Tuesday, 16 October 2018

8ELA-We started a section on Fiction today with notes and a short story.  We read "Operation Survival" by Cicely Veighey; it's got a great surprise ending!  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING AND ADJECTIVES x4 DUE TOMORROW.  SPELLING TEST AND JOURNALS DUE THURSDAY.  NON-FICTION PARAGRAPH DUE THURSDAY.

8SS-We had a gallery walk for our Early Peoples project and saw the work of our classmates.  We also started our new unit on ancient Egypt.  We shared what we think we know on the topic and thought about what we wanted to know.  We also started a Date Chart (a great study strategy)!  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-No class today.

Please remember that there is no school on Friday.

Monday, 15 October 2018

8ELA-We did spelling unit #5 and more learning about adjectives.  This was followed by our Reading period (and library).  We did some sharing with our non-fiction paragraphs and students "marked" the work of a classmate.  This gave us some numerical feedback, with text, to know how to improve our work.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING AND ADJECTIVES DUE WEDNESDAY, SPELLING TEST THURSDAY, JOURNALS DUE THURSDAY, FINAL DRAFT NON-FICTION PARAGRAPH DUE THURSDAY.

8SS-We had our final work class for our Early People project--we'll be sharing them tomorrow.  HOMEWORK:  EARLY PEOPLES PROJECT DUE TOMORROW.

7SS-We had our Globe Test today then started a new unit on physical geography.  We learned the continents, oceans, major rivers, and mountain ranges.  NO HOMEWORK.

Please remember this is a short week.  There is no school on Friday as teachers will be at 
professional development activities.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

8ELA-We had our Reading period and followed this up with sharing our non-fiction paragraph rough drafts.  We're focussing on the techniques of narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository writing.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING TEST AND JOURNALS DUE TOMORROW.  NON-FICTION PARAGRAPHS (SECOND DRAFT) DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We worked on our social studies project focussing on early humans. I handed back the unit 1 tests; please get these signed and returned.  HOMEWORK:  ROUGH DRAFT SHOULD BE FINISHED TONIGHT SO THAT WE CAN WORK ON FINAL DRAFTS TOMORROW.

7SS-We finished our test outlines and had some time to quiz with partners and study our notes.  We will have another study class tomorrow.  HOMEWORK:  THE GLOBE TEST ON MONDAY.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

8ELA-We started our class with Reading then we corrected our spelling review and work on adjectives.  I introduced the non-fiction writing assignment and we had some work time.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING TEST FRIDAY, SPELLING TEST RE-WRITES TOMORROW FIRST RECESS, JOURNALS DUE FRIDAY, NON-FICTION PARAGRAPH ROUGH DRAFT DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-I introduced the Prehistory Project.  We had some work time.  HOMEWORK:  IDEAS FOR EACH BOX/STANZA FOR TOMORROW.

7SS-We started with two Weekly Updates.  We corrected Map Projections and reviewed notes on time zones.  We also started a test outline.  HOMEWORK:  THE GLOBE TEST HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MONDAY.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Sorry for the absence--our internet service has been sketchy.

8ELA-We had a brief library visit followed by Reading class.  We then started a review unit in Spelling and learned about adjectives.  We corrected 'Tell the World" from last week.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING AND ADJECTIVES (x4) DUE TOMORROW PLUS JOURNALS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY.

8SS-We had our first unit test today; it was focussing on history vocabulary and early humans.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We worked on map projections and noticing the differences between different types of maps.  HOMEWORK:  COMPARING MAP PROJECTIONS AND THE GLOBE TEST ON FRIDAY.

Friday, 28 September 2018

8ELA-We had our Reading class today and visited the library.  I collected Journals then we did our Spelling #3 test.  I collected a homework sampling then we corrected "Survival Shelters".  To end the class, we read the non-fiction article "The Mighty Mekong" by Bruce McCulloch.  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-In yesterday's class, we read about human development and societies during the paleolithic and mesolithic times.  We also watched a series of videos (available on Youtube) on the topic.  Today we worked on the related questions.  HOMEWORK:  PALEOLITHIC TIMES Q 1-6 DUE MONDAY.

7SS-We did our Latitude and Longitude quiz today.  NO HOMEWORK.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

8ELA-We had our usual Reading period and followed this with correcting unit 3 of spelling.  I collected the mood poems we've been working on and shared a line or two with the class.  They were impressed with the anonymous work of their classmates!  We read another non-fiction article today:  "Survival Shelters" by R.D. Lawrence.  8B was able to start on the questions and both classes will be working on them in tomorrow's ELA class.  HOMEWORK:  JOURNALS DUE FRIDAY.  SPELLING TEST #3 DUE FRIDAY.

8ELA-We corrected our notes on Origin Stories and started learning more about the Paleolithic times.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We corrected our latitude and longitude worksheet and had a very short practice quiz.  HOMEWORK:  LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE QUIZ FRIDAY.