Sunday, 12 February 2017

OUTDOOR DAY THIS THURSDAY!

Reminder to everyone that our next OUTDOOR DAY is this Thursday!

We won't spend the whole day outside BUT a good portion of it so please come prepared for the weather! Come dressed to enjoy the winter !

As usual, hot chocolate and 'fake fire' to follow!


IF YOU HAVE SNOWSHOES PLEASE BRING THEM!!!


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

GEOMETRY QUIZ SUPPORT MATERIAL

On Friday there will be a Geometry Quiz.

With the snow day, we've had a bit of disruption but my plan is to go ahead.

These are the topics covered and LINKS to where you can find resource material on our math blog.

GRADE 8
corresponding & supplementary angles, 
the angles in a triangle, 
angle relationships in parallel lines


GRADE 7
types of triangles by definition, 
congruent vs similar

STEAM: Cardboard Armor

On Friday of last week, we did our latest biweekly STEAM challenge.

This one involved cardboard and make-do, which are little blue screws that screw into cardboard.


The challenge was to create a helmet and chest plate first. Then you could extend the design to include arms, legs, and decorative elements.

All of this took place within about three periods. Then we went on a tour of the school to show off our creations.



STEAM emphasizes design planning: brainstorming, creating, revising, solving problems, taking initiative, building confidence in one's ideas, trial and error, collaborating, using materials and time wisely, and so on. Many of these skills are transferable across the curriculum.

Here are some picture of our creations.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

GUEST SPEAKER: Phil Hall Oro Medonte Councillor

Yesterday, local Councillor for Ward 3, Phil Hall, came to speak to our class.

He spoke about the different levels of government, and how he came to be Councillor and what it means to be a Councillor. He discussed some of the current issues facing Oro Medonte right now.

Students got the chance to tell Mr. Hall about the places they love in Oro-Medonte and Shanty Bay, places like the Church Woods, the Dock at line 2, the beach at Line 9, and so on.

Students also presented some of their concerns, such as how cold it is at the arena, how some roads need to be fixed, and the problem with the dumping at  line 1.

I think it was AWESOME for students to meet their local representative and see how the decison making process works in a democratic system.

Also, we talked about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy, how you have the right to be informed,, to contact your local Councillor (or MP or MPP) with concerns.

In the context of our Change Agent project, we learned how it is possible to take action at a local level.

I think it was an informative day for everyone! Thank you, Mr. Hall, for visiting!








Friday, 27 January 2017

GEOMETRY

Starting on MONDAY, we will be exploring geometry...



Grade 7 you will explore at least 5 of these 3D shapes (pyramids, prisms)





Grade 8 you will explore these 3D shapes (5 platonic solids)




When talking about 3D shapes, you classify based on edges, faces and vertices.

So as you create them, write down in a chart in your math tool kits books, noting each shape’s name, number of sides, faces and vertices.


part 2

Grade 7

Types of triangles. Recreate using toothpicks on a poster. HAND IN



Grade 8

Create 2-3 of the Platonic Solids



Construct AT LEAST THREE of the five Platonic solids [i.e., tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron], and compare the sum of the numbers of faces and vertices to the number of edges for each solid ON A POSTER.*hand in

FACES
VERTICES
EDGES


THEN ADD THE FACES PLUS VERTICES
COMPARE THAT TO THE NUMBER OF EDGES
WHAT DO YOU FIND?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Math Formulas for Quiz Tomorrow

Some of the formulas for measurement!





Grade 7: area of a trapezoid, volume of a rectangular prism
Grade 8: area of a circle, volume of a cylinder

Both: converting units of metric measurement, can use 'staircase' method as needed

Calculators & rulers allowed!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017