So much going on for a Friday. Students reflected on their academic and personal goals that they have been focusing on. What worked and next steps were the pieces that the students wrote about today.
As the Olympics are only a week away, all five divisions of grade 6/7s will be celebrating this event and tying it into our culture unit. Today students chose a country that they wished to learn more about with their flag. A bit of quick research began with guiding questions and then groups began to create a flag. The intermediate open area will be transformed into the Olympic Village. I can;t wait to see the flags all posted up and the festivities begin next week.
1) LA - Revised on Sunday morning: watch for the feedback this weekend on your heroism essays. It is taking some time to go through all of your writing so it may not be completed for Sunday night. WATCH YOUR EMAILS! New due date - Wednesday, Feb. 5 printed off at home please.
2) Socials - all presentations will begin next week. All students need to ensure they check over the criteria as they are completing this project. Each student will share with me not only their presentation but their notes, paragraphs and bibliography after they have shared with the class.
3) Math - grade 6s - nothing formal but practise placing fractions on a number line
- grade 7s - Mrs. Farrell - get quiz signed and do corrections
- Mr. Hong - pg. 63 #1 - 9
Mrs. Van - corrections done on quiz, signed
4) 2014 Art/goal setting - complete the 2014 for Monday
5 ) Video Link: Nearly 4 years ago Vancouver celebrated the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Please take a bit of time to watch the ceremony to help remind yourselves of the importance of sport, fair play, and respect of people around the globe.
Comment - What parts of Canadian culture were shared in the opening ceremonies? What do the summer and winter Olympics mean to you?
Tuesday, Feb. 4 - Walking to Clayton Heights to see Band Performance. Must be at school by 8:25.
Friday, Feb. 7 - Olympic Day - wear your Canadian gear from the 2010 Olympics or any Canadian items. Bring your souvenirs, or wear red and white. Let's Go Canada!
Tuesday, Feb. 11 - Multicultural Day - Bring an item of food to share, if you can, from your home country. All of the grade 6&7s will be sharing these items. You will not need to feed the crowd just a small amount to share. The afternoon will be the Olympic Games in the gym.
Over the past few days the grade 6 and 7s have had Mr. Garneau, a Math Helping Teaching come and do a lesson about fractions using cuisennaire rods. It has given the students a chance to understand fractions using a different strategy than what has been introduced to date.
In LA students continued to work on self assessment and revision on their Heroism mini essay. Taking time for reflection using the criteria to ensure success is a great learning strategy. Once this step is done peers and I can give feedback before the final write. There are many steps to create the best pieces of writing.
1) LA - complete self assessment and revision - type up the revisions and share on google drive.
2) Math - grade 6s - quiz signed with corrections
grade 7s - Mrs. Van - 2.8
- Mr. Hong - 2.6 worksheet, pg 65/66 all odd numbers to 9
- Mrs. Farrell - study for test
3) Socials - Work on presentation as we will begin presenting tomorrow.
Bibliography site: bibme.org
Full review to come later.
1) LA - complete the revision of paragraph A on Heroism. Type on to google drive. Make sure to use your traffic light criteria sheet to guide the revisions. Learning Intention: I can assess and revise my work using class generated criteria.
2) Math - grade 6s - worksheet corrections
grade 7s - Mrs. Van - quiz tomorrow
- Mr. Hong - no homework
- Mrs. Farrell - pg 65/66 #1-3, quiz signed
I hope everyone had a great weekend. It sure was nice to see the sun; many people were out and about getting fresh air and exercise.
All students developed individual cue cards to help with their personal goal setting. Many created steps to achieve their goals and we will be checking each day and making next step plans.
In Language Arts students were introduced to a new way of self-assessing. It was a trial run where they could use traffic light colors to indicate if they had met or not met the criteria of the assignment. Parents, take time to ask your child what they discovered about their Heroism Paragraph A by using the self assessment sheet.
1) Socials - check to make sure you have included answers to the questions that are listed on the Outline sheet (it is shared on your google drive). Use the outline as a checklist and check off each question once it has been included.
2) Math - grade 6s - pg 224/225
grade 7s Mr. Hong - watch videos and make a comment
Mrs. Farrell - Bonus Questions - If 1 red rod represent 1 whole then what does 1 white rod represent? Can you come up with your Cuisenaire Rod statement? Check our this link.
Mrs. Van - 2.6 worksheet
Short and sweet today. Students had a chance to work on their Social Studies Culture project moving from note taking to paragraphs. They also worked on meeting the Language Arts Learning Intention of using evidence to support and explain their thinking.
Have a great weekend!
1) Socials - complete writing the 5 paragraphs, follow the criteria (it
2) LA complete writing paragraph B ensuring you follow the criteria
3) Math - see Thursday
Being active is one of the best ways to start a day. Students headed to the gym and were led through a variety of fitness activities by the Fit Kids. I saw everyone participating well and most put forth their great effort; next time I think I will join them.
