FIFTH GRADE

Lauren is returning to The Cooper School as the 5th grade teacher.  She is originally from Spartanburg, SC and has been living in Charleston for 5 years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2012 and her M.A.T. in Elementary Education from College of Charleston. Lauren enjoys integrating the arts into all subjects as well as meaningful fun learning experiences for students. She is so excited to be back at The Cooper School this year full-time!  During her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, going to the beach and walking her dog, Brie.

 

 

 

Mystery Writers! February 23, 2018

Mystery Drama

 5th Grade readers have finished their mystery book clubs and the fun has only just begun! Book clubs worked together to write their own mystery play! Your writing detectives worked with their group to describe their main character, describe the setting, say what was stolen, write clues including some red herrings, add in a climax, and then let your reader solve the mystery. On Monday, students will perform their mystery to the class. Ask your child what their mini mystery was about!

Math

This week, your mathematicians completed their unit on negative and positive numbers and exponents. We used cash and debt cards to reinforce the idea of positive and negative numbers and helped with addition and subtraction of those numbers. Students learned to associate terms such as “in the hole”, “down” and “in the red” with negative numbers. They learned to associate terms such as “in the black”, “in excess of” and “over” with positive numbers. Your thinkers discovered that subtracting a positive or negative number is the same thing as adding the opposite of that number. This helped as they worked through more difficult subtraction problems.  

Art Explorations

Students completed their final week of Art Explorations on Tuesday. Art students worked on self-portraits and Greek vases. Music students practiced their songs for SOA auditions and for graduation. Writing students completed poetry and their stories for middle school applications. Students enjoyed this experience focusing on one discipline with a small group.

 

Africa Talk with Ms. Kotz! 

 Students played Mancala during morning meeting. Mancala is played in many East African countries. 

Important Dates

March 5th & 6th – Conferences (early dismissal)

March 8th– Silent Auction

March 30th-April 8th– Spring Break

Social Studies, Singing and Self-Assessment Scholars! February 16, 2018

Social Studies: Africa

5th Graders have begun another Social Studies unit on Africa. Students have been researching on iPads and using an atlas to locate geographic features, the biomes, and the 53 countries on the continent of Africa. This week students researched the indigenous Tuareg tribe and completed culture cards to identify their food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and culture.

Check out of classroom african homepage: https://gouldle.wixsite.com/africa

 

Valentine’s Concert

Thank you so much for joining us at The Circular Church on Wednesday for the Valentine’s Concert. Your musicians blow me away every time. The talent that is in our class is astounding. Their ability to play instruments, sing solos in front of large crowds with confidence, and harmonize with others is unmatched. You should be very proud of their efforts and accomplishments!

 

SelfAssessment

In preparation for the March student-led conferences, your learners have been working hard on the process of assessing their work. During conferences, each student will share with you what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are, and what their interests are in Math, Reading, Writing, and Specials. This week, your students spent time writing out how to teach you an important math skill they have learned. They will teach you this skill during the conference. Ask your child what they do really well at school!

Important Dates

February 16th -19th – February Break

March 5th & 6th – Conferences (early dismissal)

March 8th– Silent Auction

March 30th-April 8th– Spring Break

Super Scientists! February 9, 2018

Science Fair

What a treat to see everyone on Monday for the Annual TCS Science Fair. Students worked very hard to present their projects. Students used their knowledge from many different disciplines to create their final project: graphing from Math, research skills, informational writing to create a 5-paragraph essay and drawing.

Lower Grade Buddies!

Your 5th graders had quite the audience at the Science Fair! 5th Graders attended two celebrations this week. They listened to 1st Graders give their reports on artic animals and had time to read two books to them. Also, we were invited to the 4th Grade Revolutionary War Wax museum. The students had fun revisiting the memories of their past project topics and were a great audience for the 4th Grade. During Movement, we played turtle tag and kick the can with 2nd Grade. Afterwards, we ate lunch together and talked about our favorite Super Bowl commercials. Ask your child what new friendships they enjoyed the most this week!

 

Math

Your mathematicians began Unit 7 this week and received their new, fresh Math Journals. We love a good fresh start! This unit launches with lessons about exponential notation, powers of 10, and standard notation. All of these are ways for mathematicians and scientists to represent very large numbers without having to write every digit. Students learned that the large number at the bottom is the base number, the smaller number at the top is the exponent, and the exponent tells you how many times to multiply the base number times itself. For example, 45 = 4x4x4x4x4 = 1,024. A common mistake is to multiply 4×5 = 20, so we were extra focused to make sure we didn’t make that mistake in our work!

 

 

Important Dates:

February 14th – Valentine’s Day Concert 1:30pm (Circular Church)

February 16th -19th – February Break

Terrific Tinkerers! February 2, 2018

Tinkering

       This week students have been exploring the tinkering cart during Centers. A tinkerer could be described as an artist, a designer or an engineer. All of these words describe your imaginative scientists perfectly! They have been using the knowledge and skills they have learned from the past units in Science to construct their designs. Ask your child what they built with the tinkering cart!

