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.

Next week, 7th graders will dive into their next unit which will be biology based. We will be studying populations and ecosystems. To jump start the unit, they will consider how forest fires impact ecosystems and whether they are vital or detrimental to the forest. We will be taking a field trip to the College of Charleston Natural History Museum on Monday, November 14th to look at fossils and bones of animals local to our area.

What’s up in Math?
Seventh graders are having fun while diving into their solving equations unit. Almost each student in the class has a different strategy for solving – which is so great to witness. They are very eager to help one another and demonstrate their thinking for the class. It is very interesting how they all think differently, but also very refreshing that they know that about themselves and have adapted strategies that work and are specific to them. Solving equations is a skill that they will not be able to forget at least through their high school math career and I really value and take seriously the foundation they need to have in order to be successful. Solving equations is easily one of my favorite parts of math and I feel lucky to be able to share that with them!

What’s happening in ELA?
Seventh 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. Seventh 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, Investigating Characterization. The authors we will focus on in this unit are: Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soan Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson. Please feel free to take your 7th grader to the library to find age/grade appropriate books by the authors listed. We will also have some available in class.

What’s going on in Social Studies?
In 7th grade we finished our unit on the American Revolution and took on the challenge of song creation. Students were asked to make a parody of any song of their choice but make it about the American Revolution. I always incorporate history parodies in my daily lessons, so now was the time for them to take on the challenge!

Next week, we will be moving onto the creation of our government. We will be starting with the Articles of Confederation and then progressing through the Constitution.

Important Dates:

October 31st- Halloween Carnival (11:30 Dismissal)
November 1st- Teacher Work Day (No School)
November 7 / 8- Parent / Teacher Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
November 11- Veterans Day Breakfast
November, 14- Field trip to College of Charleston Natural History Museum
November 18- Harvest Festival (11:30 Dismissal)
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)