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.

 

 

 

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

Westward Ho! December 1, 2017

Writing

Onward to the West! Students began writing research papers on their choice of a Westward Expansion topic. Students have chosen topics such as the Gold Rush, transportation, and outlaws. This unit correlates with our Reading Workshop and gives students a chance to expand their U.S. history knowledge on the Westward Expansion. Students will be researching, using geography and timelines to add details to their research report. Ask your child what topic they chose to research!

Reading

Your historians continue to study the era of Westward Expansion in the United States. This week during Reading Workshop, students started a historical fiction novel, Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen. Students will be discussing the various settings in the novel and the stops along the Oregon Trail. They marked the stops on the trail on a U.S. map during centers. In the Westward Expansion center, students chose an important location or trail and labeled it on our map. They had to use our collection of books or their iPads to find the accurate location. Ask your child what they added to the class map this week!

Science

 A pendulum is a mass hanging from a fixed point that is free to swing to and fro. Can you think of an everyday object that is a pendulum? Your scientists came up with a swing on the playground, a grandfather clock, a bell ringer, and a wind chime! This week, your thinkers began Variables in science. This unit is focused on creating controlled experiments by manipulating one variable at a time. This unit will set each student up for success in the Science Fair later in the year, Friday, February 2nd. Ask your child about our swingers investigation!

 

Important Dates 

Friday, December 8th               Concert at the Circular Church (1:30pm)

Thursday, December 14th        Parent Coffee (8am)

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

Friday, December 22nd            Winter Break Begins

A Grateful Week! November 20, 2017

Social Studies Study Trip

Students visited the Gibbes Museum of Art today to end our unit in Social Studies. Students studied the art from the time periods we studied from the Constitution to post Civil War. Students learned the importance of our city during the Civil War and different pieces of artwork that display the importance Charleston had during this time period. Ask your child what their favorite piece of art was at the Gibbes!

 

Gratitude

Every November, students are introduced to the social-emotional topic of gratitude. Students watched a Kid President video in Whole School Morning Meeting to understand the meaning of gratitude. Students then brainstormed a list of things they are grateful for in their own lives. On Thursday, students wrote post-its to fellow friends to show their gratitude. Students will be presenting their gratitude books to you at the Harvest Feast!

 

Thanksgiving Reading

This week we ended our biography unit and spent two days reading about the Wampanoag people and the tradition of Thanksgiving. Students worked in groups to read and discuss the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday from different points of view. Ask your child what they learned about the Wampanoag tribe!

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

It was a pleasure to meet with all the parents Monday and Tuesday. I loved getting to talk about all the fun units of study we have learned about so far in 5th grade. Our class has had a great capstone year so far!

 

GRP Visit

On Thursday, we had a visit from two GRP leaders, who were visiting Charleston. They brought along a friend from the mountains with them! Check out the pictures below!

 

 

Important Dates

Monday, November 20th-Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, November 21st-Thanksgiving Break, No School

Monday, November 26th -School Resumes

Friday, December 8th-1:30 p.m.- Choir Performance

Thursday, December 14th– Parent Coffee (8am-9am)

December 21st-Pajama Day- ½ day

Book Clubs, Civil War Study & Backyard Writing! November 10, 2017

Reading

Students split into book clubs to begin our week-long biography unit. This seven day unit will encompass the traits of the biography genre, build on Social Studies knowledge and expand the interest of the genre to students. All the book clubs are reading books on Alexander Hamilton and one group is reading an additional book on Thomas Jefferson. The students have enjoyed planning their own reading schedule, discussions with their group members and discovering fun facts about Alexander Hamilton. Ask your student what he/she knows about Alexander Hamilton!

Social Studies

This week, students read about the key events leading up to and during the Civil War. The students worked together to create a timeline and map out the important events. Students will be creating a map of the United States during this period showing the Union states and the Confederate states. The students have really enjoyed singing the history songs on the website: http://gouldle.wixsite.com/socialstudies/home. Share with your student your knowledge of Charleston and the Civil War!

Writing

Students have chosen their “seed idea” for their next piece of published writing. On Tuesday, we decided to spend the day writing outside in the backyard. Students used their environment to bring forth memories of fun times with friends and family at TCS. Students have learned to use their five senses as well as brainstorm places and important people to bring forth the memories for their memoirs. Ask your student about their seed idea for their memoir!

