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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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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Hard Workers December 1, 2017

Science

Third Graders have learned about the ways that temperature affects water. Warm to hot temperatures cause water to change from a liquid to a gas. This is called evaporation! Cold temperatures cause water vapor to turn to liquid water. This is called condensation! After conducting experiments and observations of these two processes, students were able to clearly understand the way the Water Cycle works. Then, they built their own Water Cycle in a cup to observe these reactions and to see if they could cause precipitation. You could even try this at home!

 

 

Reading

This week we started our class book clubs! This is a favorite every year and allows students to share series books and conversations about their reading. Students are reading books in a series, either “Time Warp Trio”, “Boxcar Children”, or “Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events”. They began by working out how much they would have to read each day in order to finish the book by the end of the week.

 This allows students to take responsibility of their reading and hold each other accountable for doing their reading each day. They then discussed different story elements each day, such as characters, setting, and relationships. Shared reading is what makes reading so enjoyable and the Third Graders are loving it!

 

 

Math

Third Graders were really excited to begin learning all about multiplication and division in math this week. We began by exploring real world applications of multiplication and division through number stories that require equal sharing. This helps students understand the need for these skills as well as have concrete ideas to connect to these concepts. Students also learned about arrays and how arrays can help to solve multiplication and division. These foundational skills are important as Third Graders progress into more challenging math.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, December 8th            Concert at the Circular Church (1:30pm)
  • Thursday, December 14th    Parent Coffee (8am)
  • Thursday, December 21st    Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, December 22nd         Winter Break Begins
 
 

Happy Thanksgiving November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Reading

The story of Thanksgiving tells of people facing hardship and the power of a helping hand. This week, Third Graders reacquainted themselves with this timeless tale through the nonfiction Fact Tracker of Magic Tree House called Pilgrims. Mary Pope Osborne does a wonderful job making this piece of American history accessible to students as well as comprehensive and factually accurate. This ties in perfectly with our current Reading and Writing units of nonfiction and allows students to add to their list of nonfiction text features, including little Jack and Annie popping up to give important facts.

Thanksgiving Writing

It is a Cooper School tradition to take some time out of our everyday writing and really focus on gratitude. Third Graders are familiar with this concept and are able to tap into their lives to think about what they are grateful for and why. Each day this week, students also thought about and wrote three things they were specifically grateful for that day. This was anything from a friend that helped them when they dropped their things on the floor, to being grateful for their parents for making them breakfast. Studies have shown that keeping a Gratitude Journal helps improve overall happiness and these Third Graders are on a roll. After brainstorming a list of things they are grateful for all year long, students chose just six to write out and add to their gratitude books. Look for these beautiful and thoughtful books at our annual Harvest Feast on Monday at 10:30am.

Parent Teacher Conferences

I would like to thank all of the parents for joining me this week for Parent/Teacher Conferences. This is a wonderful way to have a face-to-face with parents and connect about your student. This meeting gives me a chance to brag on all the wonderful things your students do each day and to hear about the stories that you hear at home. The home-school connection is important to the overall success of each child and I feel grateful to have all of you be a part of your child’s education.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, November 20th      Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 21st      Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Monday, November 27th      School Resumes
  • Friday, December 8th            Concert at the Circular Church
  • Thursday, December 14th    Parent Coffee
  • Thursday, December 21st    Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, December 22nd         Winter Break Begins

Technology in the Classroom November 10, 2017

Science

Third Graders have been studying many properties of water during this science unit. This week, students have been investigating water density and what happens when it is cooled. The idea that cold water is denser, which causes it to sink, is easier to understand when you can see it in action! Students used colored ice cubes dropped in room temperature water to watch as the color quickly settled to the bottom. The other interesting observation this week was seeing how water expands when it freezes! We measured out 40 mL in a plunger and froze it. Students were shocked that when we observed the frozen plunger, it had risen to 45 mL! There wasn’t any more water added, it was proof that water expands when it freezes.

iPads

This week, Third Graders were very excited to use their iPads for many different subjects! During Math, students who finish their work may move to the TenMarks app on their iPads. This has math assignments that either provide review and assistance or enrichment for individual students. During Reading, students have begun to research a bug of their choice to gather information on for their final project of our nonfiction reading unit. During Writing, students are using their iPads to fact check their nonfiction writing for accuracy. During Word Work, students use their iPads to practice their keyboarding skills with Keyboarding Without Tears. Lastly, students use the SeeSaw app to create a digital portfolio of works they are proud of. These purposeful uses of technology are fun for the students and great teaching tools in the classroom!

