The Cooper School Daily

March is Here!

March has snuck up on us, unlike this pollen which has been blowing its way into our lives and sticking. This week was wonderfully gleeful with the highlight being the middle school social where we hosted a talent show. There were so many fabulous talents showcased, that we never  even knew about! The students have done a great job this week working hard to get their various projects and papers finished. The science fair projects are unbelievably innovative and are turning out very nicely, their scientific experimentation processes are truly impressive.  

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

What’s happening in Science?

Fifth graders completed their Bacteria Lab report this week! They are so excited to show you their slideshow that encompasses what they learned during this study. They were able to demonstrate their understanding of  the scientific process in their slideshows. Fifth grade also summed up what they have learned up to this point in science this year in their self-assessment portfolio. Lastly, for a brain break, they completed the Marshmallow Challenge and tried to build the tallest tower that could hold a marshmallow on top.

What’s up in ELA?

Fifth graders have started writing their own fantasy stories, however, they may need your help. Your students have been challenged to use vocabulary words they have learned in grammar and also the various figurative languages they have covered so far this year when writing their stories. They’ve also worked on their sel- assessments and week fourteen grammar lessons. This week has been so busy, so we are not having a grammar/vocabulary assessment until March 8th. We have also temporarily canceled reading log assignments. I will let you know when we will resume working on our reading logs.

What’s going on in Math?

This week, fifth graders have moved on from metric conversions! They took a small assessment on Thursday and we started learning about adding fractions with unlike denominators. They have some prior knowledge, but we are really going to work on mastering those skills. They are excited to showcase some of their learning for you during their Self-Assessment Presentations next week! 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Fifth graders became pop icons this week as they worked towards finishing their parody songs about early Europe! Students wrote lyrics relating to the content that we have covered and then recorded their masterpieces! Students then began to take a look into modern day Europe. 

Next week, the students will be paired up and given a European country. Students will be asked to create a slides presentation about the culture and demographics of that country today! Students will then present their research to the class. 

Important Dates:

  • March 6th & 7th – Student-Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal) 
  • March 28 – Spread the Word (11:30 Dismissal)