Christine Stypka

Christine Stypka

Welcome to Mrs. Stypka's Science Classroom 117u

Background and Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Master of Arts in Teaching, National-Louis University

Teaching Experience:
At St. Paul of the Cross School since 2002
Three months student teaching at Donaghue School, a Chicago Public School
One year as a Teacher Aide, St. Andrew School, Chicago

Additional Responsibilities at SPC:
Coordinator of Science Focus science fair
Member of Technology Committee
Advisory Board Member for National Junior Honor Society

Non-SPC, School-related Responsibilities:
Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Region 2 Board Member
IJAS Category Chair for IJAS State Science Exposition


7th Grade Science Update

March 6, 2017 - This past weekend, 17 8th graders exhibited at the Regional Science Fair.  16 Golds and 1 Silver. Many Special Awards were received and 10 students qualified to go to State in May.  One student qualified as an alternate. Great job!  Specific details were in the Thursday mailing from March 9th and will be in the church bullietin on March 19th.
January 26 2017 - Yesterday, 79 7th graders presented their science projects to almost 40 judges which included people in the engineering, medical, and education professions.  SPC is a member of Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) and follows their guidelines. Some of these students will move on to the regional competition on March 4th at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Monday, August 22, 2016 - Welcome back to school, 7th graders!  This is the year you will focus on Life Science.  See the photos below from last June to see one of the labs you will do later this year.
The seventh grade science classes spent part of the last week of school dissecting a preserved frog.  Each student worked with a partner.  Students were excited to see actual tendons, ligaments and organs that they had read about in preparation for the dissection.
Also, in preparation for the frog dissection, students dissected fresh chicken feet, and saw a demo of the dissection of a fresh pig kidney, as well as fresh pig heart, pig stomach, and chicken livers.



8th Grade Science Update

Monday, February 27th - One 8th grade student entered the Paper Session from the Regional Science Fair.  The paper session was held at Guerin High School.  The student qualified for the State Paper Session in May.

Tuesday, January 24th - Three teams of 8th graders advanced into the Top Five Teams in the Materials Choice Award competition, a materials science competition in which the team presents information on amazing futuristic materials. All three teams have advanced to the final level in which they must make a 3 minute video of the amazing qualities of the material.  Materials chosen were aerogel, microlattice, and electronic textiles. The videos must be submitted by April 10th.

Friday, January 20th - The 8th grade girls attended Futures Unlimited, an all-day conference sponsored by Oakton Community College.  The conference exposed the girls to many STEM career choices. Each girl was assigned to two different workshops and all girls listened to a panel discussion of inspiring women with careers like dentistry, professor, and more.

Wednesday, November 14, 2016 - Nineteen 8th grade students competed in the Fenwick Science Contest.  SPC came in at 11th place out of over 40 teams!  

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - "Mr. Energy" of the National Energy Education Foundation visited the three classes of 8th graders during their class time to demo energy phenomena and have student participation as well. 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - Eighth graders attended a Chemical Career Conference at the Museum of Science and Industry.  The conference was sponsored by the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) and the Illinois Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF).  Students visited booths sponsored by chemical companies, participated in a game show about the chemical industry, and saw a Weird Science show.  There was also time to visit the Science Storms part of the museum where the students witnessed the giant Tesla coil in action.

Monday, August 22, 2016 - Welcome back to school!  You are now 8th graders.  You will be learning physical science this year, which means a combination of physics and chemistry.  We will be doing lots of labs.  First thing you will do is learn about lab safety, receive and sign a safety contract along with a parent signature, and get an A on a lab safety test.



New textbooks this year:  They are modules and called interactive.  There are also online versions.  The book is by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt.  To access the online book, go to and enter your username, password, and other info. 

Science Fusion (for Grade 7 Life Science). Currently in Module A.

Science Fusion (for Grade 8 Physical Science).  Currently in Module H.


Here is a good website for the newest science news, written at the student's level:


Website pages for practice on parts of microscope and use of microscope     and


Using a triple beam balance to measure mass - a great website by Ohaus, the company that makes our balances

How to use a spring scale to measure weight - here is a link to a powerpoint



Click here for Science Focus packet.


Here are useful websites for both grades.  

Click on the website name and it will take you directly to the website.


