Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Math 8 Assignment

p. 302 Show You Know p. 303 Show You Know

Key Ideas... When representing dividing integers with fraction chips

Total number of chips is the first number in the equation...

Determine your answer... If there is a positive, then the number of groups will be the positive integer.
p. 300 8.3 Exploring Integer Division due: Weds...
A- 1, 3, 5, 7, 10

B - 1, 3, 5, 7, 10-14

C - 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14-16

Greek Myths - Toga Day

TOGA DAY and Greek Potluck - FRIDAY, MAY 11TH
Try your culinary skills and prepare a Greek food item, or take something you know how to prepare well, and add a "Greek Twist"... Ie: Philipino spring rolls are kind of like the Greek Domadas (rice wrapped in grape leafs).... It's all in how you explain it...
If you plan on making a "bigger item", consider making it (and sharing the cost of the ingredients) with a friend.

On toga day, if you are unsure what to wear... just bring a bed sheet (plain is best... or whatever you have), use a flat sheet and I will help you create a toga. If you want to get into the spirit, research greek toga outfits...

On Toga Day, we will celebrate the end of our Greek Mythology unit and unveil our Mythological Trading Cards and share our Greek Myths.... We may even have a "Socratic Lesson" outside, weather pemitting!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter Mass for Deshaye

Remember on Thursday, April 19th, we are walking to Christ the King for Mass in the morning (Mass starts at 9:30). Wear comfortable shoes and a warm coat in light of the "awesome" weather.

Be sure to check out the other Important Dates coming up on the "Important Dates" page of this blog.

Grade 8 Math

8.2 Multiplying Integers p. 297

Level A -1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 23, Math Link

Level B- 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 23, Math Link

Level C - 1,2,4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 23, 25-29, Math Link

Monday, April 16, 2012

Another Fai - to!!

We've been invited to take part in another Fai-to... Here's the invitation letter....

Good news!

Your school is being considered for a Fai-To by St Mark's VA Primary School, United Kingdom! If students from St Mark's VA Primary School vote to challenge Deshaye Catholic School, then a Fai-To will start immediately. We'll inform you if this happens.

In a Fai-To, two schools compete for math victory by securing math medals, and Fai-To does not affect the way that students or teachers use the site. It's simply a way to motivate students for an intensive burst of activity.

If you have problems at any stage, you can contact me on grant@mangahigh.com

Grant Miller Customer Support

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


(REF: http://teacher.scholastic.com )

Go to: "Myths Writing Workshop"

Myths are stories that explain a natural phenomenon. Before humans found scientific explanations for such things as the moon and the sun and rainbows, they tried to understand them by telling stories. These tales — which often include gods and goddesses and other supernatural characters who have the power to make extraordinary things happen — remain popular today. As you start to think about writing your own myth, try these warm-ups. They should help you begin to plan your story.

BRAINSTORMING FOR YOUR MYTH… Follow these five steps.

1. A) Pick out the natural phenomenon you want to write about.
Make it something that really interests you. If you live in the desert, you might want to think about the way a single rainstorm can cause a flood. If you live in the North, think about the way a snowstorm can cover the ground like an icy blanket. If you live near the ocean, consider the way the tide comes in and out each day. In other words, find something that is familiar that you can observe.

B) Create a character… He or she can be a monster, a new god or goddess, or a new hero… just someone brand new for Greek Mythology. Brainstorm his or her characteristics, physical traits, personality traits, strengths, weaknesses… make the character "REAL"!

2. Observe carefully.
It helps to know a thing well before trying to make up a story about it. The old myths were created by poets and storytellers who were well-acquainted with nature. Find out as much as you can about the natural phenomenon that you've chosen.

3. Write down what is actual about the phenomenon.
Keep a record of what you have observed or read. What are the smells, sights, and sounds connected to this natural phenomenon? If you are artistic, you might want to try drawing sketches or painting pictures. Think of yourself as a reporter, not a storyteller – this will aid in your description.

