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DIV 7-4: Homework, Assignments, Notices, and Reminders:

June 14th (Sci) - Today we began by putting finishing touches on our Environmental Sustainability Website projects for about 20 minutes. Students were encouraged to have a per edit their work to help polish their projects and provide feedback. After this, we places our Chromebooks around the perimeter of classrooms and then went around presenting what the main topic of our websites were about and the most interesting fact we discovered while investigating our topics. After this, we drew names out of a box and were given an evaluation handout to explore and assess eachother's websites. Students went to 2 or 3 different websites of their classmates and explored their peer's work. Finally, we went outside for the last 15 minutes to compete in a water balloon challenge. Mr. Menzies will be away on jury duty next week so this may be the last time he will work with division 7-4. Mrs. Emily Hollenberg is in for Math, Science, and PE next week and she will be doing a mini-unit on statistics and data with our class. There will only be 4 blocks of Math next week as there is a retirement assembly for Mr. Bergeron on Tuesday in block 4, and 7-4 will be away on a field trip next Friday. Hopefully Mr. Menzies will be back for the last few days of the school year. If not, it was a pleasure to work with 7-4 this year and I look forward to seeing these grade 7's transition in to Grade 8! Homework: No homework assigned this weekend!

June 13th (Sci) - Today we began by completing a PE self evaluation for term 3. Students assessed their own performance and work habits, and reflected on the term. After this, we worked on our Environmental Sustainability websites for 45 minutes. To end the class today, we had the remaining contestants in "The Great Plant Race" submit their plants and observation packages. Mr. Menzies will evaluate these and announce the winners tomorrow. Homework: We will have about 15-20 minutes to put finishing touches on our websites tomorrow in block 2. Please be ready to submit your websites tomorrow in block 2.

June 12th (Sci) - Today we were again in the Learning Commons. We continued to work on our Environmental Sustainability Website assignments (link). They were reminded to review the marking criteria for the assignment as the ensure they have spent time editing their work. This assignment is due Friday June 14th and students must prepare to not have the whole block to work on their websites Friday block 2. Homework: Please continue to work on your assignment. Tomorrow will be the last full day to work on this assignment in class.

June 11th (Sci) - Today we continued to work on our environmental sustainability websites. We began class by reviewing the marking criteria for the assignment and highlighting the skills we are practising and acquiring through this assignment. We also discussed "solutions" and who we can think of this inters of: 1. What can the individual do 2. What can governments do 3. What technological solutions are there. Also, what organisations are out there that are involved in solutions. After this, students had the rest of the block to work on their websites. Homework: Please continue to work on your assignment. It is due Friday. We will be in the Learning Commons again tomorrow in block 4.

June 10th (Sci) - Mrs. Hollenberg joined us today as she will be covering for Mr. Menzies next week when he is away. She met the class and worked with us for both blocks 3 and 4. Today we began by organizing and handing in our Science work for term 3. Students were given a duotang and had to organize their work before handing it in. After this, we addressed questions and Mr. Menzies emphasized the use of print resources from the Learning Commons as a great resources as they are made for middle school students and have very concise information. Students worked on collecting information on their projects for the remainder of the block. In block 4, we began by watching a short video orientation on how to make and navigate a Google Site (website) (Link to video). Mr. Menzies then walked students through some of the main features and addressed questions and students worked on their projects for the reminder of block 4. Homework: Please continue to think about your projects. We will have Tuesday, Wednesday, ans Thursday to work on this project. Wednesday will be in the Learning Commons again. This final Science project is due on Friday June 14th.

June 7th (Sci) - Today we started with a few housekeeping items:1. the Great Plant Race will conclude next Thursday where we will determine the winner. 2. Science duotangs - all your work from term 3 - will be due on Monday - Mr. Menzies will hand out duotangs for submission. 3. Science Final Projects will be due next Friday. After discussing details around the criteria of the assignment and addressing questions, we continued to work on defining our projects. We also began defining our subtopics and the additional questions we would like to answer with this website project. (Link to Project). Homework: Please continue thinking about the different aspects of your project and be ready to continue working on it next week. Also, make sure all of your science is ready to hand in on Monday. Mr. Menzies will provide a duotang for you to submit your work.

June 6th (SCI) - Today we were in the Learning Commons again and spent the first 10 minutes reviewing the details of our final inquiry science project (link to project). Students then had the rest fo the block to define what topic interested them, and to define what questions they will try to answer in their project, as well as some of the qub-questions relating to the topic. We had many print resources on display again for students to review relating to environmental sustainability and human impacts. Homework: Continue to think about potential topics, or what questions you have related to the topic you have picked.

June 5 (MA/Sci) - Today we started with an Algebra re-quiz for those who felt like they needed it / those who I advised to do it. Those who did not write the re-quiz, began looking over our Final Project assignment and brainstorming ideas for their project. We were up in the Learning Commons today, so Ms. Lindsay had put out a whole range of print resources for us to look at to get ideas for our project. When everyone was done the re-quiz, we began to look over the detailed criteria for the project and discuss what it is going to look like. Students will be creating a google website on an environment sustainability issue (see project link above). Homework: Continue to think about ideas for your inquiry project.

June 4 (MA/Sci) - Mr. Winkler was in for Mr. Menzies today. We began by practicing some algebra and students had the option to work on Algebra Practice Sheet 1 (moderate difficulty) or Algebra Practice Sheet 2 (more difficult). After working on these for half the block, students had an opportunity to put finishing touches on their Climate Change slideshows for Science. They could work on this for the reminder of the block. Homework: Please ensure that your Climate Change Slideshow is ready to hand in tomorrow.

June 3 (MA/Sci) - In block 3 today algebra quizzes where handed back. Many students appeared to struggle with some of these concepts and skills so we did some review today in block 3. We began working in groups, each group with a student who had a good grasp of these skills. Algebra expressions, questions, and problems were written on the whiteboard and groups worked together to solve them on their mini whiteboards. Groups had to discuss and share their thoughts and questions to answer these questions. Mr. Menzies also worked through each questions and addressed any questions or confusion students had. After this, a practice worksheet was handed out (link) and we practiced these skills for the remainder of the block. A re-test will be on Wednesday for this Algebra quiz. Early finishers worked on their Science Climate Change slideshows. In block 4, we were in the Learning Commons and we continued to work on our google slideshows. Towards the end of the block, we watched a short video on "climate change deniers" (link). Finally, Mr. Menzies introduced out year end Science project (link - please do not print off or start as Mr. M needs to do some final edits). Students looked over print resources to do with this project for the last 5-10 minutes of class and began thinking about what their focus could be for this guided inquiry project. Homework: Please start to put finishing touches on your google slideshow. This is due Wed June 5th. Please share with Mr. Menzies when finished.

May 31st (Ma/Sci) - Today we had our first Algebra quiz. Students demonstrated the first three skills we have covered: combining like terms, removing brackets by simplifying, solving equations with the addition and subtraction. After the quiz, we worked on our impacts of climate change google slideshow projects for the rest of the block. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes working on your climate change slideshows. We will have about half and hour on Monday to work on them as well. Have a great weekend!

May 30th (Sci) - Today carbon cycle quizzes were handed back along with water cycle posters. Students were given the option of rewriting the carbon cycle quiz, open book, and due on Monday, if they would like to receive extra credit for their score. Mr. Menzies recommended this to a few students who didn't demonstrate a solid understanding of the carbon cycle. This is due on Monday June 3rd. After this, we reviewed what we had covered last day in Science (the impacts of climate change) and then looked at the criteria for the next part of this package (link to package): Google Slideshow on the impacts of climate change. We reviewed the criteria, clarified what was expected, addressed questions about the criteria, and spent the rest of the block working on this assignment. Students were reminded that they needed to cover just 5 impacts of climate change, and provide 5 essential facts/points that help present each impact. The slideshow is to be minimum 5 slides, but maximum 10 slides and must include a title page and sources page. Homework: Reminder that there is a short quiz TOMORROW Friday May 31st on the algebra concepts and skills we have covered so far These include: combining like terms, simplifying by removing brackets from expressions, and solving equations with addition and subtraction.

May 29th (MA) - Today we began by looking over our carbon cycle quiz marks and reviewing some of the questions asked, clarifying a few aspects of the carbon cycle that some students were not sure of. After this, we reviewed what we have learned in algebra so far (combining like pairs and simplifying by removing brackets), and looked at a practical application of algebra to create a function. We then learned about solving equations by isolating the variable, and doing what we do to one side to the equation to the other. We practiced this for the reminder of the class, by working on these skills in Algebra package #2. Homework: We will be having a quiz on the three skills - combining like terms, removing brackets, and using addition and subtraction to isolate a variable - on Friday May 31st. Please ensure you have completed/ practices these parts of algebra package#2.

May 28th (Ma) - Today we continued to learn about algebra and how to "simplify" expressions and equations. Our main focus for today was "combining like terms" and eliminating brackets by simplifying. There are two skills that are necessary, combined with BEDMAS, that we will need to solve equations. Students were given a practice package entitled "Algebra: Package #2" to work on and we spend the block practicing these Math skills. Homework: Please continue to practice these two sections for 20 more minutes tonight.

May 27th (Sci) - Today we had a presentation on the environmental impacts of some agriculture practices, more particularly factory farming of animal based food products. Kim is a qualified teacher and has taught in colleges, high schools, and served as Principal of a Business College. Her presentation addressed issues primarily related to our food choices and their impact upon the environment, our health and the animals. Our class asked some great questions and her presentation tied nicely into our current focus: impact of increased greenhouse gasses and climate change. In block 4, we continued to focus on the main impacts of climate change. Students were give a package (link to package) that provides scaffolding for investigating these impacts, and that outlines a google slide assignment. We began be reviewing the questions and activities first, addressed any questions, and spent the rest of the block working on this. We will be looking at the google slide assignment on Thursday this week. Homework: Please make sure you have finished the first part of the package up until the google slide assignment for Thursday.

May 24th (Sci) - Today we began by reviewing our carbon cycle posters. Students returned to their groups and looked over their research on how the carbon cycle works and what it involves. They also had a chance to circulate and look closer at other group's work. We then wrote a short quiz on the carbon cycle. After the quiz, students had to begin investigating the impacts of human caused climate change and create a brainstorming web that documented and organized their findings. This activity is the start of Google slides assignment we will be working on next week on the main impacts of climate change. Homework: No homework this weekend. Have a great weekend!

May 23 (MA) - Today we reviewed our lesson from yesterday regarding what algebra is and some of the basic rules and aspects of this part of Math. After this, we watched an introductory video on Algebra (link to video). Following this, we continued to work on the package handed out yesterday (Link to Package). The main idea and skill set is to understand that Algebra is a language that describes and compares related values we find in the world such as time and speed. Homework: If you have not finished the intro to Algebra package, please spend 20 more minutes working on it.

May 22 (MA) - Today we began a new unit: Algebra. We started class by taking stock of what we think algebra is, and what we know about it as a class. We then discussed how the order of operations is an important part of simplifying and solving equations and expressions. Students began by selecting 2 of 5 order of operations practice sheets, of varying difficulty. After about 15-20 minutes of practice using BEDMAS, we looked at some notes about algebra. Students were given a package today to begin our work on this topic in Math (link to package). We started by reviewing some of the notes on algebra and filled in the first few parts of the package. We then worked on some of the definitions, terms, and aspects of algebra that we will need to know moving further into the unit. After this, students continued to work on some practice questions for the remainder to the block. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes working on practice questions from the package.

May 21st (Sci) - Today was the last day to hand in Carbon Cycle projects and for students to complete their peer feedback and assessment sheets related to this team project. After this, we reviewed what we have covered so far in terms of Earth's climate history. We reviewed some of the activities and questions in parts 1 and 2 of the Earth's Climate History booklet (link). After this, we watched a short video on ice coring and how and why it is important (video link). We reviewed some of the questions related to ice coring. Finally, we watched another short video on Ice Ages and how Earth's temperature and climate have varied throughout time (video link). Students then worked on Part 3 of the Earth's Climate History booklet for the remainder of the block. Homework: Please ensure your Earth's Climate Booklet is complete for Thursday's class. Reminders: Thursday is an early closure day.

May 17th (Sci) - Today we began by getting our Math Volume quizzes back. Mr. Menzies discussed a few items related to this quiz and also offered extra help next Wednesday at lunch recess, and a re-quiz on Thursday May 23 at lunch recess. After this, we continued to work on our Earth's Climate History packages (link to package). Students are asked to use online resources and youtube to explore the topics covered and complete the activities. We have had 2-3 days now to work on this assignment and will have some time next Tuesday to finish it. Tip: When researching online, enter your search but add "for kids" if you search to get a more age appropriate resource that is easier to understand. Homework: Please ensure you have finished all parts in the Earth's Climate History package up until Part 3: The Ice Ages - cooling periods in Earth’s history. We will look at Ice Ages on Tuesday. Have a great long weekend!

May 16th - Today there was no Math or Science in block 4 as our class was on a field trip to the BC Legislature with Mrs. Campbell. Homework: Please be sure you have finished your Carbon Cycle poster are are ready to hand it in tomorrow.

May 15th (MA/Sci): Today we wrote a quiz on calculating volume. After the quiz, students had the option of working on the finishing touches for their Carbon Cycle group posters, working on their Earth's Climate History packages, or on other work from Humanities. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: Field trip tomorrow to the BC Legislature with Mrs Campbell.

May 14th (Ma): Today we spent some time reviewing and preparing for the volume quiz tomorrow. We began by creating a study sheet where students had to demonstrate step by step instruction for calculating the area of rectangles, circles, and also the volume of rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and cylinders. students also received a practice prackage today (link) and had the class to ask questions, for clarification, and for help. Early finishers, and students who have a strong grasp of these concepts, were given an extension package to work on for the rest of the class. Homework: Please spend some time ensuring you know how to calculate volume for tomorrow quiz. Also, groups who have not finished their Carbon Cycle posters are asked to put the finishing touches on their posters in the next day or two. Reminders: 7-4 is going on a field trip on Thursday May 16th to the BC Legislature.

