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!

 

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)

Academics

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.

Thanks!

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)

Academics

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:

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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

Academics

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

Forces

Loads

 

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

Academics

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:

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