Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.
Week 21
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic – what does home mean? The grammar lesson will focus on the use of silent letters, and adjective clauses. Students will also learn how to identify author’s purpose.
Key & academic words

• exhibit, inspectors, mission, neighbourhood, preserved
• benefit, community, cultural, immigrants, items
Homework

• Revise for weekly vocab test on Friday
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 4, Reading 1
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the students will be starting to learn from the book Matter and Energy. The students will be introduced to matter, mass, density, and volume. Throughout the week we will learn what these units have in common and what is different about them. The students will learn the different tools used to measure the units and will be expected to be able to read them. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week and how to use them correctly.
Vocabulary

• Matter
• Mass
• Weight
• Volume
• density
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find missing angles
• Introduce the mnemonic: SOHCAHTOA for future ease of use
• Use the Law of Sines to find missing angles and sides in obtuse angles
• Use the Law of Cosines to find missing angles and sides in obtuse angles
• Distinguish when to use the Law of Sines vs. the Law of Cosines
Review and Exam Week
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
Reading Comprehension

– There will be passages from our current reading book Coraline, followed by questions that focus on students’ abilities in comprehension and critical thinking.
Vocabulary

– Students will demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words by matching the words with definitions and using them in sentences. These are vocabulary words from our weekly
vocab quizzes.
Grammar

– Students will be asked to show ability to correctly use the following –
• Independent and dependent clauses
• Synonyms
• Expressions to compare and contrast
• Compound and complex sentences
Literary Skills

– Students are expected to be able to
• Create a plot diagram for Coraline.
• Identify types of literary conflict in Coraline.
Writing Skills

Students will be asked to write a paragraph expressing personal opinion on a topic relating to our current reading book – Coraline.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
Review topics for grade 9 science
• Introduction to animals
• Animal behavior
• Motion and speed
• Acceleration
• Forces
• Gravity and motion
• Fluids and pressure
• Work, energy and power
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
1 Identify angles of polygons
2. Define various Parallelograms, solve problems using the Exterior Angle Theorem, and define the number of sides in a polygon
3. Define the differences between convex and regular polygons and solve for missing dimensions.
4. Use Theorems and tests to determine if a shape is a Parallelogram
5. Use characteristics of Parallelograms, e.g. diagonals to solve for missing dimensions
6. Solve problems involving various Parallelograms; rectangles, squares, rhombi, and kites.
7. Use Congruency Theorems to solve for missing sides and angles in triangles.
1. Define ratios, and solve proportions
2. Define and solve Similar Polygons
3. Define, and identify Similar Triangles and solve for missing dimensions
4. Use the Theorems of Proportionality in solving Similar Triangles
5. Identify and solve parts of Similar Triangles using Congruency
Week 18
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
We have now finished part one of the textbook, and will finish the novel Coraline on Monday. The rest of the week will be dedicated to a range of interesting literary and creative miniprojects based on the novel Coraline, differentiated by ability to appeal to students at all levels.
Homework

• Continue to research and work on Coraline miniprojects.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we are going to be finishing our lesson on fluid pressure and gravity. After we have finished gravity and fluid pressure we will move on to learn about work, forces, and energy. We will learn what power is and how it is calculated. The students will about energy, work, and how to calculate them. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary word for the week.
Vocabulary

• Work
• Power
• energy
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Identify similar triangles using AA Similarity Postulate, SAS/SSS Similarity Theorems
• Using indirect measurement to solve simple (real world) similar triangles
• Use the Triangle Bisector Theorem for parts of similar triangles
• Use proportional relationships of corresponding angle bisectors, altitudes, and medians of similar triangles
Week 17
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – how are relationships with others important? The grammar lesson will focus on compound and complex sentences. We will continue analysing themes in chapter 12 of Coraline, and the concept of opened and closed endings.
Vocabulary & academic words

• commensal, mutualistic, nature, parasites, protection, symbiosis
• beneficial, interact, partnership, role
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 4.
• Short writing assignment
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week the students will be learning about gravity and how fluids and pressure interact. For the first part of the week the students will learn how mass of objects relate to gravity and weigh. The students will learn to understand and make formula to calculate for mass and gravity. In the later part of the week we will be learning about fluids and pressure. The students will learn what affects pressure has on fluids, the difference between liquids and fluids, and how buoyancy works. The students will also learn the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Fluid
• Pressure
• Pascal
• Atmospheric pressure
• Buoyant force
• Archimedes’ principle
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Identify similar triangles using AA Similarity Postulate, SAS/SSS Similarity Theorems
• Using indirect measurement to solve simple (real world) similar triangles
• Use the Triangle Bisector Theorem for parts of similar triangles
• Use proportional relationships of corresponding angle bisectors, altitudes, and medians of similar triangles
Week 16
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – how are relationships with others important? We will learn how to use literary skills to identify character motivation, and the grammar lesson will focus on synonyms and expressions to compare and contrast. We will continue analysing themes, character traits, and motivational factors of the Other Mother in Coraline chapter 11.
Literary & academic words

