The Cooper School Daily

Explorers hit the water!

Explorers

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!

 

Grammar

This week in grammar students focused on homophones. Students learned that homo means “same” and phone means “sound”. Students worked in groups to define their set of homophones. The students created mini posters to represent their set of homophones creating a sentence and drawing a picture. Their excellence in this subject proved they’re ready for middle school! Ask your student the difference between there, their and they’re!

 

Kayaking

This week we completed our first field trip to the James Island County Park for kayaking and paddleboarding lessons. We all had a blast! In the kayaking group, students learned the proper way to get in their boats by using their paddle as a stabilizer. Then, they mastered the sweep stroke and reverse sweep stroke.  It was fun and wet! Ask your child what their favorite part about this field trip was!

Important Dates

May 4th– Grandparents Day 10am-11:30am (Early Dismissal)

May 4th– Pass It On- 5pm-6pm @ The Charleston Museum

May 3rd– Kayaking/SUP

May 10th– Kayaking/SUP

May 17th– Kayaking/SUP

May 20th– End of the Year Picnic (3:30pm-5pm)

May 28th– Memorial Day – No school

May 31st– Graduation (11:30 dismissal)

June 1st– Field Day (11:30 dismissal)