Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Activists in Our Midst

Since we are finished our ELA/Religion Inquiry project, "Activists Who Have Followed in the Footsteps of Jesus"it's time to bring it close to home. 

Who are the activists that you know in our community? Who are the people who faithfully volunteer their time to make a difference in our community? Are they coaches, church volunteers, leaders, builders, organizers? Do they roll up their sleeves and get involved? Are they people that are always willing to lend a hand to those in need? Who are these altruistic, giving people? 

As we get ready to prepare for Lent and the Christian Community Service Hours Project *(more information to follow on this blog and to be sent home), you are going to search for those people who volunteer in our community. You are going to interview he or she and find out the answer to our big question, "Why do they volunteer?" In class we will brainstorm a list of questions that stem from this BIG QUESTION, that you will either use in research or in an interview of this person. After researching or interviewing we will present our findings... How we will present our findings will be based on our decision as a class. We can go "Techno-Digital" or more "Hands-on Visual"...

 So, start thinking and talking to others about who those volunteers are in our midst! And start thinking about questions that stem from the Big Question, Why do people volunteer?

*About the Christian Community Service Project... During the 40 days of Lent, you will be expected to do a "mini" community service project where you will donate 4 hours of your time (in the minimum) to helping a cause. Your efforts do not have to be monumental or life changing, but little things to help others. After completing your community service (and applicable forms), you will compose a photo essay on "How Your Efforts Made a Difference in the Lives of Those You Helped". (More information to follow).

Monday, January 30, 2012

Old ELA assignments

The following were assignments from November and December that are long past due... this is just an FYI...
"The Birdman"

"The Girl Who Cried for Peace"
"I Need to Wake Up" - Question on handout, "Before, During, After..."
"Citizen of the Planet" song - Connections questions...
The Girl Who Cried for Peace... "A Global Village" - reading and viewing questions ...
Paperclips, butterflies and the Holocaust - Viewing Assignment
Igniting One Candle at a Time (Craig and Marc Kielburger) assignment (questions) -

Grade 8 Math Unit 4 Old Assignments

Here are the old assignments for unit 4 in grade 8 Math... this is just for your own information, as this was all posted previously on the Homework page... Past Assignments for Unit 4 * For your own interest in what we've been working on... Practice Test: Complete on Wednesday, January 11th to prepare for unit test. Chapter Review p. 150 was due: Tuesday, January 10 4.3 Percent of a Number p. 138-141 (need text book) Level A 1-3, 4 a, b, 5 a, c, 6 a, b, d, 7 b, c, 9 a, c, 10 a, 12 a, c, f, 16 Level B All but omit 11, 15 and 6 f Level C All omit 6 f 4.4 Combined Percent Due: Monday, January 9th KEY TERMS: tax, GST, PST - What is Sask PST? Show You Know p. 146&148 Key Ideas Summary p. 148 p. 148 - 4.4 Assignment Level A - 1-4, 5, 6, 8, 10 Level B - 1-4, 6, 8-12 Level C - 1-3, 9, 11 - 13, Math Link Was ALL DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 19TH 4.3 Percent of a Number handout *** Read examples and do the following… a) Definitions in Notebook: “halve”, “profit” and “of” (mathematically what does “of” mean?) b) Read through examples, complete the “Show You Know” questions on pages…140, 141 c) Summarize the Key Ideas p. 141 Assignment: Level A – 1-3, 5, 7, 8, 10 Level B – 1-3, 5, 8-13 Level C- 1, 2, 8-16 QUIZ TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH FOR 4.1-4.3 CONCEPTS (ASSESS LEARNING SO FAR). THERE WILL BE A UNIT TEST 2ND WEEK OF JANUARY ON UNIT 4. 4.2 "Fractions, Decimals and Percents" p. 130 - 135 all math text assign due: Tuesday Complete "Show you know" p. 132, 133, 134 Summarize Key Ideas p. 135 Level A - 1,2,4,6,8,13 Level B - 1,2,4,6,8,13-18 Level C - 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 21, Math Link 4.1 Handout Percents Start Assignment 4.1 "Representing Percents" p.128 ALL DUE MONDAY. Level A - 1-4, 6, 8, 9, 12 Level B - 1-4, 6, 9-14 Level C - 1-4, 9, 13-16, Math Link

Letters to Zeus

In your assignment, "The Creation of the Universe According to the Ancient Greeks" you will have to write a letter as a Olympic God or Goddess to Zeus persuading him (and flattering him) to overthrow the Titans. You must persuade him in the form of a friendly letter (see the assignment sheet given in class).

