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January 16, 2022

Course Description

 Grade 9 will study the following four units: Reproductions, Atoms and elements, Electricity, and Astronomy. In the reproduction unit the students will compare asexual and sexual methods of reproduction. They will learn how the human reproductive system functions and recognize the major stages of human development from conception to birth. Students will recognize that the nucleus of the cell contains the genetic information and is responsible for the transmission of traits from one generation to the next. Also discuss factors that may change a cell’s genetic information. Students will get opportunity to address current biotechnology issue from the knowledge gained throughout the course. The atoms and elements unit students will learn about the development of the atomic model and the periodic table. Students will investigate the properties of elements and compounds and acquaint themselves with chemical symbols and families. Also the will become familiar with natural phenomena and everyday technologies that demonstrate chemical change. The electricity unit students will construct an electrophorus to investigate electrostatic phenomena. The transition from static to current electricity will enable students to investigate series and parallel circuits and to make connections to daily applications like cost of electrical energy and the safety and efficiency of electrical appliances. They will use the decision-making process to address an issue associated with the generation and transmission of electricity in Manitoba.

 In exploring the universe unit students will observe and locate visible celestial objects. This knowledge provides them with an appreciation for the relevance of astronomy to various people. They will develop an understanding of the origin, evolution, and components of the universe. Also explain how various technologies have extended our ability to explore and understand space. Students in this course will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to further succeed in later high school courses such as physics, chemistry, and biology. Class expectations: Students are expected to attend school and classes regularly and punctually. They will bring all supplies that are required to complete assignments. All assignments are to be handed in on time usually the next day but no later than three days. Homework should be completed and bring to class the next day. If students need help to complete their assignments they are encouraged to attend assignment catch periods(ACU) or resource periods. Safety in the the science lab and classroom should be practiced at all times.


Student marks are distributed as follows: 

Assignments and experiments - 50% 

Tests and Quizzes - 20% 

Projects - 10% 

Final Exam - 20%

 Total: 100%

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