Soapstone was awesome today. Cathy commented at how far the kids have gotten already and how focused and creative they are. To top it all off the clean up was so successful. Everyone took ownership of a job and executed each to perfection. It always feels so good for everyone when things go so smoothly.
1) Math - any Math that has yet to be completed. Grade 7s - don't forget to bring in your signed and corrected Math tests.
Study your multiplication tables!
Riddle: If you have three oranges and you take away two, how many do you have?
Answer to Wednesday: Gloves
Comment: After watching and discussing An Inconvenient Truth what are small changes that you can make in your life to help change the way the world is moving with global warming?
During Language Arts today students used their reading strategies to compare to pieces of writing. The task was to find similarities of personality traits between the two main people who were the focus in each piece. They also needed to find evidence to support their claims. Completing this task required students to use their inferencing skills. Not an easy task.
1) Math - grade 7s Mrs. Van - test corrections and get it signed
Ms Wilson - pg 123, #1-8, worksheet
- grade 6s - pg 307 #1-7 - Friday
Reminder that we are heading to the Surrey Art Gallery tomorrow for a tour and mask making workshop.
Riddle: They have fingers and thumbs of their own, but don't have flesh of their own. What are they?
Answer to Tuesday: A fly
Comment: This is a day that you can comment on anything you would like. My brain hurts and I do not have any great prompts to give you. Enjoy!
To end our unit on Biodiversity the movie, An Inconvenient Truth, was shown today. Even though we did not get to finish it all today (we will tomorrow), the movie raised many questions for each student. One student stated, "This is depressing" to which her peer replied, "It is an inconvenient truth!" I know that tomorrow will bring on even more questions and we will get a chance to deepen our thinking as we debrief.
1) Math - grade 7s Mrs. Van - 3.6 worksheet corrections
Ms Wilson - pg 123, #1-8, worksheet
- grade 6s - worksheet (8 questions)
2) French Interview due Wednesday
3) PE tomorrow (different day)
Riddle: What spends the day at the window, goes to the table for meals and hides at night?
Comment: Watching 'An Inconvenient Truth' raises many questions and leaves each of us thinking about the future of our planet.What were your biggest 'whoa' moments or 'ahas'? What questions do you now wonder about with the future of our planet? Be sure to explain your thinking and use writers mumble before you hit the submit button.
This afternoon students began to share their Science projects with their peers. In a gallery type format students moved around the room listening and learning from what their peers learned on the impact of humans on a variety of endangered species.
Another activity that occurred today was looking closely at whether or not websites are reliable. By using some questions and guidelines students are determining the credibility of the sources.
1) Math - grade 7s Mrs. Van - worksheet
Ms Wilson - test corrections and parent signature
- grade 6s - worksheet; see link on side bar right near the bottom for the Khan Academy link
2) French interview - Wednesday
3) Field trip notice due
Comment: Jeremy and Lizzie (in Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life) were just about to walk into the palm reader's booth in Atlantic City. Using what you already know from the story, make a credible (using a word from the Hoax sheet :)) prediction of what you think will happen next.
Lots accomplished this morning during our soapstone session. It is quite amazing to see all the animals beginning to take shape already. There are so many skills that students are learning through this process - I think patience is the #1!
Some of the Science projects have begun to make their way in to me - I can't wait to read all about the chosen endangered species and how humans have impacted them.
1) Science Projects due Monday
2) Math - Mrs. Van's group - get your 3.4 corrections in on Monday
3) 2016 due Monday
4) Clay Mask Making notices due - we are in need of drivers
5) French interview due on Wednesday
Riddle: Where are kings usually crowned?
Thursday answer: The letter R (I finally got one without looking at the answer :))
Comment: We have many things that we are working on in class right now. Soapstone, Nonfiction Picture Book, Clay Mask Making, the start of a new unit in Social Studies. What are you most looking forward to doing next week? Explain. (Thanks, Blazor, for giving me the idea for this comment.)
Lots of great things happened today. Students gathered in their peer mentor groups this morning to practise for the surveying of a grade 2 or 3 class to find out what their younger peers prefer when choosing nonfiction picture books. They then went to a class, asked the questions and shared the results so that a master survey results list has been compiled.After recess both grades wrote their mid chapter tests for the decimals unit. A big sign was let out when that was done. Finally, to end the day, they not only worked on their Endangered Species project but also checked in with a peer to see where they need to still work according to the assessment rubric.
