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

 

SCIENCE FOCUS 2017-2018

Click here for Science Focus packet.

 

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 and resources s www.hmhco.com/ed  Then the state is Illinois and the district is Archdiocese of Chicago.  Each student has been given his or her personal username and password and has 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_1

 

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

3 copies of the final Science Focus report are due on Wednesday, Dec 20th along with an extra copy of the abstract.  FOLLOW THE RUBRIC ON PAGES 17 AND 18 IN THE SCIENCE FOCUS PACKET. 

 

Ever since Dec 5th we have been working on Science Focus data interpretation.  Make sure to follow your rubric.

Friday, Dec 1st - There will be an Open Notes quiz on Mendel and his pea plant experiments on this coming Monday, Dec 4th.  We spent all class period today reviewing yesterday's notes. Your Science Focus data is due on Tuesday, Dec 5th.

Thursday, Nov 30th - See Tuesday.  We reviewed today in class.

Wednesday, Nov 29th - See Tuesday.

Tuesday, Nov 28th - There will be a quiz on Friday based the Scientific Method crossword puzzle that we corrected today in class. There will not be a word bank.

Continue to work on gathering your data for your Science Focus project.  Data is due on Tuesday, Dec 5th.  Pay attention to any comments I have made to you regarding Review of Literature, Materials, Procedure,and Data table.

Monday, Nov 27th - Fill in Crossword puzzle on the Scientific Method.  Continue with your Science Focus project.  

THANKSGIVING BREAK UNTIL NOV 27

Wednesday, Nov 15th - Materials and Procedure have not been shared with me by everyone.  Please do so.  Also, try to form a data table for your project in googlesheets.  Email me if you have questions.

Tuesday, Nov 14th - 1. Share with me your googledoc of the Materials and Procedure for your Science Focus project.   2. There is an Open Note test tomorrow on Unit 2, Lesson 2, Plant Bodies as Systems.  Open Note means you can use your three homework quizzes when you take the test.  There will not be any questions on tropisms.

Monday, Nov 13th - Finish the worksheet from Science World, if necessary.  Independent and Dependent Variables and the groups are due tomorrow.  Materials and Procedure are due on Wednesday as a googledoc.  Also, you will have an open note test on Wednesday on Plant Bodies as Systems.  You will be allowed to use the homework quizzes to refer to during the quiz.

******************************New trimester starts on Monday, Nov 13th************************

Friday, Nov 10th - See yesterday's homework.

Thursday, Nov 9th - Independent and Dependent Variables are due on Tuesday.  So are the groupings you are using in your lab procedure.  Next Wednesday the Materials and Procedure will be due.  Please submit Materials and Procedure as a googledoc.

Wednesday, Nov 8th - Rough draft of Review of Literature with citations and Reference List is due tomorrow.Hypothesis is also due on Thursday.

Monday, Nov 6th and Tuesday, Nov 7th - Work on your Rough Draft of the Review of LIterature. It is due on Thursday.  See your SF packet.

Friday, Nov. 3rd - Finish your notecards so you can start on the rough draft for the Review of Literature for Science Focus.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - WAtch the youtube video by the Amoeba Sisters on Plant Structure and Adaptation.  HW quiz tomorrow will be open note.

November 1, 2017 - Go to textbook website (see Resource section above) and read and do the pages in Exploration 2 except for the Hands-on lab. Also, the list of vocab words that you were able to start in class, make sure you know the definitions.  The homework quiz tomorrow is on those vocab words. The words are photosynthesis, leaf, xylem, phloem, roots, taproots, fibrous roots, stems, and stoma (Plural, stomata).

Tuesday, Oct 31 - Go to textbook website (see Resource section above) and read and do pages 64-68 in the Student ebook.  It will not take you long.  There will be a short quiz based on this and the same pages/notes in class tomorrow.  This quiz will be non-graded.  Also, see Monday, Oct 30.

Monday, Oct 30 - Keep on working on notecards.  Try to have them done for Friday so you can then concentrate on putting together the Review of Literature.  Bring your textbook tomorrow because we will be going back into it.M

Friday, Oct 27 - Keep working on information from sources.  I was only able to see Periods 1 and 3 today because of Fun Fair, but to everyone, I advise to try getting all your notecards done by next Friday, so you can spend the five days after that writing your rough draft of the Review of Literature.

Thursday, Oct 26 - Keep working on information from sources.  Periods 1 and 3, we will probably have time in those classes to continue taking notes.

Wednesday, Oct 25 - Bring enough sources to be able to take notes all class period in both science and English.

Tuesday, Oct 24 - Three possible testable questions are due tomorrow on page 6 of the Science Focus notebook.  If you already have an approved question, then start looking up information for your Review of Literature. A few people still need to turn in the signature slip from the SF packet as well.