Presentations

The Cooper School values cross grade interactions among students and one way we do that is through presentations. This past week, Third Graders have gotten to attend the Fourth Grade Bee Study Presentation and play the role of parents for the First Grade Insect Museum dress rehearsal. It is a special treat for Third Graders to view the presentations that are coming up for them in the future. They got a “sneak peek” at work that they will get to do and have already begun talking about which parts seem most interesting to them. 

 

Third Graders got to give feedback to First Graders, drawing on their memories from when they did the Insect Museum. They came back to the classroom and wrote notes of encouragement for their buddies to wish them luck in case they were feeling nervous. These are both wonderful ways that students get to celebrate with different grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, November 13th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 14th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, November 15th            Make up Picture Day
  • Monday, November 20th      Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 21st      Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Monday, November 27th      School Resumes

 

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Trick or Treat! November 3, 2017

Halloween

The Cooper School has many fun traditions and the Halloween Carnival is one of them! Every year, Fifth Graders host a carnival for the rest of the students. This homemade carnival is a little different every year but is always full of fun. Third Graders loved wearing their costumes to school and taking part in fun Halloween activities and choir time. The Carnival was the highlight of the day, with a haunted house, fortune teller, candy cave, and so much more!

Writing

Along with our nonfiction reading, Third Graders have been enjoying the nonfiction-writing unit! The Art of Informational Writing allows students to become the teachers and write about a topic they know a lot about. Students have chosen to write about sports, pets, volcanoes, the fall of the dinosaurs, and Pokémon. The beginning of this unit has been about the importance of organization and setting yourself up for success. Students have written their table of contents, planned the best order to write in, and discussed what they’re going to write until they feel ready to burst with their information. Now we are ready to write, write, write!

Vocabulary

Third Graders love learning new vocabulary words! Our Vocabulary Workshop works on a two-week cycle that introduces ten new words in the context of a story or article. Students then work with, study, and explore those words through a multitude of ways, from direct instruction, to reading, writing, acting, and drawing. By the end of the two weeks, students are familiar with the words and often begin to use them in their writing and speech. You can support your Third Grader by using their words in everyday speech and encouraging them to do the same!

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 8th  Picture Day
  • Monday, November 13th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 14th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, October 15th    Make up Picture Day
  • Monday, November 20th      Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 21st      Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Monday, November 27th      School Resumes

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Learning Fun! October 27, 2017

Reading

Third Graders were excited to dive into a new reading unit: nonfiction reading all about bugs! This unit focuses on how to read for information, how to understand words based on their context, and how to determine the main idea of the text based on key details. All the while learning new and interesting facts about bugs! The essential question that students are guided to answer after each chapter is, “How are bugs essential to the survival of life on Earth?” After each reading, students discuss with partners and in small groups how the article relates back to that question. Ask your student why bugs are so important.

Science

Have you ever wondered how thermometers work? This week, Third Graders got to learn how… and build their own! Using hot, cold, and room temperature water, students investigated how temperature causes water to expand or contract and how that changes the level of the fluid in thermometers. Students loved watching the water rise and fall with the change of temperature!

Math Games

Once a week, students are thrilled to participate in Math Games. While this may sound like just a fun time with friends, it is in fact a great learning experience. During these games, students are building their automaticity with math facts in a situation that encourages speed and recall. A favorite game in our classroom is “Name that Number”, and can actually be played with a regular deck of cards (minus the face cards). Using five face up cards, students have to add and/or subtract to reach their “target” number. For example, if the target number was ten, a student could do 5+6-1=10. Try playing this with your student at home!