7th Grade Science Homework


Tuesday, March 28th - A two page packet of worksheets entitled Dichotomous Key worksheet #1 and #2 (these are two stapled pages) and a single sided worksheet entitled Branching Diagram Practice.  NOTE:  There will be a quiz on the classification pages of the textbook on this coming Thursday, March 30th.  Use the text, notes from the smartboard which you were supposed to copy, and corrected worksheets to help yourself study.

Monday, March 27th - Page 65 in text and the worksheet entitled, "Silly Science."  NOTE:  We will have a quiz on the classification pages of the textbook this coming Thursday, March 30th.  We have read and discussed and taken notes on the whole section except for the page on branching diagrams. We will get to that on Tuesday.

Friday, March 24th - None.

Thursday, March 23rd - Vocab, page 23, in your spiral.  Also, copy the triangle and words from page 57.

Wednesday, March 22nd - Study for tomorrow's evolution  and evidence of evolution test.  We went over study guide today.  The one I wrote was on the board for all to compare with the one each student had written for him- or herself. If you were absent today, I will share my own study guide with you when I get home.

Tuesday, March 21st - Add to your study guide - evidence of evolution, unless you already did that yesterday. You don't need to reshare. It will automatically show up.

Monday, March 20th - Make and share with me a googledoc on Evolution.  There will be a quiz on this coming Thursday on evolution and evidence of evolution.

Thursday, March 16th - None

Wednesday, March 15th - None.

Tuesday, March 14th - None.

Monday, March 13th - In textbook, page 25, #s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7.

Friday, March 10th - No homework.

Thursday, March 9th - There will be a short open notes quiz on the video tomorrow.  I suggest you rewatch the video to refresh your notes, even though we spent the whole class period going over the notes.  You also have a handout on Charles Darwin to read and then answer the starred questions.

Wednesday, March 8th - Periods 3 and 4 need to watch the video (see link below) and do the second side of the worksheet.  Period 8 saw most of the video, but finish watching it (see the link) and do the second side of the worksheet.  Here is the link to the youtube video  or you can watch it from its original website and here is the link for that  The video is about 30 minutes long.

Tuesday, March 7th - In the new textbook, Module B, do the vocab and True/False on page 15.  Then read/highlight pages 16-19.  Also, so the Visualize Its on these pages.

Monday, March 6th - There is still page to the DNA which you will take tomorrow.  Keep on studying.  Bring your new textbook to class tomorrow as well.  We will be starting on evolution.

Friday, March 3 - Study for the DNA quiz which will be on Monday.  How to study without a study guide???  Here are some examples.  Make up flashcards, make up questions from all the info you highlighted, see if you can answer correctly the questions we corrected together in class, make up a song, ask someone to quiz you.  

Thursday, March 2 - Fill in Visual Summary, # 20, on page 156.  Do the following Lesson Review questions on page 157:  #s 6, 8, 10,  and 11.  I also suggest you go through the digital lesson.  To do  this, in case you forgot, go to  Sign with your username and password.  You want to go the Access English Student Edition, Module A, Unit 2, DNA Structure and Function. There will be a quiz on Monday.

Wednesday, March 1 - Worksheet to fill in after watching the Amoeba Sisters youtube video called, "Mutations: The Potential Power of a Small Change."  We watched part of it in class.  There will NOT be a quiz this Friday - we are not quite ready.

Tuesday, Feb 28 - Worksheet to fill in after re-watching the Amoeba Sisters video called, "Protein Synthesis and the Lean, Mean Ribosome Machines."  Possible quiz this Friday.

Monday, Feb 27 - No homework, but likely a quiz on DNA this coming Friday.

Friday, Feb 24 - No homework.

Thursday, Feb 23 - No homework.

Wednesday, Feb 22 - Read and highlight pages 146-155 in textbook.

Tuesday, Feb 21 - Vocab for Lesson on "What is DNA?" in text.  

Monday, Feb 20 - No School.

Friday, February 17 - See yesterday.  There was a sub in class today.  An assignment was given for completion during class time and to be collected at the end of class today.

Thursday, February 16 - 1.  This HW is due on Tuesday, Feb 21 - If not finished during class time today, copy the definitions for the following words in your spiral:  The vocab words on page 147; and the following italicized words on the following page numbers - complementary, found on page 151; insertion, page 153; deletion, page 153; and genetic disorder, page 153.  Also, read the section that starts on page 147 until you get to the review pages.  2.  Bring back your lab sheet we started yesterday - we will finish it on Tuesday, Feb 21.

