Great day overall with the sun shining and the students having fun with their learning. Everyone was given a chance before lunch to update their Freshgrade eportfolios. Time was spent watching their book commercials, reading my feedback and looking over the assessment rubric. The final step was to complete a directed self-assessment, which is a valuable piece of learning especially since they will be doing this activity again.
2) Castle Fun Park notices
3) Young Entrepreneur Show - Wednesday - bring money if you wish to get gifts
Riddle:How many books can you put in an empty backpack?
Comment: For those who have participated in the Young Entrepreneur Show, what was your favorite part of the entire process? Explain. For those who have not done this show (made something and sold it) what would make doing something like this beneficial?
What an exciting day. PJs of all kinds entered the classroom door this morning with the kids looking incredibly comfortable. After recess we had a visit from Ms Pruner and baby Ada; what a beautiful little girl. Thank you to both Fabulous Cookie (for making the card) and Julia Child (for making the cake) to help us welcome this precious little girl into our family.
****1) Learning Reflection (LR) - please read over the Learning reflections you completed for Term 1 on google drive. Due to space limitations I need you to choose 5 LRs using the guide below by putting a star, or highlighting them on your document. Please choose a variety of sentence starters and you should have three strengths and two for growth:
- grade 7s - use your test guide you in further study if needed
3) LA - Personal Narrative - final product due Monday. IT MUST BE PRINTED OFF PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASS!
Comment: Share what novel you are currently reading and explain two things you are enjoying about it.
Lots of very focused learning occurred today in all areas. This morning students began to give peer feedback on their personal narratives. I modelled how to give feedback on one criteria - language and the students then took what they learned and applied it. We have more to give feedback tomorrow before the final revisions will take place this weekend.
1) Science - Food Webs due Friday (one more block of time in class to work on it)
2) Math - grade 6s - pg 288 #1-9 - due Friday
- grade 7s - nothing
3) PJ Day tomorrow
4) Winter Concert tickets due
5) Breakfast with Santa tickets
Riddle: What has wheels and flies but is not an aircraft?
Wednesday's answer: pants
Comment: What is your favorite Christmas tradition in your family?
This morning the students were given a chance to formally reflect on their learning for this term. Part of the reporting process for the grade 6/7s will be for students to reflect on the different areas of learning and share this with their parents. I am impressed at how focused and thoughtful many of their reflections are.
The last water polo session occurred today.So much energy was needed to be expended to stay in the water for the hour and swim the entire time. The students all had smiles on their faces when they exited the pool and I saw many moments of giggles and laughs as they played the games. What a great experience for the students to see that physical exercise comes in a variety of forms.
1) LA - print off the latest revision of the personal narrative DOUBLE SPACED! (include the closing you have written if you have it with you)
2) Math - grade 7s - quiz Thursday
- grade 6s - worksheet
3) Science - food web graphic organizer is due Friday
4) PJ Day on Friday
5) Winter/Christmas Concert ticket orders due Friday
Riddle: How can a man go eight days without sleep?
Answer to Tuesday's riddle: graphite (in a pencil)
Comment:Water Polo was a great activity to get out of the gym and experience a different form of exercise. If you had the chance to request something that we don't usually do for PE, what would it be and why?
Commas, one of the most difficult punctuation marks to master. Today, students were introduced (or reintrodiced) to using commas in lists, for direct address in a sentence and for interjections. The next step is to grapple with comma use around dependent clauses in a sentence - this one can be confusing!
In Science this afternoon students chose an ecosystem from BC and began to research organisms that are found within it. From this information students will be creating a food web of these organisms which focuses in on demonstrating an understanding of the flow of energy in that web.
1) Science - Food Web due on Friday
2) Math - grade 7s Mid chapter review (use this to study for the quiz on Thursday)
- grade 6s - worksheet
3) Water Polo tomorrow
4) Christmas concert ticket orders due this week
Riddle: I am taken from a mine, shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am use to everybody. What am I?
Comment: Sharing books that we thoroughly enjoy, is one of the great parts about reading. We have completed the first round of book commercials. What suggestions do you have for sharing books other than a book commercial? Is there something that you have done in the past with other classes that worked well for sharing and getting others to read? How do you get hooked into reading a new book that we could apply in the class?
