The Cooper School Daily

Third Grade Writing Wonders

GR 3 August 30, 2019


This week we launched into our first reading unit. Third Graders were delighted to share their personal reading goals with the class.  Third Grade readers want to become stronger readers and read lots of new books!! Readers have enjoyed getting to know our classroom library and choosing books that are on their reading level.


This week also saw the launching of a new writing unit. This unit focuses on becoming strong personal narrative writers. One of the hardest parts about writing can be coming up with a story idea. When told to write about personal experiences, students are faced with so many choices that it can be difficult to choose! We talked about brainstorming a list of ideas to choose from. We also learned to narrow our brainstorm to thinking about one person, place, or pet that is important to us and brainstorming stories about them. With this focus in mind, students became excited to write with lots of stories to tell!


Third Grade spellers are mastering word patterns by cutting out their sort and sorting them by their specific spelling rule every day. This continued practice helps students to not just memorize the spelling words for the assessment on Friday, but to learn the spelling rule to apply to their everyday writing. Spelling groups are differentiated for each child which insures that each student receives the spelling rules they need. Practicing at home also helps students to make these words a part of their everyday spelling.

Important Dates:

Monday, September 2nd                     Labor Day – No School

Wednesday, September 11th              8:00 am Parent Coffee

Week of September 16th                   Drama with Charleston Stage

Tuesday, September 24th                   2nd-5thGrade Curriculum Night 5:30-6:30