Wednesday, February 15 - Test TOMORROW. Use the study guide you received yesterday.  Also, bring back the PTC lab report from today.  We hope to finish it after the test.

Tuesday, February 14 - Test on Thursday.  You received a study guide today.  Also, please bring back the Trait Inventory lab activity sheet we worked on today.  It will be worth 10 points.

Monday, Feb 13 - No homework, but I anticipate a test on Thursday on the heredity pages and the Punnett Square pages.

Friday, February 10 - No homework.

Thursday, February 9 - Watch the ameoba sisters video and fill out the 2-sided worksheet given to you in class.  The video is called Monohybrids and the Punnett Square Guinea Pigs  Here is the link

Wednesday, February 8 - No homework, but bring your textbook, glue stick, and spiral to class on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 7 - Definitions for the vocab words on page 123 of the text.


Wednesday, February 1 - Watch the youtube video by the Amoeba Sisters called "Meiosis-the Great Divide."  Fill out the two-sided worksheet that goes with the video.  If you lost the worksheet, there is a spot on the top left of the video in the first 30 seconds or so, where it says to click here for the worksheet.

There is a quiz planned for Monday on Mitosis vs Meiosis. You will receive a study guide tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31 - No homework today, but students were told what we'd be doing the rest of the week (finishing up mitosis and learning about meiosis).  They will receive a study guide on Thursday because there will be a quiz on Monday.

Monday, January 30th - See Friday.

Friday, January 27th - We used the digital lesson today on the smartboard.  Make sure you bring your hardcopy and your chromebook to class on Tuesday. (No class on Monday due to retreat.)

Thursday, January 26th - Watch the youtube video by the Amoeba Sisters called "The Amazing Cell Process that Uses Division to Multiply (Updated)"  Fill out the corresponding worksheet given out in class.

Wednesday, Janurary 25th - No homework.

Tuesday, January 24th - Tomorrow is Science Focus judging.  Be ready.  

Monday, January 23rd - This coming Wednesday, two days from now, is Science Focus judging. Awards ceremony is at night.  Details to follow in an email.

Friday, January 20th - See Thursday.

Thursday, January 19th - Oral reports continue.  Next Wednesday, January 25th, is judging.  More details soon.  Also, some basic info is in your packet.

Friday, January 13th - If you didn't finish in class today with the sub, please finish reading and filling out pages 160-169 in the text and fill out the open note/open book 5 question "quiz."  Bring it back on Tuesday.  Tuesday oral report speakers, be ready.  Also, as I have said before, the Wednesday speakers should be ready a day ahead.

Thursday, January 12th - I will not be in class tomorrow. The sub will give you assigned work.

Wednesday, January 11th - Thursday speakers, be ready tomorrow to give your oral report.  Also, the Tuesday speakers should be ready as well.  (We will not do oral reports on Friday as I will be on a field trip with 8th grade girls, and then Monday is MLK Day, so no school.)

Tuesday, January 10th - If you are scheduled for oral report tomorrow, be ready.  If you are scheduled for oral report for Thursday, be ready TOMORROW as well.  We were able to do 2 talks today instead of only the one that was scheduled.  We are moving along nicely.

Monday, January 9th - Triboards are due tomorrow.  Follow the rubric.  Also, oral reports begin tomorrow.  There is a schedule.  Be ready a day ahead of your scheduled day. We discussed this in class.

Monday, Dec 19 - Keep working on your written report for Science Focus.  Three final copies plus an extra abstract are due on Wednesday, Dec 21.  You MUST print them out at home.  You may NOT print them out at school.  They are to be stapled and put into a report cover.  Follow the rubric for the written report on pages 19 and 20 of the SF packet.


8th Grade Science Homework

Wednesday, March 29th - Two-sided worksheet on second law of motion calculations.  We set up the problems in class.  All you need to do is finish them.  Do #s 2, 3, 5, and 6.  NOTE:  As of today, I plan to have a quiz on the Forces pages of the textbook on Tuesday, April 4th.

Tuesday, March 28th - Two-sided worksheet entitled Net Force worksheet - one side are diagrams and the other side is word problems.  NOTE:  As of today, I plan to have a quiz on the Forces pages of the textbook on Tuesday, April 4th.

Monday, March 27th - None, but here is a website with simulations of force and motion that it would be good to visit.


Friday, March 24th - Finish article on terminal velocity from Science World and fill out the the five questions on the half sheet of paper, unless you gave it to me in class or after school.

