Monday, 14 May 2018

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of May 14 to 18

This week, we are completing our tenth chapter from the textbook.  Students will be handing in their duotangs for grading on Tuesday, May 22nd.  

On Tuesday, May 22nd.  , we will have our Chapter 10 Test about Expanding Confederation.  The following items will be tested:

Vocabulary:
  • Absentee Landlords (& which colony wanted to get rid of them)
  • American Takeover (& which colony feared it)
  • Assimilation of the First Nations
  • Cariboo Road
  • Confederation Bridge
  • Great Depression (& which colony almost went bankrupt during this time)
  • Private School
  • Public School
  • Reserves – First Nations
  • Residential Schools – First Nations
  • Separate School
Also, know the following people, events, concepts or places:
  • The first four provinces to join Confederation were:
    • New Brunswick
    • Nova Scotia
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
  • why Edmonton was chosen as the capital city of Alberta
For the provinces of British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland-Labrador, and Nunavat—know the following:
  •  What was the date that each one joined Confederation?
  • The economy that supported most of the people in the province at the time it joined Confederation

Track Meet - Tomorrow!

This is a reminder that our annual Track Meet is tomorrow, May 15th.  It is not an optional day for students, as participation in multiple events contributes to their physical education grade.

Students need to remember the following:

  • wear APPROPRIATE footwear (socks & runners)
  • dress is comfortable layers, appropriate for track and field events.  The weather often changes throughout the day--you don't want to be too cold, or too hot
  • bring water and snacks in your backpack
  • bring money to purchase lunch at the concession, or pack a lunch to eat
  • bring mosquito spray, sunscreen, and a hat
It is always a fun day, surrounded by friends.  Don't worry about your athletic skills--try your best and just have a great attitude about a day "outside" of the regular classroom.

I'm looking forward to it!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Grade 7 Homeroom - Week of April 30

This Wednesday will be Hat's On! for Mental Health Day. 

On May 2, 2018, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. 
Our school will relax our hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school. 

We will also have the Parent Association BBQ at lunchtime this day to support Mental Health Awareness.  
They will be selling hot dogs, chips, and water bottles.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of April 23 to 27


This week, we are completing our eighth chapter from the textbook.  Students will be handing in their duotangs for grading on Monday, April 30th.  Also, the “Louis Riel Flipcard” is due at the same time.

On Monday, April 30th, we will have our Chapter 8 Test about The Metis.  The following items will be tested:

Vocabulary:
  • Assimilation
  • Battle of seven Oaks
  • Core values
  • Culture
  • Demographics
  • Identity
  • Michif
  • Opinion
  • Pardon
  • Pemmican Proclamation
  • Provisional Government
  • Red River Cart
  • Scrip
  • Stereotype
  • Treason
  • York Boat
Also, know the following people, events, concepts or places:
  • Location of the Assiniboine River & the Red River
  • How did Lord Selkirk (from Scotland) create a major problem by purchasing a large piece of land from the Hudson’s Bay Company around the Red River?
  • How did the government trigger the Red River Resistance in 1869?
  • Soldiers were sent to keep peace in the new province of Manitoba.  What did they actually do—even though it was not what the government sent them to do?
  • What was Rupert’s Land?
  • What was the economy of the Metis?
  • What were the mains reasons why the Selkirk colonists left the Red River area?
  • Who was Gabriel Dumont?
  • Who was the president of the Metis provisional government?  And what was the Bill of Rights that they created?
  • Who was Thomas Scott?

Friday, 16 March 2018

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of March 19 to 22

This week, we are completing our ninth chapter from the textbook.  Students will be handing in their duotangs for grading on Thursday, March 22nd.  

On Thursday, March 22nd, we will have our Chapter 9 Test about Growth in the West.  The following items will be tested:

Vocabulary:
  • The 49th Parallel
  • Cypress Hills – Whoop-up Country
  • Father Albert Lacombe
  • Natural Resources
  • Protective Tariff – a tax placed on a product crossing the border
    • This tax adds to the cost of the product
    • The product becomes more expensive
      • The tariff made American goods more expensive than Canadian goods which encouraged Canadians to purchase the goods made in Canada
§  Be sure to understand Figure 9.21 on page 213—which shows why some would be in favour of the Tariff and others would be opposed to the Tariff.

