Snapshot: May 7-11, 2018

Dear Knights,

A lot of work has happened on our feature articles in English. Most students have finished publishing, and their articles will be ready for the world to see very soon. We spent lots of time in the computer lab, and students also were introduced to a website called NoRedInk, which diagnoses any grammatical troubles students may have and then gives them exercises and lessons to help fix them. It was quite popular, I’ll admit (and I was a bit surprised!). Not only did we work on writing, we also read the introduction and the first two chapters of Underground to Canada. Having done so much pre-reading helped students understand the context in which the novel is set. (Also – scandal! We haven’t yet voted on our final poem. That will happen TOMORROW! Stay tuned…)

We continued to read graphic novels in Français this week, identifying and defining unfamiliar vocabulary words and then reading aloud to practice fluency, expression, and presentation. We completed the reading of one graphic novel and submitted work, which I will return with feedback. The next graphic novel will involve similar work, but this time it will count for a mark. Lots of great reading going on!

Finally, in Mathématiques, we took an expedition to the gym to ask mathematical questions. Later that week, we returned to the gym to complete the measurements and observations needed to answer the questions asked. This week, we will work to solve them. There are a few very creative questions, and others involve the concepts we have been studying over the past month (including decimal operations and measurement of circles and shapes). We have also continued to learn about fraction addition. So far, we’ve learned about how to add fractions with the same denominators. We will then review equivalent fractions before looking at how to add ones with different denominators. Then…subtraction! Students learn about multiplication and division of fractions in Grade 8.

Have a great day! And of course, happy reading. 

M. J. Sorokowski

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