Alchemedes discovers displacement theory.
Through discovery students found out how to determine the volume of irregular objects. It was interesting to watch those who were willing to push through the "I don't get it" to the stage of, "Ah, I know it."
In LA students are reading the novel Hatchet. Students are developing their comprehension by making connections, asking questions and picking meaningful passages to share. We have just begun the novel but already it is clear students are enjoying the adventure.
We also spent a bit more time today discussing the video, "To This Day". I encouraged them all to take a good long look at their role in making others feel less than worthy. It is never easy to be honest with the less than perfect parts of us.
1) LA - complete a short summary of chapters 3 & 4 for Hatchet
2) Grade 7s - study for Math test on Tuesday. All the students need to go over all the concepts by completing the chapter self test and review. I would also advise students go back in the chapter and practise all the concepts. After looking at a review today it is clear that a lot of studying still needs to happen.
3) Response "To This Day' - finalize your draft for Friday. You will be working closely with a peer to edit and receive feedback.
It was so great to see all the pink today - lots of support for Anti-bullying day! In the afternoon we had a chance to have a "family meeting" which gave us all a chance to share what is special about each of us. We all can now pull out our hearts whenever we need a pick me up and remember that we are special!
1) Science - complete questions #1 and 4 from the textbook
2) Math grade 7s - 4.6 worksheet, Grade 6s - Ms Wilson - study for test tomorrow; Ms Findlay - worksheet
3) Return notice for snowshoeing
The students of Division One watched two very powerful videos this morning, each with its own life message. "To This Day" by Canadian Poet Shane Koyczan caused many students to reflect and connect the important issue of bullying to their lives. The second is such an inspiration for sportsmanship. Every child, every parent, every coach needs to see this. (Please see below for links)
Today was our third and final in-line skating session and it was clear all the students thoroughly enjoyed their time in the gym with Trevor and Dan. A big thanks to the two of these men who made this experience so enjoyable.
Finally, Mrs. Chapman invited our class into the library to peruse a number of novels. As too often happens, when we are introduced to brand new literature, we forget about the great ones from years past. The students had a chance to read a short part from a large variety of books that are often by-passed for the "new" ones. This gave the students an opportunity to be exposed to a large array that may be of interest to them when they are choosing books to read.
1) Video response - revise your response that was written this morning. Add an introduction so that when you post it to your blog (don't do this yet) others will know what you are reflecting on. Also, look to add more detail into your connections. When we share our thinking including how we feel, the reader is more engaged. Include how you felt when you watched the video, what parts made the most impact for you and why, and what connections you made - go deep don't just say, "I connected to the child being called Pork Chop." This does not give detail nor explain how you felt. Finally close off with a summary statement, something to leave the reader thinking. Be ready to share and receive peer feedback tomorrow. I would recommend you re-watch the video to extend your thinking.
2) Math - grade 7s - worksheet #6,7,9,11, 12, 13
Grade 6s - Mr. Hong - , Ms Wilson - , Ms Findlay
Cupcake sale sponsored by the Think We team on Wednesday - $1 per cupcake.
Anti-Bullying Day Wednesday, Feb. 27 - WEAR YOUR PINK
Shane Koyczan project - To This Day
An example of excellent Sportsmanship.
Today we continued to celebrate our poets with sharing the finished poetry projects with our grade 3 buddies. Yesterday all the students had a chance to share in small groups. The students were thrilled to have Mrs. Jensen arrive to hear their amazing work. It was especially wonderful to see the variety of ways that students demonstrated their learning: poster boards, books, power points, google presentations, Voice Thread,.... All of the students have commented on how they have improved their writing ability throughout this unit.
1) Math grade 7s - pg 172 #4 - 8, 10, 11 also math corrections from quiz and have it signed by a parent
Grade 6s - Findlay - pg 203/204 #1 - 16; Ms. Wilson - pg 203/204 #10 - 16
2) E-Portfolios - Finish uploading your poetry projects with the Leaning Intention and 'What I Learned' included. Write a comment on at least two of your peers' websites on their poetry project. Please be thoughtful in your responses as you would like others to respond to you.
3) LA - please respond to the post which is on Wonder that you will find on the Sharing our learning ->Reflections of Learning blog post on this website.
4) Science - complete reading pg 107 - 110 taking notes. Be careful, don't rush, use tables, diagrams and noted to ensure you understand what you have read.
Snowshoeing has been booked for Thursday, Mar. 7th at Mt Seymour. Notices were sent home for this field trip today.
Students Share their Poetry Projects
The creative minds were hard at work today as the poetry projects were being finalized. I cannot wait to have them all handed in tomorrow morning to start reading all their poetry.
1) LA - Poetry projects due Thursday. Be sure to complete the sheets that state details around your poems. Be sure to check your outline and the criteria around each poem. Be creative, think outside the box!
2) Math - grade 6s please check your teacher's websites. No homework for grade7s as they had a test today.
