THIRD GRADE

Subhadra has been working at The Cooper School since 2009. She is originally from Florida and received her Bachelors degree in Early Education and Special Education followed by her Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. Subhadra has taught Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades at TCS.

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May 24th, 2019 May 24, 2019

ERB Testing

Third Graders were anxious for their first year of ERB Testing this week. We could not be prouder of their focus, hard work, and patience as they worked their way through each test. Now, we celebrate the end of successful testing and a WONDERFUL school year!

Writing

This week, Third Graders finished up adapting their fairytales and were so excited to share them. Students blew us away in their ability to try a new way to tell their stories. Third Graders learned all about the need for narrators in play scripts to establish to their audience what the characters can’t say! Students used this opportunity to improve their abilities of writing descriptive dialogue, and finished their scripts with stage directions (to convey to their readers what the narrator and characters can’t say!). They are so excited for a reading of one of their scripts next week!

Science

Third Graders finished off their Water investigations over the past couple of days! We continued our investigations of the Water Cycle, looking at the processes of evaporation and condensation. This week, Third Graders questioned what happens to water after it rains and put it to the test. Using a pan balance, students soaked equal amounts of soil and gravel with water to see its effect. Students were amazed to weigh the two earth materials afterward to see that soil absorbed the water while it just slipped through the gravel!

Radio Show

This week, Third Graders transported us back to the 1940s with a classic radio show. Students have worked for months to create a full length radio script comprised of producers, announcers, players, a live band and more! Their show was full of creativity and zingers! Some even contributed original music. Third Graders were excited to invite friends and family to catch their one-time performance!

 

Important Dates:

  • May 27th: Memorial Day- No School
  • May 30th – 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 31st – Field Day (11:30 Dismissal)

May 17th, 2019 May 17, 2019

Writing

Third Graders were so excited to put their creative energy to work dramatizing their fairytale adaptations! Over the past couple of weeks, students have read and analyzed all of the elements of well-known fairy tales. They used their knowledge to adapt fairytales, by adjusting either a character, the story’s setting, or a motivation. This week, students began looking at children’s theater scripts! Third Graders were so excited for the challenge to transform their own stories into scenes to present to peers!

Math

We are so proud of Third Graders for all of their hard work in math this year! Students completed Unit 9 this week, their final Math unit of the school year. Students were so excited to show all of their math knowledge. Students especially loved the opportunity to share their knowledge of multiplication facts! Third Graders concluded their week by showing all that they’ve learned this year on their End Of Year Assessments.

Word Work

This week, Third Grade wrapped up our Word Work assignments! Students were so excited to dive into their final spelling lists, as well as finish up Unit 15 of our Vocabulary work. It was only fitting that our final grammar lesson this year was on Comparatives and Superlatives. Third Graders practiced ways to use superlatives to share with everyone they know that, “Third Grade is the greatest!”

 

Important Dates:

  • May 19th- TCS End of the Year Celebration at The Riverdogs Baseball Game
  • May 20th-24th – ERB Testing
  • May 30th – 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 31st – Field Day (11:30 Dismissal)

May 10th, 2019 May 10, 2019

Math

Third Graders have spent the week finishing up our final math unit of the school year. Students have worked hard to review all of the math knowledge they have gained throughout the school year. This week, students built onto their previous knowledge by beginning to practice decomposing large multiplication problems. We have been so impressed this year by our Third Graders’ bravery when working on mastering all of this new math!

Writing

Students began reading fairy tales last week and immediately got excited for the opportunity to write their own fairy tale adaptations. Students waited patiently until FINALLY getting their chance this week. Students each chose a familiar fairy tale. Using this story, students decided on one element of the story to change in their own work. Students were able to modify a character, an event, or a motivation in the story. We have been so thrilled to see the light in Third Graders’ eyes as they describe their own fractured fairy tales!

Rock Climbing

This week, Third Grade wrapped up our time rock climbing. Our school spent the month focused on practicing persistence in our lives. Third Graders showed persistence by challenging themselves weekly to strive toward new goals on our Rock Wall. Some students challenged themselves to be brave enough to climb the wall at all, some hoped to reach the top, and others practiced increasing their speed when climbing to the top. We are so proud of every climber’s hard work this year!

 

Important Dates:

  • May 10th – Pass It On (5pm-6pm at The Scottish Rite)
  • May 19th- TCS End of the Year Celebration at The Riverdogs Baseball Game
  • May 20th-24th – ERB Testing
  • May 30th- 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 31st – Field Day (11:30 Dismissal)

May 3rd, 2019 May 3, 2019

Fairy Tales

Third Graders were so excited to begin our fairy tales unit this week. Students have spent the week analyzing all of the elements that go into fairy tales. After reading through several examples of different fairy tales (that students were excited to realize they were mostly familiar with!), students began to work on their own adaptations. Using what they know about classic fairy tales, Third Graders have spent time this week modifying one aspect of a known fairy tale and creating their very own stories!

