We are approaching the end of the school year, and we are beginning our final cluster on Interactions Within Ecosystems. Students will be writing a final quiz on Forces and Structures, and we will begin ecosystems. The final exam is quickly approaching for students who are not exempt (85% or higher average in all three terms). Students will be receiving an exam review in mid-May, and all students will be preparing, until exemptions are announced at the beginning of June.
This year’s science program has the students exploring four main clusters. The topics include:
Interactions Within Ecosystems
- Biotic and abiotic factors, preservation of ecosystems, food webs and ecological pyramids, and use of a microscope.
- Earth’s structure, classifying rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, geological resources, continental drift and plate tectonics.
The Particle Theory of Matter
- The phases of matter, volume of solids, liquids, gasses, boiling and melting points, insulators and conductors, pure substances and mixtures, solvents and solutes.
Forces and Structures
- Classification of structures, centre of gravity, internal and external forces, building structures.
We will be creating an Interactive Notebook for Science this year. This allows for all of the materials that students will receive from me, as well as what they create to be all in one place.
Students will have the opportunity to learn through written text, videos, experiments and demonstrations and other presentation styles.
Assessment is determined by daily assignments, quizzes, tests, participation and
notebook /binder evaluation. After each unit students will be given a formal test, quiz or project to analyze their understanding of the content. Mid-term and final exams will factor into the final percentage.