4. Write down key words from your research.
If you're learning more about the desert, the words you find could be: sand, rain, gully, wash. Then look in a thesaurus or dictionary to find as many synonyms, phrases, and meanings for your words as you can. For example, under "sand" you might find grain, granule, gravel, shingle, powder, pulverizer. As you are writing those words down, think about the images behind them. It's those images that will help you build your myth. For example, I thought of a pepper grinder when I reached the word pulverizer. Once you've got a picture in your mind, it's time for the big WHAT IF. . . ?

5. Ask yourself, WHAT IF?
Hop onto your image and head off into myth land. This is the point from which you need to start brainstorming! Take a picture in your mind of what an aspect of the world would be like if certain events happened. Then use this "what if" to create a story that explains why the natural phenomenon exists. The story can be as farfetched as you want.

For example, take the pepper grinder from Step 4. What if there was a chef to the gods who lived in a beautiful green countryside but became upset one day because no one ever complimented his cooking? While wandering around, he sat under one of those beautiful green trees and wished (always be careful what you wish for in a myth) that he could somehow make the gods take notice. And suddenly in front of him was a special pepper grinder that said, "Use me, and you will be noticed." And so the chef took the pepper grinder and used it that evening as he was seasoning the gods' stew. But instead of churning out pepper, it ground out sand — more sand than the chef had ever seen! The sand kept pouring out, completely covering the beautiful green countryside. And thus the desert came into existence.

Here are some tips in warding off fear of the blank white page. Try them!

  • Be a reader. Read something of interest every day — something of interest to you, not to your teacher or your best friend or your minister/rabbi/priest. Comics and graphic novels count! So does poetry or the newspaper…or a biography of a rock star…or an instructional manual… of course there is the Bible too!
  • Write every day. You don't have to write about anything specific, but you should exercise your writing muscle constantly. Write about your day (journal writing); write your observations (descriptive writing); write your opinions (editorializing); write lists of ideas or titles; write jokes; write down the plot of the TV show or movie you just saw. All this exercises the writing muscle.
  • Hide the internal editor. Take a deep breath and just start. Don't worry whether something is good. Just let it flow onto the page. At this stage spelling, grammar, and run-on sentences don't count.



CLICK ON: "The Myths Brainstorming Machine" - This machine was built to help students come up with ideas to write a myth of their own. Follow the directions, use your imagination, and have fun!


Launch the Brainstorming Machine, click on the Draw button.

Click on the Effect button to change the mood of the setting and the god/goddess.


Click on the Effect button to change all the moods.

Click on the arrow next to each category to view different choices.

Click on the picture you want to write about.

This will place your picture in the machine window.

Clicking on the Clear button will erase all your choices.

When you get an effect you like, visit the Idea Outline window. The Idea Outline window shows you a word version of your picture. These words will help you in witing your myth.

You can toggle between both windows if you want to make more changes.

When you have the ideas you want, click on the Myth Starter to print them out.
Launch the Brainstorming Machine



START WRITING… Put your pencil on the paper and get started! Be sure to double space (write on every other line). Ensure your myth has the following elements of a myth:

1. Setting:

2. Protagonist:

3. Antagonist:

4. Initial Incident/problem:

5. 3 or 4 key events:

6. Climax:

7. Falling Action/Resolution:

8. Lesson or Moral:


Write a web and an outline on loose leaf.

Things to Think about as You Write Your Myth...


1) Setting - Does it....

a) Grab your attention? Does it DESCRIBE VIVIDLY (Include Adjectives, Adverbs - they describe verbs, Figures of Speech - similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, repetition...)? Does it introduce the characters? (Who is the main character/protagonist? Who is the villain/antagonist? What problem or event/initial incident is introduced in the beginning to get your story moving and grab audience's attention?)


Self-Analysis… My thoughts... Am I including the above?

