The grad wear has arrived. The smiles on the faces as I wheeled the boxes in was unforgettable. It is such a wonderful tradition for our grade 7 students to look forward to owning their very own grad sweatshirt.
This week's learning:
Language Arts: Book Commercials and Summer write
Students started to present their first book commercials. I have been highly enterrtained by the creative nature of many of the videos that were produced. Those who presented theirs live have also done an amazing job as it is very scary to speak in front of a crowd.
In writing students learned how to take their writing from a vague 'sketch' like piece to one with details - a 'portrait'. I am hoping to give some very focussed time next week to improving the summer piece.
Math - The D=divisibility unit has been tied up with the unit test. Many students did very well and I was thrilled to hear some say - that was a fun unit!
Science - Students learned about density this week and continued to develop their skills as scientists completing another lab report. Details, neatness and clear explanations are key when writing up an experiment in a lab.
Special Presentation - To end the week Hillcrest was very lucky to have the Aquavan arrive at our school. This program was delivered by some Vancouver Aquarium staff and introduced students to quite a number of concepts. The information that was shared was very interesting and students even had a chance to get to know some sea creatures up close.
With Halloween right around the corner students are getting excited for the big day. I can't wait to see all the costumes on Tuesday!
Homework:1) Math test signed and returned by Tuesday
2) Interim reports signed and returned by Wednesday
3) Science test on Monday (students took notes today on what to study)
4) Book Commercials for those who have not presented yet
Early Dismissal - Thursday Nov. 2 1:35
Curriculum Implementation Day - Nov.3 - No School
Pro D - Nov. 10 No School
Remembrance Day - Nov. 13 No School
Field trip - "Wonder" - Friday, Nov. 17
A week ago many of our grade 6 and 7 students participated in the Titan Amazing Race. It was wonderful to see the teamwork taking place and the laughter in all the rooms.
It felt great this week to finally dive in deeper with the learning. Students have begun to write their first draft of a personal narrative. The focus this week as on taking a large topic and making it small and manageable. Students also had a chance to look at their writing through the eyes of whether they are using enough details in their stories, are they writing sketches or portraits.
This coming week students will be presenting book commercials trying to persuade their peers to read their current favorite book. Communications skills are at the forefront of this assignment.
Least common multiples and greatest common factors were introduced this week in Math. Students were able to put their divisibility rules to use as they worked through these concepts.
Perseverance and critical thinking were needed on Thursday this week as students discovered how to measure the volume of an irregular object. Water, beakers and many objects were at play as they uncovered what Archimedes discovered centuries ago when he uncovered the displacement theory while in his bathtub.
A great learning week overall!
Due to the grade 7 students writing the FSAs this week our regular day-to-day learning was put on hold. I was incredibly impressed with the focus all the students had as they tackled writing, reading and numeracy during the tests. I am certain the students went home brain tired on one or two days but they are now complete and we can move forward.
Students completed their first Math quiz today that had them demonstrating their understanding and use of the divisibility rules for 2,3,5,6,9 and 10. Overall, students are mastering this concept and have built confidence when using the different rules.
In Science this week we began to explore quantitative measures of matter through note taking and discussion. We looked at the differences between qualitative and quantitative properties but will need to review this more in the coming weeks as we move forward in the chemistry unit.
The first round of book commercials has been assigned. In the coming weeks students will be writing a script and then record or present live, a 'commercial' on a book they love.The purpose is to build presentations and communication skills.
I hope everyone enjoys a restful and tasty Thanksgiving!
1) Math - worksheet 1.2/1.3 due Tuesday
2) Notices to be returned on Tuesday for the Amazing Race
3) Please return all unsold Entertainment Books
We are now almost half way through the novel "Wonder". There have been so many moments that have affected each one of us in a different way. Which character do you connect with the most so far in the story? Why? Share at least two things that you have connected to. This might be some of their experiences, some of their feelings, some of how others have treated them or their relationship with other characters in the book.
You need to proof read carefully for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Look for where periods go (when do you take a natural breath as you read) and capitals on all the 'I's. One or two sentences will be considered incomplete.
What a great way to end our third week together - participating in the Terry Fox run. The sun was shining brightly and the kids had smiles on their faces as they ran or walked the route. This was just one of the many activities they participated in this week.
In Math students added the divisibility rule of 6 to the list. They now are working to master the use of 2,5,10, 3,9, qne 6. Just two more to go.
PE was all about trying something that pushed each of us a little out of our comfort zones in gymnastics. It may have been jumping a little higher on the mini tramp or attempting a teddy bear stand which is the first step to a headstand. It is all about putting ourselves in a bit of an uncomfortable place so that we can grow.
Developing an understanding of matter in the three different states was where the learning focused in Science this week. Watching Bill Nye (always a favorite) and another short video highlighted how the particles are acting in each of the three states.
Writing, reading and oral language were touched on throughout the week. On Tuesday the class completed the debate on what 5 items should we take if on a Island alone, trying to survive. Students were engaged in trying to convince their peers of their choices. After a long discussion it was not unanimous but we made it to most of the students voting in agreement. This one task really focused on our core competency of communication.
To end our week we held the first of many class (or family as we call them) meetings. I was truly speechless in a great way with the willingness and honesty the students had with sharing things that were deeply personal. In a few short weeks I feel they have already built a trust with each other and understanding that we are here as equals and will be there to help each other through the good and the bad.
Thanksgiving - Oct. 9
Titan Amazing Race (Grade 6/7) - Friday, Oct. 13 6 - 9
Provincial Pro D - Oct. 20
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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