Grade 8

Welcome back to LSK!

My name is Meredith, I have been working at LSK for two years teaching in the High School Resource room. I am so excited to be moving into the middle school hallway this year! I will be teaching grade 8 and 9 ELA, grade 7-8 Social Studies, and grade 9 Citizenship. 
I hope everyone had fun this summer, I can't wait to see everyone soon and welcome you back to class!
I am including a few photos of our freshly cleaned and socially distanced classroom ready to go!
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What a long strange trip it's been. This year has come and gone with so many changes. You are living through a time in history that will be studied for a hundred years. I am proud of each and every one of you and have been honored to  teach you this year. Your academic journey is just starting and you all have adapted very well to the changes that were laid in front of all of us. Great job! 

Well it's about time for me to let you all go and enjoy your summer. So see you next academic year. 
Stay safe and strong.
Mr. Mac

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  ..... Franklin D. Roosevelt

Everyone goes through hard times and handles the situation differently. People cope in different ways but that is what makes us who we are. Some situations may be more hard than others, but that does not take away from the fact that you are going through a hard time. Whether you are the one going through the tough situation or the supporter of those going through the tough situation, this letter applies to you.

Here are some reminders to never forget while dealing with a hard circumstance. Do not forget to take care of yourself. Some people are too busy thinking about how to support their friend or family member that they lose focus on themselves. Make sure to stay up on your own schedule to ensure that you are okay too. Also, do not forget about all the people who are there to love, support, and help you. If you need help coping with anything, make sure to reach out for it because your family and friends are willing to do anything to help you. It will also help you take some stress away from you to put responsibility on other people instead of trying to take it all on yourself. Just remember, do not forget to take care of yourself and know that people will always be there supporting you.

It is easier to say than to believe, but everything always gets better. Try to think more positively about the situation rather than to get caught up in the moment thinking that nothing will ever get better. It is a hard concept to fully believe but it will pay off in the end. There are always ways to handle the situation in a positive aspect. Positive thinking is not just a mindset, it will make a difference in the way you act, think, and help others. It is a huge factor to be a supporter or to go through a difficult time. When in doubt, just think on the bright side and remember the show must go on.

Weekly assignments have been posted for April and are as follows.

Social Studies 7
1 Conflict
2 Conflict and Peace
3 Centralization
4 Non Violence

Social Studies 8
1 Conflict
2 Global Conflict
3 The Cold War
4 Media and Violence

Citizenship 9
1 Economic island
2 Budgeting
3 Money Matters
4 Financial Planning
5 Credit

Stay safe and stay strong! 
Mr. Mac.

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Outcomes to be covered while working digitally for grades 7-9.

Salutations to all. It’s just Mr. Mac here reporting from Superman’s fortress of solitude. The big guy is hanging out on the dark side of the moon and he asked me to fortress sit for a while. Well it has been quite a few weeks we have been going through and the world has changed. With that being said we will all get through this together. 

This week I sent out student work that covered the following outcomes for grade 7 Social Studies.  The outcomes are:

Learners will analyze the causes and outcomes of conflict and cooperation in Canada.

What causes people to be in conflict with each other?

How can conflict be non-violent?

Students were asked to research the Alton gas project and how it impacted local people as well as how students leaned about the legal process in Nova Scotia.

In Grade 8 Social Studies outcomes included:

How can we prevent conflicts from escalating to national, international or global levels?

What motivates people to cooperate?

To reach these outcomes I had students prepare a letter from the viewpoint of Prime Minister Trudeau to President Trump regarding the turning away at the border of much needed N95 masks.  I also had students find and list COVID 19 hotspots throughout the world.


Last but not least, students in Citizenship 9 cover the outcomes:

How do an individual’s choices affect other individuals, groups and communities?

Analyze internal and external factors that affect personal financial capability (PCD/CT/T).

To reach the first I had students create a society based on basic economic principles and to reach the second outcome I had students start to think about what costs are associated with what they have in their own bedrooms. Everything has a price.

Well, that’s it for me.
Happy Easter and stay strong.
Mr. Mac

Learners will evaluate how perceptions of current issues are influenced by various media, and how this shapes actions, choices, 

What can we learn from controversy?
What is the relationship between media and global awareness?
What role does social media play in global awareness?
How much information is too much information?

Evaluate how various groups are represented or omitted in media and the influence this has on people's perspectives (CZ/COM/CT/TF)
Analyse how social and mass media impact the awareness of certain issues (CZ/COM/CT/TF)
Investigate how citizens' and governments' choices can be affected by different media (CZ/COM/CT/TF)

Variations and impact of media
Objectivity and subjectivity of media
Media control 
How does one's digital footprint influence others' opinions and perceptions?
What is my responsibility online?
What are the ethical considerations of gathering personal information about someone that is available online?
What rights and responsibilities do we have as digital consumers?
How has digital media affected various groups?
In relation to digital media, what is anonymity?
Evaluate the opportunities and risks of being digitally engaged or connected (COM/PCD/CT/TF)
Investigate how a digital footprint influences others' perceptions (CZ/PCD/TF)
Investigate the role of anonymity in both the production and consumption of media (COM/PCD/CT/TF)


How should we consider individual rights against the notion of a common good?
What can we learn about a group from their decision-making process?
What can we learn about government from their decision-making process?
How does the decision-making process impact the outcome of an issue?

Learners will analyse the causes and outcomes of global conflict cooperation and peace 

How has Canadas role on the world stage evolved through global conflict and cooperation?
Why are grassroots solutions to conflict sometimes different than government solutions?
Why do people react personally to national and global events?
Who wants war?
How have people made a comeback even in the face of global conflict?

Learners will construct an advocacy action in response to contemporary issues

What do i care about?
What can I do about what I have learned ?
How does my learning drive my actions?
What are some of the continuous issues that concern young people?
How can people be change makers?
How do we know if issues are resolved or still evolving?
How impactful are individual and collective actions?

Develop skills in food safety, preparation and handling of food while working in food lab groups.

Identify food as a social/emotional/cultural experience.

Understand and follow recipes.

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Outcomes to be covered from April to June, 2020.


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