The Cooper School Daily

Halloween is Almost Here

“What was that noise?”
It’s the Halloween Carnival sneaking up on us! Happy Halloween weekend and I hope you are all as excited as we are! The Middle Schoolers are looking forward to putting together their work in the carnival for the Elementary School Children. The 5th graders can be credited with the spooky decorations, the 6th and 7th graders will be running the booths, and the 8th graders have created a Haunted House that might just make you jump.
Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?
YAY! They did it! Thank you all for coming to the Ted Talk presentations this week. It was so special to celebrate your children’s hard work together.

The 6th graders began their new unit Thursday. We will soon be diving into a biology unit about living things. This week we analyzed and discussed observations noticed in a phylogenetic tree of living things. They also chose an animal that they will research and classify over the trimester. They will create a big interactive “Tree of Life” with 5th grade using google slides.

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth graders worked on grammar week seven. They learned about adverb openers, using commas, and writing numbers in academic papers. Students also reviewed skills from previous weeks. Sixth graders will not have a vocabulary/grammar quiz this week. We will assess week seven grammar/vocabulary lessons on November 4, 2022. Students began a new unit in reading, A Deep Study of Character. Please make sure they have a book to read in class to support their study on characters.

What’s going on in Math?

This week, students focused on their Unit 2 Assessment. We have reviewed, taken the assessment, and had a chance to make corrections. Those assessments should have made it home on Wednesday. On Friday, we will do a small introduction to our new unit: Fractions and Decimals. I know this unit will challenge our abstract thinking. We will practice both surface level and deep thinking questions in order to answer questions, including word problems, involving both fractions and decimals.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Sixth grade had an exciting week in social studies. This week had a focus on finishing up their research papers and then switching gears and we started learning about the Indus Valley Civilizations.

Next week, the students will be working on the mastery of the different beliefs in this region such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Students will be taking on the role of teachers once they have mastered their specific religion and teach their peers.

Important Dates:

October 31- Halloween Carnival (11:30 Dismissal)
November 1- Teacher Work Day (No School)
November 7 / 8- Parent / Teacher Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
November 11- Veterans Day Breakfast
November 18- Harvest Festival (11:30 Dismissal)
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)