Welcome to General Science! It’s going to be a fantastic year as we explore God’s creation together! Here we go!
2/18/2020 Today we finished taking notes on Module 9. We also completed Experiment 9.3 Wavelength, Frequency, and Sound (formal lab report is due next week) and reviewed for the Module 9 test that will be next week. There is a lot of information in Module 9, so please spread out the studying over the next week. Homework for next week (2/25) is:
- Read ST pp. 262-270
- SN pp. 268-275
- Study Guide #10-13
- Formal lab report for Experiment 9.3 uploaded in Google Classroom
- Study for Module 9 test
2/11/2020 Our class is now in Google classrooms, so all assignments in the future will be submitted there. (The students are thrilled!) We continued notes on Module 9 and completed Experiment 9.2. The experiment included tedious connection of a battery pack, wires, thumbtacks, paper clip, and the load (flashlight bulb). We concluded that a power source, load, path, and usually a switch are required for an electric current to flow through a circuit. The switch (the paperclip) allows the circuit to be complete or closed. Each group of students successfully lit their light bulbs! A formal lab report for Experiment 9.2 is NOT required. :-) Homework for next week (2/18) is:
- Read ST pp. 252-262
- SN p. 259-267
- Study Guide #1 (electric circuit, simple machine), 7-9
- Continue studying for test on Module 9 on 2/25.
2/4/2020 Today we took the test on Module 8 Chemistry and started Module 9 Physics. Our discussion started with examining how physics is part of every other branch of science that we have studied. We also completed Experiment 9.1 and made a foldable to help learn and remember Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion. Homework for next week (2/11) is:
- Finish Newton’s Laws of Motion foldable
- Read ST pp. 243-252
- SN, pp. 251-252
- Study Guide #1 (speed, velocity, force), 2, 3-6
- Formal lab report for Experiment 9.1
- Begin studying for test on Module 9
We will have the test on Module 9 on 2/25, not next week. However, since we are covering more material in each module, studying along the way is a much better strategy for test prep.
1/28/2020 Today we completed Experiment 8.2 and found that mixing salt and sand resulted in a mixture since both retained their original properties. We also looked at covalent and ionic bonding in more detail and finished taking notes on Module 8. Assignments for next week are to read ST pp. 228-238, SN pp. 235-243, Study Guide #8-11, and complete formal lab report for Experiment 8.2. Remember to bring the printed lab report to class. We will take the test on Module 8 next week (2/4). There will be a bonus question involving illustrating an ionic bond, so study the ones we did in class today.
1/21/2020 In class today we took the test on Module 7, then scanned Module 8 General Chemistry before completing a scavenger hunt. We finished class with Experiment 8.1. Homework for next week (1/28) is to read ST pp. 215-228, SN pp. 225-234, Study Guide #1-7, and study scavenger hunt notes for test week after next (2/4).
1/14/2020 Today we finished Module 7 Meteorology and Oceanography. We saw several short videos that explained how thunderstorms, lightning, hail, and hurricanes form. If any student is interested in viewing the videos again, they are here:
If the links don’t work, copy and paste the URL into a Google search, then select the video. The test on Module 7 will be next week, 1/21.
Homework for next week (1/21) is to read ST 199-211; SN p. 210-219; Study Guide #8-13; study for Module 7 test.
1/7/2020 We jumped right into the new semester this morning with the study of Meteorology and Oceanography (Module 7). We completed Experiment 7.1 and found what it takes to make a cloud.
The 7th grade science fair winners are:
- Jake Pingen–“Kryptex Lock Design”
- Lydia Pratt–“Egg-free Bakin'”
- Oaklee Evans–“How to Keep a Lunch Safe”
- John Brooks–“Does Water Temperature Affect How Plants Grow?”
- Allie Johnston–“Light and Fluffy Muffins”
Student Choice Award: Jake Pingen
Teacher Choice Award: Jamie Allison and Bryson Bailey
Congratulations to these scientists and to the entire class for their hard work on their projects this year. You are amazing!
Homework for next week (1/14) is to reread pp. 187-199, SN pp. 199-210, Study Guide #1-7, and complete formal lab report for Experiment 7.1. Remember, since the lab report is due at class time next week, you must bring the printed lab report to class; no more submissions by email. Points will be deducted from the grade if the printed report is not submitted in class. I highly recommend getting the lab report finished as soon as possible, then printing it and putting it in your notebook or textbook.
