Monday, April 18, 2016

The Book Talks are coming, Pink Day Door, a few snaps from our Historical Concept performances, the Grade 7 Big Idea, a short YouTube video on Canada's settlement, and questioning skills...

Last week, I modeled a very rough draft of a novel that I am in the process of reading.  On Tuesday, I will model a second version of the Book Talk, so the class may see how it looks.  The Success Criteria has been shared with the class and the students have this as a handout.

If anything, my need to do a second version emphasizes the need for the students to practice at home.  Please check in with them to see how they are progressing on this.  The first group will be beginning on Wednesday.

Last week, we had a very successful Pink Day assembly with both schools, AMG & The Grove, coming together to send some strong messages about Bullying and being aware of Homophobia and Transphobia.

A small group of Grade 7s came together to do a shortened version of the Privilege Walk.  I was hoping to put their picture up, but some of the members are away today, so that will have to wait.  The entire Grade 7 Team performed the stomping work we have been practicing in Gym, for the past few weeks.  It was well received, but I only have one shot, from my phone, of the group when they are close to being finished and on the stage.

For Room 52, we, like all the other students in the building, decorated our door with positive messages about not Bullying.  Here are some samples of what we did:

In History, we are winding down our performances and transitioning into some textbook work.  I have not been taking photos of the performers, but here are a few shots from last Thursday:

There are a lot of videos on YouTube and some are informative and others need to be watched critically.  I am showing this one, as a follow up to a note we recorded on the big idea of structures, we are looking at in Grade 7.

In addition to our Historical Concepts and models of Historical Thinking, we will be using our questioning skills in History.  In addition to the brains of Bloom's Taxonomy (used earlier with the Humpty Dumpty exercise), we will be using this framework to help us:

Here is the organization and sorting of the questions we did for 7B:

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