Grade 7 students must complete their Geometry booklets for homework if they are not done already.
Archive for May, 2010
This is the template we’ll be working with for our Dream Island project.
The final Social Studies exam will be a final project called “My Dream Island.” This project will incorporate most of the material we have covered in Social Studies this year (mapping skills, geography, human rights, systems of government, and global quality of life). They will be creating a map of their island nation with an information booklet about their made-up society. They will have the choice of typing/writing it in booklet form or download a Wikipedia template and type it up in that style. Below is a copy of the Dream Island rubric and an attachment for the Wikipedia template. They will hand it in on or before June 17th, and will write a self-assessment on that day (the 17th).
Below is a copy of the assignment description and rubric.
My Dream Island
PART 1: You are going to create an island country. You can base it on any theme you like. Example: Sports, food, resort, etc. You will draw the island in whatever shape you want on the paper provided. You will be given only one piece of paper for your good copy so make sure your rough copy is well planned.
-Name for your island
-Legend with at least 10 symbols
-Linkages (Roads, rail, etc.)
-Latitude, longitude of island
Possible geographic features:
-Mountains, hills, plateaus, plains, valleys
-Rivers, lakes, streams
-Volcanoes, bushes, swamps, marshes
-Cities, towns, villages
-Golf courses, parks, trails
-Bridges, airports, marinas
BE CREATIVE AND USE AS MANY FEATURES AND SYMBOLS AS YOU CAN!!!
PART 2: You will type out a Wikipedia-like booklet on your island country. You need the following information:
-Title page (flag included)
-System of Government and history of politics of your country
-History of the island (be creative!)
-Wars/conflicts your country is involved in and details of military
-Human Rights issues on the island
Possible extra information:
-Culture, Religion, Environmental Concerns, Language, Demographics, Economy
(HINT -Type in another island nation (like Madagascar) into Wikipedia. What information can you add?)
PART 1: MAP PART 2: INFORMATION
Neatness /10 Human Rights /5
Symbols /20 Government/Politics /5
Colour /5 History /5
Spelling /10 Wars and Conflict /5
Scale /3 2 Others /10
Title Page and Name /5
5-7 Pages /5
The courtyard project is well underway! The Grade 7 students worked so hard on Monday and yesterday. Both days we spent all day outside working extremely hard, digging up sod, moving bushes, and preparing our perennial and vegetable garden. We have a lot of work to do still, but it’s quite inspiring to see these kids work so hard and take such pride in it! We’ve had great feedback from other teachers and students in the school, who are obviously a little jealous of what we get to do. Big thanks to all our parent voluteers and everyone who has lent us their garden tools.
In other news, the Grade 8 Voluteer program seems to be going well. We’ve had some positive feedback already from a couple of placements about how nice our students are, which is really great to hear! The 8s are struggling a little about what to work on while they’re at school, which is to say I have to remind them every second that they have booklets and projects to work on related to Volunteer Week and they have short stories to work on for English. When we are outside working on the courtyard, the 8s are also expected to either be doing yard work or working on their project(s) with us outside.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please let Tanis or I know.
There will be a meeting for the Flex end-of-year camp on Wednesday, May 26th at 7:00pm. The location is TBA; it will either be in the library or our classroom. At this meeting, we will outline all the details for camp we can and answer any questions you may have.
Some of you have been requesting the exam schedule for June. Here’s what it will look like:
Grade 8 English exam – 10:00a.m. June 7th,8th,9th
Grade 8 Math exam – 10:00 a.m. June 15th
Grade 7/8 Science exam – 9:00 a.m. June 17th
Grade 7/8 Social exam – 1:00 p.m. June 17th
Grade 7 English exam – 9:00 a.m. June 18th
Grade 7 Math exam – 1:00 p.m. June 18th
Grade 8 students will be required to attend afternoon classes on the days of the English and Math exams.
Grade 8 students will not be required to attend school on the 18th.
School will be open on the 21st and 22nd of June for anyone who missed writing the exam, as well as an opportunity to catch up on missed work. Otherwise, students are not expected to attend classes.
Hope that helps,
The Reformation – Questions
1. What did life revolve around for people in 16th-Century Europe?
2. Explain in three sentences or more, in your own words, what the Reformation was.
3. Who was Martin Luther?
4. Explain, in three sentences or more, what Martin Luther said in the Ninety-five Theses?
5. How was the printing press, recently invented by Johann Guttenburg (no relation to Steve), help Luther’s cause
This is the assignment for the courtyard project (Social Studies and Science) that’s homework if it is not complete.
1. What are perennials? What are Annuals?
2. Name three perennials native to Manitoba
3. What do pollinators do?
4. What kind of soil is found in the prairies? What is it made of?
5. What are three factors that make good soil? How can we improve our soil before we plant?
6. What are three vegetables that we can grow in our organic garden that will need little care and that we can leave over the summer? Explain.
7. Jot down three ways you can work toward sustainability that you will stick to for the rest of your life.
Probability Test Review
1. What is theoretical probability?
2. What is experimental probability?
3. What is the probability of…
a. Choosing a red marker out of a bag with 12 red markers, 3 black markers, and 6 blue ones?
b. Rolling a 7 using 2 dice?
c. Rolling an 8 using one die?
d. Winnipeg having terrible weather during the year?
e. Randomly choosing a person with blonde hair in our class of 20 people? (There are two blondes, one redhead, the rest have brown hair)
4. Dave wants to watch a James Cameron film marathon. First, he wants to watch either Aliens or the Terminator. Then he wants to watch The Abyss, True Lies, or Terminator 2. He wants to end off the marathon with either Avatar or Titanic.
a. What is the total number of combinations of movies Dave can watch?
b. What is the probability of Dave watching Aliens, The Abyss, and either Avatar or Titanic?
Here’s what we’ve got going on, keeping in mind that we have about 25 teaching days left in the year…
Girls soccer games Tuesday, Thursday Friday…practice Monday weather permitting
Boys soccer games – I know they have them, but don’t know when…
8 – exam prep continues in full swing
7 – Holes novel study – novels coming home tomorrow night – novel to be read a.s.a.p…
Green space project begins. We may have to be outside rain or shine, so please encourage rain coats if possible…
Students to bring gloves to school if you have them – we will begin by clearing the existing beds.
We will be picking up donated items this week (promise). Anything else anyone has to loan, such as shovels, etc. can be picked up as well.
Several of you have been inquiring further regarding camp.
This is what we have confirmed so far (correct me if I’m wrong)
Dates: June 23,24,25
Parent volunteers: Chilton, Clark, Cyr, Falavena, Fortier, Gauvin, Raymond
Approximate cost: $50.00 per student – to include the cost of lifeguards, fuel cost.
Students will be divided in camping groups, each group responsible for all gear, food, stove, etc.
NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY