So many opportunities today to work in partners and small groups which helps develop collaborative skills, and gives a chance to learn from others.
The students spent the morning revisiting the important aspects of having a successful conversation. What do you notice that the students are doing in the photo that demonstrate strong listening and speaking skills? Leaning forward, eye contact, open body language. After only two days of practise they are getting better already. Once we start Book Club next week things should be running smoothly.
During Math students worked with a partner to measure different parts of a circle. This reconfirmed how the concept of pi came to be and they had lots of fun in the process.
Finally, students put to work their ideas this afternoon on how they will be sharing what Canadian, BC and Hillcrest's culture is with our Romanian peers. Most groups worked hard researching their sub topics using google drive to share their learning.
Many of the 21st century skills in evidence today - creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
1) Art - due Wednesday
2) Planetarium notice
3) Bake Sale - Wednesday
4) Canuck Day - Wednesday - wear Canuck gear or Canuck colors.
Practising our conversation skills.
Having a successful group conversation is not something that comes without practise. This morning the students of Division One spent time creating criteria based on a 'fishbowl' demonstration that the teachers did a week ago. Once the criteria was created, we read a very moving article on a young Canadian, Molly Burke, who is inspiring youth around Canada with her story. After the story was read students moved into small groups, used leading questions if needed, and practised their conversation skills. Once this was done students were asked to reflect on where they met the criteria and where they need to focus when participating in the next group conversation. Most students were able to reflect accurately on their strengths and areas that need some work.
In Math students continued to develop their understanding of circumference, diameter and radius of circles. Using their problem solving skills students were demonstrating a better understanding of this concept.
Finally, the students met in their collaborative groups to begin the project on Canadian culture that will be shared with our international peers in Romania. Many great ideas of how to share our knowledge have been given and students were excited to move forward with this.
1) Math - pg 211 - 13 # 3- 9, 11, 13, 15, 16
2) LA - complete a blog post reflecting on the Molly Burke article, "Blind and Bullied, but not Beaten". What message did you take away from the article? How did this impact you? What questions and connections did you make? Please complete this on a google doc and share with me for Tuesday.
3) Eportfolios updated for Tuesday.
4) Tessellation Art - due Wednesday
Collaborating to find a solution.
It was another day for working with others and collaborating on solving problems. The buzz and focus in the room was amazing as all the students engaged in the process, and challenge, of discovering solutions to math problems. Using the knowledge that has been learned throughout the measurement unit students solved real world problems.
Deep conversations ensued today after we once again read Wonder as a class. This novel has elicited so much discussion around bullying, tolerance and acceptance; all the students have been affected in some way by this moving story.
1) Email Atid this weekend with a question for Miss World Canada about child labour.
1) Update e-Portfolios on websites - due Tuesday
2) Art - Tessellation - due Wednesday
3) .Return Hatchet and library books that are overdue
4) Track Attack on Monday
The Think We team is having a Bake Sale on Wednesday. Items will be sold for $1 and $2.
Collaboration and critical thinking were at the centre of our learning today. Students worked as teams to discover the meaning of 'Culture' in our society. Before we share what our Canadian culture is with our friends in Romania it was important that each of us had a thorough understanding of the concept.
Students also worked collaboratively to give direction, clarification and feedback as we updated the ePortfolios on the student websites.
Finally, students discovered the relationship between finding the circumference of a circe and the radius/diameter of it. Soon the students will be challenged to put their knowledge of area, perimeter and volume to good use by creating a project around a real world situation.
1) Please return the Hatchet novel.
2) Please respond to the following in the comments section of this post: Today we discussed the meaning of culture. Identify three different items that are important to the Canadian culture. Please be specific. For example, do not say food, but what kind of food is considered a part of our Canadian culture.
3) Math - watch this link on Circumference of a Circle - Math Master Take note of the formula that is used to determine circumference of a circle.
Today Hillcrest had a visiting author who shared his journey of becoming a writer.illustrator, Lee Fodin inspired many to follow their passions and to find their love of creativity. His series The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar were written and illustrator by Lee and are a wonderful example of following ones dreams.
1) Math pg. 205/206 #9, 10, 14, 15
For many of the students, it was a day of relief as they had a chance to hand in their What? So What? projects on Hatchet. Some students have discovered that time management is a skill that needs to be worked on. Completing projects on time which follows the criteria and showcases their best effort is not an easy skill but an important one.
