Book clubs have continued to do well in our first week. Students are eagerly reading many of the novels, learning more about how not all children have the same rights as we do in Canada.
In Science students developed a better understanding of what an extreme environment is and why each is considered extreme. Canadians have developed many innovations which allow human to live in some of these environments. We will be delving into some of the contributions made by Canadians.
1) LA - character tree due Friday; first draft of formal response due Thursday; continue to read; blog and respond to others. Please check the home page of the Book Club for the link to the blogs in the other classes.
2) Math - study for quiz on Thursday. You will be quizzed on how to find the circumference and area of a circle. Continue to work on the measurement project.
3) Please complete the following form: Reflection. It should only take about 5 minutes.
There will be a performance by the grade 7 band tomorrow. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The assembly will start at 9:00.
Just because this is a very important time in Canadian history, here is the video again of Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity while at the International Space Station.
Students had a chance to continue reading their novels and blogging with their peers. A number of the book club groups have been taking the time to carry on conversations through blogging. I enjoyed reading the Iqbal blogging as the group is pushing each other to think more deeply and ask more questions. One group was also given the opportunity to have their first group discussion. Tomorrow more students will be immersed in some wonderful face to face learning through the book talk session.
1) LA - read, blog, work on comprehension activity. The Lyddie group needs to ensure they have a passage chosen to share tomorrow.
2) Math - quiz on Thursday - study all concepts with circles.
Visitors please check out the book club tab and read through the conversations. I am impressed with the deep thinking that is taking place.
Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, sings in Space: Space Oddity by David Bowie
We couldn't have asked for a better way to start our day then enjoying the sun with a good book. Students have been very engaged in the novels they are reading for the book club. I have been very impressed with the quality of the blogging for these books. Please check out the link, Book Club, to read the on-going conversations; the deep thinking and questioning is developing well. Students will need to keep up with their reading and blogging over the weekend.
Tapping into the students' creativity will be a focus next week in math. A final project was handed out today and the planning has begun. Students will be creating a space that incorporates all of the concepts covered this term in the measurement unit.
1) LA - Read and blog. Remember that one of the learning intentions is to promote thinking. Asking great questions and respond to others to start building evidence of this within your learning.
For those who are already well into their books and are confident with their ability to promote conversations on a blog, here is the link to the other 4 divisions' book club websites: Book Club Sites. You are encouraged to find others who are reading the same novel and add to their discussions. This will be more evidence to meet the learning intentions.
2) Math - Complete the worksheet on finding the area of a circle.
Please watch and share with your family.
Because Kindness Keeps the World Afloat
Reflecting on our first blogs was an important aspect to our day today. Students looked over a number of blog posts completed by their peers and discussed what the positives were about them., Once this was done, students quickly set to task to show their new understanding by improving their posts from last night or by starting new ones and adding their thoughts to their peers' work. Finally, students determined what they wanted to work on when they posted a new blog tonight or tomorrow. Through the process of using their peers as guides and by reflecting on their learning, improvement is being evidenced in student learning.
1) LA - Read assigned novels. Blog if you want to share your thinking on something you have read or respond to others in your group if they have prompted your thinking. Check your reflection to help guide your responses. Remember to edit.
2) Math - pg 223 #1,2 and 5
Planetarium Day - Extreme Environments! All five grade 6/7 classes went to Vancouver to learn more about different extreme environments with a focus on space. The students learned about the many difficulties man faces as we try to explore the universe. I think that many of the students enjoyed the balloon head blowing up and the paper on fire the most.
I have added something new to the website - a calendar of events. If you scroll down the side bar you will find a calendar icon underneath the map. Click on this link and it will take you to google calendar. If you click on month view you will be able to see a more 'at a glance' version of what is coming up with the class. One item that I added today was the Grouse Grind trip. I know that many of the parents enjoy this day as it is a great challenge for everyone. Please mark your calendar for June 10th as that is when we are schedule to climb the grind!
