Grade 7

June Updates

Math 7 week at a glance (June 18 -  June 22):

This week in Grade 7 we kicked back and watched the finished products from our shape and space unit. All students who presented their video projects showed great poise as 'experts' and should be proud of their efforts. 

Next week we wrap up with some locker clean outs, culture building, and a peek ahead to the expectations of being in the eighth grade. 

Math 7 week at a glance (June 11 -  June 15):

This week in Grade 7 we worked incredibly hard to finish our summative unit assessment for our Shape and Space unit.

Most of us became our own version of an expert by producing videos to teach others about the different outcomes we have learned. A few of us chose to design a floor plan of a house using the skills that we have picked up the last couple of weeks. 

All projects are due by Friday (today) at midnight. 

 

Math 7 week at a glance (June 4 -  June 8):

This week in Grade 7 we learned about line constructions. We watched (and followed along) to three videos demonstrating the technique for constructing: perpendicular bisectors, an angular bisection, and parallel lines. This was all in preparation for our summative unit task involving creating our own video where we take the place of the "expert" and teach others how to use these different methods. 

Next week we will spend the entire week working on our summative task, which is due June 15.

 

May Updates

Humanities : May 14-17: 

In English the class is learning how to analyze digital texts through a study of film. The class has been studying film techniques involving mis-en-scene, as well as camera lengths and angles. These analytical strategies will layer on top of the elements of story telling we've previously covered in the school year, including symbolism, imagery, and theme. This week the class is analyzing a short film that they will present to the class. 

In social, we have wrapped up our study of how the Canadian Pacific Railway helped shape Canada (if you are in the Learning Commons, take a look at the map that was constructed) and we have backtracked to take a look at the War of 1812 and the American Revolutionary War. We will be focusing on how both of these conflicts impacted Canada as we know it. 

Humanities 7: April 23-27:

This week the class will be wrapping up their research on the Canadian Pacific Railway and documenting its impact on the formation of Canada. This work consists of a researh writing component, as well as a presentation of their work. This assignment will be assessed in both English and social studies. 

Math 7 week at a glance (April 16 -  April19):

This week in Grade 7 we continued our goal of complimenting the work going on in Science and Humanitites around the CPR railroad. We shifted our focus away from methods of central tendency (Mean, Median, and Mode) and moved toward discussions and experiments involving circle graphs. 

Next week we will continue our focus on circle graphs, with the goal of eventually building our own to reflect some of the statistical knowledge that we have picked up from our dive into the railroad. 

Those students that will be away from dryland sailors are expected to be caught up until the "Probability" section of their note package. 

 

Math 7 week at a glance (March 26 - March 29):

This week in Grade 7 we completed a workshop using our new statistics skills and vocabulary. We solved questions involving the measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode) and spent Thursday morning discussing the effects of outliers on our data. This is in preparation for our big cross curricular project that is to begin after the break. 

Thank you to all the parents that came to meet on Tuesday night. Students are encouraged to log onto the Prodigy math game website in order to keep up with their statistics knowledge over the break. Happy Easter everyone.

Grade 7 Humanities: March 12-16:

In English, we have wrapped up our study of ballads through creating a ballad based on a Disney movie and analyzing a ballad of the students' choosing. We have moved on to writing sonnets, paying close attention to formatting of their poems. In social, we are looking at Louis Riel's involvement in the rebellions in Red River and Batoche. We will be evaluating the contributions of the Canadians and the Metis in what happened during these rebellions. There will be a writing assignment at the end of the week where students will have to create an argumentative piece of writing that supports their opinion of the events of Red River. 

Math 7 week at a glance (March 4 - March 9):

This week in Grade 7 we discussed our quiz that we wrote last week, moved onto our final two outcomes for algebra unit, and discussed individual preferences around our final unit assessment. We continue to use the M.A.T.H. workshop model in order to give us different perspectives on the curriculum objective we are facing. The class performed very well on their quiz and, although it is a small sample size, it does appear that the workshop model is giving us the time and perspective that is helpful when tackling difficult new concepts. 

Next week we will finish up our last workshop and plan ahead for our end of unit assessment. Students are encouraged to keep up with their online prodigy math game as a way of reviewing both what we are doing in class and practicing our more basic knowledge from past units. 

