The Cooper School Daily

Esio Trot is “Tortoise” Spelled Backwards!


The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl!

Third Grade readers spent the week jumping into an exciting new unit on Roald Dahl! Scholars loved meeting the unique characters in the book, Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl. Third Graders examined the author’s note prior to reading and discovered that authors often share valuable background information in these passages. In this charming and witty book, students encountered two characters, Mr. Hoppy and Miss Silver, who are brought together by an ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a bit of magic! Students practiced making predictions, identifying and tracking character feelings over time, and writing summaries to enhance their reading skills. Stay tuned as we begin, Fantastic Mr. Fox, another Roald Dahl favorite, next week during Reading Workshop!

Testing, Testing…1…2…3

This week Third Grade scholars got to experience the joys of standardized testing. They have been preparing for the ERB standardized test through a review of close reading skills learned earlier this year during our BUGS unit of study. Scholars practiced identifying main ideas, supporting details, writing summaries and sequencing information in passages. These brave scholars know to preview answer choices and conduct the process of elimination when looking at a multiple-choice exam. Most importantly, Third Graders learned to be brave and give their very best efforts, while trusting their instincts, when participating in a standardized test.

State Study

This week scholars were eager to return to our state study as we narrowed our choices for their state presentations. Scholars spent time learning about the regions of the United States and states located within those regions. After reviewing United States atlases, Third Graders chose their state and were able to describe which region of the United States their state of choice is located in. Scholars studied physical maps to identify landforms located in their state. Stay tuned as we continue to make discoveries about this great country of ours!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, May 16                            Climbing at JICP 11:00 – 1:00

Tuesday, May 30                            Movie Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1                             Graduation Day, 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2                                  Field Day, 11:30 dismissal