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Month: November 2016

Jelly Bean Lab_Sensation and Perception

Jelly Bean Lab_Sensation and Perception

Today’s demonstration shows students how important smell is to the sense of taste.  In this activity, students learn that if they cannot use olfactory curs to identify flavors, their sense of taste is quite impoverished.  On the other hand, olfactory cues provide a rich experience they normally associate with taste.  This activity helped students to experience and understand the profound relationship between smell, taste, and flavour.

Results:  Typically, when your noses were plugged, you could not identify the flavor or the jelly beans unless they can see the jelly bean and guess the flavor from the color;nor can they distinguish different flavors until after they unplug their noses.  After this demonstration, it is easy to make the point that flavor results from more than just the tongue. Judgements of taste are influenced by smell and even by vision.

Tactile Simulation also plays a role in flavor- you can correctly identify cinnamon-flavored jelly beans

Finally, ones expectations also affect flavor.  The strong popcorn flavored jelly beans may be perceived as disgusting until and individual knows what to expect.

I hope you had fun while learning today!

Next class:  Perception and Illusions Lab

Note:  Make sure you have read this entire chapter! We will review next week prior to the Test on December 12.jellybean-jar1

The Black Death History Mystery Lab in Class

The Black Death History Mystery Lab in Class

This week we will be learning more about The Black Death! All classes will participate in the History Mystery Black Death Lab!   No Homework this weekend!  Black Death videos and information below!  Think critically about the following question (perhaps a post??) Think about the questions below.

Can disease change the world?

“What was the Black Death? How did the Black Death spread so quickly? How did the Black Death affect people in the 14th century?



Knight vs Samurai Genius Hour

Knight vs Samurai Genius Hour

knight-clip-art-knight-boy120523Period 5/6/7:  Please make sure that you have completed the Venn Diagram comparing a Knight and Samurai.  We went to the lab today for Genius Hour!  You were given time to complete your blog post on Samurai and Knights.  Please refer to the handout (genius hour).



Period 1/2:  Today we discussed the Venn Diagram and we went to the lab for Genius Hour (Blog time)  Please see the assignment attached.  If you did not finish the post it will be due by Friday!

Genius Hour

genius-hour  – This week Spotlight Post due by Friday

Chapter 5 Late Middle Ages

Chapter 5 Late Middle Ages

Term 2 has started!  We are working on Chapter 5 Late Middle Ages.  Last class we started a comparison between Knights and Samurai and you were to complete the Venn Diagram.  Please use the pages in your textbook and the power point on the previous post.

Codes of honour: Chivalry and Bushido.

 Do people still live by codes of honour? What are the differences between values of today and values of

feudal times.?

Japan – A Brief History

From Trickey

Japan is a country located in the north-western Pacific Ocean and is comprised of four main and a number of smaller islands.

The Japanese have been influenced by many countries, such as Korea, China and most recently Europeans.  In each case the Japanese have learned from these influences and made them their own.

The history of Japan is a violent history of powerful men trying to control and rule over the whole country.

Japanese daiymos were similar to European feudal lords who control a certain region of Japan and who answered to the king of the country or the Shogun.

Because there were so many daiymos in Japan it was hard for one single daiymo family to hold onto the title of Shogun for long.

The Samurai were the warriors who fought for their daiymo. The Samurai were highly trained and deeply religious fighters who practised Zen Buddhism and the Japanese religion Shinto

The official leader or Emperor of the Japanese people has always been a member of the Imperial Sun line who are believed to be descended from the Japanese sun god, however real power has been in the hands of the Shogun and his daiymos.

Sensation Lab

Sensation Lab

Today is lab day!  Please use the following links for convenience!  This lab will be due at the end of class

Reminder- Presenations will take place on Monday

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The Magna Carta

The Magna Carta

Today I did a quick review for your test this week on Chapter 2.  Please see previous post for more information regarding what to study.

We watched a video on The Magna Carta and headed to the library for an interactive Magna Carta session.


Term 2 Post:  Magna Carta – Rules (Please see above assignment) Due Friday

I have marked your blogs!  I am meeting with each of you this week to go over them and give feedback for term 2!  Great work everyone.

Eye and Ear Assignment

Eye and Ear Assignment

It is imperative that you are reading the chapter! The notes will make more sense once you have read the Sensation pages in your textbook.  Powerpoint is on previous blog post.

Assignment:  Eye/Ear journey:) Due Wednesday.

Wednesday we will be in the computer lab- come to class first!