December 15, 2008
Language Arts:
All Classes

Today I am not in so please be nice to Ms. MacIntyre who I have asked to come in to come teach you lovely people. You may thank me later! :)

Today you will be filling in a survey to follow up the one we completed at the beginning of the year.

1. Please save the survey to your desktop, then answer the questions. If you haven't brought your laptop with you, then complete the survey on a piece of paper.

2. When you've finished the survey please put it in the drop box. I know there isn't a specific folder for the surveys, so just place it in the LA drop box. If there is a problem getting your survey into the drop box then just keep it on your computer and I'll collect it on Tuesday.

3. When you've finished and saved your survey you may have the rest of the class to read your books. :)



P.S. - Any late short stories may be handed in to Ms. MacIntyre. I will collect them on Tuesday.





Social Studies:

Today we are going to be doing something a little bit different. We are going to be combining our LA and Social Studies class. On Friday we are going to the theatre to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", so today we are going to be watching the original cartoon. On Tuesday we are going to be working together to map out the plot line of the story using our plot graph. When watching the cartoon today please be on the look out for these things:

1. Introduction (characters, setting etc.)
2. Conflict
3. Rising Action
4. Crisis
5. Climax
6. Falling Action
7. Conclusion

The notes for this are here.

-Mr. Hobbs

November 24 - Dec 12, 2008
Language Arts:
All Classes
Notes on Write Traits:


Here are the dialogue notes:


Notes on Editing & TAG:




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Social Studies:

Today we are going to finish working on the beginnings of our Atlantic Canada project. Remember the initial questions are going to be easy, so don't feel that you will just rush through this :)


-Mr. Hobbs

Nov 19, 2008
Language Arts:
All Classes
Today we're going to start off by having a look at student examples of writing from this class. Check the link on the left and click on "Student Work".

After we review some of these pieces we are going to look at "The Paragraph". We may be taking some notes :)





Social Studies:

Today we're going to finish up that video, then discuss the Atlantic Provinces and their place/role in Canada.

-Mr. Hobbs

November 17, 2008
Language Arts:
All Classes
Today we'll start with an everyday edit.
After this we will move on to a PowerPoint on the "POWERS" of writing. :D




Social Studies:
We will be discussing the geography of Canada today. We'll watch a short video on it and discuss how Atlantic Canada compares to the rest of Canada.

-Mr. Hobbs

November 12, 2008Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend and managed to set aside some time to remember those who fought for our freedom.
Language Arts:
All Classes
Today you will be working on the assignment we discussed earlier on The Highwayman. Don't forget to visit the page on the wikispace with all the information and help you need here.

Here is the assignment. Please right click and save it to your desktop, then work on it from there. It is due on Friday.




Social Studies:


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Today we are going to be discussing Remembrance Day and why it is important to us. We may also be watching a video on the subject.


-Mr. Hobbs

November 5, 2008
Language Arts:
All Classes
Today we shall be working with the poem "The Highwayman". Please follow the link if you need to catch up or want to check out the poem on your own.


Don't forget, there's a quiz tomorrow on the literary terms we've been discussing. All the notes you need are right here on the wikispace.








Social Studies:

Last night was the election in the United States:

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/president/

We'll discuss this then have a short quiz on latitude and longitude.


-Mr. Hobbs

November 4, 2008
Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F
Today is your reading day! Bring your snacks and books :)

8G







Social Studies:


[[file:Latitude & Longitude.ppt"]]

-Mr. Hobbs

Nov 3, 2008I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. :) Welcome back

Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F
We are going to start today with an Everyday Edit:
Next I am going to read you another story and we'll finish our discussion on foreshadowing. If there is time we'll begin the review of our literary terms for the quiz on Thursday. :)

8G
Today is your reading day!





Social Studies:

We are going to continue on with latitude and longitude.

Those who owe me the Google Earth projects still, please get them in!


-Mr. Hobbs

October 31, 2008


Happy Halloween!


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Language Arts:

8D, 8E, 8G
Today is your reading day! Bring something to snack on and your books.


8F
Today will be spent finishing up our Literary Term projects.
If there's enough time I hope to read you a spooky short story. :)





Social Studies:

Today we are going to continue with latitude and longitude. I will give you the class to complete the Google Earth project here:
If you finish early please go here and check out this game to practice your new skills.

Here are the notes from earlier:

Full Screen

Here is our first assignment on latitude and longitude if you haven't completed it yet:



-Mr. Hobbs

October 29, 2008
Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F
Today we shall continue presenting our literary term projects. So far I have been very impressed with a lot of these and can't wait to get them all up on the wikispace.



8G
Today we'll be reviewing our assigned literary terms and I'll be reading you a short story. :)






Social Studies:

Today we are going to discuss latitude and longitude. We will be looking at a presentation to explain it, then completing a worksheet.


