Hard to believe it is June tomorrow. Where did the year go? Everyone enjoys Fridays when we get to start the day with buddies. I enjoyed watching the interactions this morning as students read to each other and then played card games.
Once we moved on to buddies I had a chance to sit in on a group of students who were discussing Iqbal. This group exemplified what book talks are all about; there was no teacher direction needed as each contributed questions, built on each other's ideas, listened respectfully and helped to develop a deeper understanding of the book.
In the afternoon students gathered in their extreme environment groups to work on their projects. It is going to be a push on Monday and Tuesday to have these completed for presentation on Wednesday.
1) LA - draft of the Right of the Child assignment. This must be shown and approved before students can begin using Comic Life on Monday
- work on your third and final response. This will be due on Wednesday so it is recommended you begin now. You will receive your 2nd response back on Monday and will be able to implement the feedback then.
- read and blog. I have noticed that the conversations have dwindled. Take time to read other posts and respond to engage the thinking.
2) Math - complete worksheet 6.3 and 6.4 for Monday
3) Science - make sure you have completed your part of the written portion on the project. Each group member is required to hand in a formal short essay piece with bibliography. Please read the criteria that has been shared in google drive.
Parents: please help out the PAC by contributing to our class basket. The theme is Spa. if you wish to donate money this can be done and then the PAC will purchase items to go in the basket.
A video to provoke some thought. Change the words. Change the world.
A variety of strategies were used and shared today as we continued to discover the concept of adding integers. The human number line was a favourite and allowed all the visual learners a great reference point for their learning.
We spent much of the morning talking about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We talked about the 4 foundational pieces to this important document and discussed examples of how rights are met or not being met in the context of our world as well as within our novels. Students will begin a comprehension activity focusing on this new learning tomorrow.
1) Math pg 246/247 #3 - 9 except 6 and 13a
2) LA - read and blog; continue the conversation
3) Science - I have shared a google doc with you of the outline for the project as well as the rough guideline of the criteria
Freezie sale this coming Friday sponsored by the Think We team. All money to support our global and local initiatives. $1 for small and $2 for jumbo.
Hot lunch orders must be in this Friday.
Fun Night basket - our class has been assigned the spa basket. Please send any items you can to donate to making this a wonderful basket for the silent auction. We have not collected any items yet so would like to change this right away. The PAC is looking to have items collected for this coming Friday but I think I could convince them to allow ours to be picked up on Monday.
Important Dates: Please check the calendar along the side bar for all the upcoming events.
Did you eat your fruits and veggies today?
Wow, what a busy day again. If each day goes as today it will be no time before the end of the year is here and we won't have had time to blink!
Students learned how to properly address an envelope to go in the mail - a lost skill with emails. They were handing in their LA assignment on writing a letter from the perspective of the character. I wanted the handing in to feel like they were sending the letter in the mail so students were introduced to this ancient form of communication.
In Math students began to develop an understanding of integers. The principle of zero was introduced as students used counters, number lines, pictures and symbols to better understand this new concept.
1) LA - continue to read and blog. Please ensure your blogging self assessment has been completed.
2) Science - each student is to work on formalizing their information for their team. Remember that each of you is required to hand in an individual report as well as creating one project with the group. I would recommend you spend time writing up some of your information into paragraphs tonight. Don't forget to keep track of your resources. A minimum of three must be documented.
3) Math - Watch the integers video that we started to watch today. Integers
4) Just checking in on your websites. In the comments section please let me know if you have added anything new to your websites lately.
Looking for upcoming dates? Please check the side bar for the google calendar icon.
Learning to play Chinese skipping with buddies.
Chinese skipping, book club, research, food and nutrition - learning took many forms in our class today.
It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, and hear the laughter as the grade 6/7s learned Chinese skipping along with our grade 3 buddies. This was a favorite activity of mine when I was in elementary and so was happy to see Ms Dufault pull out the elastics and taught everyone the basics of this great activity.
In Science students continued to take notes on their big question for the extreme environments project. There will be one more day for note taking before groups begin to develop their projects.
Finally, at end the day students started to investigate their food and activity levels as we began our health and career unit on healthy living.
1) LA - complete letter in the perspective of a character - due Tuesday
- blog at least once this weekend and respond to others in your group
2) Science - continue with research for your project. Some of you have taken a substantial amount of notes where others have only taken down a couple. If you have much to do, spend time this weekend catching up. You do not want to hold your group up.
Important Information: There has been a change in the track and field date. It has been moved to Thursday, June 6.
Parents of Grade 7s - please remember to send in the order form for tickets re:Newlands lunch on June 26 and dance that evening.
No School on Monday as it is a Professional Day.
Video Link: Pease watch the video as an introduction to our integers unit on Tuesday.
Introduction to Negative Numbers
Peer Feedback, second time. Before diving into the peer feedback session today students had a chance to share their thoughts on the process. For some, the feedback given last week was not valuable. When asked to explain students stated that they need feedback to be more specific and gave examples of what that would look like. It appears that the process was much more efficient and informative this time around. Now it will be important for students to use the feedback given to improve their responses before handing in tomorrow.
1) LA - complete final copy of response. Please make sure you print off your copy before class. Due Friday. Continue to read your novels and blog.
2) Science - work on researching your question for the group project on the extreme environment. Remember to check google drive for the shared file on possible websites to use if you are struggling to find reliable resources. Keep track of the resources you use for your bibliography.
