FOURTH GRADE

Lauren is returning to The Cooper School as the 4th grade teacher.  She is originally from Spartanburg, SC and has been living in Charleston for 6 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.

Curious Greek Mythologists! October 12, 2018

Greek Mythologists

 

Fourth Graders started researching Greek Gods and Goddesses this week, as they began reading Greek mythology stories, in small groups. Students picked one story from an array of books and recorded the setting, plot, purpose and characters. This activity was a great introduction to Greek Mythology and is just the beginning to what they will discover!! Ask your child what Greek God or Goddess they learned about.

 

 

 

Social Studies On The Map

Our students surveyed numerous maps of Greece, which included decoding population maps, identifying the peninsula, neighboring countries, nearby islands and bodies of water. Students labeled the major Ancient Greek city states and discussed the first settlements in the country based on predictions of the biome. Each student created a chart of their current knowledge of Greece and what they want to learn. Fourth Graders are ecstatic about Greek history! Ask your child where the Greeks made their first settlements and why.

 

 

Curious Fourth Graders

Fourth Graders put on their curiosity hats and started thinking profoundly about their world and what they are curious about! Students combined their creative thoughts with Fifth Graders during Morning Meeting and they came up with some great wonders! Students were asked to close their eyes and imagine themselves on a quest to learn something new about what makes themselves most curious. Fourth and Fifth Graders shared their reactions with an emphasis on emotions. Ask your child about their wonders.  

 

Important Dates:

Monday, 10/15 Make-Up Day

Thursday, 10/25 – Grade 4 Parent Morning Meeting

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – 11:30 Dismissal

 

Marvelous Muses! October 5, 2018

Masterful Mathematicians 

The area of a rectangle, square number patterns and factors, oh my! Fourth Graders were busy this week hunting for the area of a rectangle, which meant discovering and then applying the formula: (A= length × width) to specific problems in their math journals. Our class remained focused as they moved onto calculating the formula for square number patterns. They created arrays for square numbers and noticed that square numbers are the products of factors multiplied by themselves. Factors in math were not to be left out as students conquered formulating factor pairs for products!

 

 

 

Musical Muses

The sounds of Fourth Graders warming up their musical instruments and voices in preparation for music and choir, was thrilling to hear. They performed Iko Iko and Hand Jive! Students came prepared for music class with guitars and ukuleles. Music grants students the opportunity to be creative and tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously! Ask your child to play or sing a song they have rehearsed in music class this week. You’ll be amazed!

 

 

 

 

Meticulous Writers

Mastering handwriting takes patience, practice and persistence! Our Fourth Graders have been applying these skills to various handwriting activities through Handwriting Without Tears instruction. Our students are becoming strong, articulate writers, which ultimately builds a strong foundation for reading and communicating. Students have been excited to practice their cursive skills through Cursive Success. The value of learning cursive enables our Fourth Graders to integrate fine motor dexterity, visual and tactile information.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

Friday, 10/12 11:30am Dismissal

Monday, 10/15 Make-Up Day

Thursday, 10/25 – Grade 4 Parent Morning Meeting

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – 11:30 Dismissal

Oh The Places They’ll Go! September 28, 2018

Curriculum Night, Oh What A Night!

Thank you Fourth Grade parents, for joining us at Curriculum Night! We really enjoyed seeing all of you and we were thrilled to share our goals for the year. Your child’s hopes and dreams for this school year are becoming a reality as they embrace social, emotional and academic challenges. Curriculum Night gave us a chance to give you a firsthand look into what your child engages in on a daily basis. Our joyful class is reflective of responsive learning.

 

Charleston Stage in the House!

Fourth Graders were in for a treat this week when they had the opportunity to participate in five action packed drama classes, hosted by a dynamic trio of actors from Charleston Stage! The theme of each class focused on voice control, follow the leader, quick repetitive physical movements and vocalizing meaningful phrases such as, “Regular activism, something’s wrong! We can fix it.” Wait, there’s more! Students formed small groups where they acted out hilarious scenarios. Our classroom literally transformed into a delightful stage for all to see and hear.

 

 

Grammar Gurus!

The intricacies of grammar are complex and our students rose to the challenge as they focused on capitalizing titles and the opening/closing of letters. The more they practiced, the more they felt comfortable capitalizing the appropriate words in sentences. Students will leap into capitalizing languages, nationalities and historical events. Oh, the places they’ll go!

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

Friday, 10/12 11:30am Dismissal

Monday, 10/15 Make-Up Day

Thursday, 10/25 -Parent Morning Meeting

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – ½ day

 

 

 

September 21, 2018

Wonderful Writers

Students have been making progress this week on their fiction stories in writing. Students have developed their characters and have been working on their first draft. Students will be revising and editing their works in the upcoming week. Fourth Graders put on different lenses to detect certain aspects of their writing, such as setting, character and punctuation. Ask your child what their story is about.

