FOURTH GRADE

Kelly returns for her third year at The Cooper School! Kelly was raised in the greater Chicago area. On her first visit to Charleston, she fell in love with the city and decided to attend The College of Charleston. Kelly received her Bachelor or Science in Elementary Education from The College of Charleston. She also has a Masters in Education from The Citadel. Kelly is a Nationally Board Certified Educator. During her free time, Kelly enjoys playing board games and taking long walks with her husband and three young children.

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Migrating through the Holiday Season! December 15, 2017

Science

After finishing our first investigation of magnetism, we moved on to an investigation of electricity. First, students were asked to light a bulb using only a D-cell (battery), two wires and a light bulb. After a little experimenting the whole class discovered how to make a circuit. Next, students learned new scientific vocabulary words like “component” and “energy source”.

 

Writing

This week in Writing Workshop, students began learning about information writing. During this unit, students will take a topic that they know well, The Revolutionary War, and write several different information texts about different aspects of this war. This week students learned how to plan for their writing, and how to effectively research their focused topics further.  Students picked a variety of fascinating topics to write about. The classroom was abuzz with excitement as students researched and discovered things they never knew about The American Revolution!

 

Holiday Migration

This week in Whole School Morning Meeting, students and teachers celebrated unique traditions and holidays that occur around the world during December and January. This year’s focus was light, and how each holiday incorporates light into their special winter holiday celebrations. Cooper School children discovered why girls in Sweden dress in white to portray St. Lucia and light a crown of candles every year on December 13th. Students lit the menorah and played dreidel for our Chanukkah celebration. We all shared stories of how we celebrate during this season and enjoyed comparing our own family traditions. Next week, we will continue learning about the different winter holidays celebrated all around the world.

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday, December 20th   Polar Express Movie Night 5-8

Thursday, December 21st     Pajama Day (11:30am dismissal)

Thursday, January 4th          School Resumes

Historical Reading and Writing in 4th! December 8, 2017

Writing

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.  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

This week we continued our study of The Revolutionary War through nonfiction
 texts.  Students discovered that nonfiction texts are written in many different structures.  Some of the text structures that we discussed were descriptive, compare and contrast, and chronological.  Students learned how to not only identify the different structures, but also how to organize their thoughts in graphic organizers.

 

Science

Magnetism has been on everyone’s mind this week in the Fourth Grade classroom.  Students had the chance to investigate a variety of test objects to see which ones were magnetic.  They soon discovered that objects made of iron were magnetic, and learned the concept of induced magnetism.  One interesting discovery made, was that two magnets were able to detect each other’s force through one of our wooden classroom tables! Our study of magnetism has even led students to create a “magnet museum”.  Students have found and brought in a wide variety of tools and toys that utilize the magnetic force. During centers, students are able to explore these many hands-on objects and solve how the magnets make them work.

 

Important Dates:

 

Thursday, December 14th     Parent Coffee 8am-9am

 

Thursday, December 21st     Pajama Day (11:30am dismissal)

Fourth Graders “Stick” Together! December 1, 2017

Science

What attracts? What repels? These are questions Fourth Graders have been exploring as we begin our new science unit about Magnetism and Electricity. This week, students have used magnets to discover what types of materials stick to the magnets, what materials a magnetic force can go through, and how much force or weight it takes to break the force of magnets. Students greatly enjoyed exploring the classroom to find as many objects as they could that were magnetic!

 

Revolution Reading and Writing

Over the course of the next several weeks, Fourth 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. Students have been enjoying reading all about the revolution and gathering information about why it began and who was involved. 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.

 

Independent Learners

 This week, Fourth Graders discussed the second trimester SEL skill of independence. Becoming an independent learner is important in many different ways. As children grow and mature in their cognitive abilities, obtaining independence improves their self-esteem and confidence. Students have been practicing independence in and out of the classroom. One way a Fourth Grader will demonstrate independence is by reading instructions closely and by rereading the directions carefully before asking a neighbor for help.