February Updates

Math 7 week at a glance (February 28 - March 3):

This week in Grade 7 we wrote a quiz to check in on our linear relations progress. 

We continue to use the M.A.T.H. workshop model in order to give us different perspectives on the curriculum objective we are facing. The Grade 7's and 8's are locked in a friendly competition for number of Prodigy questions answered online. As of Friday morning the Grade 7's trailed by around 300 questions. Be sure to log on when you get the chance and put your math skills to the test!

Math 7 week at a glance (February 12-16):

This week in Grade 7 we discussed the difference between an expression and an equation. We also used the substitution skill in order to solve/simplify different expressions. We completed our latest M.A.T.H. workshop with these skills as our focus. 

We continue to use Prodigy math game as a way to review and engage with material. 100% of our class completed their online assignment this week, so great job Grade 7! Remember to log on over the break and compete assignment #3! The assignment will be 15 questions in length.

Math 7 week at a glance (February 5-10):

This week in Grade 7 we learned about balancing algebraic equations using our opposite operation skill. We began our latest M.A.T.H. workshop with this skill as our focus. 

We have also been using an online Math game called "Prodigy". It's easy to search up and is a game that focuses on improving the students core math skills. It can be played at home or at school and has been worked into our workshop rotation. Ask your son/daughter to show you their wizard!

January Updates

Humanities January 29-February 2:

This week we are starting to look at the reasons for Confederation. We are looking at the various needs of the seperate groups in British North America and the needs of each province prior to joining Confederation. 

In English, we have started poetry through a study of the ballad. We are looking at Alfred Noyes' poem "The Highwayman" as an example of a ballad and an introduction to figurative language. This work will lead into the students drafting their own ballads at the beginning of next week. 

Math 7 week at a glance (January 22-25):

This week in Grade 7 we continued to experiment with our MATH workshop format. Mr. C collected a lot of feedback from the class and made some small changes to the format itself. 

Within the format we are examining linear expressions, equations, and their relationship to a table of values. This is the foundation of our patterns unit involving algebra and we look forward to continue using the workshop formual to give us different perspoectives on the math in our classroom.  Any review at home with the materials we have used in class (texbook or online based) is encoruaged.

Math 7 week at a glance (January 8-12):

This week in Grade 7 we experimented with a M.A.T.H. workshop structure and worked hard to review for our unit test. We wrote our test on Friday and will begin our Patterns on Monday. 

M.A.T.H. workshop is an idea that we will be using a little more going forward. You can read about it on a blog here: http://thecoreinspiration.com/2017/01/differentiate-math-instruction-with-m-a-t-h-workshop.html  

Humanities January 8-12

In English, the class has been tasked with designing a new emoji for their devices. They will have to design, persuade others, and present their concept to the class. This will have them writing persuasive paragraphs, designing images, and drafting a presentation that details all of this. In social, we are examining the impact and fallout of several battles that lead to the formation of Canada. These include The Seven Years War and the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and the treaties that came about as a result of these conflicts. 

December Updates

Math 7 week at a glance (December 18 - Dec 22):

This week in Grade 7 we our class time reviewing for our quiz as well as creating a study sheet that we would be using for our quiz. During their time off for Christmas students are encouraged to spend a little time with their Math when it makes sense. Perhaps on long drives out to the ski hill practicing basic facts, or around a warm fire with a website such as Khan Academy. 

After the break we will spend a week or so reveiwing our Number Sense unit and get ourselves ready to write our unit test. 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Math 8 week at a glance (December 18 - Dec 22):

Please find this week's installment under the Grade 8 class tab. 

 

Math 7 week at a glance (December 11 - Dec 15):

This week in Grade 7 we spent more time adding and subtracting integers. We also began our final outcome of our unit:ordering. We did individual review, small group work, and Kahoot quizzes. All students should have page 320 completed as well as some of the questions (every student is slightly different) on page 334.

Next week we lose some of our time to Caroling in the morning, but we will review our fractions, integers, and ordering concepts with the time we have in preparation for our quiz on Wednesday.  

Math 8 week at a glance (December 11 - Dec 15):

Please find this week's installment under the Grade 8 class tab. 