May 13th (Sci): Today continued to put the finishing touches on our group Carbon Cycle posters in block 3. We began class by watching a short video to remind us of some of the main features and the importance of the carbon cycle (video link). After this, we reviewed the criteria for the assignment and students had the rest fo the block to work on their posters. Early finishers filled out a peer assessment for each of their partners, and a self assessment reflecting on their work in a group setting. In block 4, we began learning about a new topic related to Earth's systems: Earth's Climate History. We began by reviewing a short video about mud coring and how scientists can look for clues in certain places to reveal what Earth's climate was like in the past (video link). After this, students were given a learning package on Earth's climate history (link to package) and we read through, discussed, and completed the first page together. Students then continued to work on Part 1 and Part 2 of the package. This is not assigned for homework as we will continue to work on it on Friday. Homework: Groups who have not finished their Carbon Cycle posters are asked to put finishing touches on their assignments and be ready to hand in this week. There will also be a Math quiz on Volume on Wednesday and we will spend some time reviewing these concepts in tomorrow's class.

May 9th (Sci): Today we again began by attending to our plant for The Great Plant Race. Some students brought some items from home to assist in the growth of their plants, but a reminder that these must be run by Mr. Menzies before proceeding. We decided as a class that all teams will be able to take their plants home over the weekend as Friday is a Pro-D day. After this, we reviewed the criteria for the Carbon Cycle Group Project and addressed any questions that came up (link to assignment). We also addressed good teamwork strategies involving delegating tasks and frequently checking in with one another to ensure everyone is on the same page. For the reminder of the block, we worked on researching and constructing our posters. We will again work on this in block 3 on Monday and hopefully wrap up the assignment early next week. Homework: Please review your responsibilities for this team assignment and spend approximately 20 minutes preparing to work together again on Monday in block 3. Reminders: There will be a quiz for measuring volume on Wednesday next week.

May 8th (Ma/Sci): Today we began by attending to our plant for The Great Plant Race. Some students brought some items from home to assist in the growth of their plants, but a reminder that these must be run by Mr. Menzies before proceeding. After this, we continued to look at measuring and calculating volume. Students were given practice worksheets to work on (link) & (link to answers), and then they were given a task to go out into the school yard and find several features that resembled the 3D shapes we have been calculating volume for (triangular prism, rectangular prism, and cylinder). Following this, early finishers worked on the package that was handed out yesterday (link). We will continue to review volume next week asn this will be followed by a quiz. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes practicing calculating volume. Reminders: Friday is a Pro-D Day.

May 7th (Sci/Ma): Today we began by tending to our plants and recording our first few measurements and observations. Students are reminded that if they bring any additional substances to add to their plan, that they must ask Mr. Menzies first. After this, we worked in partners to take on a STEM related activity. Each pair had 10- 15 minutes to construct a perfect 125 square centimeter perfect cube. Teams did a great job and it was very difficult to award a winner. We then discussed what volume is (we touched on this back in december) and reviewed some notes that were handed out in a package (link). We then practiced a few questions and students took on questions that suited their experience and level of understanding. We will continue to learn about and to calculate volume in various ways tomorrow. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to work on your volume package. Reminders: There will be extra help offered tomorrow at lunch recess for those who feel they could use some help with measuring and calculating circles. There will be a re-test offered on Thursday at lunch recess.

May 6th (Sci): Today we began by watching a short news clip (CBC) on the latest UN report on species (link), discussing how humans are generally impacting the world, and what solutions we can look to for a sustainable future and healthy natural environment. After this, we viewed another short video clip explaining the carbon cycle (link) before reviewing the criteria for the group poster project and then working on it. Students had the rest of the block to work on this assignment (link to assignment). In block 4 we began with a class competition: The Great Plant Race. We have been learning about photosynthesis and in doing so will be competing to see who can grow the tallest plant (snap pea). We started by reviewing some notes as to what photosynthesis is and how it works, and then reviewed the criteria for the activity (link to activity handout). Students picked their own partners and they had 15 minutes to research anything they could related to growing plants. After this, we headed outside to the creak area to gather soil and other natural things each team determined woudl help grow their plant. Finally we planted our seeds and measured an amount of water to add to their paper cup. We will be monitoring and nurturing our plants all the way to June and determine a winner then. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: There is a non-instructional day this Friday May 10th.

May 3rd(Sci): Today we started looking at another important cycle on Earth: The Carbon Cycle. Students will be working on a group project for this activity and are encouraged to develop the teamwork skills we discussed in class today. They will need to delegate tasks, support each other, and problem solve together to complete an effective and informative poster on the Carbon Cycle. We began by reviewing what a cycle is and how carbon is a very common element found on Earth. We also briefly discussed how it can exist in a gas for as carbon dioxide, is an essential component in organic life forms, and where we can find it on Earth in differnt quantities. Each student was given the criteria for the assignment (link to Carbon Cycle Assignment) and Mr. Menzies announced working groups for this project. We reviewed the criteria for the project and began constructing our Earth posters in our groups. Towards the end of the block, Math quizzes (Calculating and Measuring Circles) were returned and we reviewed some of the questions. Students will be offered extra help next Wednesday May 8th at lunchtime and the re-quiz will be offered next Thursday May 9th at lunchtime. Homework: No homework assigned this weekend. Students who would like to improve their Math quiz score are encouraged to review notes and handouts in preparation of writing the re-quiz next week. We will be continuing to work on our group Carbon Cycle posters on Monday. Have a great weekend!

May 2nd (Sci): Today we participated in the Creatures of Habitat program which was facilitated for all grade 6 and 7 classes. This program brought naturalists, biologists, horticulturalists into the school to work with classes in their area and the program ran for the whole day as classes rotated through the stations. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: Water Cycle poster were due today in block 4. Those handed in at this point are considered late unless Mr. Menzies has granted an extension.

May 1(Ma/Sci): Today we did our circles quiz. Early finishers were given an extension package with more challenging Math problems. Towards the end of the block, we worked on our Science water cycle posters, Hour of Code, or work from other classes. Homework: Science water cycle posters are due tomorrow. Reminders: Div 7-4 will be participating in the Creatures of Habitat program for the whole day tomorrow. Please bring appropriate clothing to be outside for most of the day tomorrow.

April 30th (MA/Sci): Today we worked on a measuring and calculating circles practice package in preparation for our quiz tomorrow (link to package). When students were finished, they had the option to work on their Science water cycle posters, or do a computer programming tutorial on Hour of Code, or continue studying and getting help for the quiz. Homework: Please continue to complete your Science poster and/or student for the Math circles quiz.

April 29 (Sci): After learning how energy come from the Sun and how the greenhouse effect works, today our focus was the water cycle. We began by watching short video as a segway to our topic today (video link). After this, we watched Bill Nye: The Water Cycle and completed this handout (link). We then looked at the criteria for our activity today and reviewed the directions and details (Water Cycle Activity Handout). Students then began their drafts and started researching the different stages and features along the water cycle for the rest fo the block. In block 4, we began by watching a short video clip (video link) from NASA about the distribution of water around the Earth and how temperature influence how much water vapour there is in the air (a greenhouse gas). For the reminder of the block, we continued to work on the water cycle assignment. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes working on your water cycle assignment. This will be due in good copy form on Thursday.

April 26 (MA): Today we began with a pre-quiz on calculating and measuring circles. Students used this exercise to evaluate which areas/skills they need to review and strengthen. After we reviewed the answers and how to do each question, there were two options: get extra help with some of the topics we have been working on, or take on an extension activity looking at architecture that is based on some of the shaped we have worked with this year (link to activity). Students had to find 3 different buildings around the world and attempt to calculate their surface areas. Of the three buildings, one had to be based on a rectangle, one on a triangle, and one on a circle. Others worked on Math skills they felt that they needed some more practice with. Homework: No homework tonight however there will be a quiz on calculating and measuring circles next Tuesday.

April 25 (SCI/MA): Today Mr. Menzies was away at a meeting so Ms. Hall was in for him. In block 4 we watched Bill Nye: Heat and completed an accompanying activity sheet (link to video). After reviewing the information in the handout, students then had the opportunity to expand their computer programming/coding skills by working on an Hour of Code tutorial (link to website) for the remainder of the block. Homework: No homework tonight however there will be a quiz on calculating and measuring circles next week.

April 24 (MA): Today extra help was offered to student who were not happy with their percents test, and this was followed by an opportunity to write a re-test to receive extra credit for their percents mark. In block 4 we began with a partner activity where one person had to teach how to determine/calculate attributed and measurements of a circle to their partner and then in switched roles. After this, we reviewed how to calculate the circumference and area of a circle. Today we extended these skills to involve calculating/determining the radius and then the circumference when given the area of a circle. Students were given the following handout (link to handout) and we practiced this for the remainder of the block. The last two pages of the handout are extensions and students are encouraged, but not required to complete these. Early finishers were also given an extension activity where they had to use a chromebook to investigate how to determine more complex area and perimeter problems. Homework: No assigned homework tonight, however we will be having a quiz on Circles next week so some studying or review may be required in the coming days.

April 23rd (Sci): I hope everyone had a great long weekend! Today we bagan by watching Bill Nye: Atmosphere and learned about some additional attributes and properties of our atmosphere (link to video). After this, a new seating plan was unveiled and we found our new spots. We then looked at what the "greenhouse effect" is, how greenhouses work, and how our atmosphere works in the same way to keep our planet at a "livable" temperature. These two short video clips helped demonstrate and explain the greenhouse effect (video 1, video 2) and we also looked at the note in the Science package we have been working on from last week (link to package). Students worked on Part 3: The Greenhouse Effect and Part 4: Climate and Weather for the remainder of the class. Students are reminded to add depth and detail to their responses and research. Homework: Please complete the Science we have been working on last week and today. This includes Part 3: The Greenhouse Effect and Part 4: Climate and Weather. Reminders: There will be extra help offered for Math and Science on Wednesday April 24th next week at advisory in the green conference room. There will also be a percents re-test offered at lunch recess also on Wednesday April 24 during advisory and lunch recess.

April 18th (Sci): We bagan today's class with a discussion about how people knew there were planets in the sky before we had telescopes or spacecraft that could fly to them and take pictures (The consistent backdrop of the stars versus the varying trajectory of the planets). After this, we revisited what we covered on Monday and reviewed what happens to the Sun's energy when it hits Earth. In addition we viewed a short video on what the ozone layer is, how humans have impacted it, and why it is important (link to video). After this, we watched a short video on what albedo is any why it is important in understanding the Earth's energy balance and budget (video link), and divided 3 examples of surfaces with varying albedos in their work booklet (link to booklet). W then reviewed the experiment that some students who finished their work early conducted on Monday related to albedo and temperature. The data set that was collected on Monday was shared and everyone recorded and graphed this data in their work booklet, then answered the accompanying critical thinking questions related to albedo. At this point, students are expected to have parts 1 and 2 in their Sun and Earth Relationship booklet finished (link to booklet). Homework: Please make sure your Science and Math work is finished and up to date. Reminders: There will be extra help offered for Math and Science on Wednesday April 24th next week at advisory in the green conference room. There will also be a percents re-test offered at lunch recess also on Wednesday April 24 during advisory and lunch recess.

April 17th (MA): Today percents tests were handed back at the beginning of block 4. We reviewed many of the questions and addressed a few questions were some people had a bit of trouble. After this, students were given a circles package (link to circles package). We reviewed some of the skill that we have covered so far (determining and calculating radius, diameter, circumference, and area) and the first two pages provided some questions to practice these skills. After this, we went outside and we used sidewalk chalk and sting to create our own circles, and then measured their attributes to calculate their circumference and area. Finally, students were tasked with finding 5-6 circles around the school yard to measure and calculate circumference and area. Homework: Please finish the package that was handed out today.

April 16th (MA): Today we continued to learn about circles, how to measure them, and how to calculate attributes of circles. We began with a short review of what we did last Friday (measuring radius, diameter, and circumference, and what Pi means) and played a short game of who can draw the most perfect circle. After this, we learned about how to calculate the area of a circle and worked through the notes and practice questions in the package handed out today (Link to Package). For the rest of the block we worked on additional practice worksheets added to the package (link to additional practice worksheets). Tomorrow we will continue to practice these skills and Percents Math Tests will be handed back. Homework: Please ensure you have finished the booklet handed out today.

April 15 (Sci): Today we began class by learning again about the Sun and how it is the source for nearly all energy on Earth. We also learned about Earth's Energy Balance/Budget and watched two short video clips illustrating this. Video Link 1: The Sun, Video Link 2:Earth's Energy Budget. After this, students had about 15 - 20 minutes to continue researching and working on their "What happens to the Sun's rays when they hit Earth's atmosphere and surface" posters. A new package was then handed out entitled The Sun and Earth Relationship. We reviewed why understanding Earth's energy flows and balance is important, and worked on the page Earth: Where It It Hot? Where Is It Not? for the reminder of the block. In block 4, we continued working on this section of the booklet for the first part of the block. After this, we learned and discussed how the intensity of the Sun at different points on Earth is greatly determined by the angle at which the Sun's rays hit Earth and the distance they have to travel through the atmosphere, and then completed the exercise outlined on the next page of the booklet. Students also then had to uncover why we have different seasons and collect notes and diagrams explaining this using their Chromebook. Finally, we worked on the next page and defined the terms outlined that relate to the greenhouse effect of which we will need to know for Thursday's class. Early finishers were assigned to conduct the albedo experiment and to collect data as outlined in the package. We will need this data for Thursday's class and students who didn't get a chance to collect this data can do so on Thursday.

Homework: Please ensure you have finished your poster and all parts in the booklet up to and including the terms page entitled: The Sun's Rays have arrived! What happens next?.

April 12 (MA): Today we began with a follow up discussion on nuclear energy, how we use it, how it can be helpful, and how it can be dangerous (ie.Fukushima/ Chernobyl). After this, we watched a short video on how we can continue to communicate with the Voyager spacecraft using radio waves (video link). After this, we jumped into our new unit in Math on circles. We began by defining circles and discussing the difference between circle and ellipses. Students were given a circles package (link to package, link to worksheet 1, link to worksheet 2). We then learned about what the different measurements are on a circle (radius, diameter, circumference). Homework: Please finish the circles package handed out today. Reminders: Term 2 Report Cards went home today.

