What’s up this Week (January 21-25)

Happy freezing cold Monday! Lots of things happening over the next few weeks as we move towards the end of term one. This week we will be starting major projects in both science and math. These projects will act as culminating tasks for our final units in term one. Here is a rundown of some of the upcoming events and deadlines:

  • January 21 – Check In on Area and Perimeter of Geometric Shapes (math)
  • January 24 – Geoboard Shapes Assignment DUE (math)
  • January 24 – Grade 6 Information Night @ 7:00 pm (Cafetorium)
  • January 25 – Index Card Bridge Lab DUE (7-09)
  • January 28 – Index Card Bridge Lab DUE (7-10) – updated
  • January 28 – Bird Feeder Group Templates DUE (math)
  • January 29 – Unit Test: Form and Function (science)
  • January 30 – PD Day (no classes)
  • February 4 – SWYK: Two-Dimensional Measurement (math)
  • February 5 – Roller Coaster Design DUE + Building Begins (science)
  • February 7 – Bird Feeder Prototypes and Modified Templates DUE (math)
  • February 7 – Teams and Clubs Yearbook Photos
  • February 13 – Final Roller Coaster Presentations DUE (science)
  • February 15 – SWYK: Three-Dimensional Measurement (math)
  • February 15 – Term One Report Cards Distributed (math)
  • February 18 – Family Day (no school)
  • February 21 – Parent-Teacher Interviews (early dismissal)
  • February 22 – Final Bird Feeder and Video DUE (math)


Grade 7 Math

We spent last week reviewing area and perimeter of basic shapes (rectangles, parallelograms, triangles) as well as investigating how to determine the area of trapezoids. On Monday, students will be writing an informal check in on this concept. On Tuesday, students will be working on an in-class assignment on area. Wednesday and Thursday are the “big days” of the week as we are launching our major project: Bird Feeders. Students will be researching and designing working bird feeders. They will be going through the process of design, building prototypes, testing and reflecting and finally constructing a working feeder out of wood. We will be auctioning off our bird feeders at the end of February with the proceeds being donated towards the Ottawa Wild Bird Care Centre.

Note: I am aware that immersion students in 7-04/7-09 will away on a field trip on Tuesday. These students will be given the assignment on Monday in class and will be able to complete it at home.

Grade 7 Science

This week our focus will be on methods used to strengthen structures and structural components (e.g. trusses, arches, beams). This is the final topic before our unit test (next Tuesday, January 29). There will be more info posted in regards to the test later in the week. Here are some text and online resources that would be beneficial to the students to review:

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Review Materials for Monday’s SWYK

This coming Monday, students will be writing their final SWYK for the Geometry Strand. The topics will include classifying, constructing and plotting quadrilaterals on a coordinate grid. Students have received three practice sheets to work on in class in order to prepare for the SWYK.

Since several students are going to be away on Friday, I am posting links to the resources as well as some answer keys to help support their learning at home over the weekend.

Resource #1: Classifying Quadrilaterals Worksheet

  • Download a new copy of the worksheet HERE.
  • Find a copy of the answer key HERE.

In class, we discussed the characteristics of each of the types of quadrilaterals (students made these figures on geoboards). We created a flow chart (which is on the wall in our classroom) to help sort the figures. Student should be able to classify a quadrilateral based on a diagram or description AND provide justification for their choice.


Resource #2: Constructing Quadrilaterals Worksheet

  • Download a new copy of the worksheet HERE.
  • Find a copy of the answer key HERE.

Earlier in the week, students completed a digital breakout activity which involve them using a ruler and protractor to construct a series of different triangles. In this resource, students have to use the characteristics to construct four different quadrilaterals. Since this concept is a little tricky, I have also created a video answer key that students are encouraged to watch either before, after or during completion of the task. I include some helpful tips in the video.


Resource #3: Plotting Quadrilaterals Practice

  • Download a new copy of the worksheet HERE.
  • Download the scavenger hunt clues HERE.
  • Download an answer key to the scavenger hunt HERE.

Today in class, students had a choice to complete the worksheets listed above and/or a scavenger hunt. The hunt involved students plotting points and then determine which quadrilateral was formed. Students who missed class today or who didn’t get a chance to complete the hunt should try it at home and compare their responses to the answer key (link is above).

ON the reverse of the scavenger hunt is a challenge question which involved plotting two points to combine the two points already on the grid to create a series of different shapes. This is a “mastery level” question and therefore, I have created an answer key video to help students out.

I realize that we are travelling at a pretty quick speed through these topics, so I am hoping that these resources will be helpful to students as they review the concepts this weekend.


