The Cooper School Daily

Fabulous Fourth Grade!

Everyday Math


Fourth Graders have just completed their first math unit of the year. This unit focused on learning geometry concepts such as lines, angles, and polygons. Students learned about parallel line segments and polygons (such as equilateral triangles and different types of quadrilaterals). Through this geometry study, students were able to classify and sort shapes based on their various properties. Math scholars used compasses to make concentric circles and even constructed an inscribed square with all sides the
same length.




Fourth Grade Wordsmiths love exploring and learning new words! Vocabulary Workshop gives students the chance to delve deeper into words they have known as well as learning new words. The highlight of the two-week study of twelve words is acting them out! Students show their deep understanding of words by portraying them silently with actions. Guessing also requires knowledge of the word meanings, as students must explain why that action connects to that word. 




This week, scholars (literally) took a closer look at bees. First, they learned that every bee has three simple eyes and two compound eyes. They learned that a bee’s compound eye is made up of thousands of photoreceptors, and that bees are able to see ultraviolet colors. Due to this, certain flowers are illuminated in a way that leads the bee directly to the plant’s nectar. Next, students learned about the anatomy of a bee. They investigated different parts of the bee by using a microscope to see the tiny hairs that grow all over the bee’s body. Students were most excited to compare different types of bees to one another.


Important Dates:


Saturday, September 16th    TCS Yard Sale 8am – 10:30am

Sunday, September 17th       New Parent Social 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 28th    Curriculum Night 5:30 – 6:30 pm