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Looking at the World Through Poet’s Eyes March 9, 2018

Launching Poetry

This week First Grade readers and writers launched our annual poetry study. Scholars have started to look at the world through the eyes of a poet. Our classroom is flooded with poetry and young readers are discovering the unique elements that make a poem a poem. These brave readers know that poems have stanzas, line breaks, and rhyming words.

First Graders are thrilled to be diving deep into our poetry study as writers of poetry! They know that they have an important job of looking at the world through the eyes of a poet. Looking at the world in new ways and from different angles allows them to see with their hearts and minds. First Grade writers know that this helps poets write about the world in new and unusual ways. We have even started a special collection of unique items in our class poetry museum to inspire us. Stay tuned to see what your brave poet is writing during Writing Workshop!

Geometry and Attributes

First Grade mathematicians are so excited to be exploring the wonderful world of geometry during math! This week scholars were introduced to 3-dimensional shapes and explored the 2-dimensional figures within 3-dimensional shapes. Brave mathematicians investigated a variety of attributes to sort and group these geometric shapes through the hands-on game, “Attribute Trains”. In this game, students practice identifying, describing, and comparing shapes. Ask your First Grader to tell you what they learned about attributes this week in math!

 What is Matter?

This week First Graders were thrilled to launch a new unit of study during Science! Scientists were introduced to the three states of matter and then zoomed-in to investigate solids. During this investigation scholars were given time to explore a set of solids. They were then given the challenge to describe these solid items and collect a list of properties to describe solids. First Grade scientists discovered that when describing solids they must observe the properties of solids. Students then further explored solids to observe the many different materials that solids can be made from. Ask your budding scientist what they learned about solids this week!

Important Dates:

Saturday, March 24th                           Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                       Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                         Return from Spring Break  


Wrapping Up Self-Assessment!


All things Australian were the focus of Social Studies and Art this week.  During Art class students learned about Aboriginal Dot Art, and the techniques used to create these vibrant paintings.  Traditionally Dot Art was made using a “dotting stick”, but Ms. Kerry had the clever idea to use a pencil eraser or the flat end of a golf pencil to create appropriate sized dots.  Students chose a favorite Australian animal for the focus of their paintings and then surrounded these illustrations with dots.



Monday and Tuesday this week, I had the pleasure to sit back and watch as Fourth Grade scholars led their self-assessment conferences with poise and grace. I was thoroughly impressed with their ability to articulate their growth throughout the year in each subject area.  Scholars confidently presented themselves on paper and in video, to their families. They acknowledged places where they wanted to grow further as a student, and celebrated with great pride where they had already shown amazing growth. This is a truly unique event at The Cooper School that sets the stage for thoughtful self-reflection that will last a lifetime.



Fourth Graders began a new unit this week, Fractions. This unit begins with a review of fraction ideas previously introduced and extends knowledge by developing an understanding of equivalent fractions. Students identified the fraction of a “set of numbers” by using their understanding of multiplication and division. Later in the week, mathematicians related fractions to probability by looking at a deck of cards. The week wrapped up with students adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.


Important Dates:


Tuesday, March 13th                     Guest Poet Writing Workshop

Saturday, March 24th                     Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                         Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                           Return from Spring Break

Big Kid Math, Author Study, and Self-Assessment March 3, 2018

Big Kid Math

This week brave mathematicians were introduced to a new math tool, the Student Reference Book, through an exciting scavenger hunt! First Graders were given time to explore this new tool with their math partners. They were then given clues telling them to hunt for a specific item in a certain area of their Student Reference Book. Scholars were able to apply their non-fiction reading expertise and use the Table of Contents to locate different information. First Grade friends enjoyed looking up information about their favorite math games, telling time, and counting coins. This math tool will come in handy in math for years to come!

Authors Write About What They Know

This week in our Cynthia Rylant study we explored the idea that authors write about what they know. First Grade friends investigated biographies and educational videos to learn more about Cynthia Rylant’s life. Through this investigation they discovered that she grew up in the Appalachian Mountains and had plenty of pets. First Graders were thrilled to make connections about Cynthia Rylant’s early life to the topics she writes about in her books. These connections were especially exciting when reading When I Was Young In the Mountains.

 Reflecting on Our Learning

First Grade friends spent time preparing for their upcoming student led conferences this week. These brave scholars thought about which skills they feel the most confident in presenting and are preparing to teach you what they know! First Graders each took time to reflect on and write about their growth so far this year. These brave scholars recorded responses to questions about their learning across subject areas in their nicest neatest handwriting quite thoughtfully. First Graders have been working hard this year and can’t wait to share all of their growth and progress with you!

Important Dates

Monday, March 5th                           Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 6th                           Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Thursday, March 8th                         Silent Auction

Saturday, March 24th                        Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                            Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                              Return from Spring Break


Asia Celebration

Guest Speaker

Third Graders had another guest speaker this week, this time focused on Black History Month and the Gullah people of South Carolina. Cindy Makowsky, Boaz’s mom, came to talk to the students about her family and the power of preserving history. Students were delighted to learn about the traditions, language, and food of these local people and their important role in Charleston history.



