What’s up this Week (March 25-29)

So since I missed last week’s post I should say a belated “Welcome back from the break”! Whether skiing, sunning on a beach, going to a camp or enjoying a staycation, I hope that everyone had a rejuvenating break – I definitely did! In both math and science, we are just finishing up our current topics and will be starting new ones this week.

  • March 26: Concept Check: Matter and the Particle Theory (science)
  • March 29: SWYK: Percents (math)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

This week, our focus on proportional reasoning shifts to percents. We will be relating ratios, fraction and decimals to percents; calculating percents; and solving problems related to percents such as calculating tax, tips, and discounts. On Friday, student will write a short assessment on these topics. This will be the final Number Sense and Numeration topic this year. Students will be able to submit re-assessment requesting starting this Wednesday until the first week of June on any term 2 topic with which they would like to be re-assessed. My goal this weekend it to get all submitted assessments marked and posted online so that students can see what topics they might want to review.

Here are some online resources that students can use to help reinforce their learning on percents:

Grade 7 Science

We are just finishing up the first half of our unit on Pure Substances and Mixtures. The test for this content is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26. Students should check out THIS POST for more information on this assessment. Following this, we will be going deeper into solutions: how they are created, why things dissolve and what factors increase the rate of dissolving.

Here are some additional resources students can check out (after Tuesday of course as they should be focusing on the material for the test):

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Science Concept Check (next Tuesday)

This coming Tuesday, science students will be writing their Concept Check on the first part of the Pure Substance and Mixtures unit.

Here is a rundown of the test and the concepts (and associated textbook pages) that students should know before writing:

TEST COMPOSITION

Part A (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • Multiple Choice (12 questions)
  • Matching (8 questions)
  • Fill-in-the-Blank (5 questions)

Part B (Communication)

  • Paragraph answers (3 questions)

CONCEPTS

1) Particle Theory

  • Terminology: particle, theory
  • Example Question: What are the five points in the Particle Theory?
  • Example Question: What happens to the particles when a substance is heated?
  • Textbook: 1.1 What is Matter

2) States of Matter

  • Terminology: matter, state, solid, liquid, gas, definite/indefinite
  • Example Question: How is the particle configuration different in solids, liquids, and gases?
  • Example Question: What does it mean to say that liquids have a definite volume but indefinite shape?
  • Textbook: 1.2 States of Matter

3) Classifying Matter

Students looking for some additional practice questions can refer to the additional REVIEW QUESTIONS here. Students are also encouraged to check out the WORKSPACE which contains additional resources to support these topics.

Happy studying!

What’s up this Week (Mar 4-8)

Last week before March break and it’s Spirit Week!

In addition to the Spirit Days, here is a list of upcoming dates for students:

  • March 4 – Check In: Particle Theory and States of Matter (7-10 science)
  • March 4 – Check In: Operation involving Fractions with Like Denominators (math)
  • March 5 – Particle Theory Poster DUE (science)
  • March 5 – Clubs and Team Yearbook Pictures
  • March 8 – Classifying Matter Lab Report DUE by end of the day (science)
  • March 8 – Bird Feeder Video DUE by the end of the day (math)
  • March 8 – SWYK: Adding and Subtracting Fractions (math)
  • March 11 to 15 – March Break (no classes)
  • March 22 and 25 – Mystery Matter Lab Report DUE (science)
  • March 26 – Concept Check: Particle Theory and Matter (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

As we try to wrap up our current topics before the holiday, there are several items to address this week. Firstly, students will be writing a Check In on “Operations involving Fractions with Like Denominators” this coming Monday (check out THIS POST for more information on the concepts covered on this assessment). I will be available Monday at lunch for any students who would like some clarification before the assessment.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will be working on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators. This is definitely the most challenging topic this unit. Students looking for some additional reinforcement at home can check out the following:

On Friday, students will be writing a SWYK on adding and subtracting fractions. Obviously, I realize that some families may be leaving early for vacation and may miss this SWYK. Students in this situation can either write the SWYK on Thursday during class or on the Wednesday (March 20) when we return from the break.

