I know what you’re thinking…”this is soooo much new vocabulary and information!” Don’t be frightened, just dig in and STUDY-STUDY-STUDY!!!
The first portion of our chemistry unit will focus on elements and compounds; what an element is and how they combine to make new substances. For an introduction to the elements check this out (just click on the link…pick and element…and find out all there is to know about it):
We’ll begin the week of the 27th continuing to brush up on measurement using the international systems of units (SI). Our goal is to begin our study of matter by calculating density using the formula…D=M/V (density is equal to mass divided by volume. When our measuring is spot on we’ll tackle our first big lab (“FLOATERS AND SINKERS). The following should help make sense of the idea of density of matter:
We’ll be out on Friday the 31st (a student holiday) and Monday the 3rd of September (Labor Day).
I hope you all had a great summer break and that you are recharged and ready to get back to work. The first few days of school will be filled with the “how to-dos” and the “dos and don’ts.” We’ll cover everything Mustang style on Wednesday and Thursday and begin lab safety on Friday.
Before we begin our investigations in the lab every student will need a LABORATORY SAFETY AGREEMENT on file in the science lab (no exceptions). This is an MISD policy and is in place to help in creating a safe working and learning environment. Check this out:
Don’t be this guy!
We’ll be wrapping up investigations into the introduction to potential and kinetic energy and balanced and unbalanced forces during the week of the 22nd. Expect a quiz near the end of the week. Our big PE/KE lab will have us bouncing around the lab as we dig into the results of changing the potential energy in a system and observing the transfer of kinetic energy from one object to another.
We’ll also be plugging information into the formula for determining the average speed of an object (s=d/t). Using speed, time, and distance as variables we will be learning to interpret motion as it relates to graphing.
As always, to make sure your up to speed…STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!
Check out the potential and kinetic energy here:
What causes things to move, not to move, or in which direction they move if they are moving? All questions that we will be answering over the next few weeks.
Understanding the two basic forms of energy (potential and kinetic) will be essential for our upcoming investigations into PHYSICS! We’ll also be looking into the 3 basic laws of motion set down by Issac Newton back in 1687. We’ll use Newton’s laws to conduct several investigations in the lab as we start out the new year.
So…welcome back, Happy New Year, and get ready to work harder and smarter than ever before.
…and about those laws of motion…give this a look!
Between late November and Winter Break the learning will be extremely fast paced. Not only will we investigate the solar system and it’s components; we will also look back at the history of space exploration, what’s going on in space exploration today, and finally what may be in store for space exploration in the future.
Starting with the solar system we’ll check out the composition of celestial objects, their locations and their movements. This might be of some help!
Next well will try to understand the intergalactic glue that holds the universe together…GRAVITY!
See if this makes sense.
Finally we’ll look back at the history of exploring space, what’s going on today, and plans being made for the future.
The Unit Test is currently planned for the week of December 18th! As usual your success is up to you…so STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! Lets end 2017 on the upswing and set our sights high for 2018!
We’ll wrap up taxonomy mid-week and jump straight into the organization of ecosystems. Working with your ecosystems vocabulary will be important as we will be moving through this portion of our investigations into life science very quickly.
The week of the 13th will be very busy. Wrapping up ecosystems and preparing for the UNIT TEST over life science. It will include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, classification using domains and kingdoms, and levels of organization in ecosystems. The test will be Thursday the 16th!!! STUDY…STUDY…STUDY!