• oral tradition, legend and character motive
• authoritative, consent, encounter, reaction
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete worksheet for chapter 11 for Coraline
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 3.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we are going to be studying forces. The students will learn how objects act with a force and what happened when multiple force on an object. We will also be learning Newton’s three laws of motion and how they affect the world. The students will also need to learn vocabulary for the lesson.
Vocabulary words

• Force
• Net force
• inertia
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Write ratios
• Write and solve proportions
• Define extended ratios
• Use cross products to solve proportions
Week 15
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – how are relationships with others important? We will explore the use of dependent and independent clauses, and the word study will focus on suffixes er & or.
Vocabulary words

• barriers, confrontation, cultivate, enemies, political, violence, assume, focus, individuals, similarities.
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by continuing to discuss the themes contained within chapter 9.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 2.
• Complete comprehension questions from Coraline chapter 9.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will be learning about acceleration. The students will learn how to calculate acceleration of different object. We will also learn how to measure the change in velocity. We will be learning about drag and how it affects the acceleration of different objects. The students will be learning the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Acceleration
• Centripetal acceleration
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Write ratios
• Write and solve proportions
• Define extended ratios
• Use cross products to solve proportions
Week 14
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start with a new topic – how are relationships with others important? We will explore the use of irony and foreshadowing, and the grammar lesson will focus on imperatives.
Vocabulary words

• distributes, positive, rejected, residents
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by continuing to discuss the themes contained within chapter 8.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete chapter 8 questions for Coraline
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 3, Reading 1.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will be starting a new book “motion forces and energy”. We will be covering motion and speed. The students will learn how to describe location, how to define motion, speed, and how speeds are graphed and calculated. The student will also be learning the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary words

• Position
• Reference point
• Motion
• Speed
• Vector
• velocity
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Describe properties of rectangles
• Determine whether parallelograms are rectangles
• Define the properties of diagonals in rectangles
• Recognize and apply the properties of rhombi and squares
• Determine whether quadrilaterals are rectangles, rhombi, or squares
• Provide summary of characteristics of parallelograms
Week 13
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will finish the topic – facing challenges by participating in a speaking and listening workshop that will involve all students creating and delivering a personal narrative through the use of a PowerPoint or storyboard.
By the end of the workshop, students will be able to –

• Describe challenges they have faced in the past
• Gather and organise information
• Reflect on the difficulties of facing challenges
• Create a PowerPoint presentation or storyboard
• Deliver a personal narrative
Homework

• PowerPoint presentation
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the student will be learning about the different behaviors of animals. We will be studying social behaviors of animal as well as behaviors that help animals survive seasonal change, the behaviors that help animals reproduce successfully, what behavior is, and basic behaviors that help animals survive. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Stimulus
• Innate behavior
• Learned behavior
• Territory
• Migration
• Hibernation
• Estivation
• Social behavior
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Describe Parallelograms using sides and angles
• Review theorems of congruency regarding Parallelograms
• Recognize and apply properties of the diagonals of parallelograms
• Understand conditions for Parallelograms and testing by congruency methods
• Use algebra to find missing side lengths of parallelograms
Week 12
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – facing challenges. Reading Comprehension is taken from a short excerpt from the novel ‘Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen. The grammar lesson will focus on the use of closed compound nouns and simple & compound sentences
Literary words

• author’s influences, external conflict
Academic words

• available, injured, structure, survive
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by discussing the themes contained within chapter 7, and examining the way the author uses the dialogue of the Other Children
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Thursday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 4.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science we will be learning introduction to animals. We will be learning some
characteristics that all animals share. We will also be learning about different types of vertebrates and
invertebrates and how they are classified. The students will also be required to learn and understand
the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary for week 12

• Consumer
• Invertebrate
• Exoskeleton
• Vertebrate
• endoskeleton
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Find and use the sum of the measures of the interior angles of a polygon
• Find and use theorems of the measures of the exterior angles of a polygon
• Recognize and apply properties of the sides and angles of parallelograms
• Recognize and apply properties of the diagonals of parallelograms
• Use coordinate geometry to solve parallelograms
Review and Exam Week
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai

Reading Comprehension

– There will be an excerpt from our readings in the class textbook, followed by questions that focus on students’ abilities in comprehension and critical thinking.
Vocabulary

– Students will demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words by matching the words with definitions and using them in sentences. These are vocabulary words from our weekly
vocab quizzes.
Grammar

– Students will be asked to show ability to correctly use the following –
• Nouns that modify nouns
• Apostrophes
• Comparative and superlative adjectives
• Prefixes
• Gerunds as subjects and objects
• Active and passive tense
Literary Skills

