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Course SummaryMake middle school physical science fun for your students by using this curriculum resource course to design your lesson plans. Short video and text lessons break down subjects into easy-to-follow lessons so you can be sure your students understand even the most challenging concepts to the fullest.
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You can use this Middle School Physical Science course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of middle school physical science, from Newton's Laws of Motion, including a look at how they relate to weight, mass and gravity, to the structure of the periodic table and how to conduct scientific experiments. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific physical science course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like how to calculate the density of solids and liquids or how to interpret scientific charts and graphs. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your curriculum, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on speed and velocity includes key terms like scalar quantity, vector quantity and displacement.
As you work on your physical science lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like atoms and molecules if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the physical states of matter and how stars are formed.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the types of molecules in living organisms to experimental design in science, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the properties of transition metals or valence electrons? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about asteroids, meteorites and comets, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on reactions, you can point your students to the transcripts on chemical equations, phase change, pH and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding the chemical properties of hydrogen to key facts, like what happens in the core of the sun.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the periodic table? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What is the difference between speed and velocity?
Below is a sketch of the Middle School Physical Science curriculum modeled on a 9-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Motion & Forces||Definition of position, practice problems with speed and velocity, how to graph speed and position, Newton's laws of motion,|
|Week 2||Structure of Matter||Definition and structure of atoms, elements, compounds, chemical and physical changes to matter, how solids are formed, the periodic table|
|Week 3||Earth in the Solar System||How galaxies are formed, the sun's life cycle, types of stars, the moon, the planets|
|Week 4||Reactions||How chemical reactions work, evaporation, condensation, determining pH in acidic, base and neutral solutions|
|Week 5||Chemistry of Living Systems||The role of carbon, molecular components of living organisms|
|Week 6||Using the Periodic Table||How the periodic table is organized|
|Week 7||The Periodic Table||Valence electrons, ionization energy, electronegativity, how to classify substances by physical properties|
|Week 8||Density and Buoyancy||Definition of density and buoyancy, how to calculate density, how to determine if an object will float|
|Week 9||Investigation and Experimentation in Physical Science||The scientific method, experimental design, interpreting scientific charts and graphs, applying mathematical relationships to determine an unknown quantity|
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