Happy New Year and Thank You!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s really 2020? Sounds so futuristic!

A big thank you to all Division 7 families who contributed to the very kind and generous gifts I received before Winter Break. Very thoughtful and kind. I hope all of you had an excellent break, and are looking forward to the new year!

All the very best,

Mr. Anchor

What We’re Learning – January 2020

Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between direct parental involvement in a child’s education and their success in school. With this in mind, I will be making regular posts outlining what topics we are currently studying in class, so that parents can have discussions with their child, and help extend their learning at home.

 

Language Arts:

  • Spelling: New words are introduced on Mondays, practice exercises take place on Wednesdays, and tests take place on Fridays (or Thursdays if there is no school on the Friday) – Students are expected to study their words every night
  • Reading: Silent Reading takes place every morning: your child is responsible for ensuring they have something to read every day; Guided Reading exercises; Reading Comprehension exercises; Speeches
  • Writing: Speeches; Journals; Reading Comprehension exercises; Editing exercises
  • Oral Language: Speeches; Stories From the Weekend (sharing); reading aloud; class discussions

Math:

  • Number Sense – Multiplication and Division

Social Studies:

  • European Explorers

Science:

  • with Ms. Carson

Fine Arts:

  • Visual Art: Colour Theory
  • Visual Art: Design; Famous Artists
  • Visual Art: Painting; Oil pastels

Physical Education:

We will be doing something physical every day: Please ensure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear every day

  • Gym: Floor Hockey, Basketball – Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Running Club: Mondays and Fridays

Health and Career Education:

  • Communicable and Non-Communicable Illnesses
  • Social Emotional Learning – Second Step Program, Unit 1: Empathy

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies:

  • micro:bit and Tynker (coding); Computer and iPad skills; touch typing (All the Right Type)
  • Office 365 – Word, Teams, OneDrive

What We’re Learning – November 2019

Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between direct parental involvement in a child’s education and their success in school. With this in mind, I will be making regular posts outlining what topics we are currently studying in class, so that parents can have discussions with their child, and help extend their learning at home.

What We’re Learning – November 2019

Language Arts:

  • Spelling: New words are introduced on Mondays, practice exercises take place on Wednesdays, and tests take place on Fridays (or Thursdays if there is no school on the Friday) – Students are expected to study their words every night
  • Reading: Silent Reading takes place every morning: your child is responsible for ensuring they have something to read every day; Guided Reading exercises; Reading Comprehension exercises
  • Writing: Journals; Reading Comprehension exercises; Grammar and editing exercises
  • Oral Language: Stories From the Weekend (sharing); reading aloud; class discussions

Math:

  • Number Sense – Addition and Subtraction

Social Studies:

  • BC and Canadian Resources

Science:

  • with Ms. Carson

Fine Arts:

  • Visual Art: Learning to Draw
  • Visual Art: Colour Theory

Physical Education:

We will be doing something physical every day: Please ensure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear every day

  • Gym: Volleyball, Floor Hockey – Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Running Club: Mondays and Fridays

Health and Career Education:

  • Exercise and Healthy Eating – Canada’s new Food Guide
  • Social Emotional Learning – Second Step Program, Unit 1: Empathy

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies:

  • micro:bit and Tynker (coding); Computer and iPad skills; touch typing (All the Right Type)
  • Office 365 – Word, Teams, OneDrive

Lest We Forget

Division 7 has been involved in a number of activities this week leading up to Remembrance Day. We watched a National Film Board film about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, created poppies that went on display in the gym for our Remembrance Day ceremony, learned about the history behind the famous WWII picture “Daddy, Wait For Me”, and had a number of discussions about the importance of Remembrance Day to all Canadians, past, present, and future. We also participated in Veteran Affairs Canada’s “Postcard to a Veteran” program, where we wrote postcards to a veteran, thanking them for their service, explaining our connections to Remembrance Day, and asking some questions about what it was like to be in war. These postcards will be sent to 94 year old World War II veteran Mr. Bill Anchor… yes, my grandfather 🙂 Please come check out our display in front of the classroom.

We also had a special guest speaker in the class today: proud Gilmore parent and Lieutenant-Commander of the H.M.C.S. Discovery Naval Reserves Bryan Price. Lt-Cmdr Price spoke to the importance of Remembrance Day to him and his fellow service men and women. We were fortunate to have him with us.

I hope you take the time to continue to discuss the importance of Remembrance Day with your child at home this weekend, and I’ve encouraged the students to try and find the opportunity to go to a Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday. Lest we forget.

 

Fun with Dash and Dot

For the month of October, we are very lucky to be host to 20 Dash and Dot robots! Dash & Dot are a pair of robots that are designed to teach kids how to code. Both Dash and Dot are capable of interacting with their surroundings, thanks to the sensors they’re built with. They can detect sounds, objects, and movements, making them aware if they are being engaged by their users. Pretty cool, huh? With the help of apps designed to work with the robots, kids can program these robots to learn and play games, send messages, solve puzzles, and even complete an obstacle course!

What makes the Dash & Dot system so effective in teaching kids how to code is that kids can immediately see the cause and effect of what they program. We’ve been working with three Dash and Dot apps this month: Wonder, Blockly, and Go.

  • Wonder is for creating behavior and interaction in Dash and adding intelligence and personality to Dot.
  • Blockly is a drag-and-drop programming tool that helps kids understand concepts such as algorithms, command sequences, conditionals, loops, and also sets the sensors that allow the robots to interact with the world.
  • Go is used to program Dash to complete mobile tasks such as delivering messages, and for Dot to emulate characters from a storybook

Unfortunately, we have to return Dash and Dot at the end of the month. But this is not the end of our coding journey: we will continue our adventure with the very powerful and exciting Tynker system. Stay tuned!