The Cooper School Daily

Fall Freshness

“There is something so
Special in the early leaves
Drifting from the trees – as if
We are all to be allowed a
Chance to peel,
To refresh, to start again.”
Ruth Ahmed

Perhaps the beginning of the school year was rough. It is a tough transition to make from the freedom of the summer time to the chaos of starting a new grade. With that being said, chaos should not remain the theme of the school year. Use fall as a time to reflect and make changes on the parts that have been rough in order to start fresh. This will change the attitude of the school year and allow for you to regain control and balance.


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

What’s going on in Science?
Fifth graders worked on their National Parks this week! Some groups are working on their slideshows, others are working on sketching their parks, while others are constructing their models already. There are parks in Montana, Alabama, Florida, Alaska, and more! They will be working on their models all next week. They will be ready to show you their models in the next few weeks!

What’s happening in Math?
This week, students applied their understanding of fraction multiplication to real-world problems, like finding parts of a whole of an object. Next week, they will begin exploring fraction division by creating diagrams for unit fractions divided by a whole number, and vice versa.

What’s happening in ELA?
5th graders returned from Fall Break to finish their personal narrative stories. We printed, bound and displayed them in the classroom for the whole school to enjoy. We shared our true stories with our peers, all carefully rewritten and edited to include vivid details, meaning, dialogue, and action. 5th graders took time to reflect on the strength of their pieces and where they experienced growth.

Next week, 5th graders will begin a new reading unit – a novel study of Roald Dahl’s Witches. They will focus on inferencing skills, studying humor, and describing dialect as they answer close reading questions throughout the novel. 5th grade will be transitioning from vocabulary work to grammar studies for the next four weeks. Nightly comprehension folders will be filled with fluency work for the next four weeks, as well.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
The fifth graders started the week by creating an interview for Haitian Revolution leader, Toussaint L’Ouverture! Students then moved into what life is like today in Central America!

Next week, the students will be assessed on their Middle America unit before moving into South America. Students will focus on the vocabulary and early cultures of this continent.

Important Dates:
October 18- Parent Lemonade (2:00-2:45)
October 31 – Halloween Carnival (½ Day)
November 1 – Teacher Work Day (No School)