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
Co-sponsor of the Future City team. Future City is an engineering design competition.
Sponsor of Materials Choice Award teams. Materials Choice is a Materials Science national competition.
Sponsor of Fenwick Science Contest team.

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

Resources

New textbooks this year:  The textbooks, Science Dimensions, by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt publishers, Modules B, C, and D for grade 7 and Modules I, J, K, and L for grade 8 are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS integrates the practices of both science and engineering with content-area knowledge. The print textbooks are called interactive because you can write in them.  I want any writing to be done in the textbook, not online.

Instructions on how to access the book online have been given in class. The website to access the textbook iand resources s www.hmhco.com/ed  Then the state is Illinois and the district is Archdioceses of Chicago.  Each student has been given his or her personal username and password and have accessed both the Student Edition and the Student ebook in class. 

Science Dimensions (for Grade 7 Life Science). Currently in Module B, Cells and Heredity. There will also be modules on Ecology and the Environment as well as Diversity of Living Things.

Science Dimensions (for Grade 8 Physical Science).  Currently in Module I, Energy and Energy Transfer.  There will also be modules on Chemistry; Force, Motion, and Fields; and Waves and their Applications.

Useful websites:

Here is a good website for the newest science news, written at the student's level: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/

Website pages for practice on parts of microscope and use of microscope http://www.purposegames.com/game/05c7b310 and 

http://www.purposegames.com/game/microscope-parts-functions-quiz

Using a triple beam balance to measure mass - a great website by Ohaus, the company that makes our balances http://www.ohaus.com/input/tutorials/tbb/tbbentry.swf

How to use a spring scale to measure weight - here is a link to a powerpoint https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UVhO_FM5QX2Rg-O0n7qY8XtekPrdQTXNKWx40FYY4_Y/edit#slide=id.g32c5d8d_0_11

 

SCIENCE FOCUS 2016-17 

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.

www.biology4kids.com

www.chem4kids.com

www.physics4kids.com

 

7th Grade Science Homework

Monday, Oct 16 - None.

Friday, Oct 13 - None.

Thursday, Oct 12 - No homework.

Wednesday, Oct 11 - Period 1 - Page 49, #4; Period 3 - Page 49, #3 and #4; Period 7 - Page 49, #2, #3, #4. Everyone - page 53 and 54, read and fill in.

Tuesday, Oct 10 - Read and fill in pages 44 and 45 in the textbook.

Thursday, Oct 5 - If you did not yet turn in your crossword puzzle and key, you need to do so. I am attaching a grade to the puzzle. If you are caught up on everything, there is no other homework.  Enjoy the long weekend. (Tomorrow is Grandparents' Day, so regular classes are not held, just interacting with the grandparents and going to church.)

Wednesday, Oct 4 - If you didn't do so in class today, make a key for your crossword puzzle. If you need to redo your puzzle for some reason, then redo it and bring it in along with the key.  Also, in your textbook, read and fill in pages 33 and 34, and 37 through 39.

Tuesday, October 3 - Crossword puzzle that you make yourself.  It should be on graph paper with boxes and neat printing OR if you make it on a computer, you must print it out. See below for list of the 16 words.

The clues should consist of the function of the organelle or description of the type of cell. The clues should not be analogies from last night’s homework worksheet. Here are the words:

prokaryote

eukaryote

cell membrane

cell wall

cytoplasm

genetic material

ribosome

flagellum

rough ER

smooth ER

golgi apparatus

nucleus

mitochondrion

lysosome

chloroplast

vacuole

 

 

Monday, October 2 - Read and fill in pages 24 and 25 in the textbook.  Complete the worksheet on The Cell is Like a City.

 

Friday, Sept 29 - None.

Thursday, Sept 28 - None

Wednesday, Sept 27  - Worksheet, 2 sided.  Follow the directions.

Tuesday, Sept 26 - None, except please bring in items that could be used in making a cell model.

Monday, Sept 25 - Read and fill out pages 20 through 23 in the textbook.  Also, prerequisites for retake on microscope quiz are due tomorrow.

Thursday, Sept 21 and Friday, Sept 22 - No homework.  Enjoy the three-day weekend.

Wednesday, Sept 20 - No homework today.  Please bring textbook to class on Thursday. We are starting into the next section.

Tuesday, Sept 19 - No homework today, UNLESS you earned a 1 on the science quiz and doing corrections.  Write the corrections on looseleaf and turn them in on Wednesday. Your quiz grade can raise up to a C-, if all corrections are done well.  We are doing microscope work again tomorrow.

Monday, Sept 18 - No homework today.  We are doing microscope work for the next couple of days.

Friday. Sept 15 - Study for microscope test on this coming Monday, Sept 18th.  See also Sept 14 homework.

Thursday, Sept 14 - Microscope quiz will be on this coming Monday, Sept 18th.  The quiz will look exactly like the worksheet we finished filling in today. You also received an enlarged photo of the microscope with the parts labled.  Also, you were shown in class how to access a fun website to practice your knowledge of the microscope.  To follow the links go to the Resources section on this webpage and find the part about microscope websites.

Wednesday, Sept 13 - There was a sub today and you read Science World.  Use study guide received on Monday to study for the quiz on Thursday.

Tuesday, Sept 12 - Use your study guide to study for the quiz on Lesson 1.  Study guide was given out and discussed on Monday, Sept 11th....Bring your Microscope worksheet back to class on Thursday so we can finish completing it after the quiz. Date for microscope quiz will be either Monday, Sept 18 or Tuesday, Sept 19.

