Today the grade 7s had a visiting math teacher. Mr, Garneau, a numeracy helping teaching from the school district, came to introduce percents using a strategy called 10 frames. It was great to have a new way of looking at how to understand math.
In LA division one continued to complete their first concrete poem. Some have handed in a finished product that showcases their understanding of this poetic form.
Socials tests were marked and reviewed. The results showed that most students have a much better understanding of the world and how to use latitude and longitude to locate places around the world.
1) LA - completed Concrete Poem is due for Monday.
2) Math -
3) Bring a Game Day - Friday - During math time we will be playing games. If you wish to bring a game that has some math involved in it please do so. Examples would be where cards are involved for counting, rolling of dice for counting or something along those lines.
4) Have Socials tests signed by a parent - due Monday.
5) Check your websites for communication from Romania. Spend some time responding to their questions and ask questions to them.
With semester break happening at Clayton Heights, we were lucky to have alumni return for the day. One of the students arrived bright and early and was a wonderful help to me. Oh, how we miss our Titans of old!
Many students were happy to finally show off their renewed knowledge of the world with their Socials test today. Many felt that they had learned and improved greatly since doing the pre test 3 weeks ago.
COncrete poetry was on everyone's mind this morning. Sharing of ideas, connecting with things that matter to us spurred on the imaginations of the class. Tomorrow the students will continue to write their poems incorporating the shapes, the images they have used to share their ideas. I can't wait.
1) Math - grade 7s pg. 157 #8 - 15
Mr. hong - look up 3 specific
Ms Findlay - pg 189 # 7 - 16, finish % work
Ms Wilson - pg 188 #1-3, worksheets
2) LA - if struggled to get ideas going today for your concrete poem, work on it tonight. Criteria is shared on google docs.
3) PE tomorrow.
4) Please check at home for atlases we are missing a number.
Penny drive is on until Friday. Please continue to bring them in.
Having the use of technology as a part of our every day learning once again proved itself today to be invaluable. As the class worked on the ipads during LA discovering what concrete poetry is a student who was at home sick was able to join in the learning through the shared google doc. It was great to see her add her thoughts with everyone else even though she was not in the actual classroom but in the virtual one. Amazing indeed.
1) Socials quiz on Wednesday - I hope you have studied! Complete booklet from today.
2) Determine three ideas for a concrete poem and share these on the comments section of this post. When thinking of your ideas always reflect on your interests, or ideas. We saw some great examples today which should help to get your ideas moving. Be original!
3) Math - Mr. Hong - mid chapter review Chapter 6, stock market
Ms Findlay - pg 188 #1-6
Peer feedback in action.
Peer feedback is a very important stage in the development of learning. When we can hear from our peers, we gain new perspectives and are able to make improvements in what we know and what we do. While writing our poetry over the last two weeks, students have worked closely with their peers to improve their learning. Great writing has evolved.
1) LA - Sensory Poetry - complete an illustrated poem, best work for Tuesday.
2) Socials - quiz on Wednesday (mapping, geography knowledge)
3) Math - Grade 7s - pg. 156 # 2 - 5, 7
Ms Findlay - ratios booklets
Mr. Hong - pg. 188/189 #1 - 16
Ms Wilson - bring in example of %, worksheet
When we can teach others what we know, it demonstrates we have truly learned. Today Division One students taught our grade 3 buddies how to write a Haiku and then used the app Haiku Deck to produce a finished product. A very engaged buddy time!
1) LA - Sensory Poem - complete a finished copy, either typed or hand written (very neat in pen) and then illustrate your poem. The illustration can be hand drawn or computer generated but it must be reflective of the poem. A simple border will not be enough. Please put some effort into the finished product. Take pride and expect more than mediocrity! Due Monday.
2) Socials - quiz next Wednesday on mapping skills and geography knowledge of the world (continents, provinces, bodies of water, knowledge around latitude/longitude, etc.)
For fun. See how many faces you can find and respond in the comments section.
