I was so very impressed with all the spirit that was in our class today. It has been many years since I have seen the enthusiasm and participation in Halloween. So many great costumes, lots of smiles and excitement.
It was quite amazing that we were able to get into a very thought provoking conversation today which stemmed from the novel, Forbidden City. What started as a discussion on the idea of communism blossomed into monarchy, power, the Canadian connection to England and more. Lots of history covered with many students walking away with some questions flying in their minds.
No homework today - its time for trick or treating! Would love to have comments posted though on your plans tonight or even in the morning to share how the evening went.
Please see Sharing Our Learning for updated photos from Student Led Conference and Halloween.
It is looking a lot like Hogwarts around Hillcrest these days. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Harry Potter book being released Hillcrest is going all out this Halloween with student and building becoming the characters and scene from the movies. Stop by tomorrow if you have a chance and check it out!
I have been very impressed this week with the number of students who are continuing to submit entries for the 100 Word Challenge. Working together with their peers, students are looking to improve their writing and hope to make it to the showcase each week.
1) LA - Forbidden City word bank - 4 words - definitions then sentences. Remember to do your best work.
- Response - Please see FC tab for post to respond to.
2) Math - 3 worksheets on plotting pairs
For tomorrow: If you wish to bring in food/snacks to share we will be doing this in the afternoon.
Bring in your favourite board game to play with peers. This is a great way to build community for us all.
Bring on the Halloween spirit and dress up in a costume!
Well our streak of showcase writers with the 100Word Challenge continues. Four students from Hillcrest were highlighted for week 8 and two are from our class. A big congratulations goes to Cheshire Cat and Happy Face for their outstanding entries last week. Please check out the 100WC website to see all the students' writing.
Today students shared their research on the Terra Cotta soldiers that we read about yesterday in the novel Forbidden City. Please check out this link to see the fascinating facts students shared today on Padlet regarding this amazing discovery in China: Terra Cotta Soldiers.
Finally, our carvers were hard at work this afternoon working on their soapstone carvings. For photos please see our Sharing Our Learning tab.
1) Math - Grade 6s Mr. Hong's group - test tomorrow.
2) Comment - Choose your own topic to share. Something we did today, something you are doing at home, something exciting going on in your life....
3) 100WC - tonight is a great night to get your draft done. Time will be set aside tomorrow for feedback.
Student Led Conference tomorrow, 5:30 - 6:00.
It was National Reading Day today so to celebrate this all the classes at Hillcrest dropped everything and read for 20 minutes in the morning. It is so important to spend time each day with a great book to unwind, relax, escape and learn about new places and times.
The students began reading our first class novel today. Our focus is on developing reading strategies such as making connections and asking questions as well as building a vocabulary base with new language. The interest is already piqued as we shared predictions and read the first couple of chapters.
1) LA - word bank - in your reading journal choose 4 words that you did not know. Write out a definition for each word then write your own sentence which shows your understanding of the word.
- response - please go to the new tab 'Forbidden City' under sharing our learning and respond. Ensure it is thoughtful. One sentence is not a thoughtful response.
2) French - quiz tomorrow
3) Math - Mr. Hong's grade 6s - test tomorrow.
4) Soapstone tomorrow.
5) Research - In the novel Forbidden City Alex talked about his love of military history. His current project is based on the terracotta soldiers found near Xi'an, China. Search out what the Terracotta soldiers are. Look at images, check out a map of where they are located. Please learn 3 facts, 3 interesting details about the soldiers, or the emperor they were protecting, that you will be sharing tomorrow in class.
Student Led Conference Wednesday, October 30, from 5:30 - 6:00.
Week 9 of the 100 Word Challenge prompt has been posted on our 100WC page. Check it out and get those ideas rolling!
Thank goodness today was a little less hectic than the last couple of days. We started with perfect weather to take some phenomenal photos. Stay tuned as the students will be updating their personal websites this weekend and will be show casing some of their best work.
We also spent time discussing the importance of making connections when we read. Students shared reasons they felt this strategy was important. We then talked about the three types of connections we make when we read: text to self, text to text and text to world. The strategy of making connections will be a main focus as we begin reading a class novel next week.
1) LA - check your kidblog for a private comment from me giving feedback on changes that should occur prior to the 100WC being published to the 100WC site. These need to be done by Friday night. ***Many of your writes have now been posted to the 100WC website but I am still waiting for others. Please check your kidblog for comments from me.
2) Comment on at least 5 100Wc week 8 entries, one from our class, one from Mrs. Farrell, one from Mrs. Van's and 2 from the global community.
2) Website update - this is an important piece of your homework for this weekend. It will be important that you dedicate at least an hour to this. Friday's Pro D will give you the perfect opportunity.
