On Friday we welcomed grandparents and special friends to The Cooper School and into our First Grade classroom. We had a special morning meeting, where students and adults played “If I Were and Animal” and shared their favorite memories of first grade. After classroom activities, TCS students performed in a special concert for their guests, singing favorites like “Down By The Bay,” “Kookaburra,” “Rocky Top,” and “We Dream in Colors.” It was a morning of learning, fun, and sharing time with our VIP guests.
As a part of our Author Expert unit, students have begun writing books in the style of their mentor authors. It is difficult work, to be sure, but our intrepid writers approached the challenge with lots of excitement and optimism. We spent the first part of the week working on a planning document and studying the unique styles of our authors. Helen Cooper, for example, always writes about three friends making pumpkin soup, but the stories are really about how to be a good friend. Roald Dahl, in general, chooses children to be the heroes of his books, and adults to be the villains.
Pass It On
On Friday afternoon Cooper School students gathered with their families at The Charleston Museum for our annual Pass It On poetry event. First Graders practiced hard all week in the classroom, reading and giving each other thoughtful feedback. Students listened to feedback and strove to improve their poetry reading even more. At the Pass It On event, it was clear that their daily practice paid off. Congratulations, First Graders and TCS students!