 

Math 7 week at a glance (December 4 - Dec 7):

This week in Grade 7 we spent time adding and subtracting integers. We used white boards, algebra tiles, number lines, and regular paper and pencil method in order to calculate basic adding and subtracting questons. Towards the end of the week we broke off into small levelled groups in order for some of us to challenge ourselves and some of us receive some more time one on one with Miss Mackenzie and Mr. C.

All students should be looking ahead to page 320 at this point and try some of the Integer practice questions listed in their note package. 

Math 8 week at a glance (December 4 - Dec 7):

This week in Grade 8 we worked hard on solving the various scenarios presented in our cumulative unit project. Students have perservered this week through independent work time, research, and (some) healthy stress. 

Heading into next week the majority of us have completed the Math portion of the assignment (or are on the verge of doing so) and are turning our attention towards creating a presentation for our evidence. These projects will be presented during the last week of classes. Students will have the option to either write an essay or present in front of the class.

 

 

November Updates

This week in humanites: December 4-December 7:

In English, we are looking at the structure of short stories, focusing on plot structure and what elements need to be present in a short story. We are studying "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury and "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, looking for structure and conflict. In social, we are starting to look at the conflict between the English and the French that occured when Europeans settled in what was to become Canada. We will be taking a look at The Great Deportation, when the Acadian people were removed from eastern Canada by the British. 

Math 7 week at a glance (November 27 - Dec 1):

This week in Grade 7 we handed in our fractions assignment and began looking at adding and subtracting integers. Mr. C is still missing 8 fraction assignments. Those students need to get their assignment handed in ASAP please. 

Those of us that like to look ahead, ror have made it our goal, would check in on page 320 and try some of the Integer practice questions located there. 

Math 8 week at a glance (November 27 - Dec 1):

This week in Grade 8 we completed our short quiz on multiplying/dividing fractions and integers. We also recevied our cumulative unit project. Students are taking on the role of detectives and are attempting to prevent "the destruction of the world". 

These projects will be presented on December 20th and 21st. Studetns will have the option to write an essay or present in front of the class.

Math 7 week at a glance (November 20 - 24):

This week in Grade 7 we worked hard at our individual practice questions when adding and subtracting fractions. All students should have their assigned questions on pages 214 and 220 completed. They are encouraged to pick a few from the remaining list to try over the weekend. 

Next week we will begin our work on our Fractions assignment as well as look ahead to Integers. 

Math 8 week at a glance (November 20 - 24):

This week in Grade 8 we worked hard at our individual practice questions when multiplying and dividing fractions. All students should have their assigned questions on pages 202 and 208 completed. Monday's homework check is for 8 questions, chosen by the students from the list in their note package, at the level they feel they are at. 

Next week we will discuss Integers as well as complete a short quiz on Thursday.

Humanities November 20-24

This week in English will see us wrapping up our first essay. The class has been writing in small chunks, one paragraph at a time. We will be stitching these together, editing for clarity, content, and correctness. When we finish our essay writing, we will be moving on to short stories at the end of the week. 

In social studies, we will be wrapping up our study of the fur trade with a unit test on Thursday, November 23. This will cover the five phases of the fur trade and have the students respond to what impact the fur trade has had on the formation of Canada. 

Humanities November 13-17

This week in English we are continuing our contruction of first essay. We have been writing slowly, one paragraph at a time, to ensure that we don't miss any steps. This will wrap up next week. In social studies, we are looking at the impact of the fur trade on the formation of Canada. This will be wrapped up this week and we will move on to the major conflicts that took place prior to confederation and their impacts on what we now know as Canada. 

 

Math 7 week at a glance (November 6 - 10):

This week in Grade 7 we homework checked our Conversion (outcome 4) questions from before band camp, opened a "trade market" using coloured shapes as currency, and reflected on our Characteristics of a Responsible Learner. Look out for the Responsible Learner document in the upcoming report cards. 

Next week we will begin our work on outcome 5: Fractions. We will also be doing a series of activities and discussions around Alberta Education's Anti-Bullying week and World Kindess day. 

 

Math 8 week at a glance (November 6 - 10):

This week in Grade 8 we handed in our Ratio and Rate assignment from before band camp and participated in a small group project about ratios. Each group was asked to construct a scene or situation using shapes and colours. They were then asked to provide evidence of the two and three term ratios that exist within these scenes. Come check out our class wall or see below for more! Can you find a two or three term ratio? 

