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, fifth graders studied pollination! They compared angiosperms to gymnosperms and why flowering plants have become more successful. Fifth 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 fifth 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. Fifth graders will have a quiz on Monday on similes, metaphors, and personification. 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 5th grade, we learned about adding and subtracting decimals! Students had to dig in their hippocampus to remember those borrowing and carrying skills learned a few years ago for adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. They are doing a great job transferring those skills to decimals. They all understand place value and how the decimals have to be lined up in order to answer correctly. Moving forward, the students will be able to multiply and divide decimals. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Students moved into their European unit this week! Students took a look at early European cultures and dove deep into Ancient Greece. Students then began to create their very own Greek god/goddess using information they learned in the lesson! 

Next week the students will present their projects to the class. Then, we will move into the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire! Students will then compare the different early empires and map them! 

Important Dates:

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