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Information for the week of Feb. 22-24

Here are the downloads and links for the final that is scheduled for next Tuesday (2/28/17).  I would prefer students just review the key ideas, look through the summary and maybe try the practice test.  Please do not "cram" for the final, memorize terms, or make flashcards, etc.  Try for one hour of review and see how you do...of course, you can always do more if you need to.

Chemical Interactions Key Ideas

Investigations Summaries - sorry I cut and pasted the investigations out of order...entropy happens.

Chem Interaction Practice Test

ChemInt Practice Test Answer Key

Wednesday:  Reading "How Atoms Rearrage and Organic Compounds"  Here is the reading guide handout


Site #1:  PhET Balancing Chemical Equations (Here is a version for Windows HTML 5)

Site# 2:  Balancing 10 Chemical Equations

Site #3:  Balancing Chemical Equations Battleship!!

Info for Feb. 13-17

Monday:  Inv 9 Intro - Atoms and Substance Models.  Here are the notes NOTES, and here is the handout HANDOUT

Tuesday:  Reviewed yesterday; watched How Small is an Atom?

Wednesday:  Reviewed chemical reactions - Limewater Investigation

Thursday:  Reviewed Limewater Investigation - introduced Chemical Equations and balancing chemical equations

Notes for Wednesday and Thursday SNB

Video explaining what we started today

Friday:  Completed the Balance Practice Worksheet from yesterday.  Check you answers using this site. Chem Balancer Online

Balance Chemical Equations Practice Worksheet

 Students used PhET Balancing Chemical Equations (Mac Version) (Windows Version) - if they can get 5 stars in all levels they earn a stamp.  At home they can screen shot or take pic with phone and show me next week.

Information for the short week of Feb. 8-10

Test on Phase Change this FRIDAY

Practice Quiz #1

Practice Quiz #2 (#2 and #13 are not something you should know.)

Review Game - play while you review

Another review game - includes endothermic (absorbs NRG)  and exothermic (releases NRG)

Jeopardy Game for phase change

Check this out too (phase change graphs)


ReRead  Rock Solid  



Information for the week of January 23-27

Read Rock Solid   Here is the reading guide

Video Guide for "How Stuff Works: Salt"

Here is the youtube link:  How Stuff Works: Salt

Back of the video guide handout

Information for the week of January 17-20

Tuesday:  Complete the reading guide and PhET activity from last week...look at last Thursday and Friday for the links.

Wednesday:  Began investigation into Phase Change

Thursday:  Investigation 8-1 - Melting Temperatures:  students are tasked with finding the melting points of 3 substances

Friday:  Quick Quiz (15 Points)...Here are the main points

 For the quiz on Friday, You should know the following terms: mixture, solution, solubility, solute, solvent, insoluble and concentration

 You should also be able to identify examples of each term…like sugar is a solute while water is a solvent.

 You should be able to explain how to separate a mixture of water, insoluble substances, and soluble substances…similar to what we did in class.

 You should be able to describe the role of KE in dissolving a solute

 You should be able to explain this statement: “A solution can be a mixture, but NOT all mixtures are solutions”

  1) Read through your science notebook      2) Re-read How Things Dissolve   "How Things Dissolve"  

 3) Review what you learned with the PhET activity Sugar & Salt Solutions   Sugar & Salt Simulation

 4)  Investigation 7 Quizlet





Information for week of January 9-13

Monday: Introduce Mixture Investigation; brainstormed ways of identifying the mixture substances; Notes on Mixtures & Solutions

Tuesday:  Filtered mixture and set up evaporation trays for soluble solution; began reading "How Things Dissolve"

Wednesday:  Examined substances from yesterday, compared to 1st quarter science notebooks - 

Thursday:  CER for this weeks lab; completed the reading guide for "How Things Dissolve"  Sugar & Salt Simulation

Friday:  Here is the PhET Guide for Sugar & Salt Solutions

Information for the week of January 3-6

Tuesday:  Students started working on Investigation 5 test - it is open notebook, lab partner test.  If student is absent, talk with Ms Burroughs

Wednesday:  Students cont'd/finished working on open notebook test.

