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www.ThomsonScience.ca


 

  Welcome to the Home page of the Science Department.  All Science teachers are happy to discuss the progress of your child.
 
Science Office:  416-396-5525 x20251       e-mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


 

"Why Should My Child Attend Thomson to Study Science?"

  Caring and passionate science teachers, up-to-date programs and facilities, plus career-focused opportunities are here to prepare your students for success in the real world:

1.  Cross-linking of Science Programs with Specialized Programs, Enrichment, and other subject areas:

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2.  Research Technologies utilized at Universities and Colleges

 3.  Experiential learning in Science community

 


 

Mission Statement
  The Science Department of David & Mary Thomson C. I. seeks to provide students of all academic levels and pathways with opportunities to learn, practice, and master skills necessary to responsibly and successfully handle challenges in future professions and life.  Science programs are aligned with the Ontario Curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards.  Science programs are delivered in safe, supportive laboratory environments providing opportunities for all students to collaboratively investigate and solve conceptual and real-world problems. 
Beliefs
  • Each student possesses the ability to learn.
  • Each student deserves a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Communication among members of the community - parents, faculty, staff, students - are essential for student success.
  • Each student can maximize learning through career-based educational opportunities integrated with community.
  • Students require relevant, challenging programs of study.
  • Student achievement data are essential in ensuring continuous improvement.

 


 

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   The Science Deparment offers Grades 9 and 10 Pre-AP Science, Grade 11 Pre-AP Biology and Pre-AP Chemistry; plus Grade 12 AP Biology courses.  

  Please click on "About Thomson > Advanced Placement tab at top left for details about applying for these courses at Thomson.

  


 

Important Documents

Science Department Policy on Assessment & Evaluation including Late and Missed EvaluationsTDSB and Sci. Dept Policy on Assessment and Evaluation 0.4

 Permission Form from Parent/Guardian for Participation in Science Lab Experiments

TDSB Science Lab Safety Contract 0.4 

 

 


 

Course Websites

  Science teachers encourage continued communication between students and their parents and/or guardians outside of school.  Every Science course has its own website based on a online learning platform called a Google Classroom or "moodle" page.  It is an extension of the classroom.  Each course website informs about learning objectives, student expectations for success, daily agendas, assigned homework and future assessment dates on a calendar; plus a link to interim marks updating regularly the progress of your child.

  Course outline and course webpages are linked below.  All students are expected to use their course websites.  Your child received access, via a login password, to the website specific to his/her Science course. Parents should ask their child for their account login information.

  

Links to Course Outlines, Websites, and Teacher Contact Information

 

2017-2018  Academic Year

Course Code and Link to Course Profile

Course Name and Link to Course Website (Moodle or Google Classroom)

Teacher(s)

SNC1P1

 

SNC1P 0.3

 

Grade 9 Science, Applied

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Hands-on activities, role-playing, group work

Dynamic teachers

Frequent feedback and mark updates

Field trip to Toronto Zoo to investigate human impacts on ecosystems

Dissection of owl pellets in study of habitats, niches, and food webs with top predators

Creation of home-made ice cream and slimy polymers

Interaction with Van de Graaff generator in investigation of static electricity

Investigations of current electricity with different components

Projects with real-world target audience


  

 

SNC1D1


 

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Grade 9 Science, Academic

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Toronto Zoo to investigate sustainable ecosystems

Design lab with ecobottle to study factors affect aquatic and terrestrial living things

Demonstration of alkali metals to study properties of elements on Periodic Table

Inquiry lab identifying mystery powders using physical and chemical properties

Design lab with electric circuits to investigate relationships between electrical current, voltage, and resistance

Interactive StarryNight software and mobile planetarium to study motion of celestrial bodies within and outside Solar System

Inquiry-based, online investigations using interactive GIZMO, PHet, and Spongelab simulations teaching concepts in biology, chemistry, physics 

Guest speakers from TREC informing about energy conservation and Canadian Space Agency informing of current events in space exploration


 

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Grade 9 Pre-AP Science

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

 

Design lab investigating factors affecting sustainability of aquaponics environment

 

Submission of project and/or volunteer at Toronto Science Fair

Investigation of unknown materials utilizing Vernier probeware to study physical properties of chemicals 

Design wind turbine lab investigating factors affecting rate of current, voltage, resistance and power output in conversation of wind and solar energies to electrical and hydraulic energy.

