Welcome to Grade 7-8
A few important dates to remember:
1. Soccer has started and it will be at lunch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday weather permitting!
2. The soccer tournament is on October 4th.
3. Running club has also started and is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
4. We will be having guest presenters in the classroom on Thursday, Sept 21st, to talk about their experience in the Antarctic! They will be here from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Our Welcome Back to School barbecue was a hit! I know I popped pop corn for over two hours! A huge thank you to the Grade 7/8 class that helped to plan and set up games and crafts for families to enjoy with their children!
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 started writing cinquains! Our final copy of our poem will be due next Wednesday, September 20th. 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.
In math we are reviewing and learning about patterning and algebra. So far we have explored the Fibonacci sequence, extending patterns, and writing pattern rules. We have also become members of “The Society of the Rose” (math patterning) and are learning to play a math game called ‘Contig”! We are using t-charts to help us find the algebraic expression for any number pattern. We also learned about the interesting patterns on Pascal’s Triangle. We are now using t-charts to help us use pattern rules to now find algebraic equations for the nth term. Were are very smart!
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.
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’. In health, we are learning about how our brain works when we are stressed. We will also be exploring healthy eating and what are macro and micro nutrients in our food!
Will be posted shortly.