The Cooper School Daily

December is Divine!

Nonfiction Reading for Middle Schoolers

December is Divine!

Yay, it is December! With Christmas break happening this month, I know our delightful, determined, and dedicated middle school students will finish with distinct decorum. Your students will be devoted and disciplined to finish in a devoted and duteous manner that will certainly daze and dazzle their teachers.

Did you know that the month of December brings the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere? This is the shortest day of the year (the day with the least amount of daylight). In 2021, the solstice occurs on Tuesday, December 21 (https://www.almanac.com/content/month-of-december-holidays-facts-folklore). 

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

What’s happening in Social Studies:

This week, historians learned about feudalism! Everyone presumed a role as a serf, knight, lord, or monarch to simulate the social hierarchy. Historians also researched a specific feudalistic role to become an expert about the daily lives of serfs, knights, lords, and kings. They also learned about each role’s importance to medieval society and the interconnectedness between each role. Each group presented what they learned to the class in a creative way, some of which include board games, plays, computer games, and posters. 

We will wrap up feudalism next week and move into what the towns during the middle ages were like. We will also create time to set up garden beds in the backyard!

What’s up in Math?

Unit 3 review has been the name of the game this week. Since we wrapped Unit 3 before Thanksgiving, I wanted to give them ample time to review and ask questions. I unofficially surveyed the students on Monday and they told me centers, outside games, and taking mock tests would be helpful for review. So, that’s exactly what we did. We worked through centers on Tuesday, played a review game on the basketball court Wednesday, and took a mock test on Thursday. I am excited for them to show their understanding on the Unit 3 Test today. We will start Unit 4 next week, which will cover multiplication and division with multi-digit numbers!

What’s happening in ELA:

Your fifth graders have worked very hard to complete The Green Book. I was impressed with their hard work to complete the assignments that went along with the story. They are finishing up their “cereal box book report” and seemed to have a lot of fun working on it. Next week, your students will delve into their nonfiction reading unit. They will also conclude their grammar study with who-which clauses. Please review pronouns, nouns, proper nouns, quotation marks in dialogue, and homophones with your student. An easy way to review with your kids at home is to pick a short paragraph out of a magazine or book and have them point out to you the parts of speech they have studied.

Important Dates:

December 17th – Pajama Day- Holiday Extravaganza (10:30) 11:30 Dismissal 

December 20th – 31st Winter Break

January 4th – School Resumes