 

Science

Students were very excited to continue our water study this week. This week’s investigations dealt with water temperature. Students started the investigation by building a thermometer and observing how hot water caused the water in their thermometers to expand or rise! Students then observed the effect of cold water, and their water levels lowering. Students have continued this week by observing water in various forms: liquid, solid and gas!

 

Goodbye Roxie

It is with a heavy heart that Third Graders said goodbye to our class gerbil, Roxie! We have had such a wonderful year taking care of our furry little friend. We are so sad to not get the chance to come in and see her chewing through cardboard or doing backflips in her cage anymore. Third Grade is thankful for the time we had this year with Roxie and we will miss her dearly!

 

Important Dates:

  • May 7th – Next Rock Climbing Date
  • May 10th- 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 10th – Pass It On (5pm-6pm at The Scottish Rite)
  • May 19th- TCS End of the Year Celebration at The Riverdogs Baseball Game
  • May 20th-24th – ERB Testing
  • May 31st – Field Day (11:30 Dismissal)

April 26th, 2019 April 26, 2019

Reading

This week in Third Grade, students began working on strategies for test taking. With our ERB Standardized Testing coming up, Third Graders are looking at using test taking skills to show off the knowledge they already have. This week, students have practiced reading and answering multiple choice questions carefully and going back to check their answers. Third Graders have spent extra time working on what to expect from testing to eliminate the fear of the unknown!

 

Science

Third Graders were so excited to start our final Science unit this week, Water! Students had fun experimenting with water droppers, and checking multiple materials to observe which are porous. Third Graders continued their Water study by investigating surface tension and its effect on water holding shape. Students experimented with surface tension by testing the effect of soap and salt on water! Third Graders are excited to end the school year with a splash!

 

Spelling

Due to shorter weeks because of our April Break, students have spent the last two weeks mastering math terms in spelling. Last week, students reviewed some of their math vocabulary from the school year. Students reviewed different parts of math problems, including factors, sums, products, and quotients. This week, students reviewed the names of shapes based on the number of sides they have (as well as a few other properties).

 

Important Dates:

  • April 30th – Next Rock Climbing Date
  • May 10th- 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 10th – Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

April 18th, 2019 April 18, 2019

Math

Third Graders spent the week wrapping up Unit 8 in Math. In this unit, students worked to master measuring line segments to the nearest quarter inch, identifying polygons that form the faces of prisms, and by modeling sharing situations involving money. Students worked especially hard in this unit to improve their skills in dividing money among groups. Third Graders wrapped up their week with a Unit 8 assessment and are looking forward to beginning their ninth and final Math unit of the school year!

Rock Climbing

Students had the time of their lives this week at the James Island County Park! Third Grade spent Tuesday morning creating individual goals for rock climbing. Students persevered for two hours at the climbing wall, overcoming their own fears and stepping outside of their comfort zones. Third Graders truly impressed us by persevering in their own climbing, but also by showing support for classmates as they worked toward their own goals. Following climbing, Third Graders took some time to reflect on their goals to decide how they could achieve them easier during our next trip or to set new ones if they’d already overcome what they had hoped for.

Science

This week, Third Graders finished up their Structures of Life unit in Science. Students started the unit by studying seeds of assorted fruits. Over several weeks, students observed as their seeds germinated and moved through each phase of a plant’s life cycle. Students have also cared for and observed the habitats of our classroom crayfish, while learning about their own adaptations. Students were very excited to apply all of their knowledge to food chains and the circle of life.

 

Important Dates:

  • April 19th-22nd – April Break (No School)
  • April 23rd – Next Rock Climbing Date
  • April 24th – Flat Stanley Field Trip
  • April 25th – Spring Auction
  • May 10th- 11:30 Dismissal
  • May 10th – Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

April 12th, 2019 April 12, 2019

Science

Third Graders were so excited to welcome our class crayfish this week. Students began studying the creatures by learning to handle them, observing their behavior within their environment, and noting the different structures they use for basic functions of life. Students began reading all about the different adaptations of animals this week and the benefits they have for that animal’s means of survival. Students are excited to explain the difference between structural and behavioral adaptations!

 

Writing

This week, The Cooper School took some time to meet and work as a whole school on writing poetry to be considered for our Pass It On Tribute Poem. Students were excited to write poetry in honor of Earthwatch, the charity in which students voted to donate proceeds from the sale of this book. Students have used their inspiration from Earthwatch to continue writing and revising poems about protecting animal habitats.

