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New Year Hopes and Aspirations! January 11, 2019

One Word

We leapt into the New Year excitedly, launching our school-wide one word campaign. Each faculty member and student chose one word that will usher us into our new year and be our personal focus for the next twelve months. Some 1st Grade choices included improvise, adventurous, flexible, creative, strong, empathetic, determined, helpful, kindness, and compassion. Students enjoyed eating lunch and playing with 4th buddies this week and shared their words with their peers. What is your one word for 2019? Share it with us!

Mapping the World

In Social Studies, 1st Grade is studying the continent of Australia. In this important study, students are learning cardinal directions, how to navigate maps, the difference between maps and globes, and working on identifying all seven continents and four major oceans on a map or globe. We will also be studying the animals that live in Australia and researching this fascinating country and the people that live there!

Author Study—Mem Fox

In Reading Workshop, we are engaged in an author study around the books of Mem Fox. Mem Fox is a prolific, widely known Australian children’s book author. Many of her books feature animal characters native to the country of Australia. We are enjoying exploring the settings of her books and learning more about her life and how she discovers ideas for her stories. Upcoming, we will also look at some literary techniques she uses, such as repetition and onomatopoeia.

Important Dates:

Thursday, January 17th– Viewing of Miss Representation documentary, 6:00pm, TCS Library

Monday, January 21st-MLK Day-NO SCHOOL

Thursday, January 31-TCS Art Walk, 8:00-9:00am

 

Cooper Village Kick Off

Making Change

Second Graders started the new year by counting up with coins! Partnering together, Second Graders role played both cashiers and customers at the vegetable stand using pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters making purchases and making change.  

Charlestowne Settlers

Our class has enjoyed reading and writing about the Charlestowne Settlers and their impact in the Lowcountry’s founding. Second Graders explored the settlers’ reasons for relocating to the New World and historical figures, like King Charles II, who tried to restore the throne through assigning the proprietors to the area. Scholars wrote and illustrated the details of the geographic voyage from England to America as well as the architectural details of homes built by Charlestowne Settlers.  

Cooper Village

Second Graders have begun work on the highly anticipated Cooper Village project.  Scholars discussed the essential businesses a village needs and they collectively compiled a master list. Students partnered in pairs to discuss all of their options and justify their choices for the final Cooper Village list. From there, students narrowed down their final list to only 8 businesses . A few choices included a hospital/doctor’s office, a police/fire station, a recycling/sewage/trash center, an electric company, and a grocery store.  

Caw Caw Field Trip:

We will be taking a field trip to the Caw Caw Interpretive Center on Friday January 25th.  We ask that parents send a plain, white t-shirt to school. We will be participating in indigo dyeing while on this trip.  

Important Dates:

January 21st: MLK Day – No School

January 31st– Art Walk at TCS

Pictured Below: Second graders partnering to discuss Cooper Village businesses

December 21st, 2018 December 21, 2018

Social Studies Field Trip

Third Graders went on their third and final South Carolina Study field trip this week and got the opportunity to sit in the twelve seats of South Carolina’s council members. Students were hopeful to meet the mayor, but were excited to learn that he was busy after announcing his bid for re-election this week. Our guide shared many interesting stories with students about South Carolina history, but really blew us away with stories about the art and architecture of the room we were so fortunate to sit in!

Writing

Students ended 2018 by writing persuasive letters to people in their lives requesting things they were passionate about. Our class used luscious language to convince their readers of so many things, from adopting a puppy to purchasing new playground equipment. Students have been inspired by the change they made by writing a letter to Ms. Franci requesting an extra PJ day. Third Graders ended the week by presenting their persuasive letters to the class.

Because Of Winn-Dixie

This week, Third Grade finished our latest Read Aloud novel, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Students laughed and fell in love with our novel’s protagonists, Opal and Winn-Dixie. Third Graders have had a blast using the story to study the characters and analyze the growth of Opal as she navigates through her new town, following the loss of her mother. We have been delighted to hear students’ recognition of the take-away lessons of Opal and her dog friend, including forgiveness and kindness.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Important Dates:

  • December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter Break (No School)
  • January 4th – School Resumes
  • January 21st – MLK Day (No School)
  • January 31st – Art Walk

Anyone Up For An American Revolutionary War Debate? We are!

