Archive for September, 2009

If I only had a heart….

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Get ready – heart dissection on Tues 15th Sept.  Check out this presentation and this site with useful info on this topic.

For all you budding surgeons out there, try this virtual heart transplant.

Periodic Table

Friday, September 4th, 2009
PeriodicTable from

PeriodicTable from

We have, and will continue, to look at the Periodic Table.  Make sure you bring the paper version you were given in class with you to every lesson.  It is an important document.

Here are some resources that may be useful.  Read through the notes, and say thanks to Mr. Boulton for producing them, (with a little help from wikipedia). Classification of Elements   Comparison of groups in the periodic table

Here is the link to the video demonstrating what happens when you mix the more reactive alkali metals with water.  We will do Li and Na in class, but nothing quite as exciting as this!

Have a great no homework weekend 🙂

Demonstrating digestion & absorption lab

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Here is the instruction sheet for this lab, along with the rubric.  Lab – Demonstrating Absorption You will be assessed on conclusion and evaluation only for this lab.  You need to submit the following by Tues 15th Sept – either soft or hard copy.

A copy of the lab sheet.  Your hypothesis, including justification. Your data tables. Your conclusion and evaluation.

Atomic structure

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

YOU KNOW THIS STUFF ALREADY!  You covered it in grade 8.  This is just a recap.  Click on the link to see the slides we will use in class. Atomic Structure Projections

Also, take a look at this link from the BBC Bitesize site.  It will give you some good pre-reading on the topic and help you get up to speed.

Be still my beating heart

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
maximum heart rate 214 by Laurel Fan on flickr

maximum heart rate 214 by Laurel Fan on flickr

In class this week and next we will be working on a lab dealing with factors affecting heart rate.  Your task is simple – to design, carry out and write up your findings on how a particular factor affects heart rate. 

Begin by listing all the factors you can think of that might influence how fast or slow your heart beats.  Decide on one independent variable to test, and write it in the form of a research question.  Next write a hypothesis, including justification.  Then plan an experiment to test your hypothesis, remembering to state clearly how you will control all the variables you mentioned earlier. 

Then comes the fun part – performing your plan.  You may need to ask, beg, bribe some of your classmates or family members to participate.  Once you have your data, process it and present it appropriately, explain your findings, and evaluate both your results and your method.  Suggest improvements for next time. 

Phew!  That should take a while…. This is a great opportunity for you to boost your IA scores and gain complete on the various aspects of lab grading.  Here is the  IA rubric.

Digestion assessment

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Describe the route taken by a ham, cheese and lettuce sandwich through the human digestive system, explaining what happens to each part of the sandwich as it passes through each region of the digestive tract.                  [20 marks]

 Complete and correct route given               [4]

Digestion of bread                                       [4]

Digestion of ham                                         [4]

Digestion of cheese                                     [4]

Digestion of lettuce                                     [2]

Bibliography in MLA format                          [2]

You will have class time on Tuesday 1st September for this, and must submit it no later than Thursday 3rd September.  Here is a link you might find useful.