The much anticipated grad sweat shirts arrived today for our grade 7s. There are so many reasons why I love teaching the six/seven combined class but one of the best is watching the friendships grow between all the kids. The grade 6s were as enthusiastic about the arrival as the grade 7s; it was quite something to see.
1) LA - Revise your personal narrative story using the strategies covered yesterday and today. Due Monday
Learning Intention: I can create flow in my writing by using a variety of lengths and structures in my sentences.
2) Math - see yesterday; grade 6s don't forget to bring in the test and worksheet
3) Science - food web assignment (decaying log, ocean, or antelope brush ecosystem).
4) Science - Share your test with your parents
Water Polo on Wednesday
Christmas Concert Dec. 8 and 9th - order tickets
Riddle: What is harder to catch the faster you run?
Answer to Thursday: garbage truck
Comment: What was the best part of water polo today? What was the most difficult?
Great discussion happened this afternoon when students needed to put their critical thinking skills to the test. Using names of organisms as well as brief descriptions of what they might eat, students worked to create an organizer demonstrating their understanding of the roles within ecosystems of organisms as well as creating food chains through multiple connections. Problem solving skills were also a focus as they were not allowed to seek information from me but through other means.
1) Science - complete assignment - due Monday
2) Math - grade 7s - pg 58/59, #3, 6 - 8
- grade 6s - worksheet
3) LA - Book Commercials
Water Polo tomorrow - remember to pack your bathing suit and towel.
Riddle: Answer - pants
What has wheels and flies, but is not an aircraft?
Comment: If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?
Another concept added to the previous ones in Science today, helping students understand the many ways that interdependence is evident within ecosystems. How does energy flow from one organism to another? What happens when the flow is interrupted? We will look more closely at this concept tomorrow.
- grade 6s - pg 221 - #1 - 8
3) Science - food chains - create three separate food chains based on what you have on your dinner plate tonight (minimum of three organisms per chain)
- watch the video below to help understand the concepts covered today
Riddle: What has two legs but cannot walk?
Comment: As we read Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life today we learned more about his friendship with Lizzie. What makes a good friend? Is Lizzie a good friend to Jeremy? Use evidence from the story to support your thoughts.
A big relief this afternoon once students were given the Science test focusing on the learning intention 'I can identify and explain the interdependence of abiotic and biotic factors within ecosystems.' It doesn't matter how many times you take a test, they are always nerve wracking.
The first book commercials were presented today. I was impressed with those who were picked first to do this assignment as they spoke with confidence and enthusiasm for the book they were sharing.
1) LA - Book commercials
2) Math - grade 7s - worksheet page 1
- grade 6s - pg 235/236 #1 - 14
3) Skating tomorrow leaving at 8:40
Comment: Testing taking is hard on all of us. What strategies do you use to help calm your nerves and give you the best chance of success.
Today Hillcrest held its annual Remembrance Day assembly where staff, students and parents took time to reflect on the importance of this day. We are so lucky to live in a country of freedom but need to remember the reasons that this is as it is.
Enjoy your extra long weekend but take time to reflect on why we are off on November 11th.
1) LA - Book Commercial - these are coming due - first group of 5 are presenting on Monday. Please check your google drive as I have shared the Book Commercial outline/criteria/marking rubric. If you do not see it in your shared file please send me an email so I can make sure you receive it.
2) Science - test on concepts covered this unit - Monday
- BC Science 7 - on line quizzes
- see videos below for extra viewing
3) French poem due on Monday
Video Links: Why is biodiversity so important?
Abiotic and Biotic Factors
Symbiosis - Mutualism, Parasitism, Commensalism
Comment: So much to think about after the many discussions that took place throughout the day. Be careful of your words, was a strong theme in the picture book, Mr. Peabody's Apples. We all made connections to this story in some way. What connections did you make to the story, and to the message of the story? Be sure to explain your connections with a thoughtful, well written response. We have been working hard in class to be more creative and thoughtful in how we present ideas - use this as a practise of those skills.
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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Finding a Percent
Percent Word Problems
Percent of a Whole Number
Khan Academy - more on Percents
Parts of A Microscope
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San Diego Zoo
Gorillas in Rwanda
Classification of Life
CNN for Kids
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Moon Shot Thinking
Obvious To You, Amazing To Others
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