My apologies for not publishing a learning snapshot last week. Here’s a summary of our last two weeks.
We have begun a new unit on equations in Mathématiques with 7F2. We began by learning how to represent an equation using math manipulative materials. Using concrete materials helps students see what happens when we isolate x on one size of an equation, for example. Once we have mastered that, we move on to drawing images and using symbols (i.e. numbers) – but building the conceptual understanding needs to come first.
We have also been finishing the collection of evidence for the Grade 7 Provincial Assessment of Key Competencies in Mathematics. Results will be shared in the Term 2 report card. Of course, finishing the provincial assessment does not mean that we never review those competencies again. If students are approaching or not-yet-meeting mid-Grade 7 standards, they will continue to receive extra help.
NEW! All Grade 7 Math students are invited to the extra help sessions scheduled on Wednesdays from 12:10-12:45 in Room 207, with M. Sorokowski and Mme Chagnon. Students can work on assignments or get help with specific concepts.
In other news, we’ve accomplished a fair bit in English (7F1 & 7F2). Students chose to publish either their enumerative or sequential paragraphs on the iPad and will present their published work on Tuesday, February 19. Students also finished their compare/contrast paragraphs and began to study the cause-and-effect structure. In a week or so, we will begin writing our final non-fiction feature article, which will incorporate each of the skills we have been practicing during this unit.
We also saw the return of What’s Going on in this Picture and our short film studies. We watched “The Invention of Love,” which you can see below. Both activities work on inferring, communicating, and critical thinking skills.
Invention of Love (2010) – Animated Short Film from Mot & Co on Vimeo.
Finally, in Français with 7F1, we began to learn about le passé composé and l’imparfait, the most commonly used past-tense verb forms. We saw once again that verbs follow patterns, and finding these patterns is the best way to remember them…as opposed to cramming them into your memory!
We also completed the Les prisonniers du zoo novel study. Over the next week, we will complete a few other activities to go along with this group, including a critical thinking exercise to do with animal testing and whether it is ethical. We will also return to look at the narrative structure of Les prisonniers du zoo, as our next writing task involves creating a well structured short story. Students also each chose a novel out of our French classroom library and have been reading it during reading time. As I always say, you can’t get better at reading in French unless you read more in French!
Have a great weekend – check out Festival du Voyageur perhaps? – and happy reading!
M. J. Sorokowski