The end of the day was a very somber one, that will leave a lasting impact on most of the students in Division 1. A number of years ago Oprah Winfrey went to Auschwitz and did an interview with Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel. This interview is one of the most powerful things I have seen, not only for its images but for the meaning behind the words spoken by Elie. Talking about it, sharing our horrors and our sadness helps us break down all the information into manageable pieces. Share with family this weekend.
1) Lit Circles - continue to read and blog
2) Math - grade 7s pg. 162 #1,3,6,7,9,11
- grade 6s - no homework
3) Art - perspective drawing due on Monday
4) Return permission forms for field trip as soon as you can
Comment: Share an image and a message from Elie Weisel that has made an impact with you, has left you asking questions, or has you wondering. Be sure to explain your thinking (more than a sentence or two).
VIdeo Link: Oprah and Elie Weisel
What a disrupted day it was. From the very beginning of the day with class photos, until the end of the day with the grade 7 group photo, everyone needed to go with the flow. In the morning students did have time to work on their Lit Circles assignments. I am looking forward to spending some time discussing some of the concepts and questions they have picked up on with this unit.
1) Lit Circles - Setting assignment due Friday
2) Math - grade 7s pg. 162, odd numbers only but you will need to skip #5
- grade 6s - worksheet - due tomorrow
3) Science - quiz tomorrow
4) Art - due Monday
5) Wacky Hair day tomorrow
6) Vancouver Holocaust Centre permission form
***If your bin needs organization please arrive to school early to get it fixed up. If not before school it will be at lunch!
Grade 7 badminton wind up after school against the teachers
Students versus RCMP basketball game at lunch tomorrow
Comment: Of all the books you have read so far this year, what has been your favorite and why?
Riddle: I row with four oars, but never leave my house. What am I?
Yesterday's answer: a centipede on its back
First thing this morning the class needed to be reminded about decision making and that for every decision there is a consequence either good or bad. Taking a moment before making a decision to think of both sides will help many as they move forward into adolescence.
1) Lit Circles - setting due on Friday - remember to color your picture
- read and blog - the new blogs are now available
2) Math - grade 7s - practise estimating percents using sale flyers
- grade 6s - pg 184/185 #3,5 - 8, 10, 11
3) Science - quiz on Friday - check out BC Science 7 website for practise quizzes
4) Art - due Monday
5) Class Photos tomorrow
6) Wacky Hair day on Friday
Riddle: One hundred feet in the air, but its back is to the ground. What is it?
Yesterday's answer - A mirror
Comment: Share a time that you made a poor decision that is funny to tell about now, but not so funny then. Mine is when I thought it would be fun to throw the baseball over the roof of the house but instead of making it over, it went through my parents window. Ugh!
Today we added the second family of rocks to our knowledge banks, Sedimentary rocks are made from sediments being compacted, cemented or chemically changed. Tomorrow the third family of rocks will be introduced. Who knew rocks could be formed in so many ways?
1) Lit Circles - email Mrs. M two examples of blog posts (cut and paste, include the title and date), 3 examples of conversation - just include the title of book, date of conversations and who the originator of the conversation was
- setting (use the criteria) - due Friday
- continue to keep up with the weekly activities as needed (I will give a big block tomorrow to work)
2) Math - grade 7s - complete pg 156/157, #1 -15, mark as well
- grade 6s - worksheet
3) Art - perspective drawing - due date changed until Monday
4) Science - Rocks and minerals quiz on Friday
5) Website comment
6) Grade 6s - please return any band forms (if you can find them) if you are thinking about taking band next year as the office needs to know the numbers
***Track on Wednesday - High jump in the morning, distance running in the afternoon
Riddle: What is deaf and blind, but always tells the truth?
Monday answer: A chalkboard
Comment: There were many things discussed today during our family meeting time. You saw what words can do through a visual representation. What stood out for you, what struck you, as important - what lesson(s) did you take away from that talk? Explain.
It was a day of some important lessons, the most valuable being that when a test or quiz is approaching studying is very necessary. Many students admitted they did not study this weekend for their French test and when it came time, the looks of confusion were extremely evident on some faces. Hopefully in the future students will take time to better prepare.
1) Lit. Circles - Combined Journal due tomorrow - printed copy please
2) - Math - grade 7s - watch video on percents Khan academy_
- grade 6s - complete worksheet
3) Science - complete Mineral Lab reflection
- quiz on Friday (Rocks and Minerals)
4) Art - Perspective art due Friday
*** Track and field Tuesday - check the schedule to see which events are taking place and when
Riddle: I am dark with white markings and smooth like a rock. What am I?
Comment: What is your favorite summer time activity?
