FIRST GRADE

Lauren “Lou” Cherry graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She grew up in Raleigh, NC and moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC five years ago with her sister. Lou enjoys attending local festivals, running the Ravenel Bridge, and reading on Sullivan’s Island. Lou taught Kindergarten at The Cooper School for several years before moving into our administrative office.  This will be Lou’s second year as the Parent and Community Liaison at The Cooper School.  

 

Marsha enters her fourth year at The Cooper School. Raised in Charleston, Marsha received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from The College of Charleston. Marsha has taught for ten years in both the public and private schools. She delights in fostering a warm classroom environment where children can thrive and express themselves comfortably.  Marsha’s daughter, Olive, is a Fourth grade student at The Cooper School. Marsha enjoys hula hooping, crafting, relaxing at the beach, and finding treasures at flea markets.

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Celebrating a Beautiful Year! June 1, 2018

Closing the Year with Community

First Graders spent time this week engaging in community building activities to wrap up their school year. Our week was filled with favorite math games, plans for ways to fill buckets as Second Graders, Appreciation Circles, and so much more! Scholars chose their favorite math games from First Grade and enjoyed reviewing math skills each day. First Graders made plans for themselves and shared ways to continue living the life of a bucket filler. These thoughtful friends spent time observing their peers and shared ways that they noticed others showing love and kindness throughout our school day. We love this class to bits and their community bond continues to shine brightly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honoring Fifth Grade Friends

This was a magical week to celebrate Fifth Grade friends at The Cooper School! Scholars enjoyed supporting Fifth Graders as they practiced their graduation performances. Cooper School friends were thrilled to participate in The Cooper School’s graduation party, complete with a victory arch for the graduates, strawberry shortcake for everyone, a photo booth, and compliment chains for the Graduates. It was such a lovely way to celebrate our Fifth Grade friends’ last days at TCS.

Sending Well Wishes to Our Class Pet

First Grade zoologists sent Jackaroo well wishes this week as we prepared her for her summer vacation. Jackaroo enjoyed sunbathing, feasting on super worms, and resting in her clean habitat. Students shared hopes and dreams for Jackaroo’s next school year. Happy summer everyone!  

Shine On, Bright Scholars! May 25, 2018

Author Experts Shine

First Grade Author Experts were thrilled to the gills to share all of their hard work with friends and family this week! These brave presenters spent the week preparing to publish their Author Expert presentation boards and author inspired books by practicing presenting to class partners, Second Grade friends, and finally to their favorite audience, YOU! This project has certainly been a class favorite and we couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and determination! These Author Experts are most definitely Second Grade READY!

Place Value, Scrolls, and Number Grid Puzzles

First Grade mathematicians spent time reviewing place value by creating number scrolls into the hundreds, and identifying patterns on number grids during math this week. Math partners participated in various hands-on activities to review and enhance their understanding of place value through the hundreds. First Graders continued to add onto their growing number scrolls as they deepened their place value understanding. Scholars worked together using clues to identify missing numbers on a number grid and created puzzles for their math partners to solve.

What is Climate?

This week, First Grade scientists built onto their understanding of weather by investigating climate and climate zones. Scholars compared weather to climate and discovered that weather describes the day to day conditions in an area, while climate describes the average weather conditions of a certain region. First Graders investigated the different climate zones on planet Earth and then discovered the average temperatures and precipitation for these areas.

Important Dates:

Memorial Day/No School – Thursday, May 28th

Fifth Grade Graduation/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Thursday, May 31st

Field Day/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Friday, June 1st

We Are Author Experts! May 18, 2018

Thermometers and Temperature

Math and Science overlapped in a beautiful way for First Grade friends this week. Curious scholars investigated reading temperatures on a thermometer during Math and made discoveries about weather tools used by meteorologists during Science. Brave mathematicians studied a weather map of the United States to compare the high and low temperature for various states and find their difference. These brainy First Graders can tell you what happens to water at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and were thrilled to discover that the normal temperature for the human body is 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit!

