The week of June 4th, 2018

-As a class, we will be beginning our last unit, Heat in the Environment. We will look at what it means to be warm and cold, scientifically.

-Together we will look at kinetic energy, heat and temperature.

-With partners, students will perform a small experiment to test the effects of temperature on gases and liquids.

-Together students will explore thermal dilation and contraction.

-Students will have a test on chapter 7 on Friday, June 15th.

The week of May 28th, 2018

-Students will review for their upcoming test, Wednesday, May 30th.

-Attached is a list of material that students should study for their test.

-Students will write their unit test on Chapter 2: Solutes and Solvents.

-As a class, we will begin our final unit, Heat in the environment. We will look at what it means to be warm and cold, scientifically.

The week of May 21st, 2018

-Students will perform a lab to help solidify how the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvent and how this can be altered.

-We will spend a class going over the written portion of the lab together.

The week of May 14th, 2018

-Together we will examine the concepts of solubility and concentration.

-As a class, we will continue to look at the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvent and how this can be altered.

-Students will perform a lab to help solidify this concept.

The week of May 7th, 2018

-Students will begin looking at concentration and solubility. Together we will perform an experiment to examine the difference between a saturated and unsaturated solutions.

-Students were to complete the concentration and solubility worksheet.

-Students performed a lab to determine whether the mass and volume of a solvent would change when a solute is added. We will continue to work on this next week.

The week of April 30th, 2018

-Students are reminded that their identifying substances and mixtures lab is due today,Monday, January 29th.

-Together we will discuss solutes and solvants. We will look at solid, liquid and gas solutions.

-Students will create an organigram to help organize the classification of matter.

-As a class, we will continue to look at the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvant and how this can be altered.

-Students will perform a lab to help solidify this concept.

-Together we will examine the concepts of solubility and concentration.

The week of April 23rd, 2018

-Together, we will explore the difference between homogenous and heterogeneous mixtures. We will also discuss a lab that students will be performing next week.

-Students will perform a lab where they must identify unknown substances based on their physical characteristics. This lab report (only questions) will be due next week.

-Together we will review the major concepts of the chapter.

-Students will have a unit test on all that we have covered in chapter 1 on Thursday, April 26th. Students can begin studying by looking at the following review sheet.

-Here are the links for the two videos we watched in class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C33WdI64FiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuE1LePDZ4Y

The week of April 16th, 2018

-Students will perform a small activity that explores the differences between pure substances and mixtures.

-Together, we will explore the difference between homogenous and heterogeneous mixtures. We will also discuss a lab that students will be performing next week.

-Students will perform a lab where they must identify unknown substances based on their physical characteristics. This lab report (only questions) will be due next week.

-Students will have a unit test on all that we have covered in chapter 1 on Tuesday, April 24th. Students can begin studying by looking at the following review sheet.

The week of April 9th, 2018

-We will discuss the BIG lab of the unit. This lab report will be weighted as equivalent to a test or a project.

-Students will complete the actual lab.

-Students will be given time in class to work on their write - up and to ask questions in class.

THe week of Monday, April 2nd, 2018

-We will perform a small experiment in order to understand how we can use the Particle Theory of Matter to explain different concepts.

-Together, we will further examine the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

-We will perform another small experiment to create Oobleck.

The week of Monday, March 26th, 2018

-We will begin our second unit "Pure substances and mixtures". We will start by examining the particle theory and its 5 postulates.

-We will perform a small experiment in order to understand how we can use the Particle Theory of Matter to explain different concepts.

The week of Monday, March 19th, 2018

-We will be doing an activity called "Science Passport" to introduce students to materials we will be using throughout the Pures Substances and Mixtures Unit.

-We will begin our second unit "Pure substances and mixtures". We will start by examining the particle theory and its 5 postulates.

The week of Monday, March 5th, 2018

-Students will continue to present their Inventions/Innovations to the class.

-We will be doing an activity called "Passport to Science" to introduce students to materials we will be using throughout the Pures Substances and Mixtures Unit.

-We will begin our second unit "Pure substances and mixtures". We will start by examining the particle theory and its 5 postulates.