April 11(Sci): Today we continued to learn about the energy emitted from the Sun and we began by reviewing what we learned last day about the different types of energy and the electromagnetic spectrum. Today we took on a poster inquiry assignment were students had to investigate what happens to the Sun's radiant energy when it reaches Earth. We learned that some of the energy is reflected and/or some absorbed and re-emitted by either the atmosphere, clouds, or the various types of surfaces on Earth. Students had to design a poster that communicates this process by researching it on their Chromebooks and considering the many visual diagrams depicting this process online. We also briefly discussed how light works and how it's waves have a specific wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes working on your poster. Be sure to add some depth and detail to your captions and diagrams.

April 10 (MA): Today we wrote a test on Percents, thus wrapping up our unit on proportion. Students who finished their tests early, had a chance to work on other work from other subjects, or do a computer programming tutorial. I will mark the tests ASAP and return. As per usual, there will be an option for a re-test for students who feel like they would benefit form this. Homework: No homework tonight.

April 9 (MA): Today we began with an estimating percents activity. Big shapes were drawn on the board, and Mr. Menzies shaded various portions of them. Students had to estimate what proportion/ percent was shaded. This varied from easy to advanced. After this, we learned some strategies about how to estimate percents, students were given this percents package (Link to package). We worked through the package and discussed various ways to estimate and also ways we can think about estimating as a practical mental Math skill. After we worked through the estimating package, students had the choice of studying for the Percents test tomorrow, or if they felt really comfortable with the concepts and skills, an extension handout was offered to challenge their Math skills. Homework: Please continue to prepare for the Percents Test tomorrow. Use the quiz that we did before March Break as a good guide for the skills you will need to know. Reminders: There will be extra help offered at second recess for those who have any questions or need some help with any of the skills on the test.

April 5 (MA/Sci): Today we did a short review quiz on calculating and working with percents to begin class. We reviewed the solutions for all questions and students marked their own work to gauge which skills they may need to review before a test next week (Wednesday). After this, we reviewed what we had learned about the different types of energy, and then looked specifically at radiant electromagnetic energy that come from the sun. We learned that this type of energy travels in rays of waves and that the wavelength of these determines the intensity of the energy. Students were given a package to read (link to package) and work through and we did this largely as a class, using chromebooks to investigate different concepts. In this, we had to identify different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Homework: Please ensure that all of your Science work this week is fully complete and begin to think about preparing for the percents test next Wednesday. Reminders: Monday is a Pro-D day.

April 4 (Sci): Today we reflected on Monday and our rocket STEM activity as well as what we learned about energy. We began by watching a live space walk on the International Space Station for a few minutes, and then a short video clip on what the Apollo space mission whas and the engineering and components of the Saturn 5 rocket (Video Link). We then worked on the post launch reflection and analysis questions in our booklets (handed out Monday - booklet link). When students were finished, we then used Chromebooks to explore the different types of energy and complete the last section of the booklet. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes working on the types of energy handout. This will need to be done for next week.

April 3 (MA): Today we began with some practice of all the ways we have calculated percent. Students worked on a variety of questions and practiced these skills for the first 25 minutes of the block. Early finishers worked on an extension involving calculating a percent increase and decrease. After this, we reviewed what we had learned about what interest is and watched a few short videos describing what credit cards are, how they can be dangerous if not used with care, and the levels of debt canadians currently have (link to CBC video). We then imagined going on a shopping spree with a credit card, calculated the tax, and then calculated the compound interest on this debt from year to year (Link to handout). Homework: Please finish your shopping spree and your calculations for the compound interest on your credit card debt. Reminders: Monday April 8th is a Pro-D day.

April 2 (MA): Today we reviewed many of the skills we worked on before Spring Break. Students made a poster that explained each way to calculate percent and clearly showed an example of how to do this. After this, we worked on some review questions and also practiced some percent calculations related to Olympic statistics (link to handout). We also discussed determining a sale price for a purchase that is marked a percentage off. Homework: No homework tonight.

April 1 (Sci): Welcome back from Spring Break! In block 3 we began our mini unit on Energy. Students were given the following package today (Package Link). We began by watching a short video clip (video link), then brainstorming what we already know about energy, and what questions we have about it. After this, we watched Bill Nye: Energy and completed a worksheet covering Energy basics. For the second part of the lesson today, we formed engineering teams and were given a mission: Deliver an important satellite into orbit working with force, gravity, and thrust. This entailed using a plastic water bottle, vinegar, and baking soda, and students had to engineer a rocket that could take off from the lower black top and land on the upper black top (see package). I block 4 we watched a short video about leaving Earth an entering orbit (video link), and filled out the pre-launch section of the package. Following this, teams constructed their rockets and we headed outside to test them. No one was completely successful, but we had some rockets that were close. The wind was not in our favour today unfortunately. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: Next Monday April 8th is a Pro-D Day.

March 15th - Today we had a double block of PE in the morning. We began with some wrestling activities in block 1, and in block 2 we tested out some new badminton equipment and played a doubles tournament in the gym. During the badminton, Mr. Menzies had end of term 2 interviews with each student to review and reflect on their performance over the past 3 months and hand back marks for Science projects. Homework: No homework over Spring Break! Rest up, relax, have fun, and stay active. Have a wonderful holiday and see you in April!

March 14th (Math): Today we reviewed and analyzed a stock to begin class, following up on our lesson yesterday. We looked at Apple Inc on a finance website and discussed some of the different metrics that describe aspects of the stock. After this we wrote our percents quiz. Early finishers were given a challenge question related to calculating a mortgage and trying to determine the compound interest over 25 years, and how long it would take to pay down. Homework: No homework tonight.

March 13th (Math): Today we did a pre-quiz on converting fractions to decimals to percents, and also how to calculate percentages. Students marked their own work to assess which skills they needed to review. After this, we learned about stocks and dividends and had a discussion around how they work, then continued to work on our finance packages. We also learned about calculating interest for bank accounts. Early finishers worked on Hour of Code tutorials, or other school work. Homework: Please prepare for the percents quiz tomorrow.

March 12th (Math): Today Mr. Menzies had to go home sick, so there was a substitute teacher leading our class in block 4. We continued working on percent and finances, and started with a review of calculating sales tax and tipping. After this we learned about stocks and dividends, and students continued to work through the stocks and dividends section of their finance booklet (link to booklet). For the second half of the block, we jumped on Chromebooks and chose an Hour of Code computer programming tutorial to work through. Homework: please prepare for a quiz on percents later this week.

March 11th (Ma/Sci): Today we began by reviewing and practicing converting fractions, decimals, and percents to begin class. After this, we watched a short video introducing what taxes are and some of the history behind how they are used and the different types of tax (Video Link). Following the video, students were given a Taxes Booklet (Link to Booklet) and we discussed and learned about how taxes look in Canada and how we have different taxes from Province to Province in Canada, as well as Federal taxes as well. We learned how to calculate provincial sales tax (PST), goods and services tax (GST), and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for the purchase price of a good or service, and then how to determine the total price after taxes using what we learned about calculating percent. In block 4, we began by finishing some Science presentations of students who were away, and then organized all of our term 2 Science handouts, notes, activities from the beginning of December to now to create some space in our binders and to hand in. After this, some student had to finish their Science project activity from Friday, or they continued to work on their sales tax work from block 3. Homework: No homework tonight, however there will be a small quiz on calculating percent and converting percents to decimals and fractions on Wednesday this week.

March 8 (Sci) - Today we had the last few presenters present their Science projects in block 2. After this, we did a "Chemistry Elements Exhibit Visitor Activity" (document link) where students had to randomly select 4 elements not including their own, and investigate project criteria related questions when looking at another student's project. They also had to think about some assessment questions on different projects and critically think about various aspects. Finally, they had to do some self reflection related to their own performance throughout this assignment. This concludes our Element Science project. We will continue to look at a few other aspects of working and analyzing matter, and will also continue to with proportion (percents) in Math next week before Spring Break. Homework: No homework this weekend! Enjoy after working had this week to get you Science projects done. Have a great weekend. Reminders: Science projects need to go home on Monday as Mr. Sparanese needs lots of space for a science activity the grade 8's will be doing in our room.

Mar 7th (Sci) - Today we unveiled/ had the grand opening of our Science World Victoria Elements of the Periodic Table Chemistry Exhibit. Students arranged their posters, models, and samples around the perimeter of the classroom and we continued around the classroom presenting our elements. Each student was required to present a minimum of 10 facts about their element, along with the basic atomic components (# of electrons, protons, neutrons). They also had to present their 3D model and sample to the class. We managed to get through most of the presentations, however we will still need to have the last few people present tomorrow. We will then do an activity where we will need to look closer at other's projects to find out more about other elements, and also do a reflection on the learning/research process we went through on Friday. Homework: No homework tonight.

Mar 6th (Ma/Sci) - Today we began with a short review of calculating percentages. We began by reviewing how to find a percent of a number (ie. 56% of 80), and then how to determine what % one number is of another number (Link to Math handout). After this, we discussed what our Science Project presentation will look like and and students were given a handout with criteria and and help organize the point they will make in their presentation (Link to presentation handout). We then had the rest of the block to continue working on our Science projects and to ask Mr. Menzies about final details. At the end of the block, students were reminded to review their criteria package (Element Science Project Package Link)to ensure they had covered all parts, and also that the classroom will be open by 8:15am tomorrow if they want to drop off their poster, model, and sample. Homework: Please put the finishing touches on your Science projects and be ready to present and hand them in tomorrow in block 4.

Mar 5th (Sci) - Today we began by completing a PE self assessment where students reviewed and evaluated their performance in PE throughout term 2. After this, we did a short practice worksheet on converting fractions to decimals to percents. This took approximately 10 - 15 minutes. For the rest of the block, students continued to work on their Elements projects and had time to ask Mr. Menzies questions, for feedback, and for clarification. I made it very clear as well that they should review the criteria to ensure they have followed all parts and that they have added quality depth to their explanations and information. Homework: Please continue to work on completing your Science projects (Link to Elements Science Project Package). Projects are due at the beginning of block 4 on Thursday, March 7th.

Mar 1st:(Sci) - Today we were working on our Science projects in the classroom. We began by reviewing what quality resources are and the importance of cross checking information from a variety of sources. We also, reviewed some details on the criteria of the assignment. For the rest of the block, students continued to take notes, find effective and appropriate visuals, plan their models, and plan their poster boards. Homework: Please start constructing your model and sample for the weekend, and start thinking about what your poster board will look like. The project is due Thursday March 7th at the beginning of block 4. Reminders: Remember that some of the elements are dangerous and students are encouraged to create a fake sample, or ask Mr. Menzies if you are not sure about bringing in a real sample to school next week.

Feb 28th - Today we were again in the Learning Commons working on our Elements research project for Science (Project Package Link). We began by reviewing the assessment criteria the the skills we are developing by ding this project, and also had a short discussion about what makes a great poster. After that, students had the rest of the block to take notes from LC resources, ask questions and for feedback on their ideas, and to start to plan out their poster boards, models and samples. Homework: Please continue to work on your Element project. This includes, taking notes, finding visuals, obtaining a poster board that is appropriate size, and finding the materials for your model and sample. Reminders : The Elements research project is due at the start of block 4 class on Thursday March 7th.

Feb 27th (Sci) - Today we worked on percent in Math for half of the block. We began by watching a Math Antics video (link to video) on percents which described what it is and reviewed its relationship to decimals and fractions. After this, we learned how to determine what 1% of any quantity is, and practiced a few questions in a package handed out today (link to Percent package). We also learned about how to determine what a certain percent (ie. 60%) is of a quantity (ie. what is 60% of 25), how to determine what percent one number is of another (ie. 65 of 98) and practiced a few questions on this skill. After this, students worked on their science research projects for the reminder of the block. Homework: Please continue to work on your Elements project and start thinking about collecting the materials you will need for your model and sample. Reminders: This Monday is a Pro-D day and Elements project will be due on Thursday next week. Students will have tomorrow, Friday, and some time in class next week to work on their projects.

Feb 26th (Sci) - Today we were in the Learning Commons again working on our Elements Science projects (link to Project Package). We began class by reviewing the criteria and highlighting some of the skills that we will practice and develop by doing this project. We also clarified a few details: text can be presented in point form or paragraph form, the short presentation will include presenting the 10 most essential pieces of information about the element, and the project will be due next week on Wednesday or Thursday (TBC later this week). Students were also allowed to sign out the books they need from the Learning Commons to take home. Homework: Please continue to research and take notes on the prompted questions outlined in the Project Package. Reminders: Please start thinking about what materials you will need to construct your 3D model (Michaels, bulk food isle, Staples, Dollar Store). Also go online and see the creative ways other students have created atomic models.

Feb 25th (Sci) - Today we began in block 3 by introducing the concepts of how we classify matter. We began by watching Bill Nye: Atoms (link to video) and reviewed some of the ideas highlighted by the movie (link to video worksheet). After the video, This included differentiating between elements as the basic building blocks of matter and how they can combine to form compounds and more complex molecules. We also learned that matter can be classified as a pure substance or a mixture of differnt pure substances. Students read the beginning parts of Chapter 6 of the textbook and completed the following handout (link to handout). We also looked at the periodic table and learned about how the different elements are arranged and organized according to their properties. Over lunchtime, we had to think about 5 elements that we would be interested in knowing more about. In block 4, we went to the Learning Commons and were introduced to an Elements research project we will be working on (link to project handout). After reviewing the criteria, we drew names from a box to determine the choosing order for picking elements. For the remaining half an hour, students reviewed resources of offer from the learning commons (books on the different elements were on display) and finalized their decision as to which element they would focus on for this assignment. In this assignment the basic components will be a poster, a sample of their element (or if toxic a mimicked example), and a model that represents the atomic structure of their element's atom. Homework: Please continue to research using resources from the Learning Commons website, take notes that address the criteria of the assignment, and be sure to record where you found your information in the "Sources" page of the handout package. Reminders: We will have significant time in class to research our elements in class, however students are required to work on this assignment at home and to collect materials to meet the criteria for the assignment. Again here is the link to the Project Package that outlines the criteria and provides scaffolding for research (Link to Project).

Feb 22nd (Ma) - Today we continued to learn how fractions, decimals, and percent can all represent proportion in relation to 1 whole. We began by watching 2 Brainpop videos (Percent, and Interest), and then had a discussion about how banks and credit unions work. We also discussed compound interest and we will continue looking at percents and finance next week. After this, we practiced converting percents, to decimals, to fractions and back (Handout from today). Early finishers started reading the beginning of chapter 6 as we will be looking at Atoms, Elements, and Compounds. Students were encouraged to look at the periodic table and have a few elements in mind as we will be starting a research project next week. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to work on your Math package handed out today (Handout from today). Also, spend 10 minutes looking at a few elements you may be interested in researching next week.

