September 27 - October 1
This week, we'll continue to talk about adaptations, as well as intraspecies and interspecies variation. We'll also look at niches and resource partitioning. From there, we'll move towards our "Best Beak Physique" lab where we'll simulate different beak shapes to see how well they pick up different parts of food. This allows us to cover some concepts, as well as graph and analyze data which is something we want to focus on this year with the kids.
For those classes that have not yet completed their first exponents quiz, it will be coming up this week. This quiz covers the meaning of a power, identifying parts of a power, evaluating powers including using order of operations. After completing this, grade 9s will begin to look at the exponent laws. These concepts are foundational skills for success in high school math.
September 20 - 24
Now that we've spent the last couple weeks talking about key scientific concepts and reviewing skills like interpreting data and graphing, it's time to begin our Biological Diversity unit. We'll start by looking at variation and how adaptations can help organisms in various environments and situations, as well as talking about how various species depend on each other for survival.
During the coming week, grade 9 math students will continue their work with powers and exponents. Most of our time will be spent evaluating exponents. Expect our first quiz of the year around mid-week. Students will also begin to use the order of operations using exponents. For additional practice with these concepts,
September 13 - 17
This week, we will be exploring the scientific method. We'll have discussions about Science as a method of thinking, and flow into testable questions, hypotheses, and procedure within experiments. We will also look at data analysis and which graphing methods are appropriate in different scenarios.
Welcome to Grade 9 Math!!! After a couple of months off, your teachers are looking forward to getting back to some math concepts to get the brain working. This past week, much of our time was spent getting some testing out of the way. Testing will be done at various times throughout the year to gauge student learning. We completed the MIPI (Mathematics Intervention Programming Instrument) to have a baseline as to where the student is at coming into grade 9. As well, we completed a pre-assessment for Powers and Exponents – the first area of study this year. We then investigated the meaning of a power.
In the coming week, grade 9s will continue their work with the purpose and evaluating powers. It will be important to identify bases, exponents and coefficients.
Extra help website will be found at this page from time to time. For extra support with exponents thus far:
Have a wonderful week!
September 7 - 10
This week, we are learning about lab safety and WHMIS, and will be completing a fun "Lab Safety Meme" computer task that will allow students to bring some creativity to what they've learned.