The week of Monday, February 26th, 2018

-Students will continue to work on their jingles and commercials for their newly invented/innovated product.

-Students practice their presentations and make sure that all written work is completed.

-We will invite other classes into our class to allow them to tour our Invention Convention.

The week of Monday, February 19th, 2018

-Students will work in their groups on task 8: Final presentations. They will prepare a Bristol Board with information about their product.

-We will invite other classes into our class to allow them to tour our Invention Convention.

The week of Monday, February 12th, 2018

-Students will create survey questions to ask other grade 7 and 8 classes with respect to whether or not they would purchase the invented/innovated product.

-Students will continue to work with their group members to develop a short jingle and an infomercial about their product.

The week of Monday, February 5th, 2018

-Students will be building their product for our Invention Convention.

-Should students complete the construction of their product, they will work with their group on Task 6 - Advertising and Marketing.

The week of Monday, January 29th, 2018

-Students should have completed the 4 Design Process Recording Sheets.

-Students should ensure that they have rounded up ALL the necessary materials to BUILD their product. We will be building our products next week.

-Students will work with their group on Task 6 - Advertising and Marketing.

The week of Monday, January 22nd, 2018

-Students will continue working on their Invention Convention Projects.

-As a class, we have completed the Design Brief stage and have begun to assess each of the 3 ideas that the students have come up with.

-With their group members, they will start the design process.

The week of Monday, December 18th, 2017

-As a class, we will identify the three different types of structures and practice identifying them.

-Students will be exposed to internal and external forces..

-They will perform an experiment to help visualize the various types of internal forces.

The week of Monday, December 11th, 2017

-Students will continue the introduction to the structures unit by continuing to build their easel.

-As a class, we will go through an activity where we discuss the difference and how the form impacts the cost of various items.

-As a class, we will identify the three different types of structures and practice identifying them.

The week of Monday, December 4th, 2017

-We will be watching "The Lorax" to help solidify the importance of saving our environment.

-Students will begin the new unit, Structures: Form & Function by creating an easel.

The week of Monday, November 27th, 2017

-Students will continue working in groups to dissect owl pellets. Most of the bones have been found and students will now be trying to build skeletons of the owl's prey and calculate the biomass of what they eat.

The week of Monday, November 20th, 2017

-Students will work on a reflection about their Biobottle. They will have two periods to work on this and it will be submitted for evaluation along with their observation chart and the Biobottle information page they were given at the beginning of the year.

-Students will start working in groups to dissect owl pellets. Most of the bones have been found and students will now be trying to build skeletons of the owl's prey and calculate the biomass of what they eat.

The week of Monday, November 13th, 2017

-They will be working on a textbook review in class. Students should study the following.

-Students will have a science quiz on chapter 5 on Tuesday, November 14th.

-Students will work on a reflection about their Biobottle. They will have two periods to work on this and it will be submitted for evaluation along with their observation chart and the Biobottle information page they were given at the beginning of the year.

The week of Monday, November 6th, 2017

-Students will continue with the activity on the Chromebooks to help them understand how changes affect ecosystems.

-Together we will begin looking at 3 very important cycles of matter: the life cycle, the carbon cycle and the water cycle. They will have a handout to complete with respect to the three cycles.

-They will be working on a textbook review in class. Students should study the following.

-Students will have a science quiz on chapter 5 on Tuesday, November 14th.

The week of Monday, October 30th, 2017

-As a class, we will correct the challenge activity and create our own food web.

-Students will be using a program on the Chromebooks to help them understand how changes affect ecosystems.

The week of Monday, October 23rd, 2017

-Students will look at food chains and food webs. They will try to figure out a food web based on information given (challenge activity).

-Students participated in the Baxter excursion.

-Individually, they completed an evaluation of what they learned at Baxter.

The week of Monday, October 16th, 2017

-Students will write their unit test.

-They will begin the new chapter, Interactions within Ecosystems. We will look at the roles of various organisms in an ecosystem as well as photosynthesis. We will play a game involving the various roles in an ecosystem.

-Students will look at food chains and food webs. They will try to figure out a food web based on information given (challenge activity).

