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Sketchnotes in Science Class


I am so super proud of the Sketchnotes that my kiddies have been creating lately! It fills my heart with pride when I see the great time and effort that 7B is putting into the work we are doing in class. I couldn’t keep these great works of art to myself, so without further ado, I give you Simple Machines:






Courage in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe


Going to the Stratford Festival is by far one of my most favourite teaching days. It was especially amazing because we were able to take part in the Prologue and then go for lunch. The weather gods were smiling down on us as we enjoyed our delicious sandwiches from York Street Kitchen at a picnic table down by the river.

Now that we are back in the classroom it is time for my kiddies to reflect on the story and the play and in true 7B style they have come up with an amazing play response! It was a unanimous decision by the class to demonstrate their understanding of the theme, plot and characters of the story through collaborative Minecraft projects. Once their worlds were created  each group will present their hard work to the rest of the class.

We sat down as a class to develop our success criteria for this project and here is what they came up with:

Learning Goals :

  1. Show a clear understanding of the theme, characters and plot of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe using Minecraft.
  2. Present in a clear manor
  3. Work well in a collaborative setting

Success Criteria

  • Clear plan for building the world
  • At least 2 examples of courage
  • At least 2 settings
  • Good explanation of what you built
  • The World should be neat and organized
  • During the presentation there is a good flow through the world
  • Audience knows what part of the story shows courage
  • Stay on task – no random creations in your worlds that don’t relate to the story
  • Clear evidence of Narnia
  • Follow the success criteria
  • All group members participate in the presentation


The ladies are making their plan before recreating Narnia.


The building begins!


This group knows how to make the space their own!


Scoping out the perfect spot for the White Queen’s Castle.

The Lion, The Witch and the Warbrobe


We are very excited to be able to attend this year’s Stratford Festival’s production  of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Our trip is next Friday and to prepare we are listening to the Radio Drama and paying special attention to parts of the story that show characters demonstrating courage.

As the class is listening, they are sketchnoting (one of our favourite ways to learn). After each segment we are asking questions, making predictions and sharing examples of characters demonstrating courage.

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Organization is the Key!


Now that you have all of your research complete it is time to decide on how you are going to organize your essay.  When thinking about how to organize your writing you need to consider a few things. If you researched a person and are writing a biography then you will most likely want to organize your paragraphs in chronological order. If you researched a topic then you need to consider the strength  of your paragraphs. You want to sandwich your weakest paragraph in between the second strongest and strongest paragraphs. It’s just a good idea to save the best for last because that’s what your reader will remember most. You want to leave on a high note!

Jot Notes


We have spent a lot of time working on how to do proper research to ensure that no plagiarism. This week we are putting all of our practice into action. As a class, we created our success criteria for making research jot notes. Here is what we came up with:

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Paraphrasing Strategies


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We have made a couple of jot notes about Timbuktu and notes about the sinking of the Titanic and now we are ready to start our own research for the multimedia biographies that we are going to create. The class has taken time to reflect on which strategies work best for them.

Multimedia Biography Research Project



Lieb, Rebecca. Research. Digital image. Research. N.p., 15 Sept. 2015. Web. 5 Apr. 2016. <http://rebeccalieb.com/tags/research>.

Biography Writing Assignment

1. Read the internet to find a person who you would like to research – make sure you have at least 3 good sources for research information.

2. Research your choice. You must have three sources.

*Wikipedia is not an option as anybody can post anything they like – it is not a reliable source of information.

3. Go to www.easybib.com  and create an Easy Bib Biography project to ensure you have a proper bibliography.

4. Create Jot Notes with the information you have gathered. Submit your Jot Notes to me in Showbie


Jot notes are always in point form and are always in your own words. *Caveman English*

A good story offers drama, excitement, human interest, passion and suspense.  Tell this person’s story (biography)  so your audience will be at the edge of their seats wanting to learn more.

  • Create an outline for your biography.
  • Draft the body paragraphs of your biography.
  • Draft the introduction (needs a hook and thesis statement).
  • Draft the conclusion (needs to restate your body paragraph topics, include  your opinions about your research topic and leave the reader thinking)
  • Revise your work in Notability.
  • Copy and paste the bibliography of all the sources you used from your Easy Bib Biography project.
  • Put it all together in the digital format of your choice and submit

Meme Challenge



We have been looking at memes this week and now it’s time to get creative. Your challenge is to create 1-3 memes a week that follow the success criteria. The challenge will run from Monday, March 7th – April 11th. Your posts should include a short description of the theme you have chosen, the apps you used and site any sources that you used.  This is about creating memes, not finding them on the internet. You can choose from the list of themes below:

  • History
  • T.V. Show / Movies
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Animals
  • Serious (PSA)
  • Food
  • Books
  • Nature
  • Emojis
  • Friends
  • Humorous
  • Candy
  • Things You Dislike
  • Vines
  • Celebrity
  • Something in Front of You
  • School
  • Family
  • Fails
  • Games & Gaming
  • Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Things that Make Noise
  • Weather
  • Home
  • Colours
  • Cars
  • Jobs
  • Money
  • Your Choice
  • Fairy Tales
  • Political Figures
  • Music


Success Criteria for a Meme

  • Has a picture and words
    • Proper spelling or use of “Slang” to make creator’s point.
  • Words need to relate to the picture
  • It can be humorous but doesn’t need to be
  • If your words are a quote give credit to the creator
  • Has to be school appropriate
  • Gives the appropriate message to the intended audience
  • Cite your sources


Possible Apps for this task:

Pic Collage

Meme Maker +

Meme Generator

Make a Meme

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Photo Challenge Day 29 – Movement


I can’t believe that this is the last photo of our challenge! This is a picture that I took that the Ripley’s aquarium. I think that it really shows the movement of the jellyfish as it glides through the water. I didn’t have to use a filter because the aquarium does a fantastic job of setting up the lighting so that these beautiful creatures  can be admired by all who come to see them.


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Photo Challenge Day 28 – Reflection


This is a picture that I took in Millenium Park in Chicago Illinois. Millenium Park is this amazing area in downtown Chicago with all kinds of amazing water features and sculptures. I’m posting two pictures for this one so you can see the Bean as well as my reflection with my friend Stephen.I love how I look so excited and Stephen couldn’t care less (I’m the tourist and he’s the local). If you ever get a chance you must go to visit his amazing city!



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