In planning for our grade 8 graduation celebration, among the thousand of ideas we had to give our students a token to take along with them aside from the frames, we decided to wrap chocolate bars with a special note. Who doesn’t LOVE chocolate? There are many chocolate bars to choose from; however, this particular form works best with aero chocolate bars! You can take and use this idea with any chocolate bar or candy box, but of course, you will have to crop and edit to make it work for you! We were going with a theme, using specific colors. Feel free to use this idea and edit it to best suit your graduating class – changing colors, wording, and choice of chocolate bar or candy box….you can make it fit for every and any class each and every year! Have fun!
Having the opportunity to work within a grade 8 class, I also shared the opportunity and experience in organizing the graduation ceremony and celebration. Along with my fellow colleague, Loriana, we put together some great ideas. Some of these ideas included picture frames, each with its unique quote for each one of our graduating students. The students absolutely loved them! One of the students had a great idea and approached one of us to sign their frame and from there, one teacher and student after another were signing off frames. Below are some of the quotes we thought would work well in wishing our students the best of luck as they completed one chapter in life and moved forward on a new one!
You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
– Dr. Seuss
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in yourshoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction youchoose.
You’re on yourown.
And you know what youknow.
And YOUare the one who’ll decide where to go.
There’s more about life
That you’ll learn as you go,
Because figuring things out on your own
Helps you grow.
Just trust in yourself, and you’ll climb every hill.
Say, “I think I can!” And you know what?
I knew you could! And you knew it, too –
That you’d come out on top
After all you’ve been through.
And from here, you’ll go farther
And see brand-new sights.
You’ll face brand-new hills that rise to new heights.
So much to see!
So much to try!
What should you do?
It’s up to you!
Just follow your dreams and you’ll soar.
You’ll see sights that take your breath away!
You’ll find the spot where you most want to land.
Oh, what a place it will be!
The thrill of discovery will be yours.
-Kathleen W. Zoehfeld
During these last few weeks before summer vacation, many of our students are chugging back on water in plastic bottles to stay hydrated…but do they understand the impact bottled water has on our environment? Many schools and school boards are taking steps towards banning plastic water bottles and advocating the use of reusable water bottles that can be washed and refilled on a regular basis. An excellent video to watch with your students is “The Story of Bottled Water.” This lesson is a great way to incorporate media literacy into your science lessons (and vice versa!) and promote a healthy discussion with your students regarding the environmental implications of their daily actions.
Before watching the video, talk to your students about drinking water. Some of the following guiding questions can be used:
- Where do you get your drinking water from?
- Do you drink tap water or bottled water?
- Is tap water safe?
- Is bottled water better for you than tap water?
- Do you think that there is an environmental impact to bottled water use?
Here’s the worksheet that can be used while watching the movie! Just click the image below!
The first time I recall someone uttering the word “GIZMO” it was in reference to the cute little animal in the movie Gremlins. But in most recent experiences teacher and student conversations about GIZMOs refers to technology based simulations found at www.explorelearning.com (a fantanstic resource for teachers). These simulations can range from early learning to the high school level and primarily for mathematics and science related curriculum. For the past 2 years, I have been incorporating GIZMOs within my instructional approach. These simulations can be done independently, in groups and as a whole class. Research has shown that utilizing technology based simulations can deepen understanding and improve student learning. I find that my students are involved and active in their learning. They enjoy using them! I truly enjoy using them, I hope you do too.
Here’s a quick quiz that can be used with grade 7 and 8 students who have been working on term number and term value.
The attachment includes both the student quiz and teacher answer key! Just click the image below!
Here’s a rubric to help you assess the speeches your students have written! Public speaking is one of my favourite units for several reasons:
- Public speaking hits upon several curriculum expectations for both writing and oral communication
- Students not only improve their speaking skills, but they also develop their listening skills
- Students need more opportunities to practice speaking in front of an audience
When I announce that we will be working on public speaking by writing and delivering speeches, most students are very apprehensive and lack confidence in their abilities. It’s amazing to see how well they end up doing! This type of activity really surprises students and allows them to overcome their fears.
I previously wrote about how I start out my unit by having students listen to three awesome speeches on YouTube and use these three speeches to inspire their writing and delivery.
Here’s the rubric that I use to assess the written component of their speech (just click on the image!).