The Cooper School Daily

Growing Gardeners

Planting

Spring is here! Your naturalists have noticed signs of spring all throughout the backyard, such as birds chirping, trees blooming, warmer weather, and little bugs crawling around to say hi. This week we added another sign of spring to our community when we planted an herb garden! We chose to plant herbs because we have been studying the Spice Trade in our Explorers Unit. While we cannot successfully grow cinnamon, black pepper, or turmeric in our garden, we can grow other edible plants. We decided to plant lemon basil, peppermint, bee balm, tomatoes, and parsley. Ask your child which plant they planted in our garden box!

 

Hidden Treasure

Did you ever play Battleship as a child? You placed your ship in a mystery spot and your opponent had to figure out where it was in order to defeat you! This week, your mathematicians played a similar game in conjunction with our study of coordinate grids. The game is called Hidden Treasure. Each player starts by hiding their “treasure” at a specific place on their coordinate grid. Then they take turns guessing where that spot is. This game is great practice for working with ordered pairs, and thinking logically about location on a map. Ask your child whom they played with this week!

Debate

To debate is to argue about a topic in a formal manner. While this word may carry a negative connotation in some situations, it is actually an advanced skill that will serve your learners throughout their life. This week in Writing Workshop, 5th Graders learned the basics of how to debate a topic. They discussed ways to provide evidence for their side and to also anticipate what the opposing side may say. They practiced these skills by arguing whether or not schools should offer chocolate milk to students. What do you think?

 

Important Dates

Thursday, May 4                               Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30

Friday, May 5                                     Grandparents Day, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 5                                     Pass It On, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 7                                   End of Year Picnic, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 11                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30

Thursday, May 18                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30

Thursday, May 25                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30