Full Screen



We will also be using Google Earth in class to complete this project:


If there's time we'll be practicing our new skills here


-Mr. Hobbs

October 27, 2008
Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F
Today will be our presentation day! :D Groups can volunteer to present their literary term projects. I will be posting them up here shortly.


8G
We still have one group to present. At some point in the afternoon Mr. Springer wishes to talk with the guys in the class so the girls will stay in the classroom. This may take place during LA or social studies.






Social Studies:

Today we are going to finish up our Second Step Program. We'll be talking about dealing with put-downs.

-Mr. Hobbs

October 22, 2008
Language Arts:

All groups should now be finished their projects and be prepared to present. You will meet briefly with your groups today to decide who will present what part of the project.
Projects will then be placed in the drop box and you will begin your presentations.






Social Studies:


Today we are going to have someone come in to our class to speak about the economics of staying in school. We will be talking about future plans, jobs, money, etc. This will be taking place over the course of the morning. Please come to class prepared with a pen or pencil.

For those who still owe me the webquest:


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/map/2008/fullscreen.html


-Mr. Hobbs


October 15, 2008
Language Arts:
Well I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! :) Today we are going to be working on our literary term projects.

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Don't forget to use the presentation on personification to see an example:








Social Studies:**


Today we are going to discuss the election and the results. You will be completing a webquest which you will drop into the drop box after you are finished. The webquest has been put up here as a Microsoft Word file so you can just fill in your answers and put it in the dropbox. Please don't forget to save the file as your name so I know who owns the project I am marking (for example is your name is billy talent save the file as
"Billy Talent - Election Webquest.doc"). Ensure you place this in the correct folder in the dropbox (Election Webquest).
This Webquest is to be done individually. I will come around to help those who might need a hand.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/map/2008/fullscreen.html

If you finish early you may

  • Finish your math homework (adding and subtracting fraction review)
  • Read your book for LA
  • Work quietly on your LA literary term project by yourself.
Remember to stay on task please. :)


-Mr. Hobbs


October 8, 2008*For some reason this page is not displaying correctly here in the archive. Click here to see how it should look*
Language Arts:
Today we're going to start off with a writing prompt.



Next we'll move on to our next example of literary terms.



Here are the notes from Monday/Tuesday:




If you want these as a PowerPoint just go to the "Literary Terms" section.



Social Studies:**

Hopefully today we'll be able to catch up on some of the Second Step we've missed over the last two days.
-Mr. Hobbs

October 7, 2008
Language Arts:
8G
I just wanted to say well done again on that test. Two classes managed to have a class average of an A, one class with an astounding 93%! You should all be proud of your efforts. Please don't forget that I'd like these to come back to me signed.
Today we'll start out with an "Every-day Edit ". After this we're going to talk about figurative language This will lead us into another short story, and then hopefully some group work later in the week. I know I also promised to review the quiz quickly so I'll be squeezing this in too if time allows.

8D,8E,8F
Today is your reading day. Don't forget to bring your books, something to snack on, and your reading journals. :)
First we must finish the presentation on Metaphors & Similes.



Social Studies:

Today we have a lockdown. Please remember the proceedures we went over in class. Hopefully we'll have enough time to finish our video on bullying.

-Mr. Hobbs

October 6, 2008
Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F
I just wanted to say well done again on that test. Two classes managed to have a class average of an A, one class with an astounding 93%! You should all be proud of your efforts. Please don't forget that I'd like these to come back to me signed.
Today we'll start out with an "Every-day Edit ". After this we're going to talk about figurative language This will lead us into another short story, and then hopefully some group work later in the week. I know I also promised to review the quiz quickly so I'll be squeezing this in too if time allows.

8G
Today is your reading day. Don't forget to bring your books, something to snack on, and your reading journals. :)



Social Studies:

Today I'll return your Time Capsule projects. Overall I was quite pleased with these. I'm hoping that I'll be able to post some of them up here on the wikispace. After I return them we'll be continuing on with our Second Step program.
-Mr. Hobbs

October 2, 2008
Language Arts:
To all classes:
There is a quiz today! Don't worry, I promise it will be easy. :) Just as long as you paid attention during class and during our Jeopardy game yesterday. Please remember to bring a book to read to class for when you've finished the quiz



Social Studies:

Today we will be continuing on with our Second Step program. I'll try to get the videos up on google video or something in case someone misses some class or needs to rewatch one of the episodes.
-Mr. Hobbs

September 30, 2008

Well, that hurricane wasn't nearly as bad as I expected... just as well I suppose! :)
Language Arts:
To all classes:
There is a quiz on Thursday! See below for more details

8G
As usual on Tuesday we'll start the day with an Everyday Edit. We'll then be reviewing the Parts of Speech notes. Hopefully we can complete them today so we can move along. Remember, we are just reviewing what you worked on last year so we won't stay on this subject for too long.
We are having a quiz on Thursday. It won't take long and we could use Wednesday as a kind of fun review day. Maybe we'll play a game of Jeopardy! The quiz would be on what we've looked at thus far (Parts of a Short Story , Point of View , Parts of Speech , and Editing ).

