Week of December 16th - December 19th

Literacy

This week in Literacy, we will continue to work on our read aloud of The Outsiders. We have made it to chapter 6. Ponyboy and Johnny have had some pretty deep conversations and learned that things are not going well back home. The students in 7 have started a new project that will demonstrate their ability to express their interpretations of ideas presented in the book in another form or genre. Throughout the story Ponyboy talks about people's eyes and how he can almost understand someone's identity through their eyes. The grade 7 students will be selecting a specific character and creating an art piece based on Ponyboy's description of their eye. Outside of the eye they will be curating a list of adjectives that help create the characters identity. 

Also, classes will be starting or finalizing their CARS reading assessment. This will be the second round of assessments that we have done and the data we collect will help guide us into the new year.

Social Studies 

This week in Social Studies, the students will be taking part in a French and British showdown (weather depending). The students have concluded their research, created their web pages and created a character profile. The students have been given a role to play in the settlement reenactment that will begin in the midst of the French and British conflict between the early settlers. If the weather does not cooperate with us,  we will focus on the character development of their role and the historical context that they will be recreating and the event itself will be rescheduled into the new year.

Week of December 9th - December 13th 

Students will continue reading the class novel The Outsiders. Students have really enjoyed the first three chapters so far and the class discussions revolving around identity.

We will begin our next installment of the CARS reading assessment. This assessment helps the students and teachers understand the areas of strength and areas of growth in 12 standard-based reading skills. After the first installment, classroom teachers took the time to review the data and see the whole-class common areas of need along with individual ones, and what strategies they can use to ensure growth for each child. After working on these specific areas, we will be able to see how students have grown and the improvements they have made in their reading comprehension.

We are now moving onto the next stage of our French and British exploration, and students will be creating characters for a Role Play task. This will help wrap up this section of Canadian history before we move into the Fur Trade in the New Year.

Parents, please be checking your email as the date of our Role Play task will be weather dependent. We will be in contact when the forecast looks right, so all students can be prepared. 


Week of November 25th - November 29th 

This week in Social Studies the students will be continuing to develop their understanding of the roles of the French and British, and imperialism on the settlement of North America. Students have now been divided into French and British groups, and are immersing themselves into understanding pre-confederation Canada. This week students will be creating a journal entry from the perspective of a French or British settler in North America, detailing what life was like. We will also be focusing on understanding imperialism, mercantilism and colonization, and the impact they had during this time period.     

We are also excited to announce that we will be starting our first Novel Study of the school year! Students will be reading the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, focusing on the topics of belonging, adolescence, peer pressure, decision making and self-acceptance. This week we will begin by looking at the theme of identity, and discussing the differences between individuality and group identity. Students will be looking to identify what makes them unique and describing parts of their identity. 


Week of November 12-November 15

In the upcoming 2 weeks we are embarking on two larger units within Humanities. During our Literacy block students will be beginning a descriptive writing project that they will be sharing with parents at Parent Teacher Interviews at the end of the month.

Each year students focus on different forms of writing and ways to elevate their work, they will be revisiting a style of writing that was introduced on a basic level in Grade 5, and learning new techniques to create suspense and intrigue for their reader as they attempt to discern what the student is describing. Through precise word selection, figurative language, intentional punctuation and creative grammar usage, students will paint a mental picture of their "mystery item". 

In Social Studies the children will be delving deeper into pre-confederation Canada, beginning to develop their understanding of the roles of the French, British, First Nations and imperialism on the settlement of North America. Each class will be divided into three groups and tasked with immersing themselves in the stories of key figures, events, and timeline around their group. Stay tuned to find out which group your child will be becoming a part of next week!

Week of November 4th -  November 8th

This week in Grade 7 we are going to be delving into the stories of those around us, in particular those of the Veterans who gave up so much for us. Students will be listening and reading individual accounts told by the Veterans themselves through recordings, and then taking notes in order to highlight details that they feel are key. Each students' focus may be different depending on which elements of the sharing stand out to them. They will then each be creating a presentation to share with the rest of the class about the Veteran they are paying homage to. This work will help deepen their understanding of what it means to be empathetic to experiences we have not gone through ourselves, and also continuing their work on summarizing and demonstrating understanding of information. 


Week of October 28th-October 31rst

This week in literacy, students will continue to work on their ability to identify and explain figurative and metaphorical use of language in context. As we experiment with figurative language, we will create visual images that will provide emphasis, express emotion, and strengthen our writing toolboxes.

