Thursday, December 22, 2011


From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
We are experimenting with glogs. See the above example.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Night Before Christmas - by Alessia, Kristen, Ingrid & Bianca

A joint project between St. Raphael and Canadian Martyrs created using: Skype, Zamzar, Audacity & four very focused and skilled 21st Century Students. Great work girls!

The Grinch Song

Watch the two Christmas music videos and compare them. Which one do you prefer and why? What is your favourite Christmas song and explain why.

Sheryl Crow ** Happy Christmas ** (War is Over) Live Christmas @ Rockef...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The above slideshow was created by two students - Adam (from St. Raphael) & Michael B. (from Canadian Martyrs).
Process: 1. Students made video contact using Skype 2. Students shared picture books on idioms (The Cat's Pajamas & Monkey Business). 3. Students created a combined slideshow by sending images and ideas via email and Skype. 4. Students imported their ideas onto MovieMaker and to make a long story short - voila a new learning experience beyond the four classroom walls! Kudos boys!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Adding & Subtracting - negative and positive integers

Review the above overview on adding and subtracting postive and negative integers. Play the game. Get ready to play I have Who Has? using integers.

How nutrition wise are you?


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sean Quigley - Little Drummer Boy

Watch and listen to the above video - What does this song mean to you?


How are you celebrating Advent?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Math - POW - due Friday, Dec. 9th

Watch the above video and answer the questions:
1. Can a set of data have more than one mode? Use the example from the video in your answer.
2. Write a definition and give an example of mean, median, and mode.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Writing Assignment - due Fri. Dec. 9th

Complete the following sentence -

My favourite idiom is.....

Tips for Writing a Blog Post

1. Keep your writing organized and focused.
2. Elaborate on your ideas.
3. Use a strong voice to make your writing interesting.
4. Use higher level vocabulary.
5. Edit, edit, edit for spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.

Penny From Heaven - Excerpt

Read the above excerpt from the book Penny From Heaven and identify the setting. Use details from the book.

Loud Library: The Where: 7 Settings in Literature

Loud Library: The Where: 7 Settings in Literature: A lonely beach on an overcast, dreary day. A cramped but cozy apartment in the heart of New York City. A quiet field, filled with daisie...

Photos #1 - 9 Setting The Scene - Pick a photograph and write a setting.

Photo #10 Setting The Scene


Photo #11 Setting The Scene

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Gate, Pojoaque Road, New Mexico

Photo #12 Setting The Scene

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Trianon

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Flocabulary - Five Things (Elements of a Short Story)

Watch the above clip and list the five elements of a short story. Do you agree?
Post your favourite opening sentence from a narrative structure. Explain why it is your favourite opening sentence. Write your own captivating opening sentence and post it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell 1984 (1949)

Watch the above video and post a list of the important components of a great narrative.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Where in the World ?

This week's site "...will live in infamy".

Why is this such an important day in history? Write a short response below?
Due: Wednesday, December 7th

Global Awareness - What's in The News?

Pick an article and summarize. Make sure to include your opinion at the end.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Question Period, 14 November 2011 (Parliament of Canada): The Environment

Who are the key three speakers in this excerpt of The Federal Government Question Period? What is the gist of each of their arguments? Refer to trade and the environment in your response.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monsters In a Jar

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Christmas Story -- Bullying Clip

Fried Worms bully scenes

D-PAN ASL Music Video "We're Going To Be Friends" by the White Stripes.

How can you help a friend who is being bullied?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

ABC - Anti Bullying Crew

What is the message in this video?

Don't Laugh At Me - Bullying

Anti-Bullying Pledge

Write your personal pledge regarding anti-bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week

Hello Everyone!

As we approach Bullying Awareness Week let us reflect on some of the decisions we have made. Let’s put an end to bullying … together!

How do the lyrics in this song apply to anti-bullying?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Warplane Project

Click on the hyperlink below for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

The B 25 Mitchell

View the following documentary on a former B 25 Mitchell
crew member's experiences during WWII.

