There are so many events going on in the world. Which do you think is the most important?
All five classes of grade 6/7s will be celebrating the Olympics. You chose an ancestral country and today made that country's flag. Next week the intermediate open area will be transformed into an Olympic Village! This weekend find out what food your heritage country eats and post an example.
Video Link: Watch the Vancouver opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics again and take time to remind yourself of the importance of sport, fair play, and respect for people around the globe.
We have begun our socials current events learning. You have chosen a newspaper article that interests you and has to do with a global event. (see criteria and previous descriptions) Over the weekend you need to be sure you have shared with me a google doc that includes the topic, your key question (what are you really curious about with this topic) and the 5W's for the news article.
If you have time begin reading other sources to gather background information in order to write your opinion. (due Friday) Your final assignment should be 2 paragraphs: one summary of the article and one opinion paragraph.
We will learn what the structure of an opinion paragraph looks like.
Math: same as yesterday
Goals: one more week to complete...due Friday
Monday is French and Tuesday is our walk in the morning to Clayton. We leave Hillcrest at 8:30.
I will send a newsletter home regarding two events that are coming up; artist and golf.
Have a great weekend!
I love the pictures some of the grade 6's drew of me when they were finished their math assessment. *see below for a good chuckle
Goals should be in place and all checklists, calendars, stickies, etc. should be created. You have the rest of this week and all next week to practice this goal. Bring your forms signed by parents tomorrow.
We had our final working session for science today. Be sure to share your google doc with me by tomorrow morning.
You click on 'save' in the right-hand corner of your doc, put your name as the title, type 'firstname.lastname@example.org' in the box that says invite people, and click share and save, then done.
Gr. 6's pg.224 #3-10
Gr. 7's Mrs. Van corrections
Mrs. Farrell 2.6
Mr. Hong pg. 65 #2,4,6,8,9
Socials: Your topic (news article event) should be chosen by now. (Let's get some different articles...we have terrorism at the Sochi Olympics, Global warming causing change in the weather pattern, war in Syria and pollution. Be sure you have a current event from a newspaper before choosing your topic.
Please post your topic if you did not do this on last night's site and include the link with your article. Look for other articles in order to give you additional background information and begin reading. Remember to use your strategies: reread, visualize, connections, determine what's important, etc.
Bring the AFL (do you understand this assignment? other questions?) sheet tomorrow...ticket in.
Art: Find out your heritage (if you were born in another country other than Canada, your parents or ancestors were born in a country other than Canada) Have a look at the flag of that country and be prepared to create the flag (partners) tomorrow. We will be using these to kick off our Olympics celebration.
We had fun learning in math today. Cuisenaire rods are another option for students to model their understanding of fractions.
Check your teacher's site for your homework. Some of you have a test tomorrow so you should be practising extra questions.
Gr. 6's have no math homework other than review.
Goals -1st week is well on its way and one more week to go. How are you going to prove your goal? What will your evidence be?
Science- You have one more class tomorrow to finish your note-taking and organize your ideas. You and your partner should split the tasks in order to get them done.
Socials-We have reviewed your assignment and everyone has taken this criteria sheet home to review what is expected. Tonight your first task is to choose your topic (you have been thinking about this for a week or more and must post a decision tonight) I will continue to give you examples like the article on Mandela. **No, Bieber is not a global issue." Once you pick your current event, ask a question that you are curious about. It may be easier to find a news topic by first looking through some newspapers for one that interests you. Here are some online news sources. Have a look at newsela. Just click to read different articles...you don't need a password. You can even change the reading level to suit yourself. http://www.newsela.com/ The Province is another option http://www.theprovince.com/index.html or CBC News.
Post your topic and the link to one website that you found a your news on. This will help others find their topic. Let's see how many different topics we can come up with.
We had a good discussion about letter grades today. Why don't you continue that discussion here. Feel free to voice your opinions but remember the THINK criteria when responding.
Great fun skating today! Boy...Joe you really know how to bounce back!!...and you said you didn't like kiwis but you sure ate them today:)
WOW this is amazing...they actually found penguins that fly.
Use critical thinking to analyze this YouTube link. How do you know it is true?
Post your knowledge and opinions today.
Here is a great video to review how to evaluate your sources. Please take 5 minutes to watch this.
Math-see teacher site
Grade 6 review
Science assignment on adaptations -due Friday (you have two more classes to work on this) Many of you are right on track but some are behind. Remember to manage your time.
Goals started yesterday...share with parents and bring signed sheet to me tomorrow. Those who still haven't received theirs from me, you will get yours tomorrow. You should still be working on your goal though. You will assess your goal on Feb. 10th.
Have a great night!
This is how some of us felt today. We seemed to be going around and around with our reminders about following basic routines and directions instead of moving forward with our learning.
Please get a good night's sleep, have all your materials at class tomorrow (including assignment criteria) and be prepared to spend the day focussed and learning.
Check your overdue work...is your write on Kidblog? Have you started taking notes for your science assignment? Is your genius hour page updated?
Begin your goal...parent signature and return tomorrow.
