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 got to go on a “hunt” to find the present that was left for them from the “leprechauns”. Each student gets a green necklace and a silly limerick to enjoy. This year we were privileged to enjoy a concert from our very own Hazel Ketchum and special guest, Tom Morley, playing traditional Irish music.
Fourth Grade recently began a new unit in science called The Sun, Moon and Stars. This week our focus was on the Sun. Students first used a compass to locate the East/West line in our backyard. Standing on this line and facing south we tracked the Sun’s movement throughout the school day. We also tracked their shadow’s movement with the help of a partner. Students traced their partner’s shadow at two different times during the day. They discovered that their shadow pointed Northwest at 10am and then Northeast at 2:00pm. Students also discovered that their shadow was longest when the sun was close to the horizon and shortest when it was high in the sky.
Over the past two weeks, Fourth 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!