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A Dinner Party….in the Morning? Week of May 25-29th

A Dinner Party….in the Morning? Week of May 25-29th

This Week:  Please aim to finish your Renaissance Person Showcase by Friday. Once uploaded to Teams take a look at what you need for next weeks wrap up for this unit.  Our Renaissance Virtual Dinner Party in the morning/afternoon (as per our schedule).  It will be our class only and we will be using Teams.

Click here  –  Dinner Party Prep attachment

Note:  If you cannot make the virtual online Renaissance Dinner Party please take a look at the instructions in the dinner party prep checklist above.  It will ask you to use your Blog to write a paragraph about your showcase etc…




Who said you can’t eat cake in the morning? Renaissance Dinner Party Choice Board

Who said you can’t eat cake in the morning? Renaissance Dinner Party Choice Board

This week you are uploading your MS WORD Research Table and Works Cited (from last week) which should of taken you 1.5 hour to complete.

Step 2:  Renaissance Dinner Party Choice Board (Due Date May 22-26)  Take your time and create something Awesome!

Other Options:  Use your WordPress Blog to create a webpage, use this Template FakebookFakebook Template

A Renaissance Virtual Dinner Party…Part 1

A Renaissance Virtual Dinner Party…Part 1

You will get a video lesson for this weeks assignment in TEAMS.  A brief explanation is below for parents to see what we will be working towards in the next few weeks!

Step 1:  Finalized List for your chosen Renaissance Person is Posted in our General Channel – Teams

Research Week :  You will start to gather information on your Renaissance Person.  Some prompts below to help you.  Plus, the video I posted in Teams goes over it in more detail. If you only want the PDF then I attached it here as well!Video Lesson in PDF

Helpful Websites

Think about ways to organize your NOTES and RESEARCH.  An important skill to have!  We have done this before and remember I showed you how to create a table in MS WORD to help you organize your notes.  Have at least 3 good sources.

Sources to help you get started (you can use videos too)

Next Week Sneak Peak Below (start thinking about how to showcase what you research) Reminder that this will not be sent out until our Research is completed.  If you are done and want to challenge yourself I have included it below.

A Renaissance Virtual Dinner Party…Cool

A Renaissance Virtual Dinner Party…Cool

So the tradition will continue…virtually of course!  Every year, students in my grade 8 class complete the Renaissance Unit with a Dinner Party (during the scheduled block so it could be a morning or afternoon dinner party).  This year we will attempt a virtual dinner party to learn more about the Famous Renaissance Figures .

Step 1:  Online Virtual Meetings this week.  If you could not make the meeting not to worry.  Please go to Teams and complete your top 3 choices on the Form attached.  Pick 3 Renaissance People you are interested in learning more about or that spark your interest.  I will send out finalized copy on Teams that will reveal your choice by Friday, May 1st (please be patient). If I pick for you, send me an email if you are not happy with my choice and give me some other options that are not taken.

Step 2:  Start thinking about how to Research this person.  Next week I will be sending out the Video Lesson that will go over the next steps.  To give you an idea those next steps will take about 2 weeks.  One week research collection and the next week or so to showcase your research.  You will have a choice board.

This will take time to prepare for the final virtual dinner party.  We will be having another online meeting prior to our Zoom Dinner Party. In the meantime, think about the person you are representing and some ideas on how you will showcase who they are at the Dinner Party during your scheduled block.  For example, a symbol or costume?

Think about ways to organize your NOTES and RESEARCH.  An important skill to have!  We have done this before and remember I showed you how to create a table in MS WORD to help you organize your notes.  Have at least 3 good sources.

Sources to help you get started (you can use videos too)



Virtual Online Meeting Week April 28-May1

Virtual Online Meeting Week April 28-May1

TIME CAPSULES:  Looking forward to seeing those Time Capsules.  Due this week on Teams (please see assignment in Teams/previous post)

This week we have our class Virtual Online Meeting. I will be sending out notifications today.   Please see our weekly schedule on my homepage.  It will be during our scheduled block time.  Thank you

What’s next?  This week during our Virtual Online Meeting we will have a review Kahoot for our Renaissance Unit.  I will then introduce what we are doing next.  Hint: Renaissance Unit Virtual Dinner Party with Renaissance Artists/Inventors!  Stay tuned…super excited about this one.  Keeping the tradition going..this time virtually.

As always, parents/students feel free to email me directly with feedback, questions or concerns.


Time Capsule..History in the Making

Time Capsule..History in the Making

Living History – What Items would you put in a Time Capsule for future generations to remember during this unprecedented time?