8D, 8E, 8F
Today is your Reading Workshop day! Don't forget your books and your journals (and some food if you like). We'll have to quickly finish the notes on the Parts of Speech first in order to get ready for the quiz on Thursday.



Social Studies:

Today we will be discussing the video from yesterday and starting work on our Second Step unit.

-Mr. Hobbs

September 29, 2008

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great weekend. I wonder what this hurricane is going to end up being like.

Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F
As usual on Mondays we'll start the day with an Everyday Edit. We'll then be reviewing the Parts of Speech notes. Hopefully we can complete them today so we can move along. Remember, we are just reviewing what you worked on last year so we won't stay on this subject for too long.
I am thinking that a quiz is in order for Friday (or Thursday - perhaps we can put it to a vote). It won't take long and we could use Wednesday as a kind of fun review day. Maybe we'll play a game of Jeopardy! The quiz would be on what we've looked at thus far (Parts of a Short Story , Point of View , Parts of Speech , and Editing ).

8G
Today is your Reading Workshop day! Don't forget your books and your journals (and some food if you like).




Social Studies:

Today we are going to start on the Second Step program. We'll be working on this unit for the next two weeks or so.

-Mr. Hobbs

September 26, 2008
Language Arts:
8F -

In order to navigate around the flash movie just click on the part of speech you are interested in. To get back to the main menu click on the picture at the bottom right of the screen (the one that looks like the opening graphic).

Today we are going to look a little more closely at the parts of speech. We'll review nouns and pronouns then I'll provide you with a quick, fun worksheet. ;)

If you need the actual PowerPoint of this you can download it here:


8D, 8G, 8E - It's your reading day!!! :) Get comfortable and don't forget your journals.




Social Studies:
Today is the Terry Fox walk! We'll finish the video this afternoon.

-Mr. Hobbs


September 25, 2008
Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8G -

In order to navigate around the flash movie just click on the part of speech you are interested in. To get back to the main menu click on the picture at the bottom right of the screen (the one that looks like the opening graphic).

Today we are going to look a little more closely at the parts of speech. We'll review nouns and pronouns then I'll provide you with a quick, fun worksheet. ;)

If you need the actual PowerPoint of this you can download it here:


8F - It's your reading day!!! :) Get comfortable and don't forget your journals.




Social Studies:
Today we are going to watch a documentary on the life of Terry Fox. Tomorrow is the Terry Fox Walk. Please try to remember to bring in a dollar for this worthy cause!

-Mr. Hobbs


September 24, 2008We're half way through another great week! :)

Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F, 8G - Today we're going to start off with a writing prompt. Please remember, these are to be done in your writing journals (don't forget to properly date the entry). After we've written for a while we'll be watching a video introducing the parts of speech. I have uploaded the video for those of you who want to watch it again or who are unable to make it to class today. It can be viewed on the grammar page.
If there is enough time at the end of the end we'll be taking some notes!! Yay, notes! :)

-Mr. Hobbs

September 23, 2008For anyone interested in what a Piebald is (from the trivia challenge this morning).
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Language Arts:
8G - Today we're going to start off with a daily edit. After we review the answers on the smartboard we will be finishing the notes on point of view. Next we will be looking at a video introducing the parts of speech (you can watch this video on the grammar page).
Don't forget, tomorrow is your reading workshop day so bring your book and your reading journals.

8D, 8E, 8F - Today is your reading workshop day. Don't forget your books and journals.




Social Studies:

Great job so far on the Time Capsules. Today we will be finishing our presentations! :)

-Mr. Hobbs

September 22, 2008Welcome back! I hope you had a great weekend. :)

Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F - Today we're going to start off with a daily edit. After we review the answers on the smartboard we will be finishing the notes on point of view. Next we will be looking at a video introducing the parts of speech (you can watch this video on the grammar page).
Don't forget, tomorrow is your reading workshop day so bring your book and your reading journals.

8G - Today is your reading workshop day. Don't forget your books and journals.




Social Studies:

For those who still owe me your "Time Capsule" project please get it in to me before lunch. Those who don't get them in to me before then will be choosing to come and join me for lunch so they can finish the assignment.

-Mr. Hobbs

September 19, 2008 Friday!! :)
Language Arts:
8D, 8G, 8E - Today is your Reading Workshop day. Please remember to make an entry in your reading journals.