Thursday:  Begin Inv. 7 - Solutions

 Information week of Dec. 12-16

Monday:  Internet Safety lesson

Tuesday  Completed Calculating Energy Transfer - A & B; notes on calculating calories

Wednesday:  Part 1 Engineering Design - Making the perfect coffee mug! - Collecting data

Thursday:  Part 2 Engeering Design - Using data, design the perfect mug Wrapped up Part 1 and worked on Heat Practice A&B

Friday:  Wrap up 

Information for the week of Dec. 5 - 9

Monday:  NOVA  Absolute Zero

Tuesday:  Complete the Energy Transfer Online Assignment; began reading Energy on the Move - students take two-column notes

 Information for the week of Nov. 27-Dec2

Monday:  Students investigated temperature change when mixing hot and cold water.  They created a math formula for calculating temperature final when mixing equal amounts of hot and cold water:  Th + Tc/2...temp. of hot water plus temp. of cold water divided by 2.  Basically, temperature final is the average when mixing equal amounts of water

Tuesday: Students investigated the energy transfer occurring by placing cold water in a flask inside a beaker of hot water.  They recorded temperature of both hot and cold until the temperatures of both waters was the same.  They should graph this data for homework.

Wednesday:  Students analyzed their graphing from the night before.  We took notes (copy here).  Students also began planning an investigation to determine the relationship among NRG transferred when using different masses of water at different temperatures.

Thursday:  Students carried out their investigation on how mass  affect the temperature final of water.  Graphing should be done for tomorrow

Friday:  Link to FOSS:  Absolute Zero

 Information for the week of Nov. 21-22

Monday:  Returned tests - students completed a test analysis sheet that should be returned tomorrow.  Retakes are available, students will need to complete a retake ticket.  Retakes begin next Tuesday before/after school.

 Information for the week of November 14-18

We will be having a summative test on Investigation 4 on Friday, November 18  

1)Investigation 4 Quizlet , 2) Here is a powerpoint with notes we took in class, 3) "Particles in Motion" Reading (pgs 23-27)   4) Cliff Notes Inv.4 5) Cute Eureka video on expansion & contraction 6) Study Guide for Inv 4

 Monday:  Students turned in OA set #4 and completed the PhET Gas Properties activity

PhET Simulation Activity   Here is the handout for the PhET Activity

Tuesday:  Investigating the heating and cooling of water:  Do liquids expand, compress and/or contract like gasses? Here is an online explanation and here

Wednesday:  We wrapped up yesterday's investigation heating and cooling liquids...and then looked at heating and cooling a solid.  Here is a online multimedia that illustrates.

Thursday:  Reviewed Response Sheet; Kahoots Game Review; Homework is to complete the reading guide for "Particles in Motion" Reading 

 Information for the week of November 4-7

 (Remember 1/2 day Thursday & no school Friday)

This week will be exploring/investigating gas properties even more.  Students will use a website call PhET Interactive Simulations to manipulate the variables that affect the behaviour of gases:  temperature, pressure & volume.

PhET Simulation Activity

Investigation 4 Quizlet 

 Information for the week of October 31 - November 4

Here are a couple of videos that show some demos I did last week in class

Marshmallow in a Vacuum Chamber

Particles in Motion Reading...this would be very helpful for students to read through at home if they are feeling not sure of concepts in class!!

Here is a powerpoint with notes we took in class

Monday:  Watched BNSG - Pressure

Tuesday: Heating and cooling air investigation Here is a helpful article regarding heating and cooling of air

Wednesday:  1/2 day

Thursday:  Continued with heating and cooling air investigation

Friday: Final presentations of heating and cooling air - Notes on Kinetic Energy (KE)




Information for the week of October 24 - 28

 Monday:  We revisited the blue and gray cube we investigated last week.  Today we used a bubble from bubble wrap in our closed syringe system.  Here is a copy of the notes we took for the Bubble Investigation, and here is a copy of the reading that goes with the Cube & Bubble Investigation.

