The Cooper School Daily

A week full of excitement and intrinsic motivation!

As this week went by, there were many moments that made us thrilled by the students’ initiative. There was a spark of an idea for a newspaper that would be made by the students and for the students. A group of 7th graders made it come to life, they put in the work and even interviewed students for certain segments. The 5th graders have had so much determination to do well on their midterm assessment, that they have had many group study sessions whenever they can find the time. Their actions are inspiring! 

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?

Sixth graders explored the world of plants deeply this week! We had a blast at James Island County Park…learning about the plants, animals, and abiotic factors that make it so productive! In the lab at school, they learned about germination and how plants are able to feed themselves without photosynthesis when the embryo breaks out of its dormancy. They dissected flowers to see how plants sexually reproduce to make new seeds. Sixth graders also continued to work on researching their chosen plant that changed history. They will present their findings to the class through cartoons, slides, and posters.

What’s up in ELA?

This week, your sixth graders delved into writing literary essays. They were able to identify the thesis claim of a literary essay and identify reasons and supporting evidence. Students are working on using a short story titled “Raymond’s Run” to practice writing a literary essay using the “box and bullets” method of outlining. Students also worked on Grammar Week 11, learning four new vocabulary words and identifying adverb clauses. They  also started back on their reading logs. I will be checking reading logs daily, so please make sure they are completing a reading log activity. Reading log activities are used to assess comprehension, grammar skills, and citations. They will be collected on Fridays and returned on Mondays along with rubrics. Please don’t forget to sign their rubrics. 

What’s going on in Math?

Today, 6th graders took a mid-unit assessment covering expressions and equations. Students were able to reason with percentages and problems involving specific constraints and goals. We will continue to create, solve, and reason with expressions and equations as we move through this unit. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Students finished up their Ancient Greece units this week by presenting their research on a Greek god or goddess and then learning about Greek Philosophy. 

Students will be finishing up their ancient Greek units upon returning from the long weekend. Students will then begin the preparation for their midterm assessment over all of the units we have covered thus far. 

Important Dates:

  • January 16th: MLK Day-no school
  • February 20-21 – February Break (No School)