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Friday, December 8th            Choir Concert at Congregational Circular                                                     Church 1:30-2:15

Thursday, December 14th     Parent Coffee 8am-9am

Thursday, December 21st     Pajama Day (11:30am dismissal)

Our Attitude of Gratitude! November 17, 2017

Math

This week, Fourth Grade began their study of decimals and decimal place value.  We began the week with a look at number lines from 0 to 1 counting by tenths, hundredths, and thousandths.  We skip counted with our calculators to see that a tenth is ten times greater than a hundredth and a hundredth is ten times greater than a thousandth. Then, we used base ten blocks to build various decimals and practiced reading them to a partner.  Lastly, we compared decimals using comparison symbols such as greater than, less than, and equals.  

 

Social Studies

This week students continued their study of our country and its regions by looking at the history of The United States. This history began with a discussion of the different Native American tribes that inhabited our country when settlers first arrived. From there the book touched on the American Revolution, and we finished the week talking about Westward Expansion.  This brief history of the United States will be delved into much deeper when we begin our reading and writing units about the Revolutionary War in a few short weeks!

 

Gratitude

Every year, teachers and TCS students take this time of year to focus on gratitude. This year, Fourth Graders have been discussing many aspects of gratitude; including how it makes us feel to be shown gratitude and how we receive gratitude from others. Our main focus has been on the large and small things we have in life that we appreciate. By focusing on the small moments that make life very special, students are less likely to take the bigger things for granted. From having a friend help you up, to being given choices on what’s for dinner, Fourth Graders were able to identify many moments throughout their days that they felt gratitude towards one and another.

 

Monday, November 20th       ½ Day – Harvest Feast

Tuesday, November 21st      Thanksgiving Break – No School

Monday, November 27th       School Resumes

Friday, December 8th            Choir Concert at Congregational Circular                                                     Church 1:30-2:15

Thursday, December 14th     Parent Coffee 8am-9am

Beginning New Studies! November 10, 2017

Social Studies

This week we shifted our focus from Science to Social Studies in Fourth Grade. Students began reading about our country and its regions through a questioning the author format.  During this study, students read informational texts as a group and independently, all the while questioning the authors meaning. Alongside this work, students study maps and investigate the geography of our country.

 

 

Writing

While developing essay-writing skills this week, Fourth Graders found that personal topics were easier to write about than broad “watermelon” topics.  Students dug deep in their minds to make lists of people, places and ideas that are very important to them.  With a list to choose from, students picked one topic that they will write about and defend during this unit.  Finding three solid reasons to back up their claim was more challenging than they thought it would be.  By the end of the week, students had developed strong bases for their essays to build on.

 

Reading

Fourth Graders are fascinated with their novel study of Patricia MacLachan in Reading Workshop.  Students are reading Fly Away, Waiting for the Magic, and Journey.  In each novel, the main character endures internal conflicts and struggles with familial relationships.  Although the words in each book tend to be simple, the underlying themes are challenging and provoke complex emotions among young readers. 

 

Important Dates:

Monday, November 13th               ½ Day – Conference Day

Tuesday, November 14th               ½ Day – Conference Day

Wednesday, November 15th          Make up Picture Day

Monday, November 20th               ½ Day – Harvest Feast

Tuesday, November 21st                Thanksgiving Break – No School

Monday, November 27th                School Resumes

A Bee-utiful Presentation! November 3, 2017

Halloween Carnival

 

Narwhal’s, roosters, gangsters, and even an “Out of Order” toilet! This year’s Halloween Carnival was a spectacular success. The 5th Grade students each created a Halloween-themed booth or game for the rest of the school to enjoy at the Halloween Carnival. We enjoyed everything from a Haunted House, to Graveyard Bowling!  Students dressed up in their creative costumes and had a great time socializing across grade levels. A few students even walked away with awards for their special costumes!