In the afternoon the students had a chance to write the first paragraph for their 'heroism' mini essay. By using the criteria and the pre-writing notes students were quick to focus and start writing.
We ended the day by having time to spend on our final topic for the culture research project. Our next steps will include transforming the notes into paragraphs and creating their presentation.
1) Socials - complete notes on 5th topic area.
2) LA - complete draft of paragraph 1
3) Math - grade 6s - no homework
grade 7s - Mrs. Van -
- Mr. Hong - worksheet 2.5, and grid worksheet
- Mrs. Farrell - no homework
4) Website comment - Think about the 2 goals you set. Have you thought about these goals? Have you used any of the steps to help work on this goal? What do you need to do to ensure you are remembering to focus on these goals?
Developing criteria for our Social Studies Culture Project was the focus of learning this morning. Mrs. Farrell's class joined ours to discuss what the 'Must Haves' should be for the assignment. When students create the criteria they gain a better understanding of what is expected.
In Language Arts Division 1 did a pre-writing activity for the Heroism mini-essay. Students were given time to jot down ideas in point form after I modelled the concept. Then students were put into small groups to locate direct evidence from the novel to support their opinions and explanations.
This afternoon all of the grade 6/7 classes headed to Clayton Heights and were thoroughly entertained by the drama class on a humour take on Greek myths.
1) LA - complete note taking and evidence finding directly from the novel to support paragraph B
2) Math - Grade 6s - Quiz on Thursday. Review concepts and practise your multiplication!
Grade 7s Mr. Hong - do corrections
Mrs. Farrell - pg 59/60 Word problems
Mrs. Van - 2.6 worksheet
3) Socials - work on your project if you wish to get ahead. Think of your presentation. What format will you use? How can you learn new ways of presenting information? Play with the chosen presentation program if you are doing this digitally.
Video Link: Kid President - How to Change the World
What do you think can be done to change the world? (Whew - a hard question)
A number of assignments/projects were worked on today. In Language Arts students developed criteria for their mini essay on 'What is Heroism?' The criteria included:
I can respond to selections I read by sharing my opinions and using explanations and evidence to support my thoughts.
Students also continued to research the culture project topic areas. We reviewed the difference between copying information and putting the information into their own words in note form. Everyone is now on the 4th topic and will be starting to think of how they wish to present their information.
1) Socials -
Grade 7s Mr. Hong - pg 58/59 # 7 - 15, boxes colored and cut out
Mrs. Farrell - pg 58/59 # 1 - 6
Mrs. Van - no homework
Important: Tomorrow right after lunch the students from Div. 1 to 5 will be walking to Clayton Heights for a play. Please make sure you wear comfortable shoes to walk in and are dressed appropriately for the walk.
Today we finished reading Forbidden City. Many students found this to be a powerful which highlights that everyone can be a hero. This book also raised many issues around Human Rights in China specifically but also around the world.
In Socials the Bibme website was introduced to students as a way to properly cite sources. One of the Learning Intentions for the research project is to be able to properly cite sources. Students have been encouraged to take the time after a new resource has been found to cite it and keep this on their google doc.
1) Math - Grade 6s - worksheet lesson 3
Grade 7s Mr. Hong - pg 58/59 #1-6, worksheet 2.4
Mrs. Farrell - pg 55 #5-9 bonus 10
Mrs. Van - pg 62/63 #3-9
2) Health and Career - complete the goal setting sheet for your personal goal. Make sure you break your plan into steps so that you will better be able to meet with success.
3) Socials -
Students had a chance to put their leadership skills to the test today. For the biweekly collaboration time our class decided to take the little buddies to the gym for a variety of activities. Many skills were utilized for this to be successful. Students needed to be creative thinkers planning activities that would be fun, engaging and safe for 7 and 8 year olds. Students also needed to be flexible and adaptable changing up games when they were not working. Finally, students needed to be collaborative while playing the activities making sure all ideas were heard and that an agreed upon consensus happened. This was a fun way to build important life skills!
A fair amount of time was spent on Health and Career today. In the morning students learned that it was necessary to create step by step plans for achieving their goals. In the afternoon students had a chance to work on the '2014' goal setting art. Overall, a great day to end another busy week.
1) Math - all Math due on Monday
Grade 6s - pg 218 #1 to 4
Grade 7s Mr. Hong - pg 54/55 #3,5,6,7,10
Mrs. Farrell - pg 54 # 1- 4
Mrs. Van - worksheets 2.4 and 2.5
2) Health and Career -
3) Socials - research a second topic for your culture project. Begin to think about how you wish to present your information. A new app that was seen in Ms Dufault's class was the Key Note app. This is something on an iPad. Check it out if you are looking for something new and you have an ipad at home.
4) Website comment - watch the video of Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often
What is something you think we should say more often?
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