GIZMO (Not from Gremlins)

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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 […]

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Patterning & Algebra Quiz

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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!     Tweet

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Speech Writing Rubric

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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 […]

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Using PEEL Responses as a Framework for Making Connections

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The Ontario Language Arts curriculum document is divided into four strands—Oral Communication, Reading, Writing, and Media Literacy.  In both the Oral Communication and Reading strands, expectation 1.6 requires students to “extend understanding of texts by connecting, comparing, and contrasting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and […]

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‘Drugs are NOT for me’: Enrichment Activity

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After discussing the different types of drugs, their uses, effects, etc. with your students, this is a great activity for them to engage in to further their knowledge and understanding. Assignment: You have been learning about specific substances – the important facts, the risks involved, where to seek for help, as well as, other ways […]

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‘Drugs are NOT for me’: A Research Assignment

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You and your partner(s) are going to complete research on a specific type of drug (choose from a list). Most of the research can be found on drugsnot4me.ca; however, you can also include additional information from other websites, as well as, information or pictures found in books, advertisements, magazines, etc. Getting started… 1. Begin the […]

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