The Cooper School Daily

May I Have a Word With You…

May I Have a Word With You…

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” Wilma Rudolph

I would say that Wilma Rudolph’s personal word was determination. As middle school teachers, we all came up with our one word that we would make applicable to our lives during this season. We also encouraged all middle school students to do the same. Students came up with a plethora of words for themselves, such as: courage, positive, unstoppable, perseverance, embrace, etc. Parents, perhaps you have a word that you are using as a source of encouragement for yourself or others. I am sure your child would be interested in hearing about your “one” word. Take time during a car ride, at the breakfast or dinner table to share your “one word” with your middle schooler(s).

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

What’s happening in Science:

Fifth Grade explored the differences between bacteria and viruses this week, feeling very relevant to our lives right now! They executed an epidemic simulation by exchanging “germs” in test tubes to witness how diseases spread. One person in the whole class started out with the disease, yet by the end of the lab, 69% of the class was infected. Obviously, they had a great discussion about Covid-19 afterward as they reflected on how the disease was spread despite no one having symptoms at the time during the spread. Next week, Fifth Graders will explore the Earth as a system, as well as the four subsystems -the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. 

What’s up in Math? 

Mathematicians (both in-person and at home) have been busy digging into long division this week. We have analyzed other methods and the majority have landed on using long division to solve. This is something we will continue to work on next week. We will have a Section B Checkpoint next Friday. I am so excited to see the light bulbs begin to turn on as we persevere through long division! They did such a great job with multiplication, I know they will get division the more we work on it! 

What’s happening in ELA:

Fifth Graders are now researchers! Exciting! They are using nonfiction resources to complete a research paper on a science topic of their choice. Students are encouraged to use four or more resources. These resources can be: YouTube videos, Ted Talks, informational videos, online resources/articles, e-books, books. One of the resources must be a book (e-book is acceptable). Students must have three to five main ideas with supporting details. Their research paper will have three to five paragraphs. An example has been placed on their Google Classroom. Research papers will be completed by January 20th.

Important Dates:

January 17th: MLK Day – No School