The week of Monday, June 19th, 2017

-Students will continue working on their thermos report.

-As students submit their thermos report, they can begin researching the topic for their TED talk. Students will be considered experts on the topic of their choice (must be related to science) and they will prepare a speech that is 3 - 4 minutes long.

The week of Monday, June 12th, 2017

-Students will begin working on the final project of the year. They will be building a thermos with the intent of keeping a substance hot for as long as possible. They will be using the remaining classes to research, plan and build their thermos.

The week of Monday, June 5th, 2017

-Students were introduced to radiant energy and how much of the Sun's energy reaches the surface of the Earth.

-Students will have a period to prepare for their upcoming test. Study the following sheet.

-Students will have a test on chapter 8 material on Wednesday, June 7th.

The week of Monday May 31st, 2017

-Sorry for my absence, I injured my knee last week and spent most of the week icing and resting.

-Students will begin to look at thermal energy and how it is transferred between objects.

-Together we will explore conduction. We will also explore how certain substances conduct heat transfer better than others.

-As a class, we will examine conduction that takes place on Earth (i.e. geological processes).

-Students will explore convection and I will perform a small demonstration to allow them to see convection currents and how they work.

The week of Monday, May 15th, 2017

-Together students will explore thermal dilation and contraction.

-As a class, we will discuss their experiment and what should have happened. In groups, they will work on the analysis questions associated with the experiment.

-We will discuss what students need to study for their upcoming test.

-Students will have a test on chapter 7 on Thursday, May 18th.

The week of Monday, May 8th, 2017

-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 Wednesday, May 17th.

The week of Monday, May 1st, 2017

-Students will continue working in their groups on their spaghetti structures. We will test their structures this week to determine the class winner.

-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 Monday, April 24th, 2017

-Students will begin planning and researching their spaghetti tower.

-Students should have chosen their final design and written the procedure.

-By the end of the week, students should have begun building their spaghetti towers.

The week of Monday, April 17th, 2017

-Students will be performing a small activity regarding the invention of a product with a focus on its form and function.

-Students will begin planning and researching their spaghetti tower.

The week of Monday, April 10th, 2017

-As a class, we will review the concepts that students need to know for their upcoming unit test on Tuesday, April 11th.

-Students can use the following handout as a study guide.

-Together, we will look at product development and all the different stages an item goes through before making it onto the shelves.

The week of Monday, April 3rd, 2017

-Students were introduced to several different kinds of beams and the ways that they are strengthened.

-In groups, they performed a lab to test the strength of various beams. This report is due Tuesday, April 11th.

-As a class, we reviewed other structures that are used in construction because of their strength and stability.

-Together, we reviewed structural failure and its devastating effects on society.

-Students can use the following handout as a study guide.

-They will have a unit test on Chapter 11 material on Tuesday, April 11th.

The week of Monday, March 30th, 2017

-Students will participate in an activity that tests their stability.

-Together, in small groups, students will perform a lab where they are to find the centre of gravity of various objects. They must complete the questions associated with this lab for homework.

-As a class, we will review how engineers make structures stronger.

-Students will be introduced to the concepts of the truss, arch, and dome and how these three structures impact the stability of buildings.

The week of Monday, March 20th, 2017

-Students are going to create a structure out of newspaper. We will have an in class competition to see who's structure can support the largest amount of textbooks.

-As a class, we will begin to look at the stability of structures.

The week of Monday, March 6th, 2017

-Students will have an entire block to review the chapter 10 material as they need. They can use the following page as a study guide.

-Students will have their chapter 10 unit test on Wednesday, March 8th.

-As a class, we will have our very own Dragon's Den. Students must come up with a new product (or improve an existing product) and sell it to us. The focus should be placed on the form and function of the product. Students will present their products and the class will decide who to invest in.

The week of Monday, February 27th, 2017

-Students will explore internal and external forces.

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

-Students will have a unit test on chapter 10 on Wednesday, March 8th.

