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Gr. 7 Heat

Gr. 7 Heat

Find all presentations, videos, screencasts, handouts, and assignments below!


Lesson 1: Introduction to Heat

PDF of Intro to Heat Slides Presentation

Estimating Temperatures Handout 

Lesson 2 : Thermometers PDF (3 HW questions located on last slide)

Lesson 3: Heat, Temperature and the Particle Theory

Thermal Expansion Video

PDF copy of presentation


Bill Nye: Heat worksheet link (make a copy and share with Mr. Ray)

Lesson 4: Conduction

PDF of presentation

Lesson 5: Convection

Lesson 6: Radiation


Heat Transfer Quiz

Learn how to code, tell stories, and make games using Scratch

  1. Getting started tutorial
  2. Animate your Name activity and walkthrough
  3. Use the Animate your Name Code Cards PDF to help you through the activity
  4. Share your project with Mr. Ray, your friends/family, post to your blog!


Ear Saver .stl file for use in TinkerCAD or Blender

Practice your coding skills with Minecraft or Dance party activities

Gr. 7 Periodic Table of Elements

Gr. 7 Periodic Table of Elements

Below are the resources we went over in class when learning about the periodic table. Play around with the simulator at the bottom of the post if you want to learn more!

Some Key Concepts About Elements and their Atoms

  • Atoms are made of extremely tiny particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons.
  • Protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom, making up the nucleus.
  • Electrons surround the nucleus.
  • Protons have a positive charge.
  • Electrons have a negative charge.
  • The charge on the proton and electron are exactly the same size but opposite.
  • Neutrons have no charge.
  • Since opposite charges attract, protons and electrons attract each other.

How to Read a Box on the Periodic Table of Elements (google doc link)


Build an Atom Simulator

Build an Atom Simulator student assignment (Due Wed. May 6th)

Gr. 7: The Particle Theory of Matter

Gr. 7: The Particle Theory of Matter

Here is the presentation we went over together on the Particle Theory. You can refer back to it when completing future at home labs.


Visit the following website ( and complete the quick quiz on the Particle Theory.


Dissolving Rates

Here are the links to the at home labs for this unit


Marks are based on the Scientific Method in this Lab Rubric

Lab # 1 – Matter – Due March 31, 2020

Lab # 2 – Dissolving Rates – Due April 3, 2020


Gr. 7: Solutions vs. Mechanical Mixtures

Gr. 7: Solutions vs. Mechanical Mixtures

Please watch the two videos below and then answer the questions at the bottom of the post in a google doc. Please share your doc with me and have your answers with you when we meet during Monday’s live session. I hope everyone is doing well, and there is no baby update except that our bags are packed and ready at any point!


Before you answer the following questions, please create a folder in your google drive called ‘Science’ to put all of your docs/resources for Science in one spot and keep you organized.

Questions – submit #1-4 to me (Challenge question is an extra and not mandatory)

  1. a) When getting a bath ready, a bath bomb and water is used. Identify which is the solute and solvent.b) Will the bath contain a solution or a mechanical mixture? Explain why?
  2. How is a solution different from a mechanical mixture? Include the terms homogeneous and heterogeneous in your answer.
  3. Which of the following is a solution, and which is a mechanical mixture? Explain your choices.

a) wood          b) tap water           c) orange juice          d) loonie coin

4. Give an example of each of the following kinds of solutions, other than those mentioned in the video.

a) a liquid in a liquid              b) a solid in a solid                c) a solid in a liquid

Challenge Question

Sea water contains perhaps the largest number of dissolved solids. Gold, for example, is found dissolved in sea water. It has been estimated that if 1 km³ of sea water is evaporated, 0.004 tonnes of gold can be recovered. What is the value of the gold in 1 km³ of sea water? (You can check online to see what the current price of gold is. Gold is often measure in troy ounces, and one troy ounce = 31.1 g)




Innovation Day 2020

Innovation Day 2020

Congratulations to the middle school students for successfully accomplishing their projects this year! I heard so many positive and amazing comments from parents, teachers, and this year’s judges. They were impressed with the level of research, the creative engineering, and imaginative presentations that YOU designed and created. Outstanding effort, I am very proud of the work you put into those projects! Here are the results from Innovation Day judging as well as the video we saw as part of the assembly. I can only imagine what creative projects you will dream up for next year. Well done!

Genius Hour Project Winners

Grade 6
1. Samara S. – indestructible dog toy
2. Maya S. – Magical illusions
3. Rebecca G. – Nail glue

Grade 7
1. Maayan S. – The perfect environment for horses
2. Sarah K. – A dollar makes a difference
3. Yamaya N. – Eco-friendly housing

Grade 8
1. Jayson R. – Braille Rubik’s cube
2. Zoe N. – Eco-friendly dill
3. Max P. – Music Production

STEAM Project Winners

Grade 8
1. Talia C. and Jesse A. – Clean Machine

Grade 7
1. Abby T. – Music and Memory
2. Sarah N. and Jordana W. – Mint Blast
3. Talia L. and Sasha S. – Sleep-Inn

Innovation Day Schedule March 4th & 5th

Innovation Day Schedule March 4th & 5th

Innovation Day is finally upon us! It feels like forever ago when students began thinking about their passions, ideating different topics, creating pitches, and starting the journey of their personalized learning.  As the teacher, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see all of the hard work put into researching their topics, the creative problem solving needed to engineer products, and the creative story they will tell, all come together for next week’s presentations.

