The Unit Guide provides all the specifics for a particular unit. It
provides the text references, lingo, learning objectives, test and other
due dates, suggested related unit topics, and miscellaneous resources for
student use. This will be provided the first class of the Unit.
This is the map to each unit as well as your review guide for the final exam, so keep track of it! Extra copies of the Unit guide can be obtained from the Handouts page or the course calendar .
NON - GRADED STUFF
I will provide you with a copy of my "lecture" notes which I use to guide the class discussions. You should read the appropriate notes prior to their discussion in class so that you can participate in the discussion. My goal is not to lecture in the classic sense, but for the class to better understand the content by exploring it in a meaningful student driven manner. The notes will also have space for your own questions, comments, sketches to be added as the Unit progresses.
These are simply a collection of conceptual questions, math problems, charts/tables, and graphs which are designed to assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of the content. All work related to these should usually be done on your own paper so that you are not constrained by any arbitrary amount of space I may have given you on the worksheet. You should follow the specific directions provided with each exercise. These may be checked for completion occasionally if I feel you are not keeping up with the course.
Read your textbook
It is highly recommended that you outline or summarize the main ideas of each section assigned during each Unit. Do not forget about the content in the graphics and side notes. It is not best to just answer the textbook question without actually reading the text.
Individual work (This will be assessed with the baseQuiz about one week after you are given the Unit Guide)
The Exploration (This should be turned in the day of the workQuiz)
- STS Critical Reading - Go to the STS page of The Teters Zone and select an article of interest. Read the article and do the following: (1) a summary which will provide some of the pertinent details as well as a quick grasp of the article and (2) your opinion of/response to the article. (1) and (2) should be about half to a full page worth each. The length of yours may vary depending on the depth of the article you choose.
- Current STS Article
If none of the articles provided are interesting to you, you may find and turn in an article that relates to our course and is of interest to you personally. Each article should be accompanied by (1)a summary which will provide some of the pertinent details as well as a quick grasp of the article and (2) your opinion of/response to the article. (1) and (2) should be no less than one page worth total. These articles can come from newspapers, magazines, journals, or similar sources on the internet. They must be dated after January 1, 2001. No encyclopedia entries or textbook like internet sites, this must be an article similar to the type provided by your teacher above. Be sure to include a copy of the article as well as a bibliograpghic enrty for the article.
These are simply short activities/demonstrations that allow students to experience given phenomena related to the Unit of study. There will probably be 2 - 7 of these provided each Unit. At least one will be done in class as part of the instruction. You may find that you want to do some on your own outside of classtime. In any event, you may turn in only one exploration at the end of the Unit. If you need materials for a mini-lab that you want to do on your own, let your teacher know.
The following is the manner in which you must organize your notebook for this course:
This is a daily work checker and a pre-test. It will be given the day*
prior to a Unit test. It will have eight* questions, half of which will
ask for answers/information from your non graded daily work/worksheets
while the other half will be more test related questions.
The best four questions will determine your grade. These will be
peer checked immediately following completion, then rechecked by the teacher
to verify the final grade. The workQuiz will be used as part of a short
review of the material prior to the test.
The Test Corrections (TEB before finals is last opportunity for teacher approval)
All tests are to be corrected on your own time. There are no late corrections. You may sign out the tests overnight from your teacher's room. The tests will also be available in the classroom whenever it is open. You will receive half credit for the points you originally missed. The following is required, there is no partial credit:
This project will present a practical/useful/"real world" application
of a specific area of the science discussed in this course.
You may conduct and individual/group project or participate in your teacher's project. The expectations of each option are of equal quality and level. All work is expected to be of the highest level quality and effort. This is not just a poster project! There is not an "easier" choice, just a personal preference. More details for the current semester are available at the Project page
Your own in depth study of any physical science related application, your application may include life science connections, but the main focus should be on the physical science aspects. This is probably a good choice if your have a questions about some of the "teasers" that your teacher may have mentioned during the semeater or if you have always wondered "How...." or "Why...." If you would like to choose this option you may work on your own or with a group of 2 - 3 total students. Your topic should be approved by your teacher ahead of time. You will be expected to conduct individual as well as group research, mostly directed by you/your group. Your teacher will only be a guide to assist your exploration and help keep you on task. Your research and "successful" final product, w/ supporting documentation will be evaluated by your teacher.
Your teacher may have time to provide you with a review for the end of course tests. If so you may participate in the review.