Author Expert Preparations

First Grade readers and writers have been extremely busy preparing for next week’s Author Expert presentation. Scholars have been eagerly completing their nicest neatest published copies of book reports, book reviews, book lists, and author inspired books as they prepare to create their Author Expert presentation boards. These author experts have created detailed illustrations of their author’s characters and book covers. We can’t wait to share all of this hard work you next week!

I Heart Hungry Kids

Cooper School friends were delighted to meet the creator of I Heart Hungry Kids this Monday during Whole School Morning Meeting! I Heart Hungry Kids is the charity that students chose to donate proceeds from this year’s Pass It On funds. Cooper School scholars listened eagerly to the creator explain how he decided to start this beautiful charity. It feels so good to give back to the community we live in!

 

Important Dates

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

Author Expert Presentation – May 24th at 8:15

Memorial Day/No School – Thursday, May 28th

Fifth Grade Graduation/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Thursday, May 31st

Field Day/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Friday, June 1st

So Busy Learning and Growing in First Grade! May 11, 2018

Water, Water, Everywhere!

This week First Grade scientists took a closer look at the water cycle! Scholars closely examined the water cycle and how it works through a water cycle mat investigation and by creating a hands-on model of the water cycle in a plastic bag. Scholars were thrilled to discover that the water cycle is a natural and continuous cycle which renews itself over and over!

Author Expert Discoveries!

First Grade friends are truly becoming experts as they spent the week learning even more about their chosen authors for their Author Expert projects! Curious scholars spent time gathering research about the life of their author during learning centers this week. Students were thrilled to make discoveries about their author including their birthday, first book written, family life, and so much more! First Grade readers closely studied their author’s writing style as they continued working on their author inspired book that they are writing during Writing Workshop. First Graders even created book reviews about one of their author’s books. Stay tuned as these scholars have so much to share during our Author Expert presentation!

My, How We Have Grown!

This week, First Grade mathematicians enjoyed a “Data Day” as they recorded their heights, compared their measurements to their heights recorded earlier this year, determined how much they grew, and created a class line plot to analyze the class’ data. Scholars were thrilled to see how much they have grown while they have been so busy in First Grade! First Graders spent time reviewing telling time on an analog clock and challenged their math partners to solve elapsed time number stories. These brave mathematicians also worked on their mental arithmetic power as they revisited calculating amounts of change from purchases using our vending machine poster. It’s been a busy week of growth, review, and partner work in First Grade math!

 

Important Dates

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 18th

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

Memorial Day/No School – Thursday, May 28th

Fifth Grade Graduation/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Thursday, May 31st

Field Day/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Friday, June 1st

Celebrating Children’s Poetry, Series Super Powers, and Reasons for Seasons May 5, 2018

Pass It On

The Cooper School had a lovely time at our crown jewel, annual event, Pass It On! Brave poets put on their fancy clothes, gathered their gumption and shared their beautiful poems to a large and loving audience. Cooper School writers have worked so hard during our school-wide study of poetry and were thrilled to hear their friends and siblings share their hard work. We are so proud of all of the hard work that Cooper School poets have put into their poetry writing! It was truly a beautiful experience seeing children share their poetry this evening!

Super Series Writers

This week First Grade Super Series Writers worked hard to give themselves orders during Writing Workshop. These independent writers tapped into their super series writing super powers to bring their series writing to life! Scholars continued to busily set writing goals, created pretend characters, invented adventures for their characters, got their characters into and out of trouble, and unfroze their characters by making them talk and by describing them doing things. These brave writers closely studied mentor authors and noticed these mentor authors added tiny realistic details, made chapters for their stories, and used patterns in their writing to stretch parts of their writing. First Graders know that they can use these strategies to enhance their own series writing!

Reasons for the Seasons

First Grade scientists were thrilled to launch a new unit of study during science this week! Scholars spent time sharing facts they knew about the seasons of the year and sharing wonders about the seasons. First Grade scholars were delighted to investigate the cause of seasonal changes each year. Students discovered that the earth’s axis, or its tilt, is responsible for the change of seasons as the earth rotates and revolves around the sun!