Here is a schedule for both students and parents to look over to see how the set up, parent visitation, judging, and final awards ceremony is scheduled.

Wednesday, March 4th

2:25 – 3:05 Set up for grade 6, 7, and 8 (gym)

3:05 – 4:00 Open to parents to visit grades 6 to 8 projects (gym)

Thursday, March 5th

9:00 – 10:50 Judging of Grade 6, 7 and 8 STEAM and Genius Hour Projects (by external judges)

8:45 – 9:30 Open to parents and classes to visit grades K to 5 Projects in their classes.

10:50 – 11:10 Tefillah for grade 6 to 8 students.

11:10 – 11:25 Snack break in regularly scheduled class with teacher for grade 6 to 8 classes followed by class as usual

11:05 – 1:05 Grade 6 to 8 projects left up in the gym for K – 5 classes to visit with their teacher

1:45 – 2:25 Clean-up of grades 6 to 8 Projects in gym

3:15 Whole School assembly to announce the grade 7 and 8 bronze, silver, and gold medalists

Grade 7 Genius Hour Projects

Grade 7 Genius Hour Projects

Sarah – A dollar makes a difference

Noam – Making a car using Arduino

Brandon – Make a new Gym Game

Jenny – Recyclophones

Yamaya – Eco Friendly Home

Hello, my name is Yamaya, and in class we have a project that allows us to research anything we’re passionate about. This is really cool! For genius hour I will be researching and designing an online and physical model of an economically friendly home. I will be learning about Home Design Websites, taking an interview with a family that I make up, and making them an eco friendly home that they will love and thrive in. This will be better for the environment and a healthier solution for the earth as well. At the end of this project, I will also have a physical cardboard model of their Eco- Home. I chose this project because I am very passionate about Home Design. I think that designing a structure for humans to live in is fascinating. I also care about the environment and I believe that homes should be made out of more natural materials. My project will be successful if I finish all of these steps on schedule. It will also be successful if more people actually start to use eco friendly materials to make a home.  I hope that you were inspired about my idea, let’s save the earth together! 

Maayan – The Perfect Horse Environment

For my genius hour project I chose to learn about horse farms in the world. Horses are beautiful and smart animals and I think they deserve to get an environment that would be the best for them. I also think that all the animals big or small need to be in a place that adjusted to them. My project will become a success when people start to design their pets’ environment  to be perfect for them. 

I learned about how climate can affect horses: the way they eat and the way they look. Climate also affects the way that people build their farms. I learned that it is very important to think about the horse’s comfort before the rider’s because if you will not do it the horse can be heart. I also learned about types of horses and the similarity and the difference between them.

I learned about the design of horse farms around the world.

>What Steps That I Took:

The steps that I took was that first I made a schedule for how I’m going to do this. After that I wrote my research planning and I started to work.
I started with the internet research, after that I interviewed my aunt Tal.

After that I did the book research and the bibliography.

> What Mistakes And Challenges I Faced:

The first challenge was the language.

The second challenge was to find good pictures and check that they are from the right place.

The third challenge was to set a time to talk with my aunt because she lives in Israel.


What I’m going to make:

  1. Make a real small model.

In my farm:

In my farm I want A close arena with air conditioning for hot and cold days. I also want a big pasture for horses, an open arena and big stables. In addition I would like to have in my farm the best saddles and bridles types. I also want to create a training plan for the horses. I would like to have 10- 15 horses in my farm. On the farm I would also like to have hay and the tools to move it from place to place (tractors and more…). Also it is important to have in the farm some space to sit in for the guests.

How am I going to make it?  

I would take big cardboard for the base of the farm.

I would take something in a half circle shape and use the art elective technique to wrap it with tape and then color.

I would like to use skewers to build fences and more, I would use cardboard to build the walls. For saddles and bridles I would print picture, laminate them and stick them to the wall. For hay I would use corks and print the picture and wrap the corks. For horses I would use my little sister’s horses toys. For tractors I would use my little brother toys. And for sits I would use printed and laminated ones.  

Ruben – Charity Website

My Genius Hour project is making a website that helps you find good charities to donate to for climate change and pollution. I chose this because I think it is important that the problem of climate change starts to pass. On my website, there will be a description of why you should donate to that charity and what that charity stands for. For my research, I learned how to use Wix website creator. I thought this was important because if I want to make a website I have to learn how to. Another website I used for my research was how to make your website more popular. I thought that that was important if I want to learn how to get my website to have a lot of traffic on my website. The last website I used was a website that is like what I am going to make. I thought it was important to use this because it could give me inspiration when I am making my website.

Jacob – Making my own headphone case

Jordan – 3D printed Rubik’s Cube


Welcome to the Jungle!… Grade 7 VR ecosystem presentations

Welcome to the Jungle!… Grade 7 VR ecosystem presentations

The Grade 7 students showed off their media literacy, coding, and VR skills during their presentations to judges in the brand new Makerspace. They were tasked with researching a chosen ecosystem to find out what biotic and abiotic elements exist in the ecosystem and demonstrate the interactions between them. They had to further designate those elements into their roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers and then describe the transfer of energy in a food web showing how matter is cycled within the environment to promote sustainability.

The catch…  they had to build, design, and create all of this inside a virtual reality program called CoSpaces, using a visual block-based programming language called CoBlocks to tell the story of their ecosystem digitally. The videos below of the ecosystems themselves, and judges being guided through the experience illustrate the effort, willingness to try something new and risk taking our students are acquiring.



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