On Friday, students had the opportunity to wear Halloween costumes to school and participate in activities and games on the playground. Who planned the games? Our very own 5th graders! It is a Cooper School tradition that the 5th grade class puts together Halloween-themed activities for this exciting day. After the Halloween Parade, students are free to move from booth to booth, playing and having fun. Then, the fifth graders finish the day with costume contest winners. It was a lot of fun!
In math this week, First Graders crated and extended patterns. Using shapes, popsicle sticks, letters, and numbers, we learned that the most important aspect of patterns is that they REPEAT! It was especially fun to create tricky patterns and then ask a partner to extend them. Our young mathematicians are pattern wizards.
With our unit on nonfiction complete, First Graders were thrilled to be starting Character Study in reading. In this unit, we will read fiction books and identify the main character(s), discuss character traits, and learn how to read dialogue between characters. As mentor texts, we get to use some Cooper School favorites, like Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.