Grade 7 Science

We had a few interruptions last week so are making some changes to our original timelines. Firstly, the Particle Theory video project is being cancelled partly due to time constraints and partly due to a lack of quality and effort on the student’s behalf. Instead, I plan to formally assess the Particle Theory poster that students started last week. It will be due at the beginning on class on Wednesday and students (in 7-10) will have some additional class time to complete it on Monday following their quiz.

For the rest of the week, we will be focusing on Classifying Matter. Students should be checking out the Workspace (Topic – Classifying Matter) for more information.

On Wednesday, students will be completing a classification lab. Although they should be able to finish the entire lab write up during Wednesday’s class period, I am giving them until Friday to hand in the lab. I don’t teach 7-10 after Wednesday, sio those students who do not complete it during Wednesday’s class, will have to hand it in to me some point before the end of the week.

There will be NO homework assigned in math or science over the break. The whole reason why we are planning on working so hard this week was so we could take a week off!

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Math (Thursday and Friday)

Some students missed Thursday’s math class and several will be missing class Friday due to tournaments and the school play. Since we are still planning on writing a Check In on Monday, students that missed class should check out the following:

Thursday:

Topic = Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators


Friday:

Topic = Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers by Fractions

  • Access the assigned Homework Practice Sheet HERE
  • Find the answers to the Homework HERE

My classroom is open to students on Monday at lunch for those looking for some additional clarification before the assessment.

 

What’s up this Week (February 25 – March 1)

With only two more weeks until March break I know that everyone is ready for a little break – BUT don’t stop yet 🙂

Our goal in math and science is to finish up our current skills/concepts before the break so that we can start something new upon return. This will also allow students to fully take a break from school (at least from math and science) to recharge. The trade off is that we will be working hard right up to the break!

Here is a rundown of upcoming events:

  • February 27 – Particle Theory poster DUE (science)
  • February 27 – School Council Fundraiser (Dominos Pizza)
  • February 28 – School Play @ 7 pm
  • March 1 and 4 – Check In: Particle Theory and States of Matter (science)
  • March 4 – Check In: Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators (math)
  • March 5 – Particle Theory video DUE (science)
  • March 5 – Clubs and Team Yearbook Pictures
  • March 8 – Classifying Matter Lab Report DUE by end of day (science)
  • March 8 – SWYK: Adding and Subtracting Fractions (math)
  • March 11 to 15 – March Break (no classes)
  • March 22 and 25 – Mystery Matter Lab Report DUE (science)
  • March 26 – Concept Check: Particle Theory and Matter (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

On Monday, students received one final building day for their bird feeders. I am so proud of all of the work that the students put into this project from designing, to prototyping to constructing the final product. Check out the variety of different feeder we have created:

This Tuesday, we will be jumping into our next unit: Fractions. This will an ongoing topic over the next five weeks as we relate fractions to decimals, percents, ratios and rates. This week the focus will be on reviewing fraction concepts from elementary school. This includes representing fractions and mixed numbers, comparing fractions, writing equivalent fractions and adding/subtracting fraction with the same denominators.

Although all of the above concept “should” be review, we will be taking a few classes to ensure students have these foundations before proceeding. Those looking for some additional reinforcement at home should check out the following resources:

Grade 7 Science

In science, we have been reviewing the properties of solids, liquids and gases that students learned back in grade 5. We have focused specifically on particle configuration in these states as well as how temperature can impact the particles. Today in class, we discussed the particle theory and the students started working on a little poster to help reinforce the components of the particle theory. I also introduced a memory aid for the particle theory – ask your child if they know all the points of the theory!

This week we will continue to work towards learning this theory. Student groups will be working on a portion of a video on the Particle Theory and States of Matter. The cartoon they started today is due on Wednesday. Furthermore, filming of the video will be taking place during Wednesday’s class.

Students looking for more information should check out the resources on the unit workspace:

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What’s up this Week (Feb 18-22)

Happy Family Day to everyone! I know that not everyone had this day off but hoping that at some point, families were able to reconnect. What gorgeous weather!

For those looking to book an interview with me (or another teacher), click HERE to book a time. Please contact the teacher directly if you are unable to make one of the times listed but would still like to meet.

