Monday, 30 September 2019

8ELA-8M did last week's spelling test.  Both classes started a new unit in spelling then  proceeded to review the writing trait of voice.  Focussing on voice and word choice, students will write a poem.  We also had Reading.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING DUE WEDNESDAY, CREATURE POEMS-FIRST DRAFT DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We watched a short video on Neolithic times and worked on questions.  HOMEWORK:  NEOLITHIC TIMES Q 1-5 DUE TOMORROW, EARLY TIMES TEST FRIDAY.

7SS-We corrected our worksheet on Time from last week.  I assigned Weekly Updates and introduced our social action for the month of October; a parent letter was sent home.  WEEKLY UPDATES DUE FRIDAY.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

8ELA-8B Corrected Spelling.  Both classes had their Reading periods.  8B went on to walk around the "Swift Things are Beautiful" poem by Elizabeth Coatsworth.  HOMEWORK:  READING JOURNALS AND SPELLING TESTS TOMORROW. 8B--SWIFT THINGS/SLOW THINGS STANZA DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We corrected and I collected homework on Paleo Times.  NO HOMEWORK.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

8ELA-8M had their Reading class then we corrected Spelling before going onto a new topic in Writing.  We'll be taking what we've learned regarding Word Choice and learning about Voice.  8B missed their classes with me today.  NO HOMEWORK.

8SS-We continued learning about Paleolithic Times via our textbook and a series of online videos.  iI returned their Chronology Quizzes; some students didn't score well so have been invited to a study session tomorrow at first recess then the rewrite will be Friday at lunch.  HOMEWORK:  PALEO TIMES Q 1-6 DUE TOMORROW.

7SS-We continued our learning on Time Zones then started studying maps and globes.  HOMEWORK:  TIME P. 61-63  DUE FRIDAY.

Forms were sent home from the office to ensure correct contact information.  
Please return as soon as possible.

We spent some active time outside in remembrance of Terry Fox; 
it was a beautiful fall day to get some exercise.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

8ELA-We had Reading Class today.  8M continued working on the writing trait of word choice via the poem "Swift Things are Beautiful" by Elizabeth Coatsworth.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING DUE TOMORROW. 8M SWIFT/SLOW STANZA DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We learned about the Stone Age today.  8B watched a video representing the time period.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We continue learning about time zones.  NO HOMEWORK.

Terry Fox Activity tomorrow. 
 Please bring $1 for a colour day with all funds raised being sent to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Friday, 20 September 2019

8ELA-We did unit 2 Spelling and Reading class; I collected Journals.  We spent some time on poetry writing focussing on the Word Choice trait.  HOMEWORK:  READING, SENSES STANZA DUE MONDAY.

8SS-We studied how common social studies words are built and learned about origin stories.  HOMEWORK:  TIME QUIZ, WORD STUDY, AND ORIGIN STORIES Q 1-6 DUE MONDAY.

7SS-We had Weekly Update today and presenters told us about current news stories.

Terry Fox Friday was postponed due to rain.  We'll reschedule.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

8ELA-We corrected Spelling #2 and I collected our final drafts of our summer vacay reports.  This was followed by Reading.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING TEST FRIDAY.  JOURNALS DUE FRIDAY. 

8SS-We started learning about chronology and timelines.  We studied an example from the board and had work time.  HOMEWORK:  MEASURING TIME WORKSHEET DUE TOMORROW.

This Friday we will celebrate Terry Fox with an outdoor fitness activity.  
Students are invited to bring $1 which will be forwarded on for cancer research.  
Bringing the loonie also allows the student to have a colour day.

Monday, 16 September 2019

8ELA-We worked on our Spelling unit #2 and had Reading.  I spent some time reviewing Journals and how to improve scores.  HOMEWORK:  READING, SPELLING #2 DUE WEDNESDAY.  SUMMER VACATION DRAFTS DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We learned about world view and reflected on statements that we consider our own world view.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We corrected the introductory lesson on latitude and longitude (co-ordinates).  I reviewed a new assignment which requires students to use what they have learned and apply it to an atlas map.  HOMEWORK:  P. 55 DS DUE THURSDAY.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

8ELA-We had our first full reading period today.  8B put together their Writing Folders and we began reviewing the Revise part of the writing cycle.  We also reviewed Ideas, Organization, and Word Choice Traits.  We will practice how to revise our writing by using a teacher sample then students will apply what they have learned to their personal narrative of summer vacation.  HOMEWORK:  SPELLING UNIT 1 DUE TOMORROW.  8B HAS FIRST DRAFT WITH COOL WORDS DUE TOMORROW.  8M HAS FIRST DRAFT DUE TOMORROW.

8SS-We corrected our notes on Talking About History.  NO HOMEWORK.

We'll get together with the 6s and 7s for ice-breakers and competitive fun to 
celebrate being back to school.  Everyone has been assigned a colour and 
there will be a prize for the best dressed (most in colour) team.  
Go Green!

Friday, 6 September 2019

8ELA-We started writing today.  We spent time on Pre-Writing, the first step in the writing process.  We then moved onto creating a first draft or sloppy copy.  It needs to be two pages, double-spaced, and it doesn't have to be pretty since we'll be revising it on Monday.  HOMEWORK:  FIRST DRAFT SUMMER VACATION REPORT.

8SS-We spent time thinking about the definition of "history" and why we study it.  NO HOMEWORK.

7SS-We were thinking about what we see on the map and whether we could travel around the world with the help of six degrees of separation.  NO HOMEWORK.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

First Day Back

Students spent periods 1-4 with homeroom teachers reviewing classroom expectations, setting up binders and lockers, and touring the building.

7SS-We reviewed the year plan and the Weekly Update form.  Students were also asked the following question:  How many oceans are in the world?  I'll collect answers tomorrow--come prepared.

8B ELA-We set up binders and Reading Journals.  We reviewed the year plan.

Charlee's, our hot lunch program, will be starting next week so be sure 
to bring a lunch for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow we get started working.  
Hope to see you again--bring that great beginning of school attitude! 

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Welcome Back!

School's in, everyone!  We'll be doing lots of fun things and learning a lot.  Bring your supplies and a great attitude tomorrow--it's going to be a great year!