The Cooper School Daily

Learning How to Have and Use Empathy

The Middle Schoolers have transitioned their studies into empathy during their advisory time. Within these studies they learn what being empathetic means and how to be empathetic in a variety of situations. They have begun to use these studies in their daily lives when interacting with the people around them at school. It is really amazing to see them take a lesson from the classroom, understand it, and proceed to use their new skills with their classmates. 

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

What’s happening in Science?

Sixth graders explored plants, animals, and protists…but up close and personal with the microscopes! They investigated moneywart, an aquatic plant, to see what plant cells look like, then compared plant cells to protist cells after investigating parameciums. They also viewed what the cells in their cheek look like this week to see what OUR cells look like! Sixth graders also started working on creating “cell raps” to learn about cell’s organelles. We will continue our expedition of life under the microscope next week!

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth graders have completed their work on “A Deep Study of Character” unit. Their paper bag character projects look great! We will begin working on using figurative language in our writing and “Literary Essay” unit next week. This unit will continue in January. Your students also completed week ten in their grammar workbook. Remember,  there will be no reading log homework assignments from November 28th through December 9th. 

What’s going on in Math?

Sixth graders have been solving problems using decimal operations. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals have all been used this week when solving problems about recipes, field lengths, and even track runners’ strides between hurdles. Next week, we will take a Unit 3 Assessment and begin some prep-work for Unit 4, which we will start after break!  

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Students finished their unit on Ancient China. Students are filled with excitement as we move into the unit they have all been waiting for… Ancient Greece.

After learning of Athens and Spartan city-states and the conflicts that arose there, students will be diving into the part that brings the most excitement; Greek mythology. Students will be creating poster boards of Ancient Greek Gods of their choice to then present to the class. 

Important Dates:

  • December 16th: Holiday Extravaganza- 11:30 Dismissal (Pajama Day)
  • December 17- January 2: Winter Break