It was nice to see the sun again allowing the kids one more day to enjoy the snow.
Students had a chance to begin a self reflection on their Social Studies projects. Using a rubric students worked through their projects looking for evidence of their learning. Almost every aspect of this assignment is now on their drives allowing for easy access for student, parents and myself. I just love technology.
1) Math: grade7s - 3.3 worksheet
grade 6s - Mr. Rayat 298/299 #2-4,6,8,9,15
- Mrs. Van - worksheet
2) Science Quiz tomorrow - study the microscope and wet mount sheets.
3) French - complete first 3 questions from the postcard
4) Socials - Self reflection - complete and save to your Culture Project file on google drive. Email me once done so I can email you the assessment I have done.
5) Genius Hour - next work session Thursday morning. Be ready to fill in the first parts of the KWL Chart.
6) Swimming Notice
7) Raffle tickets due soon. Please return if you have not already done so.7) Boys check what snow pants you took home - someone has Artemis' snow pants.
Comment and Video Link - Grade 7s - this made an incredible impact on you last year, it has left a lasting impression and many have asked me to repost. Grade 6s - this is so very important filled with messages that speak to each of us directly.
Please respond to this video. Watch it carefully. What do you learn from it? What message(s) does this share about how we can change bullying? Remember to edit before you hit publish!
Anti bullying Day tomorrow - Wear PINK!
A huge thank you to the moms who were able to come in today to help out with the Christmas craft. There is no way I would have had any hair left on my head if it were not for you! The students all created very adorable snowmen which will be cute in all of their new homes.
What an exciting day we had at Hillcrest. Starting with the Christmas concert, some of our grade sevens displayed their musical talents in the band, and then a couple of our grade 6 girls had a chance to show off their skills on the recorder. After the concert students got crafty making their snowmen; they were so cute. Finally, it was Genius Hour share day. Everyone shared their learning with some grade 3 visitors as well as other grade 6 and 7 students. I very much enjoyed hearing about the projects and listened to the knowledge gained as they followed their passions. The cake that Hannah made was so yummy. Everyone would like her to do her next GH project on this again :) Check out the Genius Hour tab for a gallery of pictures from today.
A late shout out to two of our students for making the week 15 100 Word Challenge Showcase. Congratulations to Tak and Jazzy Pants!
1) Genius Hour - complete the reflection sheet with thought and care. You all loved working on Genius Hour so make sure to reflect your learning in your reflection. Due Friday. Take your time and be very careful with printing; you can type this up if you would like.
2) Aquarium Trip - please be at school before 8:30. Bring a bag lunch. Also, bring a device that can take pictures. This is important! I have a cameras for those who do not have a device such as ipod, phone, or their own camera.
3) Friday activities -
Parents who are driving to the aquarium - with the new forms that we are using I will need to see your insurance papers to confirm information. Please bring your papers in when you arrive so that we can complete the paperwork. Sorry for the inconvenience but these new forms just came out from the school district.
Research has shown that one of the ways students take ownership of their learning is through reflection. By looking at what we have done well (it is important to start there) then making a plan as to where to go students feel they are in control and will strive to reach higher goals. Today students looked at the past 4c weeks of 100 Word Challenge writes. Parents, take some time to have your child share their reflection document on google drive and have them explain their stars and wishes.
We have so much to be thankful for in our every day lives. This weekend is dedicated to this and I hope everyone spends a bit of time recognizing how lucky we each are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
1) LA - comment thoughtfully on students' kidblogs - one from Mrs. Van's class, one from Mrs. Farrell's class and one from our own. Please also comment on 2 from somewhere around the world. On our kidblog site under blog roll (right side of page) you will see links to Divisions 3 and 5.
2) Math - see Thursday
3) Watch the video below and post a comment. This is a very powerful video for so many reasons. Sometimes adults question the kindness of humanity but this video shows that there is still much good in the world. What is one thing we can all learn from this clip? Explain your thinking so it is beyond just a quick one sentence. WHat did you feel as you watched it? What connections or thoughts did you have? Remember your basics -capitals and periods please.
4) Work on your websites
5) Read, read and read
6) Spend time with family. Get outside. Be active for a minimum of 60 minutes a day.
Some students are struggling with choosing a really good book to read. If you have a great book at home please bring it to school on Tuesday. We will begin to share what we are reading and set a goal for sustained independent reading time. A good book that we understand makes all the difference in the world.
Video Link: "Yes I Can"
Book clubs have continued to do well in our first week. Students are eagerly reading many of the novels, learning more about how not all children have the same rights as we do in Canada.
In Science students developed a better understanding of what an extreme environment is and why each is considered extreme. Canadians have developed many innovations which allow human to live in some of these environments. We will be delving into some of the contributions made by Canadians.
1) LA - character tree due Friday; first draft of formal response due Thursday; continue to read; blog and respond to others. Please check the home page of the Book Club for the link to the blogs in the other classes.
2) Math - study for quiz on Thursday. You will be quizzed on how to find the circumference and area of a circle. Continue to work on the measurement project.
3) Please complete the following form: Reflection. It should only take about 5 minutes.
There will be a performance by the grade 7 band tomorrow. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The assembly will start at 9:00.
Just because this is a very important time in Canadian history, here is the video again of Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity while at the International Space Station.
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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