Category Archives: Mrs.Bertrend- Grade 7

Grade 7 Learns about Climate- Leave a ‘Comment’ with your Mystery City Guesses!

Grade 7 is learning all about climate in our English Social Studies class. We learned that climate is the prevailing weather patterns of an area in general or over a long period of time, while weather is more short-term and explains the conditions at a particular time.

We have learned that that the global climate patterns are changing, and this has resulted in more extreme weather patterns, such as an increase in natural disasters. This has directly impacted many communities around our planet that are prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. We each prepared a natural disaster report on a specific region and disaster event. Within the report, students summarized the disaster, discussed the short and long term impacts, and also how the community can better prepare for a future disaster and mitigate the impacts. After finishing our reports, we conferenced with one another and shared what we learned.


Next up, we learned how to create and read climate graphs. We had a fun ‘mystery city’ climate graph assignment, where we had to graph mystery ‘City A’, ‘City B’, and ‘City C’ based on their climate data. We had to guess which capital city in Canada belonged to each climate graph- we’re not going to give you the answers that easy though!

Take a look at an example of each mystery city below and then leave a comment with your guesses!

CITY A- Which Canadian Captial Could It Be?



Grade 7- Informed Citizen Homework

Hi Everyone,

I almost wrote grade 6 in the subject, but you’re moving on up!

Thanks for the great discussion today in class about what is an informed citizen and the importance of being an informed citizen. Lots of great and different ideas! We also talked about how we can become more informed citizens in ways such as reading or watching the news. It’s important to have a critical eye when you are looking at any reliable source to identify any bias- why has the news group decided to share the story in this way?

Tonight for homework I would like you to find a news article from one of the sources below. You are looking for a news article sharing an issue or story that you were unaware of, but feel that both you and your classmates should know about it. An example of this is during the summer I read an article about the Amazon Rainforest fires. I was shocked that I hadn’t heard about the fires yet and that more people were not discussing it. As you shared today during our discussion, after we learn about issues we can actually have an action piece and help them!

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Come prepared tomorrow to summarize the article and talk about why it is important for others to be aware of the issue presented.

Welcome Back- A Great First Day!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back! It was wonderful to see each of you today and to hear all about your fun-filled summer! A really big welcome to our new students who have joined the OJCS Middle School family!

Over the first week of school, please familiarize yourself with our Social Studies blog page. On the page you will find how to subscribe to your homework and events Google calendar, our school and classroom behaviour expectations, the new homework policy, as well as important posts and updates from our class. Please come as questions you have about the blog or any questions as you get set up with your schedule and new routine over the first week of school.

Thank you for your participation today in our activity and discussion about what we want our classroom to look and feel like, what tools you need this year to be successful, and what you hope to learn about this upcoming year together.

Have a wonderful evening!