What’s up this Week (Nov 11-15)

Let it snow! With the weather getting cooler, students are reminded to bring warm clothes for the recess. I still see several students walking around in t-shirts (remember: Being cold isn’t cool).

This week is a shortened week due to the PD Day on Friday. Here is a rundown of what is coming up:

  • November 11 = Remembrance Day Assemblies
  • November 11 = Making Sandwiches for Shepherds
  • November 13 = Check In: Writing Equations
  • November 13 = Part A and B of Algebra Project DUE
  • November 14 = Final Reflection for The Bridge Home DUE
  • November 15 = PD Day
  • November 20 = Mystery Number Algebra Project DUE
  • November 21 = Ottawa 67s Day
  • November 22 = SWYK: Writing and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

Academics

Math
This week we are focusing on writing algebraic statements from words. For example, “four less than a number is eleven” would be written as n – 4 = 11. Student should be aware of the different words for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as those tricky words like “more than”, “less than”, “half” and “divided into”.

Here are some resources that student could use if looking for clarification OR if they are absent from class:

Also this week, students started their Mystery Number Project. For more information on this project, including instructions and deadlines, click HERE.

New Math Homework Initiative

I have found that some students are not regularly completing homework (paper-and-pencil and MathSpace), very few students are actually checking their homework with the posted answer keys, and some students are just leaving their incomplete homework on the floor before they leave the classroom!

Here is the plan… each student has been given copies of ALL of the assigned homework for the entire algebra unit. They have already placed these sheets in an orange duotang. When I assign a sheet for homework, students will write the due date on the top of the sheet. Students are expected to complete the homework, use the posted answer keys to mark the homework (and try to determine how to fix any mistakes they may have made) and circle questions that they still do not understand (we will take these up the following class).

Consequences for not completing homework are:

  • 1st time = $30 out of their bank account and email to parents
  • 2nd time = $30 out of their bank account and phone call to parents
  • 3rd – 5th time = $30 out of their bank account, email to parents, lunch detention
  • 6th time = $30 out of their bank account and parent conference

I do not assign very much homework and students need to get into a routine of completing homework regularly before moving to grade 8 and beyond. If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to email me anytime.

English
We will be finishing off our novel study this week. We have 5 more chapters to read, a final kidblog reflection to write (and provide feedback to our friends in Chicago), and a 1-page novel summary project to complete. Class time will be given for all of these tasks but if students are absent or fall behind, they are more than welcome to complete the work on their own time.

Religion

On Monday, we will be making sandwiches for Shepherd. Thank you so much to all those who provided donations. I am hoping that the students helped out around the house to earn the $. Mrs. King and I dropped off the 600 sandwiches to Hope Living in Kanata to many appreciative volunteers and residents. We hope to continue to partner with this local unit of Shepherd of Good Hope throughout the year.

Time permitting, we will be launching into our Kindness Project this Wednesday. If there is a snow day, then we will postpone this until next week – more info to come!

Science

For the next two weeks, we will be investigating sustainable actions that we can take at home and at school. We will begin by conducting a personal audit of the energy and resources that we use and compare our results to the average human. We will also be conducting an audit of the school to gauge the amount of plastic water bottles that are used one-time before being discarded. Then, students teams will work together to determine concrete actions that we can do in our school to improve our results.

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

 

 

 

 

Food Web Test (Friday)

In grade 7 science, we have completed the Interactions within Ecosystems unit. Students will be writing a test on the content of the second half of the unit (Food Webs) on Friday.

On Thursday, we will complete a series of review questions using a Jeopardy style game but there is still lots of studying that the students should be doing at their homes over the week in preparation for this test.

