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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