The week of Monday, October 9th, 2017

-They will work on identifying different types of relationships: predation, competition, and symbiotic relationships.

-Students can begin working on the textbook review.

-I have attached a list of what students should study for their upcoming test.

-Their unit test will be on Monday, October 16th.

The week of Monday, October 2nd, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-As a concluding section of this unit, we will look at the impact that humans have on the environment.

-Students can begin working on the textbook review.

-I have attached a list of what students should study for their upcoming test.

-Their unit test will be on Monday, October 16th, 2017.

The week of Monday, September 25th, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-Together we discussed biotic and abiotic factors as well as identified species, populations and communities.

-They will work on identifying different types of relationships: predation, competition, and symbiotic relationships.

-Students will also explore the necessities of all living things.

-As a concluding section of this unit, we will look at the impact that humans have on the environment.

-Students can begin working on the textbook review.

-I have attached a list of what students should study for their upcoming test.

-Their unit test will be on Thursday, October 12th, 2017.

The week of Monday, September 18th, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-As a class we will be discussing the connection between: sun, soil, animals, plants, water and air. Students will complete an activity where they search for all possible links; they will present their findings to the class.

The week of Monday, September 11th, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-Students are completing their safety in the lab posters.

-Together we will discuss their upcoming project, the Biobottle, where they will create their own terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Students are working in groups and are responsible for all their own materials, nothing is provided by the school. We will be constructing the Biobottles, one per group, Tuesday, September 19th.

-As a class we will be discussing the connection between: sun, soil, animals, plants, water and air. Students will complete an activity where they search for all possible links; they will present their findings to the class.

-We will begin talking about ecosystems and the necessities of life.

The week of Monday, September 4th, 2017

-Welcome to St. FX!

-I will be updating my website on a weekly basis and will use it to keep you informed about homework, projects, and upcoming tests.

-Please find the attached course outline. Please take the time to read through it; I am available to answer any questions that you may have.

-For homework, please sign and have your parents/guardians sign the slip of paper given to you at the end of the period today. That needs to be returned no later than Friday, September 8th.

-As a class, we will be beginning our last unit, Heat in the Environment. We will look at what it means to be warm and cold, scientifically.

-Together we will look at kinetic energy, heat and temperature.

-With partners, students will perform a small experiment to test the effects of temperature on gases and liquids.

-Together students will explore thermal dilation and contraction.

-Students will have a test on chapter 7 on Friday, June 15th.

The week of May 28th, 2018

-Students will review for their upcoming test, Wednesday, May 30th.

-Attached is a list of material that students should study for their test.

-Students will write their unit test on Chapter 2: Solutes and Solvents.

-As a class, we will begin our final unit, Heat in the environment. We will look at what it means to be warm and cold, scientifically.

The week of May 21st, 2018

-Students will perform a lab to help solidify how the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvent and how this can be altered.

-We will spend a class going over the written portion of the lab together.

The week of May 14th, 2018

-Together we will examine the concepts of solubility and concentration.

-As a class, we will continue to look at the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvent and how this can be altered.

-Students will perform a lab to help solidify this concept.

The week of May 7th, 2018

-Students will begin looking at concentration and solubility. Together we will perform an experiment to examine the difference between a saturated and unsaturated solutions.

-Students were to complete the concentration and solubility worksheet.

-Students performed a lab to determine whether the mass and volume of a solvent would change when a solute is added. We will continue to work on this next week.

The week of April 30th, 2018

-Students are reminded that their identifying substances and mixtures lab is due today,Monday, January 29th.

-Together we will discuss solutes and solvants. We will look at solid, liquid and gas solutions.

-Students will create an organigram to help organize the classification of matter.

-As a class, we will continue to look at the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvant and how this can be altered.

-Students will perform a lab to help solidify this concept.

-Together we will examine the concepts of solubility and concentration.

The week of April 23rd, 2018

-Together, we will explore the difference between homogenous and heterogeneous mixtures. We will also discuss a lab that students will be performing next week.

-Students will perform a lab where they must identify unknown substances based on their physical characteristics. This lab report (only questions) will be due next week.

-Together we will review the major concepts of the chapter.