12/10/19 Today was a GREAT day in General Science at Faith! The students brought their science fair boards and presented their research projects with confidence and professionalism. As each shared their research, I was awed by how much they have grown since August. Though the projects can be stressful on the entire family of the researcher, they allow the student to implement every step of the learning process and utilize critical thinking. I was so proud of the students who asked questions after each presentation, as well, because they were curious about their friend’s research. Needless to say, my heart just about exploded!
Next week we will have the mid-term exam. Study guides were distributed today. As soon as the exam is graded, expect an email from me with the progress report. Then relax over the Christmas break!
12/3/19 Today we finished Experiment 6.2 (NO formal lab report !!!) and took the test on Module 6 Geology and Paleontology. The rest of class was spent going over the parts of the science fair report that are to be included on the display board. We looked at some samples of presentation boards, noting the good and not-so-good points of each. I firmly believe the students have a good grasp of how they are to compile their boards and how to make it professional and appealing. The students received handouts on the 4 paragraphs of the abstract and the science fair board components. Parents, PLEASE help your student follow the guidelines included on these two documents. Also help your student keep his/her promise to NOT tape anything on the board until the layout is exactly as it should be! (And do NOT use glue or glue sticks!)
The finished boards are to be brought to class next Tuesday (12/10) with a 3-minute presentation ready to give to the class. We discussed internalizing the information so that they can tell about their projects instead of reading it. Eye contact with the audience is very important.
Several students turned in printed copies of their science fair summaries today. If a student did not turn it in to me today, it must be emailed to me by noon tomorrow (12/4) to give me time to read them, make comments, and return them to put on the board. This report will be one big paper with these titles at the top of each section: Abstract, Purpose, Hypothesis, Materials & Procedures, Data, Graphs, Results, Conclusion, and Bibliography. The Abstract is to be no more than 250 words and must not be trimmed shorter than 11″. Though the Bibliography is optional on the board, it must be included in the display. I highly recommend including the bibliography on the board to ensure that it is not misplaced by the student. PICTURES MUST be included on the board. If changes were made during the experiment that deviated from the research plan, the student must submit a separate paragraph explaining what changes were made. Remember that your name is NOT to be anywhere on your board!
When students arrive at tutorial next Tuesday, they are to take their boards to the big meeting room and place them against the walls. I will be there to direct traffic.
This is an exciting time for young scientists! Thank you for your hard work as we have worked through the details of your projects. I’m so proud of you!
11/19/19 Since we missed last week, we completed Experiment 6.1, noting the crystals that “grew” and how they look different from rocks. We also started Experiment 6.2 and will make the final observations of how sedimentation settles when we return in two weeks. We also completed Explore More (p. 170) in class, making a mold of a shell. We will see how the cast turns out when we return after Thanksgiving.
Lab report for Experiment 6.1 is due when we return on 12/3. I encouraged the students to go ahead and finish the lab report as soon as possible while it’s still fresh on their minds and so they don’t have to complete it during the holidays. Remember to follow the format for lab reports, leaving space in the Materials and Procedures section to redraw the setup (SN, p. 453) and space in the Data and Results section to redraw the crystals on the string (SN, p. 453). Students wrote the differences between rocks and the crystals in SN, p. 454, but that information must be typed into the Data and Results section of the lab report. Remember to include all six prompts in the Conclusions section.
Experiment 6.2 will not have a lab report.
Be sure to finish reading Module 6 according to the agenda. Test on Module 6 Geology and Paleontology will be on 12/3.
Science fair projects will be presented 12/10. When all the trials are completed and data is gathered, students can start summarizing their findings, using the lab report format we have been using that is outlined in How to Write a Conclusion. On the Science Fair webpage are directions for writing the abstract and compiling the display board. Read those carefully! The display board must be typed, not handwritten! When you finish the summary, email it to me so I can approve it before you start on the display board. DO NOT start on the display board until I have approved your summary. If you don’t email it to me, it is due 12/3. If you turn it in 12/3, that will give you only 1 week to get feedback from me, finalize your board, and prepare your 3-minute presentation for 12/10. Therefore, I encourage you to send it to me before 12/3.