Parents: Change of date for the Grouse Grind. Due to a conflict in schedules the grind has been moved to Tuesday, June 11. A notice will be coming home soon.
Just a reminder that there is a calendar of the side bar of our planner page. Please check this regularly for important dates and events.
Sharing thoughts on google drive.
Visiting teachers from Vancouver stopped by our class for an hour after recess. I was very proud of all the students, who talked to the visitors, in their ability to articulate what has made a difference in their learning. Even though the teachers wanted to see how technology was intertwined in the learning, they left being so very impressed with students using terms like learning intentions, criteria, and peer feedback. Students have truly come to understand that it is about the process of learning and that there are strategies that can help them improve each day.
The math measurement projects were submitted today. Their creativity continues to amaze me from 2D drawings, to model displays, to design layouts using Sweet Home 3D on the computers. Awesome .
The blogging for Book Club has continued to improve. There is evidence of higher level thinking through their connections and questions. If you have time I would suggest you spend 15 minutes reading some of the blogs, they are wonderful. Book Club
1) LA - complete formal response (combined journal) for tomorrow. This is your draft for peer editing. Please have it ready to go prior to school so we do not need to spend time waiting at the printer.
- read and blog, remembering to respond to those who have responded to you or look to get a conversation going.
2) Science - think of your big question and create sub questions that will help direct your research tomorrow.
Measurement project - just one way of demonstrating learning.
I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend off and was able to get some relaxation time in. We hit the ground running this morning and plan to continue for the remainder of the year.
It is a really good thing to be flexible in life. The students needed this quality for today. Science Alive! joined the grade 6/7 classes for some science fun and hands on experiences. Division 1 was split into 4 groups where 2 groups were a part of the workshops in the morning and two in the afternoon. Those who stayed in the class spent time self assessing their blogging and setting goals for improvement. It has become very clear that students need to spend more time using criteria when completing their work to ensure success. Students also had a chance to continue to work on their math projects but since the students were split into groups we have had to postpone the completion until tomorrow.
1) LA - Blog - all students must blog tonight if it was not done yesterday or in class today. Use the self assessment sheet to guide your writing. You are looking to improve on what you have been doing. Later this week you will be expected to choose one new blog to reassess and place in your google drive.
- Combined Journal #2 - It is recommended that you begin to write out your second combined journal. Use the feedback I have given you to direct this piece of learning. Again, it is important to show that you have used the feedback to grow as a writer and thinker.
2) Math - retest was postponed due to Science Alive - will happen on Wednesday
- project due date postponed to Wednesday
Happy VIctoria Day long weekend! It was Cowboy Day at Hillcrest today. Many students and staff enjoyed getting in the spirit and dressing in their cowgirl/boy attire.
Much of our day was spent on Book Club activities and the math project. With students away for the long weekend it gave others a chance to move ahead in their projects and gave me a chance to work one on one with some students for math.
The group discussion of Iqbal was a lively one this morning. All of the students had something to contribute; they shared their questions, thoughts and opinions around child labor in India and talked about whether or not we (Canada) were contributing to the problem.
I wish everyone a relaxing weekend. It is hard to believe but our year is speeding by and we still have so much to learn!
1) LA - read and blog. Remember to mark those really memorable and powerful sections of the book that can be used as the basis for your next formal combined journal. Also, check out the blogging of the other divisions. The link is on the Book Club home page. I am looking forward to reading your posts.
2) Math - retest on circles Tuesday
- math partner project due Tuesday (time will be given in class to finish it up)
Reminders: A notice went home today for the grade 7 students regarding some end of the year events. A Fun Night notice has also gone home today.
Video - Something to inspire each of us to believe we are able to do anything we set our minds to.
Using feedback from peers is one of the most influential factors in student improvement. Working with a partner, students gave feedback, using criteria, to help each other with their first formal combined journal response. The next step is for all the students to use this feedback tonight as they work to revise this assignment.
What makes an environment extreme? This was one of many questions I posed to the class today as we move forward in learning why humans like to explore these areas. Next week students will be given a chance to show their researching skills as they work to discover more about each of the extreme environments.
1) LA - Read and blog. The Lost Riders group must blog tonight as they are behind in this.
- Complete the combined journal for Friday. Please have a copy printed off. You will need to include your draft as well as the peer editing sheet.
- Character tree (best work) due Friday.
2) Math - quiz corrections due Friday - show your work
- requiz on Tuesday
- project due date Tuesday (this has been changed)
3) Grade 7 Year Book paragraph - due Friday
4) Hot lunch order - due Friday
5) Cowboy Day on Friday - dress up in hat, boots, plaid shirts....
The day started with a wonderful performance by the grade 7 band. It is always amazing to hear how far these budding musicians can grow over the course of a year.
Students continued to work on the book club unit in LA. The Lost Riders novel group had a chance to sit and have their first conversations today around the story. So many of the rights we take for granted are not evident in the novels we read. It is a very good reminder to be thankful of what we have but also question how we can change the world.
The measurement projects have taken on a whole new level than what I thought they might be. It is great to see the imaginations as students work to show their learning.
1) LA - read, blog, work on Character Tree (due Friday) and formal response.
(draft is due tomorrow).
2) Math - quiz on concepts around circles; work on project (due Friday)
3) Cowboy Day on Friday - dress as a cowboy, cowgirl
4) Grade 7s - please complete your yearbook page and have in ASAP. Latest date is May 21.
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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