Here is a rundown of the events for the week:

  • February 18 – Family Day (no school)
  • February 21 – Parent-Teacher Interviews (early dismissal at 1:20 pm)
  • February 22 – Final Bird Feeder and Video DUE (math)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

This week, we will be focusing on finding the volume of regular prisms. Students will be writing a short check in to gauge their understanding. Bird feeder groups will also be putting together their feeders (all the wood is cut and ready to be assembled). I am hoping that by Friday, each feeder will be assembled, the group video will be completed and all materials will be ready for the auction.

Grade 7 Science

We are starting a new unit this week – Pure Substances and Mixtures. Our focus this week will be on reviewing the states of matter as well as introducing the Particle Theory. I will be putting all resources on a Workspace for this unit. Find the workspace HERE.

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

Have a wonderful week!

What’s up this Week (February 11-15)

This week is the final week of Term 1 as report cards are distributed Friday. In both math and science, we have been working on culminating tasks and I have been so impressed by the students and their work on these projects.

Here is a rundown of the upcoming dates for the remainder of February:

  • February 11 – Bird Feeder Prototypes and Final Blueprints DUE at end of class (math)
  • February 11 and 12 – Bird Feeder Interviews (math)
  • February 12 – Final Roller Coaster Presentations science)
  • February 15 – Check In: 3D 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)

Also, a reminder that parents will be able to start booking interview times this coming Friday. To book, you need a google account as we have switching booking platforms.

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Last week, groups finished their initial blueprints and created 3D models of their bird feeders. This prototype stage is essential in the design process as many groups realized that the were missing pieces, their sizing was off, or they wanted to make some other modifications before moving to the next stage.

Check out the variety of different prototypes:

This week, students will be finishing their prototypes and reflections as well as drawing their final draft of blueprints in preparation for the wood construction stage. Over Monday and Tuesday, I will be meeting with students individually to discuss the bird feeder, their contributions and the math behind their model. These conversations will make up the final assessment piece for the measurement strand on the Term 1 report.

Then, on Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday, we will be taking a break from the feeders to discuss surface area, volume and capacity and relate these terms to our project. On Friday, students will write an informal check in on the topics.

IMPORTANT: There are some students who have missed several of the final assessment in the Measurement strand. This includes the SWYK, the Geoboard Shapes Task, and the blueprint area calculations (as well as participation in the bird feeder project). As not enough evidence has been collected in order to accurately determine their understanding of the measurement concepts, they will be receiving an “I” (incomplete) on their report card for this final strand. I will be trying to gather as much data as possible on Monday and Tuesday of next week, but did want to give the heads up to students who have missed a lot of time in the last couple of weeks.

Grade 7 Science

Last week, groups designed and started building their roller coasters. This project is difficult since the static and dynamic loads force their builder to ensure that all structures are stable. I was a little worried after the snow day that we wouldn’t be able to finish but Mme Thomson (for 7-09) and Mme Graham (for 7-10) graciously gave up their period so that we could have some more time. 7-09 had a double building block on Friday in which almost every group finished their coaster. 7-10 will have a double block on Monday.

On Tuesday, we will be starting the presentations. Students must demonstrate the following FOUR criteria in their presentation:

  1. Consistency (the coaster should make it from start to finish 5 consecutive times)
  2. Structural Integrity (there should be limited movement of the structure when the coaster passes through it)
  3. Presentation/Creativity (they need to show how they have captured and incorporated the theme behind their design)
  4. “Cool” Features (they need to show at least 3 “cool” features of their coaster such as loops, jumps, zipline, etc…)

On Wednesday, those who did not get to present will do so as groups that finished early will be preparing a promotion video for their coaster – stay tuned!

This will bring us to the end of the Form and Function unit. Next up will be Pure Substances and Mixtures… get a peak at the topics HERE.

