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Having Adventures! April 18, 2019

Westward Ho!

This week, your readers began their study of Westward Movement, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of all the times I played Oregon Trail when I was a child. Although we did not play this game at The Cooper School this week, we did follow the adventures of a boy named Francis Tucket on his journey to Oregon. This historical fiction novel allowed us to analyze the setting, develop a milieu of this time in history, and interpret what the tension in the novel tells us about this time period. 5th Graders noticed that this was a dangerous time with threats from the environment and other people. We looked hard at the different points of view in the conflict between white settlers and the Native Americans. Being able to analyze both sides helped us gain empathy and understanding. Ask your child what their favorite part of this book is so far!

 

Kayaking!

This week we completed our first field trip to the James Island County Park for kayaking and paddle-boarding lessons. We all had a blast! In the kayaking group, students learned the proper way to get in their boats by using their paddle as a stabilizer. Then, they mastered the sweep stroke and reverse sweep stroke.  It was fun and wet! Ask your child what their favorite part about this field trip was!

 

Triangle Hierarchy

This week mathematicians worked with triangles and quadrilaterals to create a hierarchy. Students classified these shapes into different categories, or subcategories, by discussing their attributes with partners. Students “tested” each shape to see if it could move down the hierarchy list. For example, students recognized a shape as a triangle, they then had to check to see if it was an isosceles triangle, and if it was, they tested to see if it fit in the equilateral triangle subcategory. Mathematicians had fun working with these shapes!

 

Friday, April 19th-     April Break- No School

Monday, April 22nd-     April Break- No School

Thursday, April 25th     Spring Auction

Friday, May 10th   11:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 10th Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

Adventure Week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s up for paddle boarding & kayaking in the Lowcountry?

Fourth Grade joined Fifth Grade for our first field trip to James Island County Park for SUP and kayaking lessons. We had a blast! We started with paddle boarding and students learned the proper way to sit, stand and kneel on their boards and how to do a pivot turn.  We had beautiful weather and a lovely day on the water! Please ask your child about this wonderful adventure on the water.

 

Gearing up for Poet Muse!

Fourth Graders have been working diligently on their upcoming Poet Muse projects. During this project, each student chooses a poet they are inspired by and learn about their lives and poetry. The culminating project includes a slideshow about their poets’ lives, a memorized recitation of one of their poet’s poems, and a poem they write inspired by their poet. Students are getting ready to present this to their parents. Please ask your child one fact they’ve learned about their poet muse.  

 

 

 

 

 

Prepping for Prepositions!

This week, Fourth Graders learned all about prepositions! We started out by having students listen to the famous song, “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Once the song ended, students pointed out the prepositions, which were present throughout the song. Scholars were able to identify prepositions in new key phrases and loved sharing how prepositions enhance writing skills. We love prepositions! Please ask your child if they can easily identify a preposition.

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Friday, 4/19-Monday, 4/22 April Break-No School
  • Wednesday, 4/24 Poet Muse Presentation
  • Thursday, 4/25 SUP & Kayaking Trip
  • Thursday, 4/25 Spring Auction
  • Friday, 5/10 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, 5/10 Pass It On (5pm-6pm @ The Scottish Rite)

 

 

April 18th, 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)

We Persist!

One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Treasure

In Art, students created found object collages. In honor of Earth Day, they upcycled items that would typically end up in the trash can, such as wine corks, bottle caps and nails, to create visually appealing, eclectic self-portrait collages. This really makes us think about the identity and functionality of different objects and encourages us to see and be inspired by the art that is all around us! This is something fun that you can do at home with natural found materials like tree bark, sticks and leaves, or with common household objects, fabric you no longer have a use for, or even with small toys your children don’t play with anymore!

Character Study

In both Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop, we have been focusing on characters. Using the Mr. Putter and Tabby books as a mentor texts to look closely at details about characters that authors convey in both subtle and direct ways and analyzing what the characters are trying to teach us, 1st Graders are developing their our own unique characters in their original realistic fiction stories. They used their realistic fiction writing checklist to honestly assess their writing and find ways to make it stronger. They made an effort to show, rather than tell, through techniques such as dialogue.  They inserted transition words and phrases, such as at the beginning, meanwhile, and finally into their writing, checked their spelling, and added necessary punctuation and grammar. Lastly, they made sure their endings really stayed true to the heart of their stories and that all problems were resolved at the end.

