St. Patrick’s Day
The Cooper School’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes a look at traditional Irish poetry (limericks) and a visit from the leprechauns. Students enjoy hearing some silly limericks from classic poets as well as new ones. They then get to go on a “hunt” to find the present that was left for them from the “leprechauns”. This year, each student received a green shamrock ring and a limerick to enjoy.
Twice a week, 4th grade students participate in centers. Centers are designed to be independent and allow students to choose curriculum-related activities they are interested in. This week, we launched our poetry centers! Every center is related to poetry, and students are allowed to choose the center they want to participate in and rotate through them freely. Students had the choice to memorize and record themselves reciting a poem, draft a haiku, publish a poem on fancy paper, create titles for unmarked poems, organize and rewrite poems written on sentence strips, or illustrate a line from a poem. Ask your child which centers they enjoyed the most this week!
Over the past two weeks, 4th graders have been reading “Heartbeat” by Sharon Creech. This is a sophisticated narrative poem told from the point of view of an 11 year old girl. Students have learned about the elements of narrative poetry, made character inferences, and thought about extended metaphor and writer’s craft. Ask your child to explain the symbolism of the apple to you!