Feb 21st (Sci) - In block 4 today, we continued with the next part of our acidity lab. After reviewing some of the details and concepts covered yesterday, we discussed what a scale is and how we can create on in Science using properties of matter such as acidity or temperature. Today we worked through an activity where we had to take what we learned yesterday and use a universal indicator to create an acidity scale using the array of substances we used yesterday. Here is the link to the work booklet handed out today (Acidity Activity Day 2 Handout). Throughout this lab, students had to make observations and collect data so that they could create an acidity scale using a universal indicator (red cabbage juice). By adding this to each substance (ie. dish soap solution or lemon juice) the combination would produce different vibrant colouration depending on it's acidity. We also practiced lab safety while doing this activity and had to be careful with various equipment when performing out experiments. Homework: Please use you data and the textbook to answer the reflection and analysis questions in the booklet handed out today. By tomorrow it is expected that both parts of this activity are complete. Reminders: The Science re-test is tomorrow at advisory and lunch hour for students who would like to earn extra credit on their chapter 4 and 5 test.

Feb 20th (Sci) - Today we learned about acidity as a property of matter. We began by exploring what acidity is, how it can be measured, and how different solutions can have varying degrees of this property. Acidity Activity Part 1 was handed out (Link to handout) and students reviewed pages 160-162 and completed a worksheet to orient themselves as to what acidity is and how a pH scale can be used to determine how acidic or basic a substance is. After this, we formed lab groups, put on safety equipment, and worked through the activity covered in the hanout. Students used pH litmus paper to test the acidity of various substances and recorded their observations and data. We will continue with the second part of this lab tomorrow. Homework: Please ensure you have finished all parts to the handout today. This includes the terms from the textbook and the questions listed in the hanout. Reminders: There will be a re-test for the chapter 4 and 5 Science test on Friday during advisory and lunchtime.

Feb 19th (Ma) - Today we began by tackling a few 1 minute riddles in partners to get our critical thinking warmed up. After this, we reviewed what proportion is and how decimals, fractions, and percents are related, and how to convert decimals to fractions and vice versa. More specifically, we worked with decimal numbers up to ten thousandths, as well as decimal numbers greater than one whole, and fractions of various size and form. Students were given a package with notes and exercises for them to practice converting decimals and fractions (Link to Package w/ answers). We also, highlighted benchmark fractions, decimals, and percents (ie. 1/2, 1/4, 3/4 and 0.5, 0.25, 0.75, and 50%, 25%, and 75%) and practices working with them. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes more working on this package. Students who finished in class today can spend 20 minutes working on a Hour of Code tutorial. Reminders: Interim reports have been sent home to all students. Please sign and return the bottom portion to Mr. Menzies. Also, the Science Properties of Matter re-test will be this Friday Feb 22.

Feb 14th (Ma.Sci) - Happy Valentines Day! Today we had a number of students away, or had several who had to leave early. We began class by handing back and reviewing the Science test we wrote last week. There will be the opportunity to write a re-test to achieve some extra credit later next week (TBA) For the rest of the block, we focussed on some computer programming. Students used Chromebooks to work on a tutorial from Hour of Code, Skratch, or TinkerCad for the reminder of the block. Homework: No homework this weekend. Enjoy your Family Day long weekend spending time with your family.

Feb 13th - Snow day #3. If you want to get ahead, please go to one of the Math resource links found in the "Math Resources" tab above and look into working with percents and fractions. For Science, we will be working on Chapter 6 of the textbook. There are also some great links in the "Science Resources" tab above for you to explore. Perhaps looking into what meteorology is and what weather patterns are will be interesting given the recent snowfall. Likely see you tomorrow.

Feb 12th - Snow day #2. I hope everyone enjoyed this unusual weather and stayed safe out there. Hope to see you tomorrow.

Feb 11th - Snow day! School has been cancelled. If you are bored, have a look at Hour of Code, Tinkercad, or any other other Math resource websites on my Math Resources tab. We will be working on Decimals and Percents later this week. Enjoy the snow!

Feb 8th (Sci/MA): In block 2 today, we did another STEM challenge in teams for about 2/3 of the block. We also began learning about the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percent and how they all can represent proportional value. We also learned how to convert fractions to decimals (and decimals to fractions) and practiced doing this for the reminder of the block. We will continue to focus on this next week as we also focus on percent. Homework: No homework this weekend! Enjoy the snow and stay warm! Reminders: Science test will be handed back on Monday, and interim reports will go home next week.

Feb 7th (Sci): Today we had a Science test on the properties of matter and measuring matter (Ch. 5 and 6). I will have them marked by Monday of next week. One of the study strategies we reviewed was creating a short slide show that review chapter 4 and 5. I had students share it with me leading up to the test so I could get an idea of what they reviewed and get a sense of how they prepared for the test. Homework: No homework tonight! Reminders: Interim reports will be going home soon to give parents a snapshot of your son/daughter's progress this term so far.

Feb 6th (MA/Sci): Today we began by reviewing fractions and practicing simplifying fractions by estimating. We practiced this for half the block and learned about how this mental math can be practical when estimating proportion. After this, we have bout 35 minutes to work on our study slide show on ch. 4 and 5. Following this test, we will be doing a few more labs related to Chemistry and then a larger research project on atoms and elements. Homework: Please continue to work on your study slide show to help prepare for the test tomorrow. Good Luck!

Feb 5th (MA/Sci): Today we worked in groups and played a review game of jeopardy in teams. Some students who needed extra help also had the option to review fraction skills with Mrs Adams as well. Teams had to pick a math or Science category and attempt to answer various questions in that category (fractions and chemistry topics). After this, as we missed our physical activity in block 1 today due to a presentation, we went outside to get exercise and fresh air for the last 20 minutes of the day. Homework: Please continue to create your Science study slideshow on Chapters 4 and 5 as we have a test on Thursday. There will be approximately half the block tomorrow to work on it again in class and ask Mr. Menzies about any concept or detail you may need clarification for.

Feb 4th (MA/Sci): Today in block 3, fractions quizzes were hande back and we reviewed how to simplify fractions and to determine equivalent fractions. We also learned about how and why we need to find a common denominator between two fractions and how we can add and subtract fractions when they have common denominators. Students practiced these skills for about 20 minutes, and then had the option of working on TinkerCad (a 3D design program on the web), continuing to practice adding and subtracting fractions, or to get extra help around simplifying fractions, determining equivalent fractions, or communicating fractions on a number line. Those who needed help with equivalent fractions also watched this video (Equivalent Fractions). In the coming weeks we will be learning about the relationship fractions have with decimals and percent. In block 4 today, we began by watching some short video clips explaining and demonstrating chemical reactions, highlighting where we find them in our natural world, and some of the most historically important chemical reactions discovered (Chemical Reactions that Changed History), (Chemical Reaction: Lighting a Match). After this, we worked on a studying activity where we used the Chromebooks to create a slideshow of the main ideas presented in Chapter 4 and 5 of the textbook (Ch 4: Properties of Matter, Ch 5: Matter is Made up of Moving Particles). We discussed how we can extract the idea from each section and don't need to copy every word. There will be a test on Thursday this week, and the slideshow provides structure to review the main ideas and concepts we have covered over January. Homework: Please continue to work on your slideshow in preparation for the Science test on Thursday. There will be some time to work on this slideshow and study for the test on Wednesday, but not the whole block. Also, please spend 15 minutes practicing/reviewing fractions skills you find difficult. Go to my Math tab to see many resources that help explain each concept.

Feb 1 (MA/Sci): We began block 2 today with a short Math pop quiz on fractions. We focussed on the fractions concepts and skills that have been covered over the last several Math classes. After this, students worked to complete a digital or paper poster that presents the indicators of chemical changes (p. 123). They are allowed to so this on the computer, or create a paper poster that effectively communicates, both visually and with text, the ways we know that a chemical change has happened. We worked on this for the remainder of the block. Next week, we will be focussing on adding and subtracting fractions, as well as how fractions are related to decimals as a way to represent proportion. Also, today there was an opportunity to write a re-quiz on integers for students who wanted to receive extra credit added to their integers and coordinate grid mark. Homework: Please finish your good copy of your chemical changes poster. Use p. 123 in the textbook for assistance. Due Monday Feb 4th in block 3. Reminders: There will be a Science test on Ch. 4 and Ch. 5 at the end of next week, so please review.

Jan 31st (Sci): Today we continued to look at physical and chemical changes. We began by reviewing how we know a chemical change has occurred, and watched a short video clip (Video Link). We then worked on a Science lab aimed at creating changes where students had to determine if a chemical or physical change had occurred based on their observations and describing with observational properties. Students were put into groups of 3 and were given a handout (Handout Link). After acquiring their materials, we followed the procedure outlined on p. 126 and 127 of the textbook. After working through the procedure, and recording our observations, we completed some reflective analysis questions on the topic. After the questions students will be asked to create a Chemical Changes poster that effectively communicates the indicators of a chemical change outlined on p. 123 pf the textbook. Homework: Please finish the analysis questions from this lab by using information from the textbook and your observations. Also, please sketch a draft of your chemical changes poster. You will have some time to work on the good copy in class tomorrow.

Jan 30 (MA): Today we began by working in partners and used small whiteboards to practice a number of skills related to fractions that we covered last day, and skills that students have learned about in previous grades. Students rotated around to different whiteboards to see what their peers had answered, and we also took turns practicing skills and giving feedback. After this, we watched a Math Antics video on working with fractions: simplifying fractions, equivalent fractions, and adding fractions. We then worked on Fractions Booklet #1 again and practiced and reviewed the skills covered (Link to Answers for Fractions Booklet #1). Early finishers were given Fractions booklet # 2 and assigned pages 1-2 (number lines) to complete. Next class, we will work on converting fractions to decimals and abc back, as well as adding and subtracting fractions. Homework: Please finish Fractions Booklet #1 and complete the first two pages of booklet #2 (number lines). Links: Fractions booklet # 1, Answers to Fractions Booklet # 1, Answers Fractions Booklet # 2. Reminders: Math help tomorrow Thurs Jan 31st at lunch recess in Mr. Sparanese's room, Integers re-test opportunity on Friday.

Jan 29th (Ma): Today marked Integer Tests were handed back. There will be a re-test offered this Friday Feb 1st or those students who want to earn extra credit, and extra help during lunch recess on Thursday Jan 31st. Today we began our next unit on Proportion: Fractions, Decimals, and Percent. We began by watching a brainpop video to review what fractions are and how they can be used in Math. After this, a fractions package was handed out and we reviewed some key concepts and terms related to fractions (Link to Fractions Package Part 1). Students drew fractions, read fractions, converted improper fractions to mixed numbers, determined equivalent fractions, and compared fractions. Today was intended as review and many students worked quickly though the package, while others needed clarifications and extra practice. Early finishers worked on an extension Math activity. Tomorrow we will continue to work on fractions. Homework: Please ensure you have finished your package up to comparing fractions. (Link to fractions package part 1), (link to answers for fractions package part 1). Reminders: Please ensure you have brought a red duotang for PE. Integer and Coordinate grid re-test this Friday Feb 1st.

Jan 25(Sci): As Monday is a Pro-D day, we had another block of Science today in block 2. After reviewing topics we covered on Thursday, the particle model of matter and the states of matter, and the questions assigned for homework last night, we moved on to learning about physical and chemical changes. As a class we read, discussed, and completed Physical Changes on p. 121 and 122. After this, we watched Bill Nye "Chemical Reactions." We then read through Chemical Changes on p. 122 - 124 and them worked on the CYU questions at the bottom of p. 124. Homework: Please complete the CYU questions at the bottom of p. 124. Also, please start reviewing Chapter 4 as we will be having a Ch. 4/5 test at the end of next week. Reminders: Please ensure you being a ruler and calculator to every Math class.

Jan 24 (Sci): Today we started Chapter 5: Matter is Made Up of Moving Particles (p. 116). I have decided to postpone the Science test on Ch. 4 as Ch.5 is quite short and we will be combining the two for a test down the road instead. The Density Science Lab was due today at the beginning of class. We began the class by reviewing what we learned about the properties of matter and watched a short video clip (Video Link). After this we read through pages 117 and 117 and filled out a notes organizer (Link to Handout). In the meantime, we used a beaker, hot plate, and thermometer to cause matter (water) to change state from solid to liquid to gas. While this happened, students took turns reading the temperature of the water in the beaker while another recorded data and observations in a graph. After we had filled out the notes organizer, we watched Bill Nye Phases of Matter and filled out an organizer that highlighted the key points. Homework: Please read pages 118 - 120 and complete the CYU questions at the bottom of p. 120. Due tomorrow.

Jan 23 (MA): Today we did a math test on integers and coordinate grids. Early finishers worked on completing their Science labs on density or began studying for a Chapter 4 Science test next week. Homework: Science density labs are due tomorrow. Please ensure you have your good copy completed and ready to hand in tomorrow. Also, we will be having a Science test on Chapter 4 next week so please begin to look over this chapter.

Jan 22( MA): Today we reviewed some of the skills and concepts we have covered since the winter break as there is a Quiz on these skills tomorrow. These skills include: Ordering and comparing integers, representing integers and operations on a number line, adding and subtracting integers, using integers to communicate a change in value, and plotting points on a coordinate grid. For the second half of the class, we continued to practice some of these skills, and students who had a strong grasp of these skills had the option to work on some extension activities/math problems. Note: Multiplying and Dividing integers, and the word problems in the following package handed out today, will not be on the quiz tomorrow. Here is the link to the package handed out today: Integers Study and Extension Package. Students not only had to find the answers, they had to represent on a number line that they created below each question. Finally, there will be extra credit available for those who design a 10 questions study quiz based on the skills we have covered. An answer key must be included. Homework: Please look over the handouts and concepts we have covered since the Winter Break and prepare for the quiz tomorrow. Also, reminder that your Density Science Lab is due on Thursday Jan 24.