In Social Studies, we will be concluding our discovery of how different Aboriginal societies were structured. We will complete our brochures using information collected during the research process, as well as the information that was synthesized during the creation of their Venn Diagrams.

Just a quick reminder about our school's Halloween and costume policy. We will have a Halloween event during the afternoon of October 31, 2019. Students will take part in a whole school assembly that will include a costume contest and a performance from our school band. We ask that students do not dress in costume until the second half of the day. Full-face masks are not to be worn in the school/classroom and can only be used if needed in the costume contest. Students are not to bring any form of weapons to school (fictional or otherwise). 


Week of October 21rst-October 25th

Students are continuing to have Humanities in smaller class sizes this week as they work with Ms.Delcourt, Mr. Apperley, Ms, Feagan, and Ms Odland on their summarizing skills. Students are learning how to identify the different structures of texts, and use these structures to be able to accurately summarize information within those texts. The 'rules' for summarizing that students are learning is that the summary must be shorter than the original text, must contain only the most important information and leave out irrelevant details and personal opinions, must be written in their own words, and must follow the 'text structure'. Last week, students worked with a newspaper article around the election, following the 'text structure' of who/what/where/when/why/how that all news articles follow.  This week, students will be working with a video short that tells a story, and will be taught the 'text structure' of fiction (characters, setting, problem, steps taken to solve problem, and problem resolved).

In Social Studies, students will be finishing up their investigation of Aboriginal societies before European contact through creating a travel brochure that will explain the most important elements of a particular First Nations way of life.  Please see the chart below for the learner outcomes this week, and the past week of Humanities has been addressing. 

Literacy

Social Studies

I can find, connect, and summarize in my own words, the main ideas and the important details found in texts.

I can use graphic organizers and concept maps to help me remember main ideas and supporting details.

I can use paragraphs to organize my writing, and sequence my ideas in the order that makes most sense to the reader.

I will learn about how different Indigenous societies lived and made decisions before contact with Europeans and what made these societies unique.

I will learn about the similarities and differences with Aboriginal societies that were in Canada before European contact.

I can compare, contrast, and combine ideas and information from several sources. 

I can develop my own opinions and interpretations of what I read.

I can clearly explain my own opinions, answers, or point of view and use evidence from the text to prove myself.

I can express my own interpretations of texts in another form or genre.



Week of October 15th- October 18th

 This week we have some exciting news happening! For the next two weeks in Humanities, grade 7 students have the opportunity to work with Ms. Odland. We will be pulling students from all classes to create an extra two classes in order to alleviate class sizes and differentiate learning. After two weeks, classes will resume as normal! This will only be taking place during Humanities, and students will be with their regular homerooms for Physical Education, Math, Science and CTF.

 With our smaller class sizes, we will be working on summarizing information from a variety of sources effectively. After reviewing our CARS and STARS results, we noticed this was an area of growth for many students. This week we will be reading and summarizing information about the Canadian Election to ensure students are informed for Student Vote on Thursday.

 In Social Studies, we have now finished the research portion of our Aboriginal Research Project and will be reviewing the information in order to identify the similarities and differences between each society. 

Week of October 7th - October 10th

Grade 7 continues to be busy, with opportunities to develop community and also our understanding of who we are as learners. Having just completed the CARS and STARS reading assessment process, students will be moving forward next week with personal areas of focus in literacy. Through CARS and STARS, each child is able to see what their areas of growth are in reading, such as drawing conclusions and making inferences, understanding figurative language, or being able to identify the main idea. Classroom teachers will be taking time to review this data and see if there are whole-class common areas of need along with individual ones, and what strategies they can use to ensure growth for each child. In Social Studies the students will be continuing to do structured research around pre-confederation First Nations groups. They will be investigating the Iroquois, Mi'kmaq, Ojibwe and Metis peoples. Through this research they will be learning key information about each group, that will be later used to develop their abilities for comparing and contrasting. 


Week of September 30- October 4th

Literacy

Next week we will begin our CARS reading assessment. The research-based Comprehensive Assessment of Reading Strategies (CARS) assessment helps the students and us understand their areas of strength and areas of growth in 12 standard-based reading skills. The data we collect from these assessments direct our reading instruction as well as help the students see the progress they are making.

Social Studies

Next week in Social studies will kick off with Orange shirt day on Monday. This day is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on the history, legacy and implications, to discuss stories of survival and strength and to share ways we can work together toward truth and reconciliation. We will  also continue working on our Secret Path art as well as annotating a Chanie Wenjack news article. 

