The week of June 4th, 2018

-We will continue our presentations of students' Innovations/Inventions.

-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 Thursday, June 14th.

The week of May 28th, 2018

-We will begin presentations of students' Innovations/Inventions.

-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.

The week of May 21st, 2018

-Students will continue to work in their groups on task 8: Final presentations. They will prepare a Bristol Board/Google Slides presentation with information about their product.

-We will begin presentations next week.

The week of May 14th, 2018

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

-We hope to begin presentations next week.

The week of May 7th, 2018

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

-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.

The week of April 30th, 2018

-Students should ensure that they have rounded up ALL the necessary materials to continue BUILDING their product.

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

The week of April 23rd, 2018

-Students will continue to work on their Invention Convention Projects.

-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 be building their product for our Invention Convention.

The week of April 16th, 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.

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

The week of April 9th, 2018

-Students will identify problems that they experience everyday in their lives and develop possible solutions to resolve them.

-Students will continue to work on identifying these problems and solutions and will start the Design Brief stage.

-As a class, we have continued to work on the Design Brief stage and will 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 by evaluating and criticizing each of their 3 ideas.

The week of April 2nd, 2018

-Students will begin working on their Invention Convention Projects, which will be the main focus of our Structures Unit.

-As a class, we will have identified the pros and cons of inventions and how they have changed the world.

-Students will identify problems that they experience everyday in their lives and how possible solutions to resolve them.

The week of March 19th, 2018

-Students will participate in their final Pure Substances and Mixtures summative assessment: CSI - Riverside South.

The week of March 26th, 2018

-Students will participate in their final Pure Substances and Mixtures summative assessment: CSI - Riverside South. The written portion is to be completed and handed in Thursday, March 29th.

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

The week of March 19th, 2018

-Students will participate in their final Pure Substances and Mixtures summative assessment: CSI - Riverside South.

The week of March, 5th, 2018

-We will review for their upcoming test, Wed., Mar. 7th, on material from chapter 2. Students can use the attached page to review the important concepts.

-Students will write their test, Wed., Mar. 7th, on material from chapter 2.

-As a class, we will work on their BIG lab report. Students are encouraged to come to class prepared with questions.

-Students will perform an experiment involving salt and Epsom salts to determine how they react when the temperature of what is changed.

The week of February 26th, 2018

-Students will perform an experiment involving salt and Epsom salts to determine how they react when the temperature of what is changed.

-Students will perform their BIG experiment regarding how to speed up the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvant.

-As a class, we will work on their BIG lab report. Students are encouraged to come to class prepared with questions.

-We will review for their upcoming test, Wed., Mar. 7th, on material from chapter 2. Students can use the attached page to review the important concepts.

The week of February 19th, 2018

-Students will perform an experiment to determine the difference between saturated and unsaturated solutions.

-As a class we will discuss their results and prepare for the next experiment regarding how some solutes react differently based on varying solvants.

-Students will perform an experiment involving salt and Epsom salts to determine how they react when the temperature of what is changed.

The week of February 12th, 2018

-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.

-In groups, students will work together to perform another experiment where they test the rate of dissolving a sugar heart in different liquids.

-As a class, we will discuss solubility and concentration.

The week of February 5th, 2018

-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 January 29th, 2018

-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.

The week of January 22nd, 2018

-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 Tuesday, January 23rd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

-Students are reminded that their identifying substances and mixtures lab is due Friday, January 26th.

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

-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 January 15th, 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, January 23rd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

The week of January 8th, 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, December 18th, 2017

-We will perform another small experiment to create Oobleck.

-We will discuss the BIG lab of the unit. This lab report will be weighted as equivalent to a test or a project. The actual lab portion will be completed after the break.

The week of Monday, December 11th, 2017

-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.

-We will discuss the BIG lab of the unit. This lab report will be weighted as equivalent to a test or a project. The actual lab portion will be completed next week.

The week of Monday, December 4th, 2017

-We will be continuing our "Passeport de Sciences" activity to introduce students to materials we will be using throughout the Pure 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.

-We will perform a small lab activity to introduce students to the mechanics of writing a hypothesis, procedure, observations and conclusions.

The week of Monday, November 27th, 2017

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

-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, November 20th, 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 13th, 2017

-Students will continue to work on their Biobottle reflection. 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.

-We will be starting a small lab where students will be dissecting owl pellets in search of bones. Students will work in groups of 4 to try and build skeletons.

-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 6th, 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 Thursday, November 9th.

-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, October 30th, 2017

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

-As a class we will finish all lessons in preparation for their test.

-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 Thursday, November 9th.

The week of Monday, October 23rd, 2017

-Students will complete a short assignment regarding what they learned at Baxter. This will be submitted for evaluation.

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

The week of Monday, October 16th, 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 will participate in a game where we will look at all of the possible connections in one ecosystem. They will answer questions to demonstrate their understanding.

-Students will attend Baxter.

The week of Monday, October 9th, 2017

-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 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)

-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 Wednesday, October 4th, 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 Wednesday, October 4th, 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.

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

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

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, Thursday, September 14th.

