Welcome to Physical Science!
10/13 In class–we started module 5 by learning about chemical formulas and names. Students learned to write and name ionic compounds and write and name covalent molecules. They have two handouts that they can use on quizzes and tests and two Target sheets for note taking (the answers to the Target notes are on the front page of Phys Sci GC). I handed out their wkst, too. Hwk is to follow the agenda, answer the OYO’s and study guide questions in the book and complete the worksheet.
Quiz is Friday. It becomes available at 8 am Friday and will not be accepted after 8 pm Friday. Any quiz turned in after 8 pm will receive a 0 grade and the parent will need to grade and record that quiz score.
10/6 In class–we reviewed some of last weeks material (types of bonds) and then finished the module by talking about the wonder of water. There is a video in the PPT that students need to watch and take notes over. After the short lecture, we spent the rest of the time on Exp 4.3.
Hwk–follow the agenda. Exp 4.3 lab report is due next Tuesday (observation pages and fully-formed conclusion). No quiz in class next Tuesday. Students will take it at home on Friday, 10/16, between 8 am and 8 pm. If they forget or miss the time/day, there is no make up. If a student would like to take it after class next week, that is fine.
9/29 In class–we reviewed for the quiz, took quiz mod 3 and then started module 4. We worked on balancing equations and we talked about the types of bonds formed between atoms. Students also turned in their atom models.
Hwk is to follow the agenda. The plan is to hang the atoms up in class next week.
9/22–In Class–today was fun day (for me). We reviewed the structure of atoms and the major people involved in developing atomic theory. Then, we discussed Bohr’s model of the atom and Quantum Mechanics. We spent time going over the 4 quantum numbers. Our book only goes over the first Quantum number, n, and the third quantum number, m. Students should know:
Preclass information to print, sign and turn in the first day of class (I only need the signature pages turned in):
STUDENT PROFILE (Student should fill this out, NOT THE PARENT)
Handouts: Print and place in binder notes section.
“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!