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.

 

 

 

2 days until Graduation! May 25, 2018

Art

The creativity continued in Art this week. Students were enthralled by the lesson Ms. Kerry taught on creating marbling paper. Students used shaving cream and paint to create a design and then laid the paper on top. By using a squeegee, the shaving was removed and design was revealed. The results were beautiful! Ask your child what colors they used!

Reading

Students have finished their book club books this week! Students completed their final thoughts on the main character and reflected on immigration. Students enjoyed reading within their group and many plan to read books by the same authors this summer. Several have been added to the summer reading book fair online. Next week, we will establish summer reading goals to prepare for the middle school journey ahead. Ask your child what their final thoughts on immigration are!

Writing

Your young debaters have been hard at work completing their persuasive essays.  They have learned and practiced all the tips and tricks to make their argument more effective.  Your writers have developed intriguing introductions, several pieces of convincing evidence, and a conclusion to leave you thinking.  They have thought of counterarguments and addressed those in their essay as well. Students presented their published persuasive essays to 4th Grade on Thursday. Ask your child how they think their persuasive essay turned out.

 

Important Dates

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation (11:30 dismissal)

June 1st– Field Day (11:30 dismissal)

5th Grade Rocks! May 18, 2018

Science

When you want to move somewhere, you probably stand up and use those muscular legs to transport yourself!  But what if you were a rock? How exactly would you get to a new location? After studying how large rocks break into smaller rocks by physical and chemical weathering, your scientists moved on to asking how these smaller rocks then move from one place to another.  Next week, 5th graders will investigate the movement of sand and silt under normal rain conditions and during a flood. 

Read Aloud

This week, we began Witches by Roald Dahl. This hilarious book has captured their minds during the period after lunch. Students are listening how to look for a witch and where these witches may be hiding. Next week, we will discover who is the Grand High Witch!  Ask your child what some of the signs are to look for a witch?

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3

Students did a wonderful job with testing this week. Students took two ERB tests a day to display the knowledge they have learned all year. With only 8 more school days until graduation, the countdown is on!

Field Day Preparations

Students worked on creating a materials list and design for their posters for Field Day during Centers. With only two weeks to go, students should be buying materials and starting to create their poster.

 

Important Dates

May 20th– End of the Year Picnic- Magnolia Plantation (3:30pm-5pm)

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation (11:30 dismissal)

June 1st– Field Day (11:30 dismissal)

Magnificent May May 11, 2018

Reading

This week students have been enthralled with their new study with Ms. Franci. Students have begun their study on immigration by researching the history of immigration and the different ways immigrants assimilate to a new culture when they move. Students received their book club books and assigned themselves what pages to read. Students are practicing being in discussion groups and using scholarly language to agree and disagree with their peers. Students have learned what a social issue is and how to identify one in their book. Ask your child what book they are reading in book club this week.

 

Science

What is soil actually made of?  How do big rocks break into smaller rocks?  These are questions your geologists studied this week!  To answer, “What is soil?”, students analyzed samples of soil from a desert, mountain, river delta, and forest.  They discovered that all soils are made up of different combinations of the following materials: pebbles, gravel, sand, silt, and humus.  The first four come from the break down of rocks into smaller pieces and the last one, humus, comes from living things that have decomposed. Ask your child what their favorite part of science was this week!

 

2nd Grade Buddies

Today, students worked in pairs with 2nd Grade to measure their arm spans and compare them to the birds being researched in 2nd Grade’s bird study. 5th Graders passed on their knowledge about birds to the 2nd Graders to help them with their final project. We ended the day with a fun game of Capture the Bird! It was great to see siblings and friends working together! Ask your child who their buddy was for Capture the Bird!

 

Important Dates

May 14th-18th- ERB Testing

May 17th– Kayaking/SUP

May 20th– End of the Year Picnic (3:30pm-5pm)

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation (11:30 dismissal)

June 1st– Field Day (11:30 dismissal)

Magnificent May! May 5, 2018

Math

This week, students reviewed the standard method for multiplication and division. Students reviewed how to multiply and divide decimal numbers. Their knowledge was put to the test for a Friday game day. Students completed Connect 4 with multiplying decimals and a pirate dividing decimal game. Ask your student which game they enjoyed the most.

 

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday was a special day as we had grandparents and special friends join us for classroom activities. It was beautiful to see the students interact with everyone else’s special friends as well. In 5th grade, your historians led their special friends in an Interview, presented their explorers project, and a fun math game! Ask your child what their favorite part about today was during the morning.

Pass It On

What a special event for our Capstone year!  As my first time at Pass It On and their last, it was a thrill to see all 5th graders reciting their poems. As we have discussed confidence during morning meeting and boosted the confidence of Kindergarten during a special reading early this week, it was impressive to see all the students read loud and proud in front of a big audience.

