The students are busy creating their own species for Science class. This amazing discovery that they have made will need to be presented to the government of Canada along with all of its details of where it lives, what role it plays in its ecosystem and why it has never been discovered before. Attached is the information along with the marking scheme for the project. Due date is October 26.
Invent a Species Project - student copy.doc
Hello Parents! We are working on a few things in LA, Social Studies, and French. We are starting book talks on Tuesday, October 17th, assignment and rubric are attached. We are also about half way through the Global Read Aloud program, we are reading "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park. Check out our Padlet link, where students have been collaborating with students at a school in Virginia!
In Social Studies, we are moving into an on-going project about Active Citizenship. Students are researching the various public service groups in and around the area, and are starting to think about what are some causes that are important to them. In the week to come, students will make a plan of what they can do to help their school, community and even the world. More to come later.
Thanks so much for your continued support.
Hello parents of 7/8 Morris! I apologize for the delay in sending out a message - things have been busy, to say the least.
Just a few updates:
We are on Twitter! I am trying to post something positive going on at the middle level every day that I'm here (I'm not here on Mondays). Follow us @KRSRaiders678
Language Arts - All students should have a book to read in class and for SSR by now. I have a good size collection of books in my classroom, but students are encouraged to bring a book from home. We are focusing on writing Fantasy, and students have been working in pairs and individually to write fantasy stories. The creativity of these students is truly astounding!
Social Studies - We have been talking about making decisions and being an active citizen. More to come.
French - We are getting into a unit called "Un camp pour ados" (Teen camp), more to come on that as well.
Book orders - I am looking after the scholastic book orders for 6-8 this year. I sent the flyers home yesterday, if you'd like to buy some books, please send in the form and cash by September 29.
And that's about it for now. I'll try my best to keep parents up to date on what's going on at school, and please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions/comments/concerns.
Do you like the genre "fantasy"? We will begin our year by reviewing different texts for fantasy such as novels, websites and picture books. We'll talk about the characteristics of fantasy texts and use strategies such as read alouds, practice our oral language, express ourselves through writing pieces, work with words and self assess our ability to understand the fantasy genre. Stay tunned....
Also, make sure you always have a classroom novel of your choice at school.
The KRS Middle School will be participating in Entrepreneurial Adventures in Social Studies this year, which involves learning how to run a business. We will be working with community business partners, the school district and The Learning Partnership (http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/) to guide our students in the process which is lengthy but so rewarding.
Community business partners are those who are familiar with running a busness and who are willing to volunteer some time to work with our students on all the stages of business planning, development and production. Thes partners are critical in mentoring the students regarding aspects to consider and/or avoid and their input usually spurs the students on, keeping the momentum going. The students really enjoy doing this type of project that allows them to see real world application of their knowledge. In May we will be having a KRS Market where students will be able to sell their product or service.
All money raised will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
We are excited about this project and look forward to your support in this endeavour.
I posted photos of several activities from our in-depth investigation of corn.
I posted photos of the students doing a variety of activities.
We are starting a unit on mythology this week with a focus on Greek, Roman and Norse mythology. The students will be learning about how these cultures used these stories to try to make sense of their world.
Icons in Rock
For the month of November we will be learning about three fanatastic rock bands who have all withstood the test of time. Two of the bands are Canadian and one American. The three groups are:
Although originally from the United States, Heart had it's original success in Canada. Their fame grew and spread through the states in the 70s and 80s and they have developed a signature sound with "galloping guitar riffs" and powerful vocals. Centered around sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart is still currently active and creating music. Check out "Barracuda" from the 1970s and "Red Velvet Car" for a sense of how diverse their music can be.
Rush was formed in the suburbs of Toronto during the early 1970s and consists of three members: Geddy Lee, bass, vocals, keyboards, bass pedals; Alex Lifeson, guitars, pedals, keyboards, backing vocals; Neil Peart, drums, percussion and electronic percussion (Peart is also the main lyricist of the group). Rush has developed a tremendous following through their thought-provoking lyrics and incredible musicianship. They just commemorated their 40th anniversary tour through the United States, Canada, South and Central America.
The Tragically Hip
The Tragically Hip hail from Kingston, Ontario and formed as a band in 1984. They have developed a very familiar sound that has gathered followers on both sides of the border, although their music can be diversified and varied. Gord Downie, lead singer and lyricist has penned a great variety of songs, often reflecting on themes of Canada's culture and geography. "The Hip", as they are often called, just concluded their farewell tour across Canada following the announcement that Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The final show was broadcast across the country on CBC.
Parents please check the Class Dojo site to see:
- What we are working on in Mlle MacLeod's Grade 5 class
- Student behaviour reports
- Pictures/information about upcoming or past events/field trips
- Information about fundraisers for Snider Mountain
- Student-led conferences
Feel free to send a message using Class Dojo if you ever have any comments, questions, or concerns.