What up this Week (May 27-31)

Last week of May – what?!?!

I have tried to include all of the remaining test/assignment dates as well as school events in the list below… some may change due to other events popping up or if we decide to explore one topic in more depth… but should give you an idea of what is coming up in the remaining weeks of school (I made the science ones green and the math ones blue, the black ones are school events):

  • May 27: Heat vs Temperature Lab DUE (science)
  • May 29: Heat and Temperature and the Particle Theory QUIZ (7-10 science)
  • May 29: Team Building Activities and BBQ (Grade 7 students – PM)
  • May 31: Heat and Temperature and the Particle Theory QUIZ (7-09 science)
  • June 6: Outcomes and Theoretical Probability SWYK (math)
  • June 7: PD Day (no classes)
  • June 10: Theoretical Analysis of Carnival Game DUE (math)
  • June 11: Conduction in Metals Lab DUE (science)
  • June 13-14: Grade 8 Toronto Trip!
  • June 14: Relative Frequency and Experimental Probability SWYK (math)
  • June 17: Experimental Analysis of Carnival Game DUE (math)
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (7-10 science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 21: Fun Day (info to come)
  • June 24: Athletic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Academic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Term Two Report Cards Distributed
  • June 26: Last Day of Classes

Academics

Grade 7 Math

First a reminder that there are only two more reassessment dates this year: May 29 and June 5. I handed back all past assessments last week so that students can review and prepare for reassessments if needed.

This week we are starting our final topic in math: Probability. We will be investigate simple independent events at first as we review concepts from previous years. Discussions surrounding the difference between theoretical and experimental probabilities as well as the probability continuum will be at the forefront. Although nothing we discuss this week will be new concepts, the ways that students calculate the probabilities and how they move between fraction, decimal and percent might be an extension of their learning from grade 6. Here are some online resources that students can check out at home to get their mind wrapped around this week’s concepts:

Grade 7 Science

The focus this week is on expansion and contraction of matter due to the presence (or removal) of thermal energy, or heat. I will be bringing in some liquid nitrogen on Tuesday so that we perform some experiments related to expansion and contraction (and to make ice cream of course!).

Last week, we learned the difference between temperature and heat as well as how a thermometer works and some benchmark temperatures. Also, this week, students will be writing a mid-unit test on the following topics: temperature vs heat, changes of state, benchmark temperatures for the Celsius scale, how particles configuration changes with heat, and expansion and contraction of matter. Here is a list of online links that students are encouraged to check out in preparation for the test. Students in 7-10 will write the test on Wednesday and students in 7-09 will write the test on Friday.

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What’s up this Week (May 20-24)

I saw these posts on twitter recently and think they are a good reflection of students, parents and teachers in May. We are all trying our best but are feeling the drain. The final push is on, lots of things going on, and we are trying to keep up the same effort and quality as we were producing in September. I so appreciate the efforts that everyone is continuing to put forth. I am so proud of the work that my students are doing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am hoping that everyone has a wonderful, relaxing long weekend and that we can all recharge our batteries for the last month of school.

Here are some upcoming dates:

  • May 14-16: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 14: CSI Procedure DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 15: CSI Analysis and Accusation DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 16: Stop Motion Videos DUE (by end of class) – math
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 22: Closing Liturgies (period 2)
  • May 24: SWYK: Making Predictions from Linear Relationships – math
  • May 28: Heat vs Temperature Lab DUE (science)
  • May 29: Heat and Temperature and the Particle Theory QUIZ (science)
  • June 7: PD Day (no classes)
  • June 11: Conduction in Metals Lab DUE (science)
  • June 13-14: Grade 8 Toronto Trip!
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 21: Fun Day (info to come)
  • June 24: Athletic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Academic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Term Two Report Cards Distributed
  • June 26: Last Day of Classes

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are into our final week of the linear relations unit. This week, some teams will need to finish off their Stop Motion Projects (especially 7-09 who lost time due to the lockdown practice last Thursday). Our final topic is making predictions from linear relations. This is essentially a review of the past material and we will just be taking our learning further through investigations. STudents will write a short SWYK on this topic next Friday (May 24). Here are some online resources that students can check out to reinforce their learning at home:

Grade 7 Science

The focus this week is the difference between the sensations of hot and cold, the temperature of an object, and the heat contained in an object. This can sometimes be confusing to students as the terms are used interchangeably. Essentially, heat is a FORM of energy while temperature is a MEASURE of the energy. Click HERE to view a great resource explaining the difference. We will be exploring these topics and completing a short investigation on Wednesday. Here are some additional resources for students to check out at home in order to prepare for the upcoming topics:

In both math and science, parents can expect students to bring home a duotang of past assessments. A reminder to math students that there are only 3 more Wednesday’s with which they can attempt reassessments on past topics.

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What’s up this Week (May 13-17)

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your child spoils you. Thank you for all that you do to support your child getting to school on time in the morning, completing their work with quality, being polite and respectful and helping them manage the challenges of adolescence.

Thanks to everyone who placed bids on the bird feeders. In total we raised $312 for the Wild Bird Centre. Those who had the winning bid for the feeders will be receiving an email with more information on payment and pick up in the coming week.

