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.

 

 

 

October 16th-20th October 20, 2017

Publishing Party, Parent lunch and Movie Night! What a fun week we’ve had in 5th grade!

Science

Students have taken the final assessment for the Models and Designs Unit. The assessment included a performance assessment of a black box. Students used a paper clip to determine the position of the objects inside the box. The test included information that has been taught over the past 8 weeks. Also, students have chosen independent design projects including blueprints, doorbell models, boat models and research projects. Students had a blast choosing their independent project and presenting them to the class!

 

Reading Buddies

Students were preparing for the Halloween Carnival during centers this week. On Wednesday, we paired up with Kindergarten for reading buddies. Fifth Graders read a Spooky Halloween story to their buddy and then together they wrote a Spooky story the Halloween Carnival Contest. Students used their knowledge of story writing to teach Kindergarten students about setting, characters and plot. Make sure you check out the stories at the Carnival!

 

Writing

We have begun our second unit of writing: Memoir. Students will be using their knowledge of Narrative Writing to create Memoirs. Students were lucky to have a Memoir author come in to do a special Writing Workshop Thursday and Friday. Cinelle Barnes (Kindergarten Parent and memoirist) helped the students generate ideas for their Memoir writing. The students used their five senses to bring forth memories of their past. Students took turns smelling different candles using their sense of smell to stimulate memories. It was fun to have a published author in our classroom! Monday, we will have another guest Marcus Amaker, poet laurate of Charleston!

                               

Important Dates

 Tuesday, October 31st -Halloween Carnival ½ Day- 8am set-up

Monday, November 13th & 14th – ½ day- Conferences

Tuesday, November 14th – ½ day- Conferences

Fun after Fall Break! October 13, 2017

Math

Students will be assessed on Unit 2 next Monday and Tuesday. Unit 2 covered estimation, adding, subtracting and multiplying of decimal numbers. Students reviewed multiplication strategies: partial products, lattice and US traditional. Students will be able to use whichever strategy they choose on the test. Students played the High Number Toss game to reinforce place value and comparison of large numbers. Next Wednesday, we will begin Unit 3 which will cover geometric figures, angles and data collection. Students will be given options in centers to work on tessellations and math games!

 

Reading

Students have finished our second novel, Missing May. This week we began our 3rd novel, Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson. Students will be focusing on dialect affecting character development, figurative language, setting and foreshadowing. Students will be comparing and contrasting this book with our read-aloud. Both books take place in rural settings and include dialect from the Appalachian region. Ask your student about the comparisons made between these books!

 

Art

Students enjoy Art once a week with Ms. Kerry. Students have created name mandalas which were displayed on Curriculum Night. Students have begun printing projects by creating designs on Styrofoam and using ink to print their design on paper. Students enjoy the printing process and using their creativity to create their design. Students will be incorporating their art next week in Math class to identify geometric figures and angles! 

 

Important Dates

 Thursday, October 19th-Parent Lunch and Publishing Party- 11:00 am

Thursday, October 19th– Movie Night- 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, October 31st -Halloween Carnival ½ Day- 8am set-up

Let the festivities begin…. October 6, 2017

Writing

Students have been working toward the end of the first unit of Narrative writing. The students have been working on stories based on small moments in their life. We are working on our second story for the Publishing Party. Students have been focusing on creating tension, adding details and dialogue to their stories. We will be having our first Publishing Party along with our Parent Lunch October 19th.

 

Halloween Carnival

Our class is very excited to get started with the Halloween Carnival planning. We have created a vision board to inspire our thoughts about the Carnival. We have created a preliminary blueprint for the playground and worked individually on different booths. Students are working individually or in pairs to create spooky spectacular games. We hope all the parents will be able to help and come enjoy the festivities!

 

Vocabulary

Students complete vocabulary tests every two weeks. Students have learned 36 new words this year. We use these new words in writing, communication, and reading. Students each week use the words we are studying in discussion, in writing, in drawing and in dramatic interpretations.  Parents can help develop vocabulary by reviewing our study words with their child and playing games like charades or Pictionary.  

 

 

Important Dates

 October 9th & 10th –Fall Break

October 19th – 11:00 am Publishing Party and 11:45 Parent Lunch

October 31st– Halloween Carnival

Drama filled week! September 29, 2017

Newsletter Week 5

 Drama

 This week students have enjoyed the Charleston Stage actors instructing them in drama. Every day this week, students have been working on producing small films based on poems and books. The students have worked on collaborating as a group, using dramatic actions and expressions while producing their films. Drama will be integrated throughout the year in Vocabulary, Reading and various other projects. Ask your child what their part was in the film!