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 31st          Halloween, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, November 8th  Picture Day
  • Monday, November 13th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 14th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Wednesday, October 15th    Make up Picture Day
  • Monday, November 20th      Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 21st      Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Monday, November 27th      School Resumes

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Writing Fun! October 20, 2017

Writing

This week, Third Graders were delighted to welcome a special guest writing teacher! Cinelle Barnes is a published author whose daughter is in our Kindergarten class. She joined us on both Thursday and Friday to explore different aspects of accessing our memories to write memoir stories. The first day, she brought a variety of candles to smell and to think about what memories are associated with certain scents. A popular scent that students wrote about was the pine smell and the many connections to the holiday season. The next day, they used maps to consider their place in the story. It was great to hear tips and tricks from a published author!

Movement

This week the students were introduced to the many uses and fun ways of using jump ropes. After talking about how to be safe and care for them during Whole School Morning Meeting on Monday, students spent the week having so much fun with them! Third Graders loved having Movement withKindergarten so that they could share how to properly jump rope. Third Graders worked with their Kindergarten buddy to show them how to use a single jump rope as well as how to jump with the big rope. We also enjoyed some creative ways of using jump ropes in imaginative play!

Science

How many drops of water can one penny hold? This was the question that Third Graders set out to answer and, boy, were we surprised by the results! Using eye droppers, students slowly added one drop at a time and were able to add more than 20 drops of water onto one tiny penny! The next question was… how?? Students discussed the property of surface tension and how it holds the water in a dome shape until it gets too heavy and collapses. Ask your student how many drops they got on their penny.

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 31st          Halloween, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Monday, November 13th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 14th      Conferences, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Monday, November 20th      Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, November 21st      Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • Monday, November 27th      School Resumes

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New Studies Begin October 13, 2017

Science

When one study ends, another begins! This week we moved on from the study of the physics of sound to the exploration of water. Water is a part of everyday life but is not often observed for its many properties. Students began this week by observing water, specifically looking at the absorption of water in some materials or how water beads up on others. Spilling water happens, but now we can notice the way the water interacts with the surface it is spilled on.

 

Reading

This week we began reading a totally different genre… nonfiction! Students were excited to start reading all about bugs! This unit focuses on the central idea of how bugs are essential to the survival of life on earth.  During this unit, students focus on nonfiction reading skills of identifying the main idea, using evidence to support answers, identify word meanings using context, and much more. These nonfiction-reading skills can then be applied to a variety of subject areas. The topic of bugs builds on the insect study in First Grade and Third Graders get to collaborate with the First Graders as “bug experts.”

Scholastic News

Third Graders were excited to begin the routine of Scholastic News each week. This means that they receive a 2-page magazine with news and information geared specifically to Third Graders. Each magazine also includes a graph with questions that help students to practice applying data analysis and graph reading skills in real world applications. This is followed by a brief comprehension review of the articles they read. Look for your student’s Scholastic that will be sent home each Thursday. It often has extensions that can be explored at home including videos and quizzes online.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 16th           10:45 Publishing Party and Parent Lunch
  • Tuesday, October 31st          Halloween, 11:30 Dismissal

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Buddies October 6, 2017

Sound

This week was the end of our Sound Unit. Third Graders greatly enjoyed learning all about sound, vibration, frequency, pitch, volume, and all the ways to change sounds. Through hands-on investigation, students learned that sound needs matter to travel through; either gas, liquid, or solid. They were surprised when they found that sound traveled faster through solids than it did through liquids or gas.

 

Reading

To celebrate the end of our reading unit, Third Graders chose their favorite Julian story to share with a Kindergarten buddy. Students got to share their stories and their reading skills with a friend while outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather. After reading, buddies got to play and eat lunch together. Cross grade play and work is a great way to build a sense of community here at The Cooper School.

 

Rocket Math

Third Graders love Rocket Math! Rocket Math is a program that helps students gain automaticity with their basic math facts. The expectation is that students know their addition and subtraction facts as fast as they can read a number. Third Graders start in subtraction and then move to multiplication. Rocket Math is an everyday practice that involves two minutes of oral practice with a partner, two minutes checking a partner’s oral practice and a one minute timed test. They begin at the letter A and move through all the basic facts until they master it and complete letter Z. Ask your child what letter they are on today!

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 9th             Columbus Day, No School
  • Tuesday, October 10th          Fall Break, No School
  • Monday, October 16th           10:45 Publishing Party and Parent Lunch
  • Tuesday, October 31st          Halloween, 11:30 Dismissal

 

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