Important Dates

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 11th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 18th

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

Memorial Day/No School – Thursday, May 28th

Fifth Grade Graduation/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Thursday, May 31st

Field Day/ Half Day 11:30 Dismissal – Friday, June 1st

Out on The Town! April 27, 2018

Attentive Audience Members

First Grade friends were delighted to venture downtown to The Dock Street Theater this week to see “Billy, Goat, Gruff”! This attentive audience was so curious to find out how this theatrical variation of a class favorite would be portrayed on stage. First Graders brought their very best theater etiquette to Charleston Stage’s musical production and were thrilled to visit America’s first theater!  They especially enjoyed the role of the troll and were thrilled to discuss his character traits after the play!

Parts of a Whole

This week First Graders were able to deepen their understanding of fraction concepts as they investigated relationships among fraction words, meanings and symbols. Scholars were introduced to the mathematician terms, “numerator” and “denominator”, as they explored fractional parts of figures. First Graders folded paper shapes into halves, fourths, or eighths and labeled each part with the appropriate fraction symbol.

It Really Happened!

First Grade writers have been busy writing series books! This week realistic fiction writers spent time in Writing Workshop fine-tuning the realistic parts of their stories. Scholars re-read their writing while asking themselves, “Could this really happen?”. This guiding question allowed a structure to help keep their writing in the realistic fiction genre. Brave writers found ways to revise their writing and continued bringing their stories to life by unfreezing their characters and having characters talk and do things.  

Important Dates:

Grandparents and Special Friends Day- Friday, May 4th (10am- 11:30 Dismissal)

Pass It On-  Friday, May 4th (5pm-6pm @ The Charleston Museum)

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 11th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 18th

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

Mixing Materials and Exploring Book Series! April 20, 2018

Mixing Solids and Liquids

First Grade scientists have been busy investigating small pieces of solid particles and comparing them to liquids they previously investigated. Scientists spent time investigating our school’s backyard to see if solid particles can be found outdoors. First Grade science partners found a wide variety of solid particles outdoors, collected them in bottles, and compared them to liquids in bottles. They were able to identify similarities and differences in the way these materials move inside of bottles. Their investigation ended with an observation to compare how the two states of matter poured from their bottles. Scientists also explored a collection of solid materials to observe what happens when they are mixed with water. We can’t wait to re-visit this investigation on Monday to observe changes! Ask your First Grade scientist what they observed during science this week!

Characters and Their Stories

First Grade readers spent the week closely investigating characters and their stories in the book series they read! These observant readers practiced getting to know the characters in a book series by investigating the title, cover pictures, back of the book and the Table of Contents. They know to pay special attention to the first chapter in a book series to identify who the main characters are, and when and where the setting of the book takes place. First Grade readers noticed quotation marks let a reader know when a character is talking. They worked hard to identify the many ways that characters share dialogue in a text, and were even able to incorporate these dialogue tags into their own writing!

Writing Books in a Series

Writers have been tackling some big work during Writing Workshop this week! They are working on writing books in a series! Through close investigation and reading of books in a series, these scholars know that when writing books in a series they must include the same imaginary characters throughout their series. As they created their first series book, First Grade writers made sure to create their imaginary character, describe where the character lives, what they like to do, how they feel, who their best friends are, and included important background information. Ask your First Grader about the book series they are writing in Writing Workshop!

Important Dates

Dock Street Theater – Thursday, April 26th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, April 27th

Grandparents Day- Friday, May 4th (10am- 11:30 Dismissal)

Pass It On-  Friday, May 4th (5pm-6pm @ The Charleston Museum)

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 11th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 18th

Bits and Pieces April 13, 2018

Bits and Pieces

This week, First Grade scientists spent time investigating a variety of solids including; cornmeal, rice, lima beans, pinto beans, and mung beans. These scholars compared this group of solids to liquids they have previously investigated, by observing what happens when each one is poured into different containers. First Grade scientists discovered that solids can be poured like liquids but do not flow in the same way. They learned that these “bits and pieces” of solids are known as “particles”. Science partners collaborated to find ways to separate different combinations of particles using screens of different sizes. Ask your First Grade scholar how they extended their particle investigation by creating artwork out of “bits and pieces”!

