Creating an image using vanishing point is not an easy skill. Today I introduced drawing extra lines to follow - it seems to have really helped! These images are now moving forward after many moments of instructions.
1) Lit. Circles - Read, stickies
2) Math - retest for all grades next Thursday
Riddle: Always hungry, will always eat, turn to feed me and I keep my food pointy and neat. What am I?
Wednesday Answer: Stapler
Comment: Find out your birth stone. If you had a choice would you choose that one or pick another? Why?
Have another look at this single-point perspective video link to get ideas for your street scene.
Students have been very engaged in their novels for the Literature Circles. Many parents have shared that they are surprised and pleased to see their children reading for extended periods of time. One outlet to share the thinking around what they are reading is through response writing. Today I gave students an example of a well written response and in groups of three they read and then determined what the criteria should be for a powerful response. Tomorrow students will have a chance to begin working on these responses.
1) Lit. Circles - read, blog
2) Science - quiz tomorrow - use the study quiz link on yesterday's post to help with studying
Riddle: The things that bite don't bleed, but I won't bite unless you push me. I join my prey with a single bite, but they'll come undone if you pull right. What am I?
Tuesday answer: A scarecrow
Comment: All of the books that you are currently reading for Lit. Circles focus on persecution. Share an event in one of the books that had a monumental impact on you due to the aspect of persecution. Explain the event as well as share your reactions, emotions, opinions. This is great practise prior to starting your combined response.
In a blink the day was done. A few days ago a student shared a really informative video with me about the number of people, both military and civilian, who died in WW ll. We often focus on the issues with Germany yet there were many other causes of death. What a great starting point for deep thinking and discussion this morning. After recess all students worked through their Math tests which concluded the geometry unit. Finally to end the day students began creating a street scene using vanishing point to create perspective. So much to think about and focus on when developing this skill.
1) Lit. Circles - read and blog
2) Science - quiz moved to Thursday - here is a link to help study for the quiz: BC Science 7
Riddle: I'm like a doll but I'm not for playing. I stand straight but if it's windy I may be laying. I work outside day and night in sun or rain. What am I?
Comment: After watching the video this morning about the number of people who died during WW ll and the other deaths caused by war, what deep thinking questions did you have? What did you learn today that you did not know before entering the class?
Video Link: Perspective on Deaths in WW ll
Picture books bound, Science models done, report cards home - another eventful, busy, and productive day in Division 1. Probably the most thought provoking aspect of the day was after I shared a blog post about a controversial law that was passed in North Carolina. As the focus of our learning is on why people discriminate, the blog post was timely and a very important discussion point for the class.
1) Lit Circles - continue to read, Character Tree due Tuesday
2) Math - all students need to study for the unit test tomorrow -don't forget calculators and grade 6s - your protractors
3) Science - quiz on Wednesday - Earth's layers
Comment: Following is an informative piece regarding the law that was passed in North Carolina. It may be a bit confusing to some but I thought it very important to clarify what the law is about.
"...HB2, also known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act... directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on their "biological sex" stated on their birth certificate. Transgender people can use the bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity only if they get the biological sex on their birth certificate changed."
We still have a long way to go with developing an understanding, if there is one, of the central question for our unit but I would like you to share your thoughts on this question: "What prevents us from accepting everyone as they are?"
The grade 6/7 teachers surprised the students today with the celebration event for term 2. Starting with ice cream floats before lunch and ending with a massive couple of games of dodge ball capture the flag, students who had not tallied out with behaviour or homework incompletions were able to enjoy tons of laughter and exercise. A great way to end a week of hard work and learning.
1) Lit circle - continue with assignments, Character Tree due Tues.
2) Science - earth's layers assignment due Monday; quiz on Wednesday
3) Math - both grades have unit tests for geometry on Tuesday - study this weekend!
