Whole-School Writing Workshop
This week was special at The Cooper School, because on Monday we had our annual Whole-School Writing Workshop. This unique morning allows our youngest students to work alongside our oldest on writing poetry inspired by our Pass It On charity. This year proceeds from Pass It On will benefit Surfrider Foundation which preserves and protects our nation’s beaches and coastlines.
Our young scholars are learning so much about how to read poems! This week, First Graders learned about how to read a poem for its literal meaning and for its deeper meaning. They learned to ask, as they read, “What is the poet trying to tell me?” and “What emotion does this poem make me feel?” They also learned to pause their voices between stanzas and read punctuation carefully. These readers are going to be fantastic at Pass It On!
Have you ever been asked what air is made of? Or how we know it’s there, even though we can’t see it? This week in science, First Graders got to see an experiment that showed conclusively that air takes up space. We used a balloon and a large plastic bottle. Can you guess what we did? First Grader may be showing you how to do this fascinating experiment at home sometime very soon!