Mrs. Moore made her return to class this morning as we began our unit on Mesopotamia. The day began with a writing prompt exercise, followed by an introduction to Mesopotamia, its location, its significance and its social organization. Each student was assigned a role within a given City State and they will need to embrace that role over the next few weeks to earn their City State points. (The videos we watched in class, a photo of the map, and today's vocabulary are all listed on the Humanities Page.)
Canucks: Joey, Taylor, Abe & Adrianna
Flames: Jordan, Janet, Cedar & Hunter
Oilers: Saymoora, Natalie, Lana & Adriana
Jets: Moo Wah Paw, Hamootee, Lorena & Pawsahay
Maple Leafs: Kalina, JR, Ishaan & Dorian
Senators: Ethan, Aidan & Logan
Canadiens: Sophia, Jaden, Isaiah & Xachery
Canucks: Jesse, Dragon, Micah & Emma
Flames: DJ, Daniel, Breanna & Terrell
Oilers: River, Rylan & Meg
Jets: Sara, Yujin, Say Say & Cai
Maple Leafs: Ehmoodah, Jacob & Kendra
Senators: JB, MIke, Donovan, Dionne
Canadiens: Conner, Aaron, Derek & Larissa
The students had back-to-back quizzes today, with Explorations sandwiched in between. In the morning the students did their Hatchet Vocabulary review quiz. After lunch, both classes did their Chapter 1 - 3 Social Studies review quiz. The students were allowed to use any of the notes that they did since the beginning of the year, and from an initial glance at the quizzes, it looks like the students' hard work has paid off.
Have an excellent weekend everyone, stay warm, and both Mrs. Moore and I are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday Morning.
Be ready Divisions 7 & 8, as you will be assigned new table groups!
NO HOMEWORK (unless you haven't written your quizzes, and in that case, study up!)
Below are photos from the minor games unit that we wrapped up on Thursday in PE Class.
This morning we began the day with the students finishing taking notes on the last couple of pages from Chapter #3 of their textbook, in preparation for their Chapter 1 - 3 review quiz later this week. After the students returned from Explorations class, we completed listening and reading Chapter 6 & 7 of Hatchet. There will also be a review quiz on Friday on Hatchet. The vocabulary list of words that could appear on the quiz, are attached below.
HOMEWORK: Finish any missing assignments, hand in your Early Man Art Cards (if you haven't already).
WIth today being the 41st anniversary of the discovery of Lucy (the Australopithecus skeleton), we spent part of the morning discussing the evolution of early man and watched a video retracing the discovery. (Video posted below). For the middle blocks of the day, the students read Chapter 5 of Hatchet and did their chapter comprehension questions and vocabulary. The day finished off with a trio of really fun student-led games.
HOMEWORK: Need to finish their Early Man Art cards for Wednesday morning.
Despite being a half day, it was a productive one! The day began with the students having time to continue to work on their Early Man Art Cards. Details about the assignment are available in Thursday's recap, and an uncoloured sample of the assignment is below. The 6 early man cards, and two additional characters of the student's choosing are due on Monday. After locker break, Division 8 had the chance to brainstorm ideas about the December holiday concert and how we can help out or participate. They created a collaborative document, in which each group was able to share their ideas in real time. We finished off with quick photography assignment.
HOMEWORK: Finish Early Man art cards, and Complete the 20 Hatchet Vocabulary sentences for Monday.
The students were excellent today. We began our day with an Art/Social Studies activity, where the students get to create playing cards based on information on 6 different adaptations of early man. I was impressed with some of the students' creativity and artwork. In the afternoon, we reviewed the first 3 chapters of Hatchet, went over our chapter questions and vocabulary and the students had time to work on their 20 vocabulary sentences. The day was finished off with a couple of student-led games, interrupted briefly by a scheduled fire drill.
HOMEWORK Finish and share your Google docs stories to me by tomorrow morning. I am looking for a minimum of 200 words and your story must contain at least one image.
NOTE: Please remember FRIDAY IS A HALF DAY, and students need to be picked up by 11:20am.
Both classes kicked off their day by working on their Google docs stories. They were asked to complete their stories (min. 200 words), add an image, and share it to at least 2 of their classmates for peer-correction. The good copy is due Friday morning. In the afternoon, the classes completed chapter 3 of the Hatchet and worked on their French "Bebe mystere" paragraph.
HOMEWORK: finish 15 - 20 sentences based on Chapter 3 vocabulary. (They will have a bit of time in class tomorrow to verify the context of their vocabulary words.) The sentences will be due on Monday morning.
We continued with our Hatchet Novel Study this morning, wrapping up the second chapter of the book. Ask your son or daughter to tell you about the story and what challenges they think lay ahead for Brian. We spent part of the afternoon reviewing the information chart about early man and highlighted some of the natural resources available in our own back yard that could be used to build simple tool and aid in survival. In PE class we got to play both Badminton Golf and Capture the Ballz.
HOMEWORK: We will be going to the library on Wednesday morning to get a new reading book. Please bring any overdue books with you to school. Also, if you haven't completed your Early Man Information chart, please have it done for tomorrow, so that we can begin our Early Man playing cards.
Our day started with an excellent discussion about the Terrorist Attacks in Paris. We then did some research about I.S.I.S and Islam to help clarify student misconceptions. I was really impressed with the student insight and knowledge, it is fantastic to see them take an interest in the world around them. After returning from their explorations class (Thank you Bre, Jacob & Aaron for the delicious French Toast!), the student began our in class novel study on "the Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen.
HOMEWORK: Please make sure the Early Man information charts are complete for Tuesday morning.