Things to do on the website:
4) Response: Making Connections - What connection did you make to the picture book, Just Being Audrey, today that is beyond just surface connections? Share your connections with detail. Remember - polished work.
Student Led Conferences Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 - 6:00. Parents please send me an email to confirm you will be attending.
Another busy day for students and staff alike at Hillcrest today. Grade 6 immunizations, lice check for all, tree planting assembly and ceremony, I don't think much more could have been done. I must say with all the stops and starts there was learning taking place as well.
The 100 Word Challenge continues to push students to be creative in their language when telling stories. I was so impressed with all the partners when given the task of peer feedback this morning. The focused conversations and specific detailed suggestions that most were given demonstrated students value this process.
This afternoon the students had a chance of getting their hands dirty and becoming ecologists. Students sampled the school yard ecosystem using the concepts of quadrats, Lots of hands on discovery. Click here to see a slideshow of the ecologists at work.
1) LA - 100WC publish week 8 to kidblog. This must be a very polished piece. Read, reread and use writer's mumble.
2) Math - grade 7s - quiz tomorrow - word problems and divisibility.
- grade 6s - Mr. Hong - test signed by parents; corrections done in different colour; mid chapter review marked and corrected
- Mrs. Farrell - test tomorrow; pg 103 #1-9; mark pg 86 #1-7 (answers in the back of the book)
3) Response: For the past 6 weeks we have been developing our writing skills through the 100WC. Looking back at your first pieces to where you are now. What has been the biggest change in your writing? What do you still want to work on? What would you like to learn about when it comes to writing? (Polished and thoughtful comments, please.)
So many smiles on the ice today as Division 1 had a chance to go ice skating with our little buddies and a grade 5 class. Ms Dufault and I were very impressed with how well the grade 6/7 students demonstrated leadership skills while on the ice. They really took to heart the necessity of highlighting the ROLES for the younger students. If you wish to see more photos from the rink today please click here.
Week 7 and three more Hillcrest students made it on to the Showcase page of the 100 Word Challenge. Last week there were over 1000 entries so to be in the top grouping is quite amazing. From our class a big congratulations to Betty Cooper. If you wish to read her story please click this link: Betty
1) LA - 100 WC complete draft 1 in exercise books for tomorrow.
2) Math - Grade 7s - quiz needs to be signed and returned for tomorrow. Complete #1-6 pg. 25
- grade 6s - both groups need to complete the mid chapter review, pg 87 for tomorrow.
3) Response - This morning you had a chance to practise more of your photography skills. Are you starting to change the way you now take pictures? Explain how you have changed and what kind of difference it is making.
There will be a boys versus teachers soccer game tomorrow at lunch. If you played soccer this year for the school team please remember to bring your soccer gear.
Busy, busy Monday. Students began the day by assessing each other's photos from the alphabet project. Many discovered they had not been using the important components of a great photo. This peer assessment gave each student valuable information on their next steps.
Students had their first session with their soapstones today. Overall I was impressed at the patience shown as it is a lot to wait on one instructor before making the first cuts. So much excitement with this activity.
1) LA - Look at the 100WC website (or our Sharing our Learning 100WC tab) and read about this week's challenge. Have some ideas and be ready to write tomorrow.
2) Respond in comments section. Be sure it is your best work - this means edit before hitting the publish button. After receiving peer feedback on your photography most of you had much to improve. What was the biggest area of concern in the photos you had taken prior to today? What do you feel you did much better on when you went out? What is an area that is still something you need to work on?
Important:Skating tomorrow. Please return the permission form and money if renting equipment. Helmets are mandatory so remember to pack these. Bike helmets work just fine. Cloverdale arena is cold - dress accordingly.
A small group of grade 6 and 7 students had a chance to listen to inspirational messages from leaders, activists, musicians, and celebrities Friday at WE DAY. The goal of the day was to empower students to change the world. There are many ways you can be a leader in your community, starting with a special event that requires your help on Oct 31. Stay tuned for details as to how you can help make a difference.
1) LA- post a minimum of 5 thoughtful, positive comments on this week's 100WC posts on the 100wc.net site. Choose 5 from different schools from around the world.
Important Soapstone Update:
This Monday will be our first session with soapstone. Please bring your supplies. Even though you will only be needing a t-shirt or apron to cover up your clothes, I would suggest you bring your other supplies (rubber glove, toothbrush) in a bag with your name on it that can be kept in the class for when you will need it.
If you are choosing an unusual item to carve that Cathy will not have a picture or object of in her bin, it is very important that you print off an image at home to bring to school on Monday. For example, you may want to do a penguin and it is easier to start the process if you have an image of it to work from. You do not want to waste your first session looking up images when you could be working with your stone!
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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