The Cooper School Daily

What Are You Grateful For?

We all have so much to be grateful for this time of season. I thought I would share some of the special things in life…

“I am grateful for rugs, water, and air particles”- Sloane Bradley
“The children I get to work with five days out of the week…and cottage cheese!”- Mr. Kevin
“Olive Garden Pasta”- JJ Grant
“I am grateful for my friends!” -Zoe Raymer
“People….As much as they get on my nerves, I need human interaction!” -Devon Porter
“Caffeine, chocolate, my kids, and a break!”-Ms. Lindsay
“My dog, Ollie.”- Caroline Couey
“Family, because why not !?!”- Ellen Swafford
“Taylor Swift”- Peyton Woodward
“Family”- Ms. Allison
“My life”- Landon Taylor
“Family and The Cooper School”- Morrison Hawes
“The Earth”- Griffin Sills
“Animals”- Eva Cain Boudolf
“Everything pumpkin flavored”- Ms. Maggie

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

What’s happening in Science?
Sixth graders learned about different types of consumers this week. They considered the differences between herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and scavengers. They also learned about keystone species and their impact on the environment. They watched a case study about Yellowstone National Park, where wolves were reintroduced into the ecosystem. The wolves literally changed the route of the river in the park. After reflecting on the importance of the one species, they researched other keystone species and chose one that they want to learn more about. When we return from break, the sixth grade will finish their study on thermal energy and continue to learn more about ecosystems.
What’s up in ELA?

6th grade writers dove deep into character essays based on Bridge to Terabithia or Boy this week. We flash drafted our essays to include specific evidence and original elaboration to explain that evidence with precision. Studying mentor essays and structure closely, writers moved into revisions and final drafts.

After break, 6th grade essayists will begin their focus-essay of the unit, shifting from character essays to thematic-based essays. They’ll identify and give reasoning for themes and messages in previously read novels, using their essay writing tools to move more independently through the essay process again.

What’s going on in Math?
This week 6th graders practiced solving division problems with decimal dividends, divisors, and quotients, and practiced applying those types of problems to real-world applications. On Friday, students took their unit 3 test. When we return from break, we will begin working with one-variable equations and different ways of representing them (tape diagrams, hanger diagrams, pictures, etc.), as well as learning to balance equations.

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week, the sixth graders dove into Ancient Greece and spent some time studying Athens and Sparta! Students were asked to compare the two city-states in a Venn Diagram! Students will progress through the information and reflect on the lessons learned by creating an argumentative essay on which of these city-states they would want to live in!

After Thanksgiving Break, the students will dive into their argumentative essays! Students will complete an entire writing process, starting with an outline, into a rough draft, some peer editing, and finally a final draft.

Important Dates:
November 17th – Harvest Feast (Half Day- 11:30 Dismissal)
November 20th-24th – Thanksgiving Break