The week of Monday, February 20th, 2017

-Students will be introduced to the new unit, Structures: Form and Function, through an activity where we discuss the difference and how the form impacts the cost of various items.

-Together we will look at forces and the different types of loads that a structure must support.

-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.

The week of Monday, February 13th, 2017

-Students will test their filters and the written part will be submitted for evaluation.

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

The week of Monday, February 6th, 2017

-The procedure and materials section of the project should be complete and materials can be brought in.

-Students will begin building their filter.

-Their filters will be tested this week and the written part submitted for evaluation.

The week of Monday, January 30th, 2017

-Students will continue researching different methods of filtration and various construction ideas for their filter.

-By the end of the week, students should have completed their research and as a group, decide which filter they will be building. The procedure and materials section of the project should be complete and materials can be brought in.

The week of Monday, January 23rd, 2017

-Students will perform a small experiment related to solutes, solvants and solutions. This is to help them identify how we, as scientists, can speed up dissolving solutes.

-Students will begin working on their final project for Unit 2 - Pure Substances and Mixtures.

-Students will have a test on Chapter 2 material this Friday, January 27th. They will only be tested on material they have learned since returning from Christmas Break.

The week of Monday, January 16th, 2017

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

-Students will use the Gizmo program to perform a small solubility experiment.

-As a class, we will discuss the chapter 3 project that the students must research, plan, build and test.

The week of Monday, January 9th, 2017

-Students are reminded that their identifying substances and mixtures lab is due Tuesday, January 10th.

-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.

The week of Monday, December 19th, 2016

-Students will perform a lab where they must identify unknown substances based on their physical characteristics. This lab report (only questions) will be due after the break, Tuesday, January 10th.

-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, December 22nd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

The week o f Monday, December 12th, 2016

-Students will perform the BIG lab and have a week to write the report (reprt is due Tuesday, December 20th).

-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 have a unit test on all that we have covered in chapter 1 on Thursday, December 22nd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

The week of Monday, December 5th, 2016

-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.

-There will be a unit test on Thursday, December 22nd

The week of Monday, November 28th, 2016

-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.

-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 21st, 2016

-Students will begin working on the final project for unit 1. All information will be given in class and students will have class time, ONLY class time, to complete this project.

The week of Monday, November 14th, 2016

-Students will be working on the conclusion of the Biobottle activity. They can work in their groups to discuss their observations and conclusions.

-Students will attend the 67s game day.

-Students will begin working on the final project for unit 1. All information will be given in class and students will have class time, ONLY class time, to complete this project.

The week of Monday, November 7th, 2016

-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.

-We will begin the last chapter in our first unit, "Organisms depend on a healthy environment". We will be examining the process of first and second succession as well as how to become stewards for the environment and to reduce our environmental impact.

The week of Monday, October 31st, 2016

-Students played Kahoot as a review for their test.

-Students should study the following.

-Students will have a science quiz on chapter 5 on Wednesday, November 2nd.

-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.

The week of Monday, October 24th, 2016

-Students will work on an activity entitled, "What did I learn at Baxter". They will be given the entire period to work on this. It will be due next class and evaluated.

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

-Students will continue working on the cycles of matter.

-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 Wednesday, November 2nd.

The week of Monday, October 17th, 2016

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

-They will try to figure out a food web based on information given (challenge activity).

-Students will read about the different cycles of matter and try to fill in a handout they receive in class.

The week of Monday, October 10th, 2016

-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.

-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 3rd, 2016

-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, September 26th, 2016

-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 Monday, October 3rd, 2016.

The week of Monday, September 19th, 2016

-Student fees are due by September 11th. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-Students completed the activity where they searched for all possible links; they presented their findings to the class.

-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.

-We will have a quiz on the what they have learned next week, a specific date will be given once I can judge where we are in the information.

The week of Monday, September 12th, 2016

-Student fees are due by September 11th. $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 15th.

-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 5th, 2016

-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 9th.

-Students will continue working on their thermos report.

