The Cooper School Daily

Oh Joy! The Holidays Are Upon Us!

There has been so much excitement in the air this week! The middle schoolers have been awaiting the break to spend time with family, friends, and everyone else in between. This week was hustling and bustling with festive activities such as the secret santa gift exchange, holiday song karaoke, and the Holiday Extravaganza! We hope you have a great break and Happy Holidays! 

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

What’s happening in Science?

Fifth graders explored plants this week! They witnessed that wheat seeds will break their dormancy in a space without light and considered the needs of living things to explain why. They also learned about the three different shapes of leaves by collecting leaves and sorting them into piles of pinnate, palmate, or parallel. Fifth graders also looked closely at the veins in leaves and learned how water and sap flows through the plant. When we get back to school after the break, we will finish up our Living Systems unit. Monday, January 9th, we will head to James Island County Park for a program about the food web in the salt marsh.

What’s up in ELA?

Wow! We have had very busy and intense weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks! Your students stayed the course and were able to complete all of their ELA activities. Please encourage your students to read over the Christmas break. Have them to verbally summarize what they read to you around the dinner table.

Please enjoy your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations with family and friends!

What’s going on in Math?

Happy Everything and a restful break to all! We ended math with a Unit 5 Assessment that covered multiplying and dividing using multi-digit numbers. After break, we will dive into place value and decimal operations.   

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week students worked towards finishing up their South American units. The students researched South American colonies and presented different traditions and facts about those colonies to their class through the creation of poster boards. 

Students will begin back by doing a quick review of before break before finishing the unit. Students will then begin to prepare for their midterm for Social Studies. The midterm will consist of material from the past three units (the western hemisphere). Students will get a study guide and plenty of review before the midterm. 

Important Dates:

  • December 16th: Holiday Extravaganza (11:30 Dismissal) – Pajama Day
  • December 17- January 2: Winter Break
  • January 9th: Field Trip to James Island County Park