The Cooper School Daily

Everyday Things…

As I was brainstorming a newsletter introduction for this week, I felt a little stumped. At a quick glance, there is nothing super special about this week. However, during my reflection, I was flooded with many flickers of joy and hope and love happening all around us. Sometimes it looks like students helping one another, sometimes it looks like a meaningful conversation, and sometimes it looks like throwing heads back in laughter together. This week has been a happy week filled with everyday things.

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.” – Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines

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

What’s happening in Science:

Fifth Graders packed a lot of learning in this week in science! They experimented with yeast, testing different variables to break it out of its dormancy. They also searched for organisms in pluff mud and used microscopes to investigate marsh water for life we can’t see with the naked eye. The Fifth Graders also started a new project that they will be working on over the next few weeks! As we all know, flooding is a problem here in Charleston, but your students will be finding solutions to the problem by looking to nature for inspiration! The Fifth Graders have chosen an animal, plant, or physical landform that has a solution for flood mitigation or flood-proofing shelters. They will be planning and researching their ideas next week. Also, we will be headed to the saltmarsh for inspiration next week as well!

What’s up in Math? 

Big test day today!! Students completed their Unit 4 Assessment today, which covered multiplication and division with multi-digit numbers. Students showed mastery through explicit practice of multiplication and division. They also were able to use multiplication with the area and volume formulas in order to solve problems about real-life scenarios. Next week, we will start Unit 5 which covers decimals. We will start by reviewing place value and work mainly with the thousandths. Towards the end of the week, we will begin placing decimals on the number line in order to compare them to one another. 

What’s happening in ELA:

Fifth Graders have completed their research projects. I have enjoyed working with them and teaching them how to state the main idea and write up supporting details for their research. We have moved on from nonfiction reading to writing argumentative essays. Your students will learn how to: collect evidence to think through various sides of an argument; rehearse by explaining their position and listing their reasons point by point; plan their claim and reasons into boxes- and-bullets structure; use evidence to support their reasons; include a strong introduction and conclusion; anticipate a critic’s counterarguments; include evidence that will sway their audience. Fifth Grade students are also continuing their work on grammar skills: nouns, articles, pronouns, action verbs, strong verbs, homophones, who-which clauses, quotations, ending punctuations, and capitalizations. Please review your child’s writings to see if they are applying the grammar skills they have been taught.

Important Dates:

February 1st- Middle School Information Session (6pm-7pm) 

February 21-22- February Break