Peer Comment… Is the writer including the above? Explain…






2) Character Development - Does your story...

Have believable characters? Are they believable in their relationship with other characters? The way they react to different situations. Are your characters described well enough? Physically, emotionally, their background, likes, dislikes... Why is the antagonist working against the protagonist? Why do they have this relationship?

Self-Analysis… My thoughts... Am I including the above?

Peer Comment… Is the writer including the above? Explain…






3) Events - Is there an initial problem that creates interest for your reader?

Are all your events in chronological order, so that there is flow and it makes sense, and it's confusing to the reader?

Do all the events or details relate to the story? Are there any details that sidetrack your story? Is everything explained? Is there background information or explanation?

Are the relationships well developed? How is the villain working against the main character?

My thoughts... Am I including the above? Explain...



4) Climax - Do all the events build up to the suspense of the climax? Is there suspense??

Is there enough detail in the climax to get your attention (as an audience member)?

Self-Analysis… My thoughts... Am I including the above?

Peer Comment… Is the writer including the above? Explain…






5) Falling Action/Resolution - Is the story properly finished off? Does it end too quickly? What questions would an audience member have? Are all the questions answered. What happens to all the main characters? Does the villain get punished or does the villain try to change for the better? What happens to the hero? Describe it fully.

Self-Analysis… My thoughts... Am I including the above?

Peer Comment… Is the writer including the above? Explain…







6) Moral or Lesson - What lesson can audience members take from the myth?

How could you incorporate "natural phenomenon"? Remember, the moral and natural phenomenon could be a part of your conclusion/last paragraphs.


Ex: "Every time the Ancient Greeks looked to the stormy seas (volcano, the heavens, stars, lightening storm), they thought of the great battle (war, fight...) between ______ and ________."


Self-Analysis… My thoughts... Am I including the above?

Peer Comment… Is the writer including the above? Explain…





Phys. Ed. Fitness Appraisal

Cardiovascular Endurance - Mr. Cote


In Physical Education, we use two appraisals to evaluate ones cardiovascular endurance:
20 meter shuttle run and 1600 meter run.

Fitness Appraisals – March Results
20 meter shuttle run

Level _____

1600 meter run

____ Minutes:____ Seconds

Fitness Appraisals – June Goals

20 meter shuttle run

Level _____

1600 meter run

____ Minutes:____ Seconds

My Weekly Plan for Success

Please enter into the weekly calendar the activities you will do to help reach your cardiovascular goal. Remember F.I.T.T.

In order to improve my cardiovascular endurance I will follow the above stated plan for ____ weeks.

Sign your name to the bottom if you print this out.

Post your schedule of cardio activity on your www.kidblog.org/deshayephysed2/

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bandies This Math is for You

Here is Wednesday's math assignment... for everyone in grade 8, not just the Bandies...
But Bandies get started tonight.
Wednesday's Assignment - p. 286

Define "zero pair". Why do you need to know this?
p. 289 Show you Know... complete both.
p. 290 Key Ideas
p. 291Exploring Integer Multiplication
Level A - 1-4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14
Level B - 1-4, 5,7,9,14-18
Level C- 1-4. 5, 7, 9, 16 - 20

Writing Your Greek Myth

When writing your myth, refer to previous blog posts on writing.... But before you begin your rough draft, ensure you have completed the following....

1. Brainstorm - Web your ideas...
2. Ensure that you have all the necessary elements of a myth...
 - Setting
 - Protagonist
 - Antagonist
 - Initial Incident/Problem to be solved
 - 3 or 4 Key events - important in the development of the myth...
 - Climax
 - Falling Action/Resolution
 - Lesson or Moral

3. Plot these elements on your Plot Pyramid on the handout package given in class.

4. Start writing... Try to capture or grab your audience, "reel" them in!
Check out the link below to the Scholastic myth writing site to help you... there are myths by other teens like you!


