 12, 2019

Science

Third Graders were so excited to welcome our class crayfish this week. Students began studying the creatures by learning to handle them, observing their behavior within their environment, and noting the different structures they use for basic functions of life. Students began reading all about the different adaptations of animals this week and the benefits they have for that animal’s means of survival. Students are excited to explain the difference between structural and behavioral adaptations!

 

Writing

This week, The Cooper School took some time to meet and work as a whole school on writing poetry to be considered for our Pass It On Tribute Poem. Students were excited to write poetry in honor of Earthwatch, the charity in which students voted to donate proceeds from the sale of this book. Students have used their inspiration from Earthwatch to continue writing and revising poems about protecting animal habitats.

 

Reading

Third Graders have been learning to use poetry mentor texts to inspire their own writing. Last week, students finished reading Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog. This week, readers were captured by Creech’s sequel, Hate That Cat. Third Graders have followed Jack through his experiences dealing with losing his own dog, and now meeting a cat that he’s not so fond of. Students have loved reading more of Jack’s story and comparing Jack’s experiences to ones of their own!

 

Important Dates:

  • April 19th-22nd – April Break (No School)
  • April 17th – First Rock Climbing Date
  • April 24th – Flat Stanley Field Trip
  • April 25th- Spring Auction
  • May 10th- Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

April 5th, 2019 April 5, 2019

Math

Third Graders returned from Spring Break to start their next unit in Math. This week, students have worked on mastering measuring line segments to the nearest 1/4 inch. Students have had fun applying their new knowledge of precise measurements. Third Graders also spent the week building on their multiplication skills, using familiar facts and factor pairs to solve extended facts.

Science

Students were excited to return from Spring Break to check on the development of our in-class plants. Before Spring Break, students set up a hydroponic planter. Using just germinated seeds, water, and a nutrient supplement, our bean bush plants have sprouted and have begun to grow! This week, science groups chose one plant to track and graph the development of over the upcoming weeks. Students feel so connected to their plants that they have even begun to name them!

 

Poetry

Continuing with our poetry unit, students spent the week building their poetry portfolios. Third Graders continued to discuss poetry tools like repetition, rhythm, and alliteration and spent the week applying it to their writing. Some began composing poems based on their newly discovered tools, while others have taken the chance to revise past works. We are so impressed and enthralled by our poetic Third Grade class!

 

Important Dates:

  • April 6th – Spring Planting Party (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • April 19th-22nd – April Break (No School)

March 15th, 2019 March 22, 2019

Science

Spring has sprung in Third Grade! Last week, we investigated the ways seeds react to soaking in water without soil. This week, Third Graders moved those germinated seeds into a basin with a soil substitute so that we can observe the growth of six bean bushes. Students are monitoring the growth and changes in the plants’ sprouts as well as the changes in each root system. Students had fun this week spending some time outdoors on a seed hunt as well as creating their own modifications to help seeds in the dispersal process.

 

Buddies

This week, Third Graders wrapped up our daily Buddy System that was implemented over the last several weeks. Each day, students were assigned pairs and spent lunch each day sitting and getting to know their “buddy”. We used this to encourage students to get to know others in the classroom that maybe they had not spent as much time with, and to feel connected to every student in our class. Following lunch, students came indoors to complete a buddy challenge. Students spent fifteen minutes working each day on problem-solving as a pair. We have noticed such a difference in our classroom in the camaraderie. Since finishing up, we have been proud to watch students organize their own group games including the entire class.

 

Math

This week, Third Graders wrapped up our seventh unit in Math just in time for Spring Break! Students have mastered order of operations, fraction number lines, and comparing fractions using greater than, less than, or equal to. Students have also worked on using liters and milliliters to measure volume. Third Graders concluded their week by putting all of their new math skills to work in our end of unit assessment!

 

Important Dates:

  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

March 15, 2019 March 15, 2019

Math

Third Graders spent the week mastering equivalent fractions. Students used fraction cards as well as their own illustrations to compare fraction sizes. Third Graders began working on their ability to compare fractions using the ‘greater than’, ‘less than’, and ‘equal to’ symbols. Students are so excited to add all of this math knowledge to their current repertoire!

Science

Students began an experiment using seeds this week! On Monday, students created a sprouter to test to see what seeds will do when given the water and sunlight necessary for growth, but not planted in soil. Each day, students have observed and recorded their findings in changes of a popcorn kernel, a sunflower seed, a bush bean, and pea seeds. Each day, the seeds are soaked in water. While observing this experiment, Third Graders moved on to start a new experiment examining water’s effect on seeds. Students weighed five lima beans using a pan balance, and left them to soak in water overnight. After soaking, students used the pan balances to determine how much water the lima beans had soaked up!

