The Cooper School Daily

Catching Leaves in Fourth!

Photos Below: Fourth Graders enjoy the simple pleasure of chasing falling leaves during outdoor break!

Science: Fourth Grade scholars kicked off January with a new science unit introducing them to the study of the human body.  In this unit, Fourth Graders will take a deeper look into the subjects of bones, joints, muscles, and coordination.  Did you know that the adult human body has a total of 206 bones? That is one of many new facts that students learned this week!

Reading Workshop

This week’s Reading Workshop focused on identifying the types of characters and settings that can be found in historical fiction.  Scholars learned that historical fiction is a literary genre where the plot takes place in a setting of the past.  One of the vocabulary words for our week is ancestor, which ties perfectly into this theme.  As we reflect on our American Revolution study, students are able to identify elements of setting from the characters’ dialogue, what they wore, and how they are described. 

Bridge to Terabithia

Fourth Grade has begun a new Read Aloud book this week called Bridge to Terabithia. Bridge to Terabithia is a work of children’s literature about two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom in their imaginations. The novel was written by Katherine Paterson In 1978, and it won the Newbery Medal.

The novel tells the story of fifth grader, Jesse Aarons, who becomes friends with his new neighbor, Leslie Burke, after he loses a footrace to her at school. Leslie is a smart, talented, outgoing tomboy from a wealthy family, and Jesse thinks highly of her. Jesse is an artistic boy from a poor family who, in the beginning, is fearful, angry, and depressed. After meeting Leslie, however, his life is transformed. He becomes courageous and learns to let go of his frustration. The two children create a kingdom for themselves, which Leslie names “Terabithia.”

Important Dates: 

Monday, January 18th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)