Ms Shakur helps the students write haiku
Today was a day for poetry writing. Students worked together in the morning to improve the sensory poems that had been written and then in the afternoon Division One had Ms Shakur, Mrs. Van's student teacher, come in and work on Haikus. Lots of creativity happening today. Here are two Haikus that were done in class today:
Ready to shatter
Water drips down to the floor
Hanging from the roof
By T. B.
Swirling in the air
Drifting to make a blanket
It lands in my hands
By A. D.
1) LA: click on this google link to share a haiku you have created.
2) Art - Onomatopoeia art due Friday
3) Math grade 7s no math, grade 6s check your teacher's websites
Penny Drive continues. Division One continues to bring them in. We are working on bag #8 which is amazing!
Students had a chance to share their favorite foods this morning as we discussed writing sensory poetry. Lots of watering mouths and hungry stomachs by the end of our brainstorming. Tonight as students work on creating a sensory poem they need to remember to include words that describe a variety of their senses as well as words that create strong images. Using a thesaurus is a very helpful tool.
1) LA - compete draft one of sensory poem. It must include two different poetic devices as well as include at least three senses within the poem.
2) Socials - complete the worksheet. Quiz on world geography and mapping reading skills will be given next Wednesday.
3) Art - Roy Lichenstein's Onomatopoeia art is due this Friday
Keep bringing in those pennies. Division One has now filled 7 bags. That is truly amazing.
Today the students continued to develop their mapping skills. Latitude was added to their knowledge base so they were able to locate places in the world based on lines of latitude and longitude.
1) Complete Socials worksheets
2) Math Grade 7s - pg 140 #3-7
Mr. Hong - pg 180 #6,8,10,14
Ms Wilson - pg 178/179 # 2 - 6
3) Update Weebly EPortfolio - Language Arts and Math need to be updated
The staff at Whistler for Hillcrest ski day.
Earlier this year we began reading a very powerful book called Wonder. After many starts and stops we are finally able to really delve into the message of the story, and make meaningful connections to it. Good readers have a few things in common, they visualize while they read, they ask questions, and they make connections to their own world whether it is to an actual event (self) or to something read or watched (text) or to an event in the world (world). As we read Wonder we stop and talk about our connections and our questions so that we can deepen our understanding of the story as well as life.
1) Complete response to Wonder. Add it to your evernote, and share it with me through google docs.
2) Math - grade 7s - pg 136 #3,4,5
Mr. Hong - pg. 180 #2-5
Ms FIndlay - Find 5 ratios from around the house. Finish worksheet.
Ms Wilson - finish worksheet
Bring in those pennies. Almost another bag has been filled by Division one and we want to keep it going!
We Create Change Campaign - day 2 penny collection
Week two of the new year has come to a close already. Students continue to develop an understanding of poetry and how to create effective pieces in Language Arts.
In Math today students were able to have some fun utilizing their knowledge of decimals in card and dice games. It was great to see how comfortable most have become with the multiplying and dividing skills of decimal numbers.
The penny drive has started off very, very well. I will be delivering 12 bags to the bank this weekend which means we have collected $300 already. Some of the students in our class have brought in loads of pennies (one student filled almost 4 bags himself) and the rest of the school is contributing in a big way. It would be great to see the Titans come together, dig up those pennies, contribute them to a wonderful cause and reach our goal of filling 100 bags. Pennies can change lives!
1) Grade 7s - get Math test signed for Monday morning. Also, upload math test image to Eportfolio if you choose. The learning intention is: I can demonstrate my understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimal numbers. Also include a "What I learned" statement.
2) Reading Journals - complete your written response to Wonder including your connections, the wows and any questions you have. Take your time and be detailed.
3) Bring in your pennies.
The Think We team is supporting Free the Children's We Create Change Campaign. The team will be collecting pennies to help provide safe drinking water for people in developing countries. For every $25 collected one person will have access to clean water. Please support the leadership team by digging up all those pennies and help the team help others less fortunate in the world.
I am a grade 7 teacher who has been teaching in the Surrey School District for over 28 years. I love to read, garden, walk, and spend time with family, friends and my golden retriever Kona.
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