Even though this was a full, five-day week, it flew by so quickly! We recognized Orange Shirt Day this week, following an assembly with Mme Waters last week, where we learned that Every Child Counts. The entire school engaged in an interesting discussion about what we learned and why it’s important. At Ness, we’ll continue that discussion throughout the year.
Students in English (7F1/7F2) finished independently identifying the Four Ingredients of Narrative in a short story called “BABYSITTING NIGHTMARE” by Shannon Hale, from the FUNNY GIRL anthology. We will use these ingredients in our own writing very soon, so I am pleased to see how easily students were able to identify them! Strong reading leads to strong writing, and vice versa, so we have begun writing a “Slice of Life” narrative every day. In these short pieces, students write about something that happened that day or the day before. We will eventually spin one of these into a bigger piece. Writing voluminously in this manner – like how we read every day for 10 minutes in class – will strengthen students’ writing muscles. Finally, we published our Humans of Ness piece. Look for those at Student-Led Conferences in November!
In French (7F1), we studied the structure of a texte explicatif by reading one about hurricanes (les ouragans). Analysing the structure of a texte explicatif will help us later write our own. To make sure we understood the article, we used a reading strategy called Les 4 fantastiques, which involves four powerful reading strategies: Predicting, Questioning, Clarifying, and Summarizing. Next week, we will try these strategies with an article in our groups and then on our own. We are also 80% finished typing our Il faut absolument visiter… text, which will be assembled into a class book of great activities to do around the Winnipeg area. I also have been completed reading evaluations with every student to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement. Finally, we played a fun verb review game! Check out the video clip at the bottom of this post.
That brings us to Mathematics (7F2). This week, we continued our study of patterns and relations by learning how to draw the graph of a relation. At this point, we are very close to finishing this first foray into functions, but we will continue to practice our learning as we move on. That means another quiz is coming up! Details will be shared next week with students. The next topic on the menu is rational numbers: Fractions, decimals, and percentages.
M. J. Sorokowski