Music

Fifth graders have been having a blast in Music this year! Ms. Hazel has split our class into two groups. The students have enjoyed learning new songs and working in either the classical or pop ensembles. Students are collaborating to teach everyone in their group “Count on me” by Bruno Mars and “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles. Ask your child what ensemble they are in?

 

 

Math

 We have begun Unit 2 in Math and the students will be focusing on estimation, addition, and subtraction of decimals, and strategies of multiplication. Friday, students played math games in groups of three practicing their skills in adding and subtracting decimals. Next week, we will focus on different strategies of multiplying whole numbers and decimals. You can have your child demonstrate one of the strategies they learned or teach you how to play one of games!

 

 

 

Important Dates

 October 9th & 10th –Fall Break

October 23rd– 11:45am- Parent Lunch

October 31st– Halloween Carnival

Ready, Set, Go! September 22, 2017

Science

  Students began designing and engineering their own go-carts this week during science. Students collaborated to create a design propelled by rubber bands. These young scientists then learned the importance of wheels, axles and bearings to construct their go-cart. The two-meter race will take place next week after further construction. Ask your child about their design!

Reading

 This week, we began our first novel study: Holes by Louis Sachar. In this novel, students will follow a double plot line, be able to recognize character traits and track character relationships. This novel is always a favorite!

Centers

This week in centers, students were split into groups to research and collaborate the ways TCS disposes of Recycling, Compost and Trash. Students chose a topic and worked with their group to create a poster and presentation based on this topic. The students will be educating the rest of the school on how we can reduce food and trash waste at snack and lunch. Students enjoyed researching and creatively putting the research on their poster. Ask your student what they can recycle, compost or trash!

 

September 28th -Curriculum Night

Oct. 9 & 10th– Fall Break

“Humdinger” of a week! September 15, 2017

What a short week full of excitement! We finished our “humdingers”, began Narrative Writing and signed our Classroom Constitution.

Writing

This week, we began our first unit of writing: Narrative Writing. Students have learned strategies for generating small moment ideas for their stories. Our recent trip to GRP is great fuel for their stories and it is very exciting reading about their adventures. You can help your child generate more ideas by looking at photo albums and reliving some favorite family memories!

Science

This week we continued our investigation by building our own “humdingers”. Each group was able to build a “humdinger” and have it hum and then ding by pulling a string! Fifth Graders were very innovative and inventive with their designs. We will be putting our skills to the test by building go-carts next week!

Classroom Constitution

After spending a week at GRP, the students have incorporated aspects of our trip into the classroom rules. Green River Preserve taught us how to respect each other, respect our environment and be leaders. The students created a Classroom Constitution incorporating attributes learned at GRP with those already established at The Cooper School. Just like the great leaders who signed the Constitution, students took turns signing the Class Constitution with a quill and ink!

Important Dates

September 16th– Yard Sale

September 28th -Curriculum Night

Humdinger Fun! September 1, 2017

Science

This week we started a new investigation observing humdingers. I was impressed by the students’ creativity in building their own humdinger. Each group built a model of a humdinger using their knowledge of switches and levers. They compared their models with their peers and collaborated to build the best humdinger possible. Ask your child what they learned through this investigation!

Centers

In 5th Grade, “Centers” takes place three times a week and is a time for students to have some choice and challenge related to our curriculum. During this time, each scholar moves through the centers at their own pace completing projects in each subject area. This week, students had the opportunity to research wonders of the world, draw comics of vocabulary words, and write book reviews. Ask your child which center was their favorite this week.

Math

Math is an exciting challenge in 5th grade! This week we started rocket math and introduced divisibility rules. This week, in an effort to deepen their understanding of multiplication, 5th graders worked on factors and factor strings. We even had time to play Factor Captor!

Important Dates

September 4th– Labor Day-NO school

September 5-8 – Trip to Green River

September 16th– Yard Sale

September 28th -Curriculum Night

Welcome Back! August 25, 2017

It’s that time again!  I am so eager to begin our Capstone Year with your energetic scholars.  I feel incredibly fortunate to be back at The Cooper School and with such an amazing group of students. We had a great first week getting to know each other and into the routine of school, while having fun and playing games. This week, Fifth Graders began formal math lessons, investigated black boxes, and enjoyed lunch buddies with 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.

Math

Math is an exciting challenge in 5th Grade!  Throughout the year, your mathematicians will advance their multiplication and division skills, become proficient with fractions, and explore algebra in more depth.  This week, in an effort to deepen their understanding of multiplication, 5th Graders worked with rectangular arrays.  They first created arrays with manipulatives, then named them using number models, and finally defined the terms factor and product in relation to the arrays. 

