Welcome to Grade 7-8
A few important dates to remember:
1. Picture Day is on Friday, October 13th (This Friday).
2. Running club heads to Sault Ste. Marie this Thursday, the 12th!
3. Volleyball will be starting shortly! Ms. Portis is coaching the girl’s team and Dr. Poldmaa the boy’s.
4. Any tests that go home, I would like to be signed and returned to a school collection of work that will become our very own portfolios. So far we have had one math test!
I hope you all enjoyed our beautiful Thanksgiving weekend!
Our soccer team is still enjoying our victory last week; it’s been a while since SJD brought home the trophy! It was fun to do our walk with the trophy through the school on Thursday, too.
We have started the year by looking at our learning styles (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic). We are further learning about ourselves by discovering the Multiple Intelligences. Everyone has ways they learn best and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Knowing our strengths will help us to choose activities and projects that best demonstrate our new knowledge.
In Language, we are learning about biographies and figurative language, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, and metaphors! Timelines are mostly in and are on display on the wall outside our classroom! They look great. We have started the read aloud Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine (a biography). We are learning about how to make connections to what we read to help us to better understand a story. We are using text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We have practiced this skill with our Nelson Literacy story and also with our read aloud, Hana’s Suitcase. To help us learn about parts of speech and use descriptive language, we have written and put our cinquains up in the hall as well. We will also be using our timelines as a graphic organizer to now write our own auto biographies! We are learning about word choice (salsa words) and paragraph structure – hamburger style.
In math we are now moving onto 2-D Geometry! We have reviewed the area and perimeter of squares and parallelograms and are now exploring triangles and trapezoids! We are even learning about circles!
In Science, we are just starting to explore the strand of life systems: cells. We have been learning to use the microscopes and practice finding cells on sample slides. It’s taken some practice, but most of us can now focus on the lowest power and see what different cells look like. We have read about our science design challenges that we will be working on as we move through our unit on cells: Ask which one your child is thinking about doing! We have completed our first lab looking at onion cells through a microscope. It was a lot of fun. We have moved on to explore plant and animal cells through pictures of an electron microscope and have discovered organelles! We are becoming experts in what they do and what they all look like! Our first science test is on Wednesday, October 11th.
In gym, we are playing ‘Captain’ and ‘Everybody’s It’ as warm-up activities and have been participating in a pre-soccer game called ‘Wallball” Weather permitting we will be outside on the field playing a version of soccer I have called ‘Two-ball’. We will soon be moving on to volleyball skills and fun games. In health, we are learning about how our brain works when we are stressed. We have also explored macro and micro nutrients in our food choices. We are learning how they are needed by the body and where we can find the best sources!
Will be posted shortly.