The Cooper School Daily

Conferences, Presentations, Feasts, and More!

Conferences, Presentations, Feasts, and More!

It is a busy time here at TCS. However, despite the madness, it is a time of connection and pride. Student’s have been taking pride in their work this season as they begin to present to parents and guardians here at TCS! Students have begun numerous project based presentations such as; ELA’s eighth grade Focus Lessons, which showcased their photography and writing skills. Fifth graders have been working diligently in preparation for their National Parks presentations for science. It has been a wonderful process to observe. Our eighth grade scientists have also been working around the clock on their Rube Goldberg projects incorporating their knowledge of physics!

Connections have been made during our Halloween Carnival, Parent Conferences, and our upcoming Harvest Feast! Connections between parents and teachers, students and parents, and students and students.

This truly is a busy time here at TCS, but one of the best times of the year!


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

What’s going on in Science?
Fifth graders did great on their presentations! It was so wonderful to see everyone share their hard work and feel proud. They also started their next study about living things. They also started reading, “Fifty Animals that Changed History.” They picked an animal that they want to research more about. They will learn about food chains, adaptations, and how living things interact with their environment!

What’s happening in Math?
This week, students explored using partial products to solve multi-digit fraction multiplication problems, before exploring the standard algorithm to solve the same types of problems. Next week, students will practice standard algorithms, and apply multi-digit multiplication to real-world problems. Then, they will begin exploring division with multi-digit dividends and divisors before heading out for Thanksgiving Break!

What’s happening in ELA?
5th graders kicked off literary essay writing this week, dissecting the qualities of exemplary essay writing at the beginning of the week. We closely studied a video text together – a short documentary about a boy’s soccer team living on a remote island in Thailand. We took notes and grew ideas about themes and characters in this text to craft our first analytical essays.

Next week, 5th grade essayists will organize evidence to make strong points to support their thesis statements about the documentary’s characters and lessons. When the documentary essays are complete, they will begin the process of essay writing around a longer fictional work from which we have an abundance of notes, The Witches.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
The fifth graders prepared for their South American assessment this week in class. After the completion of the assessment, students moved right into their European unit. This week, the students focused on vocabulary and early European cultures.

Next week, the students will learn about the Ancient Greeks and begin their Greek God/Goddess projects. These projects are aimed to incorporate their understanding of the content and their creative thinking skills! Students are asked to create their own Greek god/goddess based on ideas we cover in class. Students will present their findings to the class before touching on the Roman Empire before break!

Important Dates:
November 17th – Harvest Feast (11:30 Dismissal)
November 20th-24th – Thanksgiving Break