Like the previous mid-unit test, there are several terms students should be aware of and  should be able to identify and explain each term. On Tuesday, we will be making terminology cards to help students remember the various terms and definitions involved in this portion of the unit.  The following text pages and links will also be extremely helpful to reinforce the concepts from class:

Here is a rundown of the test and the concepts that students should know before writing:

TEST COMPOSITION

Part A (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • Multiple Choice (14 questions)
  • Matching (9 questions)

Part B (Communication)

  • Paragraph answers (3 questions) – students will have the choice to write their answer or record themselves stating their answer orally

Part C (Making Connections/Applications)

  • Food web analysis (4 question)
  • Graphical analysis (1 question)

CONCEPTS

1) Classifying organisms in a food chain or web

  • Terminology: producer, consumer (primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary), decomposer, detritivore, scavenger, carnivore, herbivore, omnivore
  • Example Question: In the food web, identify the secondary consumer and explain your choice.
  • Example Question: Which organisms in the food web can classified as more than one order of consumer?

2) Energy transfer in food chains and webs

  • Terminology: food chain, energy pyramid (pyramid of numbers)
  • Example Question: How much energy is passed onto the next organism in the food chain? What happens to the other energy?
  • Example Question: If grass creates 2300 kJ of energy, how much energy does the rabbit receive when it eats the grass? Explain.

3) Interactions within food webs

  • Terminology: equilibrium, carrying capacity
  • Example Question: Using the food web, explain three things that would happen if the grasshoppers were removed from the ecosystem.

  • Example Question: Come up with a scenario that could result in the following graph:

graph_foodchains

Students will have the entire 50-minute block to write the test. Those looking for even  more clarification/resources can check out Goal #3 of the Ecosystems workspace.

What’s up this Week (November 4-8)

As progress reports were distributed last Friday, the first round of Parent-Teacher interviews will be happening this Thursday. All interviews will be held in the gym (not in the classroom) and will be 10-minutes in length. Interviews are booked online using the link HERE. Furthermore, a reminder that Thursday will also be early-dismissal so parents should expect their child to arrive home about an hour earlier than normal.

Here is list of some other events and deadlines coming up:

  • November 4 = Presentation by Shepherds of Good Hope
  • November 7 = Early dismissal @ 1:20 pm (all grades)
  • November 7 = Parent-Teacher Interviews (7-8) starting @ 2:00 pm (book HERE)
  • November 8 = UNIT TEST: Food Webs (science)
  • November 11 = Remembrance Day Assemblies
  • November 11 = Making Sandwiches for Shepherds
  • November 15 = PD Day

Academics

Math
This week our focus will be on ratios and rates. This is a mini-unit which will form the foundations of our larger algebra unit coming up next week. Concepts will involve writing ratios and proportions, solving simple proportion problems, and calculating unit rates. Students will be allowed to use calculators for this unit.

Students are encouraged to check out the following links for reinforcement and/clarification at some point in the week:

English

This is our second last week of our novel study. We will be continuing to read the book together in class and discuss the characters, symbols and ideas from the book.

Religion

On Monday, a representative from Shepherds of Good Hope will be coming in to teach us about their mission and programs. We will be raising money to purchase supplies to make sandwiches for their residents. We are hoping that each student can bring in a twoonie (or more) to put towards purchasing supplies for the sandwiches. Our intention is that students EARN this money through helping out at home. We will be using unit rates to determine how much bread, ham, mustard, and cheese to purchase in order to make our sandwiches. Sandwich Day will be next Monday, November 11.

Science

On Tuesday, we will be reviewing the concepts taught by Mr. O’Neill over the last couple of week in preparation for the test on Friday (November 8). On Wednesday, students will be completing a dissection of an Owl Pellet in order to determine which organisms their specific owl consumed.

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (October 28-November 1)

Spirit Week, Halloween, Stock Market Project due, and a math test are all heading your way this week – so be prepared!

