The Cooper School Daily

We Have Had Some Overcast Weather, but Very Bright Classrooms!

We have been working hard this week in Middle School, learning a variety of insightful topics. We have recently been re-visiting the Peace Wheel, which has been a helpful tool for the students throughout the year. The students have been thoroughly inquisitive this week within the framework of their learning, as well as reaching beyond and thinking outside of the box. During the Middle School Meeting this week we covered how and when to speak out which the students were interested in and ready to use in their everyday lives.  

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

What’s happening in Science?

This week, sixth graders studied pollination! They compared angiosperms to gymnosperms and why flowering plants have become more successful. Sixth graders also learned about the importance of our pollinators and why bees are so vital to our food supply. They also finished up their, “Plants that changed history” project. They learned so much about important plants and created VERY entertaining presentations. Next week, they will present their findings to the class and then we will begin our microorganism study…searching the school for bacteria and fungi!

What’s up in ELA?

This week, your sixth graders continued working on their literary essays. We worked on writing a thesis statement, reasons, supporting evidence, and MLA writing. Each student was given a short story to read and will be developing their literary essays from their short stories. We did not work on grammar this week. I wanted to make sure the students understood the difference between similes, metaphors, and personification. We will work on grammar week 12 next week. I have also started a weekly “coupon” award program. Students can earn one coupon weekly for being responsible, resourceful, and respectful.  They are able to use the coupon for one free reading log day. 

Please do not forget to check your students’ signed papers on Monday.

What’s going on in Math?

I hope everyone has enjoyed the short week! In 6th grade, we learned about exponents! We are using area, volume, and surface area to get our minds around what an exponent does. We did some flash card practice so students can begin to recognize perfect squares, their square roots, and commonly used expressions with exponents. Next week, Dan will be in the classroom as the students continue to learn more about exponents and eventually, solve problems involving terms with exponents. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Students ended the Ancient Greek unit by completing an assessment with their partners. Students then began to review Unit 1 from early in the school year to start preparation for their midterm. 

Students will be diving into the old units throughout next week as a review for their midterm. Students will complete their midterm assessment next Friday, January 27th. 

Important Dates:

  • February 20-21 – February Break (No School)