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.
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.
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!