-As students submit their thermos report, they can begin researching the topic for their TED talk. Students will be considered experts on the topic of their choice (must be related to science) and they will prepare a speech that is 3 - 4 minutes long.

The week of Monday, June 12th, 2017

-Students will begin working on the final project of the year. They will be building a thermos with the intent of keeping a substance hot for as long as possible. They will be using the remaining classes to research, plan and build their thermos.

The week of Monday, June 5th, 2017

-Students were introduced to radiant energy and how much of the Sun's energy reaches the surface of the Earth.

-Students will have a period to prepare for their upcoming test. Study the following sheet.

-Students will have a test on chapter 8 material on Wednesday, June 7th.

The week of Monday May 31st, 2017

-Sorry for my absence, I injured my knee last week and spent most of the week icing and resting.

-Students will begin to look at thermal energy and how it is transferred between objects.

-Together we will explore conduction. We will also explore how certain substances conduct heat transfer better than others.

-As a class, we will examine conduction that takes place on Earth (i.e. geological processes).

-Students will explore convection and I will perform a small demonstration to allow them to see convection currents and how they work.

The week of Monday, May 15th, 2017

-Together students will explore thermal dilation and contraction.

-As a class, we will discuss their experiment and what should have happened. In groups, they will work on the analysis questions associated with the experiment.

-We will discuss what students need to study for their upcoming test.

-Students will have a test on chapter 7 on Thursday, May 18th.

The week of Monday, May 8th, 2017

-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 Wednesday, May 17th.

The week of Monday, May 1st, 2017

-Students will continue working in their groups on their spaghetti structures. We will test their structures this week to determine the class winner.

-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 Monday, April 24th, 2017

-Students will begin planning and researching their spaghetti tower.

-Students should have chosen their final design and written the procedure.

-By the end of the week, students should have begun building their spaghetti towers.

The week of Monday, April 17th, 2017

-Students will be performing a small activity regarding the invention of a product with a focus on its form and function.

-Students will begin planning and researching their spaghetti tower.

The week of Monday, April 10th, 2017

-As a class, we will review the concepts that students need to know for their upcoming unit test on Tuesday, April 11th.

-Students can use the following handout as a study guide.

-Together, we will look at product development and all the different stages an item goes through before making it onto the shelves.

The week of Monday, April 3rd, 2017

-Students were introduced to several different kinds of beams and the ways that they are strengthened.

-In groups, they performed a lab to test the strength of various beams. This report is due Tuesday, April 11th.

-As a class, we reviewed other structures that are used in construction because of their strength and stability.

-Together, we reviewed structural failure and its devastating effects on society.

-Students can use the following handout as a study guide.

-They will have a unit test on Chapter 11 material on Tuesday, April 11th.

The week of Monday, March 30th, 2017

-Students will participate in an activity that tests their stability.

-Together, in small groups, students will perform a lab where they are to find the centre of gravity of various objects. They must complete the questions associated with this lab for homework.

-As a class, we will review how engineers make structures stronger.

-Students will be introduced to the concepts of the truss, arch, and dome and how these three structures impact the stability of buildings.

The week of Monday, March 20th, 2017

-Students are going to create a structure out of newspaper. We will have an in class competition to see who's structure can support the largest amount of textbooks.

-As a class, we will begin to look at the stability of structures.

The week of Monday, March 6th, 2017

-Students will have an entire block to review the chapter 10 material as they need. They can use the following page as a study guide.

-Students will have their chapter 10 unit test on Wednesday, March 8th.

-As a class, we will have our very own Dragon's Den. Students must come up with a new product (or improve an existing product) and sell it to us. The focus should be placed on the form and function of the product. Students will present their products and the class will decide who to invest in.

The week of Monday, February 27th, 2017

-Students will explore internal and external forces.

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

-Students will have a unit test on chapter 10 on Wednesday, March 8th.

The week of Monday, February 20th, 2017

-Students will be introduced to the new unit, Structures: Form and Function, through an activity where we discuss the difference and how the form impacts the cost of various items.