Investigation of current, voltage, and resistance with Arduino micro-controller kits to produce relationships between electrical current, voltage, and resistance

Use interactive NASA's Eyes software to apply principles of math and science to study motion of celestial and artificial bodies within and outside Solar System

Integrate programing and gears systems using LEGO Mindstorms robotics to understand technologies in space exploration.

 

 

 

 

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  SNC2L1

SNC2L 0.3 

 Grade 9/10 Science, Locally-Developed Compulsory Credit

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Strengthening of knowledge and skills in science literacy and math literacy to better understand science in daily life and the media 

Dissection of grassfrog in study of body systems

Performing and understanding chemical reactions commonly seen in daily life

Construction of fully-wired doll house with loads and switches in study of electricity

  

 

 

 

 

 

SNC2P1


 SNC2P 0.3

Grade 10 Science, Applied

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Hands-on activities with dissection of frogs, household chemicals, and lasers

Use of light microscope to study tissues

Role-playing, group work

Dynamic teachers and after-school help

Frequent feedback and mark updates

 

SNC2D1


 SNC2D 0.3

 

Grade 10 Science, Academic

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre to study light, optics, and climate change

Use of light microscopes and dissecting microscopes in comparative studies of various tissues

In-depth collaborative study of cancer

Design labs with acids and bases in study of chemical changes

Hands-on labs and demonstrations using lasers 

Preparation for continued studies in university-level biology, chemistry, and/or physics


 

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SNC2D3

Grade 10 Pre-AP Science

 Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

 

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre to study light, optics, and climate change

Use of light microscopes and dissecting microscopes in comparative studies of various tissues

In-depth collaborative study of cancer, including excursion to Let's Talk Cancer Symposium at University of Toronto's Hart House

Design labs with acids and bases in study of chemical changes

Hands-on labs and demonstrations using lasers 

Preparation for enriched studies in university-level biology, chemistry, and/or physics

Investigation of comparative anatomy by dissection of earthworm, frog, perch, rat

Study of optics including dissection of horse eye

 

 

 

SNC3M1/3E1

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Grade 11 Environmental Science, Mixed / Workplace-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Centennial College to participate in hands-on lab experiences focused on green chemistry and pond-water microscopy

Overnight excursion to Pigeon Lake or Kearney

Partnership with Bendale Business and Technical Institute with Horticulture SHSM Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SBI3C1

SBI3C 0.3 

 

Grade 11 Biology, College-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Seneca@York Campus to investigate hands-on experiments in Science Labs and learn about Arts & Sciences Transfer Program

Field trip to George Brown College - Waterfront Campus in experiential study of careers in dental hygiene and physiotherapist / occupational therapist assistance  

Dissection of fetal pig in study of organs

Guest dental hygienist, nurse, occupational therapist, paramedic, physiotherapist, veterinary technician informing of personal characteristics necessary for success in these careers  

 

 

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SBI3U1

SBI3U 0.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 11 Biology, University-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Multi-day experiments breeding fruitflies for predicting expression of inheritable characteristics

Field trip to Seneca@York for lab experiences in biotechnology and microbiology studies  

Participation in DNA Barcoding of local species in School Malaise Trap Program of University of Guelph

Investigations of comparative anatomy by dissection of clams, squid, locust, crayfish, fetal pig

Guest paramedics, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, and orthodontist sharing strategies for success for science careers  

Field trip to Royal Ontario Museum in comparative study of diversity and evolution of living things

Guest ornithologist with interactive birds of prey exemplifying diversity and evolution


 

 

 

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Mr. Kim

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Grade 11 Pre-AP Biology

 Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Emphasis on student awareness of Big Ideas of Biology - Energy transfer, Evolution, Information storage and transfer, plus Interactions

Emphasis on Science Practices -  Modeling, math, questioning, data collection, data analysis, work with science theories, connect knowledge across domains, science literacy and community (e.g. mastery of command terms)

 

