Wednesday, 31 October 2018

8ELA-We had our Reading period and then corrected Spelling and Skills.  I also collected homework but we will do the class correcting tomorrow.  HOMEWORK:  "CRANES FLY SOUTH" WHICH WE DIDN'T GET TO CORRECT TODAY, BOOKTALKS DUE FRIDAY.  SPELLING MAKE UP TESTS WILL BE WRITTEN ON FRIDAY AT FIRST RECESS-THIS IS FOR STUDENTS WHO MISSED THE ORIGINAL TEST.

8SS-We corrected Egyptian government.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We had the last bit of work time for our continent projects.  Students who needed more time were invited to meet with me tomorrow at lunch.  HOMEWORK:  CONTINENT PROJECT #1 DUE FRIDAY.

We had two special activities today.  A string orchestra was in today so that was a great treat!  
We also had a Halloween dance in the afternoon.  

If trick-or-treating tonight, be safe and don't each too much candy tonight!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

8ELA-We had our Reading period at the start of class then worked on questions for the short story "Cranes Fly South" by Edward McCourt.  I also reviewed the instructions for this week's Booktalks (vocabulary, author details, plot/genre details).  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING/SKILLS FROM YESTERDAY IS DUE TOMORROW, "CRANES FLY SOUTH" Q 1-7 DUE TOMORROW, BOOKTALKS NOT JOURNALS DUE FRIDAY.

8SS-I collected the re-do questions today at the start of class.  We learned about Egyptian government and social organization.  HOMEWORK:  EGYPTIAN SOCIETY Q 1-6.

7SS-No class today as students were at WeDay.  HOMEWORK:  WEDAY REFLECTION DUE TOMORROW.

Monday, 29 October 2018

8ELA-I returned Journals today.  We started a new spelling unit today focussing on the "seed" sound and the different ways it is spelled.  We also began learning about verb tenses with a focus on irregular verbs.  We read another short story "Cranes Fly South" by Edward McCourt.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING #6, SKILLS P. 145, 148, 149, 150. 

7SS-We continued working on our Continent projects--we'll have one more class then they'll be for homework.

8SS-We reviewed the Technology Chart assigned on Friday.  I returned homework, including the pink question, and reviewed problems.  HOMEWORK:  PINK QUESTION RE-DO DUE TOMORROW.

Monday, 22 October 2018

8ELA-We had our Reading period and I returned Journals.  Are you on track to meet your goal for the first term?  We worked on Spelling #6 and continued our learning on adjectives.  We read a short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury.  HOMEWORK:  ADJECTIVE TEST ON FRIDAY ALONG WITH SPELLING TEST AND JOURNALS.

8SS-We continued learning about Egypt's physical geography and how it might affect everyday life.  We talked about the expectations for Pink Questions and copied questions.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We learned about rivers and lakes today.  I discussed next week's field trip to WeDay and reviewed the Globe Test.  HOMEWORK:  GET PERMISSION FORM AND TEST SIGNED AND RETURNED BEFORE THURSDAY.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

8ELA-I collected Journals and the Non-Fiction Paragraph assignment.  I also collected the homework and we corrected "Operation Survival" together.  We did a Spelling test and had Reading period.  What a busy day!  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-We continued learning about Egyptian geography; we read from the text and watched a short video.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We continue learning about physical geography; we made notes and read from the text.  NO HOMEWORK.

What wonderful weather!  
Take the time to sit outside and enjoy the long weekend and sunshine.  
It won't last.

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.