This week, I am away at Elite Boxing Nationals in Quebec City. If all goes according to plan, I will be fighting 3 times and coming home Sunday with a Gold Medal. If everything doesn't go quite as well as I am hoping, I will be coming home early to take care of my class!
It pains me to say that we are again dealing with a loss of a Chestermere High School Alumni. So if students are dealing with this, I completely understand. The loss of Quinton is devastating.
This Week in Chem 20
Acid Base Project Work Tuesday-Friday (all classes)
Unit Test Corrections Thursday Friday
Upcoming Due Dates
Tuesday April 5: Unit A Rewrite Test
Wednesday April 6: Unit B Rewrite Test
Thursday April 7: MIDTERM EXAM
Friday April 8: Acid Base Project Due
I would just like to remind students and parents that rewrites are a privilege and are completely optional. That is, if a student is extremely stressed about a rewrite, then please just don't write it. Rewrites are meant as an opportunity at improvement or review and should not freak people out. So if you want to take those classes to study instead, good for you. No harm, no foul.
This week is the shortest week of the year (for school). 3 days. 3 days of fun. Including a lab due and a unit test. Woo hoo! But over the Easter Break students will have no chemistry homework. At all. Even to think about.
This week in Chem 20
Monday: Study Period (review of Gases)
Tuesday: Unit B Gases Test
Wednesday: Work Period (complete lab)
Upcoming Dues Dates
Tues Mar 22: Unit B Test
Wed Mar 23: Gas Lab due
Happy Easter Everyone! Enjoy the 5 day holiday break!
Although we only started Unit B Gases on Monday, we will be finishing all the learning up tomorrow in class! It is a very short, very fun unit! The chem 20s last week EXPERIENCED the chemistry... which was pretty fun. On Tuesday they will have a quick 5-6 question quiz in which they will be asked to apply the learning and mathematical formulas they learned last week. After the quiz, the 20s will be challenged with creating a new lab to demonstrate their understanding of the Ideal Gas Law (which combines all the other gas laws we learned last week!)
Coming Up This Week:
Monday: Topic 5 Ideal Gas Law
Tuesday: Unit B Quiz 1
Wednesday: Ideal Gas Lab Planning
Thursday: Ideal Gas Lab Work
Friday: Practice Test
Upcoming Due Dates:
Tues Mar 15: Unit B Quiz 1
Wed Mar 22: Unit B Test
Thurs Mar 23: Ideal Gas Lab due
After completing their unit test on Friday, the chem 20s will be introduced to Unit B Gases this week! This unit, many students find extremely easy, and logical. The gas laws are very mathematical and they just make sense. That being said, it is the shortest of the units, and doesn't lend itself to anything in chem 30 (unfortunately). Being a logical unit, I teach it more as an inquiry based unit, in which the students perform small labs and make sense about what is happening to the gases during the experiments! It's a fun way of teaching and makes it a lot more hands on.
Just a reminder, parent teacher interviews are coming this week, and please book one if you have concerns or questions about the class. Please do not come in "guns-a-blazing" about the lab marks. If your child's mark was low, it is merely because they wrote their lab at a level lower than expected for chem 20. I am running a tutorial entitled "HOW TO WRITE A LAB REPORT FOR THE MEANEST TEACHER AT CHS" on Wednesday during FLT time, and I invited all the students to come and learn more about what is expected of them to be successful in chemistry 20. The low lab mark is a replaceable mark, however it will have to wait until the end of the semester. Students are able to perform a replacement lab to replace their lowest lab mark during the FLT classes prior to exam break in June. That being said, by June, this lab will be worth virtually nothing (0.5-1%) of their overall mark, so they may choose NOT to perform the replacement lab. Lab reports are a learning experience, and after a while, the chem 20s will be pros at writing proper chemistry lab reports.
This week in Chemistry 20
Monday: Gas Inquiry / Work Period
Tuesday: Boyle's Law
Wednesday: Charles' Law
Thursday: Lussac's Law
Friday: Combined Gas Law
Upcoming Due Dates in Chem 20
Tuesday March 8: Gas Inquiry Sheet (HW Check)
Thursday March 10: Meet My Molecule Project due
Ms. Kendra Mogck