The Cooper School Daily

Meeting the Physical Needs of Middle Schoolers

We have made it through our first full week of school. Your middle schoolers have been wonderful. Here are some tips for meeting the physical needs of your middle schooler from a blog written by Suzie Dalien.

“Boys and girls in this age range benefit greatly from significant physical activity. It can be an organized sport or something you’ve committed to doing regularly as a family.

The more activity, the better. Challenge your child to push their limits. The exercise boosts the “happy” chemicals in their brains, helps them sleep well, and provides a daily sense of accomplishment.

Speaking of sleep, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by for middle schoolers. They are growing, their brains are working overtime and they are trying to keep up with their friends (socially and academically). According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, kids this age need 9-12 hours of sleep each night.

Here are our tips on a bedtime routine.

That can be tough to do with homework, after-school activities, and social life. Help them out by setting a regular bedtime that allows for at least 8 hours of sleep. You might also want to limit screen time in the hour or two before bedtime.”

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

What’s happening in Science?

This week, Sixth Graders guessed what was in the “mystery boxes” made by the Eighth Grade class. They used their senses to observe and make hypotheses about what was inside each box sealed shut. The “mystery boxes” introduce the nature and process of science by showing students that science is uncertain and that scientists base their conclusions on available evidence. By not being able to open them (for FOUR years) they experience that science does not prove or conclude and that it is always a work in progress.

The Sixth Graders delved into their weather and water unit as well this week! They created weather reports for cities across the country to learn about typical weather measurements taken for prediction. They also investigated air and how compression impacts its pressure using syringes. Sixth Graders also learned about the different layers of the atmosphere and how the temperature and pressure changes as you go up in altitude. Next week they will learn about pressure maps and investigate more about water!

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth Graders have had a successful first week of ELA. They have all selected a realistic fiction book to read. They have also completed Week 1 Grammar activities. Your students have learned four new vocabulary words and have identified nouns, pronouns, prepositional phrases, and articles. Sixth Graders are also able to use grammar correcting symbols in their writings. Finally, they have been taught how to log their reading by actually writing about their reading. Students will turn in their reading logs every Friday. Their reading logs will be assessed and returned to them on Mondays. Finally, every Friday they will have a grammar quiz covering the concepts they practiced that week.

What’s going on in Math?

In Math we have been finding the characteristics of certain quadrilaterals. We’ve been learning different strategies for finding the area of shapes that don’t have only right angles, like parallelograms and triangles. We have learned to decompose objects (take them apart) and rearrange them to help us better find the area. Next week we will be digging heavily into triangles – learning the characteristics of different kinds and how to find their area.

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week was an exciting week in Social Studies for the Sixth Grade! We not only learned the different expectations and got to know our peers but we also got our first glance into content! On Friday the students were asked to bring a childhood item from their past in for an activity that dealt with archeologists, historians, and geographers. They then worked together to answer questions about their items in ways that each of those groups of people would look at them. 

Next week, we will be diving into greater detail on the differences between those groups of people and how they interact to form the knowledge we know now about the past. We will end the week learning about the Great Migration of early civilization and even debate about which early human survival strategy was most important! 

Important Dates:

September 5th- Labor Day, no school

September 21st- Middle School Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30