SECOND GRADE

Davis is starting his first year at The Cooper School as the 2nd grade teacher. He is originally from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and has lived here for most of his life. He received a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Appalachian State University. He received his SC teaching certificate through the PACE program. He was previously a Learning Support teacher and Mindfulness coach at the American School of Bangkok in Thailand for 3 years. He believes that the social and emotional wellbeing learned through mindfulness is the key to success in school and life. He also taught Spanish in Berkeley County for several years. In his free time he enjoys live music, traveling, kayaking, SCUBA diving, spending time with his wife, and photography.  

Balanced Lifestyle October 20, 2017

A Balanced Lifestyle

            Second Grade Scientists are busy this week investigating balance and stability. We started by balancing paper crayfish and using clothespins as counterweights. We discovered that the trick to balancing anything is to add counterweights below the balance point. We ended our balance investigation by creating mega-mobiles out of paperclips, rubber bands, straws, and index cards.  Students then designed and hung them in class.

I Pity The Rule!

   We’re predicting number patterns in Math this week by figuring out “What’s My Rule?” for sets of numbers. Students are learning about T-charts and looking at real life data to determine patterns and rules. We have started basic subtraction and students are finding the difference for common facts. Practicing subtraction with objects around the house or with coins and dollars is definitely an enrichment activity you could try at home.

Class Publishing

   Our little writers have come a long way since August. We are editing, illustrating, and presenting personal narratives to the Fourth Grade class next week. Students are developing powerful techniques to captivate their readers. We closely studied mentor texts and tried to emulate their powerful writing in our own. Students were encouraged to use descriptive language to describe their character’s feelings and emotions. We are also starting to incorporate dialogue to help carry the action of our stories. Look for these amazing books coming home next week!

Important Dates:

Thursday, October 26th          Parent Lunch 11:00 am

Tuesday, October 31st            Halloween Carnival ½ Day

Balancing with Counterweights

Preparing for Publishing

Harper’s Bday Celebration

Listening to 1st Grade stories

 

Friday the 13th!!!! October 13, 2017

Balance and Motion

   This week we started a new Science investigation into Balance. We are discovering that objects can be balanced in many ways and that counterweights can be used to help. Scientists are learning about stable positions and how the counterbalance of those weights can help obtain stability. Continuing with this investigation, students will also be making mobiles and discussing their observations and comparisons of balanced objects.

 

Welcoming Ms. Brooke

   This week we met our new Second Grade co-teacher, Ms. Brooke. She will be joining our class full time next week, but our students truly enjoyed greeting her and getting to know her a bit this week. She will be leading our Writing and Reading lessons and will also take over some daily classroom responsibilities like read alouds and Spelling. Everyone at The Cooper School is really eager to have her on board!

 

Wise Readers

     Our Second Grade family has been learning the joys of reading for pleasure. We are also learning how to dissect stories and break them down to analyze them further. This week we have been looking at dialogue vs. non-dialogue books and identifying the narrator in the text. We have been using Owl Moon as our “mentor text” to show the use of luscious language.

 

Important Dates

October 26h – 11:00am Parent Lunch

October 31st– Halloween Carnival

 

Clay Art and Beyond September 22, 2017

Tiny Topics

This week we launched an exciting new writing unit. You may have noticed your child sporting a flashy notebook necklace. This is for collecting small moments from life to later turn into stories. These young writers are learning the process for personal narrative writing by planning planning out stories ahead of time. We are using strategies like telling a story across your fingers before writing, brainstorming, and marking key words on blank paper to plan a strong beginning, middle, and end.

 

Things Are Heating Up in Math

Math this week has had a focus on telling the temperature and using a thermometer. In one of our math explorations this week, students discovered the use of the degrees symbol and the meaning of Fahrenheit. By drawing the lines on their own temperature gauges, students worked in small groups to estimate the degrees set by their peers.

 

Visiting Artist

Students have been showing great insight during our Geology lessons this week. We had a visit from a local artist, Meryl Weber, who brought in clay pottery and materials for students to create their own clay jewelry. Students made beads in a variety of shapes and patterns to string onto bracelets and necklaces. They will experience how clay from the earth can be used to create different objects and how it changes in property from soft to hard. Look forward to these dazzling creations coming home next week!  

Sculpting Beads!

Fun with clay!

Drama with Charleston Stage!

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, September 28th   Curriculum Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Monday, October 9th              Columbus Day, No School
  • Tuesday, October 10th            Fall Break, No School
  •  Tuesday, October 31st            Halloween, 11:30 Dismissal

Writers on the Storm September 15, 2017

Writing Workshop

Second Grade has been writing all week about their experiences with hurricanes, floods, and evacuations. This week we introduced the Second Grade editing checklist. Our writers are learning the habits of good proofreading and writing by practicing editing their own stories. Students are then presenting their stories and practicing their public speaking skills during share time.