Keep On, Keepin’ On!

In Morning Meeting this week, we introduced a new social emotional concept-persistence. As we look back to the beginning of 1st Grade when we first met your children, we are reminded of how much they have grown as readers. Every time one of them told us, “I can’t read this book,” we answered with, “You can’t read this book yet, but you will be able to if you keep on practicing and using your strategies.” And you know what? Now, most of those books that were so hard at the beginning of the school year, are too easy now. What a beautiful example of persistence! Bravo, persistent scholars! Similarly, we have seen examples of this on the playground and at our swim lessons. If you find it difficult sometimes to resist the urge to rescue them when they’re dealing with frustration, know that you are not alone, but through struggle comes growth, and we have seen countless examples of that this year with this special group!

Important Dates:

Friday, April 19th-Monday, April 22nd-TCS Closed for April Break

Tuesday, April 23rd-Study Trip to see Flat Stanley at the Dock Street Theatre

Thursday, April 25th-TCS Black Tie and Blue Jeans Spring Auction 6pm

Friday, April 26th & Friday, May 3rd-remaining swim lessons

Friday, May 10th- 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 10th– Pass It On, 5-6pm at the Scottish Rite

Kindergarten Weekly

Chicks

Young scientists have been busy learning all about chicks and chickens during Science this week! Kindergarteners discovered the structure of hen eggs. Our Kindergartners learned that hen eggs have 5 different compartments.They learned that the shell and shell membrane are located on the outside and the yolk and egg white are located on the inside. Kindergarteners learned about the air cell, chalaza and the embryo. Our scientists are becoming bigger chick enthusiasts everyday!

 

Math Mania

This week in Math our Kindergarten mathematicians have been learning how to decompose the numbers nine and ten. Our scholars have used our fabulous five group counting skills to take apart these numbers. Kindergartens also have been practicing decomposition with a subtraction equation. Our mathematicians are able to represent subtraction story problems by breaking off numbers, crossing out numbers and hiding parts of them. Ask your Kindergartener what was their favorite part of math this week!

 

Writing Session

This week in Writing Workshop Kindergartners continued with writing “how to” stories. Our scholars have written up to five books this week. Kindergarteners enjoyed working with their “strawberry and banana” partners during these Writing Workshops to get fresh and new topics to write about. Kindergartners love writing about things in which they are experts and explaining it to others. Ask your scholar to tell you about one of the many books they have written. Stay tuned for more of this great work!

Important Dates:

  • Study Trip to Dock Street Theatre on April 23rd 9:30-11
  • Thursday, April 25th- Spring Auction
  • Friday, April 26th 12-12:30 Swimming Lessons
  • Monday, April 29th Legare Farms
  • Friday, May 3rd 12-12:30 Swimming Lessons
  • Friday, May 10th Kindergarten Grandparents & Special Friends Day (11:30 Dismissal)
  • Friday, May 10th Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

Teammates

Bird Characteristics

Second graders began their new science unit on birds this week. They began this study by defining characteristics of birds that differentiated them from other animals.  A few of these characteristics included that they have beaks, talons, and claws.  They have wings and feathers. Birds lay eggs and most birds can fly.  Scholars are now looking to define the characteristics that all native birds of South Carolina possess!

Quadrangle

Second Graders continued their study of shapes in math, focusing on quadrangles.  Scholars learned that quadrangles are a shape with four angles.  Building on previous knowledge of shapes, scholars learned that all shapes that have four angles also have four sides.  A shape that has four sides is called a quadrilateral.  To be a quadrilateral, scholars noted that the shape must have four straight sides.  It must be a flat shape and it must be a closed figure!

Teammates

This week’s vocabulary is based on a book called Teammates written by Peter Golenbeck.  This is the true story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate.  With detailed illustrations and challenging, new vocabulary words, this book describes an important memory in the history of American sports. 

Important Dates

April 24th “Flat Stanley” at the Dock Street Theatre

April 25th Spring Auction

April 30th Climbing Field Trip

Revising Poetry April 12, 2019

Morning Meeting

Miles has been in charge of Morning Meeting this week. He discussed creativity and why it is important. One of the activities that Miles came up with was to create something out of items we had available in the classroom. These were things like post-its, paperclips, scrap paper, etc. Students made amazing structures by using their creativity to make something beautiful out of ordinary, everyday objects. Ask your child what they created this week!