-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.

-We will continue our presentations of students' Innovations/Inventions.

-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 Thursday, June 14th.

The week of May 28th, 2018

-We will begin presentations of students' Innovations/Inventions.

-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.

The week of May 21st, 2018

-Students will continue to work in their groups on task 8: Final presentations. They will prepare a Bristol Board/Google Slides presentation with information about their product.

-We will begin presentations next week.

The week of May 14th, 2018

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

-We hope to begin presentations next week.

The week of May 7th, 2018

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

-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.

The week of April 30th, 2018

-Students should ensure that they have rounded up ALL the necessary materials to continue BUILDING their product.

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

The week of April 23rd, 2018

-Students will continue to work on their Invention Convention Projects.

-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 be building their product for our Invention Convention.

The week of April 16th, 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.

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

The week of April 9th, 2018

-Students will identify problems that they experience everyday in their lives and develop possible solutions to resolve them.

-Students will continue to work on identifying these problems and solutions and will start the Design Brief stage.

-As a class, we have continued to work on the Design Brief stage and will 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 by evaluating and criticizing each of their 3 ideas.

The week of April 2nd, 2018

-Students will begin working on their Invention Convention Projects, which will be the main focus of our Structures Unit.

-As a class, we will have identified the pros and cons of inventions and how they have changed the world.

-Students will identify problems that they experience everyday in their lives and how possible solutions to resolve them.

The week of March 19th, 2018

-Students will participate in their final Pure Substances and Mixtures summative assessment: CSI - Riverside South.

The week of March 26th, 2018

-Students will participate in their final Pure Substances and Mixtures summative assessment: CSI - Riverside South. The written portion is to be completed and handed in Thursday, March 29th.

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

The week of March 19th, 2018

-Students will participate in their final Pure Substances and Mixtures summative assessment: CSI - Riverside South.

The week of March, 5th, 2018

-We will review for their upcoming test, Wed., Mar. 7th, on material from chapter 2. Students can use the attached page to review the important concepts.

-Students will write their test, Wed., Mar. 7th, on material from chapter 2.

-As a class, we will work on their BIG lab report. Students are encouraged to come to class prepared with questions.

-Students will perform an experiment involving salt and Epsom salts to determine how they react when the temperature of what is changed.

The week of February 26th, 2018

-Students will perform an experiment involving salt and Epsom salts to determine how they react when the temperature of what is changed.

-Students will perform their BIG experiment regarding how to speed up the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvant.

-As a class, we will work on their BIG lab report. Students are encouraged to come to class prepared with questions.

-We will review for their upcoming test, Wed., Mar. 7th, on material from chapter 2. Students can use the attached page to review the important concepts.

The week of February 19th, 2018

-Students will perform an experiment to determine the difference between saturated and unsaturated solutions.

-As a class we will discuss their results and prepare for the next experiment regarding how some solutes react differently based on varying solvants.

-Students will perform an experiment involving salt and Epsom salts to determine how they react when the temperature of what is changed.

The week of February 12th, 2018

-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.

-In groups, students will work together to perform another experiment where they test the rate of dissolving a sugar heart in different liquids.

-As a class, we will discuss solubility and concentration.

The week of February 5th, 2018

-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 January 29th, 2018

-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.

The week of January 22nd, 2018

-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 Tuesday, January 23rd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

-Students are reminded that their identifying substances and mixtures lab is due Friday, January 26th.

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

-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 January 15th, 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, January 23rd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

The week of January 8th, 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, December 18th, 2017

-We will perform another small experiment to create Oobleck.

-We will discuss the BIG lab of the unit. This lab report will be weighted as equivalent to a test or a project. The actual lab portion will be completed after the break.

The week of Monday, December 11th, 2017

-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.

-We will discuss the BIG lab of the unit. This lab report will be weighted as equivalent to a test or a project. The actual lab portion will be completed next week.

The week of Monday, December 4th, 2017

-We will be continuing our "Passeport de Sciences" activity to introduce students to materials we will be using throughout the Pure 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.

-We will perform a small lab activity to introduce students to the mechanics of writing a hypothesis, procedure, observations and conclusions.

The week of Monday, November 27th, 2017

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

-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, November 20th, 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 13th, 2017

-Students will continue to work on their Biobottle reflection. 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.

-We will be starting a small lab where students will be dissecting owl pellets in search of bones. Students will work in groups of 4 to try and build skeletons.

-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 6th, 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 Thursday, November 9th.

-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, October 30th, 2017

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

-As a class we will finish all lessons in preparation for their test.

-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 Thursday, November 9th.

The week of Monday, October 23rd, 2017

-Students will complete a short assignment regarding what they learned at Baxter. This will be submitted for evaluation.

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

The week of Monday, October 16th, 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 will participate in a game where we will look at all of the possible connections in one ecosystem. They will answer questions to demonstrate their understanding.

-Students will attend Baxter.

The week of Monday, October 9th, 2017

-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 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)

-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 Wednesday, October 4th, 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 Wednesday, October 4th, 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.

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

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

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, Thursday, September 14th.

-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.