 

Middleton Field Trip

 

Fourth Graders visited the Bee Sanctuary at Middleton Place on Thursday. Bee Experts were excited to suit up in bee keeper uniforms and transform into the role of bee keepers. The Middleton Place Bee Sanctuary was an outdoor classroom where students got an up close and personal look at these pollinators at work. Scholars learned even more about the role of the honey bee and had a lot of important questions answered.

 

Bee Presentation

 

On Friday, Fourth Grade presented their Bee Movie to a room full of parents and siblings. Over the course of the past 12 weeks, students have learned an immense amount of facts and information about the life of the honeybee, and the threats they face every day. After viewing the Bee Movie, parents viewed stories and dioramas written by our class and even participated in a honey tasting. We loved sharing all that we have learned with our families!

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday, November 8th   Picture Day

Monday, November 13th             ½ Day – Conference Day

Tuesday, November 14th             ½ Day – Conference Day

Wednesday, November 15th        Make up Picture Day

Monday, November 20th             ½ Day – Harvest Feast

Tuesday, November 21st              Thanksgiving Break – No School

Monday, November 27th              School Resumes

Team Players! October 27, 2017

Parent Lunch

Thank you to all the parents that joined us for lunch this Wednesday. It was great fun seeing moms and dads playing “Everybody’s It” with the Fourth Graders, it is their favorite! In addition to tag, Fourth Graders enjoyed showing off their jump roping skills. I enjoyed chatting with parents, and I know that you enjoyed having a peek into your child’s day.

 

 

 

Writing

Fourth Graders were thrilled to be publishing their realistic fiction stories this week! During this unit, students learned the difficulty of writing fiction. They worked first on story planning, using charts and story arcs to organize their thinking. Students then worked with their writing partners to
 ensure that they were showing the story and not just telling. Writing partners also investigated how to hook their readers with a strong beginning. We then got to celebrate our success with the Second Graders! The following day, Second Grade narrative writers published their small moment stories to us. Fourth Graders listened with empathetic ears knowing the amount of effort and dedication that is required to publish your writing.

 

Poetry Workshop

 

Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, and fellow poet Matthew Foley joined TCS Fourth and Fifth Graders on Monday for a poetry workshop. Marcus and Matthew began the workshop by tapping into our young writer’s senses. Students participated in an activity to awaken their poetic minds called “One Word Poem”. Students then used their five senses to write poems about some of their favorite topics. When the workshop ended, Fourth Graders felt a sense of appreciation to have the opportunity to work with writers who are so accomplished in their craft.

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday, October 31st             Halloween Carnival ½ Day

Thursday, November 2nd      Middleton Plantation

Friday, November 3rd            Bee Presentation

Wednesday, November 8th   Picture Day

Monday, November 13th       ½ Day – Conference Day

Tuesday, November 14th      ½ Day – Conference Day

Jumping Right In! October 20, 2017

Backyard Toys

On Monday, scholars of every age were introduced to the first playground toy of the year, the jump rope.  At TCS, students are introduced to playground toys one by one as a strategy to encourage these creative minds to initiate inventive play. The beginning of the year is also the time to develop friendships among different grade levels through group games. Therefore, it was of no surprise that when jump ropes were introduced at Whole School Morning Meeting students were excited to experiment with all the creative uses the jump rope can offer. Once a new toy is introduced, students discuss and model proper use and care of the toy. After jump ropes, teachers will continue to introduce one toy a week at Whole School Morning Meeting. This ensures each toy is used appropriately and to its full potential.

 

Bee Study

As we continue our bee study, we are learning more and more about how honeybees affect our lives and the world around us. This week, students looked into how products made from bees directly affect our economy. To launch this investigation, your researchers studied the ingredient labels of several food and cosmetic items. We found that items such as candles, lotion, lip balm, cereal, snacks, dipping sauces, and drinks contain honey, beeswax, or even royal jelly!

 

Students also participated in a honey tasting. Six different types of honey were tasted and then described by the students. Flavor, texture, color, and consistency were examined for each type of honey. Students then had to guess which type of honey they were tasting based on the characteristics found.  Several had unique flavors and textures.