!) LA - Book Club: Continue to read your assigned chapters using stickies for questions, connections, unknown words and passages that are very meaningful to you. All students should be ready to do some blogging tonight. If you need a bit more time for this then a post will be required tomorrow. As we have just begun I can envision many of you having question about the story. Ask those questions in your posts and try to answer them which will prompt others' thinking.
Our new book club unit was introduced today which is focussing on the theme of the rights of the child. All students were assigned a novel and many were eager to get reading. Over the next four weeks the students will deepen their understanding of what a right is, what rights are laws and how some children's right are not being met. I am looking forward to all the discussions that will ensue.
Lots of new units are being introduced right now. In Science, students were introduced to the concept of Extreme Environments. They were asked to think about what an extreme environment is and what makes it extreme. Tomorrow's field trip to the Planetarium will be a great introduction for the students when thinking about the extreme environment space.
1) LA - read your novel. Use your stickies to help remind you of words you do not know, of connections you are making, and questions you have about the story. Students are encouraged to begin blogging as soon as they would like to. A great passage, deep thinking questions, connections that have been made all are perfect starts for your blogs. Remember to take the time to read others in your group and when you have something to add, something of quality and depth, go for it. Having others respond to what we write is the best motivation to write some more.
2) Planetarium field trip - bring a bag lunch and be prepared for a bit of time on the beach after lunch.
What is a need for every child?
The sunshine brought a smile to everyones' face today. Even though the classroom became a bit stuffy in the afternoon the students still held in well and focused on their learning.
This morning students needed to back track on the brochure assignment that was completed this past Friday on Canada's culture. Many groups had numerous errors in spelling, capitalization and punctuation. It is amazing what can be found if we take the time to edit before submitting. I believe that many students are feeling more proud of their work and are now happy to send them off to Romania.
What is a need and what should be considered a basic human right? These questions prompted some great discussion and deepened understanding. Over the next month students will be focussing their learning around the Rights of the Child through literature, discussion, blogging, and other activities. I am excited to see where their learning takes them.
For sprinters and distance runners there is a mini meet at Beak Creek Park after school tomorrow. It is very important that all students consume lots of water today and tomorrow and be prepared for the heat at the track.
Planetarium Field Trip - currently we are short drivers for Wednesdays trip to the Planetarium. Students are hoping that some parents can rearrange their work schedules to provide transportation for the students. I will need to know by tomorrow morning so I can cancel if need be.
1) LA - view image slide show Where Children Sleep and record which children are not having their basic needs met. Remember to record the slide #, name of child, age and country they live in. As well, record which of the human rights do you feel are not being met.
2) View video clip again on the formula of a circle. Be ready to test it out tomorrow. Area of a circle.
Working together to improve a group project.
It has been a truly wonderful week of learning in Division 1. Lots of time spent working with others, pushing each other's thinking, digging deeper into our reflective practises and enjoying the process of learning were all visible this week; so rewarding to be teaching this amazing group of young people.
I hope all the students enjoy their weekend off and will be ready to tackle new projects, new novels, new learning intentions next week. We are on the final 2 months of this year and I am looking forward to seeing even more growth in the students.
1) Socials project - Each group is to email me an attachment of their finished brochures for Sunday morning. I would like to get them printed off on Sunday.
2) Planetarium notice due Monday
3) Mini meet track notice due Monday
Miss World Canada, Tara Teng, talks about modern slavery.
The day just flew by with activities such as the Think We bake sale, track attack and guest speaker, Miss World Canada, Tara Teng.
It was a very thought provoking afternoon with Tara Teng as she helped us to better understand the important issue of modern day slavery. It is estimated that 27 million people are still slaves today, more than any other time in history. This is a cause that we all need to think more about and understand it's impact.
1) Socials project - make sure you have all the necessary information ready for tomorrow so your group can put together the brochure in its final form.
2) Planetarium notice - due for Monday.
3) Please respond to the following in the comments section of this post. Share one piece of information that you learned today from Miss Teng regarding modern day slavery. For example: What made the most impact with you? What were you most surprised about? Which story shocked you the most? (Please edit before you hit publish)
Friday is a professional day - school will not be in session.
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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