The students had their first long session of Genius Hour today. Working independently or with a partner, they dove right into their questions. I am thrilled at the direction this session is taking as their wonderings are varied and unique. Please check out the Genius Hour tab for a list of questions and first photos.
1) Math - grade 7s - 3.4 worksheet - Friday; quiz on Tuesday. Study over the weekend practising addition, subtraction and multiplication of decimal numbers.
- grade 6s - Mr. Rayat -
- Mrs. Van -
2) Genius Hour - complete reflection.
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3) Art - perspective art due Friday
Video Link and Comment: 15 Yr-Old Kevin Doe Wow M.I.T
This video relates to many other videos and conversations we have had in connection to Genius Hour. What obstacles did Kevin overcome to to fulfill his passion? What other people/videos does this one remind you of? Why?How? What personal message will you take from this? How will this inspire you on this next Genius Hour project?
Anti Bullying Day was well represented by most of the students in Division 1. It was so great to watch the sea of pink walk in this morning. After reading the students comments on the website last night in response to the video clip, I know how passionate these students are about trying to make sure bullying does not happen to others or themselves.
A big congratulations to Ringpop, Mind Boggler and Slapshot for being the winners from Division 1 on the WInter Olympics competition!
1) Math - grade 7s - pg 112/113 # 1-3, 5, 8-15
- grade 6s - Mr. Rayat - pg 302/303 #2-4, 6,8,9,15
- Mrs. Van - pg 302/303 #2-4, 6,8,9,15
2) French - complete first 3 questions on the postcard - Thursday
3) Art - complete all details ready to be coloured for tomorrow
4) Genius Hour - be ready with duo tang and a plan of what you will be accomplishing during your 1 hour work session Thursday
5) Talent Show - Talent Show auditions will be Thursday in our class at lunch. Make sure you bring anything you need for the audition.
If you did not have a chance to read some of teh posted commented last nigh
Please return any outstanding raffle tickets ASAP.
It was nice to see the sun again allowing the kids one more day to enjoy the snow.
Students had a chance to begin a self reflection on their Social Studies projects. Using a rubric students worked through their projects looking for evidence of their learning. Almost every aspect of this assignment is now on their drives allowing for easy access for student, parents and myself. I just love technology.
1) Math: grade7s - 3.3 worksheet
grade 6s - Mr. Rayat 298/299 #2-4,6,8,9,15
- Mrs. Van - worksheet
2) Science Quiz tomorrow - study the microscope and wet mount sheets.
3) French - complete first 3 questions from the postcard
4) Socials - Self reflection - complete and save to your Culture Project file on google drive. Email me once done so I can email you the assessment I have done.
5) Genius Hour - next work session Thursday morning. Be ready to fill in the first parts of the KWL Chart.
6) Swimming Notice
7) Raffle tickets due soon. Please return if you have not already done so.7) Boys check what snow pants you took home - someone has Artemis' snow pants.
Comment and Video Link - Grade 7s - this made an incredible impact on you last year, it has left a lasting impression and many have asked me to repost. Grade 6s - this is so very important filled with messages that speak to each of us directly.
Please respond to this video. Watch it carefully. What do you learn from it? What message(s) does this share about how we can change bullying? Remember to edit before you hit publish!
Anti bullying Day tomorrow - Wear PINK!
It is such a rare occurrence that we have a snow day we couldn't not go out and play. The five grade 6/7 classes challenged each other to a snowman building contest. I don't know if anyone cared who won as it was all about being out, working as a team and having some community building time.
1) Genius Hour - bring supplies/plan to begin working on it tomorrow.
2) Math - grade 7s pg. 108/109 #1,3,4 Click multiplying decimals link for video
- grade 6s - Mr. Rayat - pg 293-295 #2-6,8-11
- Mrs. Van - pg 298 - 2-4, 6,8,10
3) Science - microscope quiz on Wednesday (use internet to study from if you do not have your binder at home)
4) Swimming Notice
The week has come to a close. What a busy week it has been with many moments of fun and laughter. The grade 7s finished their FSAs today with a long write and numeracy problem solving. They pushed through lengthy focus and thinking times.
Mrs. Farrell instructed a lesson on linear perspective. this afternoon for art. Students learned how to use lines and a vanishing point to create the illusion of distance in a 2D image. Next week students will have a chance to put this learning into action by creating a cityscape scene.
1) Math - grade 7s - worksheet
- grade 6s - see yesterday
Multiplication tables - Class goal - to know the multiplication tables by March 14. Practise this weekend. I will start sharing links for games, play card and dice games with family members. If you make it fun you will remember those tables much easier. Some might be grumbling now but you will thank me later!
2) Websites - Eportfolios
Step 1) Go over the assigned peer's website eportfolio. Do they have up to date information? Do they have images for every post? Do they have learning intentions and reflections on what they have learned? Give feedback in an email that is to be sent to me. -Due Friday
Step 2) Wait for an email from me with feedback from one of your peers. Make the changes, update what is missing, use their feedback to guide this. If you are unable to do any parts of this please send me an email that you will need to complete it on your own time on Monday.
