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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Different Cultures February 23, 2018

Guest Speaker

This week, Third Graders got to learn all about the South Korean culture from Aubrey’s family. With Aubrey being ¼ Korean, and her mom ½ Korean, Aubrey ‘s grandfather was born and raised in South Korea. We were lucky that he came for a visit just in time to talk to the class about his culture. Students were already familiar with some South Korean facts due to the Winter Olympics. They were most excited to learn about food customs and to taste some delicious food that was brought in to share. Thank you to Aubrey’s family for this special treat!

Math

Geometry was the focus this week and we learned all about shapes, lines, and angles. Students have been working on identifying lines, line segments, and rays as well as parallel and intersecting lines. They then applied these to polygons. When Third Graders found out that “poly” means “many” and “gons” means “angles” they excitedly put it together that “polygon” means “many angles”. This led to conversations and explorations of triangles, quadrangles and more. They are now working on identifying angles as more or less than 90 degrees or 180 degrees. This is big work!

Asia

Third Graders are gearing up for our Asia Presentation on Monday, February 26. They were especially excited when we had an “Asia” day and got to work on lots of different projects. At the end of the day they were able to reflect on the fact that even though we didn’t follow our typical schedule, we still worked in all the subject areas. The day was filled with lots of reading and writing, tinkering and building, centers and exploration. The big (and fun) math we did was creating a timeline of student topics, spanning 10,000 years and covering the BC and AD eras.

Important Dates

  • Monday, February 26th                    Asia Presentation, 8:15
  • Monday, March 5th                            Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, March 6th                           Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Spreading Joy February 16, 2018

Valentine’s Day Concert

The Cooper School tradition of having a Valentine’s Day Concert continues to warm our hearts and spread joy on this day of celebrating love. Students were excited to share their hard work and show off their singing and musical skills. Miss Hazel continues to amaze as she guides groups of students through learning recorders, strings, solos and group coordination. The smiles on the parents and students alike made our day!

Reading Buddies

Valentine’s Day also brought Third Graders joy through shared reading. Students buddied up with First Grade to read books about love, friendship and joy. Third Graders were impressed with the reading skills of their First Grade friends and enjoyed the shared experience.

 

 

 

Compliment Books

Another TCS tradition for Valentine’s Day is sharing Compliment Books. Leading up to this, students have been working to write a kind and thoughtful compliment for each of their friends in the class. These are then assembled into a book for each student, full of these kind words from their friends. Third Graders couldn’t decide if they liked the giving or the receiving of these cards more. Either way, they spread joy throughout the classroom as students read what their friends had written.

 

Asia

As our Asia Study continues, Third Graders worked together to build a model of the country of China out of salt dough. This model will be the base and centerpiece for our class presentation on Monday, February 26th. Now, Third Graders are busy planning their small models to add to this map to show where their research topics take place in the country of China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

  • Friday, February 16th                       February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 19th                    February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 26th                    Asia Presentation, 8:15
  • Monday, March 5th                           Student-Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, March 6th                           Student-Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

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Asia February 9, 2018

Research

 

Third Graders were beyond excited to choose their topic for the research portion of our Asia Study. We are focusing on China, places and things of cultural importance across time. Students are now researching who, what, when, where, and why about their topic, either independently or in partnerships. The topics include the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Army. We also have modern additions, such as the Shanghai Tower and the Olympic Stadiums. Some new additions to this year’s study include Kung Fu and the Chinese Opera. All the topics are so interesting, we can’t wait to discover more about them!

 

Guest Speaker

Our very own TCS parent and After School teacher, Miss Cinelle, is from Asia, specifically the Philippines. She came in this week to talk to Third Graders about growing up in Asia and the similarities and differences in cultures. The students were most interested to learn that there are over 7,000 Philippine islands and that there are over 100 languages spoken. Miss Cinelle had coconut water and mango juice to try, staples from the Philippines.

Reading

This week, Third Graders read The Year of the Dog. This story, written by Chinese American author Grace Lin, is about a young girl trying to find her place in the world as a Chinese girl in the American culture. Based loosely on her life, Grace Lin relates so beautifully to Third Graders thinking and feelings. Through this story, students worked on identifying character traits through their actions and words in the story.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, February 14th              Concert, Circular Church, 1:30-2:15
  • Friday, February 16th                       February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 19th                    February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 26th                    Asia Presentation, 8:15

Creativity All Around February 2, 2018

Reading

This week, Third Grade readers finished reading The Magic Paintbrush. This whole class novel includes Asian culture as well as lessons on honesty, kindness, and the complexity of relationships. Students enjoyed exploring the change in relationships over time and how different people can perceive actions differently. The main character in the book gets a magic paintbrush and can paint things into reality. Students were asked… “What would you paint?”

Tinkering

Third Graders were thrilled to get busy with the tinkering cart this week! After talking about how to care for the materials and how to keep the cart organized during Whole School Morning Meeting, student’s minds were rolling around tinkering ideas and ready to get going. 

