The Cooper School Daily

Grateful Hearts

Owning an Attitude of Gratitude

img_1892Over the past several days in morning meeting, close of day and writing workshop, students have brainstormed everything they are grateful for in their world. Third graders learned that owning a daily attitude of gratitude increases their overall health. Students practiced expressing gratitude in words, writing and actions. In writing workshop, students have drafted, edited and are preparing to publish Gratitude Books to their families during our Harvest Feast!

Companion Texts

This week in reading workshop, scholars learn to compare and contrast Magic Tree House’s historical fiction Thanksgiving on Thursday to it’s nonfiction companion, Pilgrims. Fiction readers practice the thinking job, “What is happening in this story?” as theyimg_1873 record notes. Nonfiction readers practice the thinking job, “What is this text trying to teach me?” as they record notes. As scholars compare each book, they consider characters, setting and events in the story. Students establish the characters and recognize that some are the same through the series, some are new to each book while some are fictional and some are historical. Readers learn life lessons by examining how real and fictional characters respond to problems!

 Looking Ahead…

Please join us on Monday, December 12th at 10:00 for Third Grade’s Radio Show! Our class has planned to create a radio show with Mrs. Hazel during music class. Students have prepared a gem- complete with music, singing, jokes and more! We hope to see you there!

Important Dates:

  • November 22nd         Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal
  • November 23-27th    Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • December 12th           Third Grade Radio Show, 10am
  • December 16th           Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • December 17-January 3rd   Winter Break