Dogfights from WWI and WWII

View the two video clips of dogfights from WWI and WWII and be prepared to discuss the similarities and differences in class. You might want to use a venn diagram to jot down your findings.

Due: Tuesday, November 8th

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Where in the World ?

Write a brief comment below as to why you feel that this
is an appropriate site for this week's "Where in the World".

Bruce Springsteen - War (Live 1988)

Compare the song War to the song Highway of Heroes. Make sure you refer to lyrics in the songs. What do the songs have in common and how do they differ? How do the songs make you feel?

The Trews - Highway of Heroes

Remembrance Day is next week. Watch the following video and comment on it. How did this video make you feel? What did you think of while watching the video and listening to the song. Create a short paragraph in response to the video. Be sure to include ideas from the song lyrics.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Charlie Brown: I got a rock Math POW #3 - due Fri. Nov. 4th

Having made it safely back home from trick or treating, it's now time to check out your haul. You are to find the top 5 chocolate bars that you have collected. To aid you in this venture create a Tally Chart to record the tasty items. After having recorded tallies, it is now time to display them on a bar graph. Be sure to title your graph and label your axes. No need to worry, you don't have to record the rocks. Happy Hallowe'en!

Design Your Own Robot

Click on the above site and build your own robot.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monsters in a Jar - October 2010

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Where in the World ?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Astronomic! Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum (Virtual Tour)

Take a virtual tour of the Astronomic Exhibition at Krannnert Art Museum. Find an example of a scientific image that you consider art. Make a copy of the image and explain why you think it is art. (Due Thursday, Oct. 20th)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Minecraft In School - Student Work

Do you think Minecraft should be used as an educational tool? Using Minecraft and the Science themes of: Gr. 6 - The Solar System & Gr. 5 - Conservation of Energy & Resources, can you come up with an educational and interesting activity? How has Minecraft been used to explore the world of Harry Potter?

Human Rights and Responsibilities

When Jesus was here on Earth he taught about many important ideas. One of those ideas was Human Rights and Responsibilities. View the following video and write a comment on what you think human rights are.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Who is Jean Vanier?

A Man and his Vision from L'Arche Canada-Communications on Vimeo.

Watch the above video and research the life of Jean Vanier. What Christian virtues does he exhibit?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Where in The World? - due Friday, October 14th


Explore the above site and answer the assigned questions.
Tell me what you see when you observe the South view of the Legislative Chamber.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Batman The Dark Knight - LIVE Performance

Watch the above video. What instruments did you notice in the performance?
What feelings did the music evoke?

Superheroes Music Video 2

Create a list of the superheroes and their superpowers from this video.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Superman music video [kryptonite]

Identify 5 character traits that Superman possesses. Rank the top three that would be most important for being a superhero.

Math - POW #2 - due Oct. 6th

Go to the above site (Math Playground) and watch the video, How do you round numbers?
After watching the video complete the following question -
Round the number 3 572 280 to the nearest million, hundred thousand, ten thousand, thousand, hundred, and ten. (Make sure you round 6 different times.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Student Vote - 2011

7 days until your Student Vote Day. The above site may help you make an informed choice. Check out the polls.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Where in The World ? - due Friday, Sept. 30th

Watch the above video and answer the assigned questions (see bulletin board/portal). Don't forget to include latitude and longitude.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Back to School

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Back to School

Monday, September 19, 2011

Math - POW - due Friday, Sept. 23rd


Go to the above site/click on math videos/go to prime numbers.
What is a
prime number? Provide a definition and at least 10 examples. Why is it important to understand prime

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mary Cornish

I like the generosity of numbers.
The way, for example,
they are willing to count
anything or anyone:
two pickles, one door to the room,
eight dancers dressed as swans.

I like the domesticity of addition--
add two cups of milk and stir--
the sense of plenty: six plums
on the ground, three more
falling from the tree.

And multiplication's school
of fish times fish,
whose silver bodies breed
beneath the shadow
of a boat.

Even subtraction is never loss,
just addition somewhere else:
five sparrows take away two,
the two in someone else's
garden now.

