The Cooper School Daily

Welcome Back from Break!

Wow! What a great week back from break! We heard so many great memories that were made during break spending time with family. The middle school is currently utilizing Advisory time to focus on gratitude. It has been heartwarming to see what the middle schoolers recognize in their life that they appreciate. 

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

What’s happening in Science?

Fifth graders explored the compound microscopes this week! They learned the different functions, as well as how to use the coarse and fine adjustment to focus their view. Fifth graders bought things from home they wanted to see close up and some of their findings were unexpectedly interesting. They will use their skills to help them investigate the bacteria and fungi they will culture by swabbing different places in the school. Next week, they will learn more about the characteristics of living things.

What’s up in ELA?

Fifth graders are continuing to work on their Tackling Nonfiction Unit. They are working on their nonfiction book reports in the form of  trifold brochures. While your fifth graders are working on their book projects, there will be no reading log homework assignments from November 28th through December 9th. In grammar, they completed week nine grammar and vocabulary lessons/quizzes.  The signed papers that will be sent home on Monday will be for grammar/vocabulary only.

What’s going on in Math?

This week in Math, students have powered through several lessons on multiplying multi-digit whole numbers. Students have been able to experiment with multiple strategies including, area models, partial products, and the standard algorithm. They have been able to proceed with the strategy that feels the best to them. Today, they took a short assessment before we move onto long division next week. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week the students had a little review from before break that led us into the colonization and independence of Mesoamerica. Students created a timeline of events that led up to the independence for Mexico while also completing a Jigsaw activity focusing on Central America today. 

Next week, the students will conclude their studies of Central America by labeling a current day map of the countries in the region. Students will then begin their studies on South America which will take us through until break. 

Important Dates:

  • December 16th: Winter Festival (11:30 Dismissal) – Pajama Day
  • December 17- January 2: Winter Break