The Cooper School Daily

Big Kid Math, Author Study, and Self-Assessment

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