Genetic experiments in breeding fruitflies, flatworm regeneration

Participation in PlantingScience program, including mentorship by international scientists

Experiments in physiology and anatomy with Vernier sensors and probeware (e.g. spirometer, heart rate monitors, electrocardiogram)

Field trip to Seneca@York for lab experiences in biotechnology and microbiology studies  

Participation in DNA Barcoding of local species in School Malaise Trap Program of University of Guelph

Investigations of comparative anatomy by dissection of clams, squid, locust, crayfish, fetal pig

Guest paramedics, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, and orthodontist sharing strategies for success for science careers  

Field trip to Royal Ontario Museum in comparative study of diversity and evolution of living things

Guest ornithologist with interactive birds of prey exemplifying diversity and evolution

 



 

 

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SCH3U1


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Grade 11 Chemistry, University-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Building observation and lab performance skills in handling and measuring amounts of acids, bases, and oxidizers

Field trip to Centennial College-Morningside Campus for hands-on lab experiences in green chemistry and atomic emission spectroscopy, as well as learning about science programs.

Field trip to Seneca@York Campus for hands-on lab experiences in spectroscopy and chemical isolation

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre investigating environmental water testing

Participation in the University of Waterloo Avogrado Contest


 

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Mr. Lee

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SCH3U3

Grade 11 Pre-AP Chemistry

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Building observation and lab performance skills in handling and measuring amounts of acids, bases, and oxidizers

Field trip to Centennial College-Morningside Campus for hands-on lab experiences in green chemistry and atomic emission spectroscopy, as well as learning about science programs.

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre investigating environmental water testing

Participation in the University of Waterloo Avogrado Contest

SCH3U3 Pre-AP is different from SCH3U1 University-Preparation in that more topics in chemistry must be learned and in greater depth.  New topics from SCH4U1 include Nuclear Chemistry, Electron Structure, Hybridization in Chemical Bonding, Molecular Geometry, Oxidation-Reduction, and Transition Metals.  

 

 

 

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Grade 11 Physics, University-Preparation 

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Canada's Wonderland to investigate the physics of rollercoasters and compete in Wondercoaster competition

Competitions building and testing trebuchets, egg-protective holders, and quick rollercoasters

YouTube video tutorials for review at home.

Inquiry labs, using Vernier probeware, investigating forces and motion 

 

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Mr. Boreanaz

SNC4M1


 

 Grade 12 Health Science, Mixed 

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trips to Sunnybrook Hospital, Sherbourne Health Centre, and University Health Network for interactive tour of facilities in biomedical imaging (CAT and MRI scans)

Guest Dietician and Public Health Nurse from Toronto Public Health


 

 

 

SBI4U1

 SBI4U 0.3

Grade 12 Biology, University-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre for experiments in bacterial transformation and investigation of one's own DNA fingerprint

Partnership with University of Toronto, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology in field study of invasive fire ants at Rouge Park

Design labs, using Vernier probeware, investigating factors affecting respiration, photosynthesis, and homeostasis

Field trip to University of Toronto library for research on homeostasis project

Participation in University of Toronto National Biology Contest

 

 

  

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SBI4U0

SBI4U 0.3

 

Grade 12 AP Biology

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Emphasis on student awareness of Big Ideas of Biology - Energy transfer, Evolution, Information storage and transfer, plus Interactions

Emphasis on Science Practices -  Modeling, math, questioning, data collection, data analysis, work with science theories, connect knowledge across domains, science literacy and community (e.g. mastery of command terms)

Many design labs, using Vernier probeware, investigating factors affecting respiration, photosynthesis, and homeostasis

Investigations of electrophysiology with nerves and muscles, exploration of applications with Arduino/Sparkfun technologies

Investigation of neurology by dissection of sheep brain and dogshark

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre for experiments in bacterial transformation and investigation of one's own DNA fingerprint

Partnership with University of Toronto, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology in field study of invasive fire ants at Rouge Park

Field trip to University of Toronto library for research on homeostasis project

Preparation for University of Toronto National Biology Contest

Preparation for AP Biology exam in May




 

Kim E 1175 luckysat 17

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 SCH4C1

SCH4C 0.3

 

Grade 12 Chemistry, College-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Building observation and lab performance skills in utilizing lab equipment and measuring acids, bases, and oxidizers 

Field trip to Centennial College-Morningside Campus for hands-on lab experiences in green chemistry and atomic emission spectroscopy, as well as learning about science programs.

