As the snow melts and the days are getting brighter and longer we are looking forward to new learning! We are also excited to have Mme Mesicek join us in our learning! She will be with us until mid-April. Here is what we're currently working on in class.
French In French, we have been working on a number of different projects and activities. Students have been brainstorming, drafting, and writing their own persuasive writing pieces in French class as a follow-up to our essay writing unit. They have been tasked with developing the skill of opinion writing, and have been practicing how to form their own opinions, as well as how to consider those of others. In addition, students have been writing speeches to present to the class. Students hav e also been afforded the opportunity to participate in the HWDSB Oral Communication Contest (Concours oratoire).
In April, we will be embarking on a novel study involving Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). The Little Prince was first published in April 1943 and is the most famous work of French writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The novella has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France.
English Students are starting a unit on Historical Fiction. We will be engaging with the Dear Canada and I Am Canada novel series. Students will be comparing and contrasting historical novels with the real life events that the stories describe. Students will be writing a book report on their specific novel, and will be presenting the historical significance of the era presented in their novel. Students will also be tasked with writing their own historical fiction story.
Science Our grade 6 students have begun to learn about Air and Flight. Students will assess the societal and environmental impacts of flying devices, investigate ways in which flying devices make use of properties of air, and explain ways in which properties of air can be applied to the principles of flight and flying devices. We have been exploring these key concepts with in-class activities and experiments.
History Our grade 7 students have been studying the early colonization of in North America. Our studies have included the interactions between aboriginal populations and colonists/explorers, the social/political/economic structures of New France, the role of the fur trade in New France and the role of the Catholic Church in society.
Math In Math, we are working on fractions. We have been focusing on proper and improper fractions, mixed fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions, and word problems involving fractions. We will then be moving into studying percentages and decimals and their relationship with fractions. Our class is also starting EQAO preparation. Students will be coming home with practice questions to be completed weekly. It is hoped that this review will build their confidence as they engage with EQAO later this semester.
Physical Education and Health In Phys. Ed. we have been focusing on developing our abilities to serve, volley and bump in preparation for playing volley ball. From there, we will be moving into playing cooperative games.