Students from 6.1 and 6.2 spent an enjoyable day at the SpacePort on February 13th. While there, students learned a number of lessons related to flight and aerodynamics as well as concepts related to our study of Space. The staff at the SpacePort engaged students in activities and discussions that reinforced information they had previous been introduced to as well as new information related to future lessons. Here are some photographs of our airport adventure!
I have designed a quiz for the students to test their understanding of the sayings we have been learning about this month. The quiz will focus solely on the figurative usage of these sayings and not on the literal origins.
I have created three scenarios for each of the seven sayings, and the challenge will be for students to match the situations to the most appropriate and relevant saying. I anticipate much success and look forward to seeing the independent research they conducted pay off for them. Today, we had some fun coming up with various situations that match the figurative meaning of the sayings.
Read the following mock news article and match the first five blanks in the article to the most appropriate of the seven sayings. (Weebly only allows me to ask 5 questions for some reason so I had to divide the seven questions into two parts. My apologies if it is confusing. You just need to respond to the first five then click "submit" then do the last two and click "submit: again.)
February's "Sayings Worth Saying:
Calgary council votes to spend $2M more on Olympic Bid
Calgary councilors have voted to dedicate two more million dollars to the pursuit of the 2026 Winter Olympics. Some council members feel like the application process has required a lot of (1)___________________________________, but the majority of council believes it has been a worthwhile and productive process. Despite these criticisms of the application process, most council members and the mayor are convinced Calgary’s bid will be well received by the IOC.
Some critics of the decision suggest council is on a (2)___________________ as the financial impact of hosting the Olympics could run into the billions of dollars and Calgary taxpayers may feel (3)____________________________ since many of them don’t care to host the games.
“I couldn’t care less about the Winter Olympics”, said Calgarian Matthew Baker.
While the IOC’s final decision isn’t (4)______________ for a few more years, a few councilors seem to have a (5)________________________ because they feel the council has acted too quickly and hasn’t faithfully considered all the various impacts hosting an Olympics will have on the city.
“My voice was rarely listened to in the council chambers. Unless you are a fan of the Olympics, it’s like no one wants to hear your thoughts”, claims Ward 10 councillor Lachlan Spence.
When Metro News asked Lachlan for specific examples of unfair treatment or disrespect during the debates, Mr. Spence failed to share specifics.
Mayor Dittmann responded to these charges by saying, “Mr. Spence is (6) ________________________ as usual and has no basis for making these types of accusations. We have heard his opinion, but he was simply out voted.”
The next important step in the process is a few weeks away, when the Calgary and Edmonton mayors meet to discuss the possibility of splitting the bid. Edmonton mayor, Avery McDonald told Metro News that the city has felt (7)____________________ to Calgary ever since the 1988 Winter Olympics and is eager to share in the bid, should the IOC approve it.
After three rounds of "Words Worth Knowing", students in 6.1 and 6.2 are going to switch their attention to sayings. Each month, we will focus in on ten sayings that come up throughout our studies and discussions. Each saying will be analyzed and students will be responsible for researching the origin of the saying along with explaining how the saying is figuratively used today. Once they know the history of the saying, they must include it in an example. I have challenged them to come up with personal connections for the examples. Here is an example for our first saying, "second fiddle". Please ask your child to show you their keynote project and I'm sure you'll be impressed with how word smart they are becoming!
It was an educational day at Telus SPARK on Tuesday. Students explored the various exhibits including a New Zealand whale exhibit. The highlight was the interactive space display and demonstration in the dome theatre. It was remarkable how many of the questions asked by the guide were answered accurately by our students. We would like to thank the parent volunteers that led their groups of students around this amazing centre of learning and innovation.