For those that do not following our class twitter account, here is a list of the spirit days this week:

And here is a list of other upcoming deadlines and events:

  • October 30 = Math Reassessments (at lunch) for those who submitted a request
  • November 1 = Progress Reports Distributed
  • November 1 = SWYK: Adding and Subtracting Integers
  • November 1 = Stock Market Portfolio Project DUE (math)
  • November 7 = Early dismissal @ 1:20 pm (all grades)
  • November 7 = Parent-Teacher Interviews (7-8) starting @ 2:00 pm
  • November 8 = UNIT TEST: Food Webs (science)
  • November 11 = Remembrance Day Assemblies
  • November 15 = PD Day

Academics

Math
This is the final week for the integers unit. Our last topic (and definitely the most difficult) is subtracting integers. We will be investigating this topic during Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, students will have a little time to ensure their stock market project is complete (click HERE for a more detailed post on this project) as well as a final day to touch base regarding the topics on the SWYK.

On Friday, students will be writing their assessment on Adding and Subtracting Integers as well as handing in their Stock Market Project.

A reminder that students looking to improve their grades are encouraged to check out their online assessment trackers and identify areas with which they can improve (check out this post for more information on how students can file for a reassessment).

English

We are continuing with our book “The Bridge Home”. We plan to read up to Chapter 30, connect again with our partner classes via kidblog and flipgrid as well as digging deeper into some of the theme and symbols in the book.

Religion

We will continue to prepare our prayers for our class prayer book. Students will be starting to present their prayers to the class next week.

Science

Our discussions will continue to focus on food webs and the interactions between the organisms in these webs. Discussions and simulations related to how an ecosystem can crash will be explored as we work towards finishing up our first unit in science (the test is scheduled for Friday, November 8).

This is only our last week with Mr. O’Neill in our class (until February when he returns for another three weeks). I just wanted to take some time to thank him and his contributions to our 7-11 community.

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

Stock Market Project – due this Friday

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that the Stock Market Project is DUE this Friday. Over the past two weeks, students have setup a stock portfolio, have tracked their stocks and organized the data in tables, developed graphs of their rounded profit/loss for each company and calculated their total profit/loss. Although they still have several days to complete the project, we have created a few helpful tutorial videos that I am hoping that students will use to ensure their project is top notch!

Video #1: Tracking the Stock Prices and the Daily Calculations

Video #2: Creating Graphs using Google Sheets

Video #3: Completing the Calculations and Completing the Summary Chart

In addition to the videos above, students have access to other helpful resources in the Student Workspace including a document entitled “Look Fors” which is essentially a checklist that students should go through BEFORE submitting their final project.

Students are also encouraged to check out the assessment rubric which the teachers will be using to assess the final project.

In the next few days, we will take a bit of time to discuss the analysis questions but for the most part the rest of the project needs to be completed at home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

What’s up this Week (October 21-25)

What a beautiful weekend! Hope everyone had a chance to get outside and enjoy the amazing leaves – I love fall!

We are in the middle of a few projects right now: The Global Read Aloud (English) and the Stock Market Portfolio (Math). I am hoping that students have been sharing some insight into these projects with their families.

Here are some upcoming events and important dates that are coming up soon:

  • October 22 = SWYK: Representing and Comparing Integers (math)
  • October 23 = Photo Retake Day
  • October 28 = All Stock Data must be complete (math)
  • November 1 = Progress Reports Distributed
  • November 1 = Stock Market Portfolio Project DUE (math)
  • November 7 = Early dismissal @ 1:20 pm (all grades)
  • November 7 = Parent-Teacher Interviews (7-8) starting @ 2:00 pm
  • November 11 = Remembrance Day Assemblies
  • November 15 = PD Day

Academics

Math
Last week, we started our unit on integers. So far we have discussed number lines and the coordinate grid, words representing positive and negative, opposites, and comparing integers. Students should have been working on some MathSpace activities to help reinforce their learning from class. On Monday, we will be doing a challenge problem on the same topic and handing out a review for the SWYK on Tuesday. Following Tuesday’s assessment, we will be starting to discuss adding integers. Students are encouraged to use the resources in the student Workspace (Goal #1 and 2 for the SWYK; Goal #3 for adding) to help clarify and extend their learning at home.