Handwriting Without Tears

There’s no crying in handwriting at The Cooper School! Handwriting is practiced throughout the week, both during specific handwriting time and during other disciplines. We are a few pages deep into our workbook and their strokes are coming along swimmingly! Our goal is to always use our nicest, neatest, most legible handwriting in the classroom. We have also been using our handwriting skills as we practice our grammar. The past few weeks we have been hammering home always starting with a capital letter and using the appropriate punctuation at the end of a sentence.

Morning Meeting

Beginning each day with Morning Meeting brings us closer together and gives everyone a glimpse into their classmates’ lives. This week we played an amusing counting sequencing game called, “Who’s got my lizard?” Students also shared stories about Hurricane Irma with their reading buddies and some even shared with the class. Starting our day with greetings and group games gets everyone awake and in the mood for learning!!

 

Saturday, September 16th         TCS Yard Sale 8am – 10:30am

Sunday, September 17th                       New Parent Social 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 28th        Curriculum Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Second Grade Rocks! September 8, 2017

Mathematicians

We’ve been busy all week counting sequences and seeking patterns in our number grids. Students made a number scroll from 0-1000 that hangs proudly in our math corner. Learning to count by 2s, 5s, 10s, or 100s on the number grid has helped students increase their mental math speed.

Classroom Jobs

Many students have found new responsibilities in our classroom from their class jobs. Students are selected each week to help keep up the classroom and take care of our pets and plants. Jobs include: Gardener, Zoologists, Pencil Patrol, Zen Master, Teacher Assistant, and Green Team. Jobs change each week and all students will have a chance to help out in new and exciting ways throughout the year.

Rock Concert

Our little Geologists are busy searching and collecting rock samples from our community. This week we have been investigating river rocks like pebbles, gravel, and sand. In the 2nd Grade classroom, we have set up a “Rock Concert” for our collection to be displayed. Encourage your child to explore and find new rocks around your house or neighborhood with your supervision and bring them in for our concert!!

Important Dates:

Saturday, September 16th    TCS Yard Sale 8am – 12 pm

Sunday, September 17th      New Parent Social 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 28th   Curriculum Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm

 

Garden and Grow September 1, 2017

Plant Life

     Our 2nd and 3rd Grade classes teamed up this week to prepare and plant our shared class planter box. We learned about seasons, soil, critters, and flowers. While some gardeners were busy tilling the land and clearing the weeds, our next group of friends came in and planted our flowers and plants. We have azaleas, snapdragons, and chrysanthemums. We even let our turtles stretch their legs there at recess!!

Vocabulary Kickoff

     Students kicked off our vocabulary unit on Tuesday with a hilarious book titled Dear Mrs. Larue. Ike, the pet dog, is sent to obedience school. Students must be persistent when studying our new words because they are quite tough. Second graders should not neglect their homework duties next week if they intend to keep up. Second grade is hard (a common misconception)! Each week we will be learning 6 new vocabulary words to study and use as much as possible. Look forward to getting these sent home in your child’s take-home folder on Mondays. 

 Money in the Bank

   Our friends in Second Grade are grasping the concepts of coin and bill value. We’ve practiced counting by 5s, 10s, 50s, and even 100s to help us learn to count and add money. In math centers this week, we rubbed coins with pencils to make fossil imprints in our notebooks. See if your child can help sort money or count what’s in your wallet.

Important Dates:

Monday, September 4th        Labor Day, No School

Saturday, September 16th    TCS Yard Sale 8am – 12 pm

Sunday, September 17th      New Parent Social 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 28th   Curriculum Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Second Grade at a Glance August 25, 2017

Off to a Great Start

   This week was back to business as the second grade class got back in the groove of The Cooper School life. On Wednesday, they joined the 3rd grade class in a backyard scavenger hunt that led them around to all corners of the backyard playground. Students learned greetings in Spanish and Nepali during Morning Meeting and played an icebreaker game where they had to find friends who like to read, love cheese grits, and much more.

 

Geology Rocks

   Already during our first week we’ve launched our Geology unit in Science where we take a closer look at pebbles, silt, and sand. Exploring the natural wonders of rock formations and stones will undoubtedly be a treat for these little scientists. Students took to the lab and explored rock hardness by rubbing them together and making observations about the markings and debris. Second grade will be learning more about the practicality of rocks and their use throughout history to help mankind!

Numbers and Routines

   Our Math brains are back in motion this week as we build on prior knowledge of numbers and sequences. In our first unit of Everyday Mathematics, Second Grade will review months and days, compare numbers, review sequences, number lines and more. We are also establishing routines that will be used all year to promote active and independent learning.

