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.
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:
- Consistency (the coaster should make it from start to finish 5 consecutive times)
- Structural Integrity (there should be limited movement of the structure when the coaster passes through it)
- Presentation/Creativity (they need to show how they have captured and incorporated the theme behind their design)
- “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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