 

Science

We did our first investigations looking at black boxes and making inferences and predictions about what was inside. A black box is a scientific term referring to any system that cannot be observed and manipulated directly or understood completely.  Some examples of black boxes are atomic nuclei, dinosaurs, the solar system, and so on.  This week, your engineers investigated their own, more literal, black box.  Each box had a marble and a foam shape inside of it.  Your investigators developed a conceptual model of what the inside of the box looked like. They compared their models with their peers and came to a consensus.  Ask your child what they learned through this investigation!

Lunch Buddies

This week we had lunch buddies with 2nd,3rd and 4th Grades. Your scholars are already role models for these younger students. They will be having lunch buddies every week to help younger students learn the ways of The Copper School.  During lunch buddies, students were paired with new friends and encouraged to learn something new about them at lunch.  After we all ate, we enjoyed group games and a scavenger hunt.

 

Green River Preserve

First up in our exciting Capstone Year is our study trip to Green River Preserve.  The dates for this trip are Tuesday, September 5th -Friday, September 8th. Please send the form and money to school in your student’s folder. Can’t wait to get back to the mountains for a fun-filled adventure.

Important Dates

September 4th– Labor Day-NO school

September 5-8 – Trip to Green River

September 16th– Yard Sale

September 28th -Curriculum Night

Africa Day! May 26, 2017

Africa Day

Your world travelers have heard from several interesting people who have lived in or traveled to Africa over the past 2 weeks. On Wednesday of this week Mr. Noah joined us for the annual 5th grade Africa Day! This is a special time where Mr. Noah teaches us about the language, people, clothing, and food in Senegal, where he lived and taught for several years. This time culminates at lunch when Mr. Noah shares an African recipe with us, called Yassa, and we all get to work together to make dessert! Ask your child what their favorite part about Africa Day was.

 

Movement

Fourth and Fifth Graders continue to focus on soccer during Movement this trimester. This week we went back to some of the basics. Your athletes split up into groups to practice passing on target and shooting on target. Partners passed the ball back and forth, and for each pass that went directly to the other partner both people took a large step backwards. Passing may be even more important than shooting or dribbling in a game of soccer, and your athletes are mastering the skill! At the end of Movement, we all got together for a game of “Soccer Monkey in the Middle”. Ask your child what they love about soccer!

 

Field Day Preparation

Students are well underway in their Field Day preparations. As a reminder, every year the Fifth Graders are responsible for planning and organizing Field Day for the rest of the school. This year, the theme is Africa, and each Fifth Grader has chosen a game that is modeled after a famous African landform. Don’t forget that Field Day is Friday, June 2! See below for a list of games that each student is making:

 

Sydney – All Around Africa Obstacle Course

Sasha – Diamond Mine Scavenger Hunt

Kuffin – Rob the Pyramids!

Harry – The Big Hole Toss

Camille – Victoria Falls Cup Stack

Max – The Nile River “Nile Ball”

Jada – The Cape of Good “Balance”

 

 

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 30                               CofC Solar Eclipse Presentation

Tuesday, May 30                               Movie Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1                              Graduation Day, 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2                                    Field Day, 11:30 dismissal

Happy Hearts! May 19, 2017

Africa Guest Speakers

Who better to learn about Africa from than the people who have actually lived and visited there? That’s why Fifth Graders have a series of guest speakers lined up over the next two weeks, and this week we started off with a bang! On Thursday, Fifth Graders had the opportunity to Skype with Mr. Brian who is currently living and teaching in South Africa. Students were able to ask him questions about his school, his city, and what life is like. We also discussed the difference in time zones. Mr. Brian is 6 hours ahead of us, so when we spoke to him at 10 am it was actually 4 pm his time! Ask your child what they learned after talking with Mr. Brian.

 

Heart Dissection

Fourth and Fifth Graders had the amazing opportunity to dissect pig hearts this week! Each year Fourth Graders participate in a Human Body science unit. This unit focuses mainly on the bones and muscles, and since the heart is made mostly of muscle, we decided to check out the real thing! On Friday, students partnered up with each other and some adult helpers to dissect the hearts. They looked for the four chambers, the four ventricles, and several of the important veins and arteries. They located pathways for the blood to flow through the heart, and were able to feel the texture of the muscle. Ask your child what they thought about this rare opportunity!

 

Reading

Each year, every grade level participants in a Roald Dahl Book Study. Roald Dahl is a British writer that has written many childhood favorites such as Matilda, Esio Trot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. Fifth Graders are not only experiencing his novel, Witches, but we are also reading his memoir, Boy. We have noticed many similarities between events in his real life and events in his made up novels. This week your avid readers looked for his humor, made character inferences, noticed when the tone of the story changed, and located dialect. Ask your child what their favorite part of Witches is so far.

 

Important Dates

Thursday, May 25                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30

Tuesday, May 30                               Movie Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1                              Graduation Day, 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2                                                Field Day, 11:30 dismissal

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