What’s up this Week (January 7-11)

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a great break – I am so excited to see everyone again and jump back into our learning. There are still a couple more days left of holidays but I did want to send out the weekly agenda ahead of time so families could starting looking ahead to some of the upcoming dates:

  • January 8 – Dental Screening
  • January 9 – Skyscraper Task DUE (science)
  • January 9 – Formative “Check In” on Forces, Loads and Types of Structures (science)
  • January 11 – Seven Unique Classifications Assignment DUE (math)
  • January 14 – SWYK: Quadrilaterals and Coordinates (math)
  • January 14 to 18 – Jungle Sport (Phys Ed)
  • January 24 – Geoboard Shapes Assignment DUE (math)
  • January 28 – Bird Feeder Group Templates DUE (math)
  • January 29 – Unit Test: Form and Function (science)
  • February 4 – SWYK: Two-Dimensional Measurement (math)


Grade 7 Math

This week, we will be finishing off the Geometry unit. Our focus this week will be classifying and constructing triangles and quadrilaterals. When constructing shapes, we will be doing so on both the coordinate grid and on blank paper (using a ruler and protractor). Every topic discussed is a review from grade 5 and 6 but we will be increasing the complexity of the problems and including negative coordinates. Students will be starting an in-class assignment on Tuesday which focuses on the types of triangles. Students will be writing a SWYK next Monday (January 14) on Quadrilaterals and Coordinates. Two new tasks are being released on Math Space. Furthermore, students looking for additional reinforcement can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science

Before the break, we discussed types of structures (solid, shell and framed) as well as external and internal forces and loads. This week, we will be reviewing these concepts and completing a online simulation involving building and testing a Skyscraper. Students will also be completing an informal assessment on these topics (this is not something that would be counted towards their report card but rather will be used to provide feedback and identify topics with which students should seek clarification).

Students looking for some resources to review these topics should check out the following:

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

What’s up this Week (Dec 17-21)

Last week of school for 2018! The students are working so hard leading up to the break – I am so impressed with their ability to continue to focus and complete quality work (especially with Christmas in the air). I am hoping that they continue to push for a few more days so that we can complete our tasks and therefore be able to truly take a break (and start with new topics in 2019).

Here are the last few important dates for 2018:

  • December 17 – Tower of Terror Analysis DUE (7-10 science)
  • December 18 – Tower of Terror Analysis DUE (7-09 science)
  • December 19 – SWYK: Geometric Constructions (math)
  • December 20 – Movie at Landmark Cinemas


Grade 7 Math

This week, we are finishing up a few of the geometry concepts: specifically lines and angles. On Wednesday, students will be writing a SWYK on Geometric Constructions. Topics include constructing intersecting lines, parallel lines, and perpendicular lines through a specific point. Constructing perpendicular and angle bisectors will also be on the SWYK. There is one mastery level question that involves angle relationships (supplementary, complementary, opposite angles).

Today, students received a package of review questions and we given the entire class to work. I was available for those wanting to clarify any of the topics 1-on-1. Students who were absent or lost their review questions can download a new one HERE.

Once students complete the review, they are highly encouraged to compare their answers to the answer key. Students looking for a “how to” tutorial for the construction portion of the review can watch the answer key video:

A reminder that students can access tutorial videos on all of the techniques using the Constructions Padlet from class.

On Thursday and Friday, we will be playing around with coordinate grids. Students looking for some additional practice on this concept can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science

This week we are focusing on types of structures as well as the external and internal forces and loads that impact structural integrity. We have been using simulations from the OERB (Ontario Education Resource Bank) to help with our investigation of these topics.

Student login information for the OERB can be found in the student portal under “Software Links and Passwords“.

Here are some resources that students can use at home to reinforce the concepts from class (note that I definitely do NOT expect students to get through these resources this week, but the below may be helpful to kids when they are making their summary sheet):

Classifying Structures




For school-wide news, check out the Holy Trinity weekly newsletter HERE. Wishing all of my students are their families and safe and relaxing break. Enjoy spending time with friends and family! See you in 2019.

Homework for the Weekend

As we are trying to finish up things before the break, some students will need to play catch up this weekend.

In math, we have been working on Geometry concepts (lines and angles) over the past week and have recently been working on constructions using a ruler and compass. The SWYK on this material will be next Wednesday.

