This week we continued our Roald Dahl author study with a new read aloud and independent reading book. Our new read aloud is “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and half of the class began reading “Danny The Champion of the World” while the rest of the class continued with “The BFG”. Students are enjoying Dahl’s witty sense of humor, and intricate character development. They especially enjoyed hearing his descriptions of Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee, and Violet Beauregarde, the wretched golden ticket winners in the famous “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
Centers this week revolved around the human body. Students were tasked with creating a 3D model of the human skeleton using paper cutouts. This appeared easy at first but things are not always what they seem. After completing their models students then moved onto Science/Math extensions, and tinkering with our science materials in order to build models of hands and feet.
Capture the Flag
One of the most special aspects of The Cooper School is the strong relationships that form across grade levels during a student’s time here. One way that we promote this bond is through organized group play and Morning Meetings held with different grade levels. This week students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades joined for a special Morning Meeting to discuss one of the school’s favorite games, Capture the Flag. As a whole group we reviewed the rules, answered common questions about the game, and agreed on what the tone of this game should be. For the rest of the week, these three grades played this joyous game beautifully, thereby strengthening our across grade level bonds!