The Cooper School Daily

Warmer Weather

This has been a beautiful week at the Cooper School. As the weather grows, so do the smiles of the Cooper Kids! Students are no longer huddled up into their blankets and jackets and instead running and enjoying the company of their peers. Moods are the highest they have been since before the winter time, and it is a sight to see! With students laughing, playing, and generally enjoying their time outside, it also allows for students to focus on their school work during the classes as they were able to release their energy, being kids, outside! With classes being productive, and plenty of outdoor time, there is no better time of year at The Cooper School.


What’s happening in Social Studies?
This week students dove deeper into Facism in Germany and Italy and the beginnings of the Second World War. Students took part in an appeasement activity, asking whether they would stop Germany advancing, given the issues they were handling in their own countries. This allowed them to gather insight on the challenging decisions both Great Britain and France had to make during the start of this war.

What’s happening in ELA?
8th graders finished their sonnets and Hamlet this week. We are so excited to share the variety of sonnets our class produced at this year’s Spread the Word reading on April 10th! More details to come!

Next week, 8th graders will begin an investigative journalism unit, learning real world applications for their informational writing skills. Rather than switching back to vocabulary, we will continue to deepen our grammar studies and begin applying it to editing work over the next four weeks.

What’s happening in Science?
Eighth graders considered how tetrapods have evolved over time this week. They dissected owl pellets to look closer at mammal bones, contemplating how they all have the same pattern of “one bone, two bones, many bones, and digits.” They compared the bone pattern structure of mammals from the past and current day mammals to see that they all have the same bone pattern. The eighth graders also presented information about the animal that they researched representing how much biodiversity we have here on Earth. Next week, they will learn about traits and how they are passed down from one generation to the next.

What’s happening in Math?
This week, 8th graders began our final unit of study where we combined all of our Algebra 1 knowledge and put it all together! Next week, we will practice writing more expressions in factored form and use this to solve more quadratic equations.

Important Dates:
March 23-April 1: Spring Break