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.

December 14, 2018

Singing for Joy!

Fourth Graders sung their hearts out at the Circular Congregational Church for the winter choir performance! Teachers could hear students rehearsing for months and what a delight to have heard the final performance echoing through the halls of the church. Our students always love singing Bo Diddley Beat during practice, where they enjoy dancing along with the song. We loved seeing all of the parents come out to support their child. Singing provides a wonderful experience for children as they gain confidence in memorizing lyrics and keeping the rhythm to each song. Please ask your child which song was their ultimate favorite to perform in front of a live audience. 

 

 

 

 

  

It’s Time to Visit Thomas Jefferson’s Home, Monticello!

Our class had the privilege of taking part in a virtual tour of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello! We set up a Skype tour with an expert historian guide, Melanie, who was on the grounds of the estate! She began the tour by asking our class specific questions about Thomas Jefferson and then began the virtual tour of Monticello. The tour lasted 45 minutes and was chalk full of interesting facts and wonderful 2-D visuals of Jefferson’s Bed Chamber, Library, Cabinet, Dining Room and Tea Room. A few facts that our Fourth Graders learned was that Thomas Jefferson was an avid collector of Native American artifacts, which were displayed in the entry of his house. Jefferson owned slaves but wrote, “all men are created equal” in the declaration. Students discovered that Jefferson was the third president and is featured on the two-dollar bill. The reverse features an engraving of the painting Declaration of Independence. The tour wrapped up with multiple questions from our class and our tour guide was thoroughly impressed. Ask your child what they were most impressed with by the Monticello tour.  

 

 

Match the Meaning!

There is a window of time each day when Fourth Graders open their Vocabulary Workshop notebooks to discover new ways of applying our set of 12 vocabulary words to their writing and speech. “Introducing the Words” features an article that incorporates each of the vocabulary words. “Match the Meaning” is another meaningful exercise in their notebooks that prompts them to choose the word whose meaning is suggested by the clue given. As you can see, this exercise in their vocabulary notebook is challenging and inspiring. Students are additionally instructed to choose synonyms and antonyms as part of these multiple exercises. At the end of each lesson we collectively check our answers. Learning new vocabulary words is a group effort and students love showing off their hard work.  Ask your child to compose a sentence using one of our vocabulary words.

 

 

 

Pajama Drive

Next week we’ll be collecting pajama donations for our annual Pajama Drive.  All pajamas will be donated to the Pajama Program and distributed to children in need across the Lowcountry.

Important Dates:

Friday, 12/14 3-5 Movie Night

Friday, 12/21- Pajama Day- ½ day

12/22- Winter Break Begins

 

December 7, 2018

Elementary for 800, Please!

Our Fourth Graders jumped at the opportunity to participate in Vocabulary Jeopardy! This clever game combined math skills, vocabulary comprehension, teamwork and patience, while learning their vocabulary words for the week. What a powerful combination! The class divided into two groups and the game commenced. Each team picked a pocket from the Jeopardy game board, which contained points. 1000 points was the highest either team could earn. Teams would take turns picking one of three categories: Finding the synonym, using the word in a sentence, or defining the word. The riveting game proved to be a success among both competitive teams. Jeopardy is a wonderful method of delivering educational content to classroom learners. Please ask your child which vocabulary word was the most challenging to use in a sentence!

 

    

Rebels and Redcoats Field Trip!

Fourth Graders traveled back in time during our American Revolution field trip. We spent the morning downtown at The Old Exchange and the Provost Dungeon. This field trip encouraged students to use their imagination while witnessing the start of a revolution. They were literally walking in the footsteps of legends. Fourth Graders got to visit the Heyward-Washington House and the Powder Magazine to learn more about other aspects of the British occupation of Charleston. Our class was able to appreciate the significance of these historical landmarks since we have been learning in depth about the Rebels and Redcoats. Ask your child about a highlight from the field trip! You won’t be disappointed.

 

  

(April 19, 1775) The Shot Heard Round the World!

Students had the opportunity to reenact the Shot Heard Round the World in honor of studying the American Revolution. Fourth Graders transformed into groups of Loyalists, Patriots and Undecided colonists. We acted out the scenario on the playground with great intensity and conviction. Our scholars have been reading primary sources to keep informed of critical events during the war. Students were able to study three different sections of the Declaration of Independence! Each student kept a diary in character and recorded events of the simulation. Our historians played an active, hands on role in learning about our current unit and the simulation proved to be a rewarding experience. Ask your child about “The Shot Heard Round the World!”

Important Dates:

Friday, 12/7 K-2 Movie Night

Tuesday, 12/11- Winter Choir Performance (1:30pm @ The Circular Church)

Friday, 12/14 3-5 Movie Night

Friday, 12/21- Pajama Day- ½ day

12/22- Winter Break Begins

 

A Revolutionary Week! November 30, 2018

Over the course of the next several weeks, 4th Graders will be immersed in the subject of the American Revolution across disciplines.  Students will be reading, writing, and participating in centers all intended to teach about the Revolutionary War.