3) Swimming notice to be returned as soon as possible.
Video Link: Kid President - How to Be an Inventor
This is a new one. What do you want to invent? Great question to use as the basis of your comment this weekend.
Golfing was tremendous fun today. The gym was set up into mini lessons including chipping, drives and putting. Students became comfortable with holding and swinging a golf club. I can't wait till next week to see what new lessons will be introduced. Check out the link below on Tiger Woods swing!
In the afternoon students focussed on Science. Everyone discovered what happens to objects when looking at them through a microscope. It is always interesting to see how we try to make sense of what we see what it does not match what we expect. Share with a parent what you noticed as you
1) Math - grade 7s pg 104/105 #1-5, 8, 9 Due Monday
- grade 6s Mrs. Van - pg. 294/295 #4,5,6, 8, 9, 11, 14. Mark your work. Due Monday
Mr. Rayat - worksheets - Due Monday
2) Comment: What is something you would love to look at under the microscopes? Why?
Another day of FSAs for our grade 7s. Lots or reading and writing happening. I was very impressed with their ability to stay focused even though there was little outside time so energy was running high. I also need to commend the grade 6s as they needed to show tremendous independence as they worked through their assignments today.
The school microscopes are of a basic kind so I thought I would bring in my husband's grandfather's microscope. He used it in his medical practise back in the 1920 and 1930s - a wonderful piece of technology that students were able to use today.
1) Math - grade 7s - 3.1; get math test signed
- grade 6s - Mrs. Van -
- Mr. Rayat -
2) Share French quiz mark with parents
3) Health and Career -complete the reflection of the two goals.
4) Science - complete the worksheet on how to make a wet mount for Microscopy.
5) Full length ruler at school for Thursday!
6) Golf notice due Wednesday
Video Link: Making a Wet Mount for Microscopy. Review this technique as you will need to be able to explain this prior to do your first wet mount next week.
We have begun an extremely busy week for our grade 7s. FSA testing is in full swing. Each day the grade 7 students will be immersed in at least one component of the province wide testing so it is very important that they arrive each day on time and are prepared with calculators and dictionaries/thesauruses. Their brains will be exhausted by Thursday afternoon so it is a very good thing Friday is a Professional Day.
Understanding and using microscopes was the focus of learning in Science as we begin a new unit. What is something you learned today? Share with your parents your new knowledge. Ask them to name and explain the different parts of the microscope.
1) Science Learning Intention: I can name parts of the microscope and state the purpose of each part.
- complete the worksheet and definitions/explantions page on the microscopes.
2) Math - grade 7s Learning Intention: I can estimate sums of decimal numbers.
- #3.1 pg 100
- grade 6s - Mrs. Van - create list of ways you can use decimals in real life
Mr. Rayat - no homework
3) French - test tomorrow- study
4) Return golf forms
5) Return raffle tickets when they are sold
6) Website Comments: Watch Moonshot Thinking Video Link. What messages are the producers of this clip wanting you to think about? What is one discovery or creation or invention mentioned in this video that you find truly amazing? Explain why.
Ear buds: If possible have a set of ear buds at school tomorrow.
Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Friday. With the mix of sugar, a full moon and a Friday there was a tremendous amount of energy in the school. It was a fun and busy day. So glad the weekend is here to recoup!
1) Math - grade 6s - math test to be signed and returned for Monday morning
- grade 7s -no homework
2) French - test on Mardi (Tuesday)
3) Golf notice - return ASAP
4) Genius Hour - complete the planning sheet, discuss your question with a parent and have them sign the planning sheet after you have shared.
IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT!
Grade 7 students must have a hand held calculator at school for Monday - an ipod or phone cannot be used.
All students must have a full size ruler at school this coming week - the short ones are not sufficient.
Parents - Many students have lost, misplaced or broken their rulers. Please ensure your child has one (truthfully many do not) at school for Monday.
Have a great weekend!
This afternoon students were led through an activity that showcased the importance of time for creativity to happen. This was the lead in to Genius Hour #2. The first photo is of a product a student was able to create in ten seconds where as the second photo allowed the student 10 minutes for draw time - quite a difference on the level of creative thinking. If we are to think outside of the box and be creative in our approach to learning, we need time to do so. That is why, in genius hour, students are given chunks of time to dig deeper into what they are passionate about.
1) French test - Tuesday
2) Genius Hour - Plan is completed and ready to be signed off for Monday. Please share your plan and your question with a parent this weekend and have them sign the planning page.
3) Raffle tickets - please see and return as soon as possible. More tickets can be picked up if you wish. Please return any unsold books.
4) Comments - Now that you have had time to think more critically of the question you wished to ask in Genius Hour, share this question. What other sub questions have you also realized that you will need to learn about? What are you most excited about with this GH session?
Last Minute Decision: For the last hour of the day tomorrow we will play board games. If you have one you wish to share please bring it along.
Video Link: Creativity requires TIME
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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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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