Staying on top of things.

This blog is created as a way to stay on top of what we will be learning throughout the year and as a way to discuss various topics that will arise as you learn. I hope that you find this blog useful as a way of checking in on what you have missed while you were away and double-checking on the information that we will cover in the class.

An important note: It is YOUR responsibility to catch up on missed work and assignments through this blog. Therefore, I will expect that you will be prepared and ready for all activities and the work assigned will be completed on time. It is really important to stay on top of your work so we can be motivated, responsible members of the class.

Also, feel free to offer up your comments on lessons, activities, etc. as you like. It is important that you can comfortably offer up any feedback that will help create memorable learning experiences. Your voice is important.

Success does not come before effort in the dictionary!

Friday, November 21, 2014

B&C - SS 10 > New assignment in the "hood"

Students began the class discussing the questions on the hypothetical situation in "the hood", paralleling the situation to government and native land claims.  Following, students were given their new Victorian Era assignment involving the creation of a Petcha Kutcha.  Below will be a number of websites that help inform about this presentation style including a pdf as well.
Petcha Kutch info page
video - petcha kutch how-to
how to create a Petcha Kutcha

 In this assignment, it will involve 10 slides and not 20.  The next week will be class work and then presenting in the first week of December.  For next day, students must come with a list of websites on their topic.

Victorian Era assignment

D - SS 8 > A whole mix of things: presentations, world religions and beliefs

Following Taylor and Georgia's presentations, students engaged in discussions on feelings and beliefs associated with ourselves and towards religion. The group analyzed how belief systems may affect the way we act and live our lives.
Next day, there will be a new assignment.  Students are to finish the worksheets handed out about World REligions for next day, in addition to the Google document on questions listed last day on the blog.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

H - SS 9 > Colonization

Students began the class with a mapping activity of Cartier's voyage and then moved onto a colonization simulation activity.  Students participated in a large discussion of feelings they experienced being the group who asserted control and the other group who experienced the unfortunate controlling experience.
Prep for next day:  finish mapping activity and read the next section on Champlain (starting p.20) and make note of all the actions he undertook to colonize in Canada.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Students began discussions on the new unit: Religions of the world.  Using a placement activity, groups discussed and constructed their own definition.  Symbols were shown and students began to identify the symbols and the connection to the religion.

For next day, students must complete the work with the symbols:  what feelings or thoughts come to my mind when you see these symbols?religious symbols powerpoint

Also, please write questions you have about world religion or questions you always wanted answered with world religions.  questions about world religions

B & C - SS 10 > Trouble in the Hood

Students looked into the key topics they will investigate in the new unit:  Building a Nation.  Confederation, native land claims and the Victorian Era are the focus.  At one point, students worked together in groups to answer questions on a hypothetical situation involving gangs and turf wars. Groups either focus on the view point of the gang or the community who is experiencing the takeover.
These questions need to be completed for next class.  Trouble in the hood

Also, students must place questions they have about the Victorian period:  Victorian Era questions - Block BVICTORIAN ERA QUESTIONS BLOCK C

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

H - SS 9 > Working hard while I was away

Students were given some individual seat work to complete while Ms. Googs was away at meetings. 
By today, all students’ explorer letters should be submitted.
The  work given out today had students reading and  looking for examples of positive and negative encounters between the Aboriginal people and Europeans.  This could be cone by creating a chart or set of notes recording these examples. (using pages 12-25 in the new textbook).  In addition, there were vocab words to defineand add it to the list started last class. The words:  Monopoly, habitation, ally, arquebus, coureur de bois.

Monday, November 17, 2014

D - SS 8 > Roman Contribution . . . . almost there

The students managed to finish up their Roman contribution presentations - just 4 more to go next class.  Please make sure you bring all your supplies to get back to work next day.