– Students should be able to identify main characters; protagonist and antagonist.
– Students will be given various scenarios and asked to identify types of literary conflict.
Writing Skills

Students will be asked to write a paragraph expressing personal opinion on a general topic.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

• Living things (introduction)
• Theory of evolution by natural selection
• Evidence of Evolution
• The history of life on earth
• Classification of living things
• Native and nonnative species
• Archaea, bacteria, and Viruses
• Protists and Fungi
• Introduction to plants
• Plant processes
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas

1. Identify and model points, lines, and planes
2. Solve problems involving the distance formula
3. Find the midpoint of a line segment
4. Evaluate and identify bisectors and congruent angles. Algebraically solve for bisector angles
5. Identify perpendicular, parallel lines
1. Identify relationships between two lines and/or planes and identify transversals
2. Determine relationships between specific pairs of angles using Theorems
3. Solve for angles algebraically understanding the concepts of complementary, supplementary, and vertical angles
4. Write an equation from information extracted from a graph
5. Prove whether two lines are parallel or perpendicular
6. Derive an equation in the slopeintercept form
7. Determine the distance between a point and a line. Find the distance between parallel lines
1. Classify various triangles
2. Calculate and solve for missing sides of a triangle
3. Solve angles based upon the AngleSum Theorem
4. Solve for congruent angles and congruent sides of angles
5. Prove congruence via SSS, and SAS Postulates
6. Prove angle congruence via ASA, AAS Postulates
Week 9
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will continue with the topic – facing challenges. Students will learn how to recognise cause and effect. The grammar lesson will focus on irregular plurals and the passive voice.
Key words

• disease, experiment, fever, hypothesis, mosquitoes, virus
Academic words

• objective, theory, transmit, volunteers
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by continuing to discuss the themes contained within chapter 6.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Read chapter 6 of Coraline.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 3.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in class we will be learning about several different plant processes. The students will learn the different process that plants use to get energy. The students will also learn about the reproduction processes of different kinds of plants and the plants life cycle. We will also be learning about different ways that plants respond to the environment around them and the students will be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Cellular respiration
• Pollination
• Stamen
• Pistil
• Stimulus
• Transpiration
• Tropism
• Dormant
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Identify and use perpendicular bisectors in triangles
• Identify and use angle bisectors in triangles
• Identify and use medians in triangles
• Identify and use altitudes in triangles
Week 8
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will we will continue with the topic – facing challenges. Students will learn how to identify problems and solutions. The grammar lesson will focus on gerunds as subject and object.
Literary words

• characters, point of view
Academic words

• approach, communicate, resources, response
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by learning about literary point of view, and discussing the themes contained within chapter 5.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Reread chapter 5 of Coraline and answer questions.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 2.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will be covering the introduction to plants. The students will be going over the characteristics of plants, the two main groups of plants, how vascular and nonvascular plants are classified, and how seed producing plants are classified. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary word for the week.
Vocabulary words for week 8

• Producers
• Photosynthesis
• Chlorophyll
• Vascular system
• Seed
• Pollen
• Gymnosperm
• angiosperm
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Prove Congruency by using AAS (angleangleside) characteristics
• Prove Congruency by using ASA (anglesideangle) characteristics
• Identify and use perpendicular bisectors in triangles
• Identify and use medians and altitudes in triangles
Week 7
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will enjoy lots of fun activities for English Week!
Students will learn how to create and illustrate a haiku poem. Within groups of 5 people, students will also produce and act out a 57 minute skit on a topic of their choice, including the creation of a script. On Friday, students will selfassess their journal entries using a grading rubric.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will finish going over archaea bacteria and fungi. The students will also be learning about protists and fungi. By the end of the week students will know about the reproduction cycle of protists and fungi. The students will also be familiar with different kind of protists and fungi and what makes them different. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary for week 7

• Protista
• Gamete
• Spore
• Algae
• Fungi
• Hyphae
• Mycorrhiza
• lichen
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Apply the Interior AngleSum Theorem
• Apply the Exterior AngleSum Theorem
• Prove Congruency by using SSS (sidesideside) characteristics
• Prove Congruency by using SAS (sideangleside) characteristics
Week 6
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic – facing challenges. The grammar lesson will focus on prepositions of place and the word skills will cover common prefixes.
Key vocabulary words

• fugitive, heritage, network, runaway, shelter, Underground Railroad
Academic words

• accompanied, aid, challenge, code
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by discussing character development and the themes contained within chapter 4.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete written exercise on character development of the black cat in chapter 4.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 1.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
In class this week we will be learning the differences between archaea, bacteria, and viruses. The students will learn the major differences between all of the life forms and what is different between their cell structure and methods of reproduction. The students will also be expected to become familiar with the vocabulary words for the week.
Week 6 vocabulary

