Primary Source Exploration

Hello Minischool 8,

As we are exploring the Fall of Empires, we will first explore the fall of Rome as an example. To better understand these concepts we will analyze the following primary sources to deepen our understanding. Please review the 12 primary sources attached and summarize them in the best way you know how and then add your personal reflection/opinion for each. You may type your answer right underneath the document but please do this individually. Thanks and best of luck!

[Template] Primary Sources – Fall Of Rome

If you need to review your questions on Crash Course here is the youtube link:

and make sure to include the 6 Historical Thinking Concepts. THE CRASH COURSE QUESTIONS ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2018. We will work on the Primary Sources for the Fall of Rome on Wednesday. 

Best of luck,

Mr. Murray 

BETA Minischool Classroom Roles

You will be tasked with completing one of the following roles each term. These jobs range in variety and will aid in making our BETA Minischool classroom experience as awesome as it can possibly be. Best of luck to you all!

BETA Bits of Business:

Minimum Role Expectations: 

  • Document what we are doing in class during the month. Your goal is to make our learning visible for the greater community including for parents, staff, and other schools. 
  • In your postings, try to explain what we did, how did we do it, why did we do it, and what the activity did to enhance your learning. 
  • The group is expected to submit one posting each month.
  • There are many possible forms of submission, however they must be made in a form that can be submitted to our blog. (Examples: news report, video, podcast, newspaper article, letter, animation, etc.)

Field Trips Planner: 

Minimum Role Expectations:

  • Your goal is to find local opportunities for our class to experience the content or curricular competencies we are studying. The group is expected to find and book 2 field trip opportunities for the class that relate to curriculum, are safe for students, and are financially feasible for our class. 
  • Please create a write-up on the trip, costs, schedule, contact information, what students will learn from the trip, and any other information you can provide. Submit this to Ms. Neumann.
  • Ms. Neumann will help make contact to book the fieldtrip and submit a field trip request to the board.

Jumpstart Challenges:

Minimum Role Expectations:

  • Students are expected to lead a pick/create/invent a jumpstart challenge every two weeks on Mondays (or Tuesday if there is a holiday).
  • These should be fun and lively ways to get the brain and body moving to start the week off right.
  • The activity should run for approximately 10-15 minutes of the start of class and can include things such as (but not limited to): Outdoor activities, Brain Games, Jeopardy etc.

Tech Liaison/Town Crier: 

Minimum Role Expectations:

  • Your goal is to make sure all of the iPads and Laptops are put away safely and are charging in the appropriate places in the carts each day.
  • Students will also be the Minischool’s Town Crier every 2 weeks and will bring out all of the important news from Alpha, our city and globally to the masses of the classroom.
  • You can choose to present this whatever way you please but must be presented to the class. You are encouraged to try alternative types of performance including adding in costumes, skits, and props to develop your performance.


Learning to Fundraise


This project will examine financial literacy through the objective of fundraising. Fundraisers often help pay for enrichment opportunities at school, but students who are involved in sales can also benefit from the experience. This project will help you develop skills in understanding potential customers, handling money, and delivering goods. On a personal level, these types of experiences can help to improve confidence, improve communication skills, learn about personal responsibility, and practice math and financial skills.

Project Proposals:

Create a proposal for a fundraiser that a large portion of the Minischool students can participate in. All proposals need to contain the following information. You need to submit one proposal for each fundraiser.

  • Timing: Specifies the dates of the fundraiser
  • Location: Where will your fundraiser take place?
  • Materials: What do you need to bring for the fundraiser?
  • Set-up: What do you need to set-up on the day of the event?
  • Sponsorship: Is anyone making donation of materials to support your fundraiser?
  • Cost: What do you need to buy for your fundraiser?
  • Preparation: What do you need to prepare for your fundraiser?
  • Goal: How much do you plan to make from this fundraiser?
  • Parent Support: Indicates that a chaperone over the age of 18 will be present for your fundraiser.
  • Signatures: There needs to be a place for yourself, your parent/guardian, and teacher to sign.

Getting Approval:

The proposal must first be approved by Ms. Neumann. Once she has signed off, then it must go to student caucus for school approval. Any discrepancies will be discussed with Mr. Wozney.

A field trip form must also be completed by every student taking part in the fundraiser and submitted to Ms. Neumann before the event takes place.

During the Fundraiser:

           Please document a list of students who are helping with this fundraiser and where their portion of the money raised will be going. (Ex: Iceland Trip or Charity/Organization) This distribution of money raised should be indicated in your budget at the end. The teacher responsible for the fundraiser will be collecting the money made at the end of the fundraiser and will be depositing it in Alpha’s Field Trip Fund until the end of the assignment. At this point, money will either be distributed to parents or a cheque will be sent off to the appropriate charity chosen for this assignment.

After the Fundraiser:

After each fundraiser, a detailed budget and individual student reflection must be submitted to Ms. Neumann as a statement of your completion. The budget should show everything you spent to make this fundraiser happen, the money gained from this experience, and distribution of the remaining funds. The 1-page reflection should talk about the process, outlining one success, one challenge, and two sources of improvement.


  • If you are planning on going on the Iceland Fieldtrip, your goal is around $1000
  • If you are not planning on going to Iceland, your goal is around $500, however the money will either go towards an Iceland Scholarship or a Charity of your choosing.


This project will appear on your term 2 report card. Your assessments will be on:

  • Reflected on personal financial literacy skills related to fundraising.
  • Created a proposal to host a fundraising event.

Educational Assistant Training Program

​​Good afternoon, 

I’m reaching out because we have set our first filming date for the Educational Assistant VR Training Program

Here is a little bit about this first filmshoot: 

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 10th, 2018

Location: Second Street Elementary School

Roles: 4-8 students, 1 student with IEP in Escape Behavior

This is our filming attempt, and we are excited to try out some new and innovative ideas. We are looking for 4-8 students who will be playing the parts of regular classmates, engaged in an interactive lesson on tectonic plates using modeling clay. We are also looking for a student who is interested in playing the role of the student with escape behaviors. This student will be acting out in the classroom, depending on how the EA responds in the ‘chose your own adventure’. 

As this is a ‘chose your own adventure’ story, we will be needed patient actors who can ‘reset’ back to previous scenes and follow instructions. If you know anyone else, grades 7-9, who are interested in taking part, please let me know. I will ask you to please confirm if you would like to participate.  Please fill out the attached form, giving the Burnaby School District permission to film you.There will be compensation for your time. 

It is quite an exciting time to be developing Virtual Reality Content and I am looking forward to showcasing some of the local talent of Burnaby Students.

Thank you,

Ms. Neumann

 Parent Permission Form