The Cooper School Daily

We are Historians

Let’s go on a mission!

In Centers this week students got to go back in time and see what it was like to be on the Oregon Trail by playing this exciting game with classmates. Students had to catch their own food, escape illnesses, and make their way west across the country. Centers is always a fun and exciting time for students to step out of the normal curriculum and experience hands-on activities that support what we are learning in class.


Wheat Grass

Scientists this week discovered what nutrients a plant needs to survive. We completed an investigation where we planted wheat grass in a cup. One cup was covered with a black bag, allowing no sunlight to the plant. The other cup was covered with a clear, plastic bag to allow sunlight to the plant. Students observed the condensation in the bag from the natural evaporation cycle that is involved with living plants.


We are Historians

This week, Fifth Grade writers have been researching and drafting informational writing for our Westward Expansion unit in reading and writing. Each writer chose a topic they were interested in such as the Transcontinental Railroad, covered wagons, and The Gold Rush. They then used texts to research this topic and pull information from these texts to take notes. On Thursday, students acted as historians adding their own opinions on their topic. Ask your child what they are writing about in class!


Important Dates:


  • Thursday, 5/02 SUP & Kayaking Trip
  • Thursday, 5/09 SUP & Kayaking Trip
  • Friday, 5/10 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, 5/10 Pass It On (5pm-6pm @ The Scottish Rite)