It was a great day to head outside to weed some of the gardens at the school. Even though we were only able to get a small portion of what actually needs to be done, it was a start. There are definitely a few students who are natural gardeners and worked hard to take out the weeds.
1) Lit Circles - Combined Journal - due Tuesday - self assessment to be completed on Monday prior to the final editing
- Setting activity - due Friday
2) French test on Monday - Time
3) Art - Perspective drawings to be completed for Friday
Track and Field Starts on Monday. Check your schedule to ensure you have your PE strip when needed.
Riddle: Flat as a leaf, round as a ring, has two eyes but can't see a thing. What am I?
Comment: Your choice.
We are so lucky at Hillcrest to have a couple of gardens on our school grounds that have been planted by students and teachers. Maintaining a healthy garden is important for our school's ecosystem - a healthy garden means lots of critters who benefit which ultimately means we humans benefit. The weeds have begun to take over our gardens keeping the important plants and bushes from doing what they need to do. Tomorrow Division 1 along with our grade 3 buddy class will head out to do some gardening. Learning about why this is important and how to go about doing this is a great learning activity for all the students.
1)Lit Circles - combined journal feedback time tomorrow - be ready with your journal at least partially written so that you can benefit from this time
2) Bring gardening tools such as gloves and spades
3) Respond to today's comment below
Riddle: I am a four letter word, I can be seen in the sky, I am the ocean and sea. What am I?
answer to Wednesday: the castle's shadow
Comment: Today it was asked what the benefit of a wasp is. That is a great question. We all have little critters that we wonder what their contribution to an ecosystem is. What is one that you wonder about and look up what it does to create a healthy ecosystem. Mine is earwigs. Even though they eat holes in my plant leaves I just found out that they eat aphids - yeah. Aphids really destroy some of my flowers especially my roses. Hum, I wonder what an aphid contributes? One question always leads to another.
One never gets too old for picture books. Each year 10 books are nominated by Surrey librarians for Picture Book of the Year. Students and teachers then vote, rating each book on a 5 star scale. The favorite from all the voting is awarded the title Picture Book of the Year. Students took time today reviewing and discussing some of these books. Tomorrow they will have a chance to finish this off and our voting with be submitted. I wonder which book will win this year?
1) Lit Circles - continue to read and work on assignments
2) Math - retest for both grade 6 and 7s - To clarify -
****Mr. Harrington's grade 7s - Mr. Harrington will not be giving the test to all the students - just those that wish to improve their grade. Please make sure your first test is at school tomorrow as Mr. Harrington will need to record all the marks. Mrs. Farrell is a bit busy so cannot share these with him.
3) For Friday bring gardening gloves and a spade (small shovel) if you have one
Riddle: I'm as big as a castle, and lighter than air, but 100 men cannot move me. What am I?
Comment: At the end of each picture book did you and your partner(s) share your thoughts and opinions about each book such as what you liked and what you didn't like? Share some of your thoughts of what you have read so far.
Putting our investigative hats on, students spent time this afternoon using classification strategies to determine unknown minerals. It was interesting watching the variety of students as some were willing to take a guess at which mineral they thought it was based on their observations and did not hesitate with being wrong. Others needed to confirm, or tried to confirm what the correct answer was going to be (which they did not find out today :)).
1) Lit. Circles - combined journal due on Monday
2) Math - retest for those who wish to take it is on Thursday
Toonies for Tigers fundraiser - bring in a toonie to adopt a tiger.
Comment: What did you enjoy the most from your experiences today as a geologist? What did you find frustrating (if anything)?
It's Friday! There was so much learning this week. I was impressed today whenever I walked by the class (I was collaborating today with the other grade 6/7 teachers) to see the engagement and focus. When I walked by the group that was discussing 'In My Enemy's House' I was impressed with all the ideas being shared and the deeper thinking that occurred. This unit continuing to deeply engage the students.
1) Lit Circles - read and blog if you would like
2) Math - get your math test signed if not already done, begin to review for retest if need by reworking the questions from the test
3) Toonie Tigers - bring in a toonie if you wish to adopt a Tiger from the Greater Vancouver Zoo. The money goes toward improving habit, conservation and preservation.
Enjoy your three day weekend.
Riddle: I have lakes but no water, streets but no cars, and I'm in one piece. What am I?
Answer to Thursday - pencil sharpener
Comment: What do you wonder about? If you were given the chance to learn about anything what would it be? Genius hour allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Starting next Friday we will be learning more about Genius hour and make choices about what each of us wants to explore. Share your wonders and make sure they are not yes/no questions as any topic you choose to explore must be one that incorporates critical and creative thinking.
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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