Friday, 30 September 2016

Yay!  Friday!

8ELA-We did our Unit 3 Spelling Test and Unit 2 (Nouns) Skills Tests followed by Reading Class.  I did conferences during Reading.  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-We read about the Mesolithic and Neolithic times and copied down 6 related questions.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-Many student were missing today for the Science Club field trip.  I announced the test and gave a period for studying.  We will have another study class next wee before the test on Tuesday.  HOMEWORK:  TEST OCTOBER 4 ON LATITUDE/LONGITUDE AND TIME ZONES.  I ALSO COLLECTED TRAVEL ITINERARIES.

Please remember to bring in your canned stew/chili-beans for next week's food drive.  
Share your bounty!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Another Beautiful Fall Day

8M ELA-We're ahead a class or two from 8B so we used our one period today to study for Spelling and Skills tests tomorrow.  We could have used this period to prep for our Reading Conference tomorrow or work another subject.  This was a general work class.  HOMEWORK:  STUDY FOR SPELLING TEST TOMORROW, SKILLS TEST TOMORROW.  PREP FOR READING CONFERENCE TOMORROW.  NO JOURNALS.

8B ELA-We corrected this week's Spelling and Skills lessons.  We then read the non-fiction article "Survival Shelters" by R. D. Lawrence then worked on questions.  HOMEWORK:  STUDY FOR SPELLING TEST TOMORROW, SKILLS TEST TOMORROW.  PREP FOR READING CONFERENCE TOMORROW.  NO JOURNALS. SURVIVAL SHELTERS Q 1-5.

8SS-We corrected questions 1-6 on Paleolithic Times.  Question 7 is a real thinking question:  How is it that if we all share the same ancestors (way, way, back in time), how is it we are all so different around the world?  We'll discuss this one next class.  NO HOMEWORK.

Food Drive--Please bring in your canned stew or chili.  Beans are also good.  The October Newsletter actually lists dry pasta; please know that that item is for November.  
We are looking for the canned items for October.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Fun Wednesday

8ELA-We had Reading Class today and 8M corrected Spelling and Skills, while 8B will do their corrections tomorrow.  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-We did a quick oral review of our reading on Paleolithic Times from yesterday then we copied questions from the board and had work time.  HOMEWORK:  PALEOLITHIC TIMES Q 1-7.

7SS-We continued working on our Travel Itinerary, complete with map.  This was completed in class today and is due tomorrow.  HOMEWORK:  TRAVEL ITINERARY WITH MAP.

We had our first whole school assembly today.  We were introduced to Student Council and played a game called Get to Know the Teacher:  Part One and Two.  The teachers were good sports and Houses won points so everyone had fun.

Student Council October Food Drive starts next week. We're collecting canned stew or chili.  We're hoping everyone can contribute one item.  Not only does the winning house (and second place) win points, but we share our bounty with others who have less.  Please donate.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Busy Day

8ELA-We corrected the questions belonging to "Solo to the Pole".  While doing this we recognized ways to improve our writing regarding format and style.  Many of us didn't score well BUT we know how to improve our grades on future assignments.  8M proceeded onto the next piece of literature, "Survival Shelters" and was assigned five questions.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING AND SKILLS TOMORROW. 8M ONLY--"SURVIVAL SHELTERS" Q 1-5.

8SS-We learned about the reading strategy SQ3R which gets our brains ready to read and helps us retain information.  We read two pages from our text and learned about the earliest humans, their simple societies and migration around the world.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We worked online today planning an imaginary trip to two locations around the world.  We used our latitude and longitude skills, measuring time knowledge, integrated technology into our learning, and became more familiar with how atlases work.  NO HOMEWORK.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Hello Monday!

8ELA-Reading Journals and Spelling Tests were returned today.  Letters have improved but some small details need to be corrected.  We did a pre-check for spelling unit #3 then learned about nouns, specifically proper versus common and how to make singular either possessive or plural.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING AND SKILLS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY.  REMINDER FROM LAST WEEK THAT MOOD POEMS ARE DUE (GOOD COPY) TOMORROW AS ARE THE QUESTIONS FROM "SOLO TO THE POLE" BY CHRIS BONINGTON.

8SS-We learned about significant events from prehistory and plotted them, and other important dates on a timeline.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We had the Weekly Update and learned about self-tying shoes coming out next month by Nike, that only 57% of eligible voters vote, a bomb hoax evacuated all the schools in PEI, and that premium gas is a waste of money according to the AAA.  I collected the Map Projections worksheet and we reviewed our next assignment which has us reviewing latitude and longitude and global locations.  NO HOMEWORK.