Continuing with geometry, Third Graders have been focused on symmetry and congruence. Through observation, exploration, and construction, students have explored these concepts in a variety of ways. These concepts are applied to polygons and help students gain a deeper understanding of the variety of shapes within this category.




This week, Third Graders were thrilled to present the final product of their Asia Study. They have been working hard for the past 8 weeks, researching, constructing, and practicing their topic to share with their families. The school library was a showcase for all things Asia, representing the many aspects of this study and the students’ artwork. Third Graders then shared their speeches about their chosen Chinese Culture topic. They did an amazing job and showed such maturity and poise in their presentations.

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 5th                            Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, March 6th                           Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Thursday, March 8th                         Silent Auction
  • Saturday, March 24th                        Spring Planting Party
  • Monday, March 26th                         Third Grade Radio Show, 1:45
  • Friday, March 30th                             Spring Break begins
  • Monday, April 9th                               Return from Spring Break


Fourth Grade Rebels! March 2, 2018

Rebels and Redcoats

On Tuesday, Fourth Graders went on a field trip to the Old Exchange Building, the Heyward-Washington House, and the Powder Magazine. Scholars traveled back to the year of 1781 when Charleston was under British Occupation. Their secret mission began with fellow Patriot soldiers who greeted them at the Old Exchange building. Fourth Graders learned all about where prisoners were held by the British in the dungeon. Next, they attempted the minuet, a traditional colonial dance in the Great Hall.  After dancing, students journeyed to the Heyward-Washington house where they were greeted by Mrs. Heyward. Finally, students prepared for battle by learning how to fire a cannon and shoot a musket at the Powder Magazine.


Kindergarten Buddies

On Wednesday, Fourth Graders were delighted to have Reading Buddies and Lunch Buddies with Kindergarten! Each student had a little buddy that they read a book with in the classroom and then ate lunch with on the porch. The best part of having a buddy is during free play. Buddies were seen running and chasing after each other in tag, some played Sharks and Minnows, while others used a jump rope to play a game of horsey.


Animal Adaptations

The next few weeks will be spent reading and analyzing nonfiction articles written
 about Animal Adaptations. During this unit, students are learning how to find the main idea, pick out important details, and make inferences based on word choice within the articles. By the end of this unit, students will master the art of analyzing nonfiction texts!   


Important Dates:


Monday, March 5th                              Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 6th                             Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Thursday, March 8th                            Silent Auction

Saturday, March 24th                           Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                               Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                                Return from Spring Break

March Madness

Daily Intentions

        Second Graders have worked hard this week setting daily goals to be successful in the classroom and on the playground. Each morning they have been writing one goal for the day on a post-it note. This has been important for each student to set daily intentions and taking time after transitions and during Mindfulness to reflect on how they have been doing. At Close of Day, students were handed back their post-it to decide if they fulfilled their daily goal. Here are some of their choices: “Focus during self assessment,” “Finish my job ad today,” “Speak loud and proud,” and “Ask more questions.”

Cooper Village Tinker Time

            This week has been busy, busy, busy with building, painting, and lots of tinkering! We introduced The Cooper School “Tinkering Cart,” which is a cart that contains fun, hands-on building items like play-doh, sequins, pipe cleaners, sandpaper, and much more. Groups were assigned a natural disaster and then brainstormed what building materials would protect their homes. While one group might choose earthquake bolts for their house to stay safe from earthquakes, the flood group may be planning to put all their houses on stilts for protection from water damage.


      One of the greatest joys in elementary school is showing off to your friends and family just how much you learn each year. Second Graders are full of new knowledge that they can’t wait to share with you next week! Reflecting on your favorite piece of literature and writing about it can be a tough thing to do. Identifying and writing about your own strengths and weaknesses in Math can be challenging as well. We are proud of how much effort these students have put into reflecting on their progress and setbacks from the past trimester. Don’t forget, student led self-assessment conferences are next week on Monday and Tuesday. Please double check your child’s scheduled time. We are so excited to share all the wonderful things that have happened this trimester!

Important Dates:

Monday, March 5th                              Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 6th                            Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Thursday, March 8th                           Silent Auction

Monday, March 12th                          Cooper Village Presentation

Saturday, March 24th                         Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                              Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                                 Return from Spring Break



March here we come!!

Wrapping Up Clothing Unit

This week your clothing experts wrapped up our clothing unit by tie-dying a t-shirt and screen-printing a special logo on it. This logo was created by all the Kindergarteners collaboratively as a class. Kindergarteners also became sewing enthusiasts as they used their new sewing abilities to create an egg pincushion. We can’t wait for you to see all the wonderful work they have done and their fabulous sashaying at our upcoming Biome Show!