Explorers hit the water! April 27, 2018

Explorers

Come aboard a Spanish caravel as the 5th Graders learn what it was really like to be an early explorer in the late 1400s.  After studying the history of the early explorers, reading a historical fiction novel about Christopher Columbus’ exploration to the New World, and researching an explorer of their choice, 5th graders participated in an Explorers Simulation!  Each ship crew had to select a charter from either Spain or Portugal, and navigate their ship through rough seas, disease, lack of supplies, and hostile natives. Every day students worked together to make decisions about the fate of their ship and then entered their thoughts into a personal log, just like the ship’s scribe would have done.  Ask your child if they made it back safely!

 

Grammar

This week in grammar students focused on homophones. Students learned that homo means “same” and phone means “sound”. Students worked in groups to define their set of homophones. The students created mini posters to represent their set of homophones creating a sentence and drawing a picture. Their excellence in this subject proved they’re ready for middle school! Ask your student the difference between there, their and they’re!

 

Kayaking

This week we completed our first field trip to the James Island County Park for kayaking and paddleboarding 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!

Important Dates

May 4th– Grandparents Day 10am-11:30am (Early Dismissal)

May 4th– Pass It On- 5pm-6pm @ The Charleston Museum

May 3rd– Kayaking/SUP

May 10th– Kayaking/SUP

May 17th– Kayaking/SUP

May 20th– End of the Year Picnic (3:30pm-5pm)

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation (11:30 dismissal)

June 1st– Field Day (11:30 dismissal)

Land Ho! April 20, 2018

Explorers

Land Ho! This week students began reading a historical fiction book, Pedro’s Travels. Students have been following the story of a young boy who sets sail with Christopher Columbus. Students are focusing on reading comprehension strategies and creating a timeline of his voyage. Also, students began doing intensive research on an explorer of their choosing to take notes and write a research essay. Students are reading articles, texts and non-fiction books to compile their research. Ask your child what explorer they are researching!

 

Writing

This week students have compiled their research on the pros and cons of chocolate milk. Students have chosen their position and written a persuasive letter to the opposing side on why or why not chocolate milk should be served in schools. Students focused on adding quotations from sources, using transitional phrases, and their opinions into a five-paragraph letter. In part two of the unit, students will continue to work on building their position and turn their letter into a persuasive essay.

 

Confidence

During Morning Meeting this week, students focused on discussing self-confidence. Last week, students wrote goals for the end of the school year to build their confidence for middle school. This week, students wrote notes to their friends on how they can help them with their goals. Students discussed how self-confidence of others can be boosted by words of encouragement and excitement. Ask your child how they can boost their self-confidence?

Important Dates

April 26th– Kayaking/SUP

May 4th– Grandparents Day 10am-11:30am (Early Dismissal)

May 4th– Pass It On- 5p.m. Charleston Museum

May 3rd– Kayaking/SUP

May 10th– Kayaking/SUP

May 17th– Kayaking/SUP

May 20th– End of the Year Picnic

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation

June 1st– Field Day

What is…5th Grade Fun! April 13, 2018

Fifth graders have had fun this week working on Spelling Jeopardy, dancing to African drums and studying explorers.

Spelling Jeopardy

Students have been playing games to enhance their knowledge of spelling prefixes, suffixes and Latin/ Greek roots. Students worked in groups to sort their words, discuss definitions and practice their meanings in their writing. Students then played games to learn their meanings. Students have been introduced to Jeopardy, Brainburst and Prefix Spin. Ask your child what game they played with their group.  

Explorers

Around the World in 100 years! That’s what Fifth Graders read this week as they took a look into the past and how the early explorers discovered what the land on Earth really looks like. While the book starts with Marco Polo and his exploration on land, the focus continued with ocean explorers. From Henry the Navigator, to Juan Ponce de Leon, to Ferdinand Magellan, we read all about the discovery of the southern tip of Africa, the eastern coast of Canada, and of course, North America! We are excited to continue this study next week with a historical fiction novel, a real-life exploration simulation, and a research project. Ask your child which explorer was the most interesting to them!

African Drum and Dance Tour

Wow! Wow! Tuesday, we were invited to The University School to see the African Dance and Drum Tour. The three drummers came from Senegal and travel the U.S. to schools and perform. This was a fascinating experience for the students. We had several students represent The Cooper School dancing in front with the Senegalese dancers!

Important Dates

April 26th– Kayaking/SUP

May 4th– Grandparents Day 10am-11:30am

May 4th– Pass It On- 5p.m. Charleston Museum

May 3rd– Kayaking/SUP

May 10th– Kayaking/SUP

May 17th– Kayaking/SUP

May 20th– End of the Year Picnic

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation

June 1st– Field Day

Sonnets, Lunch Buddies & Confident Classmates! March 30, 2018

Shakespeare

Fifth Graders moved on to England in their world study of poetry this week, and they turned their focus to one of the greatest poets of all time, Shakespeare! After settling in with a geography lesson and some background information about Shakespeare himself, your readers spent the week studying Romeo and Juliet. We discussed how this play is written in dramatic text, intended to be performed. It also was written in Old English, and therefore we read a kid-friendly version. Throughout our study, your poets learned about comedy vs tragedy, identified stock characters, analyzed the theme, and wrote a summary. Students put on their Shakespearean hat and wrote sonnets and published them to the class. On Thursday, we wrote a script and performed it! Ask your child what they thought about this age-old love story!