Next week we will begin our work on outcome 6: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions. We will also be doing a series of activities and discussions around Alberta Education's Anti-Bullying week and World Kindess day. 

Super Mario World                                          Pacman                                                        A fast food picnic

"Whoville"                                                        An iconic scene in Titanic

October Updates

Math 7 week at a glance (October 23 - 27):

This week in Math 7 we discussed expectations of ourselves as students as well as completed our chunked Math assignment. Our new class goals involve organization, punctuality, and attentive listening. We were up and down with it this week, but are making the effort to get better every day. Several students completed their chunked percent assignment (one that is broken up into one question at a time, versus altogether), but many of us have not. Those who are not finished should hand in Monday morning. 

Next week we will move on to outcome 4, Conversions. All students received their first two assignments back today with their comments on them. Check in with them to see how they did and please continue reviewing at home when possible. Have a great weekend.

Math 8 week at a glance (October 23 - 27):

This week in Math 8 we analyzed different types of rates, completed our notes and examples section in our note package, and answered practice questions. All students should have completed practice work on page 60 and many have moved on to their chunked Ratio & Rate assignment. 

Next week we will finish our assignment and conclude our thoughts on Ratios and Rates. All students received their first few assignments back this week with their comments on them. Check in with them to see how they did and please continue reviewing at home when possible. Have a great weekend.

 

Previous October Updates

Math 7 week at a glance (October 2 - 5):

This week in Math 7 we spent the bulk of our time reviewing our decimal practice homework and completing an in class assignment that was due at the end of class Thursday. As of Thursday at 5:00pm Mr. C has 9 and two halves out of 18 possible assignments. 

Next week we will be moving on to our third outcome: Percents. Please continue reviewing class concepts at home and encouraging our kids to practice these new concepts regularly. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Math 8 week at a glance (October 2 - 5):

This week in Math 8 we spent the bulk of our time with our "create a question" assignment. The assignment was due at the end of class on Thursday and as of Thursday at 5:00pm Mr. C has 15 out of 17 possible assignments. 

Next week we will be reviewing our September goals, setting October goals, and moving on to our fourth outcome: Ratio and Rate. Please continue reviewing class concepts at home and encouraging our kids to practice these new concepts regularly. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Math 7 week at a glance (October 10 - 13):

This week in Math 7 we dove into our third outcome of our Number Sense unit: Percent. Most of our class time was focused on answering whole class practice questions and developing strategies with how to convert decimals and fractions into percent (ask your student to try it with you!) 

All students should have the Percent portion of their note package completed (ie. blanks filled in and examples completed) and prepared to begin practice questions next week.   Please continue reviewing at home when possible and encouraging our kids to practice these new concepts regularly. Have a great weekend.

 

Math 8 week at a glance (October 10 - 13):

This week in Math 8 we dove into our fourth outcome of our Number Sense unit: Ratio and Rate. Most of our class time was focused on answering whole class practice questions, creating ratios that fit our class and school, and we even went on a 'ratio walk' Friday morning.  

Next week we will ensure that our notes are completed (ie. blanks filled in and examples present) and begin some individual practice questions. Please continue reviewing at home when possible and encouraging our kids to practice these new concepts regularly. Have a great weekend.

 

Math 7 week at a glance (October 16 - 20):

We spent most of our week in Math 7 working in small groups and solving percent based questions. We reviewed and reminded ourselves about the strategies we have for calculating percents, as well as for finding the part of a total when given a percentage. All students should have the practice questions from page 130 completed for Monday (questions listed at end of outcome 3: percent in note package). 

Next week we will receive a percent assignment that will be completed and handed in for grading. Please continue reviewing at home when possible and encouraging our kids to practice these new concepts regularly. Have a great weekend.

Math 8 week at a glance (October 16 - 20):

This week in Math 8 we analyzed different types of ratios, completed our notes and examples section in our note package, and answered practice questions. We concluded the week with a discussion of rate. 

Next week we will focus on rate, complete the section of rate in our notes, as well as a set of practice questions. We are building up to an assignment on ratio and rate. Please continue reviewing at home when possible and encouraging our kids to practice these new concepts regularly. Have a great weekend.