8F - Today we will be learning about point of view. We will read "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs", then discuss it. We will then view a PowerPoint on Point of View and you will be responsible for taking notes.

HOMEWORK: Read, read, read (20 mins minimum per night). Also, ensure you have a great weekend.




Social Studies:

The assignment outline, rubric, and powerpoint for your "Time Capsule" projects are posted (see the assignments section in the social studies section). Due Today!

-Mr. Hobbs


September 18, 2008 It's Thursday!! Yay!
Language Arts:
8D, 8G, 8E - Today we will be learning about point of view. We will read "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs", then discuss it. We will then view a PowerPoint on Point of View and you will be responsible for taking notes.

8F - Today is your Reading Workshop day. Please remember to make an entry in your reading journals.



Social Studies:

The assignment outline, rubric, and powerpoint for your "Time Capsule" projects are posted (see the assignments section in the social studies section). Due Friday!!!

-Mr. Hobbs

September 17, 2008 Happy Wednesday everyone!

Language Arts:
Today we are going to start out with a visual writing prompt. Please remember to date your entry properly. Remember, you can write about whatever comes to mind when you look at the image. For example, you can pretend you are stranded on a deserted island, or you are on vacation at the beach. Don't forget to incorporate some sensory descriptions of the scene (ie what it sounds like, feels like, looks like, smells like etc.)
Next we are going to spend a few minutes in our groups finishing up the assignment from the other day on the plot line and the "3 Little Pigs". We are then going to discuss our plot lines as a class.




Social Studies:

The assignment outline, rubric, and powerpoint for your "Time Capsule" projects are posted (see the assignments page in the social studies section). Friday is the due date. Don't forget to use your class time wisely. I hope to be able to give anyone who needs it extra help during lunch, so please, come in if you think you are behind.

-Mr. Hobbs
P.S. Don't forget to feed the fish!

September 16, 2008 Hello everyone! Now we are really getting into the swing of things.

Language Arts:
8D, 8E, 8F - Today is your Reading Workshop day. I'm really happy to see a lot of you finding books that you enjoy and have fun reading. I know some of you have already finished 2 or 3 books!! I hope you all are enjoying yourselves thus far. :) Today we will be discussing the Reader's Notebooks and beginning to put them to use.

8G - we will start by reviewing some different editing/proofreading marks. Then you will be working on an "Everyday Edit" posted here. When this is completed we will be reviewing the short story notes. If time allows you will be finishing the group assignment from the other day.




Social Studies:

Today you will be working again on your Time Capsule projects. I am very excited with the excellent work that you guys are putting into this. The assignment outline, rubric, and powerpoint for your "Time Capsule" projects are posted (see the assignments section in the social studies section). Don't forget that the project is due on Friday. Also, please remember that your use of class time will be evaluated.

-Mr. Hobbs

September 15, 2008 I hope you all had a great weekend!

Language Arts:
8D,8E, & 8F we will start by reviewing some different editing/proofreading marks. Then you will be working on an "Everyday Edit" posted here. When this is completed we will be reviewing the short story notes (and completing them if your class hasn't already done so). If time allows we will start a group assignment in class using the plot line.

8G you have selected this day as a "Reading Workshop" day. It's awesome to see that the majority of you have found a book that you are enjoying. If you need help finding a book please come and see me. Believe it or not I have some more books for you guys and will be putting them out on the shelves.




Social Studies:

I aim to have the laptops completely in your hands as of now. Each of you will be receiving a book bag soon. Please ensure that you have a label on the bottom of your laptops with your name, class, and laptop # listed. I was very happy with the way you guys neatly put the laptops back on Friday. Excellent job guys!
Of course, you will be working today on your Time Capsule project if our time permits. A lot of you are coming up with some great ideas that I hadn't thought of. I know I am going to love reading these. :)

-Mr. Hobbs

September 11, 2008 Now that we are beginning to use our laptops I will be updating this site.

Language Arts:
I have posted the notes for the short stories for you (see the short stories page). The PowerPoint on literary genres has also been posted on the reading page.

Please note that I have set up pages for our "Everyday Edits" in the grammar section, as well as for our writing journals in the writing section. If you miss a day please ensure that you catch up. Have a look at the chart on proofreading symbols as well as we will begin incorporating those into our "Everyday Edits".



Social Studies:

The assignment outline, rubric, and powerpoint for your "Time Capsule" projects are posted (see the assignments page in the social studies section).

-Mr. Hobbs
P.S. Don't forget to feed the fish!

September 2, 2008 Welcome to our Wikispace. We will be using this site this year in class in order to keep us all on the same page. Assignments and notes will be posted here so be sure to check it often. I am looking forward to a great semester with you all.
-Mr. Hobbs