 

Important Dates

Monday, November 13th – ½ day- Conferences

Tuesday, November 14th – ½ day- Conferences

Wednesday, November 15th -Make up Picture Day

Friday, November 17th – Field trip to Gibbes Museum

Monday, November 20th-Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, November 21st-Thanksgiving Break, No School

Monday, November 26th -School Resumes

Friday, December 8th-1:30 p.m.- Choir Performance

November 2, 2017

Wow! Congrats to the students and parents for a very successful and memorable Halloween Carnival! The younger students and faculty were raving about the festivities this year! Thank you to all who helped in any way. It was truly a wonderful day.

 

Math Games

Once a week, students are thrilled to participate in Math Games on Fridays. While this may sound like just a fun time with friends, it is in fact a great learning experience. During these games, students are building onto the geometry topics learned this past week. Students played Angle Tangle, Triangle Sort, Polygon Capture and What’s my Attribute. During these Math days, students rotate through the games every 15 minutes. A favorite game this week was Polygon Capture! This game reviewed all the regular polygon sides and angles. Ask your student what game was their favorite!

 

Centers

Students were introduced to all new centers this week. This week students are working on figurative language, keyboarding and biography reading during centers. A favorite center was the tessellation project introduced in math with polygons and continued during center time. Students looked at the work of M.C. Escher for inspiration to create a polygon tessellation. Ask your student what polygons they used in their tessellation!

 

Writing Workshop

Students have had such a treat during this memoir writing unit. Cinelle Barnes truly inspired our class to be young writers. Their ideas and stories are inspirational and have transformed their narrative writing skills into a complex writing structure. Students are working on structuring their memoir and editing their work to blend essay and narrative writing. Students are adding transitions and adverb phrases (learned during grammar) to enhance their writing. Ask your child what their memoir is about!

 

 

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 8th– TCS Picture Day

Monday, November 13th – ½ day- Conferences

Tuesday, November 14th – ½ day- Conferences

Wednesday, November 15th -Make up Picture Day

Friday, November 17th – Field trip to Gibbes Museum

Monday, November 20th-Harvest Feast, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, November 21st-Thanksgiving Break, No School

Monday, November 27th -School Resumes

Marcus Amaker & Cinelle Barnes! Guest Writers Galore! October 27, 2017

Social Studies

Students have begun our Social Studies unit on U.S. History. Students will be covering topics from the forming of the Constitution to the post-Civil War era. This week we covered the forming of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812 and the Industrial Revolution. During this Social Studies time, students have the opportunity to view small video clips, read excerpts from essays and then answer comprehension questions. Students have vast enrichment options to play on their IPad after they answer the questions. Students are encouraged to play these Enrichment games at home.

They can all be found on the website: http://gouldle.wixsite.com/socialstudies/home

Ask your student what new facts they have learned!

Reading Workshop

Students have begun another book! This book is a memoir. Our reading and writing units are very interconnected this week. Students are reading The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, a memoir of a boy in Africa who created electricity for his village. Students were introduced to the book by watching a TedTalk. Click on this link to check it out: https://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind

While reading this memoir, students will be gathering traits of the memoir genre such as first-person point of view, embellished dialogue, and authors purpose. The students have enjoyed using the traits of a memoir in their own writing during Writing Workshop. Students were lucky to have memoirist, Cinelle Barnes, back in our classroom for two days for more memoir guidance. Talk to your child about their memoir topic!

 Math

This week, students have been introduced to angles, triangles and circles. We reviewed playing Simon says by creating acute, obtuse and straight angles with our arms.  Also, students have learned new vocabulary such as adjacent angles and vertical angles. This week we have used both half-circle and full circle protractors to measure angles. Students used compasses to investigate circles and create definitions for radius and diameter. On Friday, students played Angle Tangle and Triangle Sort to practice their new found measuring skills.

       

Important Dates

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

Wednesday, November 8th– TCS Picture Day

Monday, November 13th – ½ day- Conferences

Tuesday, November 14th – ½ day- Conferences

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

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