Reading

   Your sleuths have begun their Mystery unit in reading. This week was full of suspicion, clues, and discoveries! In our first week of our Mystery Unit, 5th grade readers collaborated in their mystery book clubs. Students read The Egypt Game, The Girl who could Fly, and Chasing Vermeer. This week we learned that good readers can identify the central mystery, identify character motivation, and recognize red herrings. Our whole class model text was Who Stole the Wizard of Oz and we certainly shared a few laughs, gasps, and jumps! Ask your child what mystery novel they read in book club!

Art Explorations

This week, your artists began their four-week course known as Art Explorations. This is a special program offered to 5th Grade. Each 5th Grader picked music, art, or creative writing as a topic that they wanted to explore more and be challenged in. Ask your child what they are working on in Art Explorations!

 

 

Important Dates:

February 5th – Science Fair 1:30pm

February 9th – Valentine Bake Sale 2:15-2:45

February 14th – Valentine’s Day Concert 1:30pm (Circular Church)

February 16th -19th – February Break

Art Walk January 26, 2018

 

Math

This week Fifth Grade mathematicians continued collecting data and organizing it into bar graphs, percent circles and stem and leaf plots. We studied frequency tables and studied sample sizes and population. They also used colorful candy to experiment with the idea of “sample size”. Ask your student which color of candy showed up the most in their group!

Art Walk

Yesterday, It was great to see many of you at the Art Walk. All the Fifth Graders were proud to display their works in the gallery format and view their published Artist Statements. Next week, 5th grade will begin Art Explorations. On Tuesdays, they will meet with Hazel, Kerry, or Anne Wil for this class. Each 5th grader picked music, art, or creative writing as a topic they wanted to explore more and be challenged in. The published author, Cinelle Barnes, will even be helping with the creative writing group one week! I can’t wait to see more of the creative work!

Science Fair

Students have been hard at work preparing for the Science Fair. Students have completed their 5-paragraph research paper, planned their procedure and listed their variables. Students will complete their experiment over the weekend, collect their data, and write their conclusion. Students will begin next week planning their board design. I can’t wait to see everyone’s final display!

 

Important Dates:

February 5th –Science Fair

February 9th– Valentine Bake Sale 2:15-2:45

February 14th – Valentine’s Day Concert 1:30 pm (Circular Church)

February 16th -19th – February Break

Off to the Island of the Blue Dolphins! January 19, 2018

Reading

Historical fiction is so fascinating!  This week, 5th Graders finished reading a historical fiction novel based on a true story.  The story goes like this:  A native tribe called the Nicolenos lived on a small island off the southern coast of California.  In 1835, the Nicolenos were forced to leave the island after several brutal fights with Russian hunters left them with sparse numbers.  When they escaped the island, a young woman was left behind!  She remained on the island for 18 years by herself until rescued in 1853.  If you haven’t guessed yet, we are reading Island of the Blue Dolphins.  It is Scott O’Dell’s fictional account of what those 18 years were like for the Lone Woman.  Ask your child what they’re favorite part of the book was!

Math

Your 5th Grade mathematicians have been analyzing data all week and organizing it into several different graphs and tables. Our main focus this week was line plots and bar graphs. Students learned a new game called Finish First and played in pairs to determine if it was a “fair game” based on their data collection and results. Ask your child to play Finish First!

Movement

This week in Movement we put our soccer skills to the test. Students practiced passing with a partner, dribbling, stopping with one foot and even played an abbreviated game. The teams tied 1-1. Our class loves soccer and classroom competition!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd                Dock Street Theater – The Giver

Thursday, Jan. 25th              Art Walk, 8:00 AM

Happy 2018! January 12, 2018

One Word

As we do every year, The Cooper School students spent the week reflecting on their “one word”. The one word movement is a way to replace the traditional New Year’s Resolution with something more broad and transcendent throughout the year. Students and teachers think about what’s important to them and what their goals are for the year. Then, they choose a word that represents these goals and can help them be successful. My word this year is “determined”. What’s your word?

Science Fair

It is time for the annual TCS Science Fair and your scientists are in the spotlight! Now that each student has decided on their topic we are blazing through our Science Fair preparations. Next week our focus will be on gaining the background information necessary to understand the results of our experiment. Your researchers will be asking three important questions related to their topic, researching those questions, and organizing that information into a 5-paragraph research paper. These science experts will analyze their results and write a thoughtful conclusion at the end of their experiment.

Math

This week your mathematicians have been working with pie!! Pie graphs, that is. They started off the week by comparing a circle graph to a bar graph and noticed that not only are circle graphs round, but each section is displayed with a percent and all the sections add up to 100 percent. On Wednesday, each student practiced measuring sections of a circle graph with a percent circle. Students practiced reading percent graphs and converting fractions to percents. Students will begin Unit 6 next week!

