Update for Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Good morning everyone! I hope you have a great day today.

In science, there is an interactive, online experiment that you can complete, while in math, we are starting a new unit on Integers! In language, in addition to playing your classmates’ Breakout games, I’d like to see some discussion on current events in the world. Take a look at the Google Classroom for instructions.

Our office hours today will be at 10:00 am.

The Nelson site seems to be up and running again!

Update for Tuesday, June 2

Oops – sorry I forgot to repost this earlier.

Good morning everyone! Hope you’re doing well on this second day of June! I had some good feedback yesterday about doing the math questions that required compasses with GeoGebra, but heard those of you that suggested it was taking too long to read the instructions, so I made little instructional YouTube videos to go along with each question. In today’s math, there’s only one question that requires a compass, and I’ve made a GeoGebra activity that goes along with it too. This will be the last day of Geometry. Tomorrow we move into integers.

In Geography we’re going to continue looking at how we use natural resources and specifically how we measure our use of resources. You might be surprised at how large Candians’ ecological footprints are compared to the rest of the world. Our discussion question asks you about whether or not we should pay more for gasoline in our cars in order to slow down the environmental destruction caused by extracting oil an gas. But, you also need to think about the impact of that decision (i.e. higher costs for those who make their living by driving).

In language, I’d like you to try some of your classmates games and give some feedback. Those who have shared are anxiously waiting to hear back from you. I hope you have a great day!

Office hours today at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

Update for Monday, June 1, 2020

Hi Everyone,

We made it to June!

Hope you had a great weekend and didn’t spend too much time doing math homework. I’ve decided to move ahead in math, based on the feedback I got from some of you. I also took time this weekend to learn more about how to use GeoGebra, so for those of you who don’t have a math set at home (compass, etc.), I’ve set up all of the activities from today’s lesson in a GeoGebra workbook and you can complete them without actually doing them on paper and then fill in your answers or sketch things out in your Jump Math Book.

In science, we’re going to be looking at how the particle theory (which you’ve already looked at) can explain what happens as substances dissolve. There’s a short ‘quiz’ that accompanies it to check your understanding. You can use your textbook to answer the questions.

In language, I’d like you to try your classmate’s digital Breakout Games and give them some feedback on how to improve them. You’ll see links to the games and the feedback form in the language classroom. If you haven’t finished your own breakout, please take some time and work on it so we can share it with the class. If you submitted a game but don’t see it listed yet, check for feedback on your game/locks from me. I have made suggestions on several.

Our office hours today are at 10:00 this morning. Hope to see some of you there!

Update for Friday, May 29, 2020

Happy Friday!

Today is a continue and catch up day. You will see I’ve given additional instructions and resources for completing the math lesson G7-15 Congruency Rules and Similarity. Once you understand the rules for congruency, you will realize that you do not have to make perfect sketches in Geogebra or by hand for many of these questions. I will have videos posted throughout the day demonstrating some solutions.

Continue working on unfinished science, geography and your Breakout Games.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Looking forward to seeing some of you in our Office Hours at 10:00 am.

Update for Thursday, May 28, 2020

Good morning everyone!

We’ve got some challenging math over the next couple of days. Challenging for me to teach, without being able to work beside you, and challenging for many of you because you may not have the tools you need to complete the work well (I know many of you don’t have protractors at home). Still, we’ll get through it. There is a VERY GOOD lesson on the University of Waterloo’s Center for Education in Mathematics and Developing the rules around figuring out whether or not two triangles are congruent. It will allow you to quickly and easily experiment with different kinds of triangles, and the three ways that we can figure out whether or not a triangle is congruent. With the assignment, I’ve posted a video for how to use the Explore and Check Your Understanding interactive parts of the lesson. There are review questions to test your understanding on and today’s quiz is based on that lesson.

Once you have a good handle on the rules for congruent triangles, then you can begin to explore lesson G7-15 Congruency Rules and Similarity. You may not get there until tomorrow. The investigation on page 111 will replicate some of what you do in the CEMC lesson on Congruent Triangles. Because I know that not all of you have the required tools to complete that investigation (i.e. protractors and rules), I’ve actually made videos of myself completing the four parts of that lesson. If you’re trying to do it on your own and you get stuck, you can take a look at my example. If you don’t have the tools, and want an overview, watch the videos.

A lot of the questions on pages 112 to 114 require you to sketch triangles. Many of them will not require you to be exact, but they only make sense if you understand the rules for congruency. If you want to be more precise, but lack a protractor or ruler, you can check out Geogebra and the lessons I have created for using Geogebra. I’ll also have model solutions for some of the questions soon.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ALL OF LESSON G7-15 (PAGES 111 – 114) TODAY!!! It should take at least two days and may take three. A good goal for today would be to do the online lesson on congruent triangles from the CEMC. If you get a little further ahead – great. If you start to explore how to draw triangles and other polygons in Geogebra – even better. I expect that there will be challenges with this work, so make sure you take advantage of our office hours today to ask questions and get help!

