The Cooper School Daily

Reading, Writing, and Research…oh my!

Author! Author!

Earlier this week, each student selected an original, personal small moment story to publish. 1st Grade Authors used editing checklists to put the final touches on their stories. We also had a visit from inspiring 2nd Grade Authors who published their stories to us. 1st Graders loved being an audience for older friends who were in their shoes not too long ago!


Fiction to Facts  

In Reading Workshop, we launched our non-fiction unit. We talked about how this genre is different from fiction and students have been reading an assortment of books at their “just right” level around topics ranging from animals, to sports, to history. During Wednesday’s Morning Meeting, students selected specific subjects they are particularly interested in. Some of their individual interests included cooking, crafting, gems and minerals, whales, pandas, snakes, football, NASA, and tornadoes.   

A-Z Researchers

1st Grade Scientists have been brainstorming insects that they want to research. Each student will choose a unique insect that is native to South Carolina to research using nonfiction texts and iPad minis. Some of the insects students came up with included June bugs, green beetles, ladybugs, cicadas, cockroaches, honeybees, praying mantises, moths, wasps, flies, mosquitos, grasshoppers, termites, and various species of butterflies.

Important Dates:

Monday, October 15th            Make-Up School Day

Tuesday, October 23rd           1st Grade Parent Morning Meeting, 8:00 am

Wednesday, October 31st      Halloween Carnival (early release at 11:30am)