Snapshot: September 25-29, 2017

Dear Knights,

There was an incredible show of spirit from you on Friday, during our annual Terry Fox walk and run fundraiser. You showed all of our new students (and staff!) what it means to be a Knight. It was also a beautiful day to raise money for a great cause. Thank you for your support!

This week, in English, students in 7F1 and 7F2 began studying mentor texts from Humans of New York (HONY). We will be writing narratives about ourselves in the style of HONY in order to move closer to our goal of writing our own longer narratives, both personal and fictional. We also watched the short film “The Swing of Change” and discussed how a magic trumpet literally changed a barber’s tune. Next week, I will be introducing Speechtastic: our public-speaking activity. More details soon!

Public speaking in French is well underway, and group A in French with 7F1 presented their CFOO speeches. Group B presents next Thursday, October 5. (Click here for the documents.)   Students are reminded that there are two components to CFOO; a written copy of their prepared speech should be handed once the student has finished his or her presentation. We also finished sharing our informational texts about ourselves and will soon be introducing our next writing project – another informational text – about local landmarks and activities.

Finally, in mathematics with 7F2, we learned about divisibility rules. Over the next week, we will play some review games to prepare for a quiz, which will take place Friday, October 6. Students will receive more information about this quiz on Monday. We will also be moving on to our next operation in mental math: multiplication. We will review subtraction again later this year when we introduce decimal numbers and fractions into our daily mental math routine.

Happy reading!

M. Sorokowski

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Snapshot: September 18-22, 2017

IMG_2429.JPGDear Knights,

Thank you for another great week! Although we have only been back to school for two weeks, it feels as though we have already spent so much time together; I am thankful to have known so many of you last year in Grade 6, which has allowed us to already accomplish many academic goals.

Students in 7F1 and 7F2 have published their first pieces of writing in English Language Arts! To ease into our study of narrative, we studied examples of six-word memoirs. We then wrote lists of events, ideas, objects, feelings, people, and so on that are important to us. Freewriting about the top two or three led to students synthesizing their ideas into six, powerful words. Our memoirs are on display in the classroom. Knights, I am impressed by the quality of your writing and the insights you have chosen to share with the reader.

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I also began meeting with every reader in English during our daily reading time. Each reader and I will set a reading goal for the first term. For some, the goal is to simply finish a book – for others, to read books with more complex structures. Because these are individual goals, every student will work on reading in a personally meaningful way.

I also read MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown to 7F2; many students had read this book last year in Grade 6 (we shared lots of books among the team) but that didn’t stop the laughs and the enjoyment. Reading isn’t just for learning – reading is also a ton of fun. 

French with 7F1 put the publishing machines back into motion, as students completed their informational texts about themselves, which will be on display in our classroom. We also reviewed some verbs and read a chapter together from LE PETIT NICOLAS, a classic French story we will read throughout the year. Also, we began preparations for CFOO – le Club Fabuleux des Orateurs et Oratrices! The first presentation – Group A – takes place Tuesday. Click here to see the documents, including the schedule. I look forward to the speeches.

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In Mathematics with 7F2, we learned how to communicate our reasoning clearly through writing. We solved a few problems in our groups before trying one on our own. We also finished reviewing vocabulary and will continue to play a few review games to reinforce these important words as we begin our first unit: Divisibility rules!

Happy reading!

M. Sorokowski

Scholastic Book Orders

That’s right! Scholastic Book Orders are back! Students in 7F1 and 7F2 took home a reading club book order form today. Through their reading clubs, Scholastic offers many books at very low prices compared the bookstore, and purchases you make add books to our classroom library. Everyone wins! I will send these flyers home monthly, and, of course, there is no obligation.

Here are some recommendations from the September reading club flyer:

  • RESTART by Gordon Korman
  • I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
  • REFUGEE by Alan Gatz
  • BRAVE by Svetlana Chmakova
  • HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • DIARY OF A WIMPY KID #12: THE GETAWAY by Jeff Kinney
  • FATTY LEGGS by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margret Pokiak-Fenton
  • SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Should you choose to purchase something, send a cheque payable to Scholastic Canada or pay online using Parent Pay. Simply fill in the form with the following details:

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Happy reading!

Snapshot: September 11-15, 2017

Dear Knights,

Welcome to Salle 207’s blog, which I will update every week with a narrative of our week’s accomplishments. I had an enjoyable week getting to know 7F1 and 7F2. As a reminder, I am the homeroom teacher for 7F1 and also teach them English and French; to 7F2, I teach English and Math. The week was over in a blink of an eye – we are truly back-to-school!

First, I must extend thanks to everyone for returning school forms so quickly! We can now ensure the information we have on file is current, for your child’s safety. Thank you also for returning my parent/guardian confirmation form; I’ll be able to reach you easily now. Many families also joined Remind for short text-message reminders. If you haven’t joined, here’s how: 7F1 Families7F2 Families.

 

In English, we spent many classes working on setting up our reading and writing workshop for the year. One task involved organizing our composition notebooks, and we learned the importance of daily reading for 20 minutes. I also talked about many new books to the classroom library. Both classes generated excellent lists of where and how 20 minutes of reading can be accomplished every single day. We also had our first Film Friday! Every two weeks, we will watch and discuss a short film. This week’s film was “I Forgot My Phone.” Students studied the filmmaker’s comment on the contemporary obsession with cellphones. Finally, some students admitted they really didn’t like reading; I admire their honesty! As their teacher, I hope that I will succeed in helping them find a book that gives them a taste of the magic of literature.

In French with 7F1, we dove right into reading and writing informational texts. Students began by choosing three symbols that represent them, which we are now developing into a longer text. We’ll have these on display in our classroom once they are published. We also read about school in France and South Africa, two texts that will help us with our first major writing project of the year (coming soon!).

In Mathematics with 7F2, we learned the daily mental math routine. When students enter, a question is on the board for them to solve in their heads. We then share strategies. Every Friday (or Thursday of short weeks), we reflect on which strategies we prefer. We also solved a really complicated algebra problem, explored symmetry in geometry, and showed how flexible we can be with operations and Four 4s. Now, we have moved on to reviewing some basic vocabulary. I reminded students that knowing the “language” of mathematics is just as important as being able to do it. Homework Alert! Some students need to finish their “Les 30 mots clés” task, which they had two classes to complete, for Monday.

Although these posts won’t necessarily always be this long, I am hopeful that these snapshots help bridge the link between home and school and that you find them informative and, sometimes, entertaining! As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

Happy reading!

M. Sorokowski

 

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