Write a rough draft, keeping the following in mind,
Role – God or Goddess of Olympia

Audience – Zeus

Format – Persuasive Friendly letter

Topic – Persuade Zeus to overthrow the Titans (you may even be in Chronos’ stomach!)

Strong Verb – Persuade!

*** Rough drafts due: Friday!

To guide you in writing your letter see the "Letter Generator" site... http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/letter_generator/


Friday, January 27, 2012

Connections Response Rubric

Ms. Stewart- Mitchell's Connections Response Rubric




Sentences & Paragraphs


On-Time / On-Task


The response is insightful and well thought out showing superior understanding (many different types of connections)

Effectively uses both direct and indirect support to prove points made – excellent explanation with many examples

All writing is in complete sentences, with vivid vocabulary and a variety of sentence styles. No paragraphing/sentence structure errors.

No errors

Assignment is on- time; student used the class time well.


The response is well thought out and shows good understanding (uses a couple different types of connections)

Uses some direct and indirect support to prove points made - very good explanation with some examples

Most writing is in complete sentences, with colourful vocabulary and a variety of sentence styles. No paragraphing/sentence structure errors.

Few errors

Assignment is on-time; student used most of class time well.


The response is at the surface level and shows average understanding (makes a couple connections)

Uses either limited direct or indirect support - little explanation or examples

Some writing is in complete sentences, with fair vocabulary and a variety of sentence styles. A few paragraphing/sentence structure errors.

Some errors (do not impede understanding)

Assignment is a little late; student used most of class time well.


The response is weak and shows poor understanding (no effort to make connections)

Almost no support made for points - almost no explanation or examples

Little of the writing is in complete sentences. Many paragraphing errors.

Many errors (impedes understanding)

Assignment is late and student did not use the class time well.

DEAR Rubric

Ms. SM ELA Rubric Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading (D.E.A.R.)


Level 1

Level 3

Level 5


Time on Task


Easily distracted by self and others; unfocussed; avoids reading; seldom on task during reading time.


Maintains own focus, but can be distracted by others' actions or words; returns to text consistently if distracted.


Able to keep self on task despite others' distractions. Attends to text for entire reading time.




Comes to reading time with no reading material selected, or selects inappropriate reading materials for the purpose of this reading time. Books chosen often do not reflect student's reading level.


Comes to reading time with appropriate DEAR/USSR reading material selected most of the time. Books chosen reflect student' reading level.


Always comes to reading time with a full-length non-fiction book or novel that sustains their interest throughout DEAR/USSR time. Books chosen reflect student' reading level and student selects a variety of genres.




Requires teacher prompting and intervention to start and maintain reading focus.


Usually begins reading independently, and requires minimal teacher prompting to maintain reading focus.


Begins reading immediately and becomes immersed in reading for entire DEAR time.

AR Test

Does not have an acceptable number of tests/points completed for expected term.

Has completed a satisfactory number of tests/points within expected term.

Has completed at least 3 tests (or has a minimum of 20 pts for term. Has done very well on all tests.


Books/Reading Materials Chosen:                                Comments:




Ms. Stewart-Mitchell Blogging Rubric






Overall Use of Blogs

Blog entries are few and generally simple retellings of personal events. No comments are made on blogs of others.

Almost all required blog entries and comments have been completed.

Five blog entries and five comments are submitted, though not all of them may give evidence of a substantial contribution.

Five blog entries and five comments are submitted, all of which are substantial. Beyond the required five, your blog includes many more reflections.

Intellectual Engagement with Key Concepts

Blog entries make no reference to issues raised through readings and/or class activities

Blog entries make some reference to issues raised through readings and/or class activities

Blog entries demonstrate awareness of most of the key issues raised through readings and/or class activities

Blog entries demonstrate engagement with the important issues raised through readings and/or class activities

Personal Response to Key Concepts

Blog entries show no personal response is made to the issues/concepts raised in the readings/activities

Blog entries convey little evidence of a personal response to the issues/concepts raised in the readings/activities

Blog entries convey evidence of a personal response to the issues raised in the readings/ activities, and demonstrate that the author is capable of reflecting on learning, technology, and society.