By Monday’s class, students should have completed the following:

  • Intersecting Lines Worksheet (assigned last Tuesday)
  • Checked their answers for the Intersecting Lines worksheet with the online answer key
  • Practiced completing the following constructions (video tutorials can be found HERE and students can print out the package HERE):
    • Perpendicular bisectors
    • Perpendicular lines through a point on the line
    • Perpendicular lines through a point off the line
    • Angle bisectors
  • MathSpace Tasks (optional)
    • Angles at a Point
    • Complementary and Supplementary Angles

For science, students were working on a reflection on the Tower of Terror activity. Many students already handed this in but since they worked so well during class time, I am extending the deadline until Monday (for 7-10) and Tuesday (for 7-09). Students can download a new copy HERE or use this electronic version (if using electronic, they will need to make a copy and share it with me).

What’s up this Week (December 10-14)

Hi everyone! Christmas holidays are two weeks away but we are certainly not winding things down yet. Here are some upcoming events and due dates until Christmas:

  • December 12 – Tower of Terror Analysis DUE (science)
  • December 18 – SWYK: Geometric Constructions (math)
  • December 19 – Skyscraper Task DUE (science)
  • December 20 – Movie at Landmark Cinemas


Grade 7 Math
In our math classes, I have found that although practice work was being assigned, a number of students were not completing the work. This practice is essential for students to develop the basic skills in that strand. We have now implemented a homework book (red for 7-09 and yellow for 7-10). All practice work will go in these books. Parents should expect to see these books coming home periodically.

As we completed our Algebra unit last Friday, we will be jumping into a new unit: Geometry. Topics covered until Christmas include classifying and identifying lines and angles (review from elementary school), angles formed from intersecting lines, and geometric constructions (using a compass and ruler).

If students have a geometry set at home, they are encouraged to bring it to math class for the next couple of weeks.

Here are some online resources that students can check out for further reinforcement or clarification on these topics (much of it is review from grade 4 through 6):

Grade 7 Science
This week, we will be starting our second unit: Form and Function. This unit is focused on the design and construction of structures with a specific emphasis on overcoming forces and loads. This week, we will be launching the unit by designing and building a tower to overcome simulated earthquakes, rock slides, and wind storms. Students will be handing in an analysis of their tower’s performance in these tests this Wednesday. We will also be looking into how structures are classified.

Here are some online resources that students could check out throughout the week to support their learning in class:

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! For school-wide news, check out the Trinity Weekly Newsletter HERE.

SWYK: Solving Algebraic Equations (tomorrow)

I just wanted to send out another (more detailed) reminder of tomorrow’s math assessment on Solving Algebraic Equations. Topics include solving one- and two-step equations by inspection, guess and check, and inverse operations. There are a few challenge and word problems as well.

To help students prepare for this summative assessment, today in class students received a package of review questions and were given the period to work on them.

For those who would like another copy or lost their copy from today, a new copy of the review can be found HERE.

I am hoping that all students will have a chance to complete (and check their answers) to at a minimum, questions 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8. These questions constitute the “has it” questions. Students looking to go for proficiency or mastery should also try the other questions on the review. Answers to all of the review questions can be found in this document or in the video answer key (below):

Students that are away for this assessment will be writing it at lunch on Monday, December 10.






What’s up this Week (Dec 3-7)

December is here and that means only three weeks left before the holidays. We will be working hard until the end of December in order to finish up our Algebra unit and a mini-unit on lines, angles, and geometric constructions. If families are planning on starting their holidays a little earlier, they are encouraged to continue following the blog posts to see what is happening and (hopefully) stay up with things.

Here is a list of upcoming dates and events:

  • December 1 – Bread Mold Lab (DUE) for 7-10 science students
  • December 3 – Check In on Solving One-Step Algebraic Equations (math)
  • December 4 – Bread Mold Lab (DUE) for 7-09 science students
  • December 7 – SWYK: Solving Algebraic Equations (math)
  • December 18 – SWYK: Geometric Constructions (math)
  • December 20 – Movie at Landmark Cinemas


Grade 7 Math
Please note that the SWYKs from last week have been marked but are not being handed back until all students have had a chance to write. All marks are posted in student’s online assessment trackers in case they are interested.

Our focus for the latter half of the past week and the upcoming week is solving one- and two-step algebraic equations using inspection and inverse operations (with a focus on the balance model). As we have already covered one-step equations, on Monday, students will write a short “Check In” so that I can make sure that students are getting the concept before moving on. Students were given a practice sheet to complete over the weekend for homework. Some additional resources on this topic can be found below:

Next week, we will be solving two-step equations using inverse operations and SAMDEB (order of operations in reverse). The SWYK next Friday will involve solving equations by inspection and using inverse operations. It will also involve word problems where students must create a formula and then use their formula to solve the problem.

