The Cooper School Daily

Designing, Reflecting and Holding Each Other Accountable

Designing and Building in Third Grade

This week has been action packed in Third Grade! On Thursday students collaborated to build and form a 3-D map of China using salt dough. Third Graders then had a chance to observe items in The Cooper School’s tinkering cart to plan how they would build a representation of their research topic on our salt dough map. Students created design plans for the materials they planned to use and illustrated what their final product would look like. Third Grade scholars used their design plans and their creative minds to build their representations and place them in their locations on the map.

Reflecting on Our Learning

Scholars spent time preparing for their upcoming student led conferences this week. These brave scholars thought about which math skill they feel the most confident in presenting and are preparing to teach you what they know! Students collaborated to create a list of all the books we have read so far in Third Grade this year! Third Graders each took time to conduct reading inventories about themselves and answered questions quite thoughtfully. These scholars have been working hard this year and can’t wait to share all of their growth and progress with you!

Revisiting Our One Word

Third Graders took a moment this week to check in with their One Word resolutions for 2017. Scholars reflected on their choices and reasons why they chose their specific words. We discussed ways that our words could help us in our daily lives and revisited the power of a positive mantra. Students were given accountability partners to help remind each other of their One Word and to continue to be mindful of their goals for 2017. Third Graders are expert goal setters and eager to help hold each other accountable!


Important Dates:


Monday, February, 27th   – Sibling Day 8am – 11am (4 & 5 yr.old siblings)


Tuesday, February, 28th  –  Peter and The Starcatcher


Monday, March 6th           – Student-Led Conferences ½ Day


Tuesday, March 7th            – Student-Led Conferences ½ Day


Thursday, March 9th          – Movie Screening at 6:45-8:45 pm


Friday, March 10th              – Parents Night Out at 5:30-8:00 pm


Tuesday, March 14th            – Asia Presentation at 8:15