 

 

 

Self-Regulators

Fourth Graders have been eagerly learning about the importance of self-regulation and what it means to be the boss of your body! Students were encouraged to share specific examples of self-regulating behaviors. Our class came up with a myriad of ideas, which included; being mindful of others, keeping hands to yourselves, and listening to one person at a time. These self-regulatory skills enable students to control their emotions as well as manage feelings and behavior patterns. Students took these mindful tips and applied them throughout the week.

 

Third Time’s A Charm

One highlight of the week was the introduction of the Triangle Breath, which is a breathing technique used to calm the mind and body. Fourth Graders gathered on the rug to embrace this unique skill. The Triangle Breath involved taking three breaths in, holding the breath for three seconds and then releasing the breath for three seconds. Using this technique allows the brain to essentially reboot and this can help students refocus and calmly approach the next activity. Ask your child to teach you the Triangle Breath.

 

 

 

Language Aficionados

Parlez-vous francais? Non, mi hablo espanol! Our Fourth Grade language aficionados have been very busy counting up to one hundred in French and studying the history of France. Their blossoming language skills in both French and Spanish are ways of strengthening their brains as they grow. The pure joy they gain from learning a new language is priceless! Ask your child to count in French or Spanish.

 

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, 9/27 1st-5th Curriculum Night

Friday, 10/12 11:30am Dismissal

Monday, 10/15 Make-Up Day

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – ½ day

 

 

September 7, 2018

Realistic Fiction

Writing realistic fiction is a big draw to these 4th Grade creative minds. Their imaginations are running wild, but transferring that into a story for readers does not come as easily as students expect. As we have begun our unit on writing realistic fiction, students have learned that ideas for stories actually come from their own lives. They look at their surroundings and think, “What if this happened? Or could this happen instead? What do I wish happened?”  The next step for these budding young writers… developing strong characters and relevant settings.

 

Estimation

This week during math, Fourth Grade practiced using rounding and estimation. Students learned two different ways to estimate, front-end estimation and close-to estimation. Students used these strategies to solve real-life problems. Our mathematicians were working hard at comparing multi-digit numbers up to the millions. Students were able to meticulously list U.S. cities by population numbers, which took great attention to detail. Their math skills are continuing to soar as they tackle complex problems.

 

Wordsmiths

Fourth Grade Wordsmiths love exploring and learning new words! Vocabulary Workshop gives students the chance to delve deeper into words they have known as well as learning new words. The highlight of the two-week study of twelve words is acting them out! Students show their deep understanding of words by portraying them silently with actions. Guessing also requires knowledge of the word meanings, as students must explain why that action connects to that word. 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

Tues.-Fri. 9/4-9/7- 5th Grade at Green River Preserve

Tuesday, 9/18 Kindergarten Curriculum Night

Thursday, 9/27 1st-5th Curriculum Night

Friday, 10/12 11:30am Dismissal

Monday, 10/15 Fall Break

Magnets and Movement! August 31, 2018

 

Magnetic Energy

This week, Fourth Grade scientists worked diligently in groups to discover the power of magnets! Each group determined that magnets could attract and repel certain materials. They took their findings a step further by manipulating each material to see if a magnet would attract more than one object at a time. Students were magnetized by this project as they explored the classroom to find as many objects as they could that were magnetic. They were pleasantly surprised with the results. 

 

 

 

Hopes and Dreams

Our Fourth Grade dreamers, dreamed big this week when they created their Hopes and Dreams project, for the new school year. Students were asked to write down a hope or a dream pertaining to social, academic or personal goals they wish to achieve. These topics allowed students to reflect and dig a little deeper while approaching this special assignment. Ms. Lauren and Ms. Kara are confident that the class will be successful in reaching their goals, and we look forward to helping them along the way!

 

 

 

Untangling the Human Knot through Movement

Fourth Graders teamed up with Fifth Graders for an unforgettable movement challenge. The Human Knot (a crowd favorite) became a game of patience, teamwork, communication and determination. Two teams were created and the goal was to untangle themselves faster than their opposing team, without letting go of the hands they were holding onto. Students quickly learned to listen to one another for instructions on how to maneuver their bodies through the tangled maze. A few rounds were played and each team won a round, but they realized that sportsmanship is not always about winning. Each team took a victory lap in the rain!

 

 

 

Important Dates:

September

Monday, 9/3 Labor Day – No School

Tues.-Fri. 9/4-9/7- 5th Grade at Green River Preserve

Tuesday, 9/4 Parent Coffee (8am in the TCS Backyard)

Tuesday, 9/18 Kindergarten Curriculum Night

Thursday, 9/27 1st-5th Curriculum Night

 

First Week Fun! August 24, 2018

Becoming Leaders & Team Players

Fourth Grade students didn’t skip a beat when it came to seeing old friends and meeting new faces. They were natural leaders as they remembered to line up in a speedy fashion and focus on the teacher when the chime was rung. To start the year off, the Cooper kids jumped right into writing down their comments for our Wonder Wall! They will soon have a chance to tackle their Hopes and Dreams project for their Fourth Grade year. One of the highlights of the first day was watching them engage in a thrilling game of Freeze Tag on the playground!

