Middle School Physical Science Live Zoom (By Request: Grades 5-8)

    Physical Science

    Grades 5-8

    Full Year Course (2 Semesters)

    17 Week Semester Format

    Format: This class is offered in two ways: 1) self paced 2) live Zoom. If you would like this course offered via live Zoom then you will register on this page. Live Zoom classes are a great way for students to get access to a certified science teacher for lessons/slideshows/lab help. The class will meet once a week for 45 minutes for the weekly lesson, and then students will continue in Google Classroom the rest of the week. In Google Classroom students will find 4-5 assignments each week, practice assessments, and tests. During the live format, many times students will take live assessments via Quizizz, practice notecards with the instructor, perform labs and participate in discusssions over weekly science topics. Families can request for this session to be 1:1 or group. If the family prefers a group session then the family will be emailed when 2-3 others sign up. If we do not have enough for a group then the class will be offered the course 1:1 instead. After making a payment, families will receive an email asking for a few days of the week and times that work best to schedule the weekly Zoom. Weekly Zoom classes will meet for a session to begin the week, and then students will work in Google Classroom to finish the weekly assignments. The family will need to pace the class to finish the week's assignments before the next upcoming Zoom to keep a steady pace for the course. 

    Class Information: Physical Science is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-6 and provide students the necessary skills to have a richer knowledge base in physical science. This course is designed as a survey course of chemistry and physics. This curriculum includes the more abstract concepts such as the conceptualization of the structure of atoms, motion andforces, and the conservation of energy and matter, the action/reaction principle, and wave behavior. Students investigate physical science concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.

    Standards:

    SPS1. Students will investigate our current understanding of the atom.

    SPS2. Students will explore the nature of matter, its classifications, and its system for naming types of matter.

    SPS3. Students will distinguish the characteristics and components of radioactivity.

    SPS4. Students will investigate the arrangement of the Periodic Table.

    SPS5. Students will compare and contrast the phases of matter as they relate to atomic and molecular motion.

    SPS6. Students will investigate the properties of solutions.

    SPS7. Students will relate transformations and flow of energy within a system.

    SPS8. Students will determine relationships among force, mass, and motion.

    SPS9. Students will investigate the properties of waves.  

    Topics:

    Lab Equipment/Methods of Science & Measurement/States of Matter 

    Classification of Matter/Solutions 

    Properties of Atoms & The Periodic Table/Elements and their Properties

    Motion & Speed/Forces 

    Energy/Thermal Energy

    Nuclear Energy 

    Ionic and Covalent Bonds

    Acids and Bases

    Simple machines 

    Waves & Sound/Electro Magnetic Radiation

    Electricity & Magnetism/Electric Current

    Platform: Google Classroom, Quizizz, Quizlet, and Flipgrid

    Requirements: Student will need wifi access and headphones. Parents will need to assure from home the students can access Google Classroom. In GC, students will work on 5-7 mini assignments/lessons/labs a week. Students will use their home computer or the Google Classroom app to upload work in images and video responses. The student will meet 12 times via live Zoom or Google Meet with the instructor in a group or 1-on-1 format during the 17 week semester. Parents will be contacted with a list of time slots to pick a live session slot that works for their family. 

    Curriculum: All curriculum will be provided in pdf format-Cengage, Lumen Learning, CK-12, GA Virtual Lessons, and Holt. 

    This class has a lab feature built in. Students will be expected to complete 4-5 labs per month. 

    Tuition Information:

    Class Curriculum $149/semester

    Live Zooms $18/session 12 Zooms/Semester

    Total Tuition $365/semester

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