Jan 21 (Sci): Today we continued to look at density as a property on matter, and also what the scientific method is to determine the answer to a questions. In block 3 we began with a review of density and the factors that can change density. We then started a density lab where students had to hypothesize how much salt added to water could make an egg float. Students worked through a handout where they had to determine masses, volumes, and calculate density, and then record observations and data as they added an increasing quantity of salt to a beaker full of water (Link to handout). As this lab took about a block and a half to complete, we returned to our experiment in block 4. Many students wrapped up the procedural part of the lab about half way through the block and began their analysis questions and conclusion, and then worked on a good copy of their lab write up. This lab write up can be neatly done by hand, or on a computer. Your observations sheet needs to be done in good copy and included. Please see the checklist in the lab hand out to see what to hand in. The good copy lab write up is due this Thursday Jan 24th. Homework: Please continue to complete your good copy of the lab write up. Also, there will be a test on integers and coordinate grids this Wednesday Jan 23 so please ensure you have a good grasp of the concepts we have covered. There will be extra help offered on Wednesday at lunch recess for those who need it. Reminders: Math test on Wednesday, Science Egg Density lab write up due Thursday this week.

Jan 18th (MA/Sci): In block 2 today, we wrapped up some loose ends from the week and worked on both Math and Science. We began by reviewing what we learned about density as a property of matter by watching a few short video clips: Density Explained, What is Density, and 5 Facts About Density and discussing. After this, we reviewed how to calculate density, completing some questions for practice (D = Mass/Volume) and the last few pages of the Properties of Matter Booklet (Link to Booklet). This booklet is due, fully complete, on Monday Jan 21. After this, we switched to Math and looked at how debits and credits in a bank account can be described using integers. We also discussed ways that grade 7's can create earnings to deposit money, and common ways they spend money. We used these examples to fill out our bank account balance sheet (Link to Handout). Homework: Please ensure you have fully completed your Properties of Matter Booklet for Monday. This includes answers with supporting details from the textbook as well as quality diagrams and visuals. Reminders: Please bring a ruler and calculator to all Math classes. Also, there will be a Test on integers and coordinate grids next week on Wednesday Jan 23rd.

Jan 17th (SCI): Today we learned about buoyancy and density. We began by reviewing how we can measure matter and how we can describe its properties. After this, we learned that density is how much matter is in a given volume of a substance and how tightly packed the molecules are. We also learned that water is 1.0 g/ml or cubic centimeter, and that substances that have a greater density than water sink, and substances that have a density lower than 1.0 float in water. After this, I did a demonstration showing how temperature can affect a substance's density by pouring cold coloured water into a fish tank filled with room temperature water. The blue/cold water sank to the bottom as it is more dense than the room temperature water. I also poured red coloured hot water into the tank and it floated on top as it's density is less than the room temperature water. We then watched a short Brainpop video on buoyancy and density. For the last 25 minutes of class, we did an activity where students has to attempt to build a density tower by adding different quantities of sugar to four differnt beakers of water. We added food colouring to each beaker to identify the varying levels of sugar each had. We discussed what a solution is and why dissolved sugar changes the density of the solution. Students then carefully used an eye dropper or syringe to add the differnt coloured solution to a 5th beaker, this stacking the differnt coloured solution on top of eachother. Homework: Please finish the questions and observations from the density section of your Properties of Matter booklet (Link to Booklet). This is the last two pages of the booklet. Due tomorrow Jan 18th. Reminders: There will be a Math test on Integers and coordinate grids on Tuesday next week.

Jan 16th (MA): Continuing with integer today, we began by watching a short video on adding and subtracting integers (Video Link). After this, we did a short quiz to check our understanding of adding, subtracting, comparing and ordering numbers, and plotting ordered pairs on a 4 quadrant grid. Early finishers worked on some Math critical thinking questions handout. After this, we looked at describing events and changes using integers. Students evaluated worded situations and had to translate them into integer expressions (Link to Handout). Homework: Please finish the Integer Applications handout. We will review tomorrow. Also, please spend 20 minutes on the Math critical thinking handout (link to handout) - (Link to Math Critical Thinking Questions Answers). Reminder: The Area and Perimeter re-quiz will be tomorrow at lunch recess.

Jan 15th (MA): Today we continued to learn about how we can use integers and the rules that go along with this concept. Students practiced comparing and ordering integer values and also adding and subtracting integer values. We also practiced using integers to describe a change in value to represent expenditures and savings in a bank account. After watching a short video about how banks work, and discussing different types of bank accounts, we learned about how we can use integers to represent deposits and withdrawals from a bank account. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: Please remember to bring a calculator and ruler to all math classes. Also there will be Math and Science extra help offered tomorrow at lunch recess.

Jan 14th (Sci): Today we continued learning about the properties of matter and how there are observable properties as well as measurable properties we can use to describe matter. In block 3 we reviewed what we had learned about observable properties last Thursday. We then watched a short video (Brainpop) about the ways we can measure matter. After this, we read pages 100 and 101 together and discussed the ways we can measure mass. Students then continued working on their Properties of Matter booklet starting with Direct and Indirect measurement under the measuring mass section. We worked through two activities where students had to use a triple beam balance to measure both solids and liquids. In block 4, we looked at the ways we can measure volume. We began class by reading p. 101-103 and discussing these methods. Students then used various Science lab equipment to work through activities in their Properties of Matter Booklet where they practice using these methods to measure volume. Homework: Please complete all the questions that do not require lab equipment up until "Density." We will be focusing on density on Thursday this week. Reminders: There ill be a M re-quiz on measuring Length, Area, and perimeter this Thursday Jan 17th at lunch recess in our Science room. There will also be extra help offered Wednesday at lunch recess in our scince room for students who need some help with any work.

Jan 11th (MA): Today we again practiced working with a four quadrant coordinate grid and began class by playing a three way round of battleship. Students practiced reading their grids and also saying integers correctly (ie Negative five, versus minus 5). After this, we reviewed comparing integer values from least to greatest and then adding and subtracting integers. The main concept learned today is that we add or take away negatives or positives and this can be shown on a number line to get the correct answer. (Link to today's handout on adding and subtracting integers). Homework: Please ensure you have completed your math and science homework from this week. We will be continuing with our Science booklets on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Jan 10th (Sci): Today we officially began our Chemistry unit, starting with The Properties of Matter. We began today's class by discussing what matter is, what a property is, and why we need ways to describe and measure matter. Students were handed out a work booklet to help guide their learning and with handouts they will need for the first part of this unit (Link to Handout). After reading the introduction to Chapter 4 in the textbook, students completed the first page of the package concerning observable properties. After that we did an activity. Different samples of matter (6 safe eatable samples) were places around the room. Students went to each sample (ie. gummy bears) and observed its properties by feeling, smelling, tasting, and examining it. They then picked three samples and filled out the chart on page 2 of the handout describing each samples properties. After this they moved on to reading about measurable properties such as melting point, and taking notes in the table at the top of page 3. They then had to sort differnt properties according to whether they were measurable or observable properties at the bottom of page 3 before completing the "Measuring Mass" section on page 4. Homework: Please ensure you have finished the flip up table section on page 4.

Jan 9th (MA) Today we continued to practice our skills related to integers and coordinate grids. We began by solving two puzzles where students were given the ordered pairs or the points that make up a picture and had to correctly place them on a coordinate grid to decipher the picture. In this sense, they had to read the coordinates and accurately locate the to solve the puzzles. After this, we worked on the integer package handed out yesterday and practices solving integer word problems. To end the class, we reviewed the geographical grid system we use on our Earth. We watched a short video explaining how the longitude and latitude system works (Video Link). Homework: Please spend 15 more minutes working on your integer package if you have not finished it already. Here is the link to the answer key (Click here).

Jan 8th (MA): Today we began by continuing to learn about how integers can be used to describe changes in value and quantity and how we can compare integers. We also continued to lean about how integers can be expressed and organized on a number line with 0 origin. We worked on some practice questions were students developed these skills for the first part of the class. In the second half of the class, we learned about how locations on our Earth can be described and communicated using a grid system of longitude and latitude. We went over how longitude and latitude work and how to read and plot locations on a map using geographical coordinates. To practice these skills, students were given the coordinates of 10 major cities around the work and they had to place a colour coded dot on a template world map with lines of longitude and latitude. Students learned the relationship between a coordinate grid and integers, and also had to make a practical application of their skills. Homework: Please locate a dn place the reminder of your cities on your map.

Jan 7th (Ma/Sci): Happy New Year! Welcome back from the winter break. I hope everyone had a great holiday and are recharged as we continue with term 2. Today in block 3 we began a Math unit on Integers. We discussed how integers are positive and negative numbers used to describe value or quantity and the various places we use them (ie. temperature, height/depth, hockey stats, charge, and in finance). Beginning with basics, we learned that integers are best organised and arranged on a number line to compare them. Also, we learned that the more negative an integer is the smaller the value, and more positive an integer is the larger the value. We watched a short video focused on this (Video Link) Students worked practised some basic skills with integers in the following package (Integer intro Package Handout). After this, we learned about how integers can be used on a 4 quadrant grid and how locations on the grid can be communicated as ordered pairs (ie. -2, +7). To practice using a four quadrant coordinate grid, we played a game of battleship where students had to position their ships on their ocean (4 quadrant grid) and guess ordered pairs back and forth to sink their opponents battleships. In block 4 today, we began by playing a 15 minute game of battleship and practiced using ordered pairs on a 4 quadrant coordinate grid. After this, I introduced our next Science Chemistry Unit: Matter. We watched two short videos introducing this topic: 25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes, and What's Matter? - Crash Course Kids. After this, we looked at the first Matter chapter in the textbook (Chapter 4) and spent the last 15 minutes looking through the chapter and designing a title page that effectively represents the chapter. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: Please bring a calculator and ruler to every Math class.

Dec 21st (STEM): Today we did a few STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities to finish off our classes for 2018. Students were tasked with engineering a raft with select materials provided that could support the most paper clips when set afloat in a fish tank. We saw many different designs, some worked very well and others could use a bit more refining. After that, challenge #2 was to create a protective shuttle that could protect an egg when dropped from 12 ft high. Students used various materials to engineer their shuttles, some were successful and their egg escaped the impact unscathed, others were not so lucky. Homework: no homework over the winter break! Have a wonderful holiday and be sure to get some physical activity in as well as some much needed relaxing time. Happy Holidays and I will see you in the New Year!

Dec 20th: Today we had our test on units of measuring length, perimeter, and area. Early finishers worked on assignments from other classes or had free time to do another creative activity. Homework: No homework tonight!

Dec 19th (PE): Today we went to the Panorama Recreation Center to go ice skating with divisions 7-2 and 7-3. A big thanks to Ms. Mah for organizing as we had a great time! Homework: Please be sure to have your floor plan ready to hand in tomorrow in block 4. Also, we have a test tomorrow on perimeter, area or rectangles, triangles, and units of measuring length (metric and imperial measures of length).

Dec 18 (MA/Sci): Today we began by learning how to calculate the area of triangles. We practiced calculating the perimeter and area of triangles, as well as other complex shapes comprised of rectangles, squares, and triangles. We also had some time to work on floor plans and address any questions students had about the assignment. Homework: Please continue to complete your floor plan and be ready to hand it in on Thursday. Also, prepare for the area and perimeter test on Thursday.

Dec 17 (MA): Today we continued to work on our area and perimeter projects. Students are creating "dream house" floor plans to demonstrate their understanding of perimeter and area. They also need to provide a detailed plan as to what their house design will look like including interior design and landscaping. Homework: Please continue to work on your floor plan assignment. Reminder: we are going skating on Wednesday afternoon, there will be an area and perimeter test on Thursday this week, and floor plan assignments are also due on Thursday.

Dec 14th (MA): Today we began a Math assignment where students will apply their knowledge and understanding of perimeter and area to a practical task. Students are tasked with designing a "dream house" floor plan where they will have to design, measure, and calculate the area and perimeter of each room. Today we reviewed the criteria and constructed a draft plan for our houses. We are using large grid paper to construct our floor plans and students can make their house a creative but realistic design. Students will hand in two copies of their floor plan. One copy will be a clear colour coded floor plan that lists the dimensions of each room, and also provides a legend that shows the area and perimeter calculations for each room. For example, the living room will be lightly shaded red. In the legend, red will be listed as living room and show the calculations to get area and perimeter for the living room. We will have time in class to go over more detailed criteria next week and work on this assignment in class. Homework: Please ensure that your draft is complete in terms of the design of your house. We will review how to calculate the floor area and the perimeter of your rooms on Monday, but you should have the design finalized in terms of the number of rooms and general lay out of your house floor plan. Reminders: Please ensure you bring a 30cm ruler and calculator to class. Also, our skating field trip is next Wednesday. Ice Skating Field Trip Permission Form Link

Dec 13th(MA): Today Mr. Menzies was in a meeting in block 4, so Mrs. Labelle covered for him. We started the day by continuing to practice measuring and calculating perimeter and area. Students had to measure shapes around the room and calculate the perimeter and area. After doing this for 25 minutes of so, students worked on a computer programming tutorial from Hour of Code for the rest of the block. Homework: no homework tonight. Reminders: Please ensure you have handed in your skating field trip and $ to Mr. Menzies as we go next Wednesday Dec 19th. Also, please ensure you bring a 30cm ruler and calculator to class.

Dec 12 (MA): Today we continued to practice measuring lengths/shapes and calculating perimeter and area. We began by reviewing some notes on perimeter and practicing a few questions (Link to Perimeter notes). After this, students were given a practice package where they practiced determining area and perimeter, as well as drawing shapes according to dimensions given (work sheet 1)(worksheet 2)(worksheet 3)(worksheet 4). We then did a perimeter and area measuring activity where students has to apply their knowledge and skill of perimeter area (Link to Activity). Around the classroom, there were various shapes presented for students to sketch, measure with their ruler, and calculate the area and perimeter for. They had to show their calculations and add their measured dimensions to their diagram. After doing 3 shapes, they partnered up and used a measuring tape to measure 2D spaces around school, record their measurements, and calculate perimeter and area for their shape. Homework: Please sped 20 minutes working on the perimeter section of the booklet handed out on Tuesday. There will be a quiz next week on perimeter and area (date tba). We will also be working on a mini Math assignment next week. Reminder: Please bring a 30 cm ruler and calculator to class.

