Parks and Recreation
This week, Second Grade took their first trip to the James Island County Park to go rock climbing. The last trimester is when all grades ar The Cooper School go on weekly Movement field trips to explore the adventurous outdoors of Charleston. Students were teeming with excitement as we strapped in our harnesses and got the safety run-down. The weather was perfect for an afternoon climb. During Morning Meeting that day, each student set personal goals to revisit throughout the day. It was a great lesson in self-confidence and perseverance after personal failure. The good thing is, they still have three weeks to work hard to achieve their goals.
Students are preparing diligently for their end of the year project on birds. This week, students researched their bird’s nest, habitat, predator, prey, interesting facts, and brood. We’ve found a family of Red-Tailed Hawks to watch on Cornell’s amazing bird website and watched the chicks eat a tasty squirrel for their first meal ever! Our bird lovers are prepping notes and facts for a research essay they will start formally writing next week.
Measuring With More
Our newest unit from Everyday Math (Unit 9) introduces students to measuring distances longer than a ruler. Students compared measurements with inches versus centimeters and yards versus meters. We have started to make more accurate guesses of lengths of things like books, pencils, and our fingers. After measuring our friends’ height and shoe size, students decided that rigid measuring tools, like rulers, are not ideal for measuring items like the circumference of your head or your waistline. Students are also starting to explore and measure perimeters of shapes and objects at school.
Climbing Wall May 1
Charleston Carriage Ride May 3
Grandparents Day May 4, Early dismissal 11:30 am
Pass-it-On May 4, 5-6pm @ The Charleston Museum
Climbing Wall May 8
Climbing Wall May 15
Bird Study Presentation May 18
End of the Year Picnic May 20 @ Magnolia Plantation