What’s up this Week (April 1-5)

April is coming up – we made it to warmer weather (and I think as long as I don’t look outside this weekend I’ll be okay). Here is a rundown of the upcoming events and due dates for the next few weeks:

  • April 3: Rock Candy Reflection DUE (science)
  • April 8: Census at School Project DUE (math)
  • April 15: Escher Art DUE (math)
  • April 16: Rate of Dissolving Lab DUE (science)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 23: Filtering Mixtures Lab DUE (science)
  • April 26: SWYK: Similarity and Dilatations (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are shifting gears a bit this week as we move into data management. This week, students will be complete a project which involves sorting and organizing raw data taken from the Census at Schools survey. Students will be choosing a question to explore, collecting and organizing the school data, comparing the school data to Canadian data (through tables and graphs) and finally analysing the data for trends. Each day, we will be working on another part of the project with Friday being a final work day to finish it up. The project itself will be due on Monday, April 8 but I am certain that the majority of students will finish by the end of class on Friday.

A workspace has been created to help students with this project. It includes helpful videos, resources such as data tables and links to Canadian data, as well as a template for the project itself. Students can access this information through their workspace. Parents wanting to check it out can view the workspace HERE.

Finally, students are encouraged to review their online assessment tracker and identify areas from the previous Number Sense topics which they should be improving at home. Once they feel as though they have a solid understanding of the topic (through completing online practice using the links on the blog or mathspace and/or attending extra help sessions at school), they are to fill out a re-assessment request form. All reassessment are written on Wednesday, at the beginning of lunch, in room N205.

Parents should be expecting to see their child’s assessment duotang sometime next week as I will be handing back all of the term 2 assessments up to this point. These are valuable tools for students who would like to identify what topics they might need to work on at home or at lunchtime help sessions.

Grade 7 Science

Since students completed their test on the first half of the unit last week, we are moving on the second half: Solutions, rate of dissolving and separating mixtures. This week, we will be discussing several new terms; terms which students need to know well as we proceed through the content. They include: solute, solvent, solution, unsaturated, saturated, supersaturated, dilute, concentrated, soluble, insoluble, solubility and concentration. Students are highly encouraged to read through the text links (below) and/or watch some of the resources in order to familiarize themselves with the content.

On Tuesday, we will be making Rock Candy as we explore supersaturated solutions. ON Wednesday, we will explore the difference between solubility and concentration as well as solubility curves through an online exploration.

I will be handing back several labs and other assessments this week so parents should expect to see the assessment duotang at home in the later part of the week. Many students have NOT handed in assignments, even after several reminders. I will be touching base with these students and they will have to complete alternative assignments in order to obtain the credit.

For school-wide news, please check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE. Have a great week!

What’s up this Week (March 25-29)

So since I missed last week’s post I should say a belated “Welcome back from the break”! Whether skiing, sunning on a beach, going to a camp or enjoying a staycation, I hope that everyone had a rejuvenating break – I definitely did! In both math and science, we are just finishing up our current topics and will be starting new ones this week.

  • March 26: Concept Check: Matter and the Particle Theory (science)
  • March 29: SWYK: Percents (math)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

This week, our focus on proportional reasoning shifts to percents. We will be relating ratios, fraction and decimals to percents; calculating percents; and solving problems related to percents such as calculating tax, tips, and discounts. On Friday, student will write a short assessment on these topics. This will be the final Number Sense and Numeration topic this year. Students will be able to submit re-assessment requesting starting this Wednesday until the first week of June on any term 2 topic with which they would like to be re-assessed. My goal this weekend it to get all submitted assessments marked and posted online so that students can see what topics they might want to review.

Here are some online resources that students can use to help reinforce their learning on percents:

Grade 7 Science

We are just finishing up the first half of our unit on Pure Substances and Mixtures. The test for this content is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26. Students should check out THIS POST for more information on this assessment. Following this, we will be going deeper into solutions: how they are created, why things dissolve and what factors increase the rate of dissolving.

