Third Graders did an outstanding job showing off all of their hard work during their Asia presentation this week! Scholars presented their research topics to an audience of parents and siblings using loud and proud voices. Scholars proudly displayed their salt dough map and the 3-D representations of their research topics ranging from: The Great Wall of China, Kimonos, The Ancient Temple of Heaven, Ninjas, Wolong Panda Sanctuary and more! The Asia Study was an exciting unit filled with hands on projects, reading across subject areas and Asian inspired art!
Third Grade poets have been busy writing poetry during writing workshop this week. They have been finding big ideas and writing about them in unique ways using their poet’s eyes. These scholars know that the structure of poems including stanzas, line breaks and shape, as well as word choices, are characteristics of poetry that help illuminate the main idea of their writing. Third Grade scholars worked together to write this poem about one of our favorite times during the school day, read aloud!
Lights are off
Everything is quiet
Third Graders began discussing empathy this week during Morning Meeting. Scholars started this discussion by sharing qualities that they look for in friends. Students were able to identify positive traits such as patient, kind, open-minded, loyal, thoughtful, good listener and more! Students learned that empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person in a situation. Third Graders all agreed that empathy was another quality that makes a great friend. They then began close observers of their classmates and shared times when friends showed empathy throughout the day!
St. Patrick’s Day
The Cooper School’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes a look at traditional Irish poetry (limericks) and a visit from the leprechauns. They then got to go on a “hunt” to find the present that was left for them from the “leprechauns”. Each student gets a green necklace and a silly limerick to enjoy. This year we were privileged to enjoy a concert from our very own Hazel Ketchum and special guest, Tom Morley, playing traditional Irish music.