Friday, 23 September 2016

8ELA-We did our unit 2 spelling test followed by peer conferencing for our mood poems.  We then made notes on Non-Fiction Writing.  We read the article "Solo to the Pole" by Chris Bonington and copied 6 questions relating to the article.  We discussed the expectations for grade 8 level writing.  HOMEWORK:  "SOLO TO THE POLE" QUESTIONS.  MOOD POEMS.

8SS-We talked a little about the definition of prehistory then we did an activity where we sorted dates into a timeline followed by making predictions of when historic events took place.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS- We talked about the advantages and disadvantages of globes and flat maps.  We also looked at different map projections and the impact on size and shape.  HOMEWORK:  COMPARING MAP PROJECTIONS WORKSHEET.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

8ELA-We had Reading class today followed by a theme class where we reviewed the concept of mood.  We read two creature poems from one of the library's new picture books and looked at how the vocabulary created a sense of mood.  We then reviewed the instructions for our assignment and had some work time to get started on our own poems.  Mrs. Munro modelled the process on the board with a poem about a pudgy bunny and another one about sadness being represented by a rainstorm.  HOMEWORK:  READING JOURNALS DUE TOMORROW.  SPELLING TEST TOMORROW.  SLOPPY COPY MOOD POEMS DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We reflected on how origin stories among cultures can have similarities despite being half a world away from each other.  We also thought about what these stories teach us about a culture's world view and their values.  We began work on the new topic of time lines and chronology.  HOMEWORK:  MEASURING TIME WORKSHEET.

7SS-Weekly Updates were assigned today and will be due on Monday.  We corrected pages 61, 62, and 63 which reviewed our learning on time zones.  We began new material today on map projections and why having a globe on Mrs. Munro's field trips wouldn't be a good idea.  NO HOMEWORK.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

8 ELA-We corrected Spelling Unit 2.  I collected signed Skills Tests.  We continued learning about mood in writing.  We talked about creatures with mood-related adjectives and verbs.  Then we talked about how our feelings (anger, joy, sadness, etc.) could be interpreted through weather and what that would look like.  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-Today we finished learning about origin stories and made notes on based on the Mayans, Iroquois, Chinese, Judeo-Christian faith, and an African culture.  NO HOMEWORK.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

7SS-We've been working on time zones so we spent time making notes on the important characteristics of time zones.  We then started working on worksheets to apply what we've learned and they'll be corrected next class.  HOMEWORK:  PAGES 61, 62, 63 lONGITUDE AND TIME.

8M ELA-I collected the Senses poems and signed tests.  We worked on Literary Devices (mood/sensory language) and did an activity using descriptive, sensory vocabulary.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING UNIT 2, BRING BACK SIGNED TESTS.

8B ELA-We peer conferenced using our Senses/Swift/Slow poems.  We reviewed our Journals, spelling tests, and skills tests.  We made notes on Literary devices and did an activity using descriptive, sensory language.  We did Spelling Unit 2 Precheck.  HOMEWORK:  BRING BACK SIGNED SKILLS TESTS.  GOOD COPY POEMS DUE TOMORROW.  SPELLING UNIT 2.

8SS- We're learning about Origin Stories.  We read 5 versions from different cultures and pulled the major characteristics out of each story.  We then started a list to present to the class.  NO HOMEWORK.

Monday, 19 September 2016

New Blog- Welcome

So, here we are.  I've been having difficulty synchronizing my accounts, so I've simply created a new blog.  Hopefully, I won't have any troubles with this one.

8M ELA-I returned Journals, Spelling tests, and Grammar test and then I reviewed common errors and discussed ways to improve grades.  We did peer conferencing with our Senses/Swift/Slow poems which were assigned last week and now have a good idea on how to improve upon them.  We worked on Spelling Unit 2 with a pre-check and worksheet.  HOMEWORK:  GET GRAMMAR TEST SIGNED. SPELLING UNIT 2. SENSES/SWIFT/SLOW POEM DUE TOMORROW.

8B ELA and 8B SS were missed as we were doing our Terry Fox Run and enjoying the fall sunshine.  We'll catch up tomorrow.

7SS-We had the Weekly Update presentations today.  We continued learning about time zones from our textbook reading, overhead notes, and worksheets.  HOMEWORK:  WORKSHEETS P. 61, 62, AND 63.

8M SS-I collected the World View Worksheet which was assigned last week after our Team Deliberation Activity.  Today we started learning about chronology and timelines.  NO HOMEWORK.