Building Connections

This week Kindergarten got the opportunity to spend time with 4th grade and 5th grade building relationships and connections. They read books together, wrote stories, and played together. Kindergarteners absolutely love to spend time with these older friends. It fills up their buckets in so many ways. Ask your Kindergartener their favorite part of spending time with their older friends.


Kindergarteners are becoming how-to experts! These budding authors created idea webs with everything they know how to do and shared their ideas with the class. They quickly realized that they know how to do so many things and were surprised what their friends could do. They are so excited about this unit and love being how-to experts.



Important Dates:

Monday, March 5th                           Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 6th                          Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, March 7th                     Study Trip to Magnolia Plantation

Thursday, March 8th                        Silent Auction

Saturday, March 24th                       Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                           Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                             Return from Spring Break


Luscious Linguists!


Students complete vocabulary tests every two weeks. Students have learned 132 new words this year! During Morning Meeting, students played a new game to demonstrate their knowledge of Unit 11 vocabulary words. Students rolled a dice and the number indicated whether they should state the definition, use it in a sentence, a synonym, an antonym, draw it, or act it out. Ask your child to play this game to review for their test next week!



This week in reading students performed their mystery plays with their book clubs. They were very creative from the scripts to the props. The students loved integrating drama into reading. Also, students have focused on their “just right” books. Many students finished a novel or began a new book from our classroom library. Our class is an amazing group of readers who share their passion for literature by recommending books to friends, writing book reviews and giving book commercials.


Africa Projects

This week, students chose their topics for their Africa report. Students will be compiling their reports for a published class book. This book will be a representation of what they have learned and will remain in The Cooper School Library for years to come. Also, parents will have an option to purchase the book as a memento.


Important Dates

Monday, March 5th                              Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Tuesday, March 6th                             Student Led Conference, 11:30 Dismissal

Thursday, March 8th                            Silent Auction

Saturday, March 24th                           Spring Planting Party

Friday, March 30th                               Spring Break begins

Monday, April 9th                                Return from Spring Break

Biomes, Measurement, How-To, Oh My!! February 27, 2018


Kindergarteners returned to school eager to make discoveries and share information about a variety of biomes. These curious minds have been engaged in learning about the climate, soil, plants, animals and people of the Polar, Desert, Tropical Rainforest and Wetland biomes this week. Kindergarteners have been enjoying sorting, trying on, and playing with the various clothing that is worn in each biome at the Imagination Station learning center. Ask your young scholar what they have learned about biomes this week!

Kindergarten Writers Explain “How-To” in Their Writing

Kindergarteners eagerly embarked upon an exciting new kind of writing during Writing Workshop this week. Students examined mentor texts to explore how authors write to teach. Students thought about topics they knew well, and things they could teach others how to do. Kindergarten writers were quite busy sharing their knowledge on a variety of topics in which they are “experts”.

Measurement Mania

Kindergarten mathematicians have been learning all about measurement this week. Kindergarteners developed their knowledge of measurement by using their feet to measure objects. Mathematicians recognized the need for standard measurement units by discussing “How Big Is A Foot?” Kindergarteners worked with a math partner to measure various objects and to compare those   measurements. Lastly, measurement enthusiasts were provided experience with a variety of measurement tools. Ask your Kindergartener what they learned in measurement this week!   

Important Dates:

  • Monday and Tuesday March 5th and 6th Student-Led Conferences 11:30 Dismissal
  • Tuesday, March 7th Study Trip to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Thursday, March 8th Silent Auction 6pm-9pm


Mystery Writers! February 23, 2018

Mystery Drama

 5th Grade readers have finished their mystery book clubs and the fun has only just begun! Book clubs worked together to write their own mystery play! Your writing detectives worked with their group to describe their main character, describe the setting, say what was stolen, write clues including some red herrings, add in a climax, and then let your reader solve the mystery. On Monday, students will perform their mystery to the class. Ask your child what their mini mystery was about!


This week, your mathematicians completed their unit on negative and positive numbers and exponents. We used cash and debt cards to reinforce the idea of positive and negative numbers and helped with addition and subtraction of those numbers. Students learned to associate terms such as “in the hole”, “down” and “in the red” with negative numbers. They learned to associate terms such as “in the black”, “in excess of” and “over” with positive numbers. Your thinkers discovered that subtracting a positive or negative number is the same thing as adding the opposite of that number. This helped as they worked through more difficult subtraction problems.  

Art Explorations

Students completed their final week of Art Explorations on Tuesday. Art students worked on self-portraits and Greek vases. Music students practiced their songs for SOA auditions and for graduation. Writing students completed poetry and their stories for middle school applications. Students enjoyed this experience focusing on one discipline with a small group.


Africa Talk with Ms. Kotz! 

 Students played Mancala during morning meeting. Mancala is played in many East African countries. 

Important Dates

March 5th & 6th – Conferences (early dismissal)

March 8th– Silent Auction

March 30th-April 8th– Spring Break


Silent Auction

Join us at the 2018 Silent Auction!

March 8th from 6pm-9pm at The Schoolhouse

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