The Cooper School Daily

Intelligence Plus Character

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

As a nation, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. this week for his contribution to peace and justice in America. As middle school teachers, we see hope for a better future in our students. That is why we show up everyday with open hearts and open minds. We truly believe in Dr. King’s vision for children to be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.

At The Cooper School, we launched our empathy SEL unit this week. However, no matter what social and emotional skill we are concentrating on, we strive every day to practice empathy not only towards our students, but towards each other through thick and thin.

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

What’s happening in Science:
Fifth Graders explored the Earth as a system, as well as the four subsystems -the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. They researched, discussed, and presented food webs from various ecosystems on our planet. The presentations were creative, humorous, and most of all very scientific! Next week, they are going to start a case study about development on the salt marsh here in Charleston. We will be going on a couple of field trips to the marsh during the study.

What’s up in Math?
Fifth Graders will be tested on long division including real-world applications today! They have been working super hard to get those multiplication facts down in order to effectively and efficiently solve problems using long division. Next week, we will put it all together and practice both multiplication and division of multi-digit numbers where they apply in real life scenarios. We will wrap up next week with a Unit 4 Test on Friday. We will review on Thursday and students will be able to use their review guides on their test on Friday!

What’s happening in ELA:
Fifth Graders are busily typing up their research papers! I am really excited to see the end results of their hard work. This week, your nonfiction readers have been working on in-text citations (giving credit to the work of others that they cite in their research papers), cover sheet, and reference page. You can help your Fifth Grader by reading over their rough drafts to detect grammatical errors and misspelled words. Students must have three to five main ideas with supporting details. The final result should be a completed research paper with three to five paragraphs. We are also working on identifying action verbs in grammar.

Important Dates:
February 1st- Middle School Information Session (6pm-7pm)
February 21-22- February Break