Unfortunately, the Fall Football Fest has been postponed until the spring. However, your donations to St. Jude must be put in the teacher jars in the office by this Thursday (11/21).
Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.
11/12/19 SNOW DAY! Last week we started Exper 6.1 with the plan to check the crystals on Tuesday. With the additional week for “growth,” we should have a pretty good crop of crystals by 11/19. We will finish Exper 6.1 on 11/19, and the lab report will be due 12/3. The reading in the textbook and questions in the SN and Study Guide will remain as outlined in the agenda. The test on Module 6 will be on 12/3, as outlined on the agenda.
Students should be finishing their science fair experiments. After Thanksgiving we will focus heavily on the presentation of findings. Remember that all science fair projects will be presented on 12/10. See you Tuesday!
11/5/19 Students took the test on Module 5 Astronomy. We started Experiment 6.1 “Growing” Crystals and will let it sit until next Tuesday when we will observe what happened to the alum dissolved in water and the string in the water. We started Module 6 Geology and Paleontology by completing Fact Finding. As we went through the information, students had to replace incorrect information in their notes with the correct information. Hopefully, they made all the corrections and don’t think that plastic water bottles spewed through the Earth’s crust and formed landfills as part of the hydroplate theory! It was actually sediment that spewed, burying animals and plants, forming fossils.
Most students are making great progress on their science fair experiments! Keep up the great work!
Assignments for next week are on the agenda. I will not be here next week, but the class will be in the very capable hands of Mrs. Kim Sparks. Thank you, Mrs. Kim–I’m sure you will be impressed with this group of scholars!
10/29/19 Students turned in the summary of the videos “Our Created Moon” today, and we finished covering Module 5 “Astronomy.” We made multiple attempts to view the video “The Solar System Declares God’s Glory” by Dr. David Lisle; however, it would not load. Therefore, we will delete the video summary that was to be due next week, according to the agenda. We WILL have the test on Module 5 next week. Students should read pages 132-143 in the ST. (The agenda has incorrect pages). Work on your science fair projects! Dec. 10 will be here very shortly!
10/22/19 Today we watched the 3-part series called “Our Created Moon” by Dr. Don DeYoung. The students are to write a one-paragraph summary of the videos including details of what they learned and their opinion of what they learned. Don’t leave off the opinion part! For those who were absent, here are the links to the videos:
“Our Created Moon, Part 1” (12:22)
We continued our exploration of the sun and moon (Module 5) in groups by finding the most important parts of each section in the ST and reporting to the class.
Assignments for next week are the one-paragraph summary of the videos, reading the ST and completing the SN as outlined in the agenda, and working on the science fair project.
I hope to see everybody Friday night at the Fall Flag Football Tournament/Polar Plunge. Be sure to bring your donations to St. Jude to vote for the adult who gets to take the plunge for St. Jude. BRRRRR!!!
10/15/19 After taking the test on Module 4, we “blasted off” into the study of astronomy. In looking at the order and organization of our solar system, we were reminded of the omniscience of our God, the Creator. We practiced setting up a bar graph showing how many earth years it takes each planet to circle around the sun. We also started Exper 5.1 Making a Sundial. Students should try to complete their sundials during the daylight hours and come to class next Tuesday ready to share what they learned from making the sundial and whether or not their hypothesis was correct. They do not need to bring their sundials with them to class. No lab report is required for Exper 5.1!
I returned several science fair research plans that still need some tweaking before they are approved. Those must be corrected and brought to me next Tuesday so that the projects can be started. December 10 will be here before we know it.
Assignments for next week include reading and notes as outlined in the agenda.
10/8/19 Module 3 test and Exper 3.1 lab report were returned to the students. I gave the students the following new guidelines for completing the Data and Results section of the lab reports:
- Tables MUST be included to report data and observations.
- Tables MUST have column headings that include measurement units, when applicable.
- Tables MUST NOT include words repeated in each line. Put the repeated word(s) in the column heading.
- MUST include a sentence that states the results that relate to the purpose and question (i.e., density, egg floating, etc.).
- Spelling counts, so proofread. Ask a parent to proofread, too.