Dec 11th (MA): Link to Booklet handed out today. Today we began by reviewing measurement and converting measurement units (ie. Centimeters to meters). We reviewed measuring length and then students worked on some practice questions (p. 82 and 83 in the package AKA the first two pages of the package). After that, we watched a short video on measuring area (link to video). Students learned how we can calculate area, the labels we give measurements on shapes, and how to calculate the area of rectangles, squares, and triangles. Following this, we worked on area questions on p. 114 & 115 of the booklet. Homework: Please do questions 1-7 on p. 97 of the booklet handed out today titled "Area." (Link to Booklet) (Link to p. 97 answers). Reminders: Science posters need to go home by this Friday Dec 14th.

Dec 10 (Sci): Today we visited the UVIC Chemistry Department on our first Science field trip of the year for the afternoon. We were hosted by Dr. Dave Barry and some of his colleagues and students worked in groups to conduct an experiment with their saliva. Were were introduced to using lab equipment for measurements, practiced Science lab safety skills, and used instruments to obtain information and data. A big thank you to Dr. Barry and his team for hosting and working with us today. Homework: No homework tonight. Reminders: Please ensure that you have your skating permission forms and $ to Mr. Menzies ASAP as we are going on Wednesday December 19th.

Dec 7 (Ma/Sci): Today we began with a multiplication drill challenge. Students are working their way up the multiplication tables throughout the year. If they can finish 60 multiplication questions at a certain level under 2 minutes, they graduate to the next number/level. After this, we had some time to work on our Science Lab safety posters, and the god copy is due on Monday. Early finishers worked on a computer programming tutorial. Towards the end of the block, we had a short Science Lab safety quiz. Homework: Please put the finishing touches on your Science Lab safety poster and be ready to hand it in on Monday. Reminders: This coming Monday Dec 10th, we are going on a field trip to UVIC in the afternoon. We will leave the school at 12:30 and be back just before 3:00pm. All students must have their permission forms handed in to attend or they will have to stay back and work on another activity in the office. Link to SD63 Permission Form - Link to UVIC's Visitor Permission Form. Also, we will be going ice skating on Wednesday Dec 19th - Link to Ice Skating Field Trip Form. Have a great weekend!

Dec 6th (Sci): Today we continued to look at safety in the Science lab and when working with chemicals. We began by watching a short video on Safety in the Science Lab, and reviewed the lab safety rules hanout from yesterday (Science Lab Safety/ Chemical Safety handout). We then looked at chemical/substance safety symbols for both the work place and for common chemicals such as cleaning chemicals around the house. Students looked at a list of safety symbols and had to find their meaning, or draw the symbol if the meaning was given. After this, we worked on a Science Lab Safety Poster. This poster will effectively communicate the Science Lab Safety rules, listed in the handout, using drawings, text, labels etc.... Students will paraphrase the rules and draw visuals and abbreviate text to present on their poster. The idea is that this poster would be put up in a Science lab to communicate the safety rules. This poster will be due next Monday. Homework: Please work on your Science Lab Safety poster (due Monday Dec 10). Reminders: Unfortunately I received an additional permission form today from Uvic that will need to be filled out for the field trip next Monday (Link to UVIC Permission Form). Please fill out and bring back ASAP. Also, reminder to return your skating permission form for that field trip on Wed Dec 19th (Link to Skating Permission Form).

Dec 5th (Sci): We started today with one last Science project presentation. After this, we discussed some of the general research issues that were raised around that valid sources are, and how we need to look for evidence when conducting research. After this, we reviewed Science lab safety rules and discussed some of the equipment we will encounter on our field trip next week at UVIC. We then watched a short video that reviews some of the science safety rules for the lab. Homework: Please ensure you have finished your math homework from yesterday "Perimeter of regular polygons." Also reminder to hand in your skating permission forms (link to skating permission form). Here is the link tot he UVIC permission form again for those of you who have lost your permission form (Uvic Chemistry Field Trip Permission Form).

Dec 4th (MA): Today we continued to learn about perimeter and units of measurement. We began by reviewing perimeter and discussing how we can use math to describe and calculate a shape's exterior length. After this, we did some practice questions with perimeter from the booklet handed out yesterday (Link to Perimeter Booklet). We then began a partner activity where students had to demonstrate units of measurement in a poster format. The units required to be covered in the poster were both metric and imperial: mm, cm, m, inches, feet, and their squared version that describes area. Those who wanted an extion or challenge were also given some volume units to draw and label as well such as a cubic foot. This took the rest of the block. Homework: Please complete section 6-4 Perimeter of a Regular Polygon on p. 177 of the perimeter booklet.

Dec 3 (MA): As we embark into term 2, a new seating plan was determined for the next few weeks. To begin, we did a multiplication math drill related to listing all the multiple and factors of numbers 1-12. We then started a new unit on measurement. We will be looking at this unit for the next few weeks in coordination with building Science lab skills involving measurement as well. We began out unit by reviewing the two main types of units we use for measuring length, Imperial (traditional) and Metric. We watched part of a short video (video link) on measurement and how both systems are related to standard units (cm, inches, feet, meters, kilometers etc...). Following the video, we did an activity where partners had to measure themselves using tape measures and represent their height and foot size in both Imperial and Metric units ranging from millimeters, to feet, to kilometers. We learned about how to convert these values from each type of unit to the next (ie. centimeters to kilometers). We also identified how with Imperial measurements it can be a bit trickier to do this than Metric. In block 4, we began by discussing how Canada uses both systems of measurement in different contexts (ie. construction - imperial, and distance -metric) and discussed a few examples. We practiced some questions related to choosing the correct units to measure different things, and in converting units from one to another. After 15 minutes of practicing questions, students paired up to play an estimating measurement game. Each pair had to record a chart that organized estimates of each student, as well as the actual measurements. They then went around the school and outside both making estimates, then measuring their item or feature with a measuring tape to see who made the closest estimate. After 20 minutes of this game, we all came back to the classroom and continued a few more rounds estimating distances away from Royal Oak Middle School (ie. the Swarts Bay Ferry Terminal). We ended the class by reviewing Perimeter. Homework: I handed out a "working with measurement" package of practice questions today. As we continue to review some concepts, I would like students to complete questions 1-4 of the section on Perimeter and also the "Investigate" section as well. On another note, we have a few field trips coming up. Here is the link to our UVIC Chemistry field trip (Click Here). We will also be going skating at the Panorama Recreation Center the afternoon of Wednesday Dec 19th. This permission form and information will be handed out soon.

Nov 30th: Today we finished off our Science presentations with 6 students presenting today. This concludes our Endangered Species project and marks will be handed back next week. After this we spent 20 minutes playing some team building games. Homework: No homework this weekend! Get outside and be active.

Nov 29th (Sci): Today we completed our Endangered Species Science project presentations. We had many great performances and students had a some good practice with public speaking while sharing their learning. This marks the end of our Ecology focus for now and next term we will be focusing on aspects of Science lab safety, Chemistry, and Physics. Homework: No homework this weekend. Reminder: We have our UVIC Science field trip on Monday Dec 10th. Have a great weekend!

Nov 28 (MA/Sci): Mr. Menzies was away today as he was fighting the flu, so no Science presentations were done. Instead, students played a public speaking practice game for the first 20 minutes of the block. After that, we jumped on computers and chose a computer programming/coding tutorial to work on for the remainder of the block (tutorial chosen from the Hour of Code website). Students were encouraged to choose a tutorial that would be challenging and have them develop their proficiency with one of the main coding languages. Homework: No homework tonight.

Nov 27 (MA/Sci): Today we began class by reviewing what we have covered in Math so far this year. Students arranged all their math work from term 1 and submitted it in a duotang for me to look over. The duotang less of a mark and more to inform me on work habits and the correlation between practice and performance on tests and quizzes. A list of chronological math topics we have covered were presented and students arranged their duotang according to the list. After this, we continued with Endangered Species Presentations and six people presented today. Homework: No homework assigned, but those students who have not presented, can spend a few minutes practicing their presentations (optional) or can spend some exploring the math and science resources I have on my website.

Nov 23 (Sci): Endangered Species Science Project Posters were due today at the beginning of block 3. The posters looked great and we acknowledged all the hard work that went into the projects. Great creative ideas and lots of good research on our Endangered Species. We began block 3 by completing a PE self reflection for term 1. Students reflected on their performance in PE this far and also made some goals for term 2. After this, we drew names out of a box to determine whose projects we would do a peer evaluation on. Each student was given an evaluation sheet and had to review and evaluate their peer's posters. In the evaluation, compliments were given as well as constructive feedback, and students also has to record 3 new and interesting facts they learned from the posters they were evaluating. In block 4, we began by determining the schedule for presentations. This was done by drawing names out of a hat to determine choice of presentation time/day. After this, we discussed what makes a good speaker and presentation and then played a public speaking game to get everyone warmed up. Students were then paired up with a partner and 10 minutes of practice time was given for each to practice their presentation and get feedback from their partner. For the last 20 minutes of class we had our first four presenters do their presentations. Homework: optional - practice your presentation if you have not presented yet.

Nov 22 (MA/Sci): Today we had a math test on squares and square roots, exponents, greatest common factors, least common multiples, and scientific notation. After students finished the test, they had time to ask final questions and about finishing details regarding their science projects. Homework: Please put the finishing touches on your Endangered Species Projects (Link to Endangered Species Project Package). Be sure to review the criteria and ensure that you have addressed all parts. I will accept emails this weekend if anyone has any questions. Good luck and have a great weekend!

Nov 21 (Sci): Today we were in the learning commons again continuing to work on our science projects. Students had the whole block to ask questions, for feedback, and to continue completing the criteria of the project to the best of their ability. Homework: Reminder there is a science test tomorrow in block 4. Please spend time studying squares and square roots, exponents, factors and multiples, and scientific notation.

Nov 20th: (Sci): Today we were in the leaning commons again to continue research for our Endangered Species Project (Link to Project Package). We started with a presentation/orientation from Ms. Lindsay on some additional resources available through the Learning Commons website and other print resources in the Learning Commons. Students continued to take notes and develop their projects. We also discussed the layout of their posters and what makes an effective poster. They were also reminded to double check the criteria when they were finished taking notes to ensure they have covered all questions and prompts. Tomorrow we will again be working on this assignment for the extent of the block. There may be a little more time on Thursday after the Math test, but that will be the last time in class to work on this assignment. Homework: Continue to work on your Endanger Species Project. Be sure to get poster that you can use for your project. These can be found at many locations around town including Staples, Monk Office supplies, The Dollar Store etc....

Nov 19 (MA/SCI): Today we began block 3 with some Math review. We revisited exponents and how they can be used to represent values and repeated multiplication. After that, we addressed some questions related to our Endangered Species project and reviewed the criteria and process for effective researching and investigating (Link to Endangered Species Project Package). One of the issues addressed today was regarding the population graph component of the assignment. As historical population estimates can be difficult to determine, I advised students to do their best to obtain even just a few historical estimates and then construct a graph. Adding an asterisk below the graph explaining the difficulty of finding data woudl be helpful as well. In block 4 we were up in the Learning Commons. Ms. Lindsay had put together some print resources to assist with the research that related to various species, and some of them directly pertained to habitat loss. Students had the whole block to continue working on their project. Homework: Reminder that we have a math test on Thursday (exponents, scientific notation, least common multiple, greatest common factor, and squares and square roots). A study practice package was handed out today to anyone who wanted it to practice the skills that will be on the next math test. Also, please continue to research, plan, and construct your Endangered Species projects.

Nov 16 (SCI): As we get close to the end of term 1, we will be doing a research project on endangered species and habitat loss. Today I introduced the project and we went over the criteria and details (Link: Endangered Species and Habitat Project Package). Students will be researching an endangered species, it's habitat, and the pressures that have impacted both resulting in the status of "endangered." Today we discussed the details of the project and how this project will require some homework to get it done by Monday Nov 26th. Oral presentations of projects will begin that day so students will be required to have their project finished and ready to hand in by then. We also discussed the importance of documenting and referencing sources of where they got this information (sources page - also in project package) This project will also require students to purchase a poster board. The poster can be a fordable one or a standard rectangle poster. Students are asked to pick a poster type that they think will allow them to present their research effectively and creatively. Homework: Please continue to research your endangered species and continue to fill the criteria in the project package. We will have 3-4 block next week to work on this project in class. Also, there is a math test on exponents, scientific notation, least common multiple, greatest common factor, and squares and square roots on Thursday next week. See previous posts for links and an overview of our lessons in math.

Nov 15 (SCI/MA): Today we finished off our lessons around food webs and food chains within ecosystems. We watched Bill Nye: Food Webs and filled out a worksheet around the main concepts (Bill Nye: Food Webs Handout). After the video, we switched gears and reviewed square roots as they relate to squares and exponents. Students did some questions on the board and we discussed and addressed some questions around this topic. We then discussed the final term 1 math test that will be taking place next week (tbd - but later in the week). The test will be mainly on: Exponents, Scientific Notation, finding Least common Multiple and greatest Common Factor, and squares and square roots. There will also be just a few basic understanding questions from topics we have covered earlier in the term. Students then worked on some practice worksheets related to topics on the upcoming math test for the remainder of the block. Homework: Please spend some time reviewing the math topics on the upcoming test. Also, reminder to please return all interim reports, as well as the UVIC field trip permission form to Mr. Menzies ASAP!

Nov 14 (MA): Today we reviewed how to calculate area of squares and rectangles and how it can be communicated in math in exponential form to begin class. After that, we learned about what a square root is and how it is related to exponents. We also watched a short video on this topic (Video Link). We then discussed square roots and worked through a notes and practice package (Handout Link from Today - Squares and Square roots). Students did some practice with this topics as we learned about perfect squares and how taking the square root is the inverse operation of squaring a number. We then did some more applied math questions from a textbook to extend our understanding and skill or squares and square roots (last few pages of handout). (Answer Key Link to Textbook questions). Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes working on the package handed out today. Remember to check your answers!

