The Cooper School Daily

Motivating Middle Schoolers to Read

The holidays are upon us, and students will have several breaks from school. Many parents want to make sure that their children are reading, even when they are not in school. I recently ran across a Scholastic Parents Blog titled, How to Choose Just-Right Books According to Teachers. You may find it interesting to read. Feel free to click on the link below the five recommendations to read the entire article.

Here are five things teachers recommend when you’re selecting new books:

1. Establish a strong starting point.

2. Look for books that inspire self-discovery.

3. Choose books that motivate and interest your child.

4. Give your child the power of choice.

5. Find a series they love.

How to Choose Just-Right Books According to Teachers

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

What’s happening in Science?

We had a great time at Fort Sumter this week. Thank goodness for the mild temperatures and overcast skies! Dolphins greeting us in the harbor was a great way to start the trip. Once at the Fort, we considered signage, ranger programs, and amenities for our own National Parks. The fifth graders have completed their topographic trail maps and have begun to work on their models. Next week, they will begin to scale their buildings and other manmade structures. They will also complete their geographic landforms with details.

What’s up in ELA?

Fifth graders have identified adjectives and homophones. They have also practiced using commas correctly in sentences. Students also worked faithfully on their writings this week. They are at the revision and final copy stages of their narrative papers. I am looking forward to seeing their final draft. Fifth graders will not have a grammar or vocabulary quiz this week, so they will not have a grammar/vocabulary rubric sent home for this week. Their reading logs and rubric for their reading logs will be returned on 10/19/22.

Finally, please send your fifth grader to school with a small pumpkin by October 24th for the Halloween Carnival decorating project. We will also appreciate any Halloween decorations you are willing to share with us. Make sure your names are written on the decorations if you are loaning them to TCS for the Halloween Carnival.

What’s going on in Math?

The fifth graders began their week with a day of review, followed by an assessment to mark the end of the 2nd unit. They did well on it. Begin Unit 3: multiplying and dividing fractions. This is a big deal. In Math each unit typically builds on the previous one to make increasingly complex scenarios and steps. Multiplying and dividing fractions is one of the most important of the skills the kids need to carry with them in their toolbox from now on – they’ll use it, oh, about fifty-hundred-million times in the next few years. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week the 5th grade started their project on Harriet Tubman where they researched her significance, not just the Underground Railroad, but her other accomplishments. They chose what kind of visual representation to show their knowledge then presented it to the class. 

Next week the students will focus their learning on the American Revolution and the causes that built up to it and then transition into the Constitution and modern government that we see today. Students will be diving into the constitution itself, and the different amendments and branches involved. 

Important Dates:

  • October 17-18 – Fall Break (No School)
  • October 31st- Halloween Carnival (11:30 Dismissal)
  • November 1st- Teacher Work Day (No School)