Oh my, this was not the normal Friday. All went well, but it was a blur of activities. Students started the morning by working on an art project learning to visualize grids to help them draw images through sketching.
After recess, we had buddy time, which was another art activity but one where the older students could help their little buddies with some basic skills such as cutting out circles and coloring in the lines.
Finally, after band 4 more students presented their Social Studies Current Events projects. I have been pleasantly surprised at the confidence the students are showing as they present in front of their peers. As one student noted yesterday on the website comments - it is nerve wracking having Mrs. M taking notes down and having 26 sets of eyes watching every move you make. Everyone is doing an amazing job.
Over the weekend, take time to talk to your family members about things that you are passionate about, things that you would be willing to persevere through, and things that you want to know more about, are really intrigued by. Next week we will be setting up a Wonder Wall where you will share your questions, the things that make you go "hum?" to begin our Genius Hour.
1) French - ornament due Tuesday
2) Genius Hour - See the Genius Hour tab for two new posts. Respond to the prompt on that tab.
- Think of two questions you wonder about, are curious about. Be ready to post these questions on our Wonder Wall - Monday
3) Soapstone supplies - Many students are getting close to the polishing stage of their soapstones. It is important that they have a rubber glove for the hand that will be using the steel wool. Steel wool cuts the skin easily therefore the need for the one rubber glove.
Deck the Halls and Soapstone news
On Monday the school is set to deck the halls in the afternoon. Parents have been invited in to watch and be a part of this great activity we do each year. Division 1, though, will not be participating at the same time due to our soapstone session. Our class will need to wait until Tuesday before we can Deck our Classroom for the festive season.
Christmas Hamper Drive - Division 1 had a good start today with one student bringing in a bag of items. Let's fill up our box as best we can. We only have one week to do so.
This morning Herobrine's cousin came to visit us in his Masterchief outfit. It was a wonderful surprise and many of the students enjoyed the time asking him questions about some of the activities he is involved in such as making his own movies.
It was a good reminder for me this morning to check in with students on their understanding of information being delivered as sometimes what we say is not what they hear. After reading some of the comments on the site yesterday I realized that I needed to review the one child law in China, as well as the cultural reasons behind the importance of boys in certain societies. Students now have a better understanding of not only the what but also the why.
1) Math - pg 295 #9 - 12
2) Socials - Arshdeep, Conor, Chase, Mackenzie, Cam
Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Drive - the challenge is on!
Division 1 has challenged divisions 2 - 5 as to who can collect the most items for the Christmas Hamper Drive. W e have one week to bring in as many of the following items as possible:
We are so very lucky for all we have but many families are struggling. This is a chance for the Grade 6/7s to give back, to help families in our community. No donation is too small!
Students began to present their current events articles in Social Studies today. It was great to hear about such a variety of topics from:
In Language Arts we took time to discuss questions students had from yesterday's reading of Forbidden City. These questions led to some great discussions around democracy and communism. We also spent a little bit time looking at images that were taken during the uprising in Tiananmen Square back in 1989. Lots of to think about and ponder.
When you leave a comment today, share something that you learned from our discussions (there were many today), or something that has you thinking and pondering about from the novel. Also, please share something you have learned, or something you are wondering about with our Russian students.
1) Math - worksheet and pg 294 #3, 5,6,7
2) Socials - Presenting tomorrow: Struan, Maddie, Hannah, Laura, Kennedy
What a wonderful surprise I had at the end of the day when I opened the 100 Word Challenge Showcase email and saw that not only one student from Division 1 was highlighted, but two! A huge congratulations goes out to Holly and Parkbom for making into the showcase this week. With over 1200 students now entering each time, this is an amazing feat. It would be wonderful to have more of our parents read these posts and add a comment as it really motivates our writers - 100wc.net
In Science we discussed the pyramid of numbers and what the concept represents. Share with a parent what percent of energy is actually stored in our bodies when we eat.
I am really looking forward to hearing the first Current Events presentations tomorrow. It was a short time for our first presenters to get prepared but I know that they will do well if they truly understand the news article they are sharing.
1) LA - double entry journal (grade 6s) or combined journal entry (grade 7s) - due Wednesday
2) LA - 100 WC - optional this week - great prize available. When you are completed your draft, bring it in for feedback.
3) Science - complete the worksheet - full sentences
4) Socials - Current Events Presentation: Patrick, NIcole, Katie, Jessica
5) French - menu planning good copy due jeudi
Movember fundraiser - bring a $1 to donate to cancer research. For every $1 donated your name will go in a draw to shave off the moustache of one of the teachers.
Christmas Hamper Drive - please bring in non perishable food items, gift cards, new unwrapped toys. All items are donated to needy families in our community.
I feel very lucky today to have such a thoughtful and caring 'second family' surrounding me. Thank you to all my kids for being so supportive and understanding; you have helped me to focus on all the great things that Bailey brought to my life, and have reminded me to focus on the wonderful memories. You are simply THE BEST!
1) LA - 100 WC - An exciting prompt this week. It is your choice to submit but make sure you check it out first as one of you might get a chance to have your stories included in a graphic novel! 100wc.net
2) Science - Food Webs - due first thing Tuesday morning if not handed in yet.
3) Socials - Current Events Assignment - Please see your google drive if you have misplaced the outline/criteria sheet as well as the summary sheet. Also, see Drive for the copy of my example from today.
