HOMEWORK: Please make sure you have listened to the final 3 chapters of Percy Jackson, as we will have a Review Quiz on Monday. The quiz will include multiple choice and short answer questions based on the readings from Chapters 1 - 12. Also, please remember the GOOD COPY of the STORYBOARDS & SCRIPTS are due on Monday during blocks 1 and 2. Groups will be able to begin recording their Greek Myth Videos on Tuesday, if all of their work is done.
REMINDER: please bring in your permission form and $$ for our field trip to the Movies next week. All forms and money need to be handed in my Wednesday, May 4th.
It was wall to wall Lightning Thief today, as both classes ploughed through 3 chapters in class. Students were given the option of listening to audio recordings, reading in small groups or on their own. For the students who were absent, I have posted all three chapters of the audio recordings on the Humanities Page along with the related questions and activities. For chapter 12, students will need to tweet their message to our class twitter page @mrmainsclass or to post their message in the comments section below the recordings. After a productive day of reading, the student wrapped up their day with some ... (see photo below).
It was a really good day in divisions 7 & 8! We kicked off our school day by reviewing notes from the end of our Ancient Greece chapter, then rolled into some French "Nourriture" Bingo, and then the students put the wraps on their storyboards and scripts for the video projects. PE class featured the finals play downs in our Badminton Tournament. When all the points were tallied and badminton birdies & rackets were put away, it came down to a match up between the "J Lords" and "Unstoppable". After a back and fourth 2 game set, the "J Lords" edged "Unstoppable", winning the championship game by a score of 16 - 14! Congratulations to all the teams in the tournament, but especially to Cai, Sara, Janet and JR for putting on an epic final!
Lots of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief today in Divisions 7 & 8. We put a serious dent in our novel study today, reading the much anticipated Chapter 8, in which the students finally learned about Percy's first foray into Camp Half Blood's version of Capture the Flag, and Chapter 9, where Percy is given his quest. We are getting close to being halfway through the novel, and we are hoping to put a cap on chapters 10 - 12 by the end of the week. (Parents: if you don't know about the book, ask your son or daughter to give you a synopsis of the book to date.)
Homework: Please finish taking notes on pages 168 - 171 of their Social Studies textbook, and answer the THINK FOR YOURSELF on page 171. Due: Thursday, April 28th
Also, please note that the Deadlines for the Ancient Greek Myth Video project have been extended.
Here are the new deadlines:
Division 7 began their Monday morning with a critical thinking / writing exercise. As a class, we observed, analyzed and discussed a photo taken from the Royal BC Museum's photo archive (see below). Division 8 kicked off their day by finishing Percy Jackson, the Lightning Thief Chapter 6 reading and questions. After Explorations class and lunch, both classes took part in a video tutorial lesson of Basic Camera Shots for Filmmaking. (Video and Worksheet is posted on the Humanities Page.)
HOMEWORK: Students need to finish copying out the vocabulary from last week's French lessons, and they need to have their groups Storyboards ready to be handed in by the end of the day tomorrow. (Each class will only have one block to work on finalizing their storyboards.)
BONUS: Name the Captain for each of the remaining NHL teams in the playoffs. (Only one answer per person, and once the answer has been posted, you cannot repeat.) 20 pts. for each correct answer.
Really dynamic day at HD Stafford today! The students were treated to Chapter #6 of Percy Jackson, got the chance to meet (and greet) Birds of Prey, designed and created their own flags and capped off an energy-filled day with an incredible Capture the Flag game at City Park!!!
HOMEWORK: The storyboards were due today, but I am going to extend the deadline for finalizing their Storyboard rough copies until Tuesday, April 26th.
Thursday was another busy day in Divisions 7 & 8! We began our day by putting the wraps on Chapter 5 in our Percy Jackson Novel Study. As part of chapter 5, the students were asked to think and explain different colors and symbols that they felt represented the character Percy Jackson. They were then drafted into four different teams, representing 4 different Greek Gods, and were asked to design flags for their teams. The winning designs by JR, Janet, Emma & Donovan, will be featured on their team flags during tomorrow's Capture the Flag game at City Park. In French, the students showed me the sentences they created using the verbs "manger" and "boire" and the new food and drink vocabulary they used. We then took those vocabulary words and shared them out on the board with their classmates, to help building their french vocabulary for the unit. Finally, we kicked off our Mixed Doubles Badminton Tournament in gym class. With team names like: "Cat Chow Mein", "the Unstoppables", and "Chicken Noodle Soup", you know it will be an epic tournament!
HOMEWORK: Please make sure to bring your signed permission form for the trip to City Park. Also please copy out the vocabulary below, and add it to the French section of your binder.
Tough to work when the classrooms are more than 20 degrees celsius, but both divisions powered through and put in a very good effort today. We began our morning by putting the finishing touches on chapter 3 & 4 of our Percy Jackson Novel Study. Following their Explorations class, the students returned to have a double-block to work on their video projects. Attached below is a downloadable copy of the Storyboard planning sheet. Each group will need to have a rough copy of their storyboards completed by Friday morning, in order to meet the project outline deadlines. A copy of the Project and rubric is also available below.
HOMEWORK: Please complete the final three French phrases, by using the verbs "Manger" & "Boire", and including new food and drink vocabulary. Due Thursday.
The day kicked off with an opportunity for students to put the final touches on their Screenplay Planning sheet. The groups were all able to get their work done on time, which is great! For the middle part of our day, we reviewed our French Food vocabulary and the Verbs: manger & boire, and the students did some translation work. The day finished off with another hour of mixed doubles badminton.
HOMEWORK: Please finish your Manger & Boire Worksheet (you can download the word file below if you have lost your worksheet.)
The students made some excellent progress on their video projects today, working on the planning portion of their screenplays. The class also read through chapter 3 of Percy Jackson and learned a bit about his challenges in school including Dyslexia and ADHD.
REMINDER: There are no classes on Monday, as it is a Curriculum Implementation Day. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.
**IMPORTANT: FIELD TRIP TO CITY PARK ON FRIDAY WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd**
We began our day with a recap of how things ended on Wednesday afternoon. We have a very capable class, but the group can, at times, off task, and yesterday was an example of the need to check back in with the skills that Mr. Bedard, Mrs. Collins and I are trying to instil in the students. The qualities of Respect, Responsibility and Self-Advocacy. Once we wrapped up our talk, and student reflections, we began to build on the French vocabulary that the students had learned. We introduced the verbs MANGER & BOIRE. (see below)
HOMEWORK: Here are the sentences the students need to finish from French class as part of their Homework...
Look over the verbs “Manger” (eat) and “Boire” (drink), and complete the sentences below by using the vocabulary words about “La Nourriture” (food) in class.
Ex: She eats a banana - Elle mange une banane.