Friday, 6 October 2017

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of October 2 to 6

We have completed our first chapter from the textbook.  Students will be handing in their duotangs for grading on Monday, October 12th.  The study guide is worth twenty points, so be sure to complete it while preparing for the test.

On Thursday, October 12th, we will have our Chapter 1 Test about Aboriginal Societies.  The following items will be tested:

Vocabulary:
  • Alliance
  • Core Values
  • Clan
  • Culture
  • Democracy
  • Elders
  • Ethnocentric
  • Indigenous People
  • Iroquois Confederacy
  • Mamomin 
  • Matrilineal
  • Metis
  • Oral Culture
  • Pluralistic Society
  • Primary Source Images
  • Sagamaw
  • Sovereign
  • Stereotype
  • World View
For each of the Aboriginal Societies that we studied (Mi'kmaq of the East Coast; Haudenosaunee of the Northeastern Woodlands; The Anishinabe) know the following:
  • Government
  • Hunter-Gatherer
  • Role of Women

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of September 25 to 29

On Friday, September 29 our school is recognizing "Orange Shirt Day" to honour survivors and nonsurvivors of residential schools in Canada.  Approximately 150 000 aboriginal and indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools, where at least 4 000 of them died.  To learn more about "why" we are wearing orange shirts, see the following video:
https://youtu.be/ll1pUrK29MM

Next Thursday, October 5th, Current Events duotangs are due.  Students had time in class to complete the work, however, they should review their work.  The following assignments must be completed:
  • Hurricane Harvey
  • The Rise and Fall of Sears Canada
  • Earthquake in Mexico
  • Canadians Owe Record Amount
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.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Grade 7 Social Studies - Week of September 11 to 14

We have completed our introductory unit.  Students will hand in their Chapter 1-4 duotangs for grading on Monday, September 25th.

On Monday, September 25th, we will be having our first Social Studies test.  To help your child prepare, you can help them to study the information listed below.

1.  Know the names of the seven continents and where they are located on the world map.

2.  Know the names of the five major oceans on earth, and where they are located on the world map.

3.  Know the names of the countries which “neighbour” Canada, and where they are located on the world map.

4.  Know the name of the capital city of Canada, and where it is located in our country.

5.  Know the names of the Canadian provinces and territories, and where they are located on the world map.

6.  Know the names of the capital cities associated with each province and territory.

7.  Know the names of the three major rivers in Canada, and which province or territories that they pass through.

8.  Know where the following lakes are located on a map of North America:
   ·  Lake Winnipeg
   ·  Lake Superior
   ·  Lake Ontario
   ·  Lake Michigan
   ·  Lake Huron
   ·  Lake Erie
   ·  Great Slave Lake
   ·  Great Bear Lake

9.  Know which provinces are “Prairie” provinces and which provinces are “Atlantic” provinces in Canada.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

September 5 - Welcome to Grade 7

The first day of school went quickly for our students.  They spent the morning in their homeroom:
  • getting organized
  • figuring out the timetable
  • learning about junior high expectations
After lunch, the group went to their first three classes.  
On Wednesday, students need to have their gym clothes to change into for their phys ed class.

A number of forms went home today.  Many of them need to be returned to the school.  Please send them back as quickly as possible.
School pictures are on September 12th.

Students had their first Social Studies classes today, and in the first class we worked on their family tree.  Please look at it and help them to fill in missing names.  This afternoon, they worked on a Current Events unit with me.  We will work on it further in class tomorrow.  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.  To keep my students organized, they need to have five duotangs for Social Studies, as soon as possible.

Please take the time to ask your child about his or her day.  Many students find the move to junior high to be stressful.  If your child did not enjoy his/her day, please take the time to email me privately to let me know how I can make tomorrow a better day.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Getting ready for grade 7 - TOMORROW

Tomorrow, your child will be welcomed to Ecole Leduc Junior High School as a grade 7 student.  He/she should enter through the front doors of the school, and will come to the far, northwest corner of the school to find their homeroom (room 10).

  • For the first five periods of the day, students will receive orientation in the homeroom.
  • Students will have time to eat their lunch in the homeroom between 12:11 and 12:30 pm
  • Students will have an outdoor break at noon between 12:30 and 1:00 pm
In the afternoon, students will begin regular classes.
  • Please make sure that your child has all of their school supplies for the first day.
  • They will be using pencils, pens, and PENCIL CRAYONS on the first day.
Thank you!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

West Edmonton Mall Waterpark Activity - Tomorrow

Friday is our end-of-year celebration for grade 7 & 8 students.  If you are attending this event, it is important to remember the following:

  • students arrive at school for regular morning attendance in their homerooms and will be bused to the mall with their teacher
  • students should bring money for a locker ($8 for regular size & $12 for jumbo size)--often students will share a locker with friends
  • students should bring a bag lunch or money for lunch
  • students are not allowed to leave the waterpark at any time during the day
  • students are not allowed to stay late--they must return with the school's bus at the end of the school day

Monday, 15 May 2017

Track Meet Day - 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!