ELA 9/10 Test

We’ve got a test on Monday, December 4th! It will cover concepts from the beginning of the year, focusing on indigenous stories and Norse mythology. The test will be open book. Students should prepare by going through their booklet and making sure all of their answers and frames are filled in. I also encourage students to answer the “What have you learned?” questions on page 55 of the booklet:

  1. Why do people tell stories and tales (their narratives – folk tales, legends, fables, proverbs)?
  2. How do these stories and tales help people understand the world?
  3. What lessons do we learn about people through these stories and tales?
  4. How are these stories and tales from around the world alike and different?
  5. Why is it important for each generation to hear and tell these tales?
  6. Why did these stories endure the test of time?

Test will be a combination of short and long answer questions. Good luck!

Norse Narratives

In ELA 9/10 we have been reading Norse mythology. Students have written essays about a Norse god or goddess, written persuasive paragraphs, and have read about Ragnarok – the end of the world. We will be wrapping up this unit soon, and students will have an exam covering our unit on Indigenous and Norse narratives.


Report cards also go out this week! Some students have not handed in all of their assignments, and this can affect their mark substantially. Students are encouraged to complete missing assignments ASAP.

Halloween writing contest

In ELA right now we are writing Halloween stories – both for marks and as a part of a writing contest sponsored by the SCC.

Our topic is: Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense using onomatopoeia and alliteration. Don’t forget to have a big finale to frighten everyone who is listening.

All stories will be submitted to the SCC for judging. The top story from each grade will receive a prize!

Stories are due on Monday, October 23rd and must be typed and printed.

Good luck!

Halloween research posters

Halloween Information: Read and take the quiz!  http://www.5minuteenglish.com/oct29.htm

Even more information about Halloween: http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Themes/halloween/halloween.html

Students will be doing research about Halloween and creating posters for the classroom with their information. Topics will be assigned in class.

Topics include:

  • Why is it called “Halloween”?
  • Why is Halloween on October 31st?
  • Why do people dress in costumes for Halloween?
  • Why do people go trick or treating on Halloween?
  • Why do we carve pumpkins for Halloween?
  • Who started celebrating Halloween?
  • Why does Halloween take place in the fall?
  • What are some examples of “tricks” that people play at Halloween?
  • What are some types of “treats” that people receive on Halloween?
  • How has Halloween changed over the years into the celebration we know today?


Fun with geography

In social 4/5 we have been continuing our study of world geography. First, we worked on learning how to use Google Earth, then we learned about the continents, oceans, and hemispheres. We are now learning the basics of how precipitation, temperature, and population can be related to geographical locations.

Have a great long weekend!