In addition to the coursework, students are also working on a project involving the Stock Market. Each student had to choose 3 companies to invest in. They had to invest between $7000-10000 in total. We will be tracking the ups and downs of their companies over a two week period and then will be “selling” our shares and determining the profit/loss that was obtained. For more information on the project, students should check out the resources in the Workspace and/or consult the project outline HERE. The project in its entirety will be due on Friday, November 1.

English

We will be continue with our Global Read Aloud of the book “The Bridge Home”. Our goal by the end of the week is to have read up to Chapter 30, comment on the FlipGrid reflection videos created by our partner class in Chicago, and once again connect with our partner class in Brazil. The GRA will continue to be our focus for the next couple of weeks.

Religion

We will be finishing up our unit on digital citizenship and discussing ways on how we can establish a positive reputation online. Mr. O’Neill will be continue to teach this unit for the next couple of weeks.

Science

With the completion of our mid-unit test we are now moving onto our next large goal in science (Goal #3 in the science workspace). The focus will be shifting to feeding relationships, food chains and webs and how the decline in the population of one organism throws the entire web off balance.

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

Mid-Unit Ecology Test

In grade 7 science, we have made it to the halfway point in our unit on Interactions within Ecosystems. Students will be writing a test on Tuesday, October 23. Although it is still over a week away, I want to give plenty of warning ahead of time so that students can be adequately prepared.

Last week, students completed an online practice quiz on many of the topics. If students want to complete this online practice again they can do so by clicking HERE (game code is 516823).

Next Tuesday, students will be writing a mock test (which I will mark and get back to them the following class) so they can see what a science test looks like and get a sense of what they know (and what they don’t know) heading into the next weekend. Friday (7-09)/Monday (7-10) in class, we will be also be completing an additional review but there is still lots of studying that the students can be doing at their homes in preparation for this test.

There are several terms to know for this test. Students should be able to identify and explain each term listed below. Students have been adding notes into their science notebooks which include much of the required information (they can use these notebooks on the test too!) but I also want to direct students to the following text and online links that will be helpful in review:

Here is a rundown of the test and the concepts that students should know before writing:

TEST COMPOSITION

Part A (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • True or False (7 questions)
  • Multiple Choice (8 questions)
  • Matching (5 questions)

Part B (Communication)

  • Paragraph answers (3 questions)

Part C (Making Connections/Applications)

  • Determining population amount (1 question)
  • Graphical analysis (1 question)

CONCEPTS

1) Identifying abiotic and biotic factors in an ecosystem

  • Terminology: biology, ecology, ecosystem, abiotic, biotic
  • Concept: Identify items as abiotic or biotic and justify the choice
  • Example Question: Give two examples of biotic factors and two examples of abiotic factors seen in the picture. Explain your choices.

2) Organization of living things

  • Terminology: organism, species, population, community, ecosystem, habitat
  • Concept: Know how an ecosystem is organized

organization

  • Example Question: Explain why a pond could be considered an ecosystem. List some of the different populations found at the pond.

3) Limiting factors in ecosystems

  • Terminology: Immigration, Emigration, Predator, Prey, Competition, Mutualism, Carrying Capacity, Limiting Factor
  • Concept: Calculating population rate
  • Concept: Identify, list and explain several different abiotic (e.g. amount of sunlight) and biotic (e.g. competition) factors that limit the growth of a population
  • Example Question: The amount of rabbits (prey) in an area increases. What do you think will happen to the population of foxes (predator) in the same area? Explain.
  • Example Question: The population of mice in a barn is 40. Over the winter 3 mice immigrate, 4 die, 3 are born, and 1 emigrate, what is the new population?
  • Example Question: Choose which graph best represents each scenario… explain your choices.
    • Scenario 1 = There were 3 cold springs in a row
    • Scenario 2 = There were 3 hot summers in a row

rabbit_graphs

Students will have the entire 50-minute block to write the test and can use their science notebooks while writing.

Looking for more clarification? Check out the Ecosystems page on the blog.

Thanks!

