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Science 9 Course Outline 2011-2012 Teacher: Kora Lee Gallant Email: [email protected] Website: http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/klgallant Course Overview Grade 9 Science covers 4 areas of Science; Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Astronomy. The following topics will be covered: Atoms and Elements Lab Safety Rules (poster) and WHMIS Symbols Qualitative and Quantitative Properties Physical and Chemical Properties and Changes Compounds and Elements Inferring Symbols for Elements Interpreting Chemical Formulas Meet the Modern Periodic Table Atomic Models Chemical Bonding Characteristics of Electricity Static Electricity Current Electricity Parallel and Series Circuit Reproduction Cell Theory, History and Review Parts of the Cell Mitosis The Cell Cycle in your body, regeneration, aging Asexual Reproduction and Sexual Reproduction Meiosis Variation DNA Biotechnology + the History of Genetic Research Space Exploration Beginning of the Solar System Composition and characteristics of the Solar System and Universe Assessment and Evaluation During each term, students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum outcomes through unit tests, quizzes, assignments, projects and labs. Each outcome will be marked on a scale of 1 – 4. 4– Excellent understanding of the outcome 3 – Good understanding of the outcome 2 – Initial understanding of the outcome 1 – Little to no understanding of the outcome. In Grade 9 Students are given a percentage mark at the end of each term. Tests and Quizzes Unit tests will take place at the end of each unit. Quizzes, projects, assignments and labs will take place periodically throughout each unit. These assignments should help students assess their understanding of the material before the end of unit test. Extra Help Extra help is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at noon hour (12:00 – 12:20) when requested by the student.