On Tuesday, Fourth Graders and fellow Cooper School students showed how hard work and focus can really wow a crowd! In front of parents, teachers, and friends, students sang festive songs with poise and skill. Hazel Ketchum and Tom Noren led this off-site concert at the Circular Church. Fourth Graders did an amazing job show casing their string instrument skills as a group, as well as playing as accompaniment to the whole school choir and singing some solos. This is a talented group of musicians! Cooper School students once again proved that performance and presentation come as naturally to them as any other part of their academic day.
This week Fourth Grade continued to study mythology. After reading a variety of myths, the class learned that myths fall into several different categories. Students found that some myths teach important life lessons and some myths explain how important natural events came to be (known as pourquoi myths). Realizing these commonalities not only helped students develop an understanding of the myths, but also gave them a powerful way to compare the myths that they read. The highlight of the mythology unit has been the whole class read aloud of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This read aloud time is a treasured time in the classroom and the closing of the book invokes protests and pleads for more.
Our biome study of Australia continued with the grasslands and the ocean. Students then focused in on what they found most interesting about each biome… the animals! Students split into biome groups and began researching the animals that live in that biome. The focus of the research was to learn more about the animal, with specific attention on the adaptations they have in order to survive in their biome. Australian animals have many unique adaptations, specifically marsupials with their baby pouches. We will continue to study more about these animals next week