What’s up this Week (October 7-11)

WOW – what a fantastic job fundraising! 7-11 raised over $700! Holy Trinity raised over $51 000 (and counting!). Holy Trinity has been top three in the province for the past several years and I expect to have a similar result this year. Thanks to all who took the time to collect pledges, donate money, and support the cause.

Before I start into the rundown for next week, it should be noted that there is a chance that the ongoing labour dispute between the Government and CUPE may not be resolved by Monday, therefore effectively closing the school to students. I (and the school) will try to keep everyone informed as things progress.

Hopefully, everything will be resolved and it will be business as usual on Monday. In this case, here is a overview of the upcoming test and event dates in the next few weeks:

  • October 9 = Concept Check: Ecosystems (Science)
  • October 10 = SWYK: Order of Operations (Math)
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)
  • October 15-17 = Immunizations
  • October 16 = Oh Deer Assignment DUE (Science)
  • October 17 = Early Dismissal (1:20 pm)
  • October 23 = Photo Retake Day
  • November 1 = Progress Reports Distributed

Academics

Math
On Wednesday, we took two periods to review the Order of Operations. Our focus was on why the operations are completed in this order. Students (and parents) may be familiar with BEDMAS as a way to remember the order. We are introducing a modified version of this called GEMS. The reason for this is that in BEDMAS, students often give priority to division (D) over multiplication (M) and addition (A) or subtraction (S) since that is the way they are presented in BEDMAS.

Next week, we will be digging deeper into the order in which we evaluate expressions. Students will be writing a SWYK (assessment) this Thursday on the topic. We are pushing to finish up this first math unit before Thanksgiving so that we can start a new unit when we return from the long weekend. Students looking to reinforce (or clarify) their learning in class can check out Stage #5 in the student workspace.

English
Last week, we started reading our book for the Global Read Aloud. We got through the first four chapters (for those reading along with us at home). On MOnday, the plan is to finish up to the end of Chapter 7 and then pause to give time for students to reflect and answer some discussion questions. We will be linking up with a school in Chicago via KidBlog and will be chatting online (via Skype) with a class in Sao Paulo (Brazil) about our thoughts about, predictions for, and connections to the book so far. If time permits, we will be continue on in the book (the goal for Week #2 is Chapters 8-14).

In addition to our focus on the GRA, students will be providing constructive feedback to each other’s 100WC posts from last week.

Religion
Our religion curriculum will be interwoven with our English novel study. We will continue to focus on community and our judgement of others through the lens of “kindness and mercy”.

Science

On Monday, students will be completed an online simulation (gizmo) involving a rabbit population in order to explore the possible factors which limit its growth. On Tuesday, we will be reviewing the topics discussed so far in preparation for the mid-unit test on Wednesday. Tentatively, the test is scheduled for Wednesday in hopes to wrap things up before Thanksgiving but if I feel as though the students are not ready to write, I will be postponing the assessment until after the long weekend.

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (September 30-October 4)

Happy October everyone! I was away from class on Friday and Monday so am looking forward to jumping back into the learning with my 7-11 family!

Lots of events happening this week including the Terry Fox run this Friday.
Please note the following important dates:

  • September 30 = Orange Shirt Day
  • October 1 = Opening Liturgies
  • October 1 = GRA Launch!!! (English)
  • October 2 = SWYK: Powers and Roots (Math)
  • October 4 = 100WC #3 DUE (English)
  • October 4 = Terry Fox Run
  • October 9 = Concept Check: Ecosystems (Science)
  • October 10 = SWYK: Order of Operations (Math)
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)
  • October 15-17 = Immunizations
  • October 17 = Early Dismissal (1:20 pm)
  • October 23 = Photo Retake Day
  • November 1 = Progress Reports Distributed

Academics

Math
Students will be writing a SWYK (assessment) this Wednesday on Powers and Roots. This covers the content for Goal #3 and #4 in the student workspace. We will be reviewing these concepts a final time during class on Tuesday. On Thursday, we will be launching into our final topic in the first unit: Order of Operations.

