# Fall is in the Air!

Hello, Cooper Family! As we move into the fall season, we are also falling into a routine here at The Cooper School! We have pushed past those first week jitters and are feeling comfortable with the school year and have adapted to the school year routines. With that being said, here are some quotes to help you stay motivated as we dive deeper into the different contents and challenges in the classroom:

“We can all dance when we find music that we love.”
“I think I can, I know I can.”
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.”

Let us take on the school year with positive energy and ready to take on challenges!

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

What’s happening in Science?
Sixth Graders explored the density of fluids by layering different temperatures of water and exploring convection. They inquired about convection of air as they observed smoke in a convection chamber constructed with ice and a candle. Sixth Grade students used their models in the classroom to consider the phenomenon occurring in nature, creating weather! They also finished and presented their famous scientist posters to the class. They presented professionally and creatively. Next week, they will explore radiation and how the angle of the sun on certain parts of the earth impacts weather patterns.

What’s up in ELA?

This week in grammar, your sixth graders have worked on identifying types of adjectives, who/which clauses, and pronoun agreements. They have also reviewed grammar concepts covered in previous lessons. In reading, we have discussed ways to track their reading and also working on sustained silent reading without distractions. They have also completed their book projects and feedback will be sent home next Friday to be signed and returned to school the following Monday. Next week, they will begin their new writing unit.

What’s going on in Math?

The 6th-graders have been discovering ratios, which is simply a way of comparing 2 unrelated things. We can use fractions to do the same thing, or even diagrams. Or all three at the same time, like we’ve been doing this week. Students have been using the analogy of a recipe to help them understand ratios: How much of one ingredient compared to the other ingredient; how much if you want to double a batch of cookies; how much if you ever wanted just ⅓ of a batch. (Why would anyone ever just want ⅓ of a batch of cookies? Something odd about that question, but they got the idea!) We’ll begin to work with unit rates and apply the word “per” to find out how much it is “for each” of something: price per item, miles per hour, and so many other uses. That’s something they’ll use everyday!

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Sixth Grade had an exciting week in social studies. We learned about the first civilizations and then they used the basic features of the civilizations to create their own! Be sure to be on the lookout during Curriculum Night in the halls for these civilizations!

Next week, we are diving into the first empires of the world. We are going to focus on learning the basic information and really take on the vocabulary so that the students can better understand the content.

Important Dates:

September 21st: Middle School Curriculum Night (5:30-6:30)
September 29th: Parent Coffee (8:00am-8:45am)