Thursday, March 23rd - Study for tomorrow's test on speed, velocity, and acceleration.  

Wednesday, March 22nd - All classes, add acceleration info to your googledoc study guide.  Periods 6 and 7 need also to finish work we didn't have time to do in class, and that would be all of page 26 and then on page 27, 3s 1-9, and 11-13.  REMINDER THAT ON FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH, THERE IS A TEST ON SPEED, VELOCITY, AND ACCELERATION.

Tuesday, March 21st - 4 word problems on accelerations.  They are on the worksheet you received today.  # 7, 8, 11, and 13.  We watched the digital lesson today in class.  I suggest rewatching it and also reading the textbook pages.

Monday, March 20th - In the textbook, do all of page 16 and then #1-10 on page 17.  Also, make a study guide on a googledoc on speed and velocity and share it with me.  Tomorrow we will start acceleration.  There will be a quiz on speed, velocity, and acceleration on this coming Friday.

Thursday, March 16th - None.

Wednesday, March 15th - None.

Tuesday, March 14th  - None.

Monday, March 13th - Page 14 in the textbook.  Period 7, please finish the lab report.  Periods 2 and 6, bring lab report to class.

Friday, March 10th - No homework.

Thursday, March 9th - 4 speed and velocity problems on the worksheet that was given out in class today.

Wednesday, March 8th - No homework at this time unless you were told to read and highlight through page 9.

Tuesday, March 7th - In the next textbook, Module I, do the vocab on page 5.

Monday, March 6th - Study for tomorrow's quiz on pH. How to study without a study guide???  Various ways to study - make flashcards for yourself, make up a song, have someone ask you questions from the book, go over answers to questions that you were supposed to correct in class.  These are just a few examples.

Friday, March 3rd - Finish any paperwork you didn't finish in class on the pH article. Period 6 did not have science today because of the Father Rocky show, so your Virtual Lab report is due on Monday.  REMINDER!  Tuesday, March 7th is a quiz on pH and I am not giving a study guide.

Thursday, March 2nd - Finish the Virtual Lab on pH which you started in class.  Report is due on Friday.  Next Tuesday, March 7th will be a quiz on pH.

Wednesday, March 1st - No homework tonight.  We will NOT have a short quiz this Friday.  It will be too hectic with the Father Rocky show in the gym.

Tuesday, Feb 28th - No homework tonight, but strong possibility of quiz on this coming Friday.

Monday, Feb 27th - Read and highlight the section on pH, beginning on page 294.  Also, do the section called "Do the Math" on page 296.  We will most likely have a short quiz on pH this coming Friday.

Friday, Feb 24th - Study for quiz on acids, bases and salts on this coming Monday.

Thursday, Feb 23rd - None, but quiz on acids, bases, and salts is this coming Monday.

Wednesday, Feb 22nd - Quiz on acids, bases, and salts will be on Monday, Feb 27.  It was originally going to be on Friday, Feb 24, but since Fr. Britto is talking to students during Period 6 on Thursday, I would not be able to review with them on Thursday.

Tuesday, Feb 21st - Make a study for yourself on the section on acids, bases, and salts.  Make it on a googledoc and share it with me.  Make sure your name is on the study guide.

Monday, Feb 20th - No class.

Friday, Feb 17th - There was a sub in class today.  You were given a writing assignment to complete in class and turn in at the end of class.

Thursday, Feb 16th - No homework today.  After the quiz today, you read the section in the book about Organic Chemistry. You read it to build your general knowledge.  You will not be tested on it, but the information will come in handy for a couple labs we plan to do in the next week or so.

Wednesday, Feb 15th - Quiz tomorrow on balancing equations. Afte the quiz we will go back into the textbook.

Tuesday, Feb 14th - Another worksheet on balancing equations.  The way to learn how to balance equations is to practice balancing equations. There will be a 20 point quiz on this coming Thursday.  Depending on the class period you are in, depends on which questions you will do for homework tonight.  Here goes.

Period 2, # 2, 3, 6, 8, 16, 18, 20, and 22.  Challenge question, #32.

Period 6, #2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 17, 19, and 24.  Challenge question, #32.

Period 7, #2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 20, and 21.  Challenge quesion, #32.

Monday, Feb 13th - Worksheet on balancing chemical equations.  There will be quiz on this coming Thursday.