Information for the week of October 17-21

Here is a list of concepts that students should be expected to know and explain by Friday for a quiz on Investigation 3

Here are my Cliff Notes for Investigation 3 -  Kind of designed for parents but students might find it helpful.

Quizlet Investigation 3    Investigation Reading Guide pages

This week students are focusing on the behavior of gases.  

Monday we played around with closed syringe systems and made observations on what happens when students pushed and pulled on the syringe plunger.

Tuesday - students turned in their Element Block and used the FOSS website to model the air in a syringe.  Here is the website link - username:  msb3rd  password:  Bacon123   Here is the guide sheet for this activity.

Wednesday - Reviewed yesterday's online activity.  Wrote definitions for the words compress, expand, pressure, force - students completed this response sheet. Here is the air notes powerpoint I showed in class.

Information for the week of Oct. 11 - 14

To wrap up the Periodic Table Investigation, each student is in charge of making a 15cm X 15 cm element block for our big periodic table in the hallway.  Here is the handout for research and requirements.  And, here are several great websites to help with the research:  The Elements  Jefferson Lab

This Project is due Tuesday, October 18...however, I suggest students complete it sooner rather than later!!


Students started investigating energy and matter this week.  We started with an uncommon phenomena - the tanker car implosion.  Students must use only evidence they have collected from investigations in class to explain how this phenomena occurs.  Here is the handout explaining the goals and challenge. 

 Information for the week of October 3 -7

This week students will be investigating the Periodic Table of the Elements.  For Friday, students will need to be able to tell me the atomic number, element symbol and element name for the first 15 elements AND if they want an A will need to know 5 more of their choice.

Tuesday:  Element Reading Guide  and here are the pages from the Chemical Interaction Textbook:  The Elements and here is Page 15

Here are some online tools to help with getting to know the PToE

 Elements 1-20 quizlet

Elements 1-60 quizlet

Super Challenge and Practice the spelling too

The New Periodic Table Song

DM and the Periodic Table Video


Random element quiz

Another random element quiz


Information for the week of September 26-30

This week students will be completing their investigation into the unknown mixture.  Last week they focused on physical properties, this week they will focus on chemical properties.  They will be performing confirmation and evaporation tests on at least 6 mixtures to determine which combination is the most likely match to the unknown mixture.  I will add assignments through the week as we progress.

Students should be sure their white substance data chart is complete and checked off!!  Here is a pdf of the white substance information.( pdf to find the uses for each of the white substances)

Tuesday/Wednesday depending on time:  ReRun Form - students will use this form to think about and reflect on what we have been doing, why, and what we have found out.  


Information for the week of September 19-23

This week students are using the properties of substances to identify the two substances in an unknown mixture.  Most of the work for this week occurs in class as they will be doing hands on investigations.  Students should be checking skyward to be sure they have completed last weeks assignments:  Lab Safety Scenarios and the Lab Safety Assignment

Students should be completing a "White Substance Chart"  The first 4 columns are completed in class, some students may need to finish the "uses" column.  They can use this pdf to find the uses for each of the white substances

 Information for the week of Sept. 12-1

Students are working on understanding the science lab safety rules.  Unfortunately, I will be out of the class Wed. - Friday.  Students will have a lab safety assignment and will work on that in class.

There will be a quiz on the lab safety assignment on Friday!!

Lab Safety Rules for the Science Notebook

Lab Safety Scenarios

Lab Safety Assignment  

Here is an online thing to practice safety rules with

Here is another online thing to practice safety  rules with

Practice Quiz - note some of the rules may not be on our sheet but are good to know anyway

Another practice Quiz : ) 

 Information for the week of Sept. 7-9

Students will be receiving the following handouts this week.  Both the parent letter and the safety contract should be signed by a parent/guardian

Parent Letter

Safety Contract