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?
It was an exciting day for our grade 7 students heading to Clayton Heights as the councillors came to visit and discuss course selection for grade 8. Hard to believe we are mere months away from having the latest bunch of Titans leave the nest.
Self assessing was also part of the learning today. It can be hard to be critical of what we have done but without looking closely and being honest we become stuck in a fixed mindset. Students had a chance to observe then do their own assessing of the first perspective art. Having a variety of examples to look at helps us better understand where we can improve. The next step is to take what they have learned and create a better piece of art.
1) Math - Grade 6s
Mrs. Van - no homework
Mr. Rayat - worksheet
Grade 7s - Quiz needs to be signed by a parent; all corrections need to be done on a separate paper.
2) French - postcard good copies are due on Thursday
3) Genius Hour - be ready for a work session on Thursday. If time move ahead at home.
4) Art - know what theme you will be doing for your second perspective image. Surf images on the internet but be prepared to add your own twist so that you are not copying what others have already done.
5) Swimming at Walnut Grove tomorrow - We will be leaving the school at 11:30 so lunches need to be something quick and easy as we will have lunch at around 11:10. Bring all your swim gear. Parent drivers please arrive at the school for 11:25.
Video Link and Comment: Tomorrow we will begin looking at plant and animal cells. Watch the video and see if you can pick up on some of the difference between the two. What interests you the most about things we cannot see with the naked eye?
Animal versus Plant Cells
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!
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.
Copy Free Images
You can also use Google, just remember to set up your advanced settings to allow free or commercial use images only
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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