September 2

Lesson Plans: September 3rd – 6th

Tuesday – Finish working on Atomic Structure Practice Worksheet #2.

Wednesday – Begin reviewing Unit 1 Matter & Energy (atomic Structure, molecules, compounds, and chemical reactions).

Thursday – Grade and go over Unit 1 Matter & Energy Review

*Students who get review signed by parent/guardian before test will receive a 5 point bonus on test.

Friday – Test over Unit 1 Matter & Energy

August 25

Lesson Plans: August 26th – 30th

Monday – We will finish up our lesson/notes on atomic structure. Students will continue learning the characteristics of the three subatomic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons. We will then begin constructing a simple model of an atom and identify the particles that make it up.

Tuesday – A practice worksheet will be handed out for students to learn how to determine the charge of an element/ion.

Wednesday – Begin lesson and notes on molecules and how they interact to create a compound. By the end of the lesson, students should be able to identify examples of elements, compounds, and molecules. Also, students should be able to describe how the properties of a compound are different from the properties of the elements that formed the compound.

Thursday – We will learn how and why chemical reactions occur when we combine different elements.  Students should be able to explain the difference between physical and chemical changes.  Also, students should conclude from the law of conservation of mass that the masses of reactants and products in a chemical reaction are the same.

Friday – We will finish the week with our first lab on matter and energy.

*Students need to make sure they have their Class Expectations and Lab Safety papers signed before Friday.

August 18

Lesson Plans: August 19th – 23rd

Monday – We will finish looking at lab safety and the different lab equipment from last week’s handout.
*Students need to have their Lab Safety Contracts and Rules and Expectations paper signed and turned in.*

Tuesday – We will begin organizing our class journal including its first entry, the periodic table.

Wednesday – Review the scientific method steps:

  1. Make an observation.
  2. Ask a question.
  3. Form a hypothesis, or testable explanation.
  4. Test the prediction.
  5. Iterate: use the results to make new hypotheses or predictions.

Thursday – Introduce online textbook, Discovery Education, and start first unit on Matter and Energy. 

Friday – Lesson/Notes on atomic structure and how it defines an element.