Humanities

Week of December 16th - December 19th

Literacy

This week in Literacy, we will continue to work on our read aloud of The Outsiders. We have made it to chapter 6. Ponyboy and Johnny have had some pretty deep conversations and learned that things are not going well back home. The students in 7 have started a new project that will demonstrate their ability to express their interpretations of ideas presented in the book in another form or genre. Throughout the story Ponyboy talks about people's eyes and how he can almost understand someone's identity through their eyes. The grade 7 students will be selecting a specific character and creating an art piece based on Ponyboy's description of their eye. Outside of the eye they will be curating a list of adjectives that help create the characters identity. 

Also, classes will be starting or finalizing their CARS reading assessment. This will be the second round of assessments that we have done and the data we collect will help guide us into the new year.

Social Studies 

This week in Social Studies, the students will be taking part in a French and British showdown (weather depending). The students have concluded their research, created their web pages and created a character profile. The students have been given a role to play in the settlement reenactment that will begin in the midst of the French and British conflict between the early settlers. If the weather does not cooperate with us,  we will focus on the character development of their role and the historical context that they will be recreating and the event itself will be rescheduled into the new year.

Week of December 9th - December 13th 

Students will continue reading the class novel The Outsiders. Students have really enjoyed the first three chapters so far and the class discussions revolving around identity.

We will begin our next installment of the CARS reading assessment. This assessment helps the students and teachers understand the areas of strength and areas of growth in 12 standard-based reading skills. After the first installment, classroom teachers took the time to review the data and see the whole-class common areas of need along with individual ones, and what strategies they can use to ensure growth for each child. After working on these specific areas, we will be able to see how students have grown and the improvements they have made in their reading comprehension.

We are now moving onto the next stage of our French and British exploration, and students will be creating characters for a Role Play task. This will help wrap up this section of Canadian history before we move into the Fur Trade in the New Year.

Parents, please be checking your email as the date of our Role Play task will be weather dependent. We will be in contact when the forecast looks right, so all students can be prepared. 


Week of November 25th - November 29th 

This week in Social Studies the students will be continuing to develop their understanding of the roles of the French and British, and imperialism on the settlement of North America. Students have now been divided into French and British groups, and are immersing themselves into understanding pre-confederation Canada. This week students will be creating a journal entry from the perspective of a French or British settler in North America, detailing what life was like. We will also be focusing on understanding imperialism, mercantilism and colonization, and the impact they had during this time period.     

We are also excited to announce that we will be starting our first Novel Study of the school year! Students will be reading the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, focusing on the topics of belonging, adolescence, peer pressure, decision making and self-acceptance. This week we will begin by looking at the theme of identity, and discussing the differences between individuality and group identity. Students will be looking to identify what makes them unique and describing parts of their identity. 


Week of November 12-November 15

In the upcoming 2 weeks we are embarking on two larger units within Humanities. During our Literacy block students will be beginning a descriptive writing project that they will be sharing with parents at Parent Teacher Interviews at the end of the month.

Each year students focus on different forms of writing and ways to elevate their work, they will be revisiting a style of writing that was introduced on a basic level in Grade 5, and learning new techniques to create suspense and intrigue for their reader as they attempt to discern what the student is describing. Through precise word selection, figurative language, intentional punctuation and creative grammar usage, students will paint a mental picture of their "mystery item". 

In Social Studies the children will be delving deeper into pre-confederation Canada, beginning to develop their understanding of the roles of the French, British, First Nations and imperialism on the settlement of North America. Each class will be divided into three groups and tasked with immersing themselves in the stories of key figures, events, and timeline around their group. Stay tuned to find out which group your child will be becoming a part of next week!

Week of November 4th -  November 8th

This week in Grade 7 we are going to be delving into the stories of those around us, in particular those of the Veterans who gave up so much for us. Students will be listening and reading individual accounts told by the Veterans themselves through recordings, and then taking notes in order to highlight details that they feel are key. Each students' focus may be different depending on which elements of the sharing stand out to them. They will then each be creating a presentation to share with the rest of the class about the Veteran they are paying homage to. This work will help deepen their understanding of what it means to be empathetic to experiences we have not gone through ourselves, and also continuing their work on summarizing and demonstrating understanding of information. 


Week of October 28th-October 31rst

This week in literacy, students will continue to work on their ability to identify and explain figurative and metaphorical use of language in context. As we experiment with figurative language, we will create visual images that will provide emphasis, express emotion, and strengthen our writing toolboxes.