There's an amplitude to long division,
as it opens Chinese take-out
box by paper box,
inside every folded cookie
a new fortune.

And I never fail to be surprised
by the gift of an odd remainder,
footloose at the end:
forty-seven divided by eleven equals four,
with three remaining.

Three boys beyond their mothers' call,
two Italians off to the sea,
one sock that isn't anywhere you look.

Create your own math poem (minimum 4 lines). Due Monday, Oct. 3rd.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Part of Our Heritage - Superman

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

What are Tom Brokaw's main points about Canada?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Teaching In the 21st Century

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"Happy Feet" The Stranded Penguin Headed Home

Happy Feet has been outfitted with a GPS tracker so people can follow his progress online after his release. Locate Happy Feet's location and progress. What is your opinion about this use of GPS technology?

Back to School Poem

Getting Dressed for School
by Kenn Nesbitt

I must have been too sleepy
getting dressed for school today.
I tried to tuck my shirt in,
but I couldn’t make it stay.

I also couldn’t tie my shoes.
I fumbled with the laces.
I snagged my scarf, and now some yarn
is dangling from my braces.

My socks are different colors,
and my pants are inside out.
My sweater from the hamper left me
smelling like a trout.

I thought I put a hat on
to control my crazy hair.
The hat turned out to be a pair
of purple underwear.

I spilled my breakfast on my clothes
and headed into school.
My friends, of course, were all impressed.
I’d never looked so cool.

Add another stanza to this poem.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Math - POW - due Friday, June 17th

What is the formula for area of a trapazoid? Use the math video section from the same site as last week and answer the above question. Create a visual example from the video and answer the question using the measurements provided.

Where in the World? Due - Friday, June 17th

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Math - POW - due Thurs. June 9th

What is the prime factorization of 525? If you need assistance go to the above site/click on math videos/go to prime factorization.

BookLounge.ca | Books | Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

BookLounge.ca Books Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Listen to this excerpt from Turtle in Paradise. When does this story take place and how can you tell? What kind of character do you think Turtle is? How is she similar to Turtle in The Westing Game?

BookLounge.ca | Books | The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

BookLounge.ca Books The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
What images come to mind when you listen to this excerpt from The Lightning Thief?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

BookLounge.ca | Books | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

BookLounge.ca Books Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Listen to the excerpt from the above book and write at least one paragraph describing something you visualized while listening.

Literature Circle Response

1. Write at least one paragraph describing one of the characters in the book you are currently reading. Choose a character that you can connect with. How is this character like you? Remember to include lots of details and evidence from the book to support your thinking.

2. Write at least one paragraph describing a prediction that you made that actually happened in the book. Explain what you initially predicted and why you thought it would happen. Then tell exactly what happened in the book.

3. Which character from your book would you choose as a friend and why?

BookLounge.ca | Books | The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

BookLounge.ca | Books | The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
Listen to the above excerpt from Alan Bradley's novel. Write at least one paragraph describing something that you were able to clearly visualize while listening.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Be the change that you want to see in this world

How does this video make you feel? What does the sentence - Be the change that you want to see in this world. - mean to you?

the power of ONE

What is the message in the video? Who else would you add to this video?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds

YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds

Explore the above website for some interesting science activities. Have fun!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Part 2 - Where in The World?

Pictures of The Week - Social Studies Projects

Ancient Greek - Foods

Ojibiwa Mural

Where in the World? - Due Friday, May 20th

Friday, May 6, 2011

For the Love of Elephants: The Nature of Things with David Suzuki : CBC-TV

For the Love of Elephants: The Nature of Things with David Suzuki : CBC-TV

Reflect on the above video For the Love of Elephants and the Toronto Star's article "Bob Barker offers to help pay for elephants to be moved from the Toronto Zoo". Write a short comment using the information that you gathered to share during this week's Circle of Respect discussion on Endangered Elephants.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Where in the World? - Due Friday, May 6th

Challenge Question: Who created and what is the name of the final piece of art?

Monday, April 25, 2011