 

Reading

This week in Reading Workshop students finished Shiloh, a novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. This is a dramatic tale about a boy named Marty and a runaway dog, Shiloh. One interesting aspect of this book is the Appalachian dialect that it is written in. Students investigated how this dialect is different than Standard English. We also discussed the many different types of conflict that are found in the story, including man vs. man, man vs. beast, and man vs. law.

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 25th     Parent Lunch 11:15 am

Tuesday, October 31st                   Halloween Carnival ½ Day

Thursday, November 2nd      Middleton Plantation

Friday, November 3rd            Bee Presentation

Marvelous Mathematicians October 13, 2017

Math

Fourth Grade mathematicians charged full speed ahead into multiplication this week. They began by reviewing key vocabulary terms like product, multiple, and factor. The class began keeping track of multiples on the class number line. This will become extremely helpful when we begin our discussion of numbers that share a common multiple. On Friday, students played math games to help reinforce some of the concepts they are learning in class. Games play an important role in the Everyday Math curriculum. While students are learning new concepts through the math lesson each day, math games provide extra practice for students to master those new concepts. This week, students learned the game Name That Number.  In this game, students have 5 cards. Using those 5 cards, they are asked to add, subtract, multiply, or divide their numbers to reach a target number. The goal is to use as many cards as possible making the target number.

 

Reading

Fourth Grade continued their novel study of Shiloh this week. As the students became immersed in the story, the class took a closer look at Mores or social norms accepted within a group of people. Fourth Graders contrasted Mores from the story versus acceptable behavior within society today. For example, in the story staying out of people’s business is the social norm that is followed in this small town. However, in today’s society social media makes it hard to keep anything to yourself.

 

Science

Fourth Graders are quickly becoming honeybee experts!  This week, students discussed two very important bee topics, bee communication and threats to the hive. On Wednesday, students discovered that one of the ways that bees communicate is through a series of dances. The two most important dances are called the round dance and the waggle dance.  Students have been observing the bees perform these dances in the hive for a while, and now they know what the bees were trying to communicate to the rest of the hive!  On Friday, students were introduced to the devastating effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon that is plaguing honeybee communities throughout our country.

 

Important Dates:

 

Wednesday, October 25th     Parent Lunch 11:15 am

Tuesday, October 31st            Halloween Carnival ½ Day

Thursday, November 2nd      Middleton Plantation

Friday, November 3rd            Bee Presentation

Busy Bees! October 6, 2017

Reading

 

This week in Reading Workshop students began Shiloh, a novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  This is a dramatic tale about a boy named Marty and a runaway dog, Shiloh.  One interesting aspect of this book is the Appalachian dialect that it is written in. On Wednesday, we spent time deciphering this dialect and listing examples from the story. Students noticed that when the characters speak, they don’t use complete sentences when stating something.

 

Science

 

This week students learned all about the honeybee’s hive.  First, they discovered that there are three different uses of cells within the hive.  The bottom of the hive contains the brood cells where the queen lays her eggs.  Next, come the cells where the bees store pollen.  Finally, come the cells where bees make and store the honey. During Centers students carefully measured colored strips of paper and created hexagonal cells, which were then formed into a three-dimensional model hive. 

 

Writing

 

Fourth Graders are wrapping up their realistic fiction stories this week! During this unit, students learned how difficult writing fiction really is! They worked first on story planning, using charts and story arcs to organize their thinking. Students then worked with their writing partners to ensure they were showing the story, not just telling it through summarization. Next, they investigated hooking their readers with a strong beginning and concluding their story with a compelling ending. We finished the week by brainstorming a list of titles for their story. It won’t be long until these authors are publishing their pieces and signing autographs!

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday, October 9th                     Fall Break – No School

Tuesday, October 10th                   Fall Break – No School

Wednesday, October 25th             Parent Lunch 11:15 am

Tuesday, October 31st                    Halloween Carnival ½ Day

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