The Cooper School Daily

Appreciative Scientists!

Science Fair

By now, the fifth grade scientists have fully immersed themselves into their Science Fair topic.  The science fair is an opportunity for students to apply all of their knowledge of variables, setting up controlled experiments, and graphing their results to a topic they are interested in.  Often times the most difficult part of this project is developing an appropriate experimental question that is testable.  Now that your investigators have gotten that out of the way, they are ready to move forward!  This week our focus was on the research paper.  The research paper is a time for students to gain background knowledge about their topic and check if any other scientists has studied this topic before.  Check in with your child this week to see how their project is going!

Reading

It’s been another week of mysterious happenings in fifth grade!  This week your clever detectives joined a new book club to solve a new mystery.  Fifth graders read three of my favorite mystery novels, The Westing Game, Chasing Vermeer, and Sammy Keyes.  Your readers have been focusing on reading slow to catch important clues, naming what the central mystery is, figuring out if there is a sidekick, and analyzing character motivation.  Our model read aloud this week was a novel called Bunnicula, and we have been laughing our heads off at the shenanigans the main characters have gotten into!  Ask your child what their favorite mystery novel is so far.

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Appreciation Circle

Every week, the 4th and 5th graders participate in something called the Appreciation Circle.  During the Appreciation Circle, each student selects a name out of a jar.  This name is their secret friend for the day that they spy on!  At the end of the day we meet in close of day and give our secret friend a compliment or say why we appreciate them.  This week was extra exciting because instead of drawing names from our own class, we drew names from Kindergarten and Second Grade.  During close of day, each student wrote their secret friend a letter and delivered it at carpool.  It was such a joy to see the smiles on the K and 2nd graders faces!  Ask your child who their secret friend was.

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