6th Grade – The Study of Geography

Sep - 25 2014

Last week 6th Graders began their study of Geographical Features: Here are some of the activities covered since then: * Using iBrainstorm to help them collect and organise words about geographical features. Words like isthmus and precipitation were placed on red posits (sticky notes) while words like plateau were written on yellow postits. Green words […]

The way 6th Graders Read!

Sep - 25 2014

Take a book – choose carefully, using the title page, the blurb on the back, and the level of language using the five finger rule. Find a comfortable place to sit and READ. 6th Graders keep books in baskets in their Humanities classroom as well as in their bags. They are expected to ALWAYS have […]

6th Grade – Writing that Matters

Sep - 10 2014

Students who have been here at SIS should have a good understanding of what Writing Workshop is and what writers’ notebooks are for. For the past two weeks, students have been reminded about the strategies they can use to generate ideas for narrative writing. When they come home with the task of writing for 15 […]

6th Grade – Who Am I as a Reader?

Sep - 09 2014

Recently, 6th graders carried out a process that would help them confirm who they are becoming as independent readers. They also had an opportunity to find out something new about themselves as readers, simply by making a chart of the books they have read and loved. These included recent reads as well as favourites that […]

8th Grade – Creating Utopias

Sep - 08 2014

Last week 8th Graders took a deep dive into their Social Studies topics that focused on the following two questions: What is Reality? What is Truth? They were asked to consider what is most important – the rights of the individual or the safety and security of society? Is it possible to have these two […]

6th Grade – Exploring our Unique Cultures

Sep - 08 2014

Last week students presented their keynote slideshows that focused on an important question: How does my culture influence who I am? At the beginning of their middle school lives, having students take a look at their personal identities helps to settle them in the midst of big changes. They had an opportunity to share their […]

8th Grade – Close Reading leads to Writing

Sep - 08 2014

Within the first two weeks of their 8th grade lives, students were handed three autobiographical pieces of writing. All three were written by author Linda Rief and each one was written in a unique narrative style. Students learned the importance of something called “Close Reading”. To read something closely, read it through three times, for […]

6th Grade – Building on Reading Lives

Sep - 08 2014

In the first week of their sixth grade lives, students in 6HUMC had a chance to browse through their new classroom’s book collection. Each student chose books that interested them and these are now in their baskets, ready for reading. Students have also visited their middle school library, where they met with Mr. Yung the […]

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