Grades 7 to 8 - Learning Resources

The activities provided offer a variety of suggestions for parents and students to work through while away from school.


Support for Parents/Guardians

  • Read a novel or graphic novel that interests you, think about… would you recommend this book to others?
    • Text, facetime, or talk with a friend or family member about your thoughts about the book
  • Explore and research a topic or person that you find interesting…
    • Record your thinking and learning in a blog, journal or with visual notes (sketch note or doodle note)
  • Create a myblueprint - portfolio to showcase your time away from school
    • Include a timeline of your time away from school and significant events that happen along the way
    • Capture important/historical/interesting photos
  • Create a digital escape room (e.g., Harry Potter digital escape room or Breakout EDU) and send it to a family member to complete
  • Gather a variety of loose parts from indoors and outdoors (e.g., pinecones, string), make something and then write a story about it
  • Read a nonfiction book and then capture the information on a story cube (e.g., online, hard copy)
  • Write a one sentence or 25 word gist summary to reflect on your day
  • Create your own zine to capture something you have learned or experienced
  • Play language based board games (e.g., Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams, Hedbanz) or quick literacy activities
  • Explore Scholastic Learn at Home or Angela Stockman course for middle school writers and complete any of the daily readings and/or activities


Partnering with Your Teen in Mathematics

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Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math

English and French

Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math

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Online Tasks/Activities

DreamBox Learning (if your child has access) OR

  • DREAMBOX - Sign up for a free 90-day trial until April 30, 2020 using your child’s @hdsb account. If you are a new user, DreamBox will take some time to get to know your child. It is important that they answer honestly - and remember we all make mistakes when we are learning but these are also the times when we grow our brains!

Home Supports - What additional home supports are available? (tvo Mathify)

  • Activities (CLIPS - Fractions, Integers)
  • Games (Battle of Integers; Catch a Bouncing Ball - Integers; Diamond Drop - Sign of a Sum, Integers; Dominoes - Integers; Ball Drop - Fractions, Integers; Pyramid Solitaire; Representation Match - Fractions, Integers, Linear Growing Patterns; Who am I? - Integers)
  • Learning Tools (Exploring Different Representations - Linear Growing Patterns, Fraction Strips, Partitioning Sets - Fractions, Relational Rods)

Visuals and prompts to spark great math discussion.

Look at an image. Which one doesn’t belong? Challenge: Can you find a reason why each one doesn’t belong?

Estimation challenges to support number sense and problem solving.

Interesting tasks and games that provoke mathematical thinking!

Tasks and resources for parents and students.

University of Waterloo CEMC

Engaging problem-solving tasks with Math at Home resources and Problem of the Week - A, B.

Other Suggestions

  • Find math in everyday life (e.g., explore money, graph temperature, log trip budget, track journey on a map, fractions and cooking)
  • Play! - board games, math games with cards or dice, puzzles

Core French, French Immersion & Extended French

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Log onto any of the suggested websites at this link
  • Listen to a French song more than once and write a final verse
  • Watch a French video and create a vlog or a blog about your favourite part
  • Videotape yourself presenting an aspect of your time away (e.g., newscast, film trailer, weather report, documentary)
  • Read or listen to a French book and record a book critique that you could share with your friends or your class
  • Create a photo essay of the places you visited on your trip and name or label key information en français
  • Interact with a person in French
    • Ask them questions about the area and the history and share a little of what you know about your own home area
  • Tweet daily to post your reactions during your time away

Health & Physical Education

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Health: Food/Physical Activity Log with reflection
  • PE: 20-30 min moderate-vigorous physical activity daily (e.g. brisk walk, cycling, mowing the lawn, badminton, hiking, jogging, running, aerobics)
  • Ophea Teaching Tools

The Arts

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Draw or take a photo of something you find artistic (e.g, indoors or outdoors)
    • Discuss with one of your family members about what you like about it and what you might change about it and/or
    • Record your findings in a portfolio in myBlueprint called “Artistic Finds” or in art sketchbook
  • Go online and find virtual museums tours
    • Discuss with a friend (text, facetime, email) what you liked and didn’t like about the tour and/or
    • Record your findings in a portfolio in myBlueprint called “Artistic Finds” or in art sketchbook
  • Compare and contrast music from the local area to what you like to listen to and if possible, upload a local song
  • Listen to your favourite song, take some of the lyrics and turn them into your own song
  • Choose an activity from your day, pay attention to something that interests you (find the extraordinary in the ordinary) and create something (e.g., collage, drawing, best photograph, create song playlist) based on your observations
  • Explore a different type of drawing (e.g., Jarrett Lerner, Encyclopedia Britannica) each day
  • Watch an online orchestra performance (e.g., Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and think about what you liked/didn’t like and how this video could support students with playing their own instruments
  • Investigate a music, drama, dance or art piece and talk with a family member of how it relates to another subject in school (e.g., YouCubed - Maths and Arts, Health and Music)
  • Investigate different dance moves from across the decades, present three of them to your family members
  • Get outside and create outdoor environmental art (e.g., see Andy Goldsworthy as an example)

History & Geography

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • Capture important/historical/interesting photos and create a photo essay, label each photo with headline
  • Tweet or Snapchat important/historical sites that are found in your area (e.g., home, trip)
  • Consider the natural resources in the area where you live, and have a conversation with your family members about it
  • Think about the local, global and/or national connections between the place where you live and one other place in the world that interest you
  • Research heroes (e.g., Inuit Elder Qapik Attagutsiak) who have made a difference in history (e.g., environmental, rights/freedoms) and record your findings in a portfolio in myBlueprint
  • Record (on a daily basis) one way you have been an active citizen
  • Select an environmental topic (e.g., plastic straws vs reusable straws) and debate with a family member
  • Read online, interactive history and/or geography texts (e.g., Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada), share what you found interesting with a family member

Science & Technology

Supports for Parents/Guardians

  • How do people in the area connect to and respect the environment?
    • How is this different from where you live?
    • Is there an initiative that you would like to adopt in your own community?
    • How would you do that?
  • Where does our drinking water come from?
    • Is this different in other areas?
    • What happens to our wastewater?
    • Investigate
  • What materials are used to build houses and buildings?
    • Are different materials used for different types of buildings?
    • Are these building materials and forms different from what you would see used at home?
    • Why? Investigate
  • Is it easier to push a car up a steep ramp or a shallow incline?
    • Why? Investigate