Students continued to present their family Prezis sharing their ability to create meaningful presentations. I have learned a couple of interesting things about their lives that I did not know. As a mom myself, I was most moved by how all the students shared the importance of their family and how much they loved and appreciated their parents!
1) Math - pg 204/205 #1 - 5
2) Complete the form sent to your emails regarding the Math - reflection of learning booklet we completed last week.
3) For those who have asked for the extension - work hard to complete your best work and follow the criteria.
What a great way to begin our week - the sun shining brightly. It certainly helped with the activities planned for the day that we were warm and dry.
Track season began today. To help our grade 6 and 7s decide if they want to participate on our track team, divisions 1 to 5 started track attack this morning. Division 1 spent some time at the sprints station then moved on to discuss. The track coaches are excited to be training with the Titans again this year.
As it was Earth Day today, our class lent a hand to beautify the school grounds. Students brought gloves and shovels and spent 45 minutes digging up weeds after lunch. The gardens are once again showing off the colors of spring. Please see the slideshow below to watch the kids in action.
1) LA - What? So What? project is due tomorrow. Students will have a 40 minute work session to ensure all criteria has been met.
2) PE strip for tomorrow (strip should be here each day over the next 2 weeks)
Peers giving feedback on their Prezis.
Earth Day is right around the corner and it is important to remind ourselves of how we can make small changes to help protect the planet. With our grade 3 buddies, we watched Dr. Seuss's 'The Lorax' and then spent some time discussing and writing about how we can make these changes.
On Monday we will continue with this activity and then Division 1 will be heading outside to help weed our gardens and build a better appreciation of the importance of keeping our earth clean and beautiful.
The students also had a chance today to share their Prezis with their peers and get feedback for improvement. We talked about the importance of taking note of the feedback so that each could make the necessary changes for improvement over the weekend. Real learning occurs when we take feedback and apply it to our learning.
1) Math -retest on Monday
2) LA - work on What? So What? - due Tuesday
3) Prezis - implement feedback - present on Monday
4) Science test to be signed and returned for Monday.
With Monday being Earth Day Division One will be helping beautify the school grounds by weeding some of the gardens. Students will need a set of gloves (preferably gardening gloves) and a small shovel/spade to dig up the weeds, if you have one at home.
The grade 6/7s will be participating in track attack during school time over the next two weeks to introduce all of the students to the different events that are part of the Surrey Track Meet. Please be prepared Monday morning for the first track attack session. Come in your PE strip as we will be heading outside right after attendance. It may be cool so dress for the weather. Below is a clip of Husain Boit running the 100 metre - amazing sprinter!
Much of today was spent on the projects that are underway in the class. Students had a chance to put the final touches on their Prezis which will be presented tomorrow and they also began to dig deeper into the themes of the novel Hatchet. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the students hard work on both of these assignments.
In Math students practised finding the area of parallelograms and demonstrated how to find the base and height dimensions.
1) LA - find the five quotes that you will be using for your project. Add these to your google doc you started this morning. If time begin to work on your drawings. Take your time, trace if you need. Careful attention to detail is part of the criteria.
2) Math - retest for measurement unit will be on Monday. Continue to follow your goal setting plan.
3) Science - please have a parent sign your test and return to school by Monday.
Students engrossed in the last chapters of Hatchet.
Many students have really taken ownership of their learning over the last few days working hard to gain a better understanding of the math concepts we have already covered. On Monday students reflected on their learning to date with the measurement unit and then made a plan to focus in on the areas where they still needed to improve. Since then many of the students have spent time at home reviewing and quite a number have attended my tutorial sessions before school and at lunch. I know that many of them are feeling more confident around the concepts. Studying what we don't know rather than on what we have already mastered, is allowing students the opportunity to fine tune their learning.
This afternoon the final project for Hatchet was introduced - What? So What?. Students are using their knowledge of the story to determine what the important aspects were and how the author represented these in the story.
1) Math - pg 197 - 199 #3,5, 7, 8, 9; continue to review for retest on Monday.
2) LA - choose 5 items (person/place/object) that had great significance to the novel Hatchet. Write these 5 items down and also include what each represents in the story. I have uploaded the project outline to google drive so all of you have access to it if you forget the assignment at school.
3) Work on Prezi. Due Friday.
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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