The Cooper School Daily

Love That Dog, Seed Investigations & Tribute Poem Writing!

Love That Dog

This week Third Grade readers started a new novel to dive deeper into their poetry unit. Love That Dog is a novel length poem written as a diary narrative of a boy named Jack. Jack hates poetry and he thinks that only girls write it, until his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, inspires him to read poetry including the work of Walter Dean Myers. This week Third Graders examined the difference in the ways to read poetry and prose. They paid special attention to line breaks and white space and noticed that we really slow down when reading poetry. Brave readers made inferences about Jack’s teacher, Mrs. Stretchberry, by paying close attention to Jack’s journal entries. We even studied the same poets as our main character did, during our own Writing Workshop! Scholars were exposed to some of the poetry greats including Robert Frost, William Blake, William Carlos Williams, Valerie Worth and Walter Dean Myers!

Observing and Comparing Seeds

Third Grade Scientists were thrilled to begin our seed study this week in Science! We reviewed how scientists observe using their senses and discussed the various properties to compare when observing seeds. We observed peapods and discovered that they hold seeds! Students were delighted to learn that anything with seeds is known as a “fruit”.   Brave scientists observed seed patterns in various fruits and compared their properties.

Tribute Poem

 This week poetry writers at The Cooper School gathered for a Whole School Writing Workshop to generate ideas and inspiration for this year’s tribute poem. Each year, teachers and students join together to write poetry that will honor the charity chosen for Pass It On. The tribute poem this year will relate to the Charleston Animal Society. Students wrote and shared poems that described big feelings, extended metaphors, and took on different perspectives. Students of every grade level submit their poems and all TCS students vote on their favorite. Once established, it gets to be on the very first page of the Pass-It-On book! Stay tuned to find out which poem will be chosen for Pass-It-On 2017!

Important Dates:

March 24th         Stingray Family Night 7:00 P.M.

March 25th         Planting Party – 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.

March 30th         Parent Forum – 5:45-6:45 P.M.

April 4th               The Ugly Duckling and Velveteen Rabbit Study Trip at Charleston Music Hall

April 10th –17th    Spring Break