     

Our Fourth Grade scholars were diligently preparing for a class debate between the Patriots and Loyalists this week! Our classroom was setup to feel just like Independence Hall in 1776. The Loyalists were seated across the room from the Patriots. The debate began as each delegate stood in front of the opposing side to voice their argument. Their rebuttals were heartfelt and persuasive. What a thrill it was to hear them develop their counterarguments and stick to their convictions. In order to have a successful debate, timing, confidence and concrete information are key components. Each historian researched their topic on their iPad and read countless classroom books on the American Revolutionary War. Students practiced in pairs to prepare for the debate. The process of debating enhances a student’s public speaking skills, critical thinking skills, note taking skills, analytical and research skills. Ask your child which side of the debate they were on! You might be surprised.

    

 

 

Do You Know Your Multiplication Strategies? Fourth Graders Do!

Fourth Grade mathematicians have been learning different multiplication strategies to help them master problems. Students have learned partial products, partitioned rectangles and the lattice method. Students showed their mastery on the Unit 4 test by multiplying two-digit by two-digit numbers and explaining the process in words. Over break, students can practice their basic multiplication facts using their Rocket Math folders. Ask your child to demonstrate one of the multiplication strategies they have learned.

 

How Many Bones Are In The Human Body? 206 or 300?

Our students were tasked with creating a model of a human skeleton using paper cutouts and pins to connect each joint. This appeared easy at first, but things are not always what they seem. Fourth Graders needed to take a closer look at each bone to make sure they fit properly. Our scientists were then able to appreciate the full skeletal frame. One of the more challenging exercises of the human body unit, was having each student perform normal tasks such as writing, tying their shoes, coloring and zipping up coats while their thumbs were taped to their index finger. Our class had a wonderful time trying clever ways to perform each task without the use of two phalanges. Ask your child how many bones are in the human body and to name a bone.

      

 

Important Dates:

Winter Break: December 22nd-January 3rd (School resumes on January 4th)

It’s the Holiday Season…

Voracious Readers

Reading Workshop is one of our favorite times of the day. There is something undeniably special about reading books. First Grade is an exciting year of tremendous growth in Reading and these young scholars are just devouring books! It is a joy for us to be able to celebrate in their triumphs and share this journey with them as they grow as readers. What are your earliest memories around reading? We invite you to share them with your scholar!

Getting Festive!

In the spirit of the winter season, on the last day of school before the break, students and teachers donned pajamas and came together for an all school read aloud and candy cane hunt.  Students have enjoyed creating festive winter crafts and reading holiday books during the week leading up to break!

Holidays Around the World

Students at The Cooper School participated in Whole School Morning Meetings this week to learn about different winter holidays across cultures, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, St. Lucia Day, and Winter Solstice. They specifically learned how food is important to each one of these winter holidays! Scholars were delighted to make new discoveries about holidays celebrated around the world, as well as make connections amongst the variety of celebrations. Ask your scholar which holiday they enjoyed learning about the most!

Important Dates:

Friday, December 21st                Winter Break Begins

Friday, January 4th                         School Resumes

Measuring On

Standard Units of Measurement

Second Graders kicked off math with an exciting project on standard units of measurement. We began with a ruler which amounted to 12 inches or 1 foot.  Second Graders partnered with another classmate for a measuring project in our classroom. They explored measuring classroom objects, like our board and desks, to see how many inches or feet they equaled.  Our lesson also included reading the popular book “How Big Is A Foot”.

Reading Plan

Book Club buddies partnered together to continue their reading project to improve fluency by creating a book club plan. Readers utilized strategies such as retelling stories to one another and then by helping each other understand what is happening in the story. Readers were able to keep track of what was happening in longer books by using strategies like determining what is important and to stop when you get off track to re-read and answer questions with your partner. Second Grade scholars also created a flash news bulletin where they compiled facts about Second Grade readers and their unique skill sets when reading with fluency.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiawah Indian Transportation

This week Second Grade studied the Kiawah Indians, focusing specifically on their transportation.  We learned that the Kiawah Indians were in peak physical condition due to walking and running almost everywhere! When the Kiawah Indians were not walking or running, they paddled on the rivers in dugout boats. These boats were made of materials such as cypress and live oak trees. Second Graders learned about the intricate process of making these dugout boats and also illustrated a comparison of modern day Kiawah, to the time of the Kiawah Indians.  

Important Dates:

Friday, January 4th- Students return to TCS from Winter Break

 

Happy Holidays!!

Holiday Migration

Students at The Cooper School participated in Whole School Morning Meetings this week to learn about how different winter holidays came to be! Scholars were delighted to make new discoveries about holidays celebrated around the world, as well as make connections amongst the variety of celebrations. This years theme was food. Scholars got to taste several different foods and learn different traditions.Ask your scholar which holiday they enjoyed learning about the most!

