The Cooper School Daily

May We Strive for Success in May

We have so many things to look forward to as the year comes to an end! With that being said, we need to make sure we are planned for the month ahead! Below is a reminder of all of the things that we need to prepare for!

Next Friday is the Middle School Dance! The theme for the dance is Glow in the Dark! Get out those glow sticks and neon shirts! We are looking at a great night ahead!

Starting the following week, we have field trips and ERB testing! Kicking us off, in the week of May 8th, we have the 6th and 7th graders going to Florida and the 5th grade class testing! That following week, the 5th graders will be traveling to G.R.P. while the rest of the grades are testing! To close out the month of May, the 8th graders will be taking their trip to Washington D.C.

Lots of fun things await in our future! It’s best to start the planning now!

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

What’s happening in Science?
Sixth graders learned about, well, learning this week! They learned about metacognition, the thinking of thinking, and were tested on how well they remember things. They created strategies to help them remember things after learning more about how the brain works. Sixth grade also learned about two other senses this week, sight and smell. They explored how our nose receptors and the brain interpret smells around us to help us to survive. They also learned about the parts of the eye and how the brain interprets our sight. Next week, they will take their final test about the human body system and present their projects about diseases that changed history!

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth graders have completed their research project this week and are in the process of completing their Social Issues Book Club final reading project. Sixth graders are also in the middle of Week 16 of grammar and are learning words with the prefixes mid- and post-. They are also learning about words with the suffixes -ess and -ism. We will have a mini-lesson starting next week on research-based informational writing books, websites, and presentations. This will just be additional skills added to research and nonfiction reading research skills they have applied in previous lessons.

What’s going on in Math?

This week, students developed and practiced rules for multiplying and dividing integers. Students know that integers are the set of positive and negative whole numbers, including zero. We have moved into rational numbers, which includes fractions and terminating decimals. I’m excited to wrap the sixth grade year with some number sense!

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Sixth graders dove into learning about the America’s this week. Students began the new unit by learning about the differences in the early American civilizations; the Aztecs, the Maya, and the Inca. Students moved a bit north and studied and presented on specific Native American Cultural Regions.

Next week, the students will be going through Ancient Africa before learning about colonization. Students will then get an idea of colonization through an activity that emphasizes the race for imperialism. Students will then begin to learn about the Renaissance to finish the school year!

Important Dates:

May 4- 11:30 dismissal
May 5- Middle School Dance