So excited about this lesson and activity for the week. 

Credits:  I got this inspiration from an article I read ( and from a cool video by John Spencer! Thank you.

You will be creating a Time Capsule with at least 5 items.  Criteria for this activity can be found on TEAMS next week.  During your scheduled block according to the timetable is when the notification will go out.

Think about possible items/artifacts (photographs, journals, toilet paper, Dr. Bonnie Henry quotes, list of movies or popular songs, drawings, flyers around your neighborhood reminding people to keep physical distance).  Pick items that are important to you.  Make it your own and make it unique!  Part of preserving our history and remembering this time is collecting those items that are important to you!  You should have a personal and meaningful connection to those items.

How will I create my Time Capsule? A few suggestions…

  • Recyclable materials or things around the house to create your Time Capsule (a box for example)
  • Make a Collage of Items
  • Show and Tell with a Video Clip
  • Animation

The goals is to be creative, think of what you have around your home to use for this activity.  You have over a week to complete this assignment so please take your time and make it fantastic! You will post on your BLOG and share the link in TEAMS.  Remember to tell me about those items and why you chose them.

Have fun brainstorming some ideas and being creative!   If I were to discover this time capsule in 25 years what would you want me to remember about 2020?  When your done, find a place to hide it….



Still lost in the Museum.. How do I use TEAMS?

Still lost in the Museum.. How do I use TEAMS?


HOW TO UPLOAD TO TEAMS?  I will be connecting with my classes during specific days next week to check in and to provide a quick overview on how to upload.  If you want to try it Click Here or wait until next week.

PLEASE NOTE:  Always check our Social Studies Teams first. Why?  I would like to reduce the number of email notifications and only post on Teams.  This website will also be a good resource.  Thank you

I enjoyed reading your Blog posts, getting emails from you and hearing some of your voices last week.  This week we are learning how to use TEAMS.  The activity is a small one but can help you learn how to upload a MS WORD document in this platform.  Blog is optional this week but a fun creative piece to do with family if you like.  This will take us some time to figure out so be patient and we will work through it together.

I have created a Tutorial Socials 8 Team for Questions  Monday-Friday (11:00am-12:00pm) this is your opportunity to write questions about assignments or check in to say hello to me.  

Activity for learning using MS WORD in Teams -Lost in the Museum

This weeks theme is Lost in the Museum … Please go to our TEAMS to retrieve your activity for this week and watch the video.  Our goal is to learn a few facts and try to figure out how to upload to this platform.  Thanks everyone for being patient.  You can also use your cell phone.

Blogfolio #2 – creative activity (OPTIONAL)

Blog Theme:  I always wanted to draw upside down –  Please see Teams for more detail. A fun activity for you to do if you have some time.

I’m at home but I’m going to school? This is weird….Blog Post and Weekly Lesson March 30 – April 3

I’m at home but I’m going to school? This is weird….Blog Post and Weekly Lesson March 30 – April 3



BLOGFOLIO POST #1  – Does history repeat itself?  What can we learn from past pandemics?  Please make sure you give it a proper title (not blogfolio post #1) Include an image formatted correctly.  Review your work and take time to complete it.

Aim for Fridays at 10am to hand it in (this might be difficult for some, don’t panic, and do it at a time that you can.  Some of you may need to write it on paper- that’s fine too). 

NOTE:    If you would rather pick ONE of the questions below feel free to do so or use them as prompts to guide you in your response.

  • What would you do? Research how the virus spreads and different plans that leaders have made to slow it or stop it. Then imagine you are an elected official. Write a plan of your own to slow or stop the virus in your own town.
  • What are you excited or worried about?
  • Write a letter to yourself 10 years in the future. What do you want to tell your future self?
  • How do you think the world will be different after the novel coronavirus?
  • What part would you play? People in many, many different jobs play a role in managing this outbreak. Make a list of jobs that can contribute to a solution, and write about which job you’d want and why.

Please use at least 2 good sources and have a works cited at the bottom of your blog post.  Remember to look over your writing piece before submitting on your blog

OFFICE 365 Assignment :  Please make sure you have your office 365 email set up.  I will send out an email to check in and see how you are doing this week.   Thank you

I’m at home but I’m going to school?  This is weird…. Check out the site below

Extend Learning:  Check out this digital citizenship web quest  – It’s a great activity and you can pick which modules to do.  What did you learn from this webquest?  You can tell me on your blog or send me a quick response on OFFICE 365.. try it to refresh your digital citizenship skills..