Final Update! June 18

Hello! 6 more days until summer vacation! Just a quick update as we start to close out the year:

  • ELA- Students are currently working on their mystery stories. Their first draft should be completed by the end of class tomorrow, and the final copy should be complete by Friday.
  • Math-We are slowly finishing up the year. We will spend another day on graphing rotations and then do some math review and end of the year activities.

Reminders:

  • School Library Books: Some students were sent home notices about missing books from the library. They should be returned ASAP. Students with no outstanding fines/books will be able to take books out from the school library over the summer, more details should come from the school.
  • Classroom library books: many of my classroom library books have disappeared over the year. Can you do a check at home and see if any books need to be returned to me?
  • Year-end field trip: We have our year-end field trip on Wednesday, June 27. Permission forms and money ($15) should be returned to school by Wednesday.
  • Report cards: will be sent home on the last day of school. If your child is not at school that day, they can arrange to pick it up on Thursday morning, or you can bring a self-addressed stamped envelope to school, and we will mail it out.
  • Locker clean up- will occur on Tuesday, June 26. Students may want to have an extra bag to carry stuff home.

I think that is it! It was an absolute pleasure teaching this class this year.  Have a wonderful and restful summer with your families! I am off on an education leave until Christmas, so I “technically” won’t be at the school until January, but will be in and out of the building off and on throughout the fall/winter. See you in the new school year!

 

 

 

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Weekly Update: May 22

Hello! What a wonderful long weekend! Hopefully, everyone was able to get outside and enjoy this sun this weekend!

Here’s what we are working on:

  • ELA– We are finishing up our stories as power wrap up for our bookclubs. Students will be writing reflective paragraphs connecting our discussions from this week and their learning from book club books. These paragraphs should be done by the end of class on Friday.  Several students also need to finish up and hand in their cell phone assignments- there will be time this week to finish and they should be finished by Friday. With the end of book clubs, we are returning to our daily quiet reading or quick writes as a start to class, all students should have an independent book to read and their writer’s notebook.
  • Math– All waterpark designs should be handed in ASAP. Our last unit is focused on geometry.

That’s it! 6 weeks until summer! Have a great week!

Amy

Weekly Update: May 7

Hello! Here’s what’s happening in 7Korver:

  • ELA- Book club books must be finished by Friday, May 11. We will be doing some wrap-up activities on how stories are powerful and empowering. All writing assignments should be submitted to me by Monday, May 14. Many students are still working on their first draft and may need to spend time at home working on it this week. I am looking for students to show me evidence of the writing process rather than just submitting a finished product. They will need to demonstrate evidence of their pre-write, draft and revise stage (evidence of adding, deleting, reordering), and the editing stage (correct grammar errors, spelling, punctuation, etc).
  • Math- We are currently working on finding the area of circles. We will wrap this up with an exit card and a project- design a water park later this week.

Reminders and important dates:

  • Dental sealant forms were sent home last week with students, they must be returned to the school ASAP indicating if your child will or will not participate.
  • May 18- No school
  • May 21- No school

Weekly Update: April 23

Good morning! Where has April gone?! It has flown by!

Here’s what’s happening in 7Korver:

  • ELA- students are working on 2 things right now: reading their book club book and meeting weekly in small groups to discuss and an independent, free choice writing project. The book club meetings have been fantastic discussions! I am always so impressed with how insightful the discussions are and how student-led they can be!  Most students should be done their pre-write and have it checked by me, and the first draft should be done by the end of this week or by Monday. The first draft can be written or completed using Office 365.  Many students should be working on these assignments at home to stay on track. 
  • Math-We are working on finding the area of parallelograms and triangles. Students are catching on quickly! Next up with be diameter and radius of a circle.

A couple reminders:

  • Many students have missing assignments. I have updated marks on PowerSchool and will be talking to students individually and sending emails home later this week for any missing assignments.
  • Many students are running out of school supplies as we are approaching the end of the year. Please check with your child if they are in need of: pencils, pens, dry erase marker, a calculator, scissors, glue, etc.

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, April 24- Ms. Korver away for Learning Facilitator Meeting
  • Friday, May 18- No school. Prep day for teachers.
  • Monday, May 21- No school. May long weekend.

Have a great week!

 

Weekly Update: March 12

Hello!

Beautiful weather for the school ski trip today! Here’s what’s happening in 7Korver this week:

    ELA- On Thursday, we will be watching the film The Breadwinner to compare/contrast the film to the book.
      Students have selected their top three choices for book club books around the theme of windows and mirrors. Please talk to you child about their selections, if their are any concerns or changes, students will have a chance to chat with me this week.  Choice are listed here:

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    Math- Miss Collins will be finishing up the circle graph project with students on Tuesday. All assignments should be handed into her by the end of class on Wednesday. For the rest of the week will be finishing up mean, median, and mode and starting on statistics and probability.
    Upcoming dates:
    • March 16- Ms Korver away for SPDU work.
    • March 19- Progress reports sent out.
    • March 21 and 22- Student Led Conferences; Ms. Korver away on 22nd for LF meeting
    • March 28- Ms. Korver away for SPDU work
    • April 29-  April 6   Easter vacation!

Book Clubs

We starting book clubs in ELA! This means that small groups will be reading and holding book club meetings over a period of 4 weeks. Ms Korver will be present at all meetings, but the meetings are student lead.

Our goals for book clubs are to:

  • Understand how books can be mirrors and windows, based on this quote:
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”  (Rudine Sims Bishop)
  • Strengthen our reading comprehension strategies p387e118d8262a44811bad5d7d016794eparticularly inferring, asking questions, summarizing, and making connections.
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue and conversations with our classmates; learn with, from, and beside each other.
  • Understand and demonstrate that reading is a connection between the book, the head, and the heart

 

 

Books students can choose from:

Weekly Update: March 5

Hello,

I apologize if anyone was confused by the last post on Critical Ontology- I accidentally posted my reflective blog post for my master’s class on the wrong blog site! Oops! (I also ended up posting the grade 7 weekly update on the other blog.)

I hope everyone was able to shovel themselves out of the storm yesterday. Here’s what is on the books for this week:

  • ELA 7- Continuing to work on reading strategies such as inferring. We will start to consider our book club books and will be starting a new unit on how books can be windows and mirrors, based around this quotation:

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.” (Rudine Sims Bishop)

  • Math 7- Miss Collins will be teaching Circle graphs on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. On Thursday and Friday will be continuing looks at mean, median, and mode.

Have a great week!

 

Weekly Update: Feb. 26

Good evening! Here’s what’s happening in 7Korver this week:

  • ELA- We are finishing up some final activities with The Breadwinner read aloud. Our focus right now is to hone in and focus on our reading comprehension skills (making connections, asking questions, inferring, summarizing, and making predictions)– this is practiced in just right books and our soon to be determined book club books.
  • Math- We are starting on our statistics unit. For the month of March, Miss Collins, our student teacher, will be teaching pie charts on Tuesday and Wednesdays. I will be covering the rest of the unit (mean, median, mode and probability) on Mondays, Thursdays, and Friday’s.

Upcoming dates:

  • March 12- No school. Prep day for teachers.
  • March 16- Ms Korver away for SPDU work.
  • March 19- Progress reports sent out.
  • March 21 and 22- Student Led Conferences
  • March 28- Ms. KOrver away for SPDU work
  • April 29-  April 6Easter vacation!

Have a great week!