Friday, Feb 10th - No homework.  Today we started learning about balancing chemical equations.  We read and highlighted pages 214-216.  Period 2 received a packet today, but Periods 6 and 7 will receive the packet on Monday. We will start using the packet on Monday.  There will be quiz on balancing equations on Thursday, Feb 16th.

Thursday, Feb 9th - Lab report  on Conductivity and Salt Concentration is due tomorrow.

Wednesday, Feb 8th - Definitions, page 213.

Tuesday, Feb 7th -  1.  Study for tomorrow's test on chemical bonding - ionic, covalent, and metallic for which you received the study guide yesterday, and for which we reviewed yesterday and today.  2.  Finish the writeup for the lab demo we did today.  For the last question, google "names of ionic compounds" to complete your answer.


Wednesday, February 1st - No homework today.

Tuesday, January 31st - Quiz tomorrow on Bohr Diagrams.  We went through the first 20 together.  Know how to do a Bohr diagram.

Monday, January 30th - See Friday.

Friday, January 27th - Bring back the paper on which we started to do Bohr diagrams for the first 20 elements.  We will not meet on Monday because of the retreat.  I hope to see all three classes on Tuesday.  For the classes I see on Tuesday, you will have a quiz on Wednesday on Bohr diagrams of three of the first 20 elements.  If I don't see your class on Tuesday, your quiz will be Thursday.

Thursday, January 26th - Tomorrow youi will have a quiz on the Unit 3, Lesson 2, the Periodic Table, which you have known about since Monday.  You received a study guide yesterday.  Today we reviewed and each student worked on the Virtual Lab on their chromebook.  I highly recommend that you finish the virtual lab if you were unable to finish in class.  The lab is self-correcting.

Wednesday, January 25th - You received a study guide today for Friday's quiz.  In class, you worked on the Digital Lesson on your chromebook.  I highly recommmend you finish it for homework, if not completed in class.

Tuesday, January 24th - We learned how to calculate the average atomic mess for an atom.  We practiced in class with an instructional worksheet.  Remember there will be a quiz on Friday.  You will get a study guide on Wednesday.

Monday, January 23rd - Definitions for the Vocab on Unit 3, Lesson 2, the Periodic Table.  Vocab words are found on page 169. You were also told there will be a quiz on Friday on this section.

Friday, January 20th - No homework.

Thursday, January 19th - Quiz tomorrow on the atom (but not atomic theory.)  You received a study guide yesterday.  

Wednesday, January 18th - Quiz Friday on the atom (but not atomic theory.)  You received a study guide today.  Also, worksheet from yesterday is due tomorrow.  Also, finish the virtual lab, if possible.

Tuesday, January 17th - Quiz Friday on the atom.  You will receive a study guide tomorrow.  Meanwhile, today you received a 2 sided worksheet that is due this Thursday.

Friday, January 13th - The assignment you have chosen and for which you received the guidelines and grading rubric is due on Tuesday, January 17th.  You will lose 4 points if it is late.  The choice of assignments is to either write a letter to Democritus about changes in the atomic theory OR to make a timeline on the development of the atomic theory.

Thursday, Jan 12th - In class we read pages 162-3.  The homework, which is due on Tuesday, January 17th, is your choice of either writing a Letter to Democritus or making an Atomic Theory Timeline.  You received and instruction sheet and rubric today in class.

Wednesday, Jan 11th - Look up the experiments that J.J. Thomson and Rutherford performed in order to advance the atomic theory.  A few sentences about each.  Write the info either in your spiral or share it with me in a googledoc.

Tuesday, Jan 10th - If necessary, complete what was started in class.  Digital lesson for The Atom. Vocab from the digital lesson written in your spiral. Then on looseleaf write down what you have learned from the digital lesson.

Monday, Jan 9th - Starting on Module H, Unit 3, Lesson 1 - The Atom.  Read/fill in/ follow directions on the first three pages. pages 157-159.  In class we watched "Powers of Ten", from youtube, a 9 minute video, from 1977.  We also learned about Democritus and Aristotle and how the atom got its name.


Monday, Dec 19th -  Finish your Heat Transfer lab report as much as possible - we will finish going things in class on Tuesday.  Also, on Wednesday, there will be a quiz on Thermal Energy and Heat. You have known this was coming since last Friday.  We have been reading, discussing, highlighting, and taking notes since Thursday.  Our notes from the smartboard are your study guide.