Science book. The following is a list of things that you should have in your science binder for this unit.  Updated as of April 24th.



Form and Function Title Page

Definitions Page (word list may be found here)

Types of Structures Volunteer Note (follow the instructions at this link)

Design Features Note (a copy may be found here)

Structure Testing (a copy may be found here)

Joints Note (based on research from here)

Structural Efficiency and Force Balance (a copy may be found here)

Forces Question (the questions may be found in the reading here, answers here)

Examining Forces Assignment (a copy may be found here)



Other Documents. There may be other documents that will be used in this unit, they are not expected to be in your binder, but will be put here for your reference.  Updated as of April 10th.


Types of Structures Information (all information may be found at this link)

Information on Types of Joints (a copy may be found here)

Types of Forces Hand Actions (a copy may be found here)

Information on Forces (a copy may be found here)

Examining Forces Instruction Sheets (a copy may be found here)




SmartBoard Notes. In this section you will find information that was shown on the SmartBoard during class.  Keep in mind that each class may have slightly different notes, but the information will be the same overall.  Updated as of April 26th.


Lesson #1 Types of Structures
Lesson #2 Design Features - Function
Lesson #3 Design Features - Shape and Material
Lesson #4 Structure Testing - Build Day
Lesson #5 Structure Testing - Test Day
Lesson #6 Joining Methods
Lesson #7 Mass vs Weight
Lesson #8 Structural Efficiency
Lesson #9 Force Balance
Lesson #10 Structural Efficiency/Force Balance
Lesson #11 Types of Forces
Lesson #12 Forces Questions
Lesson #13 Examining Forces Explanation
Lesson #14 - #16 Examining Forces Work - Day 1, 2, and 3
Lesson #17 Examining Forces Work - Day 4
Lesson #18 Failure


Weekly Quiz.  We will be continuing to have our weekly quiz this term, in an attempt to help you keep on top of the learning.  The quiz questions are posted outside of my room, as well as here, at least 5 days prior to the quiz.

Next week  (May 3rd)

This is your quiz.


Next week  (May 10th)

On your quiz you will be required to answer questions about the following:

Center of Gravity
Thrust Lines


Assignments.  These are the assignments that have been assigned for this unit.  If there is no due date set, you will not submit it, simply complete it and have it in your binder.

Note:  Dates that assignments were assigned are approximate, as I teach three classes, and not on the same day.


Form and Function Title Page

Assigned: Mar 5th

Due: With Binder

You are required to make a title page for the start of this unit.  The page must have the words "Form and Function" (or "Structural Strength and Stability") on it.  It should also include at least four relevant pictures.

Types of Structures Volunteer Note

Assigned: Mar 5th (6th for 72)

Due: Next Class

For this task you were to teach an adult volunteer (parent, grandparent, etc) about the three types of structures.  First you were to have read about them yourself, this was done in class.  You then took a quiz to ensure you had the information understood.  You then taught your volunteer the information.  You volunteer was to then take the quiz, at the end of which they would have been presented with a document to sign on your behalf.  All of the instructions for this are found here.

Design Features Note

Assigned: Mar 7th

Due: With Binder

This is the note that we looked at in class over a series of 3 lessons.  You should print it and have it in your binder for a study note.

Structure Testing

Assigned: Mar 21st

Due: With Binder

This task involved building three structures, to given specification, out of cue cards.  The structures were then tested to failure.  After testing the structures there were some questions to answer.  The worksheet, including questions, may be found here.

Joints Note

Assigned: Mar 22nd

Due: With Binder

In class you were given a few pages from a text.  From that you were to summarize the information, writing a note about joints.  The headings you are to have are in today's lesson.

Structural Efficiency and Force Balance Math

Assigned: Apr 5th

Due: With Binder

This task involved applying the formula for structural efficiency to three math problems as well as applying knowledge of force balancing to three problems.  The worksheet may be found here.

Force Questions

Assigned: April 12th

Due: With Binder

This task involved reading some information on forces, then answering a series of questions (found on the last slide of lesson 12).  I will post the answers here at a later date.

Examining Forces Worksheet

Assigned: Apr 25th

Due: May 3rd

This is the assignment that was handed out after we did the Examining Forces experiments.  You were to document your findings from station 4 of the experiments.  Here is a copy of the worksheet.