Whole School Writer’s Workshop
Cooper School students got a special treat on Tuesday. A Whole-School Writing Workshop! This annual event is one that is eagerly awaited by students and teachers alike. In the library and 5th grade classroom, with the sliding doors open, the entire school engages in a poetry writing lesson led by Ms. Franci. Our goal was to write Tribute Poems about our chosen Pass It On charity, The Charleston Animal Society. Students from all grades sat together and helped each other to create some excellent poems. It was a beautiful example of collaboration and love of learning!
The treats continued into Tuesday afternoon for your poets when Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, visited 4th and 5th grade for a special poetry workshop. He kicked off the workshop by asking the students to write a collaborative poem. Each writer composed one line of a poem on a post-it that started with the words “I wish…”. When everyone was done, we had an 18 line poem full of wishes! The next collaborative poem required students to write 2 lines; the first line began with “I used to…” and the second line began with “But now I…”. It was so beautiful when it all came together! We look forward to working with Marcus again as the Pass It On season continues.
“In the not-so-distant future, Earth has sent a group of travelers to create a colony on a distant planet. Upon their arrival these Citizens began to build their inaugural city, City X. But as time has gone on, they’ve started to identify common challenges and social problems that affect all of the Citizens, and stand in the way of building a thriving city.”
And that’s where your innovators come in! This week, 5th graders launched their City X project. Pairs of students received a problem from a citizen of City X, and are working their way through the Design Process to create a solution to this problem. The Design Process goes through the following 6 steps: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test, share. Their final design will be printed on our very own 3D printer next week! Learn more about the project here: www.cityxproject.com
Friday, March 24 Stingray Family Fun Night, 7-9:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 Planting Party, 9-12
Thursday, March 30 Parent Forum, 5:45-6:45 pm
Monday, April 10 – 17 Spring Break, No School
Tuesday, April 18 School Resumes