It was great to see so many of the students in Division 1 take part in Halloween this year by dressing up. Great costumes and a wonderful variety of ideas. I hope that the rain will stay away tonight so that everyone can enjoy their trick or treating time.
No new homework assigned today - I am not that mean! There are some carry overs though in case students have time to do some work this afternoon.
Parents - I am very short of drivers for the Clay workshop next Wednesday. If you are able to help out with this please send me an email or write it in your child's planner. At this point we only have enough drivers for 11 students.
Photo Orders due November 1. For retakes, students must go to the office and pick up a form. The photos must be prepaid for retakes.
1) Science - project is due on Friday. Citing websites - Citation Machine
2Website Improvement - please complete the improvements based on peer feedback that was done on Monday. Due Friday
3) Photography - tonight would be a great night to get a few shots for your photography portfolio especially if you have talked about Halloween in your Fall write.
4) Journal #6 is due for Sunday night. If time start thinking about what you would like to publish this week.
Happy Halloween - Be Safe!
Fall, what a great time of year to write about. Today in class we received peer feedback on our ability to use description in our writing. This feedback heped direct our next steps for improvement. We shared how analogies, personification, metaphors and similes can help writers paint the portrait in the readers' mind. Ask that your child share their Evernote and their fall writing sampling. Each child has set a next steps which they are to follow in their revision tonight.
1) LA - show revision according to next steps on your fall write. Ensure this is done in a new color of pen so that your learning is evident. - due Wednesday
Personification - using human characteristics to describe an object. For example - "The sun was smiling down on the crowd"
Analogy - comparing two different things. For example, "The snow falling reminds me of a butterfly in summer." An analogy may be a simile as it may use like or as.
Simile - using as or like to compare two things. "The snow fluttered down as softly as a butterfly moving through the air." "I was wrapped up like a parcel bundled in Santa's sleigh.
2) Journal - write for 15 minutes on either Super Storm Sandy and our preparedness for these kinds of natural disasters, or write on a topic of your choice. Bring to school for Wednesday.
3) Math - grade 6s - pg 224/225 #3-6, 9, 10; Grade 7s worksheet 2.3
4) Science - project is due on Friday. Use your criteria to check off what you have done and what still needs to be worked on. The website Ms Chapman shared with us today is Citation Machine.
5) Website updates - your fixes from your peer feedback has been pushed back to Friday - too many things this week to add this to the load.
5) Clay workshop notices - we are in need of drivers if anyone is able to take us on this day.
6) Grad wear orders are due this Friday.
Setting up great photos and using descriptive language were the focus of Language Arts this morning. With the help of Ms Findlay, Division 1 students have a better idea of how to take a great fall photo for their upcoming digital story. We also spent some time today giving each other feedback on our websites so that we know what we can do to improve.
1)LA - complete draft 1 for Tuesday of your fall story. Remember to use descriptive language that paints a portrait. For example, instead of saying, "it rains a lot" you could say, "the rain pelts down soaking through all my layers and leaving me chilled to the bone".
2) Math - grade 6s -complete corrections from the review quiz; grade 7s pg 58 # 3,5,6,7 bonus 8,9,13
3) Photography - begin to create a portfolio of pictures that will tell your story. Staging photos is a great way to ensure your message comes across.
4) Websites - using the feedback given from your peer, edit and improve. Due for Wednesday
5) PE tomorrow
Ski Club notices for Whistler trip are due back as soon as possible. Every year students love this adventure. Loonie for tulips is due Tuesday. Grade 7 grad wear orders due for Friday. Please take time to try on the clothing. Clay workshop notices due by Friday.
Ski Forms - Please return the ski/snowboarding forms for the Whister ski trip as soon as you can. This is an awesome opportunity and one that many students remember as a highlight of their year.
It was a very powerful learning day for all of you in Division 1. Working alongside Ms Findlay's class, improving your ability to use description in your writing was just one example of the learning today.
During our time reading The One and Only Ivan I saw so much excitement and enthusiasm for this book. Your questions are thought provoking, your visualizations are showing a high level of understanding of the book, and you are noticing some exceptionally powerful language the author has used to keep us hooked in the story.
The day was ended with a chorus of disappointed "ahhs" when I said it was home time. You were all deeply focused on your Science project, researching and creating a model to demonstrate your knowledge around the 5 kingdoms. Nothing is more satisfying to a teacher than to hear the disappointment of having to shut down your work especially on a Friday afternoon. Our visitor, Mrs. Linda Chau from JT Brown Elementary left stating she was so inspired by what she saw in our classroom this afternoon - your enthusiam, your engagement and the ownership of your learning - amazing.
