Today was the last day to work in class on your Animotos. We will be sharing these on Thursday. Peer feedback is an important step in the learning process. When we are given a chance to improve what we are doing through constructive feedback, we learn what we could do better. This process is also valuable for the peer giving the feedback as learning to use criteria to guide the process and developing the skills to help others move their learning forward helps our own learning.
1) Math - grade 7s - unit test on Tuesday, Oct. 28
- complete page on common factors and
- grade 6s - what was assigned
2) LA- complete the written review for Flying Bob - Thursday
3) French - quiz on Wednesday
4) Animoto - due Thursday
***Be ready for Mystery Skype Thursday morning. If you are assigned a job please be at school for 8:30 so that you are set up and ready to go.
Comment: It has been about three weeks since we began our reading program in the class. You have had an opportunity to dig in to novels you wish to read and have learned more about the different types of genres. Now, I would like to hear from you in regards to our classroom library. What types of books do we need more of? What specific titles do you think some of the class would love to read that I do not have in our library at this time? What genre(s) do not seem to have enough choice? Do I need to adjust the variety of reading levels we have to choose from? Please be thoughtful with your responses so that I can start working to build upon what we already have. I want you to be eager to read the books and pass them on to a peer as you know they will love them too.
It has been a great week with the introduction of new units and the completion of others. Students have begun to develop skills for building strong arguments in their writing as we focus on persuasive writing and have spent time wondering and marvelling as the world of Ancient Mesopotamia begins to unfold each day.
After a number of weeks learning how to use vanishing point in perspective art, students completed their second piece today. At the end of the day I spent time comparing each child's first attempt to their second and was beyond thrilled to see the improvement. The process for this assignment included having clear goals and criteria, taking time to self assess based on the criteria, using feedback from peers and myself, then making changes to improve. Each child showed improvement in their art. When we take time to learn from first attempts, we all can improve.
1) Math - Math Link for Order of Operation Game: Exploring Order of Operation - Use It. All students both grade 6 and 7 are encouraged to play this game. It will help the grade 7s with a concept they ahve just learned and give the grade 6s some introduction before learning it this coming week.
Grade 7s - study for your test on Thursday, complete worksheet 3.8
Grade 6s - no homework
2) Art - Complete reflection for perspective art (it is on google drive). Share with me by Sunday night.
3) Goal Setting Term 3 - complete draft of your two personal academic goals for the third term. Remember to include steps to achieve your goal.
Comment: Now that your art has been completed and you have had a chance to reflect on it, share what you are most proud of with this assignment. Also, what artistic cwould you like to learn how to do next?
As we prepared to submit week 5 of the 100 Word Challenge students had a chance to hear from their peers what they could do to improve their learning. The learning intention was to use descriptive phrases that create strong images. So in groups students gave suggestions to create those wows. Students have found such value in hearing from their peers. The next step is key - to implement those suggestions. Parents, have a look at your child's 100 WC write and encourage them to make the changes to improve. A famous children's author, Marie-Louise Gay, commented the other night that her picture books can take up to a year to write - that's a lot of revising.
1) LA - 100 WC - revision due Friday
2) Math - grade 7s pg 10 (worksheet) #3,5,6,8,9
- grade 6s Mr. Hong - please check his website
Mrs. Farrell - worksheet
3) Soapstone notice
4) Work on your websites - over the next few days the grade 6s need to complete their About Me page. Read over some of the websites from last year to get a sense of what you can put on it. Show your parents your new website and share your website address.
Grouse Grind tomorrow. Be prepared for colder temperatures. Bring a bag lunch, water, snacks. Dress in layers.
Using feedback from peers is one of the most influential factors in student improvement. Working with a partner, students gave feedback, using criteria, to help each other with their first formal combined journal response. The next step is for all the students to use this feedback tonight as they work to revise this assignment.
What makes an environment extreme? This was one of many questions I posed to the class today as we move forward in learning why humans like to explore these areas. Next week students will be given a chance to show their researching skills as they work to discover more about each of the extreme environments.
1) LA - Read and blog. The Lost Riders group must blog tonight as they are behind in this.
- Complete the combined journal for Friday. Please have a copy printed off. You will need to include your draft as well as the peer editing sheet.
- Character tree (best work) due Friday.
2) Math - quiz corrections due Friday - show your work
- requiz on Tuesday
- project due date Tuesday (this has been changed)
3) Grade 7 Year Book paragraph - due Friday
4) Hot lunch order - due Friday
5) Cowboy Day on Friday - dress up in hat, boots, plaid shirts....
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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Find Grampy Difficult
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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