Blog entries convey extensive evidence of a personal response to the issues raised in the readings/ activities, and demonstrate the author's growth through reflection on learning, technology and society.

Engaged Writing

Blog entries use incorrect grammar and syntax consistently, making it difficult for others to follow.

Blog entries demonstrate some evidence of correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Audience will have little trouble reading your blog.

Blog entries show proper sentence structure and very few mechanical errors. No problems for your audience in reading the blog.

Blog entries show excellent sentence structure and almost no mechanical errors. There is some flair and originality in ideas presented in the blog.




Hi y'all welcome to my blog page.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weird Sounds in the News

Just some weird sounds in the news... Made me wonder about what is causing it... besides aliens and the fact that it's 2012 and all that crazy Mayan calendar stuff!

Strange thing... I woke up to a "grater like" sound the other night... I thought it was a snow plow... and now I think... it still was a snow plow ...
Listen to the video,  the professor from the University of Saskatchewan explains it... complicated... I  still don't think I understand.... Aurora Borealis... Electro-magnetic fields... I'm far from being a physicist. I need the more simple version!!!

What do you think? Post your thoughts on your kidblog account...

Student Activist Projects

Syria on the Brink

In Current Events you received an article on the protests and revolutionary uprising in Syria that has been going on since last spring. Check out these links to BBC news videos that will help you understand what it's like to live in Syria right now and why people are protesting... as well as the dangers the people face trying to gain freedom from al-Assad's dictatorship regime.

These video links will help give you some background for the Inferencing Questions in your assignment on Syria.


Zabadani: The town President Assad does not control


Monday, January 16, 2012

Elmo Just Makes Me Happy...

Just check out this video when you are feeling the blues of the cold weather... guaranteed to perk you up!

Current Events Cartoon Assignment on Kidblog!

Choose two cartoons (copy paste link into the URL window) and analyze the message… and or explain the connection to this current event. Post your reactions to the questions, on www.kidblog.org/missiontomakeadifference/

Note that the questions to each cartoon are located below each cartoon link… OR…

Even better… Find your own cartoon for an event of 2011, post it with your own questions, with of course, your own answers too!

A. Euro crisis


Check out the link to the editorial cartoon… What is the event related to it? What’s the author’s message? Post your reaction to this post.

B. Gadhafi


Who is the person in the cartoon? What does the image mean? Why is he holding a turkey?? What’s the political signifance?

C. Election and the polls


Who are these men in the rain? Why is one singing and looking happy? Who is this person… (Hint takes place in Canada…)

D. Vancouver Riots


Who are the barbaric men on horses? How is the Canuck’s “fan” video a training video? For who?? Why is this funny? What happened in Vancouver when the Canucks went to the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Euro Crisis Infograph Assignment

In Current Events (in December) you received an article called, "All Eyes on the Euro Crisis"

Read the article, complete the "On the Lines" questions, and the "Between the Lines" question

Then in a BLOG POST or in a GLOG interactive poster, you are going to create an infograph to show the information contained in the news story. So what's a infograph? It is a diagram that uses pictures rather than words to convey information (although occasionally single words may be used to label elements of the sociogram) and symbols, such as arrows, to show the connections among the facts and details.

A good infograph includes all important points, clearly shows relationship among the different points, and is easy to understand.

In your Infograph, you must include responses to the following questions...
1.What are the causes of the Euro Crisis?
2. What is the Euro Crisis?
3. What are the effects of the Euro Crisis?
This will be due January 20th....


You and your partner(s) will choose one of the glog accounts to use for your Infograph, then collaborate
after you GLOG, YOU CAN BOTH EMBED YOUR GLOG INTO YOUR BLOG... No really!!! Maybe even create a link from your glog to your blog... Imagine an endless look of your thoughts on the Euro crisis! 

Samples and examples of sociograms...




So what's up with these infographs??
Infographs are a creative pictorial way to display information. You can create an infographic using glogster... check out the infographs below... now think about how you can create an Infograph using glogster... and honestly... glogster rocks for one more reason... imagine you can even create an interactive element to your infograph... video and music!!
To create images for your infograph, use sumo paint...


* Use Sumo paint to create an image on line and save as a jeg in your pictures, then embed in your glogster.


