The Cooper School Daily

Happy Hearts!

Africa Guest Speakers

Who better to learn about Africa from than the people who have actually lived and visited there? That’s why Fifth Graders have a series of guest speakers lined up over the next two weeks, and this week we started off with a bang! On Thursday, Fifth Graders had the opportunity to Skype with Mr. Brian who is currently living and teaching in South Africa. Students were able to ask him questions about his school, his city, and what life is like. We also discussed the difference in time zones. Mr. Brian is 6 hours ahead of us, so when we spoke to him at 10 am it was actually 4 pm his time! Ask your child what they learned after talking with Mr. Brian.

 

Heart Dissection

Fourth and Fifth Graders had the amazing opportunity to dissect pig hearts this week! Each year Fourth Graders participate in a Human Body science unit. This unit focuses mainly on the bones and muscles, and since the heart is made mostly of muscle, we decided to check out the real thing! On Friday, students partnered up with each other and some adult helpers to dissect the hearts. They looked for the four chambers, the four ventricles, and several of the important veins and arteries. They located pathways for the blood to flow through the heart, and were able to feel the texture of the muscle. Ask your child what they thought about this rare opportunity!

 

Reading

Each year, every grade level participants in a Roald Dahl Book Study. Roald Dahl is a British writer that has written many childhood favorites such as Matilda, Esio Trot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach. Fifth Graders are not only experiencing his novel, Witches, but we are also reading his memoir, Boy. We have noticed many similarities between events in his real life and events in his made up novels. This week your avid readers looked for his humor, made character inferences, noticed when the tone of the story changed, and located dialect. Ask your child what their favorite part of Witches is so far.

 

Important Dates

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

Tuesday, May 30                               Movie Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1                              Graduation Day, 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2                                                Field Day, 11:30 dismissal