Before beginning to tinker, students must create a plan, deciding what they will make, what materials they will use, and why they are making it. This open tinkering time inspired students to make things like airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, and trucks to dolls, monsters, squishable pens, and catapults. With teacher supervision, students used a variety of materials, including a hot glue gun and a hammer and nails. So much was to be explored that it was hard to put it away!

Movement

During Movement each week students learn new skills and games that they are then able to play during their free play recess time. Using their knowledge of the typical structure of fast-paced tag games and cooperation games, students love to come up with their own variations on the games we play. For example, this week a student made up a whole Mario Brothers themed game that included the elements of team play, tag games, familiar characters, and lots of laughter. Through playing, students worked together to work out any kinks and were then able to play and introduce the game to other classes.

Important Dates

  • Friday, February 9th                          Valentine’s Bake Sale, 2:15-2:45
  • Wednesday, February 14th              Concert, Circular Church, 1:30-2:15
  • Friday, February 16th                       February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 19th                    February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 26th                   Asia Study Presentation

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Artists Abound! January 26, 2018

Math

Third Graders went from big numbers in the seven-digit range to tiny numbers in the decimal range. This week, students have been learning about the place values on the other side of that decimal and what a difference “ths” can make (ten vs. tenths is a very different number!). These place values can be tricky and Third Graders are working on tenths, hundredths, and thousandths. Find ways to practice these concepts at home, such as using money or measurements.

Asia

This week in our Asia study, Third Graders learned about the indigenous people of the Asian Mountains and Grasslands. Students focused on the five parts of culture and compared these across time and place – shelter, transportation, clothing, food, and celebrations. Third Graders have been investigating the Himalayan people of the mountains and the Mongolians of the grasslands.

Along with this, the class started an Asian Museum. This is a place for students to bring in a variety of items that come from Asian countries to both share and investigate. So far, we have collected some dolls, money, bells, and toys.

Art Walk

Third Graders were delighted to see the whole school transformed into an art museum! Parents and students alike enjoyed the TCS annual Art Walk. Students showed off their hard work with pride, explaining how the art was created, who the inspiration was from, and how it may have connected to the curriculum. We cannot thank our wonderful art teacher, Miss Kerry, enough for her passion and creativity that allows these students to become true artists.

 

 

 

Important Dates

  • Friday, February 9th                         Valentine’s Bake Sale, 2:15-2:45
  • Wednesday, February 14th              Valentine’s Day Concert 1:30 pm (Circular Church)
  • Friday, February 16th                       February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 19th                    February Break, No School

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Chinese Acrobats! January 19, 2018

Math

Third Graders are working on numbers into the millions! Understanding place value, reading and writing numbers, and applying large numbers to real-world issues have been the focus of this math unit. This week, students worked on comparing populations of major US cities. They have also used the base ten blocks to estimate large numbers. They then had to count all of the base ten blocks to see how many we have in the classroom. Ask your student how many blocks they counted.

Asia

Patience and perseverance were evident in the performance of the Chinese Acrobats the Third Graders got to see this week. Students delighted in watching flips, tumbles, balancing, and juggling acts. The young acrobats made mistakes or missed a trick but never gave up, sometimes trying two or three times to get it correct. Juggling on a unicycle and jumping rope… on a unicycle, balancing bowls on his head while balancing on a board and flipping more bowls onto his head. 

These were a few of the impressive tricks these skilled performers completed. The grand finale was one acrobat doing a handstand on top of a chair, then two chairs…then three, four, five, six stacked chairs! Third Graders were shocked and awed and loved it all!

Writing

This week, Third Graders were excited to begin a new Writing unit. This unit is all about opinion writing. We began by fostering the ideas and opinions of these brave and bold writers. Students were able to begin by brainstorming ideas of problems they notice and solutions they have to begin writing persuasive speeches. The whole class worked together to write a speech about how and why we need to keep our library clean and organized.

Important Dates

  • Thursday, January 25th                    Art Walk, 8-9 am
  • Friday, February 16th                       February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 19th                    February Break, No School

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Back at Last! January 12, 2018

Writing

This Winter Break had the extra special addition of snow! Third Graders were thrilled to share their stories of snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, and boogie board sledding. We got to share pictures of our snow adventures and then took some time to go back to all that we have learned about writing a personal narrative. Students wrote stories of their snow adventures and shared them with their friends. This was a great way to review previous writing skills that were taught towards the beginning of the year as well as allow the students to share stories of this unusually long and exciting snowy break.

Asia

Third Graders were thrilled to be back at school and to jump right into our studies! This week, we began our continent study of Asia. This begins with a look at the genre of folktales and reading, identifying, and enjoying tales from around the world. This provides a wonderful starting place as we move into specific Asian tales. We also began with an overview of the continents and oceans of the world before we zoomed in on Asia. Students are asked to identify the continents on a map, specifically able to find and name the continent we live on and the one we are beginning to study. From there, we have moved on to the natural borders that are created within Asia through biomes. We will be focusing on two major biomes of Asia, the mountains and grasslands.