Monday, Sept 11 - Textbook, pages 15 and 16.  CHANGE OF DATE FOR LESSON 1 QUIZ.  QUIZ WILL BE ON THURSDAY, SEPT 14TH. A study guide was given out in class today.

Friday, Sept 8 - Textbook, pages 10, 13, and 14.  There will be a quiz on Lesson 1 on Tuesday. We will review on Monday in class.

Thursday, Sept 7 - Textbook, pages 7, 8, and 9.  Read and fill in as necessary.

Wednesday, Sept 6 - Textbook pages 1 through 6.  Read and fill in as necessary.

Tuesday, Sept 5 - Two worksheets as follows:  

  • the one with the flashlight and box, fill in step 4 with some possible ways to change the conditions and then what you might expect as a result.  Fill in step 5.
  • the one with the car, read everything on the worksheet and then fill in #14, 15, and 16.  Do not do #17.

Thursday and Friday, Aug 30 and Sept 1 - No homework.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - None, but if you can bring in a one-inch binder, that would be great.

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - Study for tomorrow's Safety Test.  Use the copy of the safety contract that you glued into your science spiral today as well as the worksheet that we corrected in class.  Also, if you can bring in a one-inch binder, that would be very helpful.

 

Monday, August 28, 2017 - Complete the Lab Safety Worksheet.  Also, the Safety Test will be this coming Wednesday, August 30.  Also, if you can bring in a one-inch binder, that would be very helpful.

8th Grade Science Homework

Monday, Oct 16 - None.

Friday, Oct 13 - Period 2 only.  Finish Poppers lab report.

Thursday, Oct 12 - Period 8 only.  Finish Poppers lab report.

Wednesday, Oct 11 - Period 6 only, finish Poppers lab report.

Tuesday, Oct 10 - No homework.

Thursday, Oct 5 - No homework, unless you have fallen behind, in which case I expect all homework done by Tuesday, Oct 10th. We started learning about the roller coaster project today in class. You may want to learn even more than just the videos we watched in class - google it or youtube it.

Wednesday, Oct 4 - page 60 in the textbook

Tuesday, Oct 3 - None from today.  However, if for some reason, you didn't finish or do last night's homework, you're in luck.  We will correct Monday's homework tomorrow.

Monday, Oct 2 - Pages 45 through 48 in textbook. Read and fill in.

Friday, Sept 29 - See Thursday.

Thursday, Sept 28 - Due on Monday, pages 42 through 45 in text.  Read and fill in.

Wednesday, Sept 27 - Study for the quiz on Lesson 2. 

Tuesday, Sept 26 - All classes, page 41 in textbook.  Period 8 only also has to do page 34, #19 and #20.  Also, for all classes, there will be a short quiz on Thursday.  Information on the types of questions that will be asked were written on the smartboard and students were told to copy them into their spirals.

Monday, Sept 25 - Two-sided worksheet on calculating GPE abd KE.  Also, prerequisites for doing a retake on the energy quiz are due tomorrow.

Thursday, Sept 21 and Friday, Sept 22 - No homework.  Enjoy the three-day weekend.

Wednesday, Sept 20 - All 8th graders, do page 40, #s 3, 4, 5, and 6.  Period 2 also do page 31, #16.

Tuesday, Sept 19 - Page 28, #11, for periods 6 and 8 science.  Period 2 has no homework.

Monday, Sept 18 - Read and fill in pages 22 through 27, if not finished in class (and no class finished this in class.)

Friday, Sept 15 - None.

Thursday, Sept 14 - Study for tomorrow's quiz on Lesson 1, Introduction to Energy.  You were given a study guide today in class and we went over all of it in class today.

Wednesday, Sept 13 - See Tuesday, Sept 12.

Tuesday, Sept 12 - Lab report on "Investigating Work" is due on Thursday, Sept 14.  Textbook, Checkpoints, page 20 is due on Thursday, Sept 14.  Study for quiz on Lesson 1.  Quiz will be on this coming Friday, Sept 15. (I will not be in school on Wednesday, Sept 13, so there will be a sub and you will read from Science World.)

Monday, Sept 11 - Textbook, Read pages 9 through 11, including #10 on page 11.  On Friday, there will be a quiz on Lesson 1.

Friday, Sept 8 - page 9, #8.

Thursday, Sept 7 - Textbook, pages 6, 7, and on page 8, #6

Wednesday, Sept 6 - Textbook.  Pages 1 through 3.  Read and fill in as necessary.

Tuesday, Sept 5 - Two worksheets as follows:  

 

  • the one with the flashlight and box, fill in step 4 with some possible ways to change the conditions and then what you might expect as a result.  Fill in step 5.
  • the one with the car, read everything on the worksheet and then fill in #14, 15, and 16.  Do not do #17.
  • Wednesday through Friday, August 30th August 31st, and Sept 1st, 2017 - No homework, but if you can bring in a one-inch binder, that would be very helpful.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 - No homework tonight, but if you can bring in a one-inch binder, that would be very helpful.

Monday, August 28th, 2017 - Study for tomorrow's Safety Test.  Use your safety contract, a copy of which you glued into your Science spiral today and the handout that we corrected in class.

Also, if you can bring in a one-inch binder that would be very helpful.

Archived 7th Grade Science Updates

May 8, 2017 - Nine seventh graders exhibited in the Poster Session of the State Science Fair.  Three students earned a Silver and six students earned a Gold Award.  Congratulations to all!

Archived 8th Grade Science Update

Monday, May 22nd - One of our 8th grade teams has won First Place in the Materials Choice Award competition, a materials science competition for middle school and high school.