What’s up this Week (Dec 17-21)

Last week of school for 2018! The students are working so hard leading up to the break – I am so impressed with their ability to continue to focus and complete quality work (especially with Christmas in the air). I am hoping that they continue to push for a few more days so that we can complete our tasks and therefore be able to truly take a break (and start with new topics in 2019).

Here are the last few important dates for 2018:

  • December 17 – Tower of Terror Analysis DUE (7-10 science)
  • December 18 – Tower of Terror Analysis DUE (7-09 science)
  • December 19 – SWYK: Geometric Constructions (math)
  • December 20 – Movie at Landmark Cinemas

Academics

Grade 7 Math

This week, we are finishing up a few of the geometry concepts: specifically lines and angles. On Wednesday, students will be writing a SWYK on Geometric Constructions. Topics include constructing intersecting lines, parallel lines, and perpendicular lines through a specific point. Constructing perpendicular and angle bisectors will also be on the SWYK. There is one mastery level question that involves angle relationships (supplementary, complementary, opposite angles).

Today, students received a package of review questions and we given the entire class to work. I was available for those wanting to clarify any of the topics 1-on-1. Students who were absent or lost their review questions can download a new one HERE.

Once students complete the review, they are highly encouraged to compare their answers to the answer key. Students looking for a “how to” tutorial for the construction portion of the review can watch the answer key video:

A reminder that students can access tutorial videos on all of the techniques using the Constructions Padlet from class.

On Thursday and Friday, we will be playing around with coordinate grids. Students looking for some additional practice on this concept can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science

This week we are focusing on types of structures as well as the external and internal forces and loads that impact structural integrity. We have been using simulations from the OERB (Ontario Education Resource Bank) to help with our investigation of these topics.

Student login information for the OERB can be found in the student portal under “Software Links and Passwords“.

Here are some resources that students can use at home to reinforce the concepts from class (note that I definitely do NOT expect students to get through these resources this week, but the below may be helpful to kids when they are making their summary sheet):

Classifying Structures

Forces

Loads

 

For school-wide news, check out the Holy Trinity weekly newsletter HERE. Wishing all of my students are their families and safe and relaxing break. Enjoy spending time with friends and family! See you in 2019.

Homework for the Weekend

As we are trying to finish up things before the break, some students will need to play catch up this weekend.

In math, we have been working on Geometry concepts (lines and angles) over the past week and have recently been working on constructions using a ruler and compass. The SWYK on this material will be next Wednesday.

By Monday’s class, students should have completed the following:

  • Intersecting Lines Worksheet (assigned last Tuesday)
  • Checked their answers for the Intersecting Lines worksheet with the online answer key
  • Practiced completing the following constructions (video tutorials can be found HERE and students can print out the package HERE):
    • Perpendicular bisectors
    • Perpendicular lines through a point on the line
    • Perpendicular lines through a point off the line
    • Angle bisectors
  • MathSpace Tasks (optional)
    • Angles at a Point
    • Complementary and Supplementary Angles

For science, students were working on a reflection on the Tower of Terror activity. Many students already handed this in but since they worked so well during class time, I am extending the deadline until Monday (for 7-10) and Tuesday (for 7-09). Students can download a new copy HERE or use this electronic version (if using electronic, they will need to make a copy and share it with me).

What’s up this Week (December 10-14)

Hi everyone! Christmas holidays are two weeks away but we are certainly not winding things down yet. Here are some upcoming events and due dates until Christmas:

  • December 12 – Tower of Terror Analysis DUE (science)
  • December 18 – SWYK: Geometric Constructions (math)
  • December 19 – Skyscraper Task DUE (science)
  • December 20 – Movie at Landmark Cinemas

Academics

Grade 7 Math
In our math classes, I have found that although practice work was being assigned, a number of students were not completing the work. This practice is essential for students to develop the basic skills in that strand. We have now implemented a homework book (red for 7-09 and yellow for 7-10). All practice work will go in these books. Parents should expect to see these books coming home periodically.

As we completed our Algebra unit last Friday, we will be jumping into a new unit: Geometry. Topics covered until Christmas include classifying and identifying lines and angles (review from elementary school), angles formed from intersecting lines, and geometric constructions (using a compass and ruler).

If students have a geometry set at home, they are encouraged to bring it to math class for the next couple of weeks.

Here are some online resources that students can check out for further reinforcement or clarification on these topics (much of it is review from grade 4 through 6):

Grade 7 Science
This week, we will be starting our second unit: Form and Function. This unit is focused on the design and construction of structures with a specific emphasis on overcoming forces and loads. This week, we will be launching the unit by designing and building a tower to overcome simulated earthquakes, rock slides, and wind storms. Students will be handing in an analysis of their tower’s performance in these tests this Wednesday. We will also be looking into how structures are classified.

Here are some online resources that students could check out throughout the week to support their learning in class:

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! For school-wide news, check out the Trinity Weekly Newsletter HERE.

SWYK: Solving Algebraic Equations (tomorrow)

I just wanted to send out another (more detailed) reminder of tomorrow’s math assessment on Solving Algebraic Equations. Topics include solving one- and two-step equations by inspection, guess and check, and inverse operations. There are a few challenge and word problems as well.

To help students prepare for this summative assessment, today in class students received a package of review questions and were given the period to work on them.

For those who would like another copy or lost their copy from today, a new copy of the review can be found HERE.

I am hoping that all students will have a chance to complete (and check their answers) to at a minimum, questions 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8. These questions constitute the “has it” questions. Students looking to go for proficiency or mastery should also try the other questions on the review. Answers to all of the review questions can be found in this document or in the video answer key (below):

Students that are away for this assessment will be writing it at lunch on Monday, December 10.

Thanks!