Math Explorations

During Math Explorations this week, scholars collaborated as they solved and designed hands-on pattern-block puzzles to find fractional parts of figures. Math partners shared ideas about the numbers that express the relationship between the pattern blocks and the larger shapes being explored. First Grade mathematicians used geoboards to build symmetrical shapes and divided the shapes into equal parts. These hands-on and manipulative rich activities help deepen First Grade mathematicians’ understanding of fractions and fractional parts of whole shapes in fun and engaging ways!

Writing Realistic Fiction Stories

First Grade writers were thrilled to dive into a new writing unit as we launched our writing of realistic fiction during Writing Workshop this week! Students tapped into their imaginations to create characters with problems that need to be solved in the stories they wrote. These brave writers learned several ways to bring their characters to life, by unfreezing people in their stories and having them talk and move throughout the story. First Grade writers know to tell their stories bit by bit in order to paint pictures with their words. Finally, First Grade writers are also working on bringing out the inside of their characters by explaining how they feel and making them think throughout the story.

Important Dates

French Party – Monday, April 16th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, April 20th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, April 27th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 11th

Swimming Lessons – Friday, May 18th

Dock Street Theater – Thursday, April 26th

Ginko Walks in Nature, Fraction Fun, and Puddle Discoveries! March 29, 2018

Ginko Walks

This week, young poets took their writing outdoors as they explored the wonderful world of writing haiku. First Grade writers took several Ginko Walks to unique areas on our school campus to tap into the here and now. These young haiku-writers composed three-lined poems about nature to answer when, where, and what about the here and now. Ask your First Grade observer of nature what they observed during our Ginko Walks this week during Writing Workshop.

Investigating Fractions

First Grade mathematicians took a closer look at fractions this week in math and built on their understanding by examining fractional parts of a whole. Students compared fractional parts of food to introduce them to unit fraction notation. First Grade scholars reviewed the vocabulary associated with fractions and participated in hands-on explorations of fractional parts and recording fraction notation.

Puddle Discoveries!

First Grade scientists wrapped up their investigation of liquids this week with an outdoor exploration! Young scientists know that liquids can be found in puddles. After searching for puddles and finding none, First Graders decided to make their own! These observational scientists know that liquids need containers to hold their shape. They searched with their science partners for ideal locations that dip down, to create their own puddles in our school’s backyard. Science partners were thrilled to find an ideal spot under the swings and collaborated to create a class puddle to observe! We are looking forward to further exploring solids and liquids when we return from Spring Break!

Important Dates:

Friday, March 30th                    Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                      Return from Spring Break    

Friday, April 20th   Swim Lessons

Friday, April 27th Swim Lessons

Friday, May 11th Swim Lessons

Friday, May 18th Swim Lessons

Poetry All Over the Place! March 23, 2018

Poetry From Every Angle!

First Grade writers continue to be immersed in the magic of poetry! Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Learning Centers, and Morning Meetings have allowed scholars to build on their poetic expertise by exploring poetry from every angle. First Graders are thoroughly inspired by the world around them and are bravely recording what they see when they look at the world through the eyes of a poet! Our classroom is flooded with poems written by First Grade poets, teachers, and Cooper School writers. We can’t wait to share our hard work with you at Pass It On!

Counting Money and Exchanges

This week First Grade mathematicians closely examined dollar bills and added to their growing knowledge of money. Scholars were eager to build on their understanding of coins, finding values of collections of coins, and representing money with different coin combinations, by adding exchanges of dollars! These brave scholars were able to practice their skills with a new math game, One Dollar Exchange. In this exciting game, students enhance their understanding of place value by building coin collections and trading when possible to change place values as numbers increase.

Observing Liquids

First Grade scientists dove deep into our study of matter by investigating liquids this week in science. Students were excited to investigate a variety of liquids to discover the many different properties! Close investigations of these liquids led to the building of scientific language used to describe liquids. First Graders discovered that water is transparent but can be many colors, and corn syrup moves slowly and is quite viscous. Ask your First Grader what they discovered about liquids this week!

Important Dates:

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

Friday, March 30th                    Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                      Return from Spring Break    

Friday, April 20th   Swim Lessons

Friday, April 27th Swim Lessons

Friday, May 11th Swim Lessons

Friday, May 18th Swim Lessons

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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