Category Archives: 7 History

Been There, Won That Poll

Alrighty, 7G.

Let’s see how well your note-taking and listening skills were during the watching of Been There, Won That.   Here is the quiz:

Here’s the interactive graphic novel version, for help:

Good luck!

Ms. G


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Historical Memoirs Rubric

Historical Memoir rubric.doc

  • I can explain my person’s contribution to Canada
  • It is historically accurate.
  • It only includes the interesting and relevant parts of their past.
  • I read to the class in role.
    • My voice, body language reflect the person/era
    • E.g., Is my person confident, bossy, timid?
  • I include what I think my characters thoughts/feelings would have been to their actions. (e.g., pride, fear, shame)
  • I included props (clothes or things relevant to the character)
  • I act professionally (no giggling or “um”s)
  • It is a minimum of 2 minutes long
  • I can write using appropriate, formal language.
  • I use “I” when referring to my character
  • I start with an interesting hook
  • I end with advice for my audience.
  • Include a 1 page PPT with Character name and a few key points.

Use this as a checklist for your writing.

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Creating History Polls

We are preparing for the end of our first learning cycle in History on New France and British North America (BNA). Each student will be going through their notes and the textbook and coming up with seven (7) questions on EACH of the three main groups: the French, First Nations, and the British (notice they start with capitals – proper nouns).

Your questions should consider the following:

  • Lifestyle, roles of men and women, diet
  • Religion / Beliefs
  • Relationships, alliances and enemies
  • Economy: jobs, Mercantilism, etc…
  • Location and Population
  • Wars & treaties
  • Politics, hierarchy, crime & punishment
  • Other: be creative!

These polls will be created in Google Drive using “Forms” and should be mainly multiple choice, although short answer is also okay.


  1. 21 mandatory questions
    1. 7 on the British
    2. 7 on the French
    3. 7 on the First Nations
    4. Bonus questions can be “would you rather” type questions.
  2. Questions must be written in complete sentences.
  3. Questions must reference either your notes, the movie, or the text book – type it into the help text area of the poll question.
  4. The mandatory questions must cover one of the categories listed above.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


  • Math: 7G Learning to reduce fractions to their lowest terms
  • History: created history quizzes for each other using Google Forms.
  • Science: complete science booklet (4/5 minimum mark)

  • Sports: girls wrestling tonight- wrestling $$$ ($25)
  • fundraiser for year end excursion due March 27
  • Forms going home: Family Fun Day at Country Hills on April 27, 2-4 p.m.
  • Happy Spring!


  • 7G took up math test on comparing fractions.
  • Library day: Ask your child what they are reading, and if they have overdue books.
  • 7F wrote math test on comparing fraction

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Homework: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Math practice quiz – ask your child how they did!
  • March Break in 1 day!
  • Girls wrestling tonight
  • teacher challenge tomorrow – Basketball, 2nd NB
  • Saint  Patrick’s Day Monday, March 17. Go Ireland!
  • Field trip after March Break – Wrigley’s Corners
  • Spice Drive
  • Homework club closed 1st break tomorrow
  • Talent show Thursday, March 6 – Periods 4 & 5
  • Electronics in art tomorrow
  • Bring stuff for wrestling and don’t try to lose 😛


  • Math:
  • History: Why did the population of New France increase slowly during the 1600-1700s?
    • Answer 1: New France was expensive for France to maintain and to get their industries going.
    • Answer 2: Fewer women wanted to come – many had to be paid to go, e.g., The Filles du roi (the King’s daughters). Therefore, fewer people starting families (although they were paid to have 3, 12 children)
    • Answer 3:  Life was harsh in New France.

History Notes

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Four Directions: Beliefs of the First Nations

5 Groups to summarize each of the First Nations beliefs from the Four Directions website.

  1. Blackfoot
  2. Cree
  3. Objibwe
  4. Mohawk
  5. Mi’kMaq

Watch the intro together (use Flash version for sound).

  1. Students will discuss in their groups and post their own  summary to the blog.

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Life of Acadians

  1. Learn about Acadia
  2. Play Games:
  3. Post a comment about what your think about Acadian life. Would you want to be one? Why or why not?

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Space Colonization

  1. What are the reasons for colonizing space?
  2. What are the two colony types?
  3. How would the colony communicate with earth?
  4. What is the minimum recommended colony size “Population size”?
  5. “Outside the solar system” – What is the biggest challenge with colonizing a planet outside of our solar system?


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Grade 7 History: Pre-New France Lesson

The curriculum for history starts off in 1713. Before that time, we learned that:

  • 1534 Jacques Cartier claims the new land for France
  • 1604: Champlain creates trading partnerships and alliances
  • 1608: Champlain built first year-round settlement at Quebec
  • 1608: Fur trade becomes big business (supports the fancy hat trend in France)
  • 1627: Seigneurial System of delegating land
  • 1635: Jesuit priests and nuns preach Catholicism to First Nations peoples
  • 1663: King of France establishes an absolute monarchy.
    • People of New France never questioned government decisions.
    • Women of New France were never involved in government.

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Intro to History

  1. Write down the thresholds that have happened throughout history.
  2. What is the Goldilocks principal?
  3. Is the time between thresholds getting bigger or smaller?
  4. Are the changes that happen from threshold to threshold getting bigger or smaller?
  5. What makes humans different from other species?
  6. What is the big threshold in technology recently?
    1. What are the benefits of understanding “big history”?

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