 

Monday, September 4th        Labor Day, No School

Saturday, September 16th    TCS Yard Sale 8am – 12 pm

Sunday, September 17th      New Parent Social 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 28th   Curriculum Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Flying High! May 26, 2017

Reflection

 

This week scholars are putting the finishing touches on their Bird Study Presentation. With all the excitement, it’s easy to forget one important piece to the project model, reflecting on what was learned. When reflection occurs, it ensures the experience is no longer isolated. It encourages insight and enhances the experience allowing for long-term connections to be made. Second Graders reflected independently on their most favorite part, least favorite part, and biggest challenges. By understanding that reflection is enhanced when shared with others, students discussed their achievements as a class.

 

Birds of Prey

 

Second Graders visited the Center of Birds of Prey Thursday and experienced the amazing world of raptors. Students gained some last minute insight into the life of different types of birds of prey. As they toured the center they got to meet sleepy Barred Owls, fast flying Peregrine Falcons, and hungry Turkey Vultures. It was so interesting to learn even more about these unique creatures and even more amazing to see these birds in action during the live bird show. It was a perfect way to culminate the bird study.

 

Bird Study Presentations

 

Tuesday morning, brave scholars displayed confidence as they shared their Bird Study Presentations to a room packed with friends and family. Children proudly discussed their bird’s habitat, unique characteristics, and adaptations. After the formal presentations were completed, students showed off their realistic bird drawings, dioramas, woven feathers, bird masks, bird’s wingspan versus their own arm span and their bird sculpture. It was quite a sight to see and a fantastic way to wrap-up our bird study unit.

 

Important Dates:

 

May 29th                                 No School – Memorial Day

June 1st                                  ½ Day – 5th Grade Graduation

June 2nd                                 ½ Day – Field Day

Priceless Learning in Second Grade May 12, 2017

Math

 

Students began Everyday Math Unit 10 this week. In this unit children review money concepts, such as names of coins and bills, money exchanges, and equivalent amounts. They pretend to pay for items and make change. Students use calculators to add and subtract dollar amounts using decimal notations. Some of these real-world problems really made these scholars think twice and check their initial answers. Nonetheless, students felt a sense of accomplishment as they worked through these problems independently and with partners.

 

Technology

 

Second Grade avian experts put the finishing touches on their PowerPoints this week. They began the week by editing their writing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Once all their information and pictures were in the right place, scholars turned their attention to adding effects such as color and animation to their slides. We discussed enhancement through subtlety by selecting a few important details that could be emphasized.

 

Pass It On Fundraiser

Cooper School kids invited a representative from the Charleston Animal Society to campus this week to present a check for the proceeds from sales of Pass-It-On. Students were pleasantly surprised to find that she brought her very own rescue dog with her! After hearing even more about what the Animal Society does for local pets and where the money would go, teachers and students were thrilled to present a check for $490.00! That money can go a long way to help animals that need some extra TLC.

 

Important Dates

 

May 25th                       Birds of Prey Study Trip

May 26th                       Bird Study Presentation at 8:15

May 29th                       No School – Memorial Day

June 1st                        ½ Day – 5th Grade Graduation

June 2nd                       ½ Day – Field Day

 

Poetry and Grandparents May 8, 2017

Bird Study

 

Second Graders were super excited to begin working on their Power Point Presentation this week! Students have already researched their information, written about their bird, and drawn their own pictures. Each student was assigned their own mini iPad that they will use to create their presentation. This week, students began typing up their research in Power Point by copying and pasting. These techno savvy students are even learning how to edit their own mistakes by using “spelling and grammar” check. Only a few more weeks until they present their final project of their Second Grade year.

Pass It On

 

Second Grade Scholars focused on preparing for our annual poetry reading, Pass It On.
These experts shared what could be expected and some tips to help each other be successful when reading their poems. Bold poets gave tips for reading loud, speaking confidently, and articulating each stanza clearly by pausing at line breaks. Second Graders are getting very excited about sharing their great work!

 

Grandparents Day

 

It was another successful Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day at TCS. To begin the morning, students welcomed grandparents into the classroom. Students shared a typical Morning Meeting with a fun greeting, activity, and morning message. Next students shared their favorite math game, Name That Number. Students also shared their favorite “Grandparent Parents and Special Friends Day” book by reading with their special guest. The day concluded with a trip to the book fair and a spectacular choir performance. What a delightful way to spend the day!

 

Friday, May 5th                                Pass-It-On at 5:30

 

Sunday, May 7th                             Family Picnic Magnolia Plantation

 

Friday, May 26th                             Birdy Study Presentation at 8:15

 

Monday, May 29th                           No School – Memorial Day

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