It was great chatting with parents at last Thursday’s open house. I know that the rainy weather scared away some people so appreciate the families who were able to come and see some of the “going ons” at Trinity.

With a PD day and Victoria Day, we have some shortened weeks coming up. Here is a list of the upcoming events and deadlines:

  • May 14-16: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 14: CSI Procedure DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 15: CSI Analysis and Accusation DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 16: Stop Motion Videos DUE (by end of class) – math
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 22: Closing Liturgies (period 2)
  • May 24: SWYK: Making Predictions from Linear Relationships – math
  • May 28: Heat vs Temperature Lab DUE (science)
  • May 29: Heat and Temperature and the Particle Theory QUIZ (science)
  • June 7: PD Day (no classes)
  • June 11: Conduction in Metals Lab DUE (science)
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 24: Athletic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Academic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Term Two Report Cards Distributed
  • June 26: Last Day of Classes

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are right into the middle of our linear relations unit. This week, student groups will be working on an in-class project (good news = no homework, important = attendance). Each group will be analysing one rate scenario. They will have to create stop motion video which shows the scenario and how the scenario can be represented in various forms (table, graph, picture, equation). The rationale for this project is for students to be explicit in their explanations of how each form is related to one another. Students must submit their completed video at the end of Thursday’s class. I will be booking out some iPads from the learning commons to assist students in this project but students are invited to bring their own device for the filming and editing portions. For more info on this project, check out the assignment outline HERE.

Grade 7 Science

Last week we finished up the CSI lab periods and it is time for students to hand in their paperwork! Each students was the “lead detective” on one piece of evidence. As lead detective they are also responsible for submitted a detailed procedure (including pictures) of the tests they completed on their given piece of evidence. These procedures were originally due last Wednesday but I have extended the deadline until next Tuesday.

Also due this week (on Wednesday), is the analysis and accusation for the CSI project. 7-09 already had a class period last Friday to work on this and 7-10 will have a chance during class on Monday. This part of the project involves answering questions pertaining to the project and then submitted an accusation as to which suspect committed the crime. I have included a document called “How to Get a Level 4 on Analysis” that students can find in their student workspace.

On TUesday and Wednesday of this week, we will be starting our final unit: Heat. This unit is closely tied to the one we just finished as we will be continuing to discuss the Particle Theory. The learning goals this week include explaining how heating and cooling are important in everyday natural and artificial processes and explaining the difference between temperature and heat. Students are encouraged to check out the following links at some point this week in order to reinforce the learning in class:

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Bird Feeder Auction

Auction is OPEN! Time to check out the students’ hard work. Groups had to research, design blueprints, develop and test prototypes, and eventually construct an actual feeder. The auction will be online via https://sites.google.com/ocsb.ca/birdfeederauction/home

All proceeds will be donated to the centre to assist in their mission to “assess, treat, and rehabilitate injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds for the purpose of releasing them back into their natural habitat”.

The highest bid as of noon this Friday will win the bird feeder.

Please spread the word to friends and family. The more exposure the more we raise. These kids deserve to be recognized. I’m so proud of their work.

 

 

What’s up this Week (May 6-10)

This week is Bird Feeder Auction and Education Week! Lots of things going on! I’m hoping to see everyone at this Thursday’s open house. There will be 4 food trucks (Angry Dragonz, Rico Peru, Big D’s Dog House and Poutine Emporium and The Merry Dairy) ready to serve up some yummy supper and then you are invited to check out all of the different exhibits in the school. The open house will run from 4:30-6:30 pm. We understand that the times for the Open House may not work for all families so therefore instead of just having the Bird Feeder Auction at the Open House we will be doing an online version throughout the week. The auction will open on Monday at noon and close on Friday at noon. The highest bid on each bird feeder will win the feeder. All proceeds will be donated to the Ottawa Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Here are some other important events and class deadlines that are coming up:

  • May 6: Bird Feeder Auction starts (at noon)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 9: Catholic Education Week Open House (4:30-6:30)
  • May 10: Bird Feeder Auction ends (at noon)
  • May 10: SWYK: Different Representations of Patterns (math)
  • May 10: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (7-09 science)
  • May 13: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (7-10 science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)
  • May 14: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Now that we know how to classifying and write the recursive rule for patterns, we will investigating how we can represent linear relationships in different forms (as a sequence, t-table, graph, picture, etc…) as well as learning how to create an algebraic equation (general pattern rule) for the sequence. The next two week are foundational for these important concepts. Students are encouraged to check out some of the following resources to help reinforce their learning at home:

Grade 7 Science

7-10 will be writing their test on Solubility and Methods of Separation on Monday. Then for both classes, Tuesday and Wednesday will be our final two lab days for the CSI project. Student groups should be completing their final pieces of evidence (the tablet) on Tuesday and then can use Wednesday to complete any unfinished experiments and complete their procedural write ups. For those who don’t know, each student will be the “lead detective” on one piece of evidence. The lead detective is responsible for coordinating the tests for that specific piece of evidence, taking pictures of the steps involved and writing up the procedure and results section (in workspace). On Friday (7-09) and next Monday (7-10), the procedural writeup should be done so that students can use the results to formulate their accusation.

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