What’s up this Week (June 17-21)

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, step-dads, and others who fulfil the role of dad. With only 8 days left of school most of the remaining events are celebrations but there are a few final due dates that students should be aware of. Here is a list of the remaining dates for the school year:

  • June 17: Quarter Carnival Probability Analysis DUE (math)
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (7-10 science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 20: Grade 7 Math Exam
  • June 21: Breakfast Potluck and Movie!
  • 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

Last Thursday, students were given the block to work on the analysis for their carnival game. In addition to this 50 minute work period, they also the weekend to complete the assignment. I will be collecting the completed copies on Monday. This is the final component for their Data Management and Probability mark for term two. Students who lost their copy can download a new one HERE.

Other than completing the assignment, we have completed the course content for this year. This week, we will review some of the major concept in preparation for the exam on Wednesday. We will also be playing math survivor throughout the week.

Grade 7 Science

7-10 and 7-09 are on totally different tracks this week since 7-09 missed so many classes this month. Therefore, I am going to write about each group separately.

For 7-10, Monday will be the building day for our solar powered smore cookers. Click HERE to find a link to the project. Last week, students designed their cookers and determine who would be bringing in building materials. Tuesday we will test the cookers. On Wednesday, students will be writing their final assessment on heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation).

For 7-09, on Tuesday we will be reviewing the three main methods of heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation) in preparation for our test. On Wednesday, students will be writing their final assessment on heat transfer.

Since Friday is the movie day, and Monday and Tuesday (am) are award ceremonies, Wednesday class looks to be the last science class for the year. I will be handing out mark breakdowns to all students on Thursday (whether or not I teach them) so that students can get an overview of where their report card grade came from. Students that have questions about their grade can always come find me Thursday or Friday at lunch or after school to sort things out before the report card are distributed on June 25.

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What’s up this Week (June 10-14)

Wow – what a weekend! Hope everyone had a chance to soak in the Sun and enjoy the outdoors. Here is a rundown of the events coming up:

  • 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 14: Experimental Analysis of Carnival Game DUE (math)
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (7-10 science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 19: Grade 7 Math Exam 
  • 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

This is the final week of course content – afterwards we will be reviewing all concepts in preparation for the final exam. Speaking of which this exam should NOT be a source of stress. We will be having students answer ~20 questions that cover various contents from the grade 7 curriculum. The goal is NOT to evaluate students (the exam “mark” will not be used for the report card) but to rather evaluate student retention of the content. Its will also serve as a aid to the teacher as we start to plan our order/structure for next year. For example, if we find that several students struggle on a specific content, we will build in greater time for that concept next year. STudents will also benefit by getting feedback on those topics with which they have retained and those topics with which they might want to review over the summer in preparation for grade 8.

This week, the focus will be on running simulations (in particular for our carnival games), comparing theoretical and experimental probabilities, and making prediction from probabilities. On Wednesday, students will be presenting (and playing) the carnival games. For more info on the project, check out the project outline HERE. Student groups should have their games planned, the materials required to run the game collected/built, and have types (or written) out instructions. Individually, students were responsible for determining the theoretical probability of winning their carnival game. This involved them listing all of the possible outcomes (hopefully using an organizer) and then calculating the probability as a fraction and percent. Mamy students handed this in on Friday. Those who have not should be submitting their work to me on Monday. My classroom will be open Monday at lunch for any students who needs clarification.

On Friday, students will be writing a short assessment (the last SWYK of the year!) on relative frequency/experimental probability. Also on Friday, I will be collecting student’s data from their trials and their answers to the analysis questions (please note that students will be given Thursday’s class to work on this).

Here are some online resources that students can check out at home in order to reinforce their learning:

Grade 7 Science

This week we will continue to discuss the three main methods of heat transfer: conduction, radiation and convection. Last week, students completed a lab on conduction. Although several students already submitted their report, I did give students an extra week to complete the graph and answer the analysis questions – this is due on Tuesday. Students in 7-10 will begin the planning stage for their solar powered smore cooker. Due to attendance issues with several students in 7-09, unfortunately we will not be able to complete this project as we will be trying to catch students up on the essential content.

Here are some online resources that students can use to help reinforce their learning at home:

I will be away supervising the grade 8 Toronto trip on Thursday and Friday of this week. Saying that, it will be business as usual as we work towards the completion of our year.

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What’s up this Week (June 3-7)

Welcome to the final month of the 2018-2019 school year! A reminder that this Friday is a PD Day. Here is a list of the remaining test/assignment dates as well as important school events coming up (general events = black; science = green; math = blue):

  • 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 19: Grade 7 Math Exam 
  • 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

It may be a short week but we are packing a lot in! We will be continuing our discussions around possible outcomes and theoretical probability but this time to those experiments involving multiple events. Students will be completing the first part of their Quarter Carnival project as well as writing a SWYK on Thursday. Here are some online resources that complement the learning from class:

In science, we have moved to our final topic: Methods of Heat Transfer (conduction, radiation and convection). Students should be familiar with these terms from previous grades and may be able to connect their learning to past science units in energy and electricity. This week, our focus will be on conduction. On Tuesday we will be looking more closely into one certain materials conduct heat (and electricity) better than others and on Wednesday, students will be completing their final lab. The conduction lab will be due the following week. For more information on this topic, students are encouraged to review the following resources at home:

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