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?
Fifth graders investigated matter and how the elements in the periodic table make up everything here on Earth. They learned how atoms combine to form compounds or molecules. Fifth graders also learned the difference between solutions and mixtures. They observed…and tasted…the difference in concentrations of drink powder and water to understand how saturation, concentration, and solutions are part of our everyday lives. Lastly, the fifth graders finished their element project and taught the class about their elements. Some even got so into the project, they became an expert about more than one element. Look out for an email with the finished periodic table created by the middle school.

What’s up in ELA?

Fifth graders have completed their fantasy unit and are almost through with their Argument/Advocacy final reading project. Your students are 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 reports. This will just be additional skills added to their argument/advocacy and nonfiction reading research skills they have applied in previous lessons.

What’s going on in Math?

This week, mathematicians were reintroduced to the coordinate plane and quadrilaterals. Students have been working on solidifying the qualifications for certain quadrilaterals; parallelograms, trapezoids, rectangles, rhombuses, and squares. We ended the week with classifying triangles based on their side lengths and angle measures. I’m excited to wrap this year with some geometric concepts.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Fifth graders traveled into Asia this week. Students began by looking into Southwest Asia! Students dove into the past and present of this region. Students were asked to research, using reliable sources, the basics of each of the current countries in the region and to present their findings to the class. Students then were able to move into South Asia, and began to look at the Indian subcontinent.

Next week, the students will be finishing their Asia unit by studying Southeast Asia. Students will then move into the Australian / Pacific Islander region before briefly discussing Antarctica.

Important Dates:

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