In Social Studies, we will be concluding our discovery of how different Aboriginal societies were structured. We will complete our brochures using information collected during the research process, as well as the information that was synthesized during the creation of their Venn Diagrams.

Just a quick reminder about our school's Halloween and costume policy. We will have a Halloween event during the afternoon of October 31, 2019. Students will take part in a whole school assembly that will include a costume contest and a performance from our school band. We ask that students do not dress in costume until the second half of the day. Full-face masks are not to be worn in the school/classroom and can only be used if needed in the costume contest. Students are not to bring any form of weapons to school (fictional or otherwise). 


Week of October 21rst-October 25th

Students are continuing to have Humanities in smaller class sizes this week as they work with Ms.Delcourt, Mr. Apperley, Ms, Feagan, and Ms Odland on their summarizing skills. Students are learning how to identify the different structures of texts, and use these structures to be able to accurately summarize information within those texts. The 'rules' for summarizing that students are learning is that the summary must be shorter than the original text, must contain only the most important information and leave out irrelevant details and personal opinions, must be written in their own words, and must follow the 'text structure'. Last week, students worked with a newspaper article around the election, following the 'text structure' of who/what/where/when/why/how that all news articles follow.  This week, students will be working with a video short that tells a story, and will be taught the 'text structure' of fiction (characters, setting, problem, steps taken to solve problem, and problem resolved).

In Social Studies, students will be finishing up their investigation of Aboriginal societies before European contact through creating a travel brochure that will explain the most important elements of a particular First Nations way of life.  Please see the chart below for the learner outcomes this week, and the past week of Humanities has been addressing. 

Literacy

Social Studies

I can find, connect, and summarize in my own words, the main ideas and the important details found in texts.

I can use graphic organizers and concept maps to help me remember main ideas and supporting details.

I can use paragraphs to organize my writing, and sequence my ideas in the order that makes most sense to the reader.

I will learn about how different Indigenous societies lived and made decisions before contact with Europeans and what made these societies unique.

I will learn about the similarities and differences with Aboriginal societies that were in Canada before European contact.

I can compare, contrast, and combine ideas and information from several sources. 

I can develop my own opinions and interpretations of what I read.

I can clearly explain my own opinions, answers, or point of view and use evidence from the text to prove myself.

I can express my own interpretations of texts in another form or genre.



Week of October 15th- October 18th

 This week we have some exciting news happening! For the next two weeks in Humanities, grade 7 students have the opportunity to work with Ms. Odland. We will be pulling students from all classes to create an extra two classes in order to alleviate class sizes and differentiate learning. After two weeks, classes will resume as normal! This will only be taking place during Humanities, and students will be with their regular homerooms for Physical Education, Math, Science and CTF.

 With our smaller class sizes, we will be working on summarizing information from a variety of sources effectively. After reviewing our CARS and STARS results, we noticed this was an area of growth for many students. This week we will be reading and summarizing information about the Canadian Election to ensure students are informed for Student Vote on Thursday.

 In Social Studies, we have now finished the research portion of our Aboriginal Research Project and will be reviewing the information in order to identify the similarities and differences between each society. 

Week of October 7th - October 10th

Grade 7 continues to be busy, with opportunities to develop community and also our understanding of who we are as learners. Having just completed the CARS and STARS reading assessment process, students will be moving forward next week with personal areas of focus in literacy. Through CARS and STARS, each child is able to see what their areas of growth are in reading, such as drawing conclusions and making inferences, understanding figurative language, or being able to identify the main idea. Classroom teachers will be taking time to review this data and see if there are whole-class common areas of need along with individual ones, and what strategies they can use to ensure growth for each child. In Social Studies the students will be continuing to do structured research around pre-confederation First Nations groups. They will be investigating the Iroquois, Mi'kmaq, Ojibwe and Metis peoples. Through this research they will be learning key information about each group, that will be later used to develop their abilities for comparing and contrasting. 


Week of September 30- October 4th

Literacy

Next week we will begin our CARS reading assessment. The research-based Comprehensive Assessment of Reading Strategies (CARS) assessment helps the students and us understand their areas of strength and areas of growth in 12 standard-based reading skills. The data we collect from these assessments direct our reading instruction as well as help the students see the progress they are making.

Social Studies

Next week in Social studies will kick off with Orange shirt day on Monday. This day is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on the history, legacy and implications, to discuss stories of survival and strength and to share ways we can work together toward truth and reconciliation. We will  also continue working on our Secret Path art as well as annotating a Chanie Wenjack news article. 

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