Welcome to Physical Science!
Progress Reports–9/19 & 9/21
Jersey Day–9/19, where your favorite team jersey (must be in dress code)
Fall Football Fest and Bonfire–10/7, 4:30 pm – 8 pm, $3 for food, to attend sign up in Ms Tricia’s office
9/12–Today was a busy day! We quizzed over Mod 3, took notes over Mod 4 and completed exp 4.1. Students should read the paragraph after the lab to determine what the results should have been. We will discuss the results next week, if time permits. Follow the agenda for hwk.
9/5–Today was a crazy day! Students turned in their edible layers of the atmosphere, voted on favorites, sampled as many as possible, listened to lecture over part of Mod 4. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Study for the quiz over Mod 3–most of it is focused on the layers–temperatures, composition, boundaries, ionosphere, ozone, weather, airplane flight, etc. There is also a diagram to fill in. Congratulations to Grayce & Jonathan for being voted Best Projects and Jack for being voted Favorite project.
8/29–We had an interesting day today. We started with a quiz, turned in summaries, handed back old papers, lectured over mod 3, discussed the Edible Layers Assignment due next week (NO NUTS OF ANY KIND IN ANY FORM) and attempted to perform exp 3.1 but apparently tripped a breaker that turned off every outlet in our room. So, of course, no lab reports due for next week! We’ll try to do 3.1 next week. Hwk is to follow the agenda.
8/22–in class–followed the agenda. Watched Global Warming DVD and some snippets of “Not Evil, Just Wrong” after lecture and ppt. Hwk is to follow agenda.
Bonus–2 paragraph summary over global warming article in the PPT I emailed at end of class. First article by Dr. Vardeman is worth 10 bonus points, 2nd one by Brian … is worth 5 points. May pick one for bonus, but not both. You can read both, just must pick one for bonus.
Bonus Opportunity: Monday, 8/21 is the Solar Eclipse. If you take a pic of yourself outside during the eclipse and send it to me, you’ll get 5 bonus points. I’ll post them on the chem page. I’d like a pic of you with a sign with Eclipse 2017 or something similar. With solar eclipse glasses will get you 2 extra points. I plan to take my selfie during ‘Totality’!!!
If you do not have glasses, you can make a pinpoint projector and watch the shadow on the ground instead of damaging your eyes looking at it.
8/15–Great first day! In class we went over how to find the physical science webpage, how to read and understand the agenda, class rules and expected behavior, reviewed for and took quiz 1A, covered material in book thru p 36, completed 2 labs–one in class and one a demo. Students should complete the labs in their student notebooks as part of hwk. Hwk–follow agenda and complete lab reports in student notebook: 2.1 & 2.2.
Update 8/11–quiz is over module 1 content only–bold terms, underlined terms, metric prefixes, types of measurements
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!