Monday, April 2, 2012

New Phys Ed Blog

New Phys Ed blog link for Mr. Cote


Same passwords and user id as the other kidblog account you have for me.

Earth Hour Song

Saturday was Earth Hour Day.... What is Earth Hour Day all about??
Check this out...

How can you  make a difference for the planet?

1. Why do people make the gesture or effort by turning off their lights?

2. What does theis gesture mean for future generations?

3. How will you personally go beyond the hour and make a difference for the planet?

Respond on www.kidblog.org/missiontomakeadifference/

Are You Ready for Another FAI-TO??

A LETTER FROM THE MANGA HIGH ORGANIZERS.... Let's hope Queenswood School chooses to battle us!!

Dear Jennifer,
Good news!

Your school is being considered for a Fai-To by Queenswood, United Kingdom! If students from Queenswood vote to challenge Deshaye Catholic School, then a Fai-To will start immediately. We'll inform you if this happens.

In a Fai-To, two schools compete for math victory by securing math medals, and Fai-To does not affect the way that students or teachers use the site. It's simply a way to motivate students for an intensive burst of activity.

Grant Miller Customer Support

Culture Videos and Links

What Happens When Cultures Meet?

A. Definitions – Create a “Connections web” for the definitions below. Show the link between these words. Do this on large white paper (11 x 17)

Cultural Isolation



Multiculturalism policy

Melting pot

B. Questions

1. How did Canada’s multiculturalism policy come about? What does the government do to support it? How can each Canadian support it?

2. What are the cultural imprints in your community?

3. With a small group, discuss the quotations about Canada today on the photocopied handout on p. 188. What does each quote mean? Which one do you agree with the most? AS A GROUP, WRITE YOUR OWN STATEMENT ABOUT MULTICULTURALISM. CREATE A MINI POSTER WITH YOUR GROUP USING YOUR QUOTE / STATEMENT ABOUT MULTICULTUALISM, include symbols and pictures which reflect your beliefs…. Add colour as they will be on display in the hallways. Do on poster paper/bristle board.


1. Jordan, Lundy, TinTin, Micaela
2. Anna, Charmaine, Brett, Mark
3. Ariel, Carissa, Jellyn, Matthew
4. Bobby, Jadin, Paul, Christine
5. P.J., Amanda, Khadeeja, Brennan
6. Jake, Colton, Max, Dominic
7. Emilio, Rolan, Carly

C. Video Assignment – In groups (fewer than 4 people) find 2 videos that reflect what we have learned.

Video One – must connect t to cultural imprints or cultural isolation or globalization

Video Two – must connect to multiculturalism

*After you find the videos, post to one of your group members kidblog accounts and create questions for the class to ponder about each video.

*Questions to Ponder – After you find the video, as a group, brainstorm 2 good REFLECTION QUESTIONS that connect to EACH OF THE VIDEOS, for your peers to respond to. (4 questions in total.)

D. Reflection to Video Assignment – In groups, we will respond to each other’s questions in small groups, and then post our responses to one of the group member's accounts on kidblog.

What is Culture and Cultural World view?

Worldview is the set of fundamental beliefs about reality that ground and influence all one's perceiving, thinking, knowing, and doing. The elements of a person’s worldview include beliefs about knowledge, the origins and nature of the universe, the existence and nature of God, the purpose of humankind, as well as what is good and bad, and what is right and wrong.1

Culture is the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group that encompasses not only art and literature, but lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.2 For an individual, this may be reflected in his or her clothing, food, language, and belief system, as well as in other ways.

Go to the link below (facing the future) and read further on indigenous cultures and preserving these cultures.