English
Today, students started their third 100WC post using the prompt “…it looked just like a glass of water…”. They will have until Friday to publish their post on KidBlog. Parents are encouraged to go and check out their child’s post for the past 100WC and leave a comment. 

This week is the launch of the GRA. For those that have never heard of it, the GRA (or Global Read Aloud) is an international project that began in 2010. Classes from around the world read the same book using the same timelines and connect to share their thoughts and ideas related to the book. Our class will be reading “The Bridge Home” (by Padma Venkatraman) and are hoping to connect with a grade 8 class from Brazil. We will be introducing ourselves on FlipGrid tomorrow and completing a few pre-reading discussions. This week, we will read chapters 1-7. Here is a summary of the book (from Penguin Random House):

Science
On Wednesday, students groups will be designing experiments to test the effect of one variable (amount of Sunlight, water, contamination, etc…) on mold growth. Students will be creating the question, hypothesis, and defining the variables they will be using (as well as completing their tests). We will be tracking the mold growth over the next month to measure the effect of their variable.

We are also getting close to our first concept check in science. Tentatively the date for this assessment is Wednesday, October 9. There will be more information to follow.

 

For school-wide announcements (including information regarding the Yearbook), check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (September 23-27)

We are coming to an end of our first month already (yikes, time is flying)! This Friday is the Grade 7 Welcome Wagon Day and I’m banking on 7-11 to take home the trophy!

Today, the Terry Fox forms have been sent home and students are encouraged to start collecting pledges. Ask your child some of the incentives that Mr. Ferguson has put forth!

Here are a list of some upcoming events and deadlines:

  • September 25 = Check In: Squares and Roots (math)
  • September 26 = Check In: Ecology Terminology (science)
  • September 27 = Final Copy of Recount DUE (English)
  • September 27 = Grade 7 Welcome Wagon Day
  • September 30 = Orange Shirt Day
  • October 4 = Terry Fox Run
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)

Academics

Math
The SWYK that students wrote last week has been marked and distributed to those students who were in class on Friday. I have also shared the online assessment tracker with students and parents so they can track the progress in math throughout the year. Please make sure to read THIS POST for more information and check out THIS VIDEO for more information on the assessment tracker, filing for reassessments, and how these tools can be used to maximize math understanding.

This week, we will be moving onto the third and fourth concepts under Goal #1, namely squares and roots and exponential notation. Students who are looking for clarification for what we did in class or who were absent are encouraged to check out the resources listed under Stage #3 in the student workspace.

English
Today, we discussed the difference between a “telling” sentence and a “showing” sentence. “Telling” sentences tell the reader what is happening – they are passive (and boring).

EXAMPLE: The wind was cold.

A “show” sentence, describes what is happening and includes details related to the characters’ reactions, feelings, and emotions.

EXAMPLE: The icy wind whipped across my skin, making goose bumps appear.

Students were to return to their 100WC posts and their recounts that they completed last week, and improve them by changing any “telling” sentences to “showing” sentences.

This week, we will continue to revise our recounts through peer editing and additional mini-lessons. The final draft of the recount (to be evaluated) is due at the end of the day on Friday. Parents are encouraged to read their child’s recount and have their child point out which sentences they fixed up.

We will also be providing feedback comments on the 100WC posts.

Religion

We will continue to discuss community and being good neighbours both on and offline. The focus of this week’s discussion is on our digital footprint. Is our online reputation/footprint a positive or negative one? We will also be finalize the details surrounding our first social justice project: Sandwiches for Shepherds.

Science

This week, we will be continue to discuss abiotic and biotic factors in ecosystems as well as the hierarchy of how ecosystems are organized. On Wednesday, we will be completing a lab entitled “Is Yeast Alive?” as well as starting our bread mold labs. Finally, on Thursday, students will be completing a short check in on the terminology covered so far. Students should be well versed in the concepts listed under Goal #1 in the student workspace.

For school-wide announcements, check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

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