-Students will have a unit test on all that we have covered in chapter 1 on Thursday, April 26th. Students can begin studying by looking at the following review sheet.

-Here are the links for the two videos we watched in class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C33WdI64FiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuE1LePDZ4Y

The week of April 16th, 2018

-Students will perform a small activity that explores the differences between pure substances and mixtures.

-Together, we will explore the difference between homogenous and heterogeneous mixtures. We will also discuss a lab that students will be performing next week.

-Students will perform a lab where they must identify unknown substances based on their physical characteristics. This lab report (only questions) will be due next week.

-Students will have a unit test on all that we have covered in chapter 1 on Tuesday, April 24th. Students can begin studying by looking at the following review sheet.

The week of April 9th, 2018

-We will discuss the BIG lab of the unit. This lab report will be weighted as equivalent to a test or a project.

-Students will complete the actual lab.

-Students will be given time in class to work on their write - up and to ask questions in class.

THe week of Monday, April 2nd, 2018

-We will perform a small experiment in order to understand how we can use the Particle Theory of Matter to explain different concepts.

-Together, we will further examine the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

-We will perform another small experiment to create Oobleck.

The week of Monday, March 26th, 2018

-We will begin our second unit "Pure substances and mixtures". We will start by examining the particle theory and its 5 postulates.

-We will perform a small experiment in order to understand how we can use the Particle Theory of Matter to explain different concepts.

The week of Monday, March 19th, 2018

-We will be doing an activity called "Science Passport" to introduce students to materials we will be using throughout the Pures Substances and Mixtures Unit.

-We will begin our second unit "Pure substances and mixtures". We will start by examining the particle theory and its 5 postulates.

The week of Monday, March 5th, 2018

-Students will continue to present their Inventions/Innovations to the class.

-We will be doing an activity called "Passport to Science" to introduce students to materials we will be using throughout the Pures Substances and Mixtures Unit.

-We will begin our second unit "Pure substances and mixtures". We will start by examining the particle theory and its 5 postulates.

The week of Monday, February 26th, 2018

-Students will continue to work on their jingles and commercials for their newly invented/innovated product.

-Students practice their presentations and make sure that all written work is completed.

-We will invite other classes into our class to allow them to tour our Invention Convention.

The week of Monday, February 19th, 2018

-Students will work in their groups on task 8: Final presentations. They will prepare a Bristol Board with information about their product.

-We will invite other classes into our class to allow them to tour our Invention Convention.

The week of Monday, February 12th, 2018

-Students will create survey questions to ask other grade 7 and 8 classes with respect to whether or not they would purchase the invented/innovated product.

-Students will continue to work with their group members to develop a short jingle and an infomercial about their product.

The week of Monday, February 5th, 2018

-Students will be building their product for our Invention Convention.

-Should students complete the construction of their product, they will work with their group on Task 6 - Advertising and Marketing.

The week of Monday, January 29th, 2018

-Students should have completed the 4 Design Process Recording Sheets.

-Students should ensure that they have rounded up ALL the necessary materials to BUILD their product. We will be building our products next week.

-Students will work with their group on Task 6 - Advertising and Marketing.

The week of Monday, January 22nd, 2018

-Students will continue working on their Invention Convention Projects.

-As a class, we have completed the Design Brief stage and have begun to assess each of the 3 ideas that the students have come up with.

-With their group members, they will start the design process.

The week of Monday, December 18th, 2017

-As a class, we will identify the three different types of structures and practice identifying them.

-Students will be exposed to internal and external forces..

-They will perform an experiment to help visualize the various types of internal forces.

The week of Monday, December 11th, 2017

-Students will continue the introduction to the structures unit by continuing to build their easel.

-As a class, we will go through an activity where we discuss the difference and how the form impacts the cost of various items.

-As a class, we will identify the three different types of structures and practice identifying them.

The week of Monday, December 4th, 2017

-We will be watching "The Lorax" to help solidify the importance of saving our environment.

-Students will begin the new unit, Structures: Form & Function by creating an easel.

