This week Third Graders put a lot of hard work and focus into their state study projects! Students enjoyed designing, creating, and adding finishing touches for their unique state presentations. Our classroom was alive with research, discovery, designing and building! It has been exciting to see each child’s unique presentation come to life. Each student has learned so much about their state, and cannot wait to learn even more from classmates next week during presentations!
This week Third Grade readers started their third Roald Dahl novel, The Twits. This novel is about an odd and interesting couple that live together and continuously play practical jokes on each other and spiteful ways. As retired circus trainers, they many bizarre encounters with animals. This week, readers practiced asking questions during reading to help think about what is happening in the story. Third Graders also practiced making mental movies during reading to help visualize what is happening in the story. These brave scholars know that good readers talk back to the characters and their books, asking questions and making observations as they read. The Roald Dahl unit has certainly been a class favorite!
Capture the Flag
One of the most special aspects of The Cooper School is the strong relationships that form across grade levels during a student’s time here. One way that we promote this bond is through organized group play and Morning Meetings held with different grade levels. This week students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades joined for a special Morning Meeting to discuss one of the school’s favorite games, Capture the Flag. As a whole group we reviewed the rules, answered common questions about the game, and agreed on what the tone of this game should be. For the rest of the week, these three grades played this joyous game beautifully, thereby strengthening our across grade level bonds!