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What’s up this Week (February 4-8)

Welcome to February! Our classes are full swing into final projects – check out our class twitter account to see what is taking shape in science and math. Lots of deadlines and important dates as we are finishing up term one content. Please review the dates below:

  • February 5 – SWYK: Two-Dimensional Measurement (math)
  • February 5 – Roller Coaster Design DUE + Building Begins (science)
  • February 7 – Teams and Clubs Yearbook Photos
  • February 8 – Bird Feeder Prototypes and Modified Templates DUE (math)
  • February 12 – Final Roller Coaster Presentations DUE (science)
  • 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)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Last week, groups completed their research and design stage for the bird feeders. The architects had to ensure that the blueprints (including dimensions) were completed by Friday. On Monday, students will be reviewing their blueprints and calculating the total area of wood required to build their bird house. On Tuesday, we will be completing a final assessment (SWYK) on 2D Measurement. Topics will include finding the perimeter and area of rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and trapezoids as well as composite shapes. Students will be given a sheet of review questions to work on over the weekend. A new copy of this review can be downloaded HERE.

Students can find answers to Thursday’s practice questions and the review questions below:

  • Click HERE to see the answers to Thursday’s practice on Area of Composite Shapes
  • Click HERE to see the answers to the review questions

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, students will use their blueprints to construct a cardboard prototype of their bird feeder. Through this process, groups may consider making changes to their plan, adding and removing pieces of their feeder, and discovering things they may have not thought of initially. By Friday, each group should have a to-scale, working prototype and a new set of blueprints ready to go for the wood construction stage.

Grade 7 Science

This week is all about roller coasters. Student groups will be researching, designing and constructing a working marble roller coaster as their culminating task for the Form and Functions unit. The following is a list of requirements:

  1. Total track length must be over 1.25 m
  2. Tallest support tower must be built from popsicle sticks and be over 50 cm high
  3. Must include a minimum of 3 “cool” features (loops, jumps, tunnels, funnels, etc…)
  4. Must include a catchy name and have thematic features
  5. The marble must be able to travel from start to finish 5 times in a row (consistency)
  6. Must build your roller coaster so that it can be moved from place to place around the room. It should not be secured to walls or floors.

For a complete project breakdown (including timelines), check out the outline HERE.

Thanks to everyone who has sent in large pieces of styrofoam. Building starts on Tuesday!

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What’s up this Week (January 28-February 1)

We have officially reached the halfway point of our school year – crazy how fast things are moving along! Lots of things still left to complete for term one though. This upcoming week is a four day week with a uniquely placed PD Day on Wednesday.

Please see the list up upcoming dates as some have changed due to last week’s snow days:

  • January 28 – Index Card Bridge Lab DUE (7-10 only)
  • January 29 – Bird Feeder Group Templates DUE at end of class (math)
  • January 29 – Unit Test: Form and Function (science)
  • January 30 – PD Day (no classes)
  • January 31 – Final Day for Term One Math Reassessments
  • January 31 – Grade 6 Information Night @ 7:00 pm (Cafetorium)
  • February 5 – SWYK: Two-Dimensional Measurement (math)
  • February 5 – Roller Coaster Design DUE + Building Begins (science)
  • February 7 – Teams and Clubs Yearbook Photos
  • February 8 – Bird Feeder Prototypes and Modified Templates DUE (math)
  • February 13 – Final Roller Coaster Presentations DUE (science)
  • 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)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Last Friday we launched the Bird Feeder project. Students will be researching, designing, and building working bird feeders that we will be auctioning off at the end of February. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Wild Bird Care Centre. For more details on this project, including general timelines and expectations, click HERE.

On Monday and Tuesday of the upcoming week, students groups will be finalizing their plan, constructing blueprints of all the required pieces and determining roles for each member in the group. On Thursday, we will be reviewing area formulas of basic shapes and applying this learning towards finding the area of composite shapes. This will be our final topic for the upcoming SWYK (February 5). On Friday, students will be returning to their bird feeder blueprints and will be determining the total area of wood required to construct their feeder.

Other than Thursday, there will be no paper-and-pencil practice for the students. I have posted two MathSpace tasks which I am hoping students can complete BEFORE this coming Thursday (they are all review topics from the last couple of weeks):

A third task (on finding the area of composite shapes will be posted next Friday for students to practice that skill as well in preparation for the SWYK.

Please note that this Thursday is the last day for students to write reassessments for math topics for term one. A reminder that students can only file for ONE reassessment per week.

Grade 7 Science

For 7-10, we will be completing a review on Monday (7-09 completed this last Friday) for the upcoming Unit Test. The test will be held on Tuesday, January 29. For more information on the test, please click HERE.

