Hello and welcome back to a new week and a new year at McVeety School. I hope that everyone had a restful break and is ready to get back at it.
Reading: The students have started novel studies in reading. We have 4 different groups reading books about the residential school experience: Fatty Legs, My Name is Seepeetza, No Time to Say Goodbye, and Wenjack. Students studying the first three books will be doing literature circles. They will have a different role for each chapter (summarizer, connector, discussion leader, or word wizard) and will have to be prepared to discuss their role and the chapter in small groups. Students reading Wenjack will make notes on the significance of events and animals in each chapter and need to be prepared for deeper thinking discussion. Ask your child about the book that they are reading for a novel study.
Writing: Students have now begun a new trait unit in writing. Depending on their writing level, they are working on organization, voice, or word choice. Students have also written biographies in social studies that will be used for writing marks. This should be completed and handed in. Please check with your child to make sure that it has been handed in.
Grade 7: Ms. Haas will now be teaching grade 7 math until June. Students are working on unit 1: patterns and relations.
Grade 8: We completed unit 1: Square roots and Pythagorean before Christmas. A number of students were away ill on the last few days. They will be writing the unit test today. Our next unit will be unit 5: percent, ratio, and rate.
Science: We have started a new unit in science: water systems. Students are exploring the big idea that water exists in all three states (solid, liquid, and gas) on the Earth.
Social Studies: The grade 7/8 class has paired up with Mr. Slobodian's grade 4 class to work on a heritage fair project. Students will all compete at the school level with winners going on to a regional, and possibly a provincial, heritage fair. Students will be paired up with their grade 4 partners this week and will begin initial planning by deciding on a topic and brainstorming ideas on how to present their topic. More information on heritage fairs can be found here.
Winter Survival: Students will be going on a winter survival field trip on Tuesday January 17. They will be given class time to plan this trip in groups. Permission forms will be sent home today. Please sign and return them and pay the $4.50 for the bus as soon as possible.
Mission Ridge Trip: The grade 7s and 8s will once again be going to Mission Ridge for a ski/snowboard trip. Permission forms will be sent home today or tomorrow.
Blog Tidbit: When is the Winter Survival field trip?
Have a great week!