Milk, Slime and Diapers!!!

December 4th, 2016 No comments

What do these have in common?

Last week, we continued the Cause and Effect Unit by doing investigations on the effect of energy on the movement of particles. We also discovered the difference between how salt and sugar dissolve in water. Then, some of you were able to see how detergent, milk and food colour react with each other. Please make sure you wear close toed shoes and bring extra hair ties if you have hair that can cover your face.

So far, we have almost completed twelve or thirteen pages of our packet. By the end of this week, we will have completed sixteen pages. This week, we will summarise what we have learned about how particles react with each other, and what happens when substances with different polarities interact with each other. We will do investigations with milk, slime and diapers.

Enjoy this milky, slimy diaper week!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

Matter Matters

November 20th, 2016 No comments

Hello there, Science Peeps!

Last week, we continued the Cause and Effect Unit by doing investigations on the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We looked at the differences between salt and sugar. We discovered how solids, liquids and gases act when they are subjected to heat and cold. Please make sure you wear close toed shoes and bring extra hair ties if you have hair that can cover your face.

So far, we have almost completed seven pages of our packet. By the end of this week, we will have completed nine pages. This week, we will summarize what we have learned about how particles in solids, liquids and gases react, and what happens when particles are mixed. Then we will do more investigations about mass and discover ways to measure mass of tiny particles. Since we are learning so much in class by doing all these investigations, please remember to keep up with our learning by making sure that the questions for each activity or experiment or investigation are answered thoughtfully, using academic language. All Mung Bean Lab Reports that had to be re-done were submitted. Thank you for adhering to the deadline.

Enjoy another full week of Science!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

More Cause and Effect

November 13th, 2016 No comments

Dear Scientists,

Last week, we started the Cause and Effect Unit by Describing Solids, Liquds and Gases and observing their properties. We also investigated the effect of heat on the shape, size and mass of ice, and extended the investigation to observe and describe the shape and size of solids, liquids and gases in a flexible container.

This week, we need to wear close toed shoes all week because we will continue to do investigations on the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We begin by looking at the differences between salt and sugar. We will continue to discover more about solids, liquids and gases in stations until the end of the week. Since we will be using flames this week, please remember to bring hair ties, especially if your hair is long enough to cover your face.

So far, we have been doing a lot of discovery experiments. Please remember to keep up with our learning by making sure that the questions for each activity or experiment or investigation are answered thoughtfully, using academic language. Also, remember that the Mung Bean Lab Report corrections need to be completed by Friday, November 18. Finally, this week, we will meet 3 days because Wellness is scheduled for Lesson 3 in Science.

As a treat, we have a visiting Astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, on Monday, November 14 from 3 pm. to 4 pm.  He will give a talk in the AMR.  You don’t want to miss this!

Enjoy this exciting week!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

A New Unit

November 8th, 2016 No comments

Hello Scientists!

Last week we wrapped up the Structures Unit and looked at different ways Science works to solve everyday problems. We watched a video about our visiting astronaut, Mr. Soichi Nogura and came up with questions to ask him when he comes. We also started a blog post summarizing what we did in the Mung Bean Performance Task. Finally, we all received our marks for the Mung Bean Performance Task.

This week, we are starting a new unit – Cause and Effect. In this unit, we will be learning about what makes things the way they are. You will receive a green packet with all the activities for this unit. Take care of it! This is the only packet you will receive. We only print as many as we need. This is a very hands-on unit. You will be doing labs almost every week, which means you have to be in closed shoes, and people with long hair should tie hair back so it does not get in the way of observations, and so we are safe.

If you were here at the start of the school year, you should have written 4 blog posts:
1. What I Know about Structures
2. What I Learned about Cells and Cell Structures
3. What I Learned about Structures
4. Mung Bean Project Reflections
Please make sure you have completed these. Blog posts are part of the Communication of Learning strand of Achievement, and will be marked at the end of the Semester.

Another reminder. If you want to improve your Mung Bean Lab Report marks, please make sure you make corrections as directed on the Google Document, and give back the pink sheet where the rubric is to Mrs. Vergel before November 18.

And so we begin by Describing Solids, Liquids and Gases. Remember our new words because we expect you to use them.

Here’s to another exciting unit!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

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Planting Time!

September 25th, 2016 No comments

Hey Mung Bean Farmers!

Last week, all Cells packets should have been submitted. Students took the Cells quiz after extensive reviewing, and the Mung Bean Performance Task was introduced. Students should have written their chosen Independent and Dependent variables, and their individual Aim and Hypothesis.