Then, we begin our final project in science for term one: Roller Coasters! We will begin the planning stage with 7-09 on Friday.

If anyone has large pieces of styrofoam, we would love to use them for the base of our coaster. To view the project outline, click HERE.

Attendance is Important 

Just a quick side note regarding attendance. It seems that attendance for some students is becoming rather inconsistent. I am not talking about students who miss a few days here and there because of illness but rather those that are moving into the double digit days of absenteeism.

Math moves fast and it is easy to fall behind. In science, we can not redo experiments and therefore if students accumulate too many missed assignments, I have no choice but to put an “I” (incomplete) on their report card since they haven’t actually completed the bulk of the course. We are trying our best to put as much as possible online to help keep students up to date but the learning is truly occurring in the classroom through inquiries, discussions and experiences.

A huge indicator for school (and future life) success is showing up to class. Parents, please help us help your child by getting them to bed at a decent time and making sure they get to school for class (at 8 am!). For those families who are taking vacation in the middle of the term, please make sure to follow the blog while away as to not fall behind.

Check out this article for some helpful tips. Thanks a lot for your support in this matter.

 

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Form and Function Unit Test – next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, my science students will be writing their unit test for the Form and Function unit. This test will be similar to the past ones from the ecology unit in length and format. Students are allowed to use two of their notes (if they have them) on the test: the placemat summary on forces and loads and the table listing all of the methods to strengthen and support structures.

Here is a rundown of the test and the concepts (and associated textbook pages) that students should know before writing:

TEST COMPOSITION

Part A (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • Multiple Choice (7 questions)
  • Matching (13 questions)

Part B (Communication)

  • Paragraph answers (3 questions)
  • Diagram answer (1 question)

CONCEPTS

1) Types of Structures

  • Terminology: structure, solid, framed, shell
  • Example Question: Provide an example of a solid, a frame and a shell structure.
  • Example Question: Describe two advantages of using a shell structure rather than a solid structure?
  • TEXT: Classifying Structures (Source: Nelson Perspectives 7: 10.3)

 2) Forces acting on and within Structures

  • Terminology: force, magnitude, direction, point of application, tension, compression, torsion, shear, net force/movement
  • Example Question: Direction is one component of a force. List and explain the other two ways of describing a force.
  • Example Question: Billy is on a chain link swing. He is twisting the swing back and forth. Name and describe THREE internal forces (stresses) that are acting on the swing in this scenario?
  • TEXT: Forces and Loads (Source: Nelson Perspectives 7: 10.2)
  • TEXT: External and Internal Forces (Source: Nelson Perspectives 7: 10.4)
  • WEBLINK: Forces Lab (Source: PBS.org)

3) Types of Loads

  • Terminology: load, static load, live load, dead load, dynamic load
  • Example Question: Name two examples of dead static loads, two examples of live static loads, and one example of a dynamic load present in this scenario.
  • WEBLINK: Loads Lab (Source: PBS.org)

 4) Stability, Balance and Centre of Gravity

  • Terminology: stability, balance, centre of gravity/mass
  • Example Question: Explain why you would want to keep your stance as wide as possible and try to crouch as low as possible in a tug of war.
  • Example Question: In each of the following shapes, draw an “x” to show the centre of gravity. Explain your reasoning.

 5) Methods of Strengthen and Supporting Structures

  • Terminology: beam, I-beam, corrugation, rebar, cantilever, tie, strut, gusset, arch, dome, truss
  • Example Question: How can you strengthen a beam without adding any support structures? Explain HOW your method strengthens the beam.
  • Example Question: What is the difference between a tie and a strut? In you answer, include a description of the internal forces acting within each structure.
  • TEXT: Making Structures Stronger: The Beam (Source: Nelson Perspectives 7: 11.2)
  • TEXT: Making Structures Stronger: Trusses, Arches, and Domes (Source: Nelson Perspectives 7: 11.4)
  • WEBLINK: Shapes Lab (Source: PBS.org)

In class on Friday (for 7-09) and on Monday (for 7-10), we will be completing a review game which involves questions pertaining to the above topics.

My classroom will be open Monday at lunch for anyone who requires clarification on any of the above topics.

Thanks and happy studying! You got this!

 

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