This week, the grade 9 students learned about the structure of atoms and atomic theory. They studied different subatomic particles, including protons and neutrons, and looked at the factors that define the size and shape of an atom’s orbitals.
For Media Literacy Week, the Grade 9 TOPS class traveled to the Bay Adelaide Center to participate in a “fake news” workshop held by MediaSmarts. They listened to a panel discussion by professional journalists, learned to verify the truth of online content, and discussed how teenagers can influence the media.
The grade 9 TOPS geography class ended their unit on big data by pitching an app of their creation. From mapping the school to finding free WiFi, the projects were both unique and creative. Their next unit will be on physical geography, where they will learn about Canada’s various landforms.
In their second week of school, the grade 9 TOPS class went on an excursion to YMCA Camp Pinecrest. Under the guidance of senior students, the class spent four days participating in team-building activities such as canoeing and low and high ropes, and learning about many TOPS traditions.