The Cooper School Daily

Here’s the Scoop from this week at The Cooper School!

February is here! Go out and show your love to the people around you, there is caring energy in the air! This week we have been working on how to show others empathy throughout the school day as well as in their everyday lives. Here are some fun facts about the month of February that you may or may not have previously known!
February is the only month to have a length of fewer than 30 days! Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020 and 2024.
January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period.
Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year. Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.

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

What’s happening in Science?
Fifth graders discussed, cultivated, observed, researched, and learned about microorganisms this week! They learned how to culture an agar plate by selecting a location in the classroom they think has bacteria. Well, they definitely got their answers! By the end of week, we have many different colonies of bacteria growing in the petri dishes with samples from the tea cart, a sock, pencils, the floor, and more. The fifth graders have also tried to grow fungi on bread this week to see where in the room fungus may be hiding. Next week, they will contemplate where they think bacteria and fungi may be living amongst us around the school. Can’t wait!

What’s up in ELA?

This week fifth graders are polishing up their literary essays. Students were expected to use MLA for the cover sheet, in-text citations, and the bibliography. Students also took their grammar week twelve and figurative language assessment.

Next week, students will be working on their artist’s statements, preparing for self-assessments, beginning a new reading unit titled “Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols.” Fantasy fiction is a genre of writing in which the plot could not happen in real life (as we know it, at least). Often, the plot involves magic or witchcraft and takes place on another planet or in another — undiscovered — dimension of this world ( Feel free to take your child to the library to pick out a fantasy book they may be interested in.

What’s going on in Math?

End of Unit Assessment day!! We have worked through 25 lessons dealing with decimals and today is the day where students get to show what they know! They will be rounding, comparing, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals! Next week, we are moving on to Unit 6 which is titled “More Decimal and Fraction Operations”. Here is a link to family materials so you can get a closer look!

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Students took a trip to Hollywood as their acting skills were tested in social studies this week! Students read about the Middle Ages, and then used what they learned to create and act out a skit! Students then moved into the Renaissance.

Next week the students will be moving into Imperialism and the World Wars. Students will be challenged by some primary source document analysis during the week!

Important Dates:

February 14 – Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, Book Fair, and Bingo! (1:15 – 2:45)
February 20-21 – February Break (No School)