The Cooper School Daily

Westward Ho!


Onward to the West! Students began writing research papers on their choice of a Westward Expansion topic. Students have chosen topics such as the Gold Rush, transportation, and outlaws. This unit correlates with our Reading Workshop and gives students a chance to expand their U.S. history knowledge on the Westward Expansion. Students will be researching, using geography and timelines to add details to their research report. Ask your child what topic they chose to research!


Your historians continue to study the era of Westward Expansion in the United States. This week during Reading Workshop, students started a historical fiction novel, Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen. Students will be discussing the various settings in the novel and the stops along the Oregon Trail. They marked the stops on the trail on a U.S. map during centers. In the Westward Expansion center, students chose an important location or trail and labeled it on our map. They had to use our collection of books or their iPads to find the accurate location. Ask your child what they added to the class map this week!


 A pendulum is a mass hanging from a fixed point that is free to swing to and fro. Can you think of an everyday object that is a pendulum? Your scientists came up with a swing on the playground, a grandfather clock, a bell ringer, and a wind chime! This week, your thinkers began Variables in science. This unit is focused on creating controlled experiments by manipulating one variable at a time. This unit will set each student up for success in the Science Fair later in the year, Friday, February 2nd. Ask your child about our swingers investigation!


Important Dates 

Friday, December 8th               Concert at the Circular Church (1:30pm)

Thursday, December 14th        Parent Coffee (8am)

Thursday, December 21st        Pajama Day, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, December 22nd            Winter Break Begins