Happy Easter and WUTW (April 23-26)

Happy Easter everyone! Hoping you were able to get out and enjoy the amazing weather Sunday and Monday. We have another four-day school week coming up along with some important dates and events:

  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 26: SWYK: Dilatations on the Coordinate Grid (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 8: Catholic Education Week Open House (4:30-6:30)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)
  • May 14: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

This week will be our final week of Geometry for the year. We will be continuing to discuss similar shapes and scale factors but this time will be using the coordinate grid to perform and describe dilatations. TUesday to Thursday will be spent practicing various enlargements and reductions of shapes based on specific scale factors a from a centre of dilatation either on the shape, on the origin, or from another point on the grid. On Friday, students will be writing a short (one page, two question) assessment to prove that they have mastered the concept.

Here are some online resources that students could check out at home in preparation:

Grade 7 Science

On Tuesday, we will be discussing the final topic in our Pure Substances and Mixtures unit: methods of separating solutions. The test for the second half of the unit will not be until May 3 but we will be taking some time on Wednesday to review the concepts. I will also be writing a blog post which outlines the test topics and some review material that can be used. Then starting on Friday (Monday for 7-10), students will be complete the CSI project – more info to come!

Also, students were made aware last week that they may be missing certain assignment. I will be discussing these missing tasks with the student first and will be giving an opportunity for some of the assignments to be completed over the next week. I would much rather students actually have to complete the assignments/lab as opposed to just accepting a “zero” for the missed work. I will be notifying parents of the missed assignments at some point this week.

Cool Opportunity = Paris Exchange 2020

Would you like your 13-18 year old son or daughter to travel the world and be immersed in the French language and culture?  Would you also like for them to do this affordably? If so, the Holy Trinity C.H.S. – Lycée Sainte Croix de Neuilly (Paris) EXCHANGE TRIP may be the trip of a lifetime!  Pending approval of the OCSB, selected students will be invited to participate in a cultural and educational exchange with the Lycée Sainte Croix de Neuilly, Paris, France.  This exchange will be open to students in all levels of French who will be in Grades 8-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. Holy Trinity families participating in the exchange program will host a French student in February 2020 and, in return, Trinity students will live with their French exchange partners in the month of March/April 2020. During the exchange, students will attend a variety of activities organized by the schools as well as the individual families. Please see Madame Pivato in Room 304 for more information.

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What’s up this Week (April 15-19)

In the past week or so we have had a student walkout, two feeder school visits, a snow day, play and band performances, an invention convention, sport tournaments and I was away for two days. To say we fell out of routine a little is an understatement!

Here is a list of upcoming due dates and events:

  • April 15: Escher Art DUE (math)
  • April 17: Rate of Dissolving Lab DUE (science)
  • April 17: SWYK: Congruence and Similarity (math)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 24: Filtering Mixtures Lab DUE (science)
  • April 26: SWYK: Dilatations on the Coordinate Grid (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Last week, we reviewed some concepts from grade 6 including congruence and transformations. Students created tiling patterns (tessellations) in the form of artwork. This “Escher Art” is due on Monday (for students looking for the tutorials from class, they can find them HERE). This coming week, we will be starting to discuss similar shapes and will relate this concept to past number sense topics of percent and proportions. There will be a short assessment on Wednesday, which will involve both congruent and similarity.

Students looking for some additional support on these topics can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science

We have been studying solubility and factors affecting the rate of dissolving. Student lab groups designed their own experiments to test the impact of one independent variable on the rate of dissolving. Variables include: temperature, amount of solute, amount of solvnet, concentration of solvent, size of solute (sugar cube), stirring speed and container size. On Tuesday, we will be using analysing our results and the lab report will be due on Wednesday. Also, next week, we will be discussing methods to separate mechanical mixtures (include sorting, floating/settling, sifting, filtering, and magnetism).

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What’s up this Week (April 1-5)

April is coming up – we made it to warmer weather (and I think as long as I don’t look outside this weekend I’ll be okay). Here is a rundown of the upcoming events and due dates for the next few weeks:

  • April 3: Rock Candy Reflection DUE (science)
  • April 8: Census at School Project DUE (math)
  • April 15: Escher Art DUE (math)
  • April 16: Rate of Dissolving Lab DUE (science)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 23: Filtering Mixtures Lab DUE (science)
  • April 26: SWYK: Similarity and Dilatations (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are shifting gears a bit this week as we move into data management. This week, students will be complete a project which involves sorting and organizing raw data taken from the Census at Schools survey. Students will be choosing a question to explore, collecting and organizing the school data, comparing the school data to Canadian data (through tables and graphs) and finally analysing the data for trends. Each day, we will be working on another part of the project with Friday being a final work day to finish it up. The project itself will be due on Monday, April 8 but I am certain that the majority of students will finish by the end of class on Friday.

A workspace has been created to help students with this project. It includes helpful videos, resources such as data tables and links to Canadian data, as well as a template for the project itself. Students can access this information through their workspace. Parents wanting to check it out can view the workspace HERE.

Finally, students are encouraged to review their online assessment tracker and identify areas from the previous Number Sense topics which they should be improving at home. Once they feel as though they have a solid understanding of the topic (through completing online practice using the links on the blog or mathspace and/or attending extra help sessions at school), they are to fill out a re-assessment request form. All reassessment are written on Wednesday, at the beginning of lunch, in room N205.

Parents should be expecting to see their child’s assessment duotang sometime next week as I will be handing back all of the term 2 assessments up to this point. These are valuable tools for students who would like to identify what topics they might need to work on at home or at lunchtime help sessions.

Grade 7 Science

Since students completed their test on the first half of the unit last week, we are moving on the second half: Solutions, rate of dissolving and separating mixtures. This week, we will be discussing several new terms; terms which students need to know well as we proceed through the content. They include: solute, solvent, solution, unsaturated, saturated, supersaturated, dilute, concentrated, soluble, insoluble, solubility and concentration. Students are highly encouraged to read through the text links (below) and/or watch some of the resources in order to familiarize themselves with the content.

On Tuesday, we will be making Rock Candy as we explore supersaturated solutions. ON Wednesday, we will explore the difference between solubility and concentration as well as solubility curves through an online exploration.

I will be handing back several labs and other assessments this week so parents should expect to see the assessment duotang at home in the later part of the week. Many students have NOT handed in assignments, even after several reminders. I will be touching base with these students and they will have to complete alternative assignments in order to obtain the credit.

For school-wide news, please check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE. Have a great week!

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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