 

Building Project

Building experts have been busy drafting their buildings for their building project. Your Kindergartener then took these designs, and added black pen tracing, and colored them in.This week Kindergarteners have been been using their supplies and tools to begin constructing their buildings. It has been so exciting to see them use their imagination to construct these masterpieces. Stay tuned for our Buildings Museum once we have completed them!

 

Math Fanatics

This week in math our Kindergarten mathematicians have been busy going deeper into volume. We continued using our special instruments such as vases, measuring cups, glass shakers and more. We poured rice in each instrument until they were filled to the top and compared the number of scoops it took depending on the different sizes. Kindergarteners were so excited to be able to pour into each of the objects. These hands-on activities were definitely the highlight of math this week!

Candy Cane Hunt

Our secret elves came and dropped off candy canes for all the kids at The Cooper School. Each scholar went on the hunt throughout the back yard to find their own personal candy cane. It was so much fun to watch the older scholars help kindergartens look for candy canes !

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, December 24 – January 3rd (Winter Break)
  • Friday, January 4- Students return to TCS

Happy Holidays!

Outside fun!

Fifth Grade enjoys their recess time. They are always making up new, exciting games to play or volunteering to rake and sweep up the leaves after a rainstorm. A few students have invented a game that consists of notecards that they created, and they invite all ages to share in the fun. This recess time allows students to be creative and is crucial to a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development.

“Screen Time”

This week during Reading we have been discussing kids and “screen time”. Screen time includes television and internet use. Most students believe that a child’s screen time should be limited to a certain amount each week. Researchers have been diving deep into articles that cover both sides of this argument. They were asked to form an opinion after reading these articles and then discuss their opinions with their classmates. Through this unit, students are learning how to develop and defend strong arguments!

To, Too, or Two?

This week we reviewed homophones. Students are feeling more confident using certain homophones in their writing. We studied homophones such as to, two, too and their, there, and they’re. Spellers were asked to write sentences using these homophones with the correct meaning. Ask your child to explain the differences between these homophones!

 

Important Dates:

Friday, January 4th- Students return from Winter Break

Battleship! December 14, 2018

Math Battleship

This week in Math we’ve been studying coordinate grids. Fifth Grade Mathematicians played a form of Battleship by trying to guess their partner’s coordinates on a grid game board. If the students guessed correctly, they won. If the students didn’t guess correctly, they had to figure out how many grid spaces away they were from the correct coordinate. This game taught students how to strategize using the coordinates to figure out a specific point on their opponents grid.

 

Talk to Your Audience

In writing this week, we discussed how to write an essay to persuade a certain audience. Students worked in groups to plan out a strategy to persuade the Fifth Grade teacher to allow certain things in the classroom or at The Cooper School. Some of the topics these writers chose were to allow students to practice typing on iPads during Centers, offer more Afterschool activities, and to allow Chick-Fil-A to deliver food to students during lunch. Fifth Grade writers made sure to use facts and language that would appeal to the teacher.

 

Vocabulary

In Vocabulary this week we had fun playing Vocabulary Video Game. Students got to choose their own game rules and avatars. Some of the rules for this game were to hop on one foot while saying a sentence that used one of our vocabulary words, act out one vocabulary word in thirty seconds, etc. Students rolled dice and moved around the game board while completing the vocabulary rules of the game.

 

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

Kiawah Indians

Determining Value

Second Graders challenged themselves to determine the greater value of two triple digit numbers this week.  They utilized base ten blocks to determine which value was greater! For example: 365 >262. Students exchanged base ten blocks when their value became greater than ten.

Book Club Buddies

Readers were paired with their book club buddy for an exciting new project in reading workshop. Second grade readers will compare their findings and predictions while reading the same fiction book.  This process will help build comprehension through accountability, as readers make discoveries together.

Kiawah Indians

This week Second Grade studied the Kiawah Indian tribes native to the Kiawah Island area. They learned about their culture, hunting and gathering practices, as well as language. Scholars also studied the transportation, housing, and food that the Indians ate. Students partnered together to illustrate what Indians life would look like in the past and in the present.  

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:

December 14th       3-5 Movie Night – The Grinch @ The Cooper School 5-8 pm

December 21st.      Pajama Day

Pictured Below: Second Grade read fairytales to kindergarten buddies. Second Grade performs at the Winter Choir Concert at the Circular Church.  

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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