1. This week, we will distribute materials for your performance task for you to take home. Make sure you label each cup as discussed in class, water and measure as you described, and take photos of each day’s observations (email these photos to yourself).
2. You will also write what you Learned about Structures and Cells in your Digital Learning Journal, and then do more reflection about the lessons and your learning.
3. Finally, you will start writing up your lab report in a digital format.
4. Since it is Wellness week, we only meet up 3 times this week.

Happy planting!
🙂

Mrs. Vergel

 

Quiz Week

September 18th, 2016 No comments

Dear Cell Experts,

It’s quiz week!

You already have learnt so much about cells as structures and as a part of a structure.

At this point, you should have completed the packet for the Cells Unit.  You also have watched videos and played games that should have helped you strengthen your understanding of Cells and how they relate with the world around.

This week, we will continue reviewing about cells.  Then on the third lesson of the week, (Wednesday for Vergel and Hamaguchi Home Bases and Thursday for Beck and Benford Home Bases) you will take the Cells quiz.  

After taking the quiz, you will write what you learnt about cells in your Digital Learning Journal.  Then we will introduce you to our next Performance Task.  Stay tuned!

Have a great week!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

Full on Science Week

September 4th, 2016 No comments

Dear Cell Experts,

Last week we did the following activities:

1. You finished the Information Gap, answered the reflection questions and then checked them against the answer key and make corrections.
2. Then you did a Socrative Quiz on the Information Gap, after which most of you started working on your Cell Infographic Analogy. This had to be thought out really well because it shows me how well you know the parts of the cell.

This week is a full Science week. You will be doing the following activities:

1. You will continue and complete your Cell Infographic Analogy. This is a Minor Assessment and you are marked on your Transfer of Learning and yourCommunication of Learning.
2. Then you will share your Infographic with the class, after which
3. You will make a Compare and Contrast BrainFrame for the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells.
4. In between, you will watch videos and play games to strengthen your understanding of the structure and function of the cell and its parts.

Enjoy the week and the new courtyard equipment!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

A Short and Sweet Week

August 26th, 2016 No comments

Dear Cell Scientists,

This week is a short week because of the Monday holiday. It is also Wellness week in Science.

1. You will finish the Information Gap, answer the reflection questions and then check them against the answer key and make corrections.

2. Then you will do a Socrative Quiz on the Information Gap, after which

3. You will start working on your Cell Analogy Infographic. This has to be thought out really well because it shows me how well you know the parts of the cell.

Then, it’s the weekend again!

Happy days!
🙂

Mrs. Vergel

Preparing Slides and Practicals

August 22nd, 2016 No comments

Hello there, Slidemakers!

This week, you will need to be in closed-toed shoes all week, and since you have Wellness in Math, this means all 4 out of 5 days in the week.  Here’s what we’re up to:
1. You will learn how to prepare onion cell and cheek cell wet mounts, and view them under the microscope. You will also prepare a pond weed slide and view its organelles.
2. You will have a Practical Assessment on preparing Wet Mounts and viewing the specimen under Low Power and High Power. This will happen 3rd lesson of the week: Wednesday for Vergel and Hamaguchi Homebases and Thursday for Beck and Benford Homebases.
3. After the Practical Assessment, you and a partner will work on a Cells Information Gap.
4. You need to start thinking about what you can compare the Cell to in your life or the things around you.

The purpose of all these activities is to understand the structures and functions of the parts that make up a cell, and to realize that these structures help the cell survive.

If you did not finish an activity during class, you have to stay for Tutorials.

Happy imagining!

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

Cells, BrainPops and Bill Nye

August 14th, 2016 No comments

15 August 2016

Hello there, Cell Investigators!

This week you have Wellness on Wednesday (Vergel HB and Hamaguchi HB), and Thursday (Beck HB and Benford HB).

1. You will continue to learn about Cells Cells and Cell Structures by watching Brain-Pop videos answering questions about them and checking your answers.
2. Then you will write a digital learning journal (#2) about what you just learned about Cells and Cell Structures.
3. You will watch a Bill Nye video about Cells and complete a Socrative quiz to check for your understanding of the concept.
4. You will also share what you learned with the rest of the class.

If you did not finish answering the questions and checking your answers for both videos at the end of the second lesson, you will have to stay for Tutorials.

🙂

Mrs. Vergel

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