September 29

Science – States of Matter Review with Bill Nye

We are about to start a unit on the particle theory of matter and to do that we will start with what we learned in Grade 5 when we studied the states of matter. Watch the video below and check out the handout with basic ideas about particles.  Here is the worksheet for this video that we worked on in class together.  If you are absent, be sure to complete.

15.10.15 states_of_matter_and_bill_nye_matter

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September 28

Orange Shirt Day Studies

Today we are going to discuss the impact of residential schools in Canada.  Students will get a base of information and knowledge using the power point shown in class.  Then watch  3 min. video to gain further perspective.  Then, students will work in small groups to discuss the 94 Calls to Action as layed out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.  To do this they will use the kid-friendly version linked below.  Student small groups will have 10 min. to discuss their page of the Calls to Action, pick one, and then plan what they might do in the real world with $1 000 000 to address that Call to Action.  When students are finished with their small group they may either a) use the reflection paper to write out the plan that their group made, b) write out a similar plan with their own adjustments , or, c) write a personal plan of their own design (if they wish to represent on their own).

Here is the link to the 3 min. video

Here is the link to the kid-friendly version of the Calls to Action


Here is the link to the reflection sheet for students to work on after meeting with their group.


September 28

Quick Write – Sept. 28 A Solar Storm With Consequences?

What do you think might happen and how might we all react?

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3.
Picuted here is a lighten blended version of the 304 and 171 angstrom wavelengths. Cropped
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September 27

Math – Grade 7 Fractions to Decimals – Grade 8 – Mult. Integers

Here is a link to the assignments for this upcoming week.  Click on them to download and then watch the videos of the lessons that accompany these assignments.

Grade 7 assignment: on assignment 3.1 complete #’s 1-10 and 13

18.09.25 grade 7 – fractions to decimals and ordering – 3.1 3.2-2n43hzg


Grade 8 – Assignment 5.1.  Complete #’s 6-18

19.09.27 gr 8 fraction decimals percent – 5.1

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September 23

Science – Sept. 22 What is Matter (review) and the Particle Theory of Matter

Here is the info covered in class on the Particle Theory of Matter (introduction). We went to this website, to watch the introductory video on What is Matter.  Then we went to this webpage on that site to move forward into the particle theory of matter.  Whilst observing these materials we took Chicago-style notes following Mr. Ewert’s lead. 21.09.22 particle theory notes

September 23

Newsela – Join our Class and Complete your First Assignment

We will be using newsla this year to study the news and situations affecting humans from all over the planet.  Today we are starting with you joining our class on Newsela using this link.  Click on it, join, and start your first assignment.  Be sure to set the reading level for this first assignment to the proper level for your grade. This means: if you are in grade 7 you are to set it to the level between 1000-1100, and if in grade 8 between 1100-1200.

Once you have finished reading the article online, be sure to take the quiz, then complete your article summary for submission to Mr. Ewert.  If you need a copy of the article summary sheet (provided in class), 21.09.23 news article summary or on the assigment directly on Teams.

September 20

Integers – add and sub on number line and dividing

Grade 7’s are using number lines to add and subtract their integers this week.  They are working on assignments 2.3 #’s 1-2, 4-6, and 8 and assignment 2.4 #’s 1-4, 7, 10, 12

18.10.01 grade 7 – adding subtracting integers-2c6b3ph

Grade 8’s are working on dividing integers this week.  They are working on assignment 2.3 #’s 3-13, and 16-17

18.10.01 grade 8 – dividing integers – 2.3-2by1xqs