Writing

This week students began to write information texts about a chosen topic having to do with the war.  During this writing unit, students will learn the art of doing research and how to teach through their writing.

Reading

We made a transition to reading non-fiction texts about the Revolutionary War this week.  We have also been preparing for our “Rebels and Redcoats” study trip on December 7th by overviewing the important events of this war for independence.  Students learned what life was like for the colonists and then focused on the events that led to the beginning of the war. Ask your child about the Stamp Act or The Boston Tea Party.

Book Clubs

Our revolutionary readers are taking their interest to another level in historical fiction book clubs. Students enjoyed meeting with their club, coming up with club names and embarking on their first book. Students will gain historical insight into the revolutionary era! Ask your child what book their club chose first.

Charleston Symphony

On Tuesday, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra came to play for our students. 4th Graders were entranced by this String Quintet. The violinists played songs from “Happy Birthday” variations to “Jaws” and “Stars Wars” themes.

Important Dates:

December 7th – Rebels and Redcoats Field Trip

Friday, 12/7 K-2 Movie Night

Tuesday, 12/11- Winter Choir Performance (1:30pm @ The Circular Church)

Friday, 12/14 3-5 Movie Night

Friday, 12/21- Pajama Day- ½ day

12/22- Winter Break Begins

 

November 16, 2018

Thankful for our 4th Grade Parents!

   

We were thrilled to meet with all of you for conferences this week and to see you enjoying the Fourth Grade Ancient Civilization presentation. Students were excited to showcase their creative pieces.

We will be jumping into learning all about The American Revolution, after the Thanksgiving break. Please check your child’s silver folder for the American Revolution field trip permission slip. The forms need to be signed and returned to school by November 30th. Please remind your child to empty their silver folders each week.


A Smashing Success!

Fourth Graders created amazing artifacts for our Ancient Civilization presentation. They were hands-on with materials such as; salt dough, clay, sand and paint. Students worked enthusiastically on multi-slide shows on their iPads, and perfected their ancient Grecian vases. Each student took pride in their work and relished in the experience. Fourth Graders appreciated the time it took to present their work to parents and fellow students. Their expansive knowledge of Ancient Egypt and Greece was evident in their creations! Ask your child about their favorite part of the presentation.

 

Lunch Bunch Buddies!

Lunch time for 4th Graders is a wonderful experience where students sit with their friends, and grow as a class. We have recently introduced Lunch Bunch Buddies, where students rotate lunch in groups with different classmates, which fosters connecting with students whom they normally don’t sit with.

 

New conversations have been budding and lunch has been taking on a whole new meaning. Ask your child about who they have been chatting with at lunch.

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday, 11/20 ½ Day- Harvest Feast

Wednesday, 11/21-11/23-Thanksgiving Break

November 9, 2018

Charades For Days!

Remember the feeling of exhilaration while playing charades? Well, our Fourth Graders could hardly wait to jump into charades, this week. They are becoming experts at acting out their vocabulary words. Anticipation filled the classroom as students took turns coming up with creative movements. Charades is a great way for students to channel their energy, while learning their new vocabulary words. Students were encouraged to work together or independently and think of actions that will convey the meaning of the words. Doing an action that corresponds to a word is a great mnemonic tool. Students can continue their review of the vocabulary words at home by drawing two other ways they would act out the words. Ask your child to act out one of this week’s vocabulary words for you!

 

 

It’s Time For A Diwali Celebration!

      

 

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated over five days and occurs every autumn in the northern hemisphere. Fourth Graders had the opportunity to take part in this tradition when Veda and her mother, Mosmi, planned a festive Diwali afternoon for 4th Grade. In order for students to grasp the history of Diwali, Mosmi shared the story behind the traditions. We then broke into groups. One group worked on creating colored sand mandalas (“rangolis”) on the sidewalk, while the other group of students painted little earthen clay pots (“divas”) on the picnic tables. Our class relished in the experience. Ask your child to reminisce about their Diwali celebration.

 

Join Us On The Carpet For The Red Pyramid!

Students gather around the carpet everyday, to listen to The Red Pyramid book, which was selected as a 4th Grade read aloud. This is a special time for students to come together and listen to literature, which is related to a unit of study. We are currently digging deep into the history of Ancient Civilizations and this fantasy fiction piece about the Rosetta Stone goes along perfectly with this theme. Reading aloud creates a classroom community, which fosters critical thinking skills and encourages listeners to construct new ideas. Ask your child who their favorite character is and how the book relates to the Ancient Civilizations we have been studying.

