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Looking at the World and This Is What We See! March 8, 2019

Proud Scholars

After reflecting on and writing about their progress during Writing Workshop last week, students took the lead Monday and Tuesday in conferences. They guided their parents through various centers: a Social Studies Bridge building center, a Just Right book center, a Math center where they taught their parents the Digit Game, a class-favorite Math game, and a Self-Assessment center where they shared their folders and their online portfolios. Students spoke with confidence about their learning and about what they felt most proud of, and where they hope to grow and improve. We are so impressed with our fearless, joyful 1st Grade shining stars and thrilled to see them take ownership of their learning.

Third Trimester Science Investigation

We begin our third trimester with a Science unit on Solids and Liquids. In this unit, students will learn to identify solid objects and materials by their properties, sort objects into collections based on their properties, use tables to record their data, construct towers from solids objects, and search for and sort solid objects found in nature and manmade solid objects.

Seeing the World Through Our Poet’s Eyes

TCS launched it’s annual school-wide study of poetry this week! First Graders have been enjoying silly poems, serious poems, poems about food, poems about nature, and much, much more. We have also been drawing inspiration from past Cooper School poetry anthologies. What a treat it has been for our scholars to read poems their older siblings and mentors wrote when they were in the 1st Grade! On Wednesday morning, students were encouraged to think about five things they care about to jumpstart the poetry writing process. We have also added a poetry museum to our classroom so that 1st Graders can practice seeing things with their poet’s eyes, and we have been flooding our classroom with poems so that everywhere students look they see possible ideas for their own poems.

Important Dates:

Saturday, March 16th-Spring Planting Party

Monday, March 25th-Friday, March 29th-TCS Closed for Spring Break

 

Kindergarten Poets

Wrapping Up Biomes in a Fashionable Way

Kindergarten “Biome Experts” were delighted to show off their knowledge of the four biomes we studied during our Biome Fashion Show. Students did an outstanding job preparing their individual biome uniforms and props to represent the rainforest, desert, polar and wetland biomes. Kindergarteners worked to read and record an interesting fact about their biome during Learning Centers. They then wrote their biome fact in their very best and neatest handwriting to prepare for the fashion show.

 

Student Led Conferences

This week, Kindergarteners invited parents into the classroom to guide them through discussions and activities about their growth and goals. At the Self-Assessment station, students shared their Self-Assessment Folder, a portfolio full of student reflection on everything from Science to Handwriting. At the math center, parents played a nice game of Top-It. At the reading and writing center, students showed parents a “just-right” book from the beginning of the year, and a book that is just-right now… and what a difference we saw! At the Science and Social Studies center, students showed parents the difference between modesty, communication, protection and decoration. It was a fantastic afternoon!

 

Poetry!

Our young readers are learning about poetry. This week students learned how to sort books to distinguish between poetry books and storybooks. Readers also learned that poems look different than other types of writing. Poems have white space, can be written like a tall building, or sometimes the words seem to float on the page! During Writer’s Workshop, students practiced writing poems about things that are important to them. Writers are discovering different ways to find inspiration!

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, March 16th – Spring Planting Party
  • Spring Break – March 25-29

 

Land Ho! March 1, 2019

Land Ho!

Come aboard a Spanish caravel as the 5th Graders learn what it was really like to be an early explorer in the late 1400s.  After studying the history of the early explorers, reading a historical fiction novel about Christopher Columbus’ exploration to the New World, and researching an explorer of their choice, 5th Graders participated in an Explorers Simulation!  Each ship crew had to select a charter from either Spain or Portugal, and navigate their ship through rough seas, disease, lack of supplies, and hostile natives. Every day students worked together to make decisions about the fate of their ship and then entered their thoughts into a personal log, just like the ship’s scribe would have done.  Ask your child if they made it back safely!

 

Sportsmanship

This week’s Morning Meeting guru talked about sportsmanship. He discussed what it looks like and sounds like, he even brought in pictures to show what good sportsmanship looks like with his favorite sports teams! We used this knowledge and his expertise during Movement on Tuesday when we played Capture the Flag. Teams congratulated each other on a job well done, and then we named one thing we thought the other team did well.

 

Super Spellers

Our spellers were hard at work this week. Each week students are given a new set of words that they must sort into the correct spelling pattern. Students do this in a variety of ways. Some students work with partners, while others test themselves with speed while sorting their words in categories, trying to beat their best time. Our Fifth Grade spellers love to hunt through their Scholastic News magazines to find as many of their spelling patterns as they can!

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6- Student-Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal Days)
  • Friday, March 8- Explorers Presentation (8:30 A.M -9:00 A.M.)
  • Saturday, March 16- Spring Planting Party

Taking Care of Ourselves and the Earth!