1) Journal - publish your 5th journal on your website. Use the peer feedback that was given to you last Monday to help guide your writing.
2) Science - continue to research information and add to your project. You will have one more class period to work on this assignment. Use your criteria sheet to guide what you are doing - it is clearly stated so you know what is expected.
3) Precepts banner - due Monday
4) Math - see Thursday's homework post - due Monday
5) Three students have not completed the Community Questionnaire that was sent to your gmail. Please do so if you are one of the three.
6) If you have time, work on improving your websites. Many of you are getting visitors from outside Canada so it is important to show your best to the global community.
Beautiful day, lots of energy, many smiles! We continued to read The One and Only Ivan today and managed to find time for some very good conversation around many questions the students had. I am impressed at the kinds of questions now being asked - most students have moved well beyond simple questions to deep thinking questions.
1) Math Grade 7s - pg. 55 # 3- 6, 9 - due Monday
Grade 6s - pg 217/218 #1 - 9 - due Monday
2) Grad wear notices due next Friday. Please try on items before placing an order to ensure correct sizing.
3) Clay workshop Notice
4) LA/Photography - start to build a portfolio of photos you my use to support the ideas behind your fall write. This weekend will be a good time to play with you ideas and take lots of shots.
5) Website - please see yesterdays information about what you need to do to ensure your website is up to date.
6) Please complete the Community Questionnaire I sent to your gmail.
7) Precept banners due on Monday
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers
Fall writing, grade 7 grad wear, first Science project introduced - wow, what a day. In Language Arts we read a story written about memories of fall. We all made connections to the piece and shared our own connections. It was great to see so many different personal memories shared for this wonderful time of the year. In Science the students had a chance to begin working on their first small project which will demonstrate their understanding of the 5 Kingdoms.
1) Science - continue to research and work on your model of the 5 Kingdoms. You will be given Friday to work on this and possibly one more session. Remember to add any URLs to your bibliography list.
2) Complete the form that I have sent to your email.
3) Websites - by Friday to make sure you have the following included on your sites:
- LA - one visualization sample with L.I.; I Am Poem with L.I. and what you learned
- Art - collage write a brief description of what this project was about
4) Math Grade 6 - link to improper to mixed number
4) Photography - now that we have begun to write about what fall means to us, start taking pictures of those things you will be including in your writing. For example, a steaming cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Today was Drop Everything and Read day across the province. We celebrated by bringing our books to the gym and read as one big group.
We are starting a new writing unit and one of the keys to good writing is 'painting a portrait'. We had a chance to practise this in a short piece of writing.
1) Math - grade 6s pg. 214 #1, 3 - 6; Grade 7s pg. 48 #7-10
2) Websites - try to update as much as possible on your eportfolios. One of your peers asked if they could upload their rubric from the I Am poem - awesome idea as this is highlighting your learning! Check for a polished website -edited, updated, all pages have something on them, etc.
Please use Wednesday's homework list to direct your work for the weekend. The Think We had a wonderful day at We Day. I hope you had a good day at school too.
Check back to the Reflections Page on this website to the post focusing on whether we should have zoos. Another class has joined in the conversation and they would love to have you respond to them. Check it out - over 130 comments, amazing!
Our much anticipated tables arrived yesterday so we spent the morning rearranging the class. We are now settled and the students are loving the bigger space with which to work. The reading nook has also become a very popular place to be. After recess we spent time skypeing with Mrs. Kirr's class from the Chicago area. Even though the video link did not work as well as we would have liked, we were able to communicate with them and get to know their thoughts around The One and Only Ivan.
Just a reminder that Friday is a Pro- D day - school not in session.
1) Quote - choose one quote and bring it to school on Thursdsay. It must have deep meaning for you, a motto with which you want to live your life. My precept, quote is "Be the change you wish to see in the world" by M. Gandhi.
2) Interims went home today. Have a parent sign and return on Monday
3) Photography - due Monday - one photo using the skills learned from Ms Findlay. It must be loaded to a google presentation. You may have more than one if you wish.
4) Math grade 7s - pg 47 #2, pg 48 #5b, 6b
5) Journal - publish a journal entry by Sunday night. This will be #4 on your journal page on your website. You may choose your own topic or one done in class this week.
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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