Students in 7 Science and 8/9 Health wrote tests at the beginning of this week. Students will be given the opportunity to complete retests on Friday if they are unhappy with their first test marks. The average of the two tests will be taken.
Students in 7-9 English will be writing In-Class Assignments on Friday. These assignments are based on the novels we read in class. These assignments will take the place of traditional tests. Students will be given a list of words (characters, places or themes in the novel) and will have to respond to 5 of them in paragraph format.
Students in Grades 7-9 have been working on Novel Study Projects in class. These assignments are due tomorrow.
Progress Reports will be going home in less than two weeks. Students will be marked on all work/assignments since September. The following is a list of assignments students should have completed. All assignments must be completed and handed in by Friday if they have not already been handed in.
Turtle Island Assignment
At least one other Writing Prompt Assignment
Completed questions for "Rebel" and "Adam"
Completed novel study questions for "The Giver"
Scary Story (based on picture)
The Giver Final Project
The Giver In Class Assignment (will take place on Friday)
Progress Reports will be going home in less than two weeks. Students will be marked on all work completed since September. The following is a list of assignments/work that students should have completed. All assignments need to be completed and handed in by Friday if students have not already done so.
Turtle Island Writing Assignment
At least one independent writing paragrah
Completed questions for "Child Missing" and "To Build a Fire"
Completed questions for Maniac Magee
Maniac Magee final project
Maniac Magee In-class Assignment (students will be completing this on Friday in class)
Students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 English have been working on scary stories. They need to have their rough copies completed for tomorrow's class.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Chapters 1-4 Questions
1) What is significant about the airplane incident in the opening pages of the story?
2) Why is Jonas apprehensive about the upcoming ceremony?
3) How are the assignments determined in the community?
4) Explain the role of "Birthmother" in Jonas' community.
5) What is the purpose of the telling of feelings session?
6) Why didn't Jonas tell his family about the apple?
7) How are the elderly treated in Jonas' community?
The Grade 8 and 9 students will be completing their Health classes together. Although the curriculums for Healthy Living 8 and Healthy Living 9 are different they have similar themes and topics and are easily combined. Some of the major topcis that will be covered in Healthy Living 8/9 this year are: how to stay healthy, physical activity and healhy eating, depressive disorders, sexual health, healthy relationships, community health resources and future career goals.
To begin the year, students will be completing an intro unit on overall health and how to stay healthy (physically, mentally and socially).
Some of the topics covered in Healthy Living 8/9 are of a sensitve nature. Permission slips will be sent home before beginning discussions on sensitive topics.
Empowerment is the main theme for Grade 7 Social Studies. Students will learn what empowerment is, how people are empowered or disempowered as well as learning about the different kinds of empowerment (cultural, political, societal, national).
As an introduction to the curriculum we will be completing a short unit on Canada. In this unit we will cover: basic Canadian geography, mapping, timeline of Canada's history and begin a discussion of government.
Following this, we will be combining the Grades 7-9 students to complete a unit on Canadian Residential Schools. This unit will help to give students a foundation to learn about empowerment and disempowerment.
The Grade 7 Science curriculum serves to help students learn about important topics in science, learn how to work in a lab-like setting, collect information and make inferences about that information. Students also spend a good amount of time completing independent (or in pairs) projects for the school Science Fair.
The first unit we will be completing in Science this year is "Interactions Within Ecosystems". In this unit students will be learning about: ecosystems, climates, food chains, enerygy flow and ecological succession. We will be spending some classes outdoors to collect samples from the local ecosystem.