Snapshot: April 30-May 4, 2018

Dear Knights,

We are almost to the end of our English poetry competition! The semi-finals have arrived. Which poem will make it through to the end? 7F1 has voted on their favourites, and 7F2 will do so early next week. In addition to poetry, we have continued our learning about slavery to prepare for our novel study of Underground to Canada. We completed an image analysis by examining a picture and writing what we saw and what inference we could make from it, and we also began a reading about the slave trade and the origins of slavery in America. Later this week, we will begin reading the novel. Finally, we moved closer to publishing our feature articles. Expect to see those published copies very soon!

In Français with 7F1, we began reading a series of graphic novels in groups to work on reading comprehension strategies and fluent oral reading. We have also looked at our last text form of the year: persuasive texts. Students will write short persuasive texts about subjects important to them. We began by reading a complex persuasive text to learn about the general structure, which we’ve been practicing already throughout the year during oral discussions.

Finally, in Mathématiques with 7F2, we continued to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimal numbers. It was a good review to see how the standard algorithm works for each operation. Students should continue to practice these regularly to maintain their proficiency. We also worked in estimation, so students can estimate what the answer should be before calculating it. This way, they know if they made an error. We applied what we knew about decimal multiplication to calculate percentages, including taxes, tips, and sales. Finally, we began to look at addition and subtraction of fractions with our super awesome guest Mme Page, who comes to co-teach our math class on occasion.

I hope you enjoy the weather today. Happy reading (on the deck)!

M. J. Sorokowski

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