Welcome to General Science at Faith Home School Tutorial!
Summary of Class:
12/01/2022: Students turned in their formal lab report for experiment 6.1. We talked about the midterm that will be on 12/15, and I told them it will have matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and a short answer section. We discussed the study guide and I told the students that everything on the test will be from the study guide. Then, we finished our discussion and notes on Module 6. The Module 6 test will be next week on 12/8.
11/17/2022: I returned the graded Module 6 test to students and then we did Experiment 6.2 together in class (no formal lab report.) We continued our notes and discussion on Module 6 slides 19-36. I reminded students that the formal lab report for Experiment 6.1 is due on 12/1/22. We talked about science fair experiments and I recommended that they have their experiment and data collection done by around 12/15/22, but if they want to work on it over Christmas break, that is fine too. I will try to have the December agenda posted by 11/19/22. I handed out the study guide for the final exam which covers Modules 1-6 and will be on 12/15/22. The Module 6 test is on 12/8/22.
11/10/2022: I returned graded video summaries and the science fair research plans and bibliographies. If the research plan says “approved” then experimentation may begin. If not, students will need to re-submit the research plan to me next week. Students took their Module 5 test, then we began the notes and discussion of Module 6. We talked about the information from slides 1-18 and filled out a graphic organizer about the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. I gave another graphic organizer for students to do at home that is optional. It is titled “Layers of the Earth” and can be glued into the interactive notebook. Students are assigned Experiment 6.1 (pg. 451 in the student notebook) to do at home for homework. There is a formal lab report due, but not until 12/01. All of the supplies for the experiment should be items that you already have, except for one: Aluminum Alum. It can be found at Kroger or Walmart in the spice aisle as “Alum”.
11/03/2022: Students turned in their bibliographies and procedure, risk, and safety plan for the science fair. Students should not begin experimentation until the research plan has been approved by me. We finished our discussion and notes (which included some graphic organizers and a moon phase activity) over Module 5 and students will take the test next week. AGENDA CHANGE: We did not watch any videos in class, so there is no video summary due next week. Also, the pages that students should read in their textbook are pages 131-143.
10/27/2022: I returned graded tests over Module 4 and the graded video summary. We talked about the next part of the science fair research plan that is due next week. The procedure, risk, and safety plan are due on 11/3. The science fair packet that students received last week has guidelines on how to do this and an example. We also talked about the bibliography and how to use easybib.com to do this correctly. Some students need to finish their bibliographies and can turn them in next week. Students should not begin experimentation until the research plan has been turned in and approved. Then we continued our discussion and notes over Module 5 (slides 24-41), which included filling out some graphic organizers and gluing them into the interactive notebook. We did not have time to watch “Our Created Moon” in class, so students will need to watch at home. It’s about 30 minutes long. For homework students will type a summary of what they learned from the videos (at least one paragraph, typed, due next week.) Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk50bycmr_w
10/20/2022: I returned the approved science fair hypothesis and purpose to students, then they took the test over Module 4. I gave students a packet outlining directions for their science fair bibliography and the research plan. The packet has examples as well. We began taking notes over Module 5 and started Experiment 5.1, which students will finish on their own at home (no lab report.) I gave students a constellation activity that they can do at home and keep. The bibliography for the science fair is due next week. Instructions are in the packet that was sent home. I told students that I would like for them to type up on one page their science fair question, hypothesis, and purpose and turn it in to me next week for me to keep. An example of this can be found on slide 21 of the Module 5 Slides.
10/13/2022: I returned graded Module 3 test and Formal Lab Report 3.1 to students. We finished up our lecture/notes on Module 4, then started a video series on the reliability of the New Testament. Students took notes during the video. For homework, they are to write a summary of what they learned about the Bible from the video series (at least one paragraph, typed, due next week.) We did not get to watch the last video in the series, so they should watch that at home. The video links can be found in the Module 4 Slides. Students also need to study for their Module 4 test on 10/20. AGENDA CHANGE: I told students to wait to start working on their science fair research plan and bibliography. We didn’t get a chance to talk about what to do and I haven’t returned their approved hypothesis and purpose yet. Nothing for the science fair is due next week.
General Science Course Policy– to be printed, signed by student and parent, and returned to instructor
Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, student notebook, binder, and a gallon Ziploc bag containing a composition notebook (which will be the interactive notebook), colored pencils, scissors, and a glue stick . Students are required to keep an organized notebook consisting of notes, worksheets, tests/quizzes, and experiments.
In general, each module will take two weeks to cover. Class usually begins with a discussion or quiz over the previous week’s assignment. After the discussion/quiz, new material is introduced and explained. As time permits, experiments are performed to further the students understanding of concepts or to introduce new ideas. For many of the modules, additional assignments are sent home to further understanding of important concepts in the chapter. Progress reports will be sent via email at the end of each six weeks and will include all in-class work (extra worksheets, quizzes, labs, projects).
Experiments are varied in this course. For the life science sections, students will begin to use microscopes and will dissect several different items. Students will work in groups to complete the labs. Students will then complete lab handouts, reports or abstracts to discuss what was learned in lab.
“This course covers a wide range of the branches of science while making the connections between each. Students will learn what science is and, in a detailed and engaging way, how to utilize the proper scientific method. This course has many hands-on science experiments that can be completed with household materials.”—Apologia website
In addition to the Apologia content, the instructor may add content that enhances student understanding and strengthens his or her Biblical worldview.