The Cooper School Daily

March Madness!

It has been an extremely active week due to the perfecting of the student’s Spread the Word pieces and presentations! We cannot wait for you all to attend to watch these fantastic displays of the students’ hard work on their reading, writing, and oral presentation skills. We are very excited about this event and we hope you choose to join us next Tuesday, March 28th for this year’s Middle School Spread the Word event!

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

What’s happening in Social Studies?
The eighth graders dove into the topic of Imperialism to lead up to our Unit on WWI. Students were introduced to it by playing an imperialism activity where they competed to take over African countries for their own benefits. Students were then asked to create a propaganda poster to show the negatives of imperialism.

Students will focus next week on finishing and perfecting their Women’s History Month projects for your viewing! They are super excited to be presenting on this topic!

What’s happening in ELA?

Your students are currently working on their pieces for the “Spread the Word” event that will be taking place on the afternoon of March 28th at the Charleston Museum. Please RSVP as there is limited seating. We would like for your students to dress nicely.

Please make sure your students are practicing for their presentations.

What’s happening in Science?
Eighth graders continued to study how organisms have evolved from the water to the land this week. They considered why there was a species of fish to evolve into a tetrapod. They looked closely at Pederpes, the first land dwelling vertebrate to be discovered, then considered how all other land-dwelling vertebrates, to this day, have the same bone pattern on their limbs. The eighth graders also dissected owl pellets to see if they could find evidence of rodents or birds, who had the one, two, many bone patterns that all vertebrates possess. Next week, we will look at the evolution of primates by analyzing skulls of different primates.

What’s happening in Math?

Eighth graders took an assessment today on Exponential Functions. They were able to use formulas to help them, and they were all confident in their work. They compared benefits of different savings accounts, predicted the amount of bacteria given some pre-requisite information, and identified functions as exponential or linear. Next week, we will start our unit on Quadratic Functions!

Important Dates:
March 28 – Spread the Word 2pm at the Charleston Museum (11:30 Dismissal from school)
April 3-10- Spring Break