Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Optional Assignment - Due Wednesday, November 14

Science 8/9

Here is the link for BC Science Chapters 2.2 and 2.3 (both chapters are in the same file).

Word Document

PDF Document

Please complete the reading check.  I will add 2 marks to your test for each section.  4 marks max in total.  You can choose to complete one or both sections.  Please submit by email to

Science 7

Here is the link for BC Science 7 Chapters 5.3 and 5.4 (both chapters are in the same file).

Please complete the Check Your Understanding sections.  I will add 2 marks to your test for each section.  4 marks max in total.  You can choose to complete one or both sections.  Please submit by email to

Friday, November 2, 2012

The SOFeX Expedition

Only applies to grad class with Mr. Young on Friday, Nov. 2.  Please ignore this post exploratorium students.  

1. Read the overview of the SOFeX project:



2. Discuss the following questions:

- What is the aim of the SOFeX Project?
- What specific questions do you think scientists will seek to answer during the cruise?
- how do you think scientists will go about their investigations during the cruise?
- how will the results of this cruise help scientists understand the global carbon cycle, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and climate control?

3. Explore the Cruise logbook, and the equipment and people pages:




4. Complete the SOFeX Cruise information sheet.  

5. Have each group prepare a "request for funding" brochure for the SOFeX Cruise, using information they have found throughout their investigation.  Students should include information on goals, rationale and purpose of the cruise; questions to be investigated; equipment and technology; and people involved.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Nutrient Cycle (Friday, November 2 only)

This post only applies for students taking the Nutrition Cycles class with me on Friday, Nov. 2.  Exploratorium students please ignore this post.      

The Carbon Cycle 
Watch: NASA: Keeping up with Carbon

Answer the following questions while watching the video:

1. Where is carbon stored in the world?

2.  Describe through a diagram how carbon is exchanged on land between plants, animals, and soil.  

3. Write down three important facts about carbon in oceans.

4. Describe the role of phytoplankton in the carbon cycle.  

5. Use a diagram to describe the process of upwelling. 

6. Describe the relationship between oceans and climate change.  

7. How are humans negatively impacting carbon levels?

8.  How do warmer ocean waters affect the carbon cycle and marine ecosystems?

9. How are scientists monitoring carbon levels?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Surrey - Presentations

Monday, October 22

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Class Handouts

Course Outline

Week 1 Handout

Week 1 Class Notes

Week 2 Handout

Week 2 Class Notes

Week 3 Handout

Week 3 Class Notes

Week 4 Handout

Week 4 Class Notes

Bring supplies to decorate a poster

Hey guys.  We'll be looking at atoms and molecules this week.  You will start making a 3D molecule  poster in class on Monday, and it would be great if you could brink some supplies - markers, pencil crayons, scissors, rulers etc.

I know this is a last minute message, so don't worry if you don't get it in time.

Mr. Young

Ideas for Chemical Reactions Demosntration

Bill Nye the Science Guy
This site has many ideas for all branches of science.  Focus in on the chemistry demonstrations that are listed.

Science Bob
This site explains the demonstrations quite well.  Go through the list but choose an experiment where a chemical reactions is taking place (remember the difference between a chemical reactions and physical reaction we discussed in week 2).

Science is Fun
A lot of fun demonstrations that can be done in the home.  The demonstrations with red cabbage, chemiluminescence, removing tarnish, gluep, making things glow in the dark, fizzing and foaming are all chemical reactions.  

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Important Dates

Monday, October 15 (new date) - Midterm test (based on Today's Five Big Questions and homework questions) - mostly multiple choice and fill in the blanks.  Some short answer questions.  

Monday, October 22 - Chemistry Demonstration Class 1 (Surrey and Vancouver)

Monday, October 29 - Chemistry Demonstration Class 2    (Surrey only)      

Your Homework this Week


Grade 7 
b. Complete and submit p. 142 Check Your Understanding #1-4

Grades 8/9
b. Complete and submit p. 47 Reading Check #1-5

Monday, September 17, 2012

This Week's Readings and Questions (Week 2)

Great class today!  Here are the homework assignments with links for this week.  Keep up the great work.  Remember to also continue looking for a chemistry demonstration that you would like to do.  You will need to submit a proposal along with your assignment this week by email or in class.  

Mr. Young    

Grade 7
a. Read BC Science 7 5.1 Pure Substances and Mixtures
b. Complete Check Your Understanding p. 136

Grade 8/9
a. Read BC Science 9 1.3 Atomic Theory pp.28-33
b. Complete Reading Check p. 33

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Density Tower (optional assignment)

If any of you are looking for a way to reinforce the concept of density we discussed in class, there is an activity to build a density tower found on page 117 in the grade 7 reading.  This is completely optional, but something worth giving a try if you have the time this week.  There are many videos on YouTube that explain this process.    

Please send me a picture of your density tower to post on the blog if you choose to make one.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This Week's Reading and Questions (Week 1)


Grade 7 Students
a. Read BC Science 7 section 4.1 Describing Matter and 4.2 Measuring Matter
b. Only complete Check Your Understanding questions on pp. 110 and 121

Click on the links below to open the file:
BC Science 7 Chapters 4.1 and 4.2 (PDF format)

Grade 8/9 Students
a. Read BC Science 9 section 1.2 Investigating Matter pp. 16-23
b. Only complete Reading Check on pp. 21 and 23

Click on the links below to open the file:  
BC Science 9 Chapter 1.2 Investigating Matter (PDF format)

***I have fixed the link.  All pages that you will need are there now (grade 8/9)***

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Welcome to the science and math exploratorium.  This blog will be used to provide you with updates and reminders throughout the course of the term.  I suggest checking the blog a few time a week.  Classes will start on Monday, September 10.  See you then!