The Cooper School Daily

Fall is coming…

October 1st. The day most of us start thinking about Halloween and autumnal coffee flavors. Well, the day has arrived! The days are getting shorter, the morning temperatures are a bit more mild, and school routines are in full swing!

We are wrapping up units in some classes, as we reach the end of the first six weeks of school. In other classes, we are delving into projects to apply our new knowledge. Across the board, routines are established, expectations are in stone, and new friendships are being formed.

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

What’s happening in Science:
The National Parks are looking awesome! Developers spent time scaling and modeling this week. They are creating their maps and models with gusto! The creativity and enthusiasm are contagious. Groups are collaborating and problem solving, while independent workers are making decisions by reflecting and following through. Each project looks so unique and reflective of the creator.

What’s up in Math?
Fractions are happening! As I’m walking around the classroom, I hear tons of fantastic mathematical conversations. Students are sharing their thinking and inquiring about deep fractional math concepts. We are moving into operations with fractions, starting with multiplication. The students took a small quiz today on multiplication with fractions and whole numbers and how to represent such operations using diagrams. Next week, we will begin using our area formula to find the area of polygons when the side lengths are fractions.

What’s happening in ELA:
This week in fifth grade, the students have been working on their book summary of Bud, Not Buddy. While working on their book summary, they’ve been reviewing their grammar skills at every given opportunity. We’ve been reviewing the following grammar skills: articles, nouns, and homophones. Next week, students will begin working on their narrative writing units.

Important Dates:
October 6th: Field Trip to Fort Sumter

October 18th & 19th: Fall Break NO SCHOOL

October 29th: Halloween Carnival 11:30 Dismissal