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.

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