• Bacteria
• Archaea
• Binary fusion
• Virus
• host
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Quiz on Chapter 1 and Chapter 3
• Identify and classify triangles by angle measures
• Identify and classify triangles by side measures
• Apply the Interior AngleSum Theorem
• Apply the Exterior AngleSum Theorem
Week 5
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues with the impact of change on people’s lives. Students will learn how to use apostrophes, and the grammar lesson will focus on comparative & superlative adjectives.
Literary words

• imagery, setting
Academic words

• goal, involved, located, reacted
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by learning about literary conflict, and identifying different types of conflict contained within chapters 14.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 4.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
In class this week we will be learning how living organisms are classified, and how to classify living organisms into their respective classes while learning how to use scientific names based on family, order, genus and species. The students will learn the major differences between the classification levels and be able to quickly identify different families. The students will also be expected to become familiar with the vocabulary words for the week.
Week 5 vocabulary

• Species
• Genus
• Domain
• Bacteria
• Archaea
• Eukarya
• Protista
• Fungi
• Plantae
• Animalia
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Determine if lines are parallel or perpendicular based upon their slopes.
• Use slopes to graph a line
• Write equations of lines given information about the graph
• Solve equations by writing equations
• Recognize angle pairs that occur with parallel lines
• Prove that two lines are parallel
Week 4
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues with the impact of change on people’s lives, and the reading topic will focus on how inventions have changed our lives. The word study will focus on nouns that modify nouns, and the grammar lesson on regular and irregular past simple verbs.
Key words

• designer, device, elements, invention, patent, periodic table
Academic words

• created, function, significant, important
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by discussing the themes contained within chapter 3&4.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 3.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week the 9th grade classes will be learning about the history of life on Earth. The students will be expected to show and understanding of the geologic time scale from the pre Cambrian era to the Cenozoic era. By the end of the week they should be familiar with life forms from all of these eras and how long ago each one of these eras was. They will also be expected to learn and understand the vocabulary words for the week
Vocabulary

• Fossil
• Fossil record
• Extinction
• Geologic time scale
Grade 9 Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Finish the introduction to 3D Figures involving Surface Area and Volumes of Platonic Solids
• Introduce the angle relationships involved with parallel lines and intersecting transversals
• Define the special relationships and congruency as defined when parallel lines are intersected by transversals
• Define the slope of a line, the slope formula and the importance of defining the slope as the rate of change in a system
Week 3
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues with the impact of change on people’s lives, and the reading topic will focus on historical fiction and the emancipation of women during the 1800s. The word study will tackle double consonants, and the grammar lesson will focus on sequence words such as first, next, then & finally.
Literary words

• plot, conflict
Academic words

• achieved, attitudes, discrimination, illegal.
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by analysing themes in chapter 3.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 2.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will cover different types of evidence for evolution. Fossil evidence, structural evidence, genetic evidence, and embryological evidence. The students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the different types of evidence and know and understand the vocabulary words.
Vocabulary words

Fossil
Fossil record
Grade 9A Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Investigate angle relationships when lines intersect
• Define relationships between angles and give them specific names
• Discuss perimeter, area, circumference of polygons and circles
• Using the distance formula to determine perimeter and area on the coordinate plane
Week 2
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week we will start the topic ‘How can change improve people’s lives?’. The word study is on spelling the long a and e. The grammar lesson will focus on order of adjectives. We will continue with the reading book – Coraline –and read and analyse chapter 1 & 2 focussing on use of language to create spookiness.
Keywords – climate, customs, irrigate, natural resources, nomads, tribe
Academic words – affects, available, environment, region
Homework

• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 1
• Write a spooky paragraph
• Study for vocabulary test on Friday
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
Students should become familiar with Darwin and his theory of evolution.
They should also understand inherited traits, natural and artificial selection
Grade 9A Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Review how to find distance between two points in the coordinate plane (Distance Formula)
• Identify intersecting lines and planes
• Review how to find the midpoint of a line segment on the coordinate plane (Midpoint Formula)
• Classify and measure angles
• Identify and use congruent angles and bisectors of angles
Week 1
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week will be an introductory week which will focus on introductions to the English course, classroom rules and expectations, and the reading book – Coraline. By the end of the week, students will be able to –

• Create a personal profile
• Understand the classroom rules and expectations
• Understand how to use a grading rubric for journaling
• Generate suitable questions as journal prompts
• Interpret different book cover art to predict genre, storyline etc.
• Make predictions about this semester’s novel study –Coraline
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
Grade 9A Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Reviewed Algebraic Expressions, PEMDAS (Order of Operations)
• Reviewed solving Linear Equations
• Reviewed Ordered Pairs, Quadrants, and graphing points on the coordinate plane
• Reviewed Square Roots and Simplifying Radicals using Product, Quotient Properties and Rationalizing the Denominator