The Cooper School Daily

Go Carts!!!

This week, 5th grade reviewed addition and subtraction strategies, enjoyed new centers, and started building go carts.


The best way to learn something and put it into long term memory is to review and practice several times. That’s why 5th graders reviewed several algorithms for adding and subtracting with whole numbers and decimals this week. Your mathematicians reviewed partial sums, column addition, and trade-first subtraction methods. By the end of the week they put these methods to practice by solving number stories. Ask your child which algorithm they prefer to use.



In 5th grade, “Centers” takes place twice a week and is a time for students to have some choice and challenge related to our curriculum. During this time, each scholar is told which center to begin with, which order to move in, and then they move through the centers at their own pace. This week, students had the opportunity to explore the Tinkering Cart, research the Seven Wonders of the World, and draw an ad for a humdinger. Next week, we look forward to playing math games and creating comic strips with our vocabulary words! Ask your child which center was their favorite this week.



This week students had the opportunity to start building their go carts. In teams of two, students explored different ways to build a cart. Students discovered how engineers design and build several variations before they succeed in a final design. Next week, the students will begin to discover ways to propel their carts using rubber bands.



Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 20    Parent Coffee Morning 8:15-9:15

September 27-30                Green River Preserve

October 10 – 11                    Fall Break – No School