Snapshot: April 16-27, 2018

Dear Knights,

Excitement is in the air as Spring (finally) approaches!

We’ve tackled a lot of poetry in English with 7F1 and 7F2. We finished all eight rounds of poetry competition and have begun the semi-finals. During voting today, some students mentioned they weren’t at all surprised the more “popular” poems were winning, so I shared the vote count, which, in all cases, were extremely close. Some students even wrote on their ballots: “This isn’t my favourite one, but I know it will win.” It made for a great teachable moment about the power of a vote! Check out the leaders:

If voting on poetry wasn’t enough, students also wrote, revised, and published their own poems this week! The process began with submitting two poems for feedback, where students received tips on how to increase figurative language, symbolism, or creative vocabulary. Using this feedback, students published their poem and chose colours, images, or symbols to best represent. Check the Instagram feedback next week for the final products.

I was sick and had to be away for a few days these past two weeks, which has resulted in a bit of a pause with our feature articles. Students will get those back next week with content- and structure-related feedback, and we will move toward revision, editing, and publishing.

Finally, we began our Underground to Canada novel study by “discussing” slavery in a silent conversation on big paper to see what we already know about the topic.

In Français with 7F1, students presented the French stories they wrote to accompany photos taken by students in tech class. We also continued our study of imparfait, another past tense used in French. Our verb study has directly impacted our ability to write accurate stories – it’s great to see these concepts applied in context! For instance, groups wrote an ending to a story we read together today and many used both passé composé and imparfait. Bravo!

Last but not least, Mathématiques with 7F2: we completed our study of measurement and began to learn about operations with decimals. With some decimal calculations, we can use calculators, but we need to also know how to do the work by hand when calculating with smaller numbers. We learn and practice the standard algorithm, which is what most family members would have learned at school. Please ask your child to demonstrate a few addition, subtraction, and multiplication questions and help if needed. Division is next! In addition (no pun intended) to decimal operations, we also learned how to read and interpret circular diagrams, which helped with a school-wide Grade 7 activity this afternoon!

I apologize for the delay in publishing last week’s learning snapshot. I hope these posts continue to be helpful and keep you informed about what’s going on in Room 207!

Happy reading!
M. J. Sorokowski

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