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Grade 9
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What your teen is learning

Your teen will begin to unravel the significance of DNA in genetics—including its role in determining traits like hair colour—and they’ll identify the scientific and technological advancements that led to human exploration of the moon and beyond! They will be energized as they problem-solve and experiment with electricity and evaluate the benefits and impacts of energy use. Your teen will continue to develop as a scientist as they conduct and analyze chemical reactions and apply their understanding of chemistry to the world around them. For more about Grade 9 Science, refer to the program of studies.

Knowledge and Employability Science
Your teen will discover how chemicals interact with one another and the environment. They will explore transformations of energy in mechanical devices, such as flashlights, and create their own electrical circuits. Your teen will also gain an understanding of the diversity of living things and environments, and the impacts of human activity on this diversity. They’ll consider the challenges of space exploration and ways that technologies used to study space, like telescopes and GPS, impact our lives on Earth. For more about Grade 9 Knowledge and Employability Science, refer to the program of studies.

How your teen is assessed

Your teen’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your teen’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your teen is doing throughout the course. The teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your teen.

At the end of this course, your teen will write a Provincial Achievement Test, which provides information about your teen’s achievement compared with the achievement of students in the same grade from across the province.

The purposes of Provincial Achievement Tests are to:

  • determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn
  • report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards
  • assist schools, school authorities and Alberta Education in monitoring and improving student learning.

Provincial Achievement Test results can help Alberta Education better understand the factors that influence student achievement. This information can also provide teachers, principals, central office staff and Alberta Education with additional tools to help students and parents in the learning process. Teachers will often use this information to reflect on how the course has been taught and how to better assist students’ learning, and they may use it to report on your teen’s level of achievement. More information is available through the Provincial Achievement Tests web page.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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