Glows and Grows

First Graders have been hard at work reflecting on and writing about what they do well and the areas they want to grow in, both academically and socially and emotionally, to prepare for student-led conferences. They also each chose a just-right book that they can read independently and wrote about their favorite part. Next week, they will share their self-assessment folders with their parents, lead their parents through Math and Social Studies Centers, and read their just-right book aloud. We are very proud of their tremendous progress and growth as scholars!

What Time Is It?

In Math, 1st Grade is studying time. Children brainstormed a list of activities that take an hour to complete, such as ballet class, baking banana bread, and going to church, and then practiced telling time on an hour-hand-only clock. They assembled their own hour-hand-only clocks with paper plates and used them to model appropriate times.

Protectors of Our Environment

In Whole School Morning Meeting this week, we talked about composting. At The Cooper School, children are encouraged to use our composting bin in the backyard for food scraps. We discussed items that can be placed in the compost bin and items that are not compostable and read a book called Compost Stew. Going forward, each class will have a bowl to place their compost scraps in and an assigned Composter will be added to the list of class jobs. We commend you, TCS Environmental Warriors!

Important Dates:

Monday, March 4th & Tuesday, March 5th-Half Days/Student Led Conferences

Saturday, March 16th Spring Planting Party

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29-TCS Closed for Spring Break

 

SPEEDY SPELLING TIME!

Speedy Spelling!

Fourth Graders participated in a thrilling spelling activity outdoors this week. Our spectacular spellers lined up in their Word Work groups and waited for their teachers to yell start. Each team member would race to a slate, which was set on the bench and we would give them one of their weekly spelling words to spell correctly. Once the word was written down, they would race back to the line and the next speller in their team would run to the slate for the next word. Our scholars showcased sportsmanship by cheering and clapping for their teammates and shook hands with their opponents at the end of the game. Please ask your child, which words of encouragement they used during this amazing spelling race.

 

Paws for Panda’s!

Our scholars couldn’t resist the adorable Panda’s who graced the cover of this week’s Scholastic News, titled, “Can One Panda Save The Species?” Not only did 4th Graders enjoy reading about preserving the Panda population, but they also sharpened their reading comprehension skills by identifying key words in the text. Students were then encouraged to write a brief synopsis of what they read. They answered the News Review at the end of the piece to complete the challenge. Please ask your child about one fact they learned from reading this week’s Scholastic News!

 

 

Dream Big!

Our 4th Graders dreamed big this week as each artist was given the task of creating their own dream house, in Art class. Students brainstormed and drafted designs of their unique creations. Once their blueprints were complete, they eagerly moved to the next step, which was choosing materials to bring their ideas to life. Rulers, sharpie markers and pencils were just a few items artists chose for this creative challenge. 4th Graders designed elaborate dream houses and some created waterparks, hotels or  houses with water slides connecting to each level of the house. Please ask your child about the inspiration behind their dream houses.

 

Important Dates:

Monday, 3/14-Tuesday, 3/15 Student Led Conferences-Half Days

Saturday, 3/16- Spring Planting Party

Monday, 3/25-Friday, 3/29 Spring Break-No School

 

Cooper Village

Cooper Village Presentation

Second Grade warmly welcomed family and friends to our business community to share our work on building an eco-friendly village that was based on needs versus wants.  Scholars were proud to share their unique roles in building disaster proof homes and businesses. They displayed their work in creating a budget when becoming a business owner. Family and friends also had the chance to apply for open jobs by letting us know why they would be best for these roles! We are thrilled to say that we have hired many new employees in Cooper Village!

Australia

We are thrilled to begin our next Social Studies unit on Australia beginning next week. We will begin with a review of the continents, oceans, and biomes before diving into the history of the Aborginal people.  Similar to our Kiawah Indians and Charlestowne Settlers study, scholars will have the opportunity to learn the details of the shelter, transportation, food, clothing and celebrations of Australia’s indigenous people.

Partial Sums

Math has been a week of reviewing partial sums! Partial-sums addition is particularly useful for adding multi-digit numbers. Scholars are working one place-value column at a time, and then adding all the partial sums to find the total sum.

Important Dates

March 4th  Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 5th Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 16th Spring Planting Party

March 25-29 Spring Break

March 1st, 2019

Writing

In preparation for Student Led Conferences next week, Third Graders spent the week working on Self Assessment in their own writing. Students were given the opportunity to look at writing pieces they’ve finished throughout the year and were asked to compare them to their most recent writing. Third Graders were able to point out so many of the areas in which they have improved. Some of the growth students immediately noticed included neatness of handwriting, proper grammar usage, and their storytelling ability. We are so lucky to get to watch all of them grow as students.

Reading

In reading this week, Third Graders worked on identifying cause and effect. Students used Asian animal texts to look for examples. Third Grade was so excited to continue to build on their research skills while taking notes of problems for their endangered animal study, as well solutions. Each student proudly stood to teach the class about all of the new information they had gathered!

