The Cooper School Daily

Bird Feathers

Second Graders continued their science unit on birds this week. They began this study by defining characteristics of birds’ feathers, also known as plumage.  One of the characteristics included that there are six types of feathers. Feathers are classified as tail feathers, flight feathers, semiplume feathers, filoplume feathers, bristle feathers and downy feathers.  Second Graders noticed that birds like penguins and owls possess downy feathers because they are essential for keeping these birds warms. Scholars will soon label parts of a feather as well as draw their own.

Number Stories for Equal Groups and Arrays

Second Graders continued their study of multiplication strategies this week by discussing equal groups and arrays through number stories and drawings.  Scholars used counters as a tool during this lesson. As they wrote out their drawings, scholars were encouraged to circle each row or column in their arrays to highlight the idea of equal groups.  Then, scholars connected the groups to the equal addends in their number models.

James and the Giant Peach

Second Grade’s newest read aloud book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. This beloved classic written in 1961 is just as loved today as it was when it was written.  The story is centered around a young, English orphan, James, who enters an enormous yet magical peach. James meets enchanted garden bugs along this journey that leads to new adventures.

Important Dates:

May 10th 11:30 Dismissal

May 10th Pass It On (5pm-6pm at The Scottish Rite)

May 19th TCS End of the Year Celebration at The Riverdogs Baseball Game

May 27th No School – Memorial Day