Snapshot: The Recent Weeks

Dear Knights,

It’s been quite some time since the last learning snapshot, and for that I apologize. Looking back, we have accomplished quite a bit during these past few weeks. We are finishing the 2017/2018 school year strong! 

To begin with, we finished reading Underground to Canada in English with 7F1 & 7F2. Students created a “one pager” to demonstrate their understanding of the novel. They had to choose quotes, words, and symbols or images that fit with the themes of the book. They also had to write a critical response to the text. These are now on display in our classroom. Bravo!

We also launched NOTEWORTHY, our anthology of feature texts. Requests have already come in from various teachers around the building for a copy to add to their classroom libraries. We will also put copies in the Ness Library and in the foyer. Feedback has been very positive, with Mr. McKeil, one of our division’s curriculum coordinators, said he was impressed with students’ tackling of sensitive subject matter and the great hooks. A copy will be available on this blog shortly.

In Français with 7F1, students completed their graphic novel study and identified story elements. We also watched two versions of La guerre des tuques and compared them. Believe it or not, we also tackled a final writing project for the year. Students studied and then wrote their own texte d’opinion to convince their classmates of their point of view. They will present them toward the end of the year. Finally, we were treated to our final CFOO presentations – many students chose to be a chef once more. Lots of great treats!

Last, in Mathématiques with 7F2, we continued our study of fractions. We learned how to add and subtract fractions, including how to do so with mixed numbers. Students also were given the challenge to convert their answers into decimal numbers in order to demonstrate their understanding of the many connections found in our number system. We also completed a learning expedition to Safeway in order to plan our year-end party. Students, in teams, were responsible for finding and calculating prices (decimal operations). We then decided how much money every student will need to bring in order to have our dream party. (The answer ended up being $4 after much debate!) In addition to all our calculations, we also worked on the coordinate plane. In Grade 6, students worked exclusively in the first quadrant, and this year they worked in all four. They drew images and then created their own drawings to practice coordinates. This study will take us to the end of the year, and we will also continue to complete some final mental math evaluations, using the strategies we have practiced throughout the year.

Don’t forget: Lots of photos of our goings-on on Instagram

Have a great weekend!

M. J. Sorokowski

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