Science 8 – Students followed a WebQuest to learn about Quarks and Leptons. The class was really engaged, even though they had to share one computer for every three kids. When we reviewed the activity and I randomly called on students, they were all able to give an answer and seem comfortable with what they were saying.
Here is a link to the document I gave them to follow: fundamental particles
Science 8 – My grade 8 students went to playland today. It was another warm and sunny day and an overall good experience. I must admit that I really question the purpose behind this field trip. I’m not sure if it will happen in subsequent years for grade 8’s with the new curriculum.
Science 8 – Students are learning about the development and history of Atomic Theory from Dalton to Thompson to Rutherford and Bohr. They’re also using a PHeT simulation to help picture and understand Rutherford’s gold foil experiment.
Science 8 – My other grade 8 class did their dissection today. Above is a photo of the best example of a retina/optic nerve that we saw. I’ll keep this photo for other classes to see…
Science 8 – I took my classes to TRIUMF at UBC today. It was a good day for a few reasons. First, it was nice just to get outside of the classroom. Second, for many students this was their first time taking public transportation by themselves and a good way to start that process. Thirdly, the facility is just plain interesting.
After our tour I polled the kids to see how they liked it. The feedback was pretty polar. Most kids really liked it and found it interesting. A reasonable amount did not like it all that much. I think this polarization can be explained by the students’ existing knowledge. For those that had a hard time with the vocabulary being used in the tour, the tour was not very interesting. Often times we adults don’t give enough thought into what vocabulary kids know, when giving talks or presentations.
Science 8 – A highlight of the year is the sheep eye dissection. With minimal guidance, students were able to ethically and responsibly dissect the eye. My peer tutor was a fantastic help during this activity as there are a few places that kids have problems, most noticeably when puncturing through the eye the first time.
I got a chuckle from the kids after the lab when they told me that “finally, we got to do a lab.” Apparently a science lab isn’t a lab until animal parts are cut into!
Yikes, no photo today!
I’m getting my grade 8 classes back from my student teacher today, so we spent time catching up on what’s going on in the class and where we’re headed.