Social Studies

Third Graders spent the week putting the final touches on their Asia Study Presentations. Students wrapped up speeches, built artifacts, placed their topics on a timeline, and finished painting our class model of China. Students even made some time for additional art projects to be included in our presentation. We are so proud of all of the hard work Third Graders put into our Asia study this trimester!

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • March 4th – Student Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
  • March 5th – Student Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal & PJ Day)
  • March 16th- Spring Planting Party
  • March 25th-29th – Spring Break (No School)

Kindergarten Weekly

Biomes & Fashion

This week Kindergartners have continued to learn more about our four biomes Polar, Rainforest, Desert and Wetlands. They have been so excited to share what accessories, clothing and stuffed animals they will be wearing for the fashion show. We have been practicing how students will be strutting down the runway and we are almost “runway status” ready! We can’t wait until the fashion show next week to share all the hard work the Kindergartners have been creating and practicing.

 

Movement

On Tuesday, our Kindergartners participated in Movement to get some exercise and energy out. We decided to link our Movement activity to our biomes project. Our Kindergartners decided to play Safari Run. This game involved our scholars pretending to be different animals from our biomes. Students pretended to be penguins and polar bears from the polar biome, camels and kangaroos from the desert biome, alligators and lizards from the wetlands and sloths and frogs from the rainforest biomes. Our Kindergartners enjoyed this Movement activity so much. Ask your child to act out some of these animals for you!

 

Sewing

This week our Kindergartners talked about sewing to continue our clothing unit. We learned about different needles and types of fabrics. Students then got to participate in sewing their very own button onto a fabric square. We had the pleasure of having the Fifth Graders come into our classroom to help our scholars learn how to sew. Ask your Kindergartner to show you their sewn on button!

 

Important Dates

  • March 4 Biome Fashion Show 10:45am
  • March 4th  Student Led Conferences- Half Day
  • March 5th Student Led Conferences- Half Day
  • March 16th Spring Planting Party
  • Spring Break – March 25-29

Newspaper Columnists February 22, 2019

Newspaper

This week Second Graders expanded their writing skills as both local Cooper Village business owners as well as newspaper columnists.  Each writer paired with partner to create a unique story covering a topic that was affecting Cooper Village.  Stories covered the local economy, crime, environmental changes, and inspirational stories of local residents!

Read Aloud

Second Grade is half way through another riveting read aloud book called “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli. This is a story of a fearless orphan named Jeffrey who is known for his athletic abilities and a love for reading. His story is complex but he meets many characters along his journey that show him compassion and belonging in a world on the run.

Public Speaking

Each member of our class will be presenting at the Cooper Village Grand Opening. Second Graders have been practicing with partners and in front of a group audience speak to a large crowd. They will be representing both their natural disaster and businesses! They have used techniques such as speaking loud and proud, slowing down, and smiling. 

Reminder: By now you have received the invitation for the Grand Opening of Cooper Village on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:30 am.  One thing you will need to remember is the costume of your child’s profession in Cooper Village. This is a very fun project to do with your Second Grader!

 

Important Dates

February 26th Grand Opening of Cooper Village

March 4th  Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 5th Student Led Conferences Half Day

 

It’s time to put on your 3D glasses!

Fourth Graders put on their 3D glasses to watch a thrilling 3D tour of the International Space Station, as part of our Sun, Moon and Stars unit. Students were inspired by the tour and were eager to share their reflections with the class. They are learning about the exploration of the solar system and the significance of scientific research. Our class is discovering that the Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite and it rises and sets just like the Sun. Students will be observing the Moon’s Lunar Phase Cycle in the upcoming weeks and charting results each day. There’s a lot we can learn from the Sun, Moon and Stars. Please ask your child about their observations of the 3D tour.

 

 

How do you use a protractor to measure an angle?

Fourth Grade students have started to measure angles with a protractor. Our mathematicians are working hard at identifying different types of angles, such as right, reflex, obtuse and acute angles. Students are becoming more comfortable with using this tool to discover answers to difficult problems. Unit 6 has challenged our students to ask questions and utilize interactive methods when approaching each problem. Students were introduced to complementary angles and supplementary angles. Students used their knowledge to solve unknown additive angle problems. Please ask your child about the three different types of angles.

 

Inspiring historical fiction narratives!

Our historians have been busy creating their historical fiction narratives from scratch! Each scholar began the writing process by filling in a story planner designed to assist with the flow of the story. Fourth Graders use this planner in a thoughtful manner to help them with the writing process, as they develop each piece of the story. Students have been adding historical details of their chosen time period into the setting, character actions and feelings of their stories. Ask your child what time period they chose to write about!

 

Important Dates:

Monday, 3/14-Tuesday, 3/15 Student Led Conferences-Half Days

Monday, 3/25-Friday, 3/29 Spring Break-No School

 

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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