In geography, we’re going to consider the different ways in which people around the world make use of natural resources and how that may change over time and location. There’s some reading for you, and I’ve done a “talk-through” video for each section/page. There’s one discussion question for you.

Many of you are continuing to work on your digital breakouts – that’s great! As you finish, please let me know when you are ready for me to share them with the class. I will share them as soon as I hear from you.

I hope you have a great day and look forward to hearing about your math challenges in our Office Hours.

Update for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Good morning everyone! (Well, early morning when I’m writing this – not sure when you’ll read it).

Today’s math is pretty short (1 page – yay!). Some of you may be finishing up yesterday’s work and that’s OK. I will be posting all the solutions and if there’s something confusing, please take the time and ask me to explain it. Tomorrow’s lesson will be longer and I think I will extend it over two days to give you the time you need to complete it well. I’ll also be posting videos through the day today on how to use a tool called Geogrebra to construct triangles. I know most of you don’t have protractors at home, so this will allow you to use your computer to build triangles and compare their area and congruency. Watch them when you get a chance – they will be necessary for completing tomorrow’s work.

In science, we’re taking a closer look at solutions and the parts they’re made of (solutes and solvents). There is a check your understanding “quiz” that goes along with the reading, so I would recommend having the quiz in one tab and your reading in another. Read through the quiz first and when you find an answer in your reading, you can enter it in the quiz. Your answers will be emailed to you.

In language, I’m still getting lots of questions about Breakouts, codes, puzzles and locks, so I’m going to keep that assignment going until the people who are working on them are satisfied with their work. I don’t want to introduce something new. But, for those of you who might be looking for something to write about, why not consider a personal memoir of what this time of social distancing is like for you? Something like a diary where you can describe what life was like before and after the March Break. You can share your writing with me and I’ll give you feedback on your work, but it isn’t a required assignment.

Office hours are at 10 AM this morning. Hope to see some of you there 🙂

Update for Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hi Everyone!

I looked at a calendar this morning and realized that there are only four and a half weeks of school left. It’s kind of amazing how much the world has changed since the beginning of the school year. It’s a much different kind of learning now and you’re having to work much more independently. As I’ve said all along, I know this is different, do your best to do the work when you can, and I’m here to provide support.

We’re starting new units in Math and Geography today. In math, it’s a short geometry unit (about 5 lessons) while in geography, we’re beginning to look at how we make use of natural resources.

I know that many of you are still engaged with your Breakout games, so I’m not going to start anything new in Language yet, because I know you want to finish those up first (and I know that I and others would like to play them). Just make sure that you’re reading every day and pay attention as you answer discussion questions in science and geography. Use that as a chance to practice your writing and communication skills.

Office Hours today at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. I’m using a new tool called Jamboard that is a shared whiteboard that you can see and actually work on if you want. It’s a good way for use to work through math problems that might come up for you.

Update for Monday, May 25, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to spend some of it outside. For those of you who were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with your families, I hope you had an enjoyable celebration.

In math today, we’re going to wrap up our unit on Patterning and Algebra by using graphs to make predictions.

In science, I’ve given you the choice between reading or watching a video about the differences between mechanical mixtures (easy to tell they’re not pure substances) and solutions (difficult to tell they’re not pure substances). Then, there’s one discussion question – that asks you to ask a question.

Office hours today are at 10:00 am! See some of you there 🙂

Update for Friday, May 22

Happy Friday everyone! And for those of you who celebrate Eid – Eid Mubarak. I know this will be a different celebration for many of you, but I hope you are able to enjoy the time with your families.

Because this was a shorter week, I am going to give a bit of reading for geography. It’s a review of many ideas that we already covered in science closer to the beginning of the year. There’s also a discussion question that allows you to share your opinion on the changes that are happening in our environment and what they mean for different species.

In math, your assignment is to work on matching graphs to formulas (something you’ve been doing in the quizzes I’ve assigned the past couple of days). Remember the key thing is to make sure that the formula works for all terms (numbers) in the sequence – not just the first term.

Let’s continue on with our Breakout Game in Language (in addition to your regular 30 minutes of reading).

Office hours today are at 10:00 AM – see you then!

Update for May 21, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I noticed an issue in many of your answers in the math yesterday and I want to draw attention to it. When I gave you a multiple choice question, asking you to identify the formula (or equation) that matched a sequence, many of you ONLY checked the formulas against the first term in the sequence. The formula must work for every term in the sequence! See today’s math lesson for more details on this error and what to do to make sure you don’t make the same mistake today.

In math today, we’re adding geometric figures into the mix and developing formulas to represent the number of shapes that make up a figure. We’re also going to discover the constant – the number that you add or subtract to the term number multiplied by the variable.

In science, you’ll learn about the difference between pure substances and mixtures and there is an experiment that you can try at home.

In language, I’d like you to work on finishing up your Breakout games so that we can share them next week. I’ve spent some time with individuals working on their clues, how to make picture clues, etc., so if you need some help in these areas, either join the office hours Google Meet or let me know with an email and we can set something up together.

I hope you have a great day today!