Nov 13 (Sci): (UVIC Chemistry Field Trip Permission Package Link) Today we looked closer at food webs and learned about the different connections organisms have within an ecosystem. We began with a short video clip showing a feeding frenzy off the cost of South Africa where sardines, tuna, dolphins, birds, whales, and sharks all interact (video clip) and discussed some of the connections in this ecosystem. After this, we reviewed what a food web is and then began an activity where students construct a food web based on an ecosystem found in BC (Link to today's Handout - Food Web Activity). Students chose an ecosystem to focus on from pages 37 - 38 in the textbook and worked on the activity for the rest of the block. Recommendation: do a draft food web on the back of the poster paper so you can plan your food web, and then do a good copy on the front side with a neat and clear title. Homework: Please finish the good copy of your food web and questions 1 and 2 of the handout labelled "Analyse and Evaluate" Questions. Due tomorrow.

Nov 9th (Sci): Today was a short block due to the Remembrance Day assembly this morning. Continuing to look at how energy flows through ecosystems, we looked at Section 2.2 in the textbook today. Yesterday we learned about the different types of organisms in ecosystems and how they can be classified depending on what they eat. We also learned that the energy obtained from food can be traced back to the sun as plants are primary producers and use the process of photosynthesis to grow. Today we learned about food chains and how energy is passed along this chain from Primary Producers to Apex Predators. We read through section 2.2 and mapped out food chains based on item in our lunches and related to us as the end of the chain in completing the hanout from today (Handout from Today). Homework: Please ensure you have finished section 2.1 and 2.2 in the texbook along with the Check Your Understanding questions from those sections. Have a great long weekend!

Nov 8 (Sci): Today we began our lesson by reviewing our topic from Monday - Natural Selection and The Theory of Evolution. We discussed the finch beak activity we did and how each finch beak was evolved to surviving on each of the Galapagos Island and watched a short review video on the topic (Video Link). After that, we watched a short video clip on the history of Earth and timelines related to geological change and development of organisms. Following this, we began to look at Chapter 2 of the textbook: Energy Flows Through Ecosystems. We read through the first few paragraphs together, and then students continued to read independently through the rest of section 2.1 as they added the key terms to their Glossary (Glossary Link). At the end of this section, they completed the Check Your Understanding questions (1-3) p. 32. Homework: Please finish your glossary and complete the CYU questions on p. 32.

Nov 7 (MA): Today we reviewed finding the lowest/least common multiple when comparing two numbers. We also watched parts of three short video clips on Factors and how to find the Greatest Common Factor (video link 1), (Video Link 2, Video Link 3). Students then worked at their own pace through some practice questions and applied math questions. Homework: Please spend 20 more minutes continuing to practice finding the Greatest Common Factor by working on the booklet handed out on Tuesday.

Nov 6 (Ma): Today we started class by completing a work habits self assessment where students considered their performance so far this term. Interim reports will be going home tomorrow for math and science. We then did a quick review quiz on working with exponents and scientific notation. The next topic we looked at today was Lowest/Least Common Multiple. This topic was review for some students so they did some practice question at a level they were comfortable with. We also watched a short video on how to determine the Least Common Multiple of two numbers (video link). We then continued practising a variety of questions related to this concept. Homework: As there seems to be a fair amount of homework in Humanities currently, there will be no homework assigned tonight.

Nov 5 (Sci): Today we continued to look at how Earth and its organisms have changed over time. More specifically, in block 3 we learned about fossils, what they are, how scientists interpret them, and how they are formed. We began the block by watching Bill Nye Fossils (video link). We also reviewed a worksheet addressing the key ideas in the video and discussed/addressed some ideas and questions about the video. Finally, we read about how fossils form and what they can tell us about geological change over time and took some notes (handout) (p. 194-197 in the textbook (link),) and then answered some Check Your Understanding Questions on p. 197. In block 4 we learned about evolution, adaptation, and natural selection and began by watching two short video clips about Charles Darwin and Natural Selection. Then we used Chromebooks to get an idea of where the Galapagos Islands are, and inquire about some of the organisms that live there. Finally, we did an activity called Battle of the Beaks. Students chose a beak (option of tweezers, large paper clips, or popsicle sticks with rubber bands) and visited "islands" in the Galapagos. When at each island, they had 30 second to put as many food items in their "stomach" (a 200ml beaker) as they cood using their"beaks." Each beak was better evolved to pick up certain the food items (marbles, paper clips, small ball bearings) and could collect more food in the time given. Students recorded their results at each island. We ended with a discussion about which "beaks" were better at picking up different items and related this to the Galapagos finches Darwin observed. We talked about how the finch made it to the Galapagos from Mainland Ecuador and why different types of beaks evolved on each island. Homework: Please complete the fossils handout from today (link). This includes the notes and the CYU questions.

Nov 2 (MA): Today we continued working with scientific notation an practised some questions after watching a short review video (Video Link) (Sci Notation Questions). After working on this for half the class, we reviewed the basics of order of operations and watched another short video on this topic (Video Link). Students who felt like they already had a strong grasp of the basics moved on to some more challenging questions. We then practised simplifying expressions with exponents using order of operations (Order of Operations Questions). Homework: Please spend 25 minutes continuing to work on the Order of Operations questions (a,c,e...) - (Answers to questions link). Have a great weekend!

Nov 1 (Sci): Today we finished watching the National Geographic film: Earth Making of a Planet. This film gave a good overview of the history of the planet and how life has changed along the way. After the video we looked at a handout on the Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection (handout). As we have been looking at Ecosystems and considering the needs and adaptations of living things, we learned about Charles Darwin and what evidence he collected to develop his theory in the Galapagos Islands. Students were tasked with a small paragraph from the handout and created 2-3 notes from their section, writing it on a small whiteboard in the classroom. Students then had to circulate throughout the class and record the notes that their peers created and presented on the information handed out. We will be using these notes on Monday as we continue to look at adaptation, natural selection, and evolution. Homework: No homework assigned tonight.

Oct 31 (Ma): Today we reviewed working with exponents and practiced some questions to start class (Exponents practice handout). Early finishers worked on some word problems. We then reviewed writing number in scientific notation and practiced some questions (Scientific Notation Questions Handout). For the last 20 minutes of class, we formed teams again and took on a STEM challenge to do with thrust and propulsion using a balloon to propel a paper space craft. The team who were able to have their craft travel the furthest won a prize! Homework: No homework tonight! Happy Halloween!

Oct 30 (MA): Today we began by reviewing exponents and how they can be used to represent and describe repeated multiplication. We learned about and practiced how to say numbers with exponents, how to write in expanded form, and also simplify exponential number sin to standard form (Handout from Today: Working with Exponents). After that we learned about scientific notation and how it can be used to package very big or small number into a form that is easier to write and work with. We then practiced converting some numbers to scientific notation. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to work on your scientific notation questions.

Oct 29th (Ma/Sci): We began in block 3 today with a multiplication drill. Students are aiming to achieve completing 60 questions on each times table in under 2 minutes (#'s 3 - 15). If successful at each times table, they graduate to the next level. After that, we worked with partners to review using long division to divide decimal numbers before writing quick quiz. The quiz tested knowledge and skill using the long division process and working with basic exponents. When finished the quiz, students were handed back their marked Ecosystems Test and duo-tang assessments, and then worked on math puzzle booklets. In block 4, we continued to watch 15 minute of a National Geographic movie on the history of Earth (Video). students learned about how different organism evolved to dwell on land and adapt to a terrestrial environment, while the Earth's geologic state was quite unstable causing catastrophic volcanic eruptions and mass extinction. Following this segment of the video, we started a mini-inquiry assignment (Prehistoric Creatures Assignment). Students had to research an organism that existed before humans walked the Earth in current for, but that is now extinct (ie. A Dinosaur Species). Please see the assignment link for details. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to work on researching your prehistoric creature and completing the diagram on the back of the handout. We will be doing math tomorrow in block 4.

Oct 26 (MA/Sci): Today we continued with our STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) competition. Students worked in groups to tackle engineering problems and compete in a series of competitions. We began by watching a short video on Astronaut training and Space Camp (video), then materials were handed out and we began out competition. Homework: Please prepare for the Division and exponents quiz on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Oct 25 (Sci): Today we continued to watch more of a National Geographic video on the history of the Earth. After that we returned to our groups we made on Monday and added in Periods and Epochs to our timelines. Homework: On Monday we will have a quiz on Division and Exponents. Please review those two topics, the notes and booklets that have been handed out, and be prepared to show your learning on Monday.

Oct 24 (Ma): Today we learned about exponents and how they can be used in math. We began by watching a short video on exponents (Video Link), looked over some notes on exponents (handout) and then practiced writing and converting numbers in exponential form, expanded repeated addition form, and standard form. After that, we continued practicing a few questions to strengthen our understanding of exponents, how they are used and, and how we can use them to describe things in math (Questions handed out today) and (Answers). Homework: Please continue working on the questions handed out today for 20 more minutes and be sure to check your answers.

Oct 23 (Ma/Sci): After working hard in both Science and Math the past few weeks, we switched things up today and took on some STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) challenges in teams. Students had to build the highest tower and launch a craft the furthest in our various design challenges. We will do this again on Friday and finish out competition. Homework: Please review what we have done for division and be prepared to write a small quiz later this week on division.

Oct 22 (Sci): In block 3 today we wrote our Chapter 1 Ecosystems Test. The test took the majority of the block and students were asked to hand in a "cheat sheet" to show that they had spent some time preparing for the test. In block 4, we began by watching a video clip from National Geographic on the age of the Earth as we will be looking at how organisms have adapted to their environment over time. After that, we formed groups and did an activity related to creating a timeline of the Earth's History. Along our timeline, we identified Earth's eras and plotted them along the timeline. Homework: No homework tonight!

Oct 18th (Sci): Today we looked at a few current events regarding how natural disasters can affect ecosystems, and also how populations can be affected by changes in their environment (ie. Puerto Rico and the decline in their insect population due to warming average temperatures). We watched a short video clip on this topic and looked at a recent article as well (Link to Article). After that, we talked about the Chapter 1 Test, happening Monday Oct 22nd. We reviewed the key concepts from the chapter, and did the chapter review questions throughout the block. Homework: Students are asked to complete a half page "cheat sheet" and hand it in before the test on Monday. This sheet should include 3-4 notes for each main heading in the chapter. This will indicate to Mr. Menzies that they have reviewed the concepts and spent time preparing for the test. It is also a good strategy to help study for tests in the future. All notes must fit on to half a 8x11 piece of paper; writing can be on both sides. All questions for the test will be from Chapter 1 of the textbook. Have a great weekend!

Oct 17th (Ma): Today we continued to learn about and practice division. We bagan by watching part of a video on dividing with multi digit divisors (Video Link). After that, we all practiced a few questions and students who felt comfortable with this skill moved on to some applied math questions. At this point in our division unit students are expected to be able to divide single and multi digit whole and decimal numbers using long division. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to practice these skills from where you left off today in class. Answer key to the applied questions handed out today (Answers Link).

Oct 16th (Ma): Today was a short block due to the early closure for Parent/Teacher Interviews. Students worked on the second part of the Numeracy FSA for all of block 4. Those students who are not writing the FSA, worked on a computer coding tutorial from Hour of Code. Reminders: Ecosystem duotangs were due to hand in this morning. Homework: No homework tonight. However we will be having a test on Chapter 1 of the textbook: Ecosystems Support life soon. Mr. Menzies will announce the test date tomorrow.

Oct 15th (Sci): Today we learned about competition in ecosystems and how in the availability and of resources, and competition for those resources, can influence the success of and population of a species. We began by watching a short video clip on different predators, the many forms they come in, and the ways they catch their prey (video). We then looked at pages 23 and 24 to take notes these two topics (Handout from today's class: Interactions of Living Things in Ecosystems). We discussed the relationship different organisms can have in an ecosystem, and how they can affect each other. Students learned about how the population of one species (ex.arctic hare) can influence the population of one of their predators (ex. Lynx). Moreover, how populations can follow each other based on a predator-prey relationship. In block 4, we watches a few more clips on the adaptations predators and prey species have for catching prey or evading predators and discussed. We then went outside and modelled the population relationships of predators and prey species in a game. For the last 25 minutes of the block, we reviewed all of the chapter 1 items to be included in their "Ecosystems Duotang" and worked on carefully organizing them. This includes all work assigned throughout the unit. The duotang is due tomorrow morning. Homework: Please polish and put finishing touches on your Ecosystems Duotang and have it ready to hand in tomorrow morning at Homeroom. The duotang is due tomorrow morning. There will be a test on Chapter 1 "Ecosystems Support Life" soon, date TBA.

Oct 12 (MA): Today the majority of our class did the FSA in the Learning commons. Those who did not do the FSA assessment, worked on other science and math activities. Homework: Please read p. 22-25 and do the CYU questions on p. 25. Make sure your science section of your binder is organised and ready to hand in next week. We will be preparing out duo-tangs to hand in on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Oct 11 (Sci/MA): Today we worked to finish off and catch up on a few math and science assignments. Students received their Rounding, Adding Decimals Numbers, and Multiplying Decimal Numbers quizzes back and we reviewed some of the questions. The, students had the option to complete their science work on the Limiting Factors in ecosystems part of their science handout, continuing working on their math, or move on to the next section in the Ecosystems chapter of their Science textbook, Predator and Prey interactions. Homework: Please read p. 22-25 and do the CYU questions on p. 25. Make sure your science section of your binder is organised and ready to hand in next week. We will be preparing out duo-tangs to hand in on Monday.

Oct 10 (MA): Today we looked at the concept of division and more specifically the process of long division. This was review for many students, however there were quite a few who needed a refresher on this skill. We also watched a video on long division (Video) then practiced doing long division with whole numbers, and also solving some worded applied math division problems. Half way through the class, we then looked at the additional steps of dividing decimal number using long division. Here is the link to the division package I handed out today (Division Package Handout) and the answer keys to verify that you are doing your division correctly (Division Package Answers). Homework: Please spend 25 minutes continuing to work on long division with whole numbers, or if you feel like that skill is strong, spend this time practicing some dividing decimal questions. Reminders: the numeracy FSA is this Friday during block 2. Also, students should have all of their science work up to date. Parent Teacher interviews are next week. Mr. Menzie will be sending out a sign up form for parents to select a time to meet next week.

Oct 9th (Sci): Ecosystem posters were due today. In block 4 we continued learning about ecosystems, more specifically about the survival needs of organisms (p. 15 in textbook) and then the limiting non-living factors in an ecosystem (p. 16-18). For part 1, we took 2 notes per survival need as we read page 15 and then drew a diagram/sketchnote for each survival need. For Part 2 we read p. 16-18 and took 3-4 notes per limiting factor in an ecosystem. Here is the link to the handout today (Survival Needs and Limiting Factors Handout). Please save the last part on page three of the handout for next science class. Students had most of the block to work on this today, so for those who completed this in class, no homework tonight. Homework: Please complete the notes for page 1 and 2 of the handout today. Note: the FSA assessment on numeracy is on Friday.

