The Cooper School Daily

Grateful is an understatement..

We made it to Thanksgiving break! Woo-hoo! 

While some of you travel, host family and friends, or even have sushi; this holiday is one that imposes reflection and gratitude. These past couple of years have been…wait for it…unprecedented, and in the midst of loss and change we are reminded of all that we have in which to be thankful. 

Throughout this week, we have been engaging with gratitude lists and discussions focused around what it means and looks like to live grateful lives. We have also had many informal conversations around our own families’ Thanksgiving traditions. It has been super interesting to hear how all of us celebrate. With that being said, HAPPY THANKSGIVING BREAK – LET THE CELEBRATIONS COMMENCE! 

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

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

What’s happening in Social Studies:

Historians are really getting to know their change makers! They have been working on timelines and an artistic form of expression that represents the person they are researching. When we get back from break, we will focus on speech writing and presentation. The 7th graders will be presenting their projects for you the last week of school before winter holiday. Date will be sent out soon!

Also, for a brain break, the 7th graders explored the microscopic world using our compound microscopes. Always a fun learning experience!

What’s up in Math?

Unit 3 is well underway! The students seem to have a refreshed mindset now that we are moving into Algebra. We are currently exploring equations using tape diagrams. Students are slowly being introduced to variables and what multiplication vs. addition looks like in a tape diagram as well as in an equation. Mathematicians are eager to start solving equations. Algebra is my favorite thing to teach, so I am excited that they are all so jazzed about this unit. The students have been working through the lessons more independently, and I am constantly impressed with their conversations centered around math in order to help explain their thinking to one another. 

What’s happening in ELA:

We are having some beautiful weather this week! It hasn’t been too cold or too hot! Your Seventh Graders have been working on “which clauses” in grammar. We have also been reviewing the following: homophones, nouns, pronouns, articles, punctuations, dialogue, and capitalization. Seventh graders are reading Boy by Roald Dahl. It is a funny autobiography and a great book written by Roald Dahl. I am learning about the source of many of his stories. Your ladies are now able to make some connections from his childhood to his most popular stories. Have your Seventh Graders discuss with you about what they’ve read. We will work on a book project on completion of the novel after the Thanksgiving break. Your student will need an empty cereal box for their final project. 

Finally, I wanted to let you know that all of your Seventh Graders are doing well on keeping up with their reading and homework assignments and they are doing a fantastic job with their Global Connect project.

Important Dates:

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break- no school