Also, know the following people, events, concepts or places:
  • The establishing of the North West Mounted Police.
    • Their job was to:
      • arrested lawbreakers of all types and put them on trial
      • cleared out the whiskey traders
      • delivered the mail
      • fought grass fires and assisted the new farmers
      • fought in the second Metis Uprising of 1885
    • The Great March
    • Jerry Potts
  • The National Policy was made up of three parts:
    • Economic – to build a strong national economy for Canadians
    • Immigration – to encourage farmers to populate Western Canada
    • Transportation – to build a railway across the continent
  • The Canadian Pacific Railway runs through the southern part of Canada because:
    • it was close to the American border
    • it was close to coal deposits that provided fuel for steam engines
    • it was easier to build there since the land was flatter and there were fewer trees to deal with
    • the railway company controlled most of the land
    • the south was reported to have better farmland
  • The Chinese immigrants were a very crucial factor in helping to build the railway.  They were discriminated against in the following ways:
    • they had to pay money for room and board which was in poor condition
    • they received much less pay than other workers
    • they were given the worst and most dangerous jobs—many of them died.
  • The following people had opinions about the railway—be sure to know what their opinions were:
    • a CPR shareholder
    • a logger from British Columbia
    • a member of the Cree tribe
    • a miner from the prairies
    • an Ontario farmer
    • a prairie farmer
    • a resident of the prairies
  • Know how the surveyors divided the land:
    • Each township was divided into 36 squares called sections, and each section was divided into four quarters of 160 acres each
    • Surveyors drove iron stakes into the ground to mark off each quarter section
  • In 1872 the Dominion Lands Act was passed:
    • any male at least 21 years of age could apply for a quarter section of land (called a homestead) for $10
    • applicants had to promise
      • to live on the land for at least six months of the year
      • to build a house
      • to start farming
    • after three years the homesteader got to keep the land if the above terms had been fulfilled
    • after 1882—women could apply for land, as well
  • Why did the following newcomers come to settle on the farmland in the Canadian West?
    • from Ontario and Quebec
    • from Russia (Mennonites)
    • from Iceland
  • The First Nations people signed treaties with the government in which the government agreed to help them to become successful farmers.  The government broke these promises made in the treaties, in the following ways:
    • the government did not bring instructors to teach farming skills to the First Nations people
    • the equipment that was promised to the First Nations people never arrived, and then they were also not allowed to purchase farm machinery even if they had the money to do so
    • the land given to the First Nations people was very poor farmland--once the First Nations people produced crops, they had a very difficult time selling them due to discrimination

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of March 12 to 16

On Monday, March 19th, the Current Events (21-40 duotangs) are due.  Students had time in class to complete the work, however, they should review their work.  The following assignments must be completed:
  • Philippine Volcano Erupts
  • Will Passengers Swoop for Low-Cost Airfares
  • The Winter Olympics in South Korea
  • SpaceX Launches New Era in Space Travel
  • U.S. Embassy Moving to Jerusalem
  • Italy's Election
I encourage parents to work on these Current Events booklets with their child throughout the year:
  • have discussions with your child and assist them in broadening their answers to the questions
  • check your child's work for spelling mistakes, and have your child correct them
  • check your child's work for proper punctuation
  • make sure that your child has used capital letters at the beginning of all sentences, as well as with the names of specific places and people
This contribution can help your child to recognize where he or she is making common mistakes.  By correcting those mistakes, he/she can hand in the best possible work which will help to achieve a better grade in Social Studies.

Grade 7 Health - Week of March 12 to 16

On Friday, March 16th, Grade 7 Health duotangs are due.  Students had time in class to complete the work, however, they should review their work.  The following assignments must be completed:
  • W7.12 - Social Influences on Gender Roles/Equity
  • R7.1 - How Thinking Patterns Influence Feelings
  • R7.3 - Stress
  • R7.4 - Constructive Feedback
  • R7.1, R.7.2, R7.3, R7.4 - Middle School Movie
  • R7.8 - Belonging to a Group
  • R7.7, R7.8, R7.9 - McFarland USA Movie
  • L7.1 - Study Skills & Reading Assignments
  • L7.2 - Memory, Planning, & Organization for Study
Your child should have all of these assignments, in order and completed in his/her duotang.  If your child is missing any of these assignments, he/she should come and see me immediately to get another copy.

All of the answers were reviewed in class, and students had ample time to fill the answers in, from the board, after class discussion.