Chemistry - what does this word mean? Today we discovered that chemistry is much more than mixing items together. The students began to use their investigative skills to determine mystery materials. They also started to build an understanding of properties of matter.
Students also spent some time sharing their poetry, putting the last touches on and asking for feedback from their peers to help improve their learning.
1) LA - Poetry project - continue to work on project. Check against your criteria for each poem as they all have slightly different criteria. Also, look at the rubric on the back of the outline to see where you are at and determine where room for improvement is.
2) Math - grade 7s quiz mid chapter review Wednesday. Estimating and comparing %s. Grade 6s - Ms Wilson pg 201 # 4, 5.
3) Science - please answer the following 2 questions in the comments section of today's post. Which materials did you infer correctly or closely? Did any of the materials surprise you? Why or why not?
In-line skating day today. It was great to see all the smiles as the students rolled around the gym, playing games, learning how to stop and singing as the disco lights shone through the dark.
We are getting closer to completing the unit on poetry. Students wrote, gave feedback, typed and shared their poetry. I continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm that students have displayed as they work through the final project.
1) LA - continue to work on the poetry project. Check your planner to see what your goal is that you wrote for tonight. Work hard, stay focused and be creative. The final project due date has been moved to Thursday.
2) Math - grade 7s pg.165 #3 - 6, 8, 10. Students have a mid chapter quiz on Wednesday.
Grades 6s - Mr. Hong - study for quiz tomorrow; Ms Findlay - worksheet; Ms Wilson - pg. 198 #5-8, finish number line diagram.
3) Science - please respond to the following question in the comments section: Without looking in a dictionary in your own words what do you think the word Chemistry means? Also, what is something you think you will be learning about in this unit and what you would like to learn about?
I never ceases to amaze me how a little sun can bring out the best in everyone. Many times today I thought to myself, "I love my job".
Working on the poetry unit has been inspiring for me. I have watched a number of the students evolve as creative writers right before my eyes.As we were finishing up with the writing and feedback time one student reminded me, "We were going to share today." How awesome to have so many budding poets wanting to share their creations. Following that another student asked, "Could we have the class give us feedback after we shared?" I marvel at how the students have taken ownership of their learning and see themselves as 'learners". So very amazing.
1) LA - complete all the rough drafts for the poetry booklet this weekend. Follow the guidelines (it is on google drive if you have misplaced yours), and use the criteria we have been establishing to guide your writing. Today many students who worked with me grew as poets as they learned the importance of using a thesaurus. Strong language creates strong images. Please email what project you will be doing for the final assessment. If you would like some feedback you can always email me. Please be specific as to what feedback you are looking for.
2) Math - grade 7s please complete the worksheet on %. Grade 6s please check your teacher's websites.
3) In line skating on Monday.
Valentine's Day - lots of pink, red and white in the class today. It was another busy time for writing, math and French. To celebrate Valentine's Day the class was introduced to a fun team game called Insanity. Lots of laughter and lots of team building for everyone in the class.
1) LA - continue to work on your next poem for the end project. If you wish to get some feedback you can send me your poems through email. Please be specific with the feedback you are asking for. Refer to your criteria to help. You might ask me, "Is this a strong metaphor?" or "Does this concrete poem integrate the image and words well?" Time is short so make sure you are working hard. I would also suggest you know how you are planning to present the final product for tomorrow so as you head into the weekend you will have a game plan in mind.
2) MAth grade 7s - FSAs (no homework) Grade 6s please check your teacher's website.
3) In line skating notices are due tomorrow.
4) Bring PE strip for tomorrow as I need to assess your gymnastics routines.
Our poetry unit is coming to an end. It has been wonderful to see so many of the students discover a love and hidden talent for writing poetry. Today, the final assignment for the unit was handed out. It will be important for all the students to set their own goals - as to when drafts should be finished, when they plan to work on their final product, decide on how they wish to represent their learning.
1) LA - Poetry final project. I recommend everyone share the outline with a parent. Discuss a timeline for when you plan to complete different parts, decide which forms of poetry you plan to do, how many of each if you plan to do more than one, and discuss how you will be presenting your information. I recommend the first poem be completed tonight. Now that you have practised the different forms it is time to push your creativity. Be sure to use strong imagery, have a main idea that is clear through your written words, and be creative.
2) Math grade 7s no homework as FSAs were done today. Grade 6s - Ms FIndlay pg 197/198 # 1- 3, Mr. Hong - pg 201 # 2 - 5, Ms Wilson bring back signed tests
3) In line skating notices ASAP - we start next week
4) Valentines Day tomorrow - get in the spirit and wear red, pink, white or purple.
5) If you did not get a chance to invite me on your VOice Thread please do so. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) Please help me out by completing the Reflection of Learning form that we talked about yesterday. If you have already done this thank you so much. If not please take 10 minutes to do. The link is Reflection of Learning
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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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