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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New Science Friends April 20, 2018

Science

We have had some new friends join us this week for science… crayfish! Third Graders have been thrilled to observe and care for these crustaceans as part of our Structures of Life unit. The focus of observation this week has been on what structures make up these unusual creatures’ bodies. Students have noticed a variety of important features and have even learned how to tell apart males and females based on the number of swimmeretts on their tails. Our next focus will be to investigate the functions of these structures.

Writing

Once upon a time in Gerbil Land… is the beginning of just one of the many adaptations that Third Graders finished this week. Students worked hard to write a new version of either Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Billy Goats Gruff. After finishing, students were excited to share with their class in a mini publishing party. Now, students have selected a new fairy tale to work on, such as Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, or Jack and the Beanstalk. Ask your student what fairy tale they have chosen to adapt this time!

Social Emotional

This trimester, we are focused on confidence. Third Graders began by thinking about areas or activities that they feel confident in. With these in mind, we brainstormed where we think confidence comes from. Students had a variety of ideas, including prior experiences, motivation or encouragement from others, and a positive attitude. They were able to discuss how practicing leads to success and how success makes you feel confident. The conversation then shifted to how it feels when you are confident and how that feeling can motivate you to do even more!

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 24      Climbing, 8:30 – 11:30
  • Thursday, April 26    Three Billy Goats Gruff, 9 – 11
  • Tuesday, May 1          Climbing, 8:30 – 11:30
  • Friday, May 4            Grandparents Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, May 4            Pass It On, 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 8         Climbing, 8:30 – 11:30
  • Tuesday, May 15       Climbing, 11:30 – 2:30

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Once Upon a Time April 13, 2018

Reading

Students were excited to launch into our Fairy Tale Unit! This week, students have been reading and enjoying a wide variety of classic fairy tales. They have been studying the elements of fairy tales, including the characters, setting, magical elements, and the presence of things that come in threes. Students have learned about the oral tradition of fairy tales and the famous authors who wrote them down, including the Brothers Grimm. Students have especially enjoyed reading the many variations of fairy tales, and analyzing the changes that authors make. Fairy Tales are best enjoyed as a shared experience, so we have brought in some other teachers to share tales they enjoy. Share your beloved fairy tale with your student!

Writing

Using their knowledge of classic fairy tales, and their investigations into variations that authors have written, Third Graders have begun to write their own fairy tale adaptations! For the first part of this unit, students have been closely analyzing the many ways that fairy tales can be changed while keeping the base story intact. Through changing the character, setting, details, event, or motivation of the story, they can create a domino effect that changes the story in unexpected ways. To start with, students have chosen to write a variation of Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

 

Math

We began a new unit in math this week, all about fractions! Students have been working to understand basic fractions as they apply to breaking one whole object into pieces or one whole group into smaller groups. They have begun to understand the importance of knowing what the whole is before being able to find the fractions. Through activities, games, and hands-on manipulation, Third Graders have continued to increase their understanding of fractions.

 

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 24                  Climbing, 8:30 – 11:30
  • Thursday, April 26                Three Billy Goats Gruff, 9 – 11
  • Tuesday, May 1                     Climbing, 8:30 – 11:30
  • Friday, May 4                         Grandparents Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, May 4                         Pass It On, 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 8                     Climbing, 8:30 – 11:30        
  • Tuesday, May 15                   Climbing, 11:30 – 2:30

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Spring is in the Air March 30, 2018

Poetry Reading and Writing
This week we enjoyed the sequel to Love that Dog, called Hate that Cat! The cat lovers in the class were ok because the main character, Jack, only hated “that” cat, not all cats. Students enjoyed reading another collection of narrative poems that gave insight into Jack’s life while examining the many poetry tools he learns about and uses. This book had us working with alliteration and onomatopoeia as well as similes and metaphors. The outdoor classroom was the best place for putting these writing tools into action. Third Graders have loved studying poetry, and have shown what tremendous poets they are!

Math
Each unit of Math has an Explorations Lesson, in which students apply concepts they have learned to hands on activities that reinforce and extend their learning. This week, we tried something a little different in Third Grade where students got to respond to the Exploration on large paper at their tables. As the students rotated through the three tables for the different explorations, they were able to see what previous students had written. This included further challenges with the straws and twist ties, showing how they solved problems using pattern blocks, as well as creating their own word problems for their friends to solve. This interactive extension of Explorations was a hit and a great way to increase student writing about math.

Science
After discovering that seeds will germinate with just water, students got to set up an experiment this week to see if the small sprouts will continue to grow with just water. Using a hydroponic set up, we transplanted our seed observations to a large basin of water with some powdered nutrients to see if they will continue to grow. This observation will require patience and observation. Once this was set up, students turned their attention back to seed disbursement. Using a few select materials and what was available in the classroom, students were given a challenge to make a seed better able to disperse away from the parent plant. From making it float to making it glide, students got creative as they tinkered ways to enhance their seeds. Then we got to try it out in the backyard! Some modifications were required, which proved how amazing nature is to do this on its own!

Important Date
Friday, March 30th Spring Break begins, No School
Monday, April 9th School Resumes

Third Grade Poets March 23, 2018

Poetry Reading

This week, Third Graders have fallen in love with the narrative poetry book, Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. This book is about a boy who doesn’t like poetry but has to keep a poetry journal. Following Jack, the narrator, through a year in poetry, we get to watch him discover the joy of poetry and the power of words. Third Graders have enjoyed reading and discovering along with Jack, as well as finding inspiration for their own writing in his words.