 

Important Dates

Monday, January 15th– MLK Day-No School

Friday January 19th– Research Paper for Science Fair Due

Monday January 22nd– Organizer for Science Fair Due

Tuesday, January 23rd– Field Trip to see The Giver

January 25th– Art Walk 8-9am

Happy Holidays! December 22, 2017

Math

With all this holiday shopping happening lately, it is a good thing we are reviewing our knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percents in Math this week! Your mathematicians have practiced converting fractions to decimals using division and the toggle key on their calculators. They also used pattern blocks to help convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers. On Wednesday, partners played Frac-Tac-Toe to practice these skills as well. Quiz your child on how to convert 14/3 into a mixed number. They will surely wow you with their knowledge!

 Pajama Day

On Thursday, we celebrated the start of Winter Break with Pajama Day! Pajama Day marks the culmination of our week-long Pajama Drive where students collect pajamas for local kids in need. I have to say, I think the Fifth Graders donated the CUTEST pajamas of all! Thank you for your support in this effort. We had 73% of our class participate!

Independence

Your independent thinkers are growing up so fast! They are now at an age where they can be relatively independent throughout the day at home, picking out their clothes, making a basic meal, and feeding the pet. As long as they are given an age-appropriate task and know where their resources are, they can do many things without help from an adult! It is no different here at school. This week, Fifth Grade discussed ways they can become more independent in their learning. We have begun to make independence books for each subject stating how they can be independent, what resources they have and who can help them.

 

Friday, December 22nd                 Winter Break Begins

Thursday, January 4th                  School Resumes

Planes, Buddies and Holidays! December 15, 2017

Science

Did you know that 5th Grade has gone through piloting school and they are now flying their own planes?  We are not short on adventures in this classroom!  As part of our Variables science unit, your investigators constructed Foss planes and connected them to a flight line made from fishing line, two chairs, and some tape.  The challenge was to figure out the minimum number of winds needed on the propeller to get the plane across the flight line.  It was a difficult task with many hiccups and lots of problem-solving!

Lower Grade Buddies!

Your leaders were lucky to spend lots of time with their 4th Grade friends this week! We played kick ball during Movement with our Fourth Grade friends and also had lunch buddies with them throughout the week. These opportunities are so important for both groups. Spending time with the Fifth Graders is exciting for the younger grades and it promotes leadership in our Fifth Graders at the same time. Ask your child what new friendships they enjoyed the most this week!

Holiday Migration

Every year, The Cooper School teaches about the many different holidays that occur this time of year during Whole School Morning Meeting. This is a wonderful way for students to be exposed to cultures and celebrations from around the world. Each year, we select a common theme that connects these celebrations. This year, TCS is focusing on light and how light is used and represented in the many winter holidays. During Whole School Morning Meeting, students will be learning about St. Lucia Day, Los Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice. Each of these holidays celebrated in various places around the world, use light as a part of their celebrations.

 

Wednesday, December 20th   Polar Express Movie Night 5-8

Thursday, December 21st           Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, December 22nd                 Winter Break Begins

Thursday, January 4th                  School Resumes

Fractions, Lifeboats and Lunch Buddies! December 8, 2017

 

Awesome

Holiday Concert!

      Go Fifth Grade!

 

 

 

Math

Fractions are fun! This week students began Unit 5 in Everyday Mathematics. Students reviewed fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. Students learned how fractions relate to division. Next week, students will be finding equivalent fractions, converting fractions into decimals and ordering fractions!

Science

Have you ever been on a cruise, cargo ship, or perhaps a sailing expedition?  Did you notice the lifeboats that were available in case something was to happen to the larger vessel?  This week your scientists built their own lifeboats and determined how many passengers (pennies) each one could carry!  To determine the exact capacity of each boat, they filled them up with water and measured the water in mL.  We discovered that the larger the capacity of a boat, the more passengers it can hold.  During our investigation, your experimenters had to control all other variables, such as condition of the seas, placement of the passengers, and shape of the boat.  Ask your child how many passengers their boat could hold!

 

 

Lunch Buddies and Movement

This week, students have been discussing friendship and how conflicts can be resolved in Morning Meeting. Students were partnered up for lunch buddies and Movement. Students discussed their short-term goals with their lunch buddy and how their friends can support them in reaching their goals. In order to foster those friendships, we used the same buddies during Movement. Buddies worked together to compose an 8-count dance routine to teach to the whole class. We then compiled all the 8-counts for our routine to Jingle Bell Rock! Ask your child to perform their part of the routine!

 

 

Thursday, December 14th           Parent Coffee (8am)

Thursday, December 21st           Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, December 22nd               Winter Break Begins

Thursday, January 4th               School Resumes

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