The Cooper School Daily

Movement, Fiction & Bees!

human_knotMonday Movement

Every Monday, 4th and 5th grades join together for Monday Movement. This is a teacher-led time to learn physical skills such as kicking, throwing, catching, and running. It is also a time for bonding and trusting through physical activity. This week, your athletes played the game WAH and The Human Knot. These games require immense focus and teamwork. Your athletes had a blast!


On Thursday, we started the process of writing realistic fiction in Writing Workshop. Students began this unit by thinking of stories that they wish existed. They then thought about problems in their life that they look for in other books as a way to relate to the characters. Next week, students will learn how to develop main and secondary characters in their writing.


This week, students dove deeper into their investigation of bees. First, students were fascinated by the compound eye of a bee. They learned that a bee’s eye is made up of thousands of photoreceptors, and that bees are able to see ultraviolet colors. Due to this, certain flowers are illuminated in a way that leads the bee directly to the plant’s nectar. In order to attract bees to our backyard, 4thgraders planted an assortment of flowering plants in our class planter box. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the bees like them as much as we do!