Education on Green Chemistry and safe practices for a sustainable future

 

 

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Mr. Lee

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SCH4U1

SCH4U 0.3 

Grade 12 Chemistry, University-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Inquiry labs, using Vernier probeware, in spectroscopy and colorimetry

Participation in the University of Waterloo Chem13 News Exam

Field trip to University of Toronto - Faculty of Applied Sience and Engineering to tour facilities and learn about engineering programs

Guest pharmacist to inform about personal characteristics required for success in this career


 

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Mr. Lee

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SPH4C1

 

 

Grade 12 Physics, College-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to Canada's Wonderland to investigate the physics of roller coasters

Competition in building and testing trebuchets, egg-protective holders, and quick rollercoasters 

Field trip to IMAX 3D theatre to explore polarization

Field trip to Ontario Science Centre to study physics programming

Participation in OCAD sumo robot competition


 

 

 

SPH4U1

SPH4U 0.3


Grade 12 Physics, University-Preparation

Highlights and Enrichment Opportunities:

Field trip to York University to visit Mars Rover Team and quantum mechanics laboratory

Guest speakers from University of Toronto and York University engaging students in problem-solving in physics and engineering

Participation in University of Waterloo Sir Isaac Newton Contest

Online resources like Twitter and Quizlet flashcards


  

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Mr. Boreanaz

 


Pathways of Science at Thomson 

Prerequisites for Enrollment in Future Science Courses

 

Grade 9 Students

  Students completing Grade 9 Science, Applied (SNC1P) with an 85% or above have demonstrated sufficient understanding, skills, and work habits to maintain their successful results in Grade 10 Science, Academic (SNC2D).

  • Students achieving below an 85% in SNC1P are therefore strongly recommended to enroll in Grade 10 Science, Applied (SNC2P).


Grade 10 Students

  Students completing Grade 10 Science, Applied (SNC2P) may NOT enroll in a Grade 11/12 U-level course (i.e. SBI3U, SCH3U, SPH3U).
  • However, Grade 11 Environmental Science - Workplace pathway (SVN3E) is strongly recommended for students NOT pursuing post-secondary sciences but need a third science for graduation. 

  Students completing Grade 10 Science, Academic (SNC2D) with a 70% or above have demonstrated sufficient understanding, skills, and work habits to maintain their successful results in Grade 11 University-level Biology (SBI3U), Chemistry (SCH3U), and/or Physics (SPH3U).

  • Students achieving below a 70% in SNC2D are therefore strongly recommended to enroll in Grade 11 and/or 12 C-level or M-level courses.

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 Students completing Grade 10 Math, Academic (MPM2D) with a 70% or above have demonstrated sufficient understanding, skills, and work habits to maintain their successful results in Grade 11 Chemistry (SCH3U), and/or Physics (SPH3U).

  • Students achieving below a 70% in MPM2D are therefore strongly recommended to enroll in Grade 12 C Chemistry and/or Physics courses.

 

Grade 11 Students

  Students completing Grade 11 University-level Biology (SBI3U), Chemistry (SCH3U), and/or Physics (SPH3U) have demonstrated sufficient understanding, skills, and work habits to maintain their successful results in Grade 11 University-level Biology (SBI3U), Chemistry (SCH3U), and/or Physics (SPH3U).

  • Students achieving below a 70% in SBI3U, SCH3U, and/or SPH3U are therefore strongly recommended to enroll in Grade 12 C-level or M-level courses.

  At the present time, Grade 11 Science, Workplace (SNC3E) is NOT available.  However, Grade 11 Environmental Science - Workplace pathway (SVN3E) is strongly recommended for students interested in enrolling in a general senior science course for their third science credit. 

 

Grade 12 Students

  At the present time, Grade 12 Earth and Space Science (SES4M), and Grade 12 Science, Workplace (SNC4E) are NOT available.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:26