The Cooper School Daily

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Whew! What a week, especially with all this frigid weather. The middle school has had another busy week studying how neurons work in cockroaches and working on our writing with Spread the Word coming up! The anticipation is building and we hope you are all as excited as us. The students have created the most creative and beautiful pieces and we cannot wait for you to hear them! In honor of St. Patty’s Day here are some riddles to kick start your Irish weekend: 

  1. Where can you always find “gold,” but there’s no gold at all
  2. What has eyes but can’t see?
  3. How many gold coins can a leprechaun throw in an empty pot?

( Answers at the very end! 😉 

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

What’s happening in Science?

Fifth graders learned about the moon this week! They modeled how the phases of the moon change due to the position of the moon, earth, and sun. They also learned the names of the phases and how to identify them in the sky. Fifth graders researched their chosen planet or satellite and created a travel brochure to persuade people to come visit the celestial body. Next week, they will explore stars and the reasons for seasons. 

What’s up in ELA?

Your students are currently working on their pieces for the “Spread the Word” event that will be taking place on the afternoon of March 28th at the Charleston Museum. Please RSVP as there is limited seating. We would like for your students to dress nicely. 

We will also have a brief rehearsal at the museum on March 23rd. Please fill out the permission slip so that they will be able to go to the rehearsal.

What’s going on in Math?

This week, mathematicians began applying their knowledge of working with fractions in order to solve problems. They were able to reason with recipe amounts and distances covered by adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Students are getting more comfortable with finding a common denominator, by working “smarter not harder”. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Fifth grade is working towards concluding their Northern Eurasian Unit. We have completed diary entries, jigsaw activities and readings to learn the history and culture of this region. Students ended the week by looking at their study guide to help prepare them for their assessment. 

Students will conclude their Eurasian unit on Wednesday, with an assessment. Students then will be asked to challenge themselves by learning as much of a European map as possible. Students will then begin to jump into Africa by studying the origins of humanity and Egyptian and Kush relations. 

Important Dates:

  • March 28 – Spread the Word (11:30 Dismissal) 
  • April 3-10- Spring Break