1) Science - work on projects
2) 2016 - due Monday
3) Notice for Clay Mask Making - due Tuesday (please bring back sooner if possible)
4) Book Orders due Monday
Riddle: What's in the middle of Paris?
Answer to Wed - Time
Comment: After seeing the results of the survey regarding the picture books, did it help you to decide on how you might do the layout for your book, or any other information having to do with this assignment?
Inferencing is something we do each and every day when we interact with people, but inferencing with reading can be a difficult task. Today students watched as I modelled an inferencing activity and then they took a turn. Going deeper and reading between the lines, using evidence to support these ideas is a valuable skill for comprehension.
1) Math - both grades -study for your quiz tomorrow
2) Science - we are getting close to due date - work on it!
3) 2016 due Monday
4) Clay Mask Making notice - due Tuesday
5) Book Orders - due Monday
Riddle: Until I am measured I am not known. What am I?
Answer Tuesday: The blink of an eye
Comment: What has been the most amazing or surprising piece of information you have learned as you have researched your endangered species? Explain.
Students continued to move forward with both the nonfiction picture book project, as well as the Endangered Species project. As a class, students brainstormed a short list of questions they want to ask a grade 2 or 3 class as to what their preferences are when it comes to choosing and reading picture books. Tomorrow students will be placed in peer mentor groups to share their topics as well as the questions they feel should drive their research.
In the afternoon, students chose a peer to share their Science projects enlisting feedback and ensuring they are on the right track.
1) LA - return signed personal narratives and rubric
2) Math - both grades be ready for mid chapter quiz Wednesday or Thursday
- grade 7s - Ms Wilson - #7-15, plus worksheet 3.4,
- Mrs. Van - pg 119, #1 - 9
- grade 6s - pg 302/303 #1-15
3)Science - continue to work on projects - due Monday
4) Return student reflection booklet
Riddle:I'm so fast you can't see me, though everyone sees straight through me. I don't stop until the day you die. What am I?
Comment: How are you feeling about where you are at with your Science project? Did the peer time help today? Why or why not?
Using a digital cork board, students shared their thoughts on what they think grade 2 and 3 students prefer when choosing and reading a nonfiction picture book. Tomorrow students will take these ideas and create a survey they will ask the grade 2 and 3 classes at Hillcrest.
The students in Division 1 are starting to pass around the cold/flu bug. By the end of today there were 5 students away. The students were reminded to stay at home when feeling really sick and for everyone to wash their hands regularly and often.
1) LA - show parents your personal narrative and assessment rubric and have them sign
2) Math - grade 7s - Ms Wilson - finish 3.3, corrections 3.2, pg 112 - #3,4
- Mrs. Van - worksheet 3.4
- grade 6s - quiz Wednesday
3) Science - project
4) Student Reflection Booklet - feedback to Mrs. Middleton
5) PE tomorrow
Comment: How are you feeling about your progress with the Endangered Species Project? Are you on track, are you concerned you are behind? Explain.
What a crazy busy day we had. The class started the morning with our first soapstone session learning about the different tools and what they were to be used for. After the instructions were given by Cathy, students received their stones and began to draw, saw, and file. There was tremendous focus and a great first step for everyone.
1) Math - grade 7s - Ms Wilson - check her website (see the right side bar for the link);bring flyers
- Mrs. Van - pg. 112, 113 #3,4,5,and 10
- grade 6s - pgs 298 and 299 #2-15 - due Monday
2) Science - complete your note taking for Monday. If you have time begin to work on putting your ideas into presentation format.
Riddle: What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?
Thurs. answer: living room
Comment: Everyone dove in quickly today with the soapstone work. Share what you found the easiest to do and what you found most challenging.
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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Find Grampy Difficult
Batter's Up Baseball
Division without decimals
Math Antics - Percentages
Finding a Percent
Percent Word Problems
Percent of a Whole Number
Khan Academy - more on Percents
Parts of A Microscope
Wet Mount Microscopy
San Diego Zoo
Gorillas in Rwanda
Classification of Life
CNN for Kids
Time for Kids
Pencil Crayon Shading and Blending
Creativity Requires Time
Moon Shot Thinking
Obvious To You, Amazing To Others
A Pep Talk from Kid President
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