Here are some additional resources students can check out (after Tuesday of course as they should be focusing on the material for the test):

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Science Concept Check (next Tuesday)

This coming Tuesday, science students will be writing their Concept Check on the first part of the Pure Substance and Mixtures unit.

Here is a rundown of the test and the concepts (and associated textbook pages) that students should know before writing:

TEST COMPOSITION

Part A (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • Multiple Choice (12 questions)
  • Matching (8 questions)
  • Fill-in-the-Blank (5 questions)

Part B (Communication)

  • Paragraph answers (3 questions)

CONCEPTS

1) Particle Theory

  • Terminology: particle, theory
  • Example Question: What are the five points in the Particle Theory?
  • Example Question: What happens to the particles when a substance is heated?
  • Textbook: 1.1 What is Matter

2) States of Matter

  • Terminology: matter, state, solid, liquid, gas, definite/indefinite
  • Example Question: How is the particle configuration different in solids, liquids, and gases?
  • Example Question: What does it mean to say that liquids have a definite volume but indefinite shape?
  • Textbook: 1.2 States of Matter

3) Classifying Matter

Students looking for some additional practice questions can refer to the additional REVIEW QUESTIONS here. Students are also encouraged to check out the WORKSPACE which contains additional resources to support these topics.

Happy studying!

What’s up this Week (Mar 4-8)

Last week before March break and it’s Spirit Week!

In addition to the Spirit Days, here is a list of upcoming dates for students:

  • March 4 – Check In: Particle Theory and States of Matter (7-10 science)
  • March 4 – Check In: Operation involving Fractions with Like Denominators (math)
  • March 5 – Particle Theory Poster DUE (science)
  • March 5 – Clubs and Team Yearbook Pictures
  • March 8 – Classifying Matter Lab Report DUE by end of the day (science)
  • March 8 – Bird Feeder Video DUE by the end of the day (math)
  • March 8 – SWYK: Adding and Subtracting Fractions (math)
  • March 11 to 15 – March Break (no classes)
  • March 22 and 25 – Mystery Matter Lab Report DUE (science)
  • March 26 – Concept Check: Particle Theory and Matter (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

As we try to wrap up our current topics before the holiday, there are several items to address this week. Firstly, students will be writing a Check In on “Operations involving Fractions with Like Denominators” this coming Monday (check out THIS POST for more information on the concepts covered on this assessment). I will be available Monday at lunch for any students who would like some clarification before the assessment.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will be working on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators. This is definitely the most challenging topic this unit. Students looking for some additional reinforcement at home can check out the following:

On Friday, students will be writing a SWYK on adding and subtracting fractions. Obviously, I realize that some families may be leaving early for vacation and may miss this SWYK. Students in this situation can either write the SWYK on Thursday during class or on the Wednesday (March 20) when we return from the break.

Grade 7 Science

We had a few interruptions last week so are making some changes to our original timelines. Firstly, the Particle Theory video project is being cancelled partly due to time constraints and partly due to a lack of quality and effort on the student’s behalf. Instead, I plan to formally assess the Particle Theory poster that students started last week. It will be due at the beginning on class on Wednesday and students (in 7-10) will have some additional class time to complete it on Monday following their quiz.

For the rest of the week, we will be focusing on Classifying Matter. Students should be checking out the Workspace (Topic – Classifying Matter) for more information.

On Wednesday, students will be completing a classification lab. Although they should be able to finish the entire lab write up during Wednesday’s class period, I am giving them until Friday to hand in the lab. I don’t teach 7-10 after Wednesday, sio those students who do not complete it during Wednesday’s class, will have to hand it in to me some point before the end of the week.

There will be NO homework assigned in math or science over the break. The whole reason why we are planning on working so hard this week was so we could take a week off!

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Math (Thursday and Friday)

Some students missed Thursday’s math class and several will be missing class Friday due to tournaments and the school play. Since we are still planning on writing a Check In on Monday, students that missed class should check out the following:

Thursday:

Topic = Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators


Friday:

Topic = Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers by Fractions

  • Access the assigned Homework Practice Sheet HERE
  • Find the answers to the Homework HERE

My classroom is open to students on Monday at lunch for those looking for some additional clarification before the assessment.