Physical Science - Work

This is where you can find information on what we have done in class each day:

Wednesday September 4, 2019
Today we had a very short time together.  I began sharing information about the class and answered:
1.  Where do I sit?  2.  What are the rules?  3.  What are we going to be doing this year?  4.  How do I earn my grade?  5.  Who is the teacher as a person?  6.  Will the teacher treat me as a human being and with respect?
Students were asked to bring a composition book for use in class -- due Friday.   Students were asked to get a scientific calculator, as well.  Students were offered 5 pts. of extra credit for bringing in a box of tissues -- due Friday.
I made a temporary seating chart.  We will reassign seats next week.

Thursday September 5, 2019
I reminded students that composition books are due tomorrow.  We continued with the class information listed for yesterday.   We did an activity called "Three Truths & A Lie."  I am getting to know my students and learn their names.  I gave an assignment for the students in the advanced group.  It is extra credit for everyone else: Write a one page essay, word processed.  Topic: Tell me about a place that is special to you.  Describe the place and explain why this place is important.  I would prefer an outdoor place, but if you really want to describe an indoor place, that is OK, as long as it is not your room at home.  Use proper writing standards.  Due on Monday.

Friday September 6, 2019
We set up our composition books for a science journal.  We added a title page, table of contents, In the News section, and "Measurement Notes."  We took notes.  We added to "In the News" a story about Jupiter being hit by an impactor on August 6.  We had a discussion and made a list of things that scientists measure and what units are used from the metric system.  Reminder, and essay is due for advanced students on Monday.  

Monday September 9, 2019
Our substitute teacher was Mr. Birge.  Mr. Birge collected essays due today.  Students watched a movie called "The Living Planet: The Building of the Earth."  Students recorded one new vocabuary word and two facts on a paper and turned it in.  

Tuesday September 10, 2019
We had an "In the News" item to record in our journals.  There will be a transit of Mercury, where Mercury goes in front of the Sun, on 11 November in the morning.  If it is not cloudy, there will be a telescope with a solar filter to view the transit.  We completed the student-generated list of things we measure and the units we use.  We looked at the beginning of a powerpoint about measurement.  We focused on how the metric system was invented.

Wednesday September 11, 2019
We started with taking a few notes on reading a scale.  We put this in the "Measurement Notes" section of the journal.  We added a section called "Density of Wood" to the journals and table of contents.  We reviewed how to use a balance to find mass and how to use l,w and h to find volume.  Students calculated the density.  We emphasized including labels and units on all measurements and calculations.

Thursday September 12, 2019
We took and corrected a pre-test on measurement.  This was recorded in the journals under "Measurement Notes."  Students were given a lab safety agreement.  The assignment is to have student and parent signatures on the safety agreement -- due tomorrow.  We watched "Bill Nye: Measurement."  Students recorded three important facts in their journals.

Friday September 13, 2019
I collected Lab Safety Agreements for a grade.  If it is turned in Monday, I will give on-time credit.  On a notecard, students listed seven names for lab team partners.  I will create a new seating chart for Monday.  We did an exercise in the "Density of Wood" lab.  If I cut the wood sample in half, we learned that the mass would be half the original, the volume would be half the original, but the density stays the same.  The conclusion is that "the size of the sample of a substance does NOT affect the density reading."  We added notes to "Measurement Notes" about reading rulers, spring scales, and graduated cylinders.  We copied the "metric staircase" into our journals.  This is a tool to use with unit conversion problems.  We solved three practice problems and two more independent work problems on unit conversions.  Example:  34.5 cm = 0.345 m


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