 

Reading/Writing

This week, Third Grade officially kicked off our Poetry study. In Reading, students began looking at examples of all types of poetry. Students have felt inspired by all of the poetry they have gotten their hands on. Using all of their findings, students have begun writing poetry of their own! This week, students looked at connecting their poetry to an emotion.

 

Important Dates:

  • March 16th- Spring Planting Party
  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

March 8th, 2019 March 8, 2019

Student Led Conferences

Third Graders really blew us away this week with their ability to lead conferences on their own. We loved seeing students give their parents a peek into their daily lives by teaching them a favorite math game, explaining all of the pieces that went into their Asia study, and walking them through their digital portfolios and self assessments. We are so proud of all of the growth we have seen in our Third Graders this year. We are even more proud of their ability to recognize areas where they still have more room to grow!

 

Science

Students were thrilled to start their next Science unit this week, Structures of Life. Third Grade kicked off their study by looking at the beginning of all plant life: seeds. Students had the opportunity to dissect green beans, comparing both the size and number of beans in each pod. Third Graders were even more excited for the chance to dissect an assortment of other fruits. We were very impressed with all of the detail they put into their comparisons of seeds across different fruits!

Writing

Third Graders have spent several weeks researching Tigers, Elephants, and Pandas. All of their work is finally coming together as they got the chance to begin writing their group persuasive essays this week. The Cooper School will be completing an Earth Day project this year in an effort to help the endangered species’ of the world! In three groups, Third Graders will compose essays to be presented to the full student body next week! Each grade will present on different animals they’ve studied and have been inspired to help. Following next week’s presentations, students will vote on one organization that The Cooper School will raise funds to assist!

 

Important Dates:

  • March 16th- Spring Planting Party
  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

March 1st, 2019 March 1, 2019

Writing

In preparation for Student Led Conferences next week, Third Graders spent the week working on Self Assessment in their own writing. Students were given the opportunity to look at writing pieces they’ve finished throughout the year and were asked to compare them to their most recent writing. Third Graders were able to point out so many of the areas in which they have improved. Some of the growth students immediately noticed included neatness of handwriting, proper grammar usage, and their storytelling ability. We are so lucky to get to watch all of them grow as students.

Reading

In reading this week, Third Graders worked on identifying cause and effect. Students used Asian animal texts to look for examples. Third Grade was so excited to continue to build on their research skills while taking notes of problems for their endangered animal study, as well solutions. Each student proudly stood to teach the class about all of the new information they had gathered!

Social Studies

Third Graders spent the week putting the final touches on their Asia Study Presentations. Students wrapped up speeches, built artifacts, placed their topics on a timeline, and finished painting our class model of China. Students even made some time for additional art projects to be included in our presentation. We are so proud of all of the hard work Third Graders put into our Asia study this trimester!

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • March 4th – Student Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
  • March 5th – Student Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal & PJ Day)
  • March 16th- Spring Planting Party
  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

February 22nd, 2019 February 22, 2019

Social Studies

Third Graders spent the week writing and revising their speeches for their Asia presentations. Students have been researching topics for about two weeks and have been excited to put all of their knowledge into action. Third Graders created timeline cards for each of their topics, to place on our class timeline. This timeline will show each of their topics and when they were introduced and began to shape Chinese culture. Third Graders were very excited to begin crafting artifacts for their presentations!

 

Handwriting

Third Graders have officially finished learning all of their cursive letters! Students have applied their cursive knowledge by working on reading more cursive and beginning to write their own work in cursive. Third Graders have been so excited to show us the challenging letters they’ve mastered and to show off their signatures! We love seeing students so proud of what they can accomplish.

 

Buddy Activities

Third Graders have spent the month of February focused on friendship! Each day, students have been assigned a buddy. Students eat lunch every day with their buddy and have had a blast choosing conversation starters. Conversation starters have led students to some hilarious dialogue, including choosing the superpower they’d most like to have and the meal of their choosing if they could only eat one thing for the rest of their life! Students have participated in a “buddy activity” each day, working on their ability to work together and problem-solve. Following their activity, students have had the opportunity to create a link to their chain, where they write one thing they’ve found that they have in common with their buddy.

 

Important Dates:

  • February 22nd – Grade 3 Playdate (3:15-4:30 Gadsdenboro Park)
  • March 1st – Asia Study Presentation (1:45pm)
  • March 4th- Student Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
  • March 5th- Student Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)

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

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…

read more
COOPERGRAM

COPYRIGHT ©2019

SITEMAP
The Cooper School