Ann Jessome

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Grade 9 Science is a Pan-Canadian science course that aims to develop scientific literacy. Scientific literacy is an evolving combination of the science related attitudes, skills, and knowledge students need to develop inquiry, problem-solving, and decision making abilities; to become lifelong learners; and to maintain a sense of wonder about the world around them. We will be learning through readings, discussion, debate, experiments, activities, movies, art, song, reflection, questioning and more.


Course Outline:


Reproduction:  Cellular processes, asexual and sexual reproduction, genetic changes


Atoms and Elements:  Lab safety, chemical changes/reactions, atomic theory, Periodic Law…introduction to the periodic table and the patterns found in the table


Electricity:  Static Electricity, Current Electricity, Circuits, Use of Electrical Energy, Electricity and the environment


Astronomy:  the beginnings of the solar system, composition and characteristics of the solar system, composition and characteristics of the universe.


Some special science items are:

•           Bob Fournier Science Corner Questions:  the first Wednesday of each month we will listen to Science Corner by podcast from CBC radio.  The students must e-mail me their answers and a brief reflection of the topic of his talk.  This covers a variety of science General Curriculum outcomes and often some Specific Outcomes as well.

•           Science Problems of the month.  These problems will be given each month and will be due on the M, W, or F which is closest to, and before the last day of the month.  The problems will be based on specific outcomes which are covered in the units of Grade 9 science.

•           Let’s Talk Science Program.  Young scientists studying at Dalhousie will come and do various curriculum based activities throughout the year with students

•           Students may have the opportunity to participate in the Brain Bee and other extra-curricular science challenges which may be held this year.


Extra Help

I am at Halifax Central on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.  I get there early each morning, usually well before 8am.  You are invited to come for extra help on Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning from 8:15 until 8:40 or after school at 3:15.  Students can just drop in any time before school, as long as we haven’t arranged a formal help class to help many with a specific topic…then you’ll have to come by 8:15 so you don’t disturb the learning and can join in yourself.  Sometimes students come before 8 so they can get to another help session on the same morning.  That’s fine, come on in, if I’m not in my room you can look for me in the photocopy room (staff room).  Any other time you wish to get help, like lunch time, is fine…just let me know ahead of time so that I am in my classroom to meet you.  My goal is for you to have a successful year in Science.  Together we can make sure this happens.



It is expected that homework is completed and passed in by the required assigned time.  It is important for learning; answers will be reviewed in the class after the work is due.  If there is extra help needed to complete the work I encourage students to come prior to the time when the work is due, in the morning before school for example.


If you miss class

You have to get caught up. You are responsible to see me right away when you return to school, but please come outside of class time.  Asking me during your next class is not the time to catch up; it’s time for new work.   I am very willing to help a student catch up on missed work; please see the extra help times above.  I will give you any handouts and homework—they should also be on my website. You will probably need to copy any notes from another student.  Ask the class manager for copies of notes first (the person who carries the traveling register).  If you need to come and do a lab, or require specific help, make arrangements with me.


If you miss a quiz or test and don't write it as soon as you return to school, you could get no grade for that evaluation. So don't let it go.


The responsibility for catching up is yours…you must catch up or you may miss outcomes and may lose evaluation for those outcomes on the term.


Materials required for courses:

Students must come to every class prepared to work…with calculators, pens, pencils, and binders with notes and extra loose leaf, reinforcements and textbooks. All materials must be brought every day. Special materials will be announced when needed.


Assessment and Evaluation:

Assessment and evaluation is done through observation, communication and the products produced by the students; all of these determine student success in meeting the outcomes.  Part of the assessment in science will involve the ability to critically analyze and respond to lessons and ideas presented in class. Students will also be assessed and evaluated through a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, assignments, tests, quizzes, debates, research projects, presentations, lab work, group work, skill testing, activity sheets, interpretation and reflection on science readings, making connections between concepts and participating in science activities and more.