 

 

 

 

Multiplying Mixed Numbers

Fifth Grade mathematicians have been working with mixed numbers this week. Students were given real-world problems to work with when multiplying mixed numbers together. In class, we figured out how many ¼ by ¼ tiles we would use if we wanted to tile a kitchen floor that was 46 ¾ square feet in area. Students drew out area models to help come to a conclusion and solve the problem.

 

Editing poetry

This week we worked with Kindergarten buddies to help edit poetry. Pass It On is coming up quickly and we are getting ready here at The Cooper School. Fifth Graders did a fabulous job working with others and helping our young poets edit and practice their poetry for this big day. We have been focusing on checking for line breaks, word choice, and other poetry tools that will make their poems great! I am excited for you all to hear these poems that our class has worked so hard on.

Important Dates:

 

Thursday, April 18th-     SUP/Kayak Field Trip

 

Friday, April 19th-     April Break- No School

 

Monday, April 22nd-     April Break- No School

 

Thursday, April 25th     Spring Auction

 

Friday, May 10th   11:30 Dismissal

 

Friday, May 10th Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

Amazing Africa!

Africa!

This week, our Fourth Grade scholars leaped into a new social studies unit! Students have begun studying the 2nd largest continent, Africa, and its 54 countries. They labeled each country on a blank map with the assistance of a world atlas and color coded each country. They were fascinated by the length of the Nile River, the height of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the severe conditions of the Sahara Desert. Finally, students studied Biomes of Africa and of course, labeled each Biome from Africa’s deserts to its tropical rainforest. Please ask your child to identify a country in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s for Lunch?

Students were thinking about healthy eating habits, that fuel the brain. We had an interactive  group discussion about brainfood and how specific foods affect your mood and energy levels. Our nutritionists identified how their bodies feel when they eat too much, not enough or just the right amount. Our environmentally aware scholars have been actively composting in efforts to take care of their immediate surroundings. This conservation activity reminds students about reducing the impact of wasted food. Please ask your child about brainfood and how it is connected to a healthy growth mindset.

 

 

 

Finding Inspiration from a Mentor!

Fourth Graders designed a poem inspired by their favorite poet. Each student studied the poetry from a professional poet and drew inspiration from their special mentor. Our Fourth Grade poets were prompted to incorporate poetic elements into their pieces, which included metaphors, repetitive words and descriptive language. The process of creating a poem based on another persons poem, sparked a challenge in each student and they rose to the challenge. Please ask your child about the process of writing a poem and what motivates them to start a poem.

 

 

Important Dates:

 

  • Thursday, 4/18 SUP & Kayaking Trip
  • Friday, 4/19-Monday, 4/22 April Break-No School
  • Wednesday, 4/24 Poet Muse
  • Thursday, 4/25 SUP & Kayaking Trip
  • Thursday, 4/25 Spring Auction
  • Friday, 5/10 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, 5/10 Pass It On (5pm-6pm @ The Scottish Rite)

 

 

 

Haikus

A Nest for Celeste

The current read aloud book selection our class is enjoying is A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by author Henry Cole.  Celeste is a mouse who is looking for a home. Is it nestled in the toe of a warm boot? In the shirt pocket of Celeste’s new friend Joseph? Or is home the place deep inside Celeste’s heart, where friendships live? Second Graders look forward to discovering the answer.

Series Reading

Second Graders have begun their new study in Reading Workshop about book series.  Scholars determined that book series usually have a few things in common such as the same author, same problems, and the same main characters.  When reading a series, you want to keep track of the stars of the story, otherwise known as the main characters. Just like a television series, a book series has characters that frequently reappear.  Second Graders plan to become experts on the main characters of each of their series by making predictions on the plot of the story.

Haikus

Our poetry studies continued this week as we discussed a different type of poetry called haiku.  Scholars learned that haikus are a traditional form of Japanese poetry that consists of three lines.  The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables.  Scholars define syllables as a unit of pronunciation that have one vowel sound. Traditionally, haikus center around nature topics.

Important Dates

April 16th Climbing Field Trip

April 24th “Flat Stanley” at the Dock Street Theatre

April 25th Spring Auction

May 10th Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

April 12th, 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)

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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