 

Important Dates:

Monday-Tuesday, 11/12-11/13 Conferences- 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, 11/14 Mythology Presentation- 8:00 am

Friday, 11/16 Picture Day

Tuesday, 11/20 ½ Day- Harvest Fest

Wednesday, 11/21-11/23-Thanksgiving Break

 

Newsletter! November 2, 2018

4th Grade Archaeologists Dig Site! Please Proceed With Caution!

   

Students dug deeper into learning about ancient civilization on Monday as archaeologists! We set up a grid and drew it to scale. Students measured the area and perimeter. We then excavated “ancient” Grecian and Egyptian artifacts and recorded the data of our findings. The students’ immense precision and focus led them to discover the world of Archeology! Our Fourth Grade archaeologists were able to successfully link current math skills with the excavation process, which created an effective learning environment. They replicated the slow digging motions of excavating to carefully unveil each precious artifact. Gloves were worn and small shovels were used to complete this thrilling dig. Ask your child about their dynamic experience as archaeologists!  

Students will be creating an artifact and conducting research for our Ancient Civilization presentation that will take place on November 14th.

    

 

Happy Howling Halloween!

Q: What do skeletons say before they begin dining?

A: Bone appetit!

    

Halloween was a smashing success! Fourth Graders slithered into class with spooky and creative costumes. The atmosphere was just right for Halloween at TCS. The morning started off with a halloween themed greeting followed by a fun ghoulish game where students had to detect which classmate’s voice they heard while closing their eyes. One of the highlights of the morning was when Fourth Graders partnered with Second Graders for reading buddies. This was a wonderful opportunity for students of different ages to work together. Second Graders were excited to have our class join them in this festive activity. The parade and carnival topped off the day! We really enjoyed seeing the entire school come together and celebrate Halloween the TCS way. Students couldn’t wait to participate in the parade and join in all of the spooky festivities. Ask your child what their favorite halloween costume was.

   

 

Important Dates:

Monday-Tuesday, 11/12-11/13 Conferences- 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, 11/14 Mythology Presentation- 8:00 am

Tuesday, 11/20 ½ Day- Harvest Fest

Wednesday, 11/21-11/23-Thanksgiving Break

 

October 26, 2018

Math is My Motto!

Our Fourth Grade mathematicians will soon be jumping into Unit 3 and tackling fractions and decimals. This unit focuses on three main ideas about fractions: recognizing equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and showing fractions in different ways. Encourage your child to look for everyday uses of fractions in grocery stores, shoe sizes, measuring cups and statistics in newspapers!

 

Community Helpers!

Fourth Grade community leaders have been active in keeping our school grounds clean for the month of October! At the end of each day, five students are assigned to be in charge of cleaning up the playground. We used rakes to clear the wood chips off the sidewalk, put mud kitchen supplies in their proper place, returned equipment on the playground to the shed and finally picked up any trash by the picnic tables. Ask your child to share some ways they have helped clean up our community at school. Go Fourth Grade helpers!

 

Grecian Artists!  

Art is a special time for TCS Fourth Graders in many ways. This week, students channeled their inner Greek artistic side to create Ancient Greek vases. Students drew large symmetrical vases while using black tempera paint in addition to oil pastels.They will etch their design onto these vases. This project was in perfect sync with our current study of Greek Mythology. Students were able to showcase amazing precision while crafting their vases. Ask your child to explain the process of making their vases! You’ll be amazed.  

 

                               Parent Morning Meeting!

     

Important Dates:

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

Monday-Tuesday, 11/12-11/13 Conferences- 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, 11/14 Mythology Presentation- 8:00 am 

October 19, 2018

Greek Game Center!

 

This week students took the time to create interactive Greek board games for our Greek Game Center. First, they made a list of several Greek gods and goddesses and what lessons their myths taught. Alone or with a partner, the next step was to create a board game based on some aspect of Greek Mythology. This could be a game about the Greeks’ concept of the Underworld, the twelve labors of Hercules, or even the major gods and goddesses. Students drew a game board and decided whether to roll a dice or have playing cards, or both. Finally, they decided what the game pieces would be and then made them. Ask your child about the game they participated in and made from scratch!

 

It’s All In The Name!

Fourth Graders partook in a second lively Greek themed activity for Center time. Our Writing Center focused on the Greek alphabet, which was the first to have distinct letter and symbols to denote vowels and consonants.  These letters are still used today in the Greek language, and names of honor societies. Students used the Greek Alphabet key to write out their names. Ask your child about their experience in the Greek Writing Center!

 

Pushing Our Thinking!

 

Fourth Graders pushed their writing skills to new heights as they learned how to incorporate impactful phrases into their writing pieces. A few ways in which they achieved this goal, included working in pairs and practicing meaningful phrases such as, “this is giving me the idea that..” and, “another example of this is…”. Students were then able to apply this key knowledge into their writing assignments. Fourth Graders were excited to see the results of their hard work. Ask your child about their essay idea!

Important Dates:

Thursday, 10/25 – Grade 4 Parent Morning Meeting

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

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

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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