Exams are finished, and we have started our unit on Forces and Structures. Students will be learning the types of structures and the forces that act upon them. They will then be designing their own structures that will hopefully withstand these forces. This will take us right into our last unit on Ecosystems.
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.