One Word

Each year at The Cooper School we forgo resolutions and instead help students to choose “One Word” to focus on for the year. Studies have shown that most people give up on their resolutions before January is over. The “One Word” choice allows you to pick a word that can be applied to many aspects of life and be used as a guide for the year. It sets the intention for actions, thoughts, and interactions. Third Graders have done a wonderful job of brainstorming words and choosing “One Word” that has meaning for them. They have been able to explain why they chose their word as well as how it can apply to many aspects of their lives. Ask your child what word they chose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 15th                       MLK. Day, No School
  • Thursday, January 25th                    Art Walk, 8-9 am
  • Friday, February 16th                       February Break, No School
  • Monday, February 19th                    February Break, No School

Winter Fun! December 23, 2017

Science Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After weeks of studying water and with just one week to prepare, Third Graders were thrilled to share their personal water investigations with the class. Students were allotted three minutes to present their experiment, diorama, poster, or other medium that they chose to show what they were investigating. Some students used iPads to take pictures or make an iMovie. Others constructed dioramas or models of the water cycle, the layers of the ocean, and possible water powered machines. Still others tested how to make ice sink or whether hot or cold water weighs more. It was amazing to see these Third Graders follow their interests to explore different aspects of water, and all of them did a wonderful job of presenting them to the class this week.

Pajama Day

A favorite tradition at The Cooper School is Pajama Day! Each year, on the last day before Winter Break, students are allowed to come to school in their pajamas. This goes hand in hand with our annual Pajama Drive, in which students take part in collecting pajamas for children in need in our community. This year, students were able to collect even more pajamas than last year and they will be donated to Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Thank you for participating in this annual drive!

Holiday Centers

Third Graders teamed up with Fourth and Fifth Graders on Thursday to do holiday themed centers. Working in mixed age groups, students got to move through a variety of centers. They enjoyed acting out a Christmas story in Reader’s Theater. They used their math skills to create the correct angle of snowflake folding and for playing Bump It multiplication.

 Their writing skills were put to work in a listening center to see what holiday songs sparked memories. Everyone also enjoyed yarn crafts, including making snowflakes, finger knitting, and pom pom ornaments. You may even see a holiday card come home this week! This was a wonderful mingle and jingle center time!

 

Important Dates:

  • Friday, December 22nd                     Winter Break Begins
  • Thursday, January 4th, 2018                       Return to School

Busy Workers December 15, 2017

Science

This week in Science, Third Graders got to choose an independent investigation to conduct about water. Students pursued their interests by asking a question that they want to find the answer to. Some students decided to work together in partnerships to explore their similar interests. Students have selected things such as, “How does the moon affect the oceans?” and, “Is it possible to make an ice cube sink?”. Next week, students will present their findings to the class as the final celebration of our study of water.

Math

Third Grade Mathematicians have been very excited to be learning about multiplication. We have been focusing on the importance of knowing multiplication facts quickly, just like we know our addition facts, as well as the relationship between multiplication and division. Using patterns and repeated practice with multiples, Third Graders are on their way to knowing their multiplication facts.

Holiday Migration

Every year, The Cooper School teaches about the many different holidays that occur this time of year during Whole School Morning Meeting. This is a wonderful way for students to be exposed to cultures and celebrations from around the world. Each year, we select a common theme that connects these celebrations. This year, TCS is focusing on light and how light is used and represented in the many winter holidays. During Whole School Morning Meeting, students will be learning about St. Lucia Day, Los Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice. Each of these holidays, celebrated in various places around the world, use light as a part of their celebrations.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, December 20th          Polar Express Movie Night 5-8
  • Thursday, December 21st               Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, December 22nd                   Winter Break Begins
  • Thursday, January 4th, 2018         Return to School
 

Independent Learners December 8, 2017

Science

Scientists this week got to explore the power of water! Third Graders read about how water can be used to move objects and create electricity. Throughout history, cultures around the world have harnessed the power of water to help make tasks more simple. This investigation gave Third Grade scientists a tray of materials and let them explore how to make a water wheel. Once the construction was complete, we headed outside to test them! Students were able to make their waterwheels lift a “load” (a binder clip) multiple times. The next challenge… how many 50 mL squirts from the syringe does it take to lift the edge of the basin? Water is powerful! Ask your students how many squirts it took them!

 

Writing

The Third Grade Informational Writing Unit is taking a shift from all that we know about one topic to the many uses of nonfiction writing. Before we can move on, Third Graders wanted to celebrate the hard work they had done on their Information Books. Students chose one of their topics to rewrite into a final draft, thus completing the writing process and celebrating their use of the new tools they had learned. Using their planning, editing, and revising skills, students were able to complete their final drafts by Friday… just in time to share and celebrate with each other!

 

 

Independence

This trimester we are focusing on the importance of independence. This week we began discussing what independence looks like in each subject area. As a group, Third Graders have been able to explain many different ways that they are independent in the classroom. This includes things such as accessing materials, working quietly on tasks, using their resources to solve problems, and asking a friend for help when needed. Students then completed their own page in their independence folders, thinking about who they are, what they can do, and who they have. These three questions help students to see how much they can do on their own and the many ways they can problem solve without relying solely on their teacher.

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, December 14th    Parent Coffee (8am)
  • Thursday, December 21st    Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, December 22nd         Winter Break Begins
 

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