The Cooper School Daily

Smart Strategies!

This week, your 5th graders played a new math game, learned teamwork through movement games, and developed the class rules out of their hopes and dreams.



There are some card games that are sheer luck. Then, there are those that require clever strategies. This week, your problem solvers learned a game that requires clever strategy. Factor Captor is a game where students try to rack up as many points as possible by placing their markers on a product and letting their opponent mark its factors. We learned that the best strategy is to first choose the largest prime number so that there are not as many factors for your opponent to choose.


Tuesday Movement

Every Tuesday, 4th and 5th grades join together for 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 games: Hula-hoop Pass and relay races. These games require immense focus and teamwork. Your athletes had a blast!



We have completed our first investigation in our Models and Designs unit. We built black boxes and observed drought stoppers. Students made conceptual models and physical models. Encourage your scientist to look for and show you black boxes around your house!


Class Rules

This week we worked on our Hopes and Dreams for the school year in order to help develop our classroom rules. These Hopes and Dreams helped us decide as a class what the class rules should be. The class rules are intended to provide a safe and productive environment, so that everyone can achieve their Hopes and Dreams this year. Ask your child about their Hope and Dream!


Important Dates:

Mon., September 5                        Labor Day, No School

September 13- 8:15am                  5th Grade Parents Curriculum Night

Tuesday, September 27-30         Green River Preserve

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FUN in YOGA————>