Facebook

I don’t know whether most parents are aware or not, but almost all of the students in my class are on Facebook. I have talked to them about the safety/privacy aspects of it, but I also think it’s important for parents to be aware of their child’s Facebook activities. (Did you also know that Facebook does not allow children under the age of 13 to have an account?)

Want a bit of a scare? Go to this site: http://www.takethislollipop.com/    Have students enter their Facebook information and it shows you what someone can do with that information.

If you would like information about what you can do to ensure your child is using Facebook safely, here are a few websites that offer guides for parents:

Safekids.com

A Parent’s Guide to Facebook

Facebook Facts for Parents

A Facebook Safety Primer

 

I recently discovered that my 12-year-old daughter has created multiple Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and blog accounts for herself. As a parent, this is scary because it is so hard to make sure she is using all of these things safely (and she was NOT). I encourage every parent to talk with their children about internet safety, and monitor what they are doing on the internet.

We have entered an age where our children can communicate so much more widely with so many more people. We all need to work together to make sure we send them off into the world with as much education and safe skills as possible!

 

Miss Weisner

 

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Div 7 Update

Hello Parents and Students

I decided to start using my classroom blog to keep parents updated about what’s happening in the classroom. I will try to update this weekly!

Curriculum Areas

We are currently studying the following topics in our class:

Just Deserts (LA) – this is our current Read-Aloud book. Click here for more information on the author and topic(s) of this book,


Read-Alouds provide students with many opportunities for learning and critical thinking. I use these to practice the following skills (and more!): listening, asking questions, making predictions, summarizing, responding to text, inferring, making images, writing, partner work, powerful speaking, researching topics, making decisions, making connections, accessing prior knowledge.

Word Work (LA) – Every week, students are given a set of words. Their tasks are to sort the words according to a given spelling pattern, use 10 words in sentences, alphabetize the words, and understand the meaning of the words. Students are put into groups based on which spelling patterns they need help with.

Fractions (Math) – we are learning how to add and subtract fractions. This requires students to be able to determine common denominators and find equivalent fractions. Here are some math websites you and your child might was to try for some  extra help and practice:  http://www.mathplayground.com/

http://www.funbrain.com/kidscenter.html

http://figurethis.org/index.html

http://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/index.html

Electricity (Science) – Mr. Kriese will be teaching our class science and social studies this term. In term 3 Mrs. Salem will be teaching science and social studies.

Drug Awareness (Health and Career Education)

Verb Conjugation and general vocabulary (French) – students have learned how to conjugate the following verbs: etre (to be), aimer (to like), aller (to go). They are also learning about articles (le, la, les, un, une) and the French concept of masculine and feminine nouns.

Woodwork (Exploratories) – Division 7 is currently in the woodworking exploratory. In term 1 they took computers and drama for their exploratory.

Student Teacher!!

Starting next week, Miss Scali will be taking over the majority of teaching in our classroom. She is working on her 404/405 SFU teaching practicum. She will be with the class until April. The students have met her and are excited to have her in the class.

 

Important Information

Starting now (January 2012) I will be taking a partial medical leave on Wednesdays. We don’t yet know who will be filling in for me on Wednesdays, but for now it will be Mr. Rouleau.

The Alchemyst

On Monday we will be starting our new read-loud book, “The Alchemyst”. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as the Hunger Games books (perhaps more???). If you’d like to get an idea of what the book will be about, I have included some links that you will find helpful. Here is what the front cover looks like:

Here are some links to websites that will give you more information about the books, and the other books in the series.

http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/alchemyst/

http://www.dillonscott.com/about-michael-scott.htm

http://teen-science-fiction.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_alchemyst_by_michael_scott

The Alchemyst Game

Here are the covers of the next three books in the series:

“The Magician” and “The Sorceress” have already been released. “The Necromancer” will come out on May 25th. The fifth book is called “The Warlock” and is scheduled to be released in 2011. The final book, “The Enchantress” will be on sale in 2012. So I think your reading lists are all set until 2012!

Happy reading!!

Mockingjay

Well, sadness came upon Division 8 on Thursday as we came to the end of “Catching Fire”. I know I can’t wait for the third book to be released. August 24th is a long ways away! The front cover of the third book, “Mockingjay” has been released:

Here is the “blurb” about the last book: “Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’ family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’ groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.”

What do you think the final book will be about? I have read a few theories that are very interesting. One is that Haymitch is Madge Undersee’s real father (remember that Madge is the Mayor’s daughter) and that Madge’s mother is the mastermind behind the rebellions (also remember that the person who was in the Hunger Games with Haymitch was the twin sister of Madge’s mother). Another theory is that Peeta and Katniss were chosen to be in the Hunger Games (and it wasn’t by chance). Interesting!!

We will all have to wait patiently for the third book to be released. Perhaps I can read it to you all on the first few days of school next year. I can’t wait!!

The Hunger Games

Our class is coming to the end of our sixth read-aloud book! This is the most read-aloud books I have ever read to my class. And we still have 4 1/2 months to go!

We are currently reading “The Hunger Games”. This book has generated so many amazing questions and predictions from the students. I have recently heard that the book will be made into a movie. Also, the third book will be released in August of this year. They have just announced the name: “Mockingjay”. I’m sure students will remember what a mockingjay is from what we have read so far. What do you think this third book will be about? The second book is called “Catching Fire”… any predictions on what that will be about? Just wait until the end of The Hunger Games. I bet anything you will all vote to have Catching Fire be the next book I read.

Here are some Hunger Games websites to check out, if you have Hunger Games “fever”. We will be finished the book on Tuesday. I can’t wait for you to find out how it ends!!

http://www.thehungergames.co.uk/

http://www.hungergamestrilogy.com/fansite/

http://www.scholastic.ca/thehungergames/

WE Day

On Tuesday, September 29th, students in Division 8 watched part of the first ever Vancouver WE Day. It was broadcast live from BC Place. Have you ever heard of We Day, or the Me to We organization? It is powerful message about coming together as a planet to fight global issues. This organization is trying to empower the youth of today with the skills they need to become influential citizens for change. Our students listened to Jane Goodall, Marc and Craig Kielburger (the founders of Me to We and Free the Children), the Dalai Lama, Jason Mraz, and many other people deliver powerful messages of hope and change.

Queensborough Middle School also had a group of grade 8 students who attended this event. They were accompanied by Ms. Dhaliwal and Mrs. Farris, our principal. I can’t wait to hear their stories.

In our classroom, we will be looking at how the whole Me to We movement began, and we will be brainstorming ways that students in our class can make a positive difference in the classroom, the school, their community, their country, and to the world. We hope that by changing the focus of our students from ME (themselves) to WE (their community and the world) that we can teach this generation that they CAN make a change in the world, even if it’s a small one.

We hope that parents will sit down with their children over the coming months and talk about some of the issues (both global and local) that are affecting the world, and try to come up with ways to make changes. We will be doing this all year in our classroom.

Let’s change this so called ME generation into the WE generation!!

Mrs. Skye

Be the change you want to see in the world – Gandhi

Top 10 Back to School Websites

Here is an interesting resource for parents (some students may be interested too!) from Take Part, which is an affiliate of Me to We.

http://www.takepart.com/blog/2009/08/26/back-to-school-top-10-list/