Welcome to General Science! It’s going to be a fantastic year as we explore God’s creation together! Here we go!
9/10/19 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 email@example.com.
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.