- Points will be deducted if these guidelines are not followed.
During class we watched 5 videos from InspiringPhilosophy about the reliability of the New Testament. They were very in-depth, so we discussed the gist of each video with a couple of details after each one. The assignment for next week is to write a summary of the videos including what you learned, some supporting details, and your opinion. Links to the videos are here:
- Reliability of the NT (Introduction)
- 3. Reliability of the NT (Oral Tradition)
- 4. Reliability of the NT (Authorship & Dating)
- 5. Reliability of the NT (External Evidence)
- 6. Reliability of the NT (Internal Evidence)
We will have a test on Module 4 next week (10/15).
SCIENCE FAIR: Now that science fair research plans have been submitted, students can start working on their projects. Remember to take detailed notes with dates and take pictures throughout the process.
Have a great fall break!
10/1/19 We took the test over Module 3 and went over Module 4. The science fair research plans were returned to the students with comments. It is critical that each student incorporate every comment into the revised research plan and include the bibliography using MLA format. The revised research plan is due next week (10/8). Please check the agenda for reading and study guide assignments.
9/24/19 We went over tests from Modules 1 & 2 and the lab report for Exper 2.2. The students are improving their lab reports with each submission. We also covered the “why” and “what” of the bibliography, looking at a handout with correct MLA bibliography format for various types of sources. They can use that handout as a guide or easybib.com. We also went over the rest of Module 3 in preparation for the test next week (10/1). As they discovered from the first tests, the best way to review for the test is to go over the SN notes, Study Guide answers, and their class notes.
The science fair research plans will be returned with my comments next week. Students are asked to return the signed Student Checklist 1A next week (10/1). The formal lab report for Exper 3.1 is also due next week (10/1). Follow the agenda for the reading, SN notes, and Study Guide questions.
9/17/19 We took the test over Modules 1 & 2 today. The students who had kept up with the reading, recorded the answers in their SN, and answered the Study Guide questions were better prepared for the test. In the future our tests will cover only one module at a time, but all future tests will be closed book and closed notes.
Students turned in the lab report for Experiment 2.2, and I’m thrilled to report that everyone used the template! Wooohooo!
We started Module 3 and completed Experiment 3.1. The lab report for Exper 3.1 is due in two weeks (10/1).
Remember that science fair research plans are due next week (9/23). The content and a sample plan were distributed and gone over last week. It is critical that these plans be submitted as scheduled to allow time to make needed revisions before starting the project.
Check the agenda for the reading assignments for next week. I am loving teaching this class! Thank you for making it so much fun!
9/10/19 We finished Module 2 and are ready for the Modules 1 & 2 test next week (9/17). Though this test will be open-book/open-notes, students should finish reading Module 2, complete pp. 62-75 in the SN, read through their SNs, in-class notes, and answers to the Study Guides for Module 1 (pp. 30-32) and Module 2 (pp. 55-56) to prepare for the test.
Students received their graded Exper 1.1 Formal Lab Report along with a sample lab report, which should be used as a guide for the rest of the year. Exper 2.2 Lab Report is due next week (9/17). Remember to use the lab report template!
We went through the Parts of the Research Plan and a sample plan that should be used as a model for their science fair project research plan that is due 9/24. Though the agenda indicates that the research plan should only include the parts through Data Analysis, I recommend that they also include the Bibliography. Using easybib.com, they can click Create Citations and input the needed information, and it formats the citation. 🙂 Then, they simply copy the citation. Remember that they must have a minimum of 5 sources for their bibliographies.
Form 1B was sent home today. Though the agenda says that Form 1B is due 10/1, some of the students are getting ready to start their projects and need to have the form submitted before that can happen. So, please sign and return it next week or 10/1 at the very latest.
Check your agenda often.
9/3/19 Today we completed a crossword puzzle created by fellow students using the science fair terms. The students learned that crossword puzzles are difficult to create and complete, that working in groups helps get the tasks done more efficiently, and that they need to work on the meanings of the terms. Next week we will do round 2 of crossword puzzles using science fair terms.
We completed Experiments 2.1 and 2.2 and learned that science cannot be used to prove anything. The conclusions of 2.1 were found to be incorrect in 2.2. One takeaway is that we must be very careful in writing the hypothesis, results, and conclusions.
