Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday and Thursday Nov. 15 and 16th

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Course Summaries:

Math Div 3: You wrote a retest on adding fractions. Most of you did really well; the mistakes that you were making were mechanical. You were adding incorrectly, you didn't determine the lowest common denominator, or you didn't simply your answer. These are easy to fix, but they require time and an attention to detail.

English Div 4 and 5: You finished your notes on Dystopia. Div 5 started to present their Literary Bumper Stickers.

Social Studies Div 3: You have used 2/4 research blocks for your inquiry topic. You will be asked to submit that research for marking on November 22nd at the end of class. (DIV 4 Your first work block will take place tomorrow).
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Today's word for an instant prize. Conform.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday November 14th

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Class Summaries

English Div 4 and 5: You started a new unit on Dystopia today and tricky Mrs Bertucci had you believe that she had started one of these new world orders in the classroom. Teen Dystopian Fiction is one of the most popular genres out there and you are going to delve into it starting now.

Math Div 4: You wrote a review assessment. Mrs Bertucci was able to get a good feel on how well each student understands fractions, compares fractions, and operates with fractions. While some of you are very fluent with fractions, others need more time. So, we are going to provide an overall paced review.

S.S. Div 4: You were assigned the Social Studies Inquiry about Vikings. The link to the project can be found on the SS link under Unit 2. This is a Guided Inquiry and you are at the "INVESTIGATE" stage. You will be given 4 research blocks to research your own inquiry. Partners are allowed, but the usual caution applies: working in a partnership should not be an excuse for not finishing on time. If you anticipate that being a problem, don't work with a partner.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

This week, November 14th to 17th

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Calendar Notes:

Wednesday: Birth of the CPR Presentation 9 to 10

Friday is Litter Literacy (We will be cleaning up the grounds for all to enjoy)

Thursday, November 22nd is early dismissal (12) and PARENT/TEACHER interviews (1 to 7). Mrs Abell and I interview together so that we can report on all the academic subjects. Please go to the school website for updates on the registration start date and system.

Course Notes:

S.S.: The Viking Inquiry has been launched and you are sailing off into your research to find out more about a topic of interest. The question we are investigating in this inquiry is: How were the Vikings an advanced civilization? To date you should have a topic in mind. We will set a date for research completion this week.

Math: You will be writing a review quiz on Tuesday and then starting a unit comparing fractions, decimals, and percent. This is a part of the curriculum, but also incredibly important to understand for life.

English: You are going to begin a new unit this week. Your Literary Devices bumper stickers look great and will adorn the alcove for your parents to see.

Here's to a great week
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Today's word is: bizarre

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9th

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Today's Summaries:

Math Div 4: Some of you used dice to construct random fractions to divide in a competition. Others chose to do the classic "worksheet", you solved a series of division questions involving predetermined fractions.

The Victoria Youth Orchestra came and performed. Here is a sample of what we saw:
Today's word is: orchestra

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nov. 8th

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Today's Summaries:

English Div 4 and 5: You reviewed some more literary devices and were assigned a bumper sticker to work on in class. This is a graded assignment so if you were away, you are expected to catch up.

S.S. Div 3: You were assigned the beginning of an Inquiry. You have to come up with a topic that speaks to the question: How were the Vikings an advanced civilization? You will get a research block tomorrow. The research that you do is as important, if not more important, than the project work. How are you going to make your project credible (believable)?

Math Div 4: You were given a practice set converting mixed numbers to improper fractions. This is a foundation skill that you need to multiply mixed fractions. Again, many of your difficulties are based in slow math fact retrieval; you can speed this up or improve your fluency by practicing this daily. All you need is a deck of cards and 10 minutes a day...the rest is up to you.

Today's word is what type of literary device this is an example of.......
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7th

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Today's summaries:

English Div 5: The "Literary Devices" lesson was continued.

Math Div 4: You worked on multiplying mixed fractions. This required you to review how to convert a mixed fraction into an improper one. Some of you were challenged by this.

Remembrance Day: You were given the guide for the Legion's Remembrance Day Contest. Then, you were given some inspiration to write, draw, or create a remembrance day creation.

S.S. Div 4:  Viking boat building (or you continued to work on your creation)

Today's word is ...the word that describes what literary device the chef is using in the cartoon.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

November 6th

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Today's Summaries:

Math: You did some math fluency work with dice. Operations with fractions continue to be the focus.

S.S.: Mrs Bridal was teacher in charge today, so you were shown a documentary on the Vikings.

English Div 3 and 4: You were given a lesson on "Literary Devices" and a handout to complete listing the devices along with supporting examples.
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Today's word is: ironic