Monday, Oct 23 - If you haven't done so already, see the homework that was given on Friday.  Also, and very important, write out at least three possible testable questions on page 6 in your Science Focus notebook.

Friday, Oct 20 - Read Science Focus packet with parent and then sign and have parent sign bottom of cover page and bring it all back on Monday, Oct 23.

Thursday, Oct 19 - Study for tomorrow's quiz.  You have a study guide.  We reviewed today in class.

Wednesday, Oct 18 - Study for this Friday's quiz.  A study guide was given out today in class. We will finish going over it tomorrow in class.

Tuesday, Oct 17 - This homework is only for Periods 3 and 7, since I didn't see Period 1 due to Aspire testing.  1.  Go to googleclassroom and find the question about three possible Science Focus ideas.  2.  If you didn't finish pages 57 and 58 during class, finish it tonight.  We will discuss on Wednesday.  4. Do pages 61 and 62 in the textbook.  5.  There will be a quiz this coming Friday on Unit 2, Lesson 1, Levels of Organization  You will receive a study guide in class on Wednesday.

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

Wednesday, Dec 13 and Thursday, Dec 14 - Study for Friday's quiz on Newton's Third Law of Motion and on momentum calculations.

Tuesday, Dec 12 - Period 6 only - needs to copy the worksheet on Momentum received in class today in order to cement the learning process. This homework includes doing the two word problems which many neglected to work on in class.

We have been working on Laws of Motion and so far have taken a quiz on First Law and the Second Law.

Friday, Dec 1st - Homework for Periods 6 and 8 only and only if not finished in class. Here it is. Science World worksheet called "Slippery Stuff."  Read it, answer the questions, and graph the data neatly on graph paper. It is due Tuesday since you will be on retreat on Monday.

Thursday, Nov 30th - Quiz tomorrow on the First Law of Motion. Study your notes. It may be helpful to rewatch the Khan Academy videos on youtube on First Law of Motion and More on First Law of Motion.

Tuesday, Nov 28th - Quiz tomorrow on instantaneous speed, average speed, and interpretation of graph of each. We reviewed in class today.

Monday, Nov 27th - No homework.

THANKSGIVING BREAK UNTIL NOV 27TH

Wednesday, Nov 15th - No homework.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, Nov 14th - Period 8 must finish outlining through page 50.

Monday, Nov 13th - None.

****************************************New trimester starts on Monday, Nov 13th*****************************************************

Friday, Nov 10th - No homework.

Wednesday, Nov 8th and Thursday, Nov 9th - Study for Friday's quiz.  Use your homework quizzes as your study guide.

Monday, Nov 6th and Tuesday, Nov 7th - None, for period 8, but for periods 2 and 6,finish page 12 in text. There may be a quiz on this Friday.

Friday, Nov 3 - None.

Thursday, Nov 2 - Tomorrow there will be a short ungraded quiz on speed, velocity, and acceleration calculations.

Wednesday, Nov 1 - Tomorrow there will be a short ungraded quiz on today's notes on acceleration.

Tuesday, Oct 31 - Read and do page 9 in the ebook for Module K, Unit 1, Lesson 1. Short quiz tomorrow, non-graded on speed and velocity.

Monday, Oct 30 - You are now in Module K, Unit 1, Lesson 1. Go to the student ebook. Read and fill in the corresponding pages that we covered today in class through reading, discussion, and notes.  You will have a very short quiz on pages 4 through 8 on Tuesday.

Friday, Oct 27 - None, but remember to bring a charged chromebook and your print copy of the textbook on Force and Motion to class on Monday.

Thursday, Oct 26 - None.

Wednesday, Oct 25 - None

Tuesday, Oct 24 - See yesterday's homework.  It's due tomorrow.

Monday, Oct 23 - Finish what was started in class.  It is due on Wednesday. Go to hmhco.com/ed, then click on State of Illinois and the District as Archdiocese of Chicago, and then go to Unit 2, Lesson 1, Student ebook and read and fill in any needed responses.

Friday, Oct 20 - No homework.

Thursday, Oct 19 - Study for tomorrow's quiz. You have a study guide and we reviewed today in class.

Wednesday, Oct 18 - Study for the quiz you will be taking this coming Friday.  You received a study guide today in class. We will finish going over it tomorrow in class. (We transcribed our looseleaf lab notes onto a formatted lab sheet today in class, except for Period 6 who I did not get to see today due to the speaker.  We did not have time to do any roller coaster practice today after all.)

Tuesday, Oct 17 - We did roller coaster practice today in class and will do that again tomorrow.  There will be a short quiz on this coming Friday on the current lesson. You will receive a study guide on Wednesday.

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.