Last Week - Students wrote the final quiz for Unit 1: Patterns and Relations. Please watch for these quizzes to come home to get signed next week. Help us to celebrate all of the great learning and assist where there are learning gaps. The Grade 7 math teachers are available at lunchtimes for extra help and are happy to work with any student who needs some assistance!
Next Week - We are starting Unit 2: Integers. We will start by doing a quick review of what an integer is (positive or negative whole number, including zero!). Students will review the concept of zero pairs and will use red and yellow tiles to represent positive and negative integers. This week will be all about adding integers using tiles and on a number line.
Projects Coming Up - Money Matters: Budgeting your Money With Integers. Students will practice integers with a real life scenario. They will need to add and subtract integers based on whether they have spent or saved money. They will keep track of this for 4 weeks. At the end, they will analyze their spending habits and decide if they need to revise their habits!
Games to Play at Home: A fun integer activity.
Take a deck of cards and remove face cards.
Red cards are negative, black are positive.
Give each player 2 cards.
The player finds the sum of the two cards.
If a player has a sum of 0, they are out.
Each remaining player takes 1 card from the deck. Add this number to the previous sum.
Any player with a total of 0 is out.
Play continues until 1 player remains. That player is the winner.
Last Week: Students in 7A, B and C wrote a science quiz on Topics 1, 2 and 3 in the Structures and Forces Unit. Students in 7D and E will write this quiz on Monday, November 6th.
Next week: We will be beginning our House of Learning Project which is a cross curricular activity with Humanities. Students will be building one of three structures of the First Nations: wigwam, tee pee or longhouse. They will need to know what materials they used, how they put it together (joints) and the function of their structures (permanent, moveable, climate, etc). In Humanities, students will be researching their particular group to make authentic connections between their structure and way of life.
Science quizzes will also be returned next week and will need to be signed and returned.
Science Fair: We have been working on the science fair projects on Fridays and only have 7 more Fridays until they are due on Jan.16th. Please speak with your child about their project, what their question is, how their research/experiment is going. There are some very interesting topics that students have chosen and we are excited for the final results!
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!