Solving Mysteries with Chromatography

Chemistry students were given a forensics challenge to solve by determining the correct black marker used by a teacher to write a mysterious note seen below. Are black markers really black? How is black ink made? We used knowledge of mixtures whir using the new...

The Separation is in the Details

Chemistry students were given a challenge to determine the proper sequence of events to properly separate a mixture of substances using various methods. To do this, they were given a stack of cards with different actions or terms written on them. They then had to...

Classification Venn

Chemistry students tried a new way to understand the classification of matter this year. They planned and created a Venn diagram that shows where each type of matter belongs. They then decorated and drew pictures to finish off the...

Peer Feedback on the Google Apps

Students in 7+8 Science shared their presentation documents with each other so that each of them could give feedback and thoughts about the rough draft. We made a huge feedback table on Google Sheets so everyone could find the info in the same place (and I could...

Covalent Networking

Chemistry students used the healthy stash of molecular model kits to build some covalent network solids of diamond, graphite and silicon dioxide. The SiO2 was amazingly difficult to build properly - so many different connections to keep track of. Building sheets of...

Specialized Cell Models

Grade 7+8 completed and presented cell models that they spent a couple weeks creating. This year, they were to choose a specialized human cell and use materials that best represented the special features of that cell. There were some very creative final...

Being a Good Sports Drink

The Chemistry class investigated the content of two different sports drinks. They were challenged to determine how much salt was present in each brand by creating a standard curve by measuring samples of known concentrations. Then, they would measure each sports drink...

Periodic Table 2.0: On the Wall

After a couple weeks working on the element cards, the table went up quickly on the back wall of the classroom. A big improvement from version 1.0 and this should last quite a...

Try on Some Ions

Chemistry students used some freshly made ion puzzle shapes to help reinforce the concept of balancing charge when creating ionic compounds. The number of teeth on the puzzle piece correspond to the charge (positive or negative) of the ion. A proper compound will...

Visualizing Populations

Enviro Sci students were challenged to take a data set from their textbook [IB Environmental Systems & Societies] and come up with a creative way to visualize the information in order to better understand the data. The groups came up with some interesting and...

Periodic Table 2.0: The Rebuild

Two years ago, the grade 7+8 class worked hard to construct a giant periodic table that covered a large section of the classroom wall. Over time, the colours faded and I had new ideas for an improved version. This year the Chemistry class worked together to come up...

Concept Review with GOBY

In order to prepare for an assessment in bonding, the Chemistry students tried a out a new game I put together (very last minute) to review various types of concepts/questions. GOBY stands for Green, Orange, Blue and Yellow, although there was not enough time to make...

Analyzing Habitats

7+8 Science students chose an area of the school yard to investigate a chosen habitat. They took various sensors and collected information about the chosen area such as biotic and abiotic factors. After gathering the data, they presented their findings in Google...

The Green Screen Scene

Digital Media students were getting some experience using a green screen background. They created some videos and then found some suitable background pictures or videos (or made their own!) and added it in on iMovie. They came up with some interesting ideas!...

Up to the Lakes

EnviroSci 11+12 took a trip north to Lake Izunuma & Lake Uchinuma, a great place to go for learning about the local ecology. The lakes are the home for a number of bird species and some of them migrate down from Russia during the winter and live in the area. After...

Dichotomous Shoes

EnviroSci 11+12 were introduced/refreshed about the concept of dichotomous keys with a challenge activity.They were all asked to contribute one of their shoes to the class shoe collection. In two separate teams, they had to classify all the shoes based on different...

Relating the Relationships

We tried a new way to visualize the relationships between organisms in an ecosystem, shown below. After looking at the definitions and examples of the terms, we tried to fit them into the proper section of the 3x3 grid to ensure...