The Cooper School Daily

Collaborating Across Grades, Author Study, and Celebrating 100 Days!

 Celebrating 100 Days of Being First Grade Scholars

 First Grade friends are now 100 days smarter! First Grade scholars honored this very exciting day through a variety of math centers where they explored the number 100 in a variety of ways. Mathematicians created patterns of either 5 or 10 as they crafted necklaces made up of 100 pieces of cereal! Brave problem solvers also investigated the many ways that they could create 100 cents using a variety of coin combinations. Finally, scholars explored calculators to find a variety of ways to skip count and get to 100. This day was made extra exciting as Kindergarten friends paraded through the school in their 100 year old costumes!

Publishing Nonfiction Book Reports & Science Fair Fun

 First Grade friends were thrilled to collaborate with Fifth Grade for two special events this week! On Tuesday, Fifth Graders invited classes to visit their Science Fair. First Grade friends explored a collection of unique experiments and listened closely as Fifth Graders shared their science discoveries. On Wednesday, Fifth Graders joined First Grade Readers as audience members. First Grade friends proudly presented their Nonfiction Book Reports about the Arctic. These brave scholars shared fun facts and explained illustrated diagrams with labels that teach. Ask your First Grader about their favorite shared-experience with Fifth Grade friends from this week!

 Meet Cynthia Rylant!

 This week, First Grade readers launched a new Author Study on Cynthia Rylant during Reading Workshop! Scholars were introduced to this favorite author and her unique array of characters in her books. First Grade friends spent time exploring character traits and describing the personalities of Rylant’s characters. These brave readers were introduced to the idea of books in a series and discovered that in a series the characters stay the same but the problems and solutions are different. Ask your First Grader what they discovered about Cynthia Rylant and her characters this week!


Important Dates:

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  

Inuit Presentation                                  Tuesday, February 20th

 Student Led Conferences                    March 5th and 6th – Early Release 11:30 Dismissal