For example:

The sum of two numbers is 100. One number is 64 more than the other number. What are the two numbers? Create an algebraic equation to help you solve the problem.

This topic can be a tricky one so we will be devoting our class time to developing methods to solve these problems as well as practicing the basic procedures. Students looking for some additional reinforcement for these topics can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science
With the completion of the end-of-unit SWYK and the Bread Mold lab, we have completed our unit on “Interactions within Ecosystems”. The students worked incredibly hard on these last two assessments and I am so proud of them. I have a little reward in store 🙂

We are also going to take our foot off the gas so that students can focus their energy on the math.

Our next unit is called “Form and Function”. It is related to the balance between the appearance of a structure and the purpose of a structure. For example, a chair may be really cool to look at but super uncomfortable.  We will also be exploring the forces (both external and internal) and loads (both static and dynamic) that impact the success of a structure. Although we will be dipping our toes into this unit, we really won’t get into the meat of the content until after the break.

Those who want to check out some of the topics and the final project can visit the unit page HERE.

For school-wide announcements (including more info on the Movie Day and on some school fundraisers and initiatives), check out the Weekly Trinity Newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (Nov 19-23)

Am I the only one that put on Christmas music while cooking supper? Loving the snow right now! Busy week coming up as we are finishing up our first science unit, completing the final section of the math project, and parent-teacher interviews are (finally) here.

Speaking of interviews, although all of my time slots are filled, I am certainly willing to stay a bit later or cut my supper shorter in order to make sure that parents can meet with me if they want. Also, for those not able to attend but wanting to check in, feel free to send an email anytime!

I am shifting a few deadlines around in order to allow more time for students to complete them with quality as we lost a few classes last week due to assemblies.

Here is an updated list of upcoming due dates and events:

  • November 19 – Mystery Number Project Parts #2 and 3 DUE (math)
  • November 21 – SWYK: Food Webs (7-10 science only) – find more info HERE
  • November 22 – Check In: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions and Formulas (math)
  • November 22 – Early Dismissal @ 1:20 p.m. (7-12)
  • November 22 – Parent-Teacher Interviews, starting @ 2:00 pm
  • November 23 – SWYK: Food Webs (7-04/7-09 science only) – find more info HERE
  • November 26 – SWYK: Writing and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions (math)
  • November 28 – Bread Mold Lab (DUE)


Grade 7 Math
Last week, the focus was on writing algebraic expressions and equations and translating these to written statements. For example, n + 2 = 5 can be written as “the sum of a number and two is five”. Students completed a quick check in on these topics and began an assignment entitled “Mystery Numbers“. Although Parts 1-3 of this assignment were due last Thursday, due to some interruptions in our schedule, I am extending the deadline to Monday. Any student who has not completed Parts 1 through 3 on the online document that was shared with them via email and is in their Math folder (in google drive), should be doing so this weekend.

Next week, we shift to evaluating expressions by substituting numerical values in for the variables.

For example:

Evaluate 3m + 2n where m = 4 and n = 3

= 3m + 2n
= 3(4) + 2(3)
= 12 + 6
= 18

We will also be solving algebraic word problems and learning about checking the left side (LS) and right side (RS) of an equation to see if the value for each variable is correct. Finally, students will be finishing up the final portion of the assignment (it will be due Friday).

Two new math space tasks on substituting into algebraic expression will be released on Sunday and Wednesday of this week.

Students looking for some additional resources to clarify or reinforce their learning at home can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science
Originally, we were going to finish up our bread mold lab early this week, but I want to take some extra class time to review the concepts from the second half of the unit. As our end-unit test is this week (Wednesday for 7-10 and Friday for 7-09), I think that by taking this extra time, students will be more confident going into the test. We will finish up our bread mold labs next week.

I already posted a bunch of information for the upcoming test HERE. Students should be familiar with all of the terms and concepts listed of the test outline page.

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Food Webs Test (Next Week)

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 in the coming week:

  • Wednesday = 7-10
  • Friday = 7-04/7-09

Next week, all classes 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 weekend 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. Students have been making science notebooks including much of this information (I am hoping that they will be using these while studying) which they are encouraged to bring home and review. 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:


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)


1) Classifying organisms in a food chain or web

  • Terminology: producer, consumer (primary, secondary, tertiary), 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 be found in more than one feeding level?

2) Energy transfer in food chains and webs

  • Terminology: food chain, energy pyramid (pyramid of numbers)
  • Example Question: How much energy is passed on to 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:


Students will have the entire 50-minute block to write the test. Those looking for even  more clarification/resources can check out the Ecosystems page on the blog.

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