Welcome to Chemistry! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.
Progress Reports–9/19 & 9/21
Jersey Day–9/19, where your favorite team jersey (must be in dress code)
Fall Football Fest and Bonfire–10/7, 4:30 pm – 8 pm, $3 for food, to attend sign up in Ms Tricia’s office
9/7–today was a very full day. In class, students completed Chromatography lab and performed a second set of experiments. They took Unit 2 Quiz 2 and we also reviewed for Unit 2 Quiz 3 which is just a matching quiz over the periodic table info. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Could be an easy week b/c the hwk is to finish up anything in Unit 2 not finished yet ie reading, OYO’s, reviews or PP’s as well as the lab from class.
8/31–Yesterday was a very full day! In class, students completed about 3/4 of a chromatography lab, took quiz 2 for Unit 2, turned in Wkst 1D, took notes that went through the rest of the unit notes sheet and watched a 15 min video on the history of the periodic table and Mendeleev. I really love the history of science–especially chemistry. Hwk is to follow the agenda. There is no work to do for the chromatography lab b/c it isn’t finished. If needed, you can use Google to help you complete wkst 2A. You will turn in your student notebook next week for Ms Kim to grade the lab we did last week. Make sure you finish the conclusion–you get an extra week. Lastly, notice that Elements Quiz #2 is next week. This will be over: Elements #13 – 20 plus iron, manganese, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc and a review of the first 12.
Honors Students: Those of you that signed up to do the honors component need to turn in your tutoring dates by next week. Read the honors handouts carefully. You are responsible for recording your tutoring dates in your phone or planner and then showing up. I will hand out the 1st six weeks notebook check sheet so that you know what to expect and how to organized your notebook. Also, you must preregister for honors labs so that I know how many to plan for. I am excited about the honors option. It is always fun to get to do more lab work.
All Students–after I get the tutoring dates from the honors group, I will make a master list and hand it out so that every student knows the day and time of the free tutoring.
8/24–we had a good day today. Days we can perform experiments are always better. In class we reviewed sig fig rules, took quiz 1C, turned in Wkst 1B and 1C and the Pi lab, began lecture over Unit 2 (Energy and matter, mass, laws of conservation), watched a short video segment on Lavoisier’s discovery of law of conservation of mass then performed Exp 2.1. Hwk is to follow the agenda–make sure to study for vocab quiz over the first part of the notes (everything up to but not including states of matter), complete Exp 2.1 in SN (student notebook)–make sure you write a solid conclusion. Read the info in the module after the lab–author normally explains the lab there. If you need a format to follow, click on the Science Fair Report Handout on the Science Fair 7-12 page on the website.
8/17–great day! Follow agenda for hwk.
Bonus Opportunity: Monday, 8/21 is the Solar Eclipse. If you take a pic of yourself outside during the eclipse and send it to me, you’ll get 5 bonus points. I’ll post them on the chem page. I’d like a pic of you with a sign with Eclipse 2017 or something similar. With solar eclipse glasses will get you 2 extra points. I plan to take my selfie during ‘Totality’!!! Videos work, too!
If you do not have glasses, you can make a pinpoint projector and watch the shadow on the ground instead of damaging your eyes looking at it.
8/10: Great first day! In class we went over class rules, metric system and dimensional analysis, how to use the calculator, review of sci notation and how to take measurements with different items. Students worked on a measurement lab–if the lab was not completed in class, students should plan to come early (8 am) on Tuesday or next Thursday to complete the lab. Wkst 1A was handed out; quiz 1A was taken. Hwk is to follow the agenda.
Prior to the start of class, Thursday, 8/10, please print and read the following. If a signature is required, do that as well. Bring all print outs to class the first day of class:
For those interested in the Science Fair or the Honors option which requires a research plan with experimentation:
Welcome to Chemistry!
“This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course.” Apologia website
Organization is very important and students are required to keep a binder with sections for notes, quizzes/tests, and worksheets. Students should bring their textbook, student notebook, binder, calculator and pencils to every class.
This course has been formatted a little differently from previous Tutorial science classes. I have organized the content into units. Each unit will begin with lecture and a handout that covers the important concepts. For units with math content, multiple examples will be provided. Students will complete the On Your Owns in the textbook as well as Review Questions and Practice Problems. Additional worksheets will be assigned to reinforce difficult concepts or provide additional in-depth practice. Students will be quizzed multiple times per unit and quiz dates will be listed on the agenda. Multiple experiments will be performed that will enhance student understanding of chemistry concepts. Comprehensive final exams will be administered at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
This course has additional content added to enhance the content in the textbook. Serious thought and planning has gone into deciding what content to add and why. All added content will better prepare the student for college level chemistry.
I look forward to seeing each student in the Fall!