Oct 5 (MA): Today we has a quiz on rounding numbers, adding decimal numbers, and multiplying decimal numbers. Homework: Please finish your biome/ecosystem poster and have it ready to hand in at block 4 on Tuesday Oct 9th. Students had all of Thursday's class to work on the poster and also approximately half the class on Friday.

Oct 4th (Sci): Today we had a working block an continued to working on our ecosystems poster. Students were expected to have their notes and draft completely ready to go, so that their good copy would be fairly straight forward. Please see this link for a copy of the assignment (Ecosystems and Biomes Poster). Homework: There will be a math quiz on rounding, adding decimal numbers, and multiplying decimal numbers. Please review your handouts and notes so that you are ready for the quiz. The Ecosystems poster will be due on Tuesday so please ensure you spend time working on the final details this weekend.

Oct 3 (MA): Today we began by playing a fun math game to practice the quickness of our multiplication skills. After that, we watched a short video clip on adding and multiplying decimals (Video link). After that, we continued to practice multiplying decimal numbers, and students who had a strong grasp of this skill moved on to seme applied math questions. Homework: Please ensure you have completed your science notes on your selected ecosystem, and there will also be a math quiz this Friday (Oct 5th) on rounding, adding decimal numbers, and multiplying decimal numbers. I recommend spending 20 minutes continuing to practice these skills tonight by doing some of the questions you didn't do in class today.

Oct 2 (MA): Today we began with a multiplication drill and attempted to complete a times table in under two minutes. Student who were successful graduate to the next number up in the times table, and they track their own progress in this regard. After that, we reviewed how to add and subtract decimal numbers and that it is crucial for decimal places to be lined up when doing this. Students practiced this for about 10 - 15 minutes. Next, we learned about multiplying decimals and how we need to consider digits to the right of the decimals in order to correctly place the decimal in our answer. Notes were handed out and reviewed as a class(Multiplying Decimal Notes). Students then practiced multiplying decimal numbers and correctly placing the decimal in the answer (product). Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to practice multiplying decimals using the practice sheets Mr. Menzies handed out today (Handout Practice Sheet #1, Handout Practice Sheet # 2).

Oct 1 (SCI): Continuing with our Ecosystems unit today, we began block 3 by discussing different biomes on Earth and how they differ. We did this by looking at satellite images in Google Earth and discussing how water is distributed around the world and how we can see this from space with green indicating lots of rainfall. We also looked at different rainforests and deserts around the world and learned about how there can be very different ecosystems in each biome. We also watched a short video on the biomes of the world - Biomes Video. Students were then tasked with selecting a biome they found interesting and then picking a ecosystem around the world they will look closer at. Mr. Menzies handed out a notes organizer and students had to research their ecosystem in greater detail. They needed to collect a minimum of 5 notes per category around the conditions, flora, and fauna in their ecosystem (Climate, Vegetation, Herbivores, Omnivores, and Carnivores) - Ecosystem Notes Organizer. We spent the rest of block 3 and block 4 collecting information on our selected ecosystem and we also created a draft plan for a poster we will be make in class on Thursday. The draft must include a solid plan to present your collected notes and must plan out a scene from your ecosystem that shows all the flora and fauna you listed in your notes. Homework: Please make sure you have 5 notes minimum for each category in your notes sheet, and you have completed your draft poster for your ecosystem by tomorrow Oct 2nd.

Sept 28 - Today we attended a school assembly in block 2 for Orange Shirt Day, to recognise the impact of residential schools throughout history in Canada. Homework: No homework this weekend.

Sept 27 (MA/Sci): Today we began by practising estimating by playing an estimating game on the Math is Fun website. After this, students were given a range of activity choices from the Hour of Code website. This website is designed to allow students to learn about and practice computer coding. There are engaging modules and tutorials of varying difficulty that help develop understanding and thinking skills related to various programming languages. At the same time, students get to create games, visuals, and applications while learning skills related to computer programming. We will do this periodically throughout the year. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes working on another activity from the Hour of Code website. You can also continue to work on the same activity you were working on in class today if you didn't get a chance to finish.

Sept 26 (MA): Today we continued to work on rounding and watched a short video clip to refresh our memory. (Video). After that we reviewed some notes on estimating (Estimating notes), a math skill closely tied to rounding. We learned that estimates don't need to be exact, but depend on the context of the calculation. We also reviewed some of the different situations one may need to estimate and how it is a practical mental math skill. After that, we practiced estimating with multi digit numbers and with different operations (Estimating Practice Booklet - Answer are in the Div 7-4 Math Tab). Students had to do a minimum of 5 questions from each page, and a few extra if they felt they could use the practice. After that we practiced estimating for speed with word problems (Word Problems and Estimating - Answers found in the Div 7-4 Math tab). Homework: If you didn't finish today's work, please spend 15 more minutes practicing some the questions handed out today.

Sept 25 (MA): Today we began with a multiplication drill. Students are currently attempting to improve their proficiency with their times tables. They are aiming to be able to correctly complete all 60 times tables questions in under 2:00min. If successful, they graduate to the next number times table, working all the way up to 15X. For the second half of the block, we looked at rounding whole number and decimals. Notes were handed out and we went over what rounding it, why it is practical, and the procedure to do it (Rounding Notes). Students then were given some practice questions to work on - Rounding Practice Booklet. The answer key can be found in the Div 7-4 Math tab above. Homework: Please ensure you are caught up with your Science homework from yesterday (see below), and also spend 20 minutes continuing to practice some of the rounding questions we worked on today if you didn't finish the booklet.

Sept 24th (SCI): Today we began by venturing outside and analysing parts of our school year ecosystem. Students had to find three organism and think about the connections they have to living and non-living parts of their ecosystem. In doing so, they filled out an observations organiser where they collected information on each organism (Ecosystems - Observations Handout). They then had to look at one of their organism in more detail and complete the back side of their organism sheet, including some analysis questions. In block 4 we began by watching a video on populations (Video link). We then worked on section 1.3 (p. 11-14) in the textbook - read and answered the check you understanding questions on p. 1-3, and added some of the new highlighted terms to our glossary sheet. Homework: Please ensure that you observations sheet is finished from today, you have you glossary sheet up to date, and that you have read section 1.3 and have answered the CYU questions 1-3 by tomorrow.

Sept 21st (MA): Today we did our first quiz of the year on Place Value and Comparing Numbers. Next week we will be looking at rounding whole and decimal numbers as we continue with our Number Sense Unit. Homework: No homework for Math or Science this weekend! If you are board, have a look at the websites I have linked in the Science Resources bat of this website.

Sept 20th (SCI): Continuing with our ecosystems unit, we started today's class with a discussion of how humans are related to ecosystems and how our activities affect the health of ecosystems. We also discussed how habitat can be affected by human activity. Following our discussion we watched Bill Nye: Biodiversity and then completed a worksheet based on the video (Bill Nye: Biodiversity Worksheet). We then went outside to observe the creek that runs along side of the school grounds and observed and recorded some of the living organisms that live in that ecosystem. Next class, we will be doing a more extensive activity related to observations of this ecosystem, its biodiversity, and how living things and non-living things are related and depend on each other. Homework: Please look over the math skills we have covered so far this year and prepare for a quiz tomorrow. This includes writing numbers in different formats, comparing numbers, understanding place value.

Sept 19th (MA): We continued to practice working with Place Value and Comparing numbers today, and some managed to move on to more dynamic word problems by the end of class. We began by arranging in partners and practicing the skills/concepts we have covered so far using mini whiteboards to create questions for each other. These topics included interpreting and writing numbers in standard form, expanded form, and worded form. We also practiced comparing larger numbers. After that, students continued working on their math booklets related to these topics. Early finishers moved on to an extension activity of working with multi-step word problems (Word Problems Handout) - answers are in the Div 7-4 Math tab above. Homework: Please finish comparing numbers handout # 2 (answers in Div 7-4 Math tab) that was handed out yesterday. There will be a quiz on the concepts we have covered so far this Friday. Please review the handouts and questions that we have looked at so far to prepare for the quiz.

Sept 18th (MA): Today we began by reviewing the concepts we have covered so far related to Place Value. Next, we took some notes on the math symbols used to compare numbers, and steps to consider when determining an accurate number comparison. Students then worked on some practice questions involving comparing and ordering numbers (Comparing and Ordering Numbers Booklet) - Answers can be found in the Div 7-4 Math tab.. Early finishers were given an extension of more abstract worded questions (Extension questions). Homework: Please spend 20 minutes of time continuing to practice these skills. Continue working from where you were at in class.

Sept 17th (MA/SCI): In block 3 today we had a chance to put finishing touches on our Science posters and hand them in. Students who had finished, continued to work on their math booklets. In block 4, we started a science unit on ecosystems. We learned about what an ecosystem is and the different parts of an ecosystem, both living parts and non-living parts. We also learned about how ecosystems can be organized into species, populations, and communities of organisms, and how species are interconnected in their interactions with each other. We read pages 4 and 5 together and discussed, and then students read pages 6 and 7 independently. As they read, they had to record the highlighted terms in their glossary sheet (Glossary Sheet Link), provide an explanation, and provide an example of each term. After that, we worked on the Check Your Understanding questions at the bottom of page 7 - done on a lined piece of loose leaf paper - page perfect. Homework: Please ensure that you have finished your glossary terms from pages 6&7 and the CYU questions at the bottom of page 7. We will be doing math tomorrow in block 4.

Sept 14th (MA): Today we began by watching a Math Antics Video (link) on decimal place value and discussed how decimals are related to 1 whole. We also reviewed the structure of place value and how number can be presented in different forms: standard, expanded, written. After that, some students continued working on their question booklets that were handed out last math class (only do 5 questions per page for the remainder of the booklet), and early finishers moved on to more abstract extension questions. Homework: Please spend 20 minutes continuing to work on your place value practice questions. Be sure to check your answers. Go to the Div 7-4 Math tab above to access links to these math booklets and answers.

Sept 13 (Sci): Today we began by viewing a short video on some of the more recent scientific discoveries or breakthroughs in the past few years. After that, we continued to work on our scientific discovery research posters for the rest of the block (Scientific Discovery Assignment). Many students are almost done this assignment, however there are a few who will need to spend some time working on it at home. Homework: Those who have quite a but of work to do, please ensure you do the rest for homework, as we have had 3 classes to wok on this assignment. There will be an opportunity to put finishing touches on your posters Monday. Good copies will be due Monday at the end of the day.

Sept 12 (MA): Today we reviewed the number system and looked at place value and reading and writing numbers. We started by discussing the number system we have, why we have it, and how it has a structure called place value. This will have been review from previous years, however it was good to practice these skills again as we start our year in math. We took some notes on Place Value and then practiced questions related to identifying place value and reading and writing numbers in standard, expanded, and written form. Homework: Please spend 15 minutes continuing to work on the questions in your Place Value booklet handed out today (Place Value/Reading and Writing Numbers). Answers for the questions can be found on the Div 7-4 Math tab. Also, reminder that all PE course outlines must be handed in by tomorrow to Mr. Menzies. We will be doing Science tomorrow in block 4.

Sept 11 (MA/Sci): Today we began organising our math books, and talked about how math assignments will be handed in; in a duotang. Students are encouraged to keep their work in a section of the binder designated for math, but they will hand in work in their math duotang. During block 4, some students needed a bit more time for part 2 of the beginning of year math assessment, so they continued to work on this. Students who had finished, had the choice of working on their Science project, or going on a computer programming website to do some of the activities. At the end of the block, we did our first multiplication drill and talked about goals. Homework: Please ensure you have all materials and al forms handed in by the end of the week!

Sept 10 (MA/Sci): Today in block 3 we continued to work on our scientific discovery posters. Students will have a chance to work on this assignment again on Thursday this week. In block 4, we did "Part 2" of the beginning of grade 7 math assessment. Homework: Please ensure you have brought you 3 duotangs to class tomorrow. One must be red for PE. Also, remember to being your signed PE course outline to school by Friday.

Sept 7 (Sci): Today we began science with a mini inquiry assignment (Science that Changed the World: Scientific Discovery Inquiry Assignment). In this mini assignment, students need to so some basic research on a scientific discovery or invention that they find interesting. Following the 5W's format, we will learn about our topics of interest and present what we find as a poster. We will also continue to work on this on Monday in block 3. Homework: Please ensure that Mr. Menzies' beginning of year letter has been delivered to parents and that they email him so he can add them to his contact list. On Monday please come to PE class in full PE strip, and return the signed PE course outline to Mr. Menzies. Also, please ensure you have 3 duotangs for Monday. One of them should be a red duotang. Have a great weekend!

Sept 6 (Math): Today we had our first day in Mr. Sparanese's classroom (the grade 8 science lab). It is right next door to Mrs. Campbell's classroom, and we will be in this classroom for Math and Science this year. Today we discussed what math will look like this year, and students did a "beginning of grade 7 math assessment" today. This will give Mr. Menzies and idea of where everyone is at in terms of their math skills. Early finishers had a chance to work on their surfboards. Homework: students are asked to have their PE strip prepared and ready to go for tomorrow's class, and to have their other school materials organized and ready to start our first units next week.

Sept 5, 2018: It was a pleasure to meet Division 7-4 today. In block 3 we reviewed expectations and then I we filled out a questionnaire so I can get to know each student a little better. In addition to the questionnaire, I reviewed how to access my website and some of the resources that can be found there. Finally, we made our own personal paper surfboards that reflect our interests, hobbies, values, and history. We have some excellent artists in div 7-4 as well as some really interesting passions and hobbies too! Homework: Students were given an introductory handout today to take home nad deliver to parents (Div 7-4 Beginning of Year Letter Home). Parents are asked to email Mr. Menzies so he can add them to his div 7-4 contact list.

Sept 3, 2018: Welcome to the 2018/2019 School Year!!! Mr. Menzies is excited to meet Division 7-4 and jump into Math and Science this year. Please check this site frequently for updates and notices concerning homework, assignments, events, and reminders!