Other great sites on Infographics...


Check out, "Little Red Riding Hood" Infographic Movie

I like this one below... (of course!)


Map of Online Communities Infographic

Senior Improv Dates for Games and Practices

Ice Improv – Game Schedule 2012

* Please note that the first team listed is the Home Team.
* We drivers who have CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK completed to drive to the AWAY GAMES.

Game 1 - Wednesday, January 18th
Deshaye vs. St. Matthew

Game 2 - Wednesday, January 25th CANCELLED
St. Catherine vs. Deshaye (AWAY)

Game 3 - Wednesday, February 1st
Deshaye vs. St. Marguerite

Game 4 - Wednesday, February 8th
St. Gabriel vs. Deshaye (AWAY)

Game 5 - Wednesday, February 15th
Deshaye vs. St. Dominic

Game 6 - Monday, February 27th
St. Dominic vs. Deshaye (AWAY)

Wednesday, March 7th (other teams to be announced)

Bibliography Writing

To use the awesome on-line citation websites for creating a Bibliography, go to the "Good Websites" page of this blog....

To further assist you with information that you need in creating a Bibliography, go to...

Below are standard formats and examples for basic bibliographic information recommended by the Modern Language Association (MLA). For more information on the MLA format, see http://www.mla.org/style_faq.


Your list of works cited should begin at the end of the paper on a new page with the centered title, Works Cited. Alphabetize the entries in your list by the author's last name, using the letter-by-letter system (ignore spaces and other punctuation.) If the author's name is unknown, alphabetize by the title, ignoring any A, An, or The.

For dates, spell out the names of months in the text of your paper, but abbreviate them in the list of works cited, except for May, June, and July. Use either the day-month-year style (22 July 1999) or the month-day-year style (July 22, 1999) and be consistent. With the month-day-year style, be sure to add a comma after the year unless another punctuation mark goes there.





Reddick, Lawrence D., Crusader without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York, Harper, 1959.





"Martin Luther King - Biography". Nobelprize.org. 10 Jan 2012 http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html


"Battery." Encyclopedia Britannica. 1990.

"Best Batteries." Consumer Reports Magazine 32 Dec. 1994: 71-72.

Booth, Steven A. "High-Drain Alkaline AA-Batteries." Popular Electronics 62 Jan. 1999: 58.

Brain, Marshall. "How Batteries Work." howstuffworks. 1 Aug. 2006

"Cells and Batteries." The DK Science Encyclopedia. 1993.

Dell, R. M., and D. A. J. Rand. Understanding Batteries. Cambridge, UK: The Royal Society
of Chemistry, 2001.

"Learning Center." Energizer. Eveready Battery Company, Inc. 1 Aug. 2006

"Learning Centre." Duracell. The Gillette Company. 31 July 2006

Monday, January 9, 2012

Yummy math euro problems


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rewind 2011 Big Events

Top Events of 2011

What were the key events of 2011? Which ones made the biggest impact? Was it a natural disaster? Economic disaster? Political revolution? Scientific mind blowing event? according to you, which one made the biggest impact on people?

Using the sites below to guide you, decide which event had the most impact? Research, why the event occurred. What were the causes? What happened exactly? What were the effects? Not just on people, but on other elements too.... Governments, science, countries, economies...
--- Be sure to use a Cause and Effect graphic organizer to guide you. An example will be provided on this blog and in class.

Finally, create an Infograph to help persuade your peers that the event you chose was the greatest, most influential event of 2011. To create your Infographto, go to Eduglogster.com... Remember, you will need to access your account information from Ms. SM.

Finally, link your glog to your kidblog account so that others can check it out. Be sure to do a trial run to ensure that it works.



United nations video
Good Magazine


YouTube - United Nations year in review 2011

Maps of the world video of 2011 in 60 seconds


Map of 2011 Key Events...
You can vote for the top event from the site via Twitter!

Google's Top Searches Video

Google's Top Ten Lists - Global Searches...
What can we infer about what was important to people of different continents and nations?

Yahoo's year in review...

How did Canada impact the world in 2011? See CBC and learn how....

CBC Rewind

Rex Murphy 's Rant - The original man of The Rant... Oh I love this guy! He really makes you think... and laugh!

Bob Macdonald's look at Science and Technology

Discover top new stories