Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Currently in health, Mrs. Hale's grade 4 class, Mrs. Lemire's grade 5 class and Mrs. Powell's grade 7 class are spending one lesson a week learning about changes that occur to the body and why they occur as you mature.  Each grade is asking lots of questions and learning about grade appropriate material.  If you should have any questions, please email

In all of the physical education classes I teach, we are starting a unit on lacrosse.  We will work on picking up the ball, and learning to throw and catch.  As the warmer weather arrives, I am now bringing water bottles out with us each class so that we spend more time playing and less time grabbing drinks.

In Mrs. Cholewinsky's grade 2 science class, we are starting our last unit.  This unit will concentrate on water and air.

Congratulations to all the students that took part in the school track and field meet last Friday.  We had glorious weather and lots of smiling faces that day.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

I will be starting human development and sexual health with my HPE classes in grade 5 and grade 7 next week.  These classes are Mme. Lemire's and Mme. Powell's.  A letter will be coming home with your student on Thursday or Friday of this week to highlight the curriculum that will be covered during this unit.  If you should have any questions, please contact me at the school or by email at

If you wish to have a look at the curriculum, follow this link and then find the appropriate grade and the section about health.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Use this to review for a test on Friday, April 29th, 2016

Grade 7 Science Test – Heat                                April 26th

Describe what heat is.

Describe what temperature is.

The particles in an object speed _______ and spread ________ when heated.

Heat is transferred from a ______________ object to a _______________ object.

Explain what happens to the particles of an object when it is heated.  Use our simple diagram to help.

A car tire is fully blown up when you go to bed.  When you awake you notice the temperature is much cooler than the day before and that your tire is much flatter.  Explain what is happening.

A certain type of heat transfer involves the particles making direct contact with the particle beside it and passing heat that way.  This method of heat transfer is called __________________________

A certain type of heat transfer involves particles warming up, rising, and then being cooled and falling back down.  This method of heat transfer is called ___________________________
Give one example of conduction in the real world.

Give one example of radiation in the real world.

A spoon placed in a hot drink gets warm to the touch.  What method of heat transfer is at work?

Explain global warming.  Why should we be concerned?  Be sure to use heat in your answer.  A diagram may help also.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Grade 5 Science:
is working on an independent study about renewable energy resources.  They have looked at a number of them during class time and are now doing some more in-depth research to become the expert on one of their choosing.  Please find the learning goals, success criteria and rubric for this activity on the blog.  Your student should be able to put together a great project in a couple of hours.  If they wish to spend a great deal of time, that is their choice but a level 4 is obtainable without spending a copious amount of time.  If you wish to submit things electronically or ask a question, my email address is

Grade 5 Science – Conservation of Energy
Renewable Energy Resources

You are to select one renewable energy source that you are interested in and become the expert on it.  When typing out your information be sure to organize it so that it is easy to read and all items are answered in depth.  Please record the source of your information.  To be highly successful you need to address each of the success criteria and use it as a checklist.  A rubric is included to guide you as well.

Project Learning Goal
To be able to identify renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and use research skills to investigate a particular renewable source.

Success Criteria:

  • I have identified the renewable source (ex. wind)
  • I have explained how the energy source works (ex. Wind turns turbines that create electrical energy)
  • I have described who, if anyone, is using this source currently (ex. Many people in California)
  • I have explained why I feel people should start using this source (ex. Cost savings and it is better for the environment)
  • I have stated the advantages and disadvantages of this source (ex. Doesn’t harm the environment but can only be used in windy areas)
  • I have included a picture or diagram of the technology used with this source (ex. Picture of a windmill)
  • I have included some additional interesting and relevant information on my topic
  • I have checked my spelling and grammar carefully
  • I have presented my information in a logical and easy to follow format

 Due Dates

Topic submitted: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Rough Copy: Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Good Copy:  Friday, April 29th, 2016

Energy Study Rubric

Completion of tasks
Few criteria are addressed

Large gaps in explanations

Many inaccuracies in  description

Full sentences not present

Some criteria are addressed

Some gaps in explanations

Some inaccuracies in description

Some full sentences
Most criteria are addressed

Complete explanations

Accurate description of resource

Usually in full sentences
All criteria are addressed

Detailed/thorough explanations

Accurate and insightful description of resource

Full sentences
Presentation of information
Difficult to follow the format

Ideas are difficult to follow

Overall appearance needs improvement
Some difficulty in following the format

Ideas are somewhat hard to follow

Overall appearance could use improvement
Typed out

Easy to follow format

Logical order of ideas

Overall appearance is neat and tidy
Typed out

Interesting and easy to follow format

Clever order of ideas

Overall appearance is polished
Spelling and grammar
Many errors
(10 +)
Some errors
Very few errors
1 or 2 minor errors
Are not provided
Are partially provided
Are provided
Are provided and formatted correctly

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Stay tuned to my blog for information pertaining to the classes I teach, as well as links to good websites and pictures of things happening at school.