The Cooper School Daily

Independent Learners


Scientists this week got to explore the power of water! Third Graders read about how water can be used to move objects and create electricity. Throughout history, cultures around the world have harnessed the power of water to help make tasks more simple. This investigation gave Third Grade scientists a tray of materials and let them explore how to make a water wheel. Once the construction was complete, we headed outside to test them! Students were able to make their waterwheels lift a “load” (a binder clip) multiple times. The next challenge… how many 50 mL squirts from the syringe does it take to lift the edge of the basin? Water is powerful! Ask your students how many squirts it took them!



The Third Grade Informational Writing Unit is taking a shift from all that we know about one topic to the many uses of nonfiction writing. Before we can move on, Third Graders wanted to celebrate the hard work they had done on their Information Books. Students chose one of their topics to rewrite into a final draft, thus completing the writing process and celebrating their use of the new tools they had learned. Using their planning, editing, and revising skills, students were able to complete their final drafts by Friday… just in time to share and celebrate with each other!




This trimester we are focusing on the importance of independence. This week we began discussing what independence looks like in each subject area. As a group, Third Graders have been able to explain many different ways that they are independent in the classroom. This includes things such as accessing materials, working quietly on tasks, using their resources to solve problems, and asking a friend for help when needed. Students then completed their own page in their independence folders, thinking about who they are, what they can do, and who they have. These three questions help students to see how much they can do on their own and the many ways they can problem solve without relying solely on their teacher.



Important Dates:

  • Thursday, December 14th    Parent Coffee (8am)
  • Thursday, December 21st    Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, December 22nd         Winter Break Begins