Welcome to Physical Science!
2/13–I sent an email today that had the PPT for Mod 12 and hwk info. Follow agenda, study for quiz, work on Balloon Car Handout C.
2/6–In class, we went over info from Mod 12, I handed out the Mod 12 worksheet, students turned in their Mod 11 quiz, we went over Balloon Car Handout B2 and then performed Exp 12.3. Hwk is to follow the agenda.
NOTE: For the handout B2, students were to find the average time at each meter (add 2 numbers and divide by 2), then use those answers to fill in the data table (Average time with distance traveled). Once they had their data table filled in, they were to graph the data on the provided grid. We discussed increments on each axis and went with each mark was 0.5. After plotting the points, students were to draw a best fit line–not connect the dots. We discussed all of this in class and students had time to complete the sheet in class. If it is not finished, then it needs to be completed at home this week.
Congratulations to Aaron for winning the 8th grade division at our Science Fair. All three of our winners will advance to the Regional Fair at Belmont University March 16.
From 1/23–in class, we went over problems and then performed the lab. We also discussed the balloon car project. Hwk is to follow the agenda–BUILD AND BRING YOUR BALLOON CAR TO CLASS NEXT WEEK! Each student should bring his/her car to class, ready to race. I will give you the balloon when it is your turn to get ready. I
1/16–Class cancelled due to weather. Since we did not have class today I thought I would touch base with everyone to discuss classwork/homework and book report/science fair.
- I will email a video lecture that covers the material on the agenda today. It will address our Balloon Car Project. Watch the video and take notes. You are responsible for learning this info. If you have questions, email them to me. It will also address homework more in depth.
- **Complete your book report this week. Make sure to include a bibliography with at least 2 sources. OR
- **Complete your science fair project this week. Email me a rough draft and I will reply with suggested changes. Final draft due Tuesday. Board may be turned in Tuesday or Thursday.
1/9–In class: we finished module 10 notes and worked Newton’s 2nd law problems. Then, students performed a friction lab.
1/2–In class–Began Mod 10 (covered all of info on first page of notes–static and kinetic friction, too), performed Exp 10.1 & 10.2 in class, went over book report instructions (don’t forget a bibliography-I didn’t talk about it today but you need one) and media presentation info
For 1/2–please print the Notes for Mod 10A and 10B, hole punch and place in binder for class. See you Tuesday!
Students are required to complete either a book report with media presentation or science fair project during the school year. If you would like to start your science fair project this summer, email me for instructions and approval.
“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 December. The second is a multi-media engineering project which will be due in January/February. 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 and seeing familiar faces, too!