Have you acted on your plan for your goal?
Skating field trip tomorrow...thank you to parent drivers ...we will leave right at 8:40 and skate 9-10 at Surrey Sport and Leisure.
MathGrade 6 pg. 221 #1,3, 4, 6,and 8
Mrs. Van Grade 7 worksheet 2.6 corrections
Mrs. Farrell Bonus Questions - If 1 red rod represent 1 whole then what does 1 white rod represent? Can you come up with your Cuisenaire Rod statement? Check our this link.
Mr. Hong Complete worksheet 2.5 and Grid handout.
You must watch this video to prepare for your Math class next week.
Which is more important for an Olympic athlete to be successful – the body or the mind? Or is it some combination of both? Post your opinions.
Great day today and be sure to have a fulfilling weekend.
Post your edited copy of today's opinion write (with a title) on Kidblog.
*remember the givens 'spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitals, linking words, an interesting lead and develop your ideas'. Now you are attempting to vary your sentence beginnings and structure e.g. sentence length and rearranging the way you say it.
Be sure your math is done from yesterday.
Read over the criteria for your science assignment and post any confusions or questions. People will help solve any problems you have. Also begin reading information about your organism and taking notes. You will have class time next week but it is due Friday.
All genius hour projects should be done by now and documented on your website. Please send your site link to me this weekend if you have not done so yet.
Socials was interesting today with critical thinking about the 2-minute video about the world history. Watch it as many times as you wish and post your thoughts here.
Now do you know what the CRAAP song is about? Think about these points when choosing your sources.
We had a great day today! Fitkids gave us a lot of new exercise ideas. What great 6/7 leaders we have!
We also began our study of world issues and saw an interesting survey on race. Do you think race is a good way to group people?
Post your opinions.
Gr. 6 pg.218 #6, pg. 221 #2,5
gr. 7 see teacher site
Field trip notices
Science due tomorrow - see link on gmail
Yay...thanks Grumpy Cat for stepping up and participating in our class inspiration wall!
We had beautiful weather today for our walk to see the Geek...I mean Greek play. (their words, not mine!)
I can't believe that only 8 hands went up when I asked you if you would like to show your learning by putting on a play. It would be fun!! Come on you guys...take some risks...step outside the box...try something new!
Those who want to do drama, it's time to put your 'persuasive' writing skills into practice. Convince the others that this is a good opportunity. POST and have a conversation.
I also want you all to post at least one current issue that you are interested in. What event or problem is happening in the world right now that you are concerned about?
See criteria from yesterday for Genius Hour site....some of you need to complete thoroughly. e.g.learning intentions are missing, images, etc.
Math: Gr. 6 Pg. 218 #3a,b,c,d, 5a,b,c,d
Gr. 7 see teacher site
Language-practice with adverbs and adjectives (learning intention is to help you write more interesting, complex sentences)
What a great day! We looked at the linking words we are using when we write, reviewed what our term one goals are and what our next steps are for this term. We are also learning parts of speech, such as the difference between an adverb and adjective and how to use these effectively when we write.
We had fun playing on the outdoor basketball court as well as learning how to improve our Genius Hour website pages.
Tomorrow is band in the morning and walking field trip right after lunch. We will be back at Hillcrest before dismissal.
In Science we reviewed our adaptations unit. We are learning to think critically about the adaptations that have taken place and how organisms have evolved. There are many very cool examples. The issue of genetically engineered species has many opinions. Post your opinions on this subject.
Continue to review the concepts in science as I will be testing your knowledge at the end of next week.
Gr. 6 pg. 214 # 3,4,5, pg. 215 #8b, pg. 217 #1a,b,c,d
G7 see your teacher site
Genius Hour page on personal site. These are now overdue...be prepared to come early or stay for HW to work on these. See criteria:
• learning intentions are included
• shows creativity
• thoroughly completes all questions and reflection
• includes images, links or diagrams
• layout of page is organized and easy to follow
• your genius hour page reflects your passion
* we had an extra long period of PE today so we didn't get to our goals...we will look at these tomorrow
More photos of adaptations of organisms from the Aquarium. Thanks for taking these pictures students!
Also great job putting organizing the shoe shelf White Tiger. You rock!!
We watched an informative and interesting video today on adaptations. If you would like to review it or if you were absent, you can see it below.
When changes occur in an environment, there are three things that can happen to the creatures that live there. Why weren't these choices possible for the dinosaurs? Post your thoughts and also give your favourite example of an adaptation from the video.
Math HW for grade 7's:
Mr. H pg.58-60 #1-6
Mrs. V pg. 66 #3,4,5,7,8,9
Mrs. F pg. 55 #5-9
Grade 6's -spend some extra time drawing pictures of mixed numbers and improper fractions if you are still not 100%
Genius Hour reflections on your personal site are now overdue. I should receive everyone's email when you are finished publishing. Double check that your site can open properly before sending me the link.
Check your Kidblog for next steps on your writing that we started first week back.
You will be assessing your 2014 goals tomorrow so be sure to bring this activity.
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