The Cooper School Daily

February is Full of Love

Fun with Multiplication

    This week in Math, Second Grade students were formally introduced to basic multiplication.  The concept was practiced by first discussing what equal groups are and where we see them in the classroom and at the grocery store. Students shared their solution strategies for figuring out word problems involving equal grouping and multiplying. We drew pictures, made tallies, and counted patterns to determine these solutions. We were so impressed and proud of these children who grasped this difficult concept with grace and ease!

Weather the Storm

    Our current reading unit is called, “Weather and Climate”. Students investigated Earth’s fascinating water cycle and learned that evaporation happens when the sun turns water into a gas called water vapor. The concepts of condensation and precipitation were also discussed in pairs and as a whole class.  In one of our next readings we examined a climate map of the US which also emphasized natural disasters. Students referred to the climate legend to match colored regions with a climate title and description. We discovered that South Carolina is part of a “Humid Subtropical” climate zone. So that explains Charleston’s summers!!

News From Cooper Village

     This week’s lessons paired nicely with Reading class as Second Graders compared and contrasted two maps. First, we used Google Earth to check out our Pen Pals’ school in Thailand and we zoomed into Charleston and found The Cooper School. We examined zoning maps and learned about colored building codes. Students came to the realization that builders must prepare their houses or businesses for all types of natural disasters before the building process even begins. Building planning and construction is up next!

Important Dates:

Bake Sale                                                   Friday, Feb. 9th at 2:15-2:45

Valentine’s Day Concert                         Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 1:30-2:15

February Break/ No School                   Friday, Feb. 16th

February Break/ No school                    Monday, Feb. 19th