Grade 6s - practise worksheet
Grade 7s - Mr. Stewart – pg 229, #1-2 + pg 233 #1-8 self-test
Mrs. Farrell - pg 233-234, #1-8
Riddle: Inside a burning house, this is the best thing to make. What is it?
Comment: With this week coming to an end, you have learned many new things. Explain (giving details) one new thing (idea/concept/understanding) that you have learned this week.
1) Literature Circles - continue with the assignments; read
2) Math - grade 6s - complete worksheet
- grade 7s Mr. Stewart – pg 229, #1-2 + pg 233 #1-8 self-test
Mrs. Farrell - pg 233-234, #1-8, test Tuesday
3) Science – start working on project – due Monday
Comment: With this week nearing its end, you have learned many new things. Explain (giving details) one new thing (idea/concept/understanding) that you have learned this week.
1) Literature Circles - continue with the assignments; read
2) Math - grade 6s - complete worksheet
- grade 7s Mr. Stewart - check his website (see Mr. Hong link on the right side)
Mrs. Farrell - pg 229, #1 - 4, worksheet
3) PE tomorrow
4) $5 for picture book
Comment: Share your thoughts on the book you are currently reading for Lit. Circles. Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not? Remember to give specifics rather than a vague comment.
Now that we have completed our unit on Mesopotamia it was time to dive into Science. Earth's Crust is the content that will be the source of applying skills such as analyzing, hypothesizing, creating models, asking questions, etc. The first big question that students are focussing on is: Is it possible to journey through the center of the Earth? Students will be learning about the layers and apply this knowledge to explain a yes or no theory. There was an overall excitement as we began this new unit.
1) Lit Circles - keep on top of the weekly assignments
2) Math - Grade 7s - Mr. Stewart - try #9 and 10 again if you did not get it correct today
- Mrs. Farrell - worksheet, pg. 224 #7-10
Grade 6s - pg 276 #3- 6
3) Socials - test signed and returned - Wed
4) Science - complete note taking on earth's layers
5) French - IMage - Wed
6) $5 for picture book
Nails in my ribs,various items on my back, but feet I lack. What am I?
Comment: If the layers of the earth become hotter as we move further away from the crust, why do you think the inner core is solid rock? How can that be? Share your hypothesis.
What a beautiful day it turned out to be. The sun always makes things seem that much better. Today I modelled a double entry journal for students. This will be the starting point with which they will share their thinking through response writing. The modelling focused on the criteria of making connections, asking questions, and sharing opinions, thoughts and feelings.
1) Lit. Circles - review and get the outline signed by a parent, continue to read (with stickies),
2) Math - Grade 7s - Mr. Stewart - worksheets both sides, Pg 220 #1,3,9,10 (if you get too frustrated this page is optional)
- Mrs. Farrell - pg 223 #1 - 6, worksheet both sides
Grade 6s - pg 272/273 #3- 9
3) $5 for picture book please - these have been submitted for printing
Comment: Test taking is never easy. What do you find to be the most difficult when it comes to tests? What strategy (ies) do you use to help you prepare for taking a test?
Yeah for sunny Fridays! The entire morning block was spent reviewing the literature circles outline of expectations, discussing the key question, 'What prevents us from accepting everyone as they are?' and determining criteria for a successful group conversation after watching a modelled conversation. Whew - now that was a great morning.
After recess we spent time with our buddies sharing some reading time and then outside sidewalk chalk art.
Finally, at the end the day the whole school went outside for 'Jump Rope for Heart'. The students were showing some amazing jumping talent.
1) Literature Circles - get outline signed by a parent
- read (use those stickies - pay attention to your thinking!)
- if time blog - links to your book blog are on the right sidebar of the class website underneath the teachers' names
2) Math - see yesterday except Mr. Stewarts grade 7s - complete the two pages of the worksheets package
3) Socials - study for your test
4) Bring $5 for book
Friday's Riddle: What has a head, tail, is brown, but has no legs?
Answer to Thursday - pupil of an eye
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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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