Poetry Partners & Lunch Buddies

This week, each one of your kind leaders was paired with a Third Grade student!  They were paired to edit and revise their poems for Pass It On. Buddies also read poetry and wrote a poem together. 5th Graders enjoy mentoring the younger students, sharing their knowledge of poetry skills. 5th and 3rd Graders ate together during lunch and discussed their plans for Spring Break!

 

Confidence

This week students were introduced to the trimester socio-emotional skill: confidence. Students watched a Kid President video, brainstormed how confidence feels and wrote a definition in their own words. Students journaled about one experience when they felt confident. Students wrote letters to classmates to boost their confidence with the power of words. Students created SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time based) goals to accomplish before the end of the year to feel confident for middle school.  Ask your child their SMART goals are for the end of the year?

 

Students enjoyed reviewing their vocabulary by playing Charades on Thursday! 

 

Important Dates

Friday, March 30th                            Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                             Return from Spring Break

Tuesday, April 10th                           Study Trip to African Dance and Drumming Performance

Greek Gods, Japanese Fables & Poetry Partners! March 23, 2018

Greece

This week we finished our study on Greece. Students completed their epic poems, researched greek gods and learned about the heroic cycle. One of our favorite lessons was when we learned the Greek alphabet and wrote our names using only Greek letters. We also took a short lesson on doric, ionic and Corinthian columns. Ask your child what they learned about Greece this week!

Japan

This week in Social Studies and Reading, your explorers have been learning all about Japanese culture through fables. They specifically studied Shintoism, the architecture of Shinto shrines, the architecture of traditional Japanese homes, and the Japanese language. Each day, we read a Japanese fable to gather information about the architecture, government, religion, family structures, and clothing. We learned that traditional homes are designed to open up to nature. They are built with natural substances such as wood, bamboo, and straw mats. The walls and doors are even made out of paper, so the room sizes can be changeable. Also, family and friends will gather around a low table and sit on a floor cushion for meals. Ask your student if they’d like to live in a traditional Japanese home!

4th grade Friends

Students were poetry partners with 4th graders this week. Students read and edited their partner’s poems. We played and ate lunch with our 4th grade friends after sharing our poetry to both grades.

 

Poetry Workshop

Today, Cinelle Barnes came to work with the students on their poetry that will be published in our Pass It On publication. Cinelle gave the students insight and advice on editing their poems. Pass It On is sure to be an event not to miss! Mark your calendars for May 4th.

 

Important Dates

Saturday, March 24th                       Spring Planting Party (9am-12pm)

Friday, March 30th                            Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                             Return from Spring Break

Going Greek! March 17, 2018

Greek Reading, Writing and Social Studies

Fifth Grade is following the progression of poetry and the spoken word through history!  Our first stop is Greece.  This week our study of Greece was integrated throughout Reading, Writing, and Social Studies as your learners read myths and nonfiction texts, wrote epic poems, and studied the geography and architecture of Greece. One of the ways poetry was utilized in Ancient Greece was through the telling of Greek Myths.  These myths were a way for the Greeks to make sense of the world around them before modern day science and technology.  One of the most popular forms of poetry and myths of this time is the epic poem.  An epic poem is a long narrative poem that tells a story.  This story usually involves a hero that must complete a journey.  He is sure to encounter various perils and often requires the assistance of a god to survive the adventure!  What is your favorite Greek Myth?

 

Poetry Centers

This week, we launched our new poetry centers to go along with the school-wide poetry unit. Centers take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, and this is a time for students to participate in hands-on enrichment activities related to the week’s curriculum. This week, students were offered several poetry centers. The publishing center was set up for students to publish a poem they’ve written on beautiful poetry paper. Students may listen to various poets recite their poetry aloud while at the listening center including poets such as Marcus Amaker and Matthew Foley. At the reading center, students are able to read poetry independently or with a partner and pick a favorite poem to copy. One of our favorites is the Poetry Museum where students can observe some of the items they’ve brought in for inspiration, and the Memorization Masters where students can memorize famous poems and record themselves reciting them. We are loving this time to explore poetry!

 

Poetry Guest

Matthew Foley, a Charleston poet, came to our class on Tuesday and conducted a poetry workshop. Students were engaged in dream poems and learned new ways to incorporate rhyme into their poems.

 

Math

Who knew multiplying fractions could actually be fun?! That’s what some of your mathematicians said this week as we learned a new skill and they realized they were ready for it! We have been studying fractions for several years now, and all that knowledge is culminating this year in the form of multiplying and dividing fractions. When you multiply two fractions, you must multiply the two numerators and that product becomes your new numerator. Then you multiply the two denominators and that product becomes the new denominator. We really put our skills to the test when we had to multiply mixed numbers! Have your child explain how to solve this problem: 3 1/x 4 2/5.

 

Important Dates

Saturday, March 24th                           Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                               Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                                Return from Spring Break

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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