January 22, 2015
This is the Bill Nye video we are watching about the Water Cycle:

November 25, 2014
We have a Science assessment coming up this Friday - the following material is the content of the test:
- characteristics of living things *
- organelles and their functions *
- plant and animal cells *
- unicellular organisms (amoeba, paramecium, euglena) and their adaptations *
** A cool website that students can use to see real photographs of these organisms is here:
- information from our "Cells Alive" web quest
- organ system project
- prokaryotes

* the starred topics are the ones that will be the most important to focus on for studying purposes.

October 6, 2014
We are continuing to learn about organelles, their structures, and their functions.  The following is a link to a website that students will need to complete their "Cells Alive" Webquest:

The webquest is due to be handed in on Tuesday, October 14 (Davis) and Friday, October 17 (Skelton).

September 29, 2014
This week, we are learning about cells and their organelles.  We discussed the importance of proper scientific drawings, how a scientific diagram is set-up, and then together, created animal and plant cell diagrams for students' notebooks.  Later this week, students will have the opportunity to colour/shade their diagram so that they have a detailed illustration of both cell types.

Animal Cell

Plant Cell

Cell Organelle Vocabulary
We watched a video, too, that will help students to remember some of the functions of the organelles in the cell.  You can watch it here:

September 14, 2014

Students are studying the Characteristics of Living Things.  The following assignment is due on Friday, September 19.  This was assigned on Friday, September 12, and students have been asked to do research at home.  They will have two or three periods this week to work on it. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Skelton at

It's Alive!
… but how do you know?? We have been discussing the characteristics of living things.  Your task is to select one animal and one plant and create a single page for each that explains how each of these things are living, using the characteristics of living things to support your answer.

Success Criteria:
-Include at least 5 of the 8 characteristics of living things that we discussed in class for both the animal and plant (do not necessarily have to be the same ones for both)
-Include clear explanations of how the animal meets these characteristics
-Include clear explanations of how the plant meets these characteristics
-Include illustrations to support your explanations for the animal
-Include illustrations to support your explanations for the plant

Other things to remember:
-Include the name of your plant and animal
-Work is legible (readable)
-Use correct spelling
-Use your own words (plagiarism will result in a mark of zero and a redone assignment)
-Record your sources (where you found your information) on a separate page
-Staple your work together in the following order:  animal, plant, sources, this page (total of 4 sheets)

-Make sure your name is on each page before handing it in

Identifies characteristics of living things for chosen animal/plant:
L4 - correctly identifies more than 5
L3 - correctly identifies 5
L2 - correctly identifies 2-4
L1 - correctly identifies fewer than 2

Includes explanations of how the animal/plant meets the characteristics of living things:
L4 - clear, complete, and accurate
L3 - accurate
L2 - limited accuracy or completeness
L1 - minimal or no accuracy or completeness

Includes illustrations to support explanations:
L4 - detailed and effective
L3 - effective
L2 - limited effectiveness
L1 - minimally present

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