 

 

 

Poetry Writing

Third Grade poets have been writing up a storm of poetry! From poetry inspired by our class book to the reading of other poetry books, students have taken their knowledge and observations of poetry and transferred it to their own writing. This week they have enjoyed using objects in our poetry museum to spark a poem or picture cards to try to bring an image to life through poetry. The hum of poetry is alive in the classroom!

 

Science

As we continue to observe our sprouting seeds, students continue to be amazed at the growth and change of our seeds using just water. The sunflower seeds have begun to sprout and surprised us all when they burst through the hard shell. These observations have led to a clearer understanding of how plants reproduce. An important part of plant reproduction is for the seeds to move away from the parent plant. Students learned about the three ways that seeds are dispersed away from the parent plant: by wind, water, or animals. We then went on a seed hunt in our backyards and for homework to find seeds in nature. Students then worked to classify the types of seeds that they found.

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, March 24th        Spring Planting Party (9am-12pm)
  • Monday, March 26th          Third Grade Radio Show, 1:45
  • Tuesday, March 27th          Field Trip to Circular Church, 1:00
  • Friday, March 30th             Spring Break begins, No School
  • Monday, April 9th               School Resumes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 16, 2018

Science

Our investigation into the Structures of Life has begun with seeds. Students investigated where to find seeds. They discussed the things needed to help seeds grow and then attempted to sprout seeds using just water. Each day, Third Graders have been wetting and observing a variety of seeds to watch for signs of growth. They were excited when some of the seeds started to poke out tiny sprouts! Next, they devised a way to measure how much water a lima bean seed can take on. Using pan balances and gram cubes, they measured the weight of the dry seeds before letting them soak overnight. Ask your student how many grams of water their seeds absorbed!

 

Poetry

Spring is the time for poetry at The Cooper School! We launched our annual whole school poetry unit this week and students across all grades were excited to get going. This is a time of year that students and teachers look forward to. The classrooms are flooded with poetry, from reading and writing to read alouds and centers, poetry takes over in a beautiful way. Third Graders are learning how skilled readers analyze poetry and transfer those observations to their writing of poetry. Using their “poet eyes”, students have been writing poetry about a wide variety of topics.

 

Math

Multiply, times, multiplication, equal groups, division, and divide are just some of the words that are being used in abundance this week in math. This whole unit is focused on the relationship between multiplication and division and the importance of fact power. Students examined their Multiplication and Division Facts Table and colored in the facts they already know in a snap. They also colored in one half of the fact table because of their knowledge of turn around facts, knowing that if you know 3×6=18 you also know that 6×3=18. They quickly realized that there are not a whole lot of facts left that they don’t know! Help your Third Grader practice their multiplication facts to gain that fact power.

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

Saturday, March 24th                        Spring Planting Party

Monday, March 26th                          Third Grade Radio Show, 1:45

Friday, March 30th                             Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                               Return from Spring Break

Last Trimester Begins March 9, 2018

Science


This week we launched our new science unit, Structures of Life. Students began by brainstorming what they thought that could mean. Lots of ideas and discussion came around to understanding the way things grow. We launched with an investigation into fruits and seeds. Students got to dissect a variety of fruits in search of the seeds. They discovered that seeds are often found in the middle or near the top of the fruit to protect the seeds. They also noticed that seeds come in lots of different shapes, sizes, and colors. And, favorite of all, they enjoyed the yummy and somewhat messy experience!

Writing

We wrapped up our study of opinion writing this week, in which students have been expressing their brave and bold opinions in speeches and letters. Third Graders have enjoyed expressing themselves on topics that matter to them. From pets to own, places to visit, to problems they observe and solutions they can see for issues around the school. This includes more bus stops for our school bus, different movies for movie night, and the always popular “free dress” day. These letters could then be delivered to their intended audience, be it other students, teachers, or Miss Franci and Miss Anne Wil. Third Graders learned about the power of their words.

Self Assessment Conferences

Third Graders did an amazing job presenting their portfolios to parents this week! This is a special time of year at The Cooper School in which students lead the parent teacher conference, sharing with their parents all the things they have reflected on about their learning. Leading up to this meeting, students have been reflecting on themselves as learners and their growth over this year. Through conversations and writings, students gathered thoughtful information about themselves to share with their parents. All students were then able to present this information with pride and confidence to their parents.

 

Important Dates

  • Saturday, March 24th                        Spring Planting Party
  • Monday, March 26th                         Third Grade Radio Show, 1:45
  • Friday, March 30th                            Spring Break begins
  • Monday, April 9th                              Return from Spring Break

 

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Asia Celebration March 3, 2018

Guest Speaker

Third Graders had another guest speaker this week, this time focused on Black History Month and the Gullah people of South Carolina. Cindy Makowsky, Boaz’s mom, came to talk to the students about her family and the power of preserving history. Students were delighted to learn about the traditions, language, and food of these local people and their important role in Charleston history.

 

Math

Continuing with geometry, Third Graders have been focused on symmetry and congruence. Through observation, exploration, and construction, students have explored these concepts in a variety of ways. These concepts are applied to polygons and help students gain a deeper understanding of the variety of shapes within this category.

 

 

Asia

This week, Third Graders were thrilled to present the final product of their Asia Study. They have been working hard for the past 8 weeks, researching, constructing, and practicing their topic to share with their families. The school library was a showcase for all things Asia, representing the many aspects of this study and the students’ artwork. Third Graders then shared their speeches about their chosen Chinese Culture topic. They did an amazing job and showed such maturity and poise in their presentations.

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 5th                            Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, March 6th                           Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Thursday, March 8th                         Silent Auction
  • Saturday, March 24th                        Spring Planting Party
  • Monday, March 26th                         Third Grade Radio Show, 1:45
  • Friday, March 30th                             Spring Break begins
  • Monday, April 9th                               Return from Spring Break

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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

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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