The Cooper School Daily

Roald Dahl, Lattice Multiplication and Grandparents & Special Friends!

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!

Third Grade mathematicians explored another new algorithm for multiplying two digit numbers this week! Students were introduced to the lattice method of multiplication. This method of multiplication is fun and has historical interest, as it was used hundreds of years ago! The lattice method is easy to use, which makes it a good algorithm, and provides Third Grade mathematicians with additional practice with multiplication facts. Ask your scholar about the lattice method!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day was such a joy and a huge success! We loved preparing for our special visitors and having them join us for a unique morning meeting activity and special interview. Third Graders were so excited to share their learning space with their grandparents and special friends. We even had grandparents petting and holding our sweet and beautiful bearded dragon class pet, Jack-a-Roo!

After all of this excitement, we headed down to the Charleston Museum for The Cooper School’s annual, Pass It On, poetry reading! The Cooper School students were dressed in their fancy clothes and beaming with pride as they shared their amazing hard work on the stage for family and friends. It was truly a beautiful event and the students did a wonderful job!


Important Dates
Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day, No School
Thursday, June 2 – Graduation, 11:30 Dismissal
Friday, June 3 – Field Day, 11:30 Dismissal