Classroom Routines

This week was all about getting to know the classroom, routines, and their friends! In order to have a great year, it’s important to slow things down and review the expectations for Fourth Grade.  Scholars modeled and practiced routines of the new classroom and grade level. This included how to navigate through the school, where things are and how to get them, and acceptable volume levels. Students practiced these routines through completing a Math Cart Hunt with their math partner! Fourth Graders made the transition into their new classroom with joy and confidence, ready to start a great year!

Class Pet

Fourth Graders were ecstatic to meet their new class pet, OJ! He is an orange leopard gecko who snuggles next to his heating pad while watching the students work. Thank you to the families that have already signed up to purchase mealworms and additional accessories for the habitat. He is sure to be a favorite! 

                     

Important Dates:

Monday, 9/3 Labor Day – No School
Tuesday, 9/4 Parent Coffee (8am in the TCS Backyard)
Thursday, 9/27 1st-5th Curriculum Night

                          

Last Days in Fourth Grade June 2, 2018

Reading

There is a bittersweet feeling to finishing a good book. Fourth Graders experienced that this week as they finished reading the BFG by Roald Dahl. The book’s unique characters, along with its magical twist set in the real world, appeal to readers of all ages. Fourth Graders loved being able to watch the characters come to life in the BFG movie! Students loved watching the movie and noticing the similarities and differences between the book and movie.

Wrapping Up the Year

It is hard to believe that the year is coming to the end. With everything going on, the students took some time out of their hectic schedule to think about everything they have accomplished, experienced, and learned this year. This week in Morning Meeting, students reflected on their hopes, dreams, and their Fourth Grade year. Scholars talked about all the growth that occurred through achievements and challenges. They shared some of their proudest moments and their accomplishments. Each student chose one or two words that they thought summed up their year. Then looking ahead, they shared the things they looked forward to in Fifth Grade.

Graduation

This was a wonderful week to celebrate Fifth Grade friends at The Cooper School. On Tuesday, Fourth Graders enjoyed supporting Fifth Graders as they practiced their graduation performances for the entire school. The Fifth Graders are so talented! They performed vocal solos, played instruments, read beautiful poetry, and more. On Thursday, 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 splendid way to celebrate our friends in Fifth Grade.

Last Full Week of Fourth Grade… May 25, 2018

Reading

This week, Fourth Grade began a new study of the Roald Dahl book, the BFG. Fourth Graders aren’t inexperienced when it comes to studying this author. They have been reading Roald Dahl books for several years now. This year’s study teaches students to compare and contrast common themes an author may use in their writing. Through this novel, we have been comparing character motivations, common character traits, and similar problems found in his books. Students have realized that studying the author’s craft with an experienced perspective gives them a better overall understanding of the type of books Roald Dahl writes.

Attentive Audience Members

Scholars listened as Fifth Graders published their final writing unit this week, Personal Persuasive Essays. Fourth Graders were all ears as their peers passionately stated their strong opinions to an eager Fourth Grade audience. The Fifth Graders expressed their feelings about “No Kill Animal Shelters,” “Cruise Ships in the Charleston Harbor”, and much, much more. These persuasive topics even started a discussion among Fourth Graders of their views after hearing the research that supported each claim. They were excited to weigh in on some of these topics.  

Centers

Centers this week revolved around the human body.  Students were tasked with creating a 3D model of the human skeleton using paper cutouts. This appeared easy at first, but things are not always what they seem.  After completing their models, students moved onto Science and Math extensions. They tinkered with science materials in order to build models of hands and feet.

Important Dates

Monday, May 28th                        Memorial Day/ No School

Thursday, May 31st                       5th Grade Graduation – 11:30                                                                            Dismissal

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

Reflecting on a Great Week! May 18, 2018

Math

This week we have been examining reflections! Take a look in the mirror… seriously, go take a look in the mirror. What do you see? Your image should be the same size and shape of your own body, but there’s one difference. You are backwards! This week your investigators experimented with transparent mirrors to create reflections of various images. We learned that the original image is called a “preimage” and the reflection is called the “image”. After drawing their image on the other side of the reflection line, each student checked their work. They did this by folding their paper along the reflection line. If both images matched up exactly, they did it right!

Science

This week students focused on the body’s muscles by creating models of the arm, leg, and thumb using craft sticks, rubber bands, paper clips, and rubber tubes. We’ve discussed how each material represents the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. We learned how each of these parts are connected and work together to make arms and legs move.

Testing

This week students put their test taking skills to the test! We spent some time each day completing the ERB Standardized Test. Much of the focus leading up to these tests has been on good test taking skills, strategies, and habits. Students have learned to pre-read, reread, and manage their time. Taking this type of test is a skill that students will have to utilize throughout their school careers. TCS believes that students need to become familiar and comfortable with the test taking environment and process, however we do not place a lot of emphasis upon the test itself. Fourth Grade’s favorite part was filling in the bubbles.

Important Dates:

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

Monday, May 28th                        Memorial Day/ No School

Thursday, May 31st                       5th Grade Graduation – 11:30 Dismissal

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

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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