-Together we will look at forces and the different types of loads that a structure must support.

-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.

The week of Monday, February 13th, 2017

-Students will test their filters and the written part will be submitted for evaluation.

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

The week of Monday, February 6th, 2017

-The procedure and materials section of the project should be complete and materials can be brought in.

-Students will begin building their filter.

-Their filters will be tested this week and the written part submitted for evaluation.

The week of Monday, January 30th, 2017

-Students will continue researching different methods of filtration and various construction ideas for their filter.

-By the end of the week, students should have completed their research and as a group, decide which filter they will be building. The procedure and materials section of the project should be complete and materials can be brought in.

The week of Monday, January 23rd, 2017

-Students will perform a small experiment related to solutes, solvants and solutions. This is to help them identify how we, as scientists, can speed up dissolving solutes.

-Students will begin working on their final project for Unit 2 - Pure Substances and Mixtures.

-Students will have a test on Chapter 2 material this Friday, January 27th. They will only be tested on material they have learned since returning from Christmas Break.

The week of Monday, January 16th, 2017

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

-Students will use the Gizmo program to perform a small solubility experiment.

-As a class, we will discuss the chapter 3 project that the students must research, plan, build and test.

The week of Monday, January 9th, 2017

-Students are reminded that their identifying substances and mixtures lab is due Tuesday, January 10th.

-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.

The week of Monday, December 19th, 2016

-Students will perform a lab where they must identify unknown substances based on their physical characteristics. This lab report (only questions) will be due after the break, Tuesday, January 10th.

-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, December 22nd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

The week o f Monday, December 12th, 2016

-Students will perform the BIG lab and have a week to write the report (reprt is due Tuesday, December 20th).

-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 have a unit test on all that we have covered in chapter 1 on Thursday, December 22nd. Students can begin studying by looking over the following.

The week of Monday, December 5th, 2016

-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.

-There will be a unit test on Thursday, December 22nd

The week of Monday, November 28th, 2016

-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.

-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 21st, 2016

-Students will begin working on the final project for unit 1. All information will be given in class and students will have class time, ONLY class time, to complete this project.

The week of Monday, November 14th, 2016

-Students will be working on the conclusion of the Biobottle activity. They can work in their groups to discuss their observations and conclusions.

-Students will attend the 67s game day.

-Students will begin working on the final project for unit 1. All information will be given in class and students will have class time, ONLY class time, to complete this project.

The week of Monday, November 7th, 2016

-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.

-We will begin the last chapter in our first unit, "Organisms depend on a healthy environment". We will be examining the process of first and second succession as well as how to become stewards for the environment and to reduce our environmental impact.

The week of Monday, October 31st, 2016

-Students played Kahoot as a review for their test.

-Students should study the following.

-Students will have a science quiz on chapter 5 on Wednesday, November 2nd.

-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.

The week of Monday, October 24th, 2016

-Students will work on an activity entitled, "What did I learn at Baxter". They will be given the entire period to work on this. It will be due next class and evaluated.

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

-Students will continue working on the cycles of matter.

-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 Wednesday, November 2nd.

The week of Monday, October 17th, 2016

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

-They will try to figure out a food web based on information given (challenge activity).

-Students will read about the different cycles of matter and try to fill in a handout they receive in class.

The week of Monday, October 10th, 2016

-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.

-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 3rd, 2016

-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, September 26th, 2016

-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 Monday, October 3rd, 2016.

The week of Monday, September 19th, 2016

-Student fees are due by September 11th. $45 if only one student at school; $90 if two children at school; $110 per family (3 or more students at school)

-Students completed the activity where they searched for all possible links; they presented their findings to the class.

-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.

-We will have a quiz on the what they have learned next week, a specific date will be given once I can judge where we are in the information.

The week of Monday, September 12th, 2016

-Student fees are due by September 11th. $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 15th.

-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 5th, 2016

-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 9th.