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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Thursday February 28, 2019

Tremendous Thursday! 

We began the day with our Anti-Bullying assembly. We first closed our eyes and were asked questions that related to bullying and we raised our hand if the statement related to us. We then opened our eyes to see many students have experienced bullying/unkind acts. We then watched a powerful video about what do to when you are being bullied; walk away and tell a trusted adult. Then we designed shirts to encourage kindness and to stop bullying.  

Then we moved onto math. We. Began our first unit on percents. Today we focused on ‘skills you need’ before beginning our unit that were learned last year. 

Learning Goal: to write a fraction as a decimal and represent percents on a hundred chart 

We looked through examples that illustrated how to convert from a fraction to a decimal when the numerator is not 10 or 100.

We learned that instead of using a calculator when we cannot write an equivalent fraction with denominator, we can use long division.

Students are told not to use a calculator to get their answers but they can use a calculator to check their answer. 


Success Criteria:
I can:
-convert a fraction to a decimal 
-write a fraction as a decimal 
-represent percents on a hundred chart

Then we worked on the good copy of our brochure.

Next we had French.

After first recess and lunch we continued working on the good copy of our brochure focusing on the PEPS for the developing country that we chose. Tomorrow we will be having our ambassador’s tea party where each ambassador will share the PEPS of their country to the other ambassador’s at our ‘Ambassador’s Tea Party.’

Next we went to check out the Grade 10 Personal Projects. The process for the Grade 10 Personal project is very similar to the process that we will be going through for Exhibition so we were able to inquire and ask questions about the topic chosen for each project.

After second recess and lunch we had physical education with Mr. Orr.


1.    Read Daily
2.    Finish Brochure
3.    Math text book page 290-291 (Most finished in class)
4.    Math sheet

5.    Ambassador’s tea party tomorrow: dress professionally and bring in treats if possible 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Wednesday February 27, 2019

Snowy Wednesday!

We began the day writing our math test.

Next, we had French.

After first recess and lunch we worked on our summative task, creating a brochure for our chosen developing country based on their PEPS. 

Then we had Music.

At the end of the day we had more time to work on our summative project. Today our focus was creating the rough copy of our brochure and students are encouraged to begin working on their good copy. We will be having our Ambassador’s Tea Party on Friday so all good copy brochures need to be done by then.

I hope you all get home safely!! 


1.    Read Daily
2.    Rough Copy Brochure
3.    Begin Good copy Brochure

4.    Pink shirt day tomorrow 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Tuesday February 26, 2019

Tremendous Tuesday!

We began the day reviewing for our math test tomorrow.

Then students finished working on their commercial with their partner, creating a commercial to persuade people to come to their Canadian city of province. I will post these some time this week. 

We also had a big conversation about how we are the “lucky ones” and gaining a better understanding of what that means: 

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive this week. 
If you have never experienced the danger of war, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. 
If you can attend any church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death you are more fortunate than three billion people in the world. 
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. 
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy. 
If your parents are still alive and still married you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada. 
If you can read this message, you are more fortunate than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all. 

We are using our understanding of developing and developed countries and how to use the HDI (Human Development Index) to determine the ranking of the countries of the world. Knowing this, we picked a developing country for our next summative project. Students received the package that will guide them through this project, ‘The Ambassador’s Tea Party’. We went through the package, ensuring everyone understood the expectations. 
Jallone: Burundi
Daniel: South Sudan
Manisha: Liberia 
Dolapo: Haiti
Teni: Solomon Islands
Ava: Ethiopia
Thomas: Afghanistan
Rhea: Mali
Suhana: Yemen
Joana: Mozambique
Mona: Sierra Leone 
Dean: Djibouti 
Aishraya: Malawi
Adam: Burkina Faso
Shivam: Niger
Hannah: Ivory Coast 
Matthew: Chad 

Students began researching about the PEPS of their developing country in class. They are asked to complete the researching portion for homework.

We also began talking about Exhibition!! We began discussing exhibition guidelines as well as the roles of students, parents, teachers and mentors. 
At the end of the day we had physical education with Mr. Orr.

1.    Read Daily
2.    Review for math test tomorrow
3.    UOI chart and research on developing country due tomorrow
4.    Bake Sale tomorrow

5.    Casual Day tomorrow

Monday, 25 February 2019

Monday February 25, 2019

Marvelous Monday!

We began the day working on our Math Review.

Then we had French.

After first recess and lunch we worked on our Ontario Writing Assessment showing our understanding of how to write a persuasive letter.

Then we had Music.

When we returned, we continued work on our OWA.

At the end of the day we learned about the Human Development Index during UOI. 

Learning Goal: Studentsdistinguish between developed and developing nations and describe what is meant by the Human Development Index. 
First, we checked for understanding of key concepts. We Identified and gave examples of Social, Political, Economic or Physical aspect of a nation and the PEPS that USA and Canada share. 

• Investigating ‘quality of life’: If you had to rank and compare what makes for a ‘good life’ or a good ‘quality of life’, what would you be looking to evaluate?” Think about what circumstances of a country positively contribute to the lives of its people? 

• The Human Development Index: the HDI measures the quality of life of a country based on 3 key areas: life expectancy, knowledge and standard of living. Students predicted where Canada, the USA and 3 other countries might be on the HDI. Then we all used this website to determine if our predictions were correct:

• Distinguishing between Developed and Developing nations: “What does Canada’s ranking tell us about our quality of life as Canadians?” We used this question as a diving point into understanding Developed vs. Developing nations. We identified what determines a developed and developing country:

Comparing Developed and Developing Countries 
Criteria for 
Developing Country 
Population Growth 
Ability to afford food 
Ability to afford shelter 
Access to Health Care 
Access to Education 
Strength of the Economy (Jobs, Trade) 
Weak – dependent on Developed Nations 
Access to Technology 
Low – dependent on Developed Nations 
Location in the world 
Mostly Northern & Western Hemispheres 
Mostly Southern and Eastern Hemispheres 

• concept of ‘Global Village’: We imagined that the whole world was shrunk down into one village of 100 people and made predictions such as: how many people would have computers (1!). 

We also watched: 


We will use today’s knowledge of developing and developed countries to pick a developing country and make a brochure about that developing country and encouraging people to come a visit this developing country. And on Friday, we will have an ambassador’s tea party where we will discuss with the other ambassador’s about why they should trade and come visit our country!!!

Success Criteria: I can …
·      define the Human Development Index
·      explain what is meant by a developed country using examples, the HDI, and regions on the world map
explain what is meant by a developing country using examples, the HDI, and regions on the world map


1.   Read Daily
2.   Finish Math Review
3.   UOI questions
4.   Math test Wednesday

5.   UOI test Monday