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.

 

 

 

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

March 5-9 March 12, 2018

Self-Assessment

Students did a wonderful job with conferences on Monday and Tuesday! Students worked very hard to prepare for their conference to show you what they have accomplished so far, this year. The work they have done this year has prepared them for middle school in many ways academically. I enjoyed getting to see everyone at conferences and the Silent Auction.

 

 

Poetry

This week, students were immersed into the world of poetry. Students began the unit by listening to a poem titled Dreams by Langston Hughes. This poem is the inspiration for the main character in our read aloud Hold Fast. Students shared their dreams with a partner and brainstormed topics that are special to their heart. Students were given time to free write poems on topics of their choice. It is amazing the poems they came up with on the first day! This year will be a special Pass It On publishing event! Ask your student what their poem was about!

 

 

Grammar 

Each week, students are immersed into a grammar topic. Students edit and look for examples of the topic in their own writing. Also, students read scholastic news each week to highlight and take notes on how the topic is used in publications. Students also use the scholastic news to do a word hunt for spelling and reading comprehension. Ask your child what the scholastic news was about this week!

 

Important Dates

Saturday, March 24th                           Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                               Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                                Return from Spring Break

Luscious Linguists! March 2, 2018

Vocabulary

Students complete vocabulary tests every two weeks. Students have learned 132 new words this year! During Morning Meeting, students played a new game to demonstrate their knowledge of Unit 11 vocabulary words. Students rolled a dice and the number indicated whether they should state the definition, use it in a sentence, a synonym, an antonym, draw it, or act it out. Ask your child to play this game to review for their test next week!

 

Reading

This week in reading students performed their mystery plays with their book clubs. They were very creative from the scripts to the props. The students loved integrating drama into reading. Also, students have focused on their “just right” books. Many students finished a novel or began a new book from our classroom library. Our class is an amazing group of readers who share their passion for literature by recommending books to friends, writing book reviews and giving book commercials.

 

Africa Projects

This week, students chose their topics for their Africa report. Students will be compiling their reports for a published class book. This book will be a representation of what they have learned and will remain in The Cooper School Library for years to come. Also, parents will have an option to purchase the book as a memento.

 

Important Dates

Monday, March 5th                              Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 6th                             Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Thursday, March 8th                            Silent Auction

Saturday, March 24th                           Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                               Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                                Return from Spring Break

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

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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