Friday, 29 September 2017

8ELA-We did our spelling test for unit 3 today and 8B reviewed their second draft nature poem while 8M chose the poem they want me to mark.  We did a group activity called "High Speed Poetry" and created poems about what we're grateful for.  You'll see them on the bulletin board by the statue of Mary.  HOMEWORK:  8B FINAL DRAFT NATURE POEM DUE MONDAY.

8SS-We read about how early humans lived and copied down a set of questions; these will begin our "notes" for class.  HOMEWORK:  EARLY HUMAN DEV (NEEDS)-PALEO TIMES DUE MONDAY.

7SS-We did a small Latitude and Longitude Quiz so ran out of time for Weekly Update; these assignments will be presented on Monday instead.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

8ELA-We reviewed our nature poems today and made notes on non-fiction writing.  HOMEWORK:  JOURNALS DUE TOMORROW, SPELLING TEST TOMORROW, 8B 2ND DRAFT NATURE POEM AND 8M FINAL COPY NATURE POEM DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We finished our notes on the Stone Age and Early Human Development.  We then watched a video by Khan Academy giving us further information on these two concepts (it can viewed below).  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-No class today but we're having a Latitude and Longitude quiz tomorrow. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

We were very busy today learning new material and practising what we're learning.

8ELA-We read and talked about three new poems today which were very different from the other ones we've read.  One class had a double and the other didn't so the homework is different.  HOMEWORK:  8M-NATURE POEM ROUGH DRAFT DUE TOMORROW.  8B-NATURE POEM BRAINSTORMING DUE TOMORROW--BE PREPARED TO WRITE YOUR ROUGH DRAFT.  BOTH CLASSES HAVE SPELLING HOMEWORK THAT IS DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We reviewed work I handed back.  Many people did very well on the Chronology Quiz.  Today we learned history-related vocabulary and started to really READ our textbook.  We created a frame for notes tomorrow.  HOMEWORK:  VOCABULARY WORKSHEET DUE TOMORROW.

7SS-We used today as a work class for Latitude and Longitude.  HOMEWORK:  LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE WORKSHEET DUE TOMORROW.

Monday, 25 September 2017

8ELA-We did Spelling Unit 3, a pre-check and lesson work then we had our Reading Class.  I discussed recurring problems in the Journals so we will do them again this Friday instead of the Reading Conferences.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING DUE WEDNESDAY.  JOURNALS DUE FRIDAY.

8SS- We did our Chronology Quiz then we worked on a small group activity focussing on events from pre-history.  We created a timeline from the events we learned about.  HOMEWORK-FINISH TIMELINE.

7SS-I distributed the Weekly Update news to 5 individuals who will present on Friday.  We corrected p. 57 (Latitude and Longitude) then continued practicing this skill using a map of Canada and South America.  NO HOMEWORK.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Terry Fox Run
We got some extra outside time today as we participating in a Terry Fox Run around our school.  It was great to get some wonderful fall air into our lungs!  We were in colour clothes today if we brought in $1 as we fundraised for cancer research.

8ELA-We did our unit 2 spelling test today and some peer conferencing with our writing (mood poems).  HOMEWORK:  MOOD POEMS FINAL DRAFT DUE ON MONDAY.

8SS-We corrected the Measuring Time worksheet so we now know how to put things in chronological order, name the century of a given year, and to identify the years of a specific century.  We started an activity based on the human timeline and got a brief snippet of human accomplishments.  HOMEWORK:  TIME QUIZ MONDAY.

7SS-We heard from the Weekly Updates today and learned about Lupus, Lockport, London, and Uber.   HOMEWORK:  NOT NEW, BUT DUE MONDAY IS P. 57-USING LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE.  ATLASES NEED TO BE RETURNED.

Special Challenge for Grade 8
We've been learning about Origin Stories.  Do you know the origin story of Zeus?  If you do, be the first to hand me a brief summary of the story on Monday.  First one wins.  

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

We've been very busy learning about poetry and writing about it.  We're also setting a foundation for historical learning so much of our SS information has been abstract.  I'm sorry for not updating Monday and yesterday but we've been having sketchy internet service.

8ELA-Today we corrected Spelling Unit 2 (it was assigned on Monday).  We finished learning about mood in poetry; we read two poems and analyzed the poet's word choices.  We did some brainstorming together to perceive ourselves as a weather pattern/natural disaster.  HOMEWORK:  8B-SENSES/SWIFT-SLOW POEMS GOOD COPY.  MOOD POEM FIRST DRAFT

8SS-I collected the Team Deliberation Worksheet which was assigned yesterday and was a reflection activity from Monday and Tuesday classes.  We continued learning about Origin Stories and shared our learning.  HOMEWORK:  ORIGIN STORIES WORLD VIEW QUESTION.

7SS-I didn't see this class today as they aren't scheduled for Day 6 SS.  Due to the retreat, I didn't see them yesterday either.  On Monday, we did Weekly Update and learned about the news from our classmates.  I also assigned p. 59-Latitude and Longitude.  We'll be correcting it on Thursday.


We'll be participating in a school-wide Terry Fox celebration on Friday.  
Students who bring $1 can be out of uniform and wear colours. 
All  money raised will go towards cancer research.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Welcome Back!

Finally, I'm able to update this site.  I apologize for the late start--I was having some troubles getting in.  Anyway, here we are and we're ready.  This page will allow you to track tests, assignments, and  homework assigned in my grade 8 ELA and SS classes and the 7RC SS class.  I also like to post school news and general class happenings.  Sometimes, I also post special challenges for students, so stay up-to date.

8ELA-We did Unit One Spelling Test.  We then used the remainder of the class to finish our lesson on "Senses" and "Swift Things are Beautiful".  I collected Reading Journals.  We also updated Status of the Class, visited the library, and had Reading Class.  HOMEWORK:  SENSES/SWIFT-SLOW POEM FIRST DRAFT 8M ONLY.

8SS-I collected the 8B homework assignment on Primary and Secondary sources.   Last class, we learned about world view and why we think the way we do.  We discussed how our families, teachers/coaches, friends, education, religion, media, and life experiences affecting our values and beliefs.  Today, we worked in groups to discuss a statement.  We had to share our opinion and defend it, then reflect on our contribution.  NO HOMEWORK

7SS-We had our Weekly Update presentations today.  Five students told us about a newspaper article they read so now we're all a little better informed about world events.  "News" doesn't just come from Instagram!  We started learning about latitude and now know that these lines run in an east-west manner and are parallel.  NO HOMEWORK.