Cultural differences http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcEfzHB08QE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Search basque of Spain and bedoin of Middle East Preserving cultural identity

When world's Collide... PBS  "Intro to Mestizo Culture"

 "Why China's Youth Find Western Culture Attractive?"http://video.pbs.org/video/2196350829/

"God Grew Tired of Us" Examine Cultural Differences

Travel and Culture Videoshttp://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/

Social culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfRXKrDVlCk&feature=youtube_gdata_player



First Nations and Cultural Impact of European Settlershttp://education2.uvic.ca/Faculty/mroth/438/environment/firstpeoples.html.html






First Nations Architecture...http://www.ontarioarchitecture.com/Firstnations.htm

First Nations Culture Videos...http://www.firstnations.com/

Culture Videos on PBShttp://video.pbs.org/topic/culture-society/http://www.facingthefuture.org/GlobalIssuesResources/GlobalIssuesTours/WorldviewandCulture/tabid/508/Default.aspx?gclid=CKnRwcLyw64CFQ4EQAodGhW4Zw#what

Greek Myths Links

After the Creation of the world from Chaos, and Zeus overthrowing the Titans and the Olympians taking over the Ruling of the Universe... there was the story of Prometheus and Epimetheus... then of course Pandora and "the box"....

The Olympians - Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus...

*Click on the picture to learn more about these gods and goddesses.

"Trading Cards of the Greek Myths"

Mount Olympus and the Greek Gods  from the Mythman

Check out this link to an animated, graphic novel site.... This is the same site that we will use later when we create our own myths...

Zeus and the Great Flood - How the Ancient Greeks made sense of the world...

Stories of the Gods

Demeter and Perephone

Apollo and his Oracle


Myths about Lessons from the Gods...

As you watch these myths, think about:
1. Who are the characters involved? 
2. Which god or goddess is involved? 
3. What is the source of conflict? 
4. Is the source of conflict due to a flaw in the protagonist's personality? (*protagonist means main character)  *Vanity? Hubris (pride)? Selfishness?
5. What lesson are they being taught by the gods? 
6. Why must they learn this lesson? 
7. Is the punishment strict or severe? 
8. What does this myth tell us today about what the Ancient Greek people value or believe?
Myth of Prometheus and Pandora's Box in One Minute... student creation via Youtube...
Pandora's Box


Arachne and the Spinning Contest

Daedalus and Icarus... on the Isle of Crete

Myths about the Heroes of Greek Mythology...
"In mythology and legend, a man or woman, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his or her bold exploits, and favored by the gods."

*Scroll down on the heroes page and find answers to these questions....
1. Who is a hero according to legend?
2. Why do we learn about these greek heroes today?

Theseus and the Minotaur



Jason, the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece 


Bellerophon and Pegasus



The Lenten Pay It Forward Project and Community Service

“They say don’t believe your own hype, but if you don’t why would anyone else?  To be great you have to believe you can do great things.” 

Quotes to Ponder and Propel us...

This year we are going to look at other ways we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus... through "random acts of kindness" as well as "intended and planned acts of kindness"... to do this we are going to participate in the Pay It Forward project for Lent. Officially the "Pay It Forward Day" is Thursday, April 28th... we are going to celebrate the concept all through Lent.


What does the world mean to you? What does the world expect of you???

The Power of Three... view the trailer

Unusual and literal interpretations of random acts of kindness...

100 random acts of kindness in 100 minutes

Random Acts of Kindness

Quiz yourself on the movie...
There will be more information to come, as well as the project description... Get ready to start "Paying it Forward" on Ash Wednesday (March 9th).
Ms. Stewie
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi
“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.” Albert Einstein
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

Pay it Foward Movie Assignment -

Lent Handout and Information -

Lenten Community Service Documents -
Songs to Inspire...
The Rosary
53 Beads on a String... by The Apologist

Super Awesome! Veryyyyyy catchy!! I'm still reflecting on this song...

Don't Forget Me   by The Apologist

Haunting song... quite a contrast to the other one above!

St. Michael the Archangel by the Apologist

Another catchy rap...

Party Like a Catholic

Just for Fun... a little Lenten fun!