Lezlie Haynes

Welcome to Physical Science!

10/19    In Class–we finished Mod 5 today in class.  Students performed a virtual experiment for exp 5.1 and watched part of a video segment summarizing the module.  Quiz 4 was turned in as well as last week’s wkst. 

Hwk–follow the agenda.  The lab report is to be completed in the SN–not a formal lab report.  I want a fully-formed conclusion, too.  Lastly, students should watch the last 10 minutes of the first video link in the agenda (the 18 min long video).
10/12  In Class–today we began Module 5.  We went over notes on ionic compounds and covalent molecules–writing names and chemical formulas.  I handed out the quiz for Mod 4, too.  We worked a lot of the problems on the Mod 5 Study Guide, too.
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Complete the wkst handed out in class today.
10/5   In Class–we finished Mod 4 and watched a short video segment on cohesion, adhesion and surface tension.  Then we worked on a lab to help students better understand the law of conservation of matter (mass) and balancing chemical equations.  Students should finish their lab handout at home.  No lab report or conclusion required–just finish the handout. I also handed out a worksheet at the end of class.  If you did not receive one, let me know asap so that I can email one to you.  You are responsible for that worksheet and it is due Tuesday, 10/12.
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Work on your sci fair projects or book reports (read the books).

9/28  In Class–we reviewed the Bohr Model of the Atom then students took Mod 3 quiz.  After that, we began Mod 4, took notes, discussed types of bonds and balancing chemical equations.

Hwk–follow the agenda.  Don’t forget that your model of the atom is due next week.


In Class–we went over notes for the remainder of the chapter and discussed Bohr’s Model of atom, Quantum Mechanics theory and the Periodic Table.  Students filled out a study sheet on the PT.  We also went over a couple of the problems on the worksheets.
Hwk-follow the agenda.  Study for the quiz.  Complete the worksheets.  Be able to label the parts of the PT (I will supply you with a word bank).

9/14   In Class

  • went over science fair info (about half the class is doing a project instead of a book report)
    • Here is the link to the Middle Tennessee Sci Fair site–it has links to the Rules Wizard
    • Handed out a packet to each student that walks then thru what must be turned in to me in January, what are the core parts (research plan, bibliography, abstract), what goes in each part and an example project.
  • discussed module notes thru p 93 (I think if was p 93) and students had time in class to complete their worksheet over atomic numbers, subatomic particles and mass numbers.
  • played Jeopardy! with questions related to the content taught in class
Hwk–follow the agenda

9/7 In Class:

  • we performed Exp 2.3
  • we reviewed for Quiz 2 next week
  • we began Mod 3–PPT and notes
  • Follow the agenda
  • For the experiment, students will NOT do a formal lab.  Instead students will complete the boxes in the student notebook and then type their conclusion (following the format).  Conclusions should be printed and placed in the SN after the lab pages.  It would help to paperclip it to the lab. Do not tear out the lab.

8/31 In Class–students turned in their ACT science practice and lab report.  Then, we went through more notes for the module, worked a couple density problems and then performed the Virtual Density Lab in class.  Special thanks to Sam for getting the program to work on my computer!!!

Hwk–complete the remaining questions on the lab handout, finish calculations in the last table and follow the agenda.
A)  For those that were absent, you will omit the virtual lab since the links do not work anymore (hence the Sam saved the day info above).
B)  ACT science practice set–many of you will have to resubmit this handout.  The instructions were to answer the 3 questions for each graph or data set.  There were 5 graphs or data sets (some imbedded graphs in the questions, too, but I didn’t count them).  You were supposed to look at the graph and write the answers to the following  on the handout by the graph: What are the variables, how are they measured, how are changing.
C)  Those doing science fair projects–I need your final idea then you can start working on your research plan.  Send me an email with the final idea and I will send you a research plan handout.  NO experimentation until the research plan has been approved.

8/24  In Class–students took Mod 1 quiz, turned in their formal lab report on Exp 1.2, took notes over content on agenda for Mod 2 and performed Exp 2.1.  I also handed out the ACT sci reasoning handout for hwk.  I DO NOT expect the students to be able to answer all of the questions.  For every graph or data table, students should answer the three questions (and write them by the graphs/tables): 1) what are the variables 2) how are they measured 3) what is relationship b/n variables ie direct, indirect, no change etc.  Then after analyzing each graph, they should try to answer the questions.  Hwk is to follow the agenda but I want a formal lab report again.  This MUST include the bar graph mentioned in the results section of the lab.

8/17  In Class–we went over charts and graphs–what good charts and graphs have, the three questions to answer when they see one and we went over the different types of graphs.  Students should know the difference between: qualitative and quantitative, independent variable and dependent variable, direct proportion and indirect/inverse proportion.  We then completed part 1 of Exp 1.2. Hwk is to follow the agenda.  The lab report this week needs to be a formal lab report.  Instructions are posted below.  Mod 1 quiz is next week.  Students should know the metric prefixes, measurements and their units (mass = grams/kilograms), terms listed above.  Students doing book reports will pick their books next week at end of class.  Students doing Sci Fair should bring me their 3-5 ideas–otherwise its a book report.


In Class–we followed the agenda and discussed Mod 1, went over all of the OYO’s and worked on graphing #12 in study guide.  We also discussed the book report, sci fair, lab reports and summaries.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.

Handouts:  Items to print and place in binder:

Agenda 2021 Fall

Agenda Spring 2022–to be added later

How to Write a Summary for Science Class

How to Write a Formal Lab Report

Book Report with Media Presentation

Preclass forms to print and bring to first day of class–only print the signature page for the Policy and Lab Safety form:


Science Courses Policy

Lab Safety
Faith Tutorial Secondary Schedule 21-22
Academic Calendar 21-22
Physical Science 21-22

“This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. Thus, we generally recommend it as an 8th grade course. However, your student can also use it for their 9th grade course work. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, chemistry, and astrophysics. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household chemicals and supplies. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science.” Apologia Website

Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, workbook, notebook 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).

Physical science at FAITH requires two projects to be completed during the course of the year. The first is either a science fair project or a multi-media project centered on a Christian scientist and will be due in January. The second is a multi-media engineering project which will be due in February/March. Information about the first project is given the first two weeks of school. Information about the second project is given second semester after Module’s 9 & 10 have been taught.

I look at physical science as the bridge between middle school work and high school work. With this in mind, I use this course to prepare students for the rigorous coursework assigned in a high school biology class. Students should be prepared to study daily—not just read or answer questions, but study in-depth. This class will require more time and effort than any previous science class. Students should be studying for weekly quizzes, large unit tests, and comprehensive final exams.

I look forward to meeting new students in the fall, too!

If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lezlie@43llc.com.