The week of Monday, November 27th, 2017

-Students will continue working in groups to dissect owl pellets. Most of the bones have been found and students will now be trying to build skeletons of the owl's prey and calculate the biomass of what they eat.

The week of Monday, November 20th, 2017

-Students will work on a reflection about their Biobottle. They will have two periods to work on this and it will be submitted for evaluation along with their observation chart and the Biobottle information page they were given at the beginning of the year.

-Students will start working in groups to dissect owl pellets. Most of the bones have been found and students will now be trying to build skeletons of the owl's prey and calculate the biomass of what they eat.

The week of Monday, November 13th, 2017

-They will be working on a textbook review in class. Students should study the following.

-Students will have a science quiz on chapter 5 on Tuesday, November 14th.

-Students will work on a reflection about their Biobottle. They will have two periods to work on this and it will be submitted for evaluation along with their observation chart and the Biobottle information page they were given at the beginning of the year.

The week of Monday, November 6th, 2017

-Students will continue with the activity on the Chromebooks to help them understand how changes affect ecosystems.

-Together we will begin looking at 3 very important cycles of matter: the life cycle, the carbon cycle and the water cycle. They will have a handout to complete with respect to the three cycles.

-They will be working on a textbook review in class. Students should study the following.

-Students will have a science quiz on chapter 5 on Tuesday, November 14th.

The week of Monday, October 30th, 2017

-As a class, we will correct the challenge activity and create our own food web.

-Students will be using a program on the Chromebooks to help them understand how changes affect ecosystems.

The week of Monday, October 23rd, 2017

-Students will look at food chains and food webs. They will try to figure out a food web based on information given (challenge activity).

-Students participated in the Baxter excursion.

-Individually, they completed an evaluation of what they learned at Baxter.

The week of Monday, October 16th, 2017

-Students will write their unit test.

-They will begin the new chapter, Interactions within Ecosystems. We will look at the roles of various organisms in an ecosystem as well as photosynthesis. We will play a game involving the various roles in an ecosystem.

-Students will look at food chains and food webs. They will try to figure out a food web based on information given (challenge activity).

The week of Monday, October 9th, 2017

-They will work on identifying different types of relationships: predation, competition, and symbiotic relationships.

-Students can begin working on the textbook review.

-I have attached a list of what students should study for their upcoming test.

-Their unit test will be on Monday, October 16th.

The week of Monday, October 2nd, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-As a concluding section of this unit, we will look at the impact that humans have on the environment.

-Students can begin working on the textbook review.

-I have attached a list of what students should study for their upcoming test.

-Their unit test will be on Monday, October 16th, 2017.

The week of Monday, September 25th, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-Together we discussed biotic and abiotic factors as well as identified species, populations and communities.

-They will work on identifying different types of relationships: predation, competition, and symbiotic relationships.

-Students will also explore the necessities of all living things.

-As a concluding section of this unit, we will look at the impact that humans have on the environment.

-Students can begin working on the textbook review.

-I have attached a list of what students should study for their upcoming test.

-Their unit test will be on Thursday, October 12th, 2017.

The week of Monday, September 18th, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-As a class we will be discussing the connection between: sun, soil, animals, plants, water and air. Students will complete an activity where they search for all possible links; they will present their findings to the class.

The week of Monday, September 11th, 2017

-Student fees are due ASAP. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-Students are completing their safety in the lab posters.

-Together we will discuss their upcoming project, the Biobottle, where they will create their own terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Students are working in groups and are responsible for all their own materials, nothing is provided by the school. We will be constructing the Biobottles, one per group, Tuesday, September 19th.

-As a class we will be discussing the connection between: sun, soil, animals, plants, water and air. Students will complete an activity where they search for all possible links; they will present their findings to the class.

-We will begin talking about ecosystems and the necessities of life.

The week of Monday, September 4th, 2017

-Welcome to St. FX!

-I will be updating my website on a weekly basis and will use it to keep you informed about homework, projects, and upcoming tests.

-Please find the attached course outline. Please take the time to read through it; I am available to answer any questions that you may have.

-For homework, please sign and have your parents/guardians sign the slip of paper given to you at the end of the period today. That needs to be returned no later than Friday, September 8th.