Here is a list of due dates for the class:
4) French - menu planning sheet and conversation (ordering food) - Due Tuesday
Skating tomorrow - bring your gear
Movember Fundraiser for Cancer Research - bring in $1 to have your name put in a draw to shave one of the male teachers' mustaches off.
Christmas Hamper Drive - bring in non perishable food items, toiletries, new toys, gift cards to help families in the Cloverdale area have a wonderful Christmas.
It was a a day to continue developing understanding of a few concepts. In Math students practised flipping images within 4 quadrants of a cartesian plane. This is much like looking in a mirror as everything is opposite to what you think. Please view the video links on translations and reflections below for extra practise and clarification.
In the afternoon students worked to complete creating a graphic that clearly demonstrates their understanding of how energy flows within an ecosystem (food webs).
1) LA - if 3 comments on the 100WC were not made on Thursday night these need to be done this weekend.
2) Math - complete the worksheets on Flipping/Reflecting
3) Science - Food Web graphic due Monday (no more time will be given in class)
4) French - menu planning sheet - mardi
- French conversation (ordering food) - mardi
Skating notices due Monday as we skate on Tuesday.
Khan Academy Reflections
Khan Academy Translations
It seemed that there was lots of energy today in the class. A full moon sure can influence human behaviour :) Students worked on their food webs this afternoon. It was a learning experience for them to realize simply choosing lists of species in an ecosystem does not mean they are part of the same food web. Drafting up a web tonight will allow students to be much more prepared for the last session in class tomorrow working with Inspiration.
1) LA - publish 100 WC on Kidblog
- comment on 3 other students' writes from around the world. One can be from our class but the other 2 must be from other schools.
2) Science - draft your food web on paper and make the connections. Chceck to ensure you have not simply created a bunch of food chains but have instead created a web of interacting energy flows.
3) French - menu planning sheet - mardi
- French conversation (ordering food) - mardi
Skating Notice - please return by Monday.
It was a day to check in where our learning has taken us so far. In LA students demonstrated their peer feedback skills with this week's 100WC. It was then on to showing whether they can make connections and ask questions as they read to better comprehend the material. In Math students took time to plot points and work through translations of geometric shapes. A new concept introduced today was the reflecting of geometric shapes. Students practised this using the app Educreations on the iPads. Finally, in Science students looked at a variety of food web examples to determine what criteria needed to be established to ensure they met the learning intention. A day full of many different levels of learning.
1) Science - complete the list of 4 producers, 4 primary consumers and 4 secondary consumers in their assigned ecosystem. Please make sure you have both carnivores and omnivores for secondary consumers
** Boys who went to volleyball - if you complete the above in Science then you will not need to come in early tomorrow. Please make sure you have specific species' names, for example not a tree but a birch tree.
2) LA - any revisions that need to occur on the 100WC must be completed tonight. Use the emotions and reactions you felt after watching some of the videos today to help deepen your writing.
PE tomorrow morning.
The skating notice was not handed out even though it was ready. It will go home tomorrow!!!
After two weeks of no Hillcrest students making the 100 Word Challenge Showcase I am pleased to congratulate Tak on being highlighted for week 11. I am thrilled that his writing has been recognized as he has worked very hard to produce his best work and has shown sophisticated skills in his writing. Please take a moment to read his Showcase piece and comment. TAK
In Math students learned about translations in geometry and then spent time practising. Many enjoyed creating complex shapes for partners to translate.
Please find a link below that will reinforce the concept and give extra practise as well.
Math Learning Intention : I can identify points of a translated figure in all four quadrants of a cartesian coordinate system.
1) LA - complete draft 1 of the 100 WC
2) Math - 7.1 worksheet
Math Link for extra practise :Math Is Fun
3) French - menu planning: 10 items and 2 resources en francais
4) Band tomorrow
Green Day on Friday in support of Miss William's fiance and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in the Grey Cup. Wear your green, color your hair, your nails - go crazy with green pride (just because orange is not in the Grey Cup ;( )
Ice Skating next Tuesday - notice to go home tomorrow
I love the days when there are teachable moments and all the preplanning gets put aside. Today the students and I spent time thinking about courage, what it means for each of us and when, in each of our lives, we have had to show courage. Please take some time to read over the responses that the students wrote today after our book sharing, discussion time and writing time. They would love to have comments from parents or other visitors. Please click here to access the page directly.
A concept that needed to be reviewed with students today was that of food webs. Gaining a better understanding of the flow of energy in an ecosystem was the focus in Science. Once students gained a deeper understanding they began to research an ecosystem so that they can develop a graphic organizer to display this knowledge.
1) LA - Courage - a) Post response to website.
- b) Post a response to your 6:00 clock partners response. Make it thoughtful, share connections you made with them, ask them questions that would further their thinking on this idea.
2) LA - 100WC - go to 100wc.net and read the prompt for this week. Write a draft tonight in your writing books.
2) Soapstone was moved to Tuesday afternoon.
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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Batter's Up Baseball
Division without decimals
Math Antics - Percentages
Finding a Percent
Percent Word Problems
Percent of a Whole Number
Khan Academy - more on Percents
Parts of A Microscope
Wet Mount Microscopy
San Diego Zoo
Gorillas in Rwanda
Classification of Life
CNN for Kids
Time for Kids
Pencil Crayon Shading and Blending
Creativity Requires Time
Moon Shot Thinking
Obvious To You, Amazing To Others
A Pep Talk from Kid President
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