 

Reading

Third Graders have been learning to use poetry mentor texts to inspire their own writing. Last week, students finished reading Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog. This week, readers were captured by Creech’s sequel, Hate That Cat. Third Graders have followed Jack through his experiences dealing with losing his own dog, and now meeting a cat that he’s not so fond of. Students have loved reading more of Jack’s story and comparing Jack’s experiences to ones of their own!

 

Important Dates:

  • April 19th-22nd – April Break (No School)
  • April 17th – First Rock Climbing Date
  • April 24th – Flat Stanley Field Trip
  • April 25th- Spring Auction
  • May 10th- Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

April 5th, 2019 April 5, 2019

Math

Third Graders returned from Spring Break to start their next unit in Math. This week, students have worked on mastering measuring line segments to the nearest 1/4 inch. Students have had fun applying their new knowledge of precise measurements. Third Graders also spent the week building on their multiplication skills, using familiar facts and factor pairs to solve extended facts.

Science

Students were excited to return from Spring Break to check on the development of our in-class plants. Before Spring Break, students set up a hydroponic planter. Using just germinated seeds, water, and a nutrient supplement, our bean bush plants have sprouted and have begun to grow! This week, science groups chose one plant to track and graph the development of over the upcoming weeks. Students feel so connected to their plants that they have even begun to name them!

 

Poetry

Continuing with our poetry unit, students spent the week building their poetry portfolios. Third Graders continued to discuss poetry tools like repetition, rhythm, and alliteration and spent the week applying it to their writing. Some began composing poems based on their newly discovered tools, while others have taken the chance to revise past works. We are so impressed and enthralled by our poetic Third Grade class!

 

Important Dates:

  • April 6th – Spring Planting Party (9:00am-12:00pm)
  • April 19th-22nd – April Break (No School)

March 15th, 2019 March 22, 2019

Science

Spring has sprung in Third Grade! Last week, we investigated the ways seeds react to soaking in water without soil. This week, Third Graders moved those germinated seeds into a basin with a soil substitute so that we can observe the growth of six bean bushes. Students are monitoring the growth and changes in the plants’ sprouts as well as the changes in each root system. Students had fun this week spending some time outdoors on a seed hunt as well as creating their own modifications to help seeds in the dispersal process.

 

Buddies

This week, Third Graders wrapped up our daily Buddy System that was implemented over the last several weeks. Each day, students were assigned pairs and spent lunch each day sitting and getting to know their “buddy”. We used this to encourage students to get to know others in the classroom that maybe they had not spent as much time with, and to feel connected to every student in our class. Following lunch, students came indoors to complete a buddy challenge. Students spent fifteen minutes working each day on problem-solving as a pair. We have noticed such a difference in our classroom in the camaraderie. Since finishing up, we have been proud to watch students organize their own group games including the entire class.

 

Math

This week, Third Graders wrapped up our seventh unit in Math just in time for Spring Break! Students have mastered order of operations, fraction number lines, and comparing fractions using greater than, less than, or equal to. Students have also worked on using liters and milliliters to measure volume. Third Graders concluded their week by putting all of their new math skills to work in our end of unit assessment!

 

Important Dates:

  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

March 15, 2019 March 15, 2019

Math

Third Graders spent the week mastering equivalent fractions. Students used fraction cards as well as their own illustrations to compare fraction sizes. Third Graders began working on their ability to compare fractions using the ‘greater than’, ‘less than’, and ‘equal to’ symbols. Students are so excited to add all of this math knowledge to their current repertoire!

Science

Students began an experiment using seeds this week! On Monday, students created a sprouter to test to see what seeds will do when given the water and sunlight necessary for growth, but not planted in soil. Each day, students have observed and recorded their findings in changes of a popcorn kernel, a sunflower seed, a bush bean, and pea seeds. Each day, the seeds are soaked in water. While observing this experiment, Third Graders moved on to start a new experiment examining water’s effect on seeds. Students weighed five lima beans using a pan balance, and left them to soak in water overnight. After soaking, students used the pan balances to determine how much water the lima beans had soaked up!

 

Reading/Writing

This week, Third Grade officially kicked off our Poetry study. In Reading, students began looking at examples of all types of poetry. Students have felt inspired by all of the poetry they have gotten their hands on. Using all of their findings, students have begun writing poetry of their own! This week, students looked at connecting their poetry to an emotion.

 

Important Dates:

  • March 16th- Spring Planting Party
  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

SCHOOL NEWS

Annual Fund Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to the Annual Fund. This year, to my delight, the Silent Auction raised more money than ever before. I wanted to take a moment to let you know exactly where your Silent Auction donation dollars are going…

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