The formal lab report for Experiment 1.1 was due today using the template that I emailed to parents last week and explained in last week’s summary below. However, many of the students did not turn in the reports using that template. I have attached the template below under Handouts. Please follow the instructions below under 8/27/19. This template will be used throughout the year, and all lab reports must be typed. If a student did not turn in Experiment 1.1 report today, it should be emailed to me immediately. The formal report for Experiment 2.2 is due 9/17/19.
Since science fair project feedback has been sent through email and given to students today, they can start researching their topics. Remember to use index cards to record facts that will be included in the research plan and record the bibliography information on the back of each index card. Research plans must have at least 5 bibliography sources.
8/27/19 Class today primarily focused on the science fair–the students’ ideas for topics, glossary of terms through creating a crossword puzzle, and documents that are posted on the website. The projects are due in 105 days, which may seem like a l-o-n-g time. However, it will be here before we know it! It is imperative that the students stick to the timeline to ensure that each step is completed without feeling rushed and pressured. I linked the timeline below. Students can start researching their topics as soon as feedback on their ideas is given to them. They should use index cards to record the research facts and include the bibliography on the back of every card. They must have at least 5 bibliography sources for the Research Plan.
We also went over the formal lab report template that I sent to parents on Monday night. Students should save that template as “Lab report template,” then open it, “Save As,” and name it “Experiment 1.1.” Remember that the Conclusions section must include the sentence prompts that were distributed today in class. The typed formal lab report is due next Tuesday, September 3.
This week students should also read pages 17-26 in the text, complete pages 34-41 in the notebook, and complete questions 9-13 in the study guide.
8/20/19 Today we completed the first experiment in class. Students, tell your parents what happened and how we adjusted the materials based on the data. We continued to explore the history of scientific thought through the ages. A surprise fire drill allowed the students to demonstrate their skills in following directions–and they all passed with flying colors! Next week we will delve into writing a lab report and looking at the specifics of the science fair projects. Remember to bring 5 possible topics for your science fair project.
Homework for 8/27/19:
- complete pages 24-33 in the SN while reading pages 8-16 in the text,
- add information to the timeline,
- complete questions 4-8 of the Study Guide (p. 44 of the SN) on notebook paper, and
- finalize your list of 5 possible science fair projects. If you will be working with others on the project, include their names on the paper you will turn in.
As you decide if you will do a project alone or with other students, select the other students carefully. Think about how the other students will contribute to the work; you want to work with someone who will share the work equitably.
8/13/19 Our first day in General Science went very well. We collected signed forms, student profile, test booklets, and ream of paper. I will send a reminder email to those who need to bring missing items next Tuesday. The students engaged in activities, note-taking, Q&A, and a guided tour of their new text and Student Notebook. We discussed what science is, as well as why and how we study it. Finally, we started the journey of science through history.
Homework for 8/20/19:
- complete pages 21-23 in the Student Notebook while reading pages 1-8 of the text,
- add information to the timeline (pp. 49-55 in the SN),
- complete questions 1-3 of the Study Guide (p. 44 of the SN) on notebook paper, and
- continue discussing ideas for the science fair project. Students must write and turn in on 8/27/19 at least 5 ideas that they would want to explore.
The SN has a 4-day reading guide starting on p. 15. This is an excellent tool to help your student spread out the reading over several days. However, that guide does not correspond directly to the homework assignments. I suggest they use the class agenda to know what must be read and studied from week to week, but use the 4-day guide in the SN to pace their reading. Reminder: We will do the experiments in class.
Thanks for a great start to the year!
“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.
Mrs. Dottie would like to thank Mrs. Lezlie Haynes for her tremendous help in compiling the syllabus and agenda for the year for the new curriculum! She is a jewel!
Before the first class, please print, read, complete, and sign the documents below, and bring to class on Tuesday, August 13:
Other documents for your information:.
**For questions, please email Dottie Myatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, student notebook, binder and pencils. 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 quiz over the previous week’s assignment. After the 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.
Participation in the FAITH science fair is mandatory for all general science students. Students will begin to work on projects as early as September with the fair to be held possibly in January. A science fair agenda will be posted or sent home so that the student and parent can plan accordingly.