The Cooper School Daily


“Identity: What makes up a person’s identity? What defines your identity?
WAIT…Hands DOWN! Talk to a buddy (or two) around you about what you are thinking..”

Ms. Lindsay, Social Studies Class, Tuesday…

Talking about our identity, what identity even means, such as our conscious identity, and our unconscious identity, led to some bonding class experiences this week. Witnessing your sons and daughters answering who they really are through their own adolescent lens and open to vulnerability in front of their peers was monumental. Having a discussion about the way they see things is because of who they are, and that the way they think of their own thinking impacts history was a moment I was reminded of the importance of progressive education. We were all respectful, open, constructively critical, and open to change. I love every one of your kiddos! Every single one of them makes me a more whole and better human being. -LD

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

What’s happening in Social Studies:
This week, historians explored medieval towns. In groups, they researched guilds, crime, punishment, trade, home life, disease, medicine, and entertainment. They presented what they learned to the class professionally with google slides and short skits. We will cover the fall of feudalism next week. After the break, we will be studying everyone’s favorite…the Black Plague! Historians will not only explore the history and its impact on medieval Europe, but they will also investigate the science of diseases and how viruses and bacteria spread to make us sick.

What’s up in Math?
Students are learning multiple ways for multiplying multi-digit numbers. Before they jumped into using partial products with diagrams and the standard algorithm, I taught the standard algorithm. Students have full choice throughout the entire unit of which method to use. They may use a different method each time, only ever use the standard algorithm, or use partial products with diagrams on the final unit assessment. Students are eager to learn and refresh their multiplication skills from 4th grade. Next week, we will work on our multiplication fluency through games and puzzles!

What’s happening in ELA:
Fifth Graders have worked to identify main ideas and details in their non-fiction article entitled “Lessons From the Deep”. Please continue to reinforce this particular skill at home by helping them with various nonfiction reading and even using current events found in newspaper articles or magazines.

Important Dates:
December 17th – Pajama Day- Holiday Extravaganza (10:30) 11:30 Dismissal
December 20th – 31st Winter Break
January 4th – School Resumes