Instructor: Laurie Reitinger
Course Title: General Science
Course Length: Two Semesters
Type of Class: Group class through HEART Academy
Grade Level: This course is designed for middle school students. Depending on your student’s academic level this could be as early as sixth grade or as late as eighth grade. A typical seventh grade student would be studying this subject.
When: Fridays, 10:05-11:20, Period 2
Cost: $75 per month for 4 or more students, $90 per month for 3 students, $125 per month for 2 students
Credit Classification: Lab Science Lab Fee: $40 one time only
Minimum & Maximum Class Size: 2 and 16
Questions: Email L.Reitinger@yahoo.com
Content of This Course: This course is designed be the student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences and to be a transitional course from elementary science to high school science. The course begins with the history of science, it then moves into the scientific method, documenting & interpreting results, scientific analysis and history.
Other areas covered include astronomy, weather, geology, paleontology, meteorology, oceanography, general chemistry, general physics, life science, general biology, the oceans, environmental science, and science and creation.
The course will instruct the student in note taking success, the experimental processes, how to analyze and create graphic materials, how to think through and beyond the textbook materials, and essentially how to think logically and independently.
In This Course Your Student Will: • See evidence of God’s creation as they learn scientific principles • Develop skills to think through and beyond the textbook materials, and how to think logically and independently • Learn how to learn in a methodical way that prepares them not just for future classes, but for life • Discover how to identify the important parts of the information presented and how to take notes as they progress • Walk through how to record and report data, including the proper design of graphs and how to read them • Read testimonies from modern-day scientists, sharing how they see God’s hand as they work in their respective fields of science
Curriculum: Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition (2019) (NEW this year) – Basic Set – includes the textbook, test and solutions manual, and student notebook. $119 – look for coupons and discounts from Apologia – Set is supposed to be published by May 2019. Website of the publisher: www.apologia.com
Course Requirements/Expectations: Work Load: • Expect a minimum of 1 hour a day workload, 4 days a week, plus our 75-minute long class at HEART on Fridays for 32 weeks of the year. Total 160-168 hours for the year. • Workload for each Module will include weekly reading assignments, On You Own problems, note taking while reading and in class, Lab preparation and write-ups, Explore More Activities, Module Summaries, and Module Exams. • There are 14 modules – each taking about 2 weeks to cover. • (Optional) Create 3×5” Flash cards for Vocabulary words and Scientists • There will also be a timeline assignment, one book report, a science project or optional science fair project (individually or in groups), and a Science-in-the-News report.
Attitude/Attendance/Behavior (all part of participation grade): • Have a WILLING HEART and MIND to participate and learn with a willingness to learn how to apply a Christian World View in General Science • ATTENDANCE and PUNCTUALITY are very important. Please be in class on time, ready to start, and prepared for the day’s material. • COME PREPARED – LABEL your BOOK and materials (including class supplied lab glasses), bringing them with you to class and your completed on-time assignments. • LISTENING to instructions given in class and FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS. This will save time and energy for all of us and is extremely important for SAFETY and for good performance. • LISTEN ACTIVELY – listen attentively and acknowledge others with encouragement. • PARTICIPATION in class discussion. We will review the chapter in class to prepare for the exams. • PARTICIPATION in in Laboratory Experiments in class • Most importantly, if student behaves in a way that we feel is disrupting the learning experience of others, student will be sent to Study Hall and a note will be sent home.
Weekly Class Time: • At the beginning of class students will record his/her attendance on the attendance sheet when he/she arrives and turn in any exams, labs, or other required work. Student will also record any grades for Module Summaries given by the parent. • Student Notebooks will be checked for neatness and completion of Student Notebook assignments. • Chapter review, review games, and most labs will be done in class (minimal labs will be assigned to do at home). • Oral reports will be given periodically by the students for scientist biography book reports, science project, and Science-in-the-News reports. Weekly Assignments: • Recap of the class and next week’s assignment will be sent out each week by email. • Students must complete assigned homework (on time!) Please stay caught up! • Students will study on his/her own with his/her parent’s help as needed during the week (reading the chapter, possibly performing some household-based labs and reporting back during class, answering On Your Own Questions, Explore More assignments, and taking notes). • Module Summary reviews will be done at the end of every chapter and graded by parent. • Module Tests will be proctored by parent at home. Parents will score each module test before the student turns it in. Tests will then be turned in to the instructor, and I will double-check the scoring, sometimes allowing more points or partial credit. • Lab reports will be turned in for grading by instructor (photocopied or scanned and emailed). • Three additional assignments are to be completed by the student. 1) In the first 12 weeks, a Scientist Biography Book Report (scientist and book to be approved by teacher) 2) In weeks 13-24, a science project (individual or in groups) is to be completed and presented with an option of entering a Science Fair 3) In weeks 25-32 an oral Science-in-the News report it to be given in class.
Evaluation: A teacher-created evaluation will be provided for every student at the end of the semester. A suggested grade will be given on the rubric sheet with recorded grades from the semester for work completed. Grades will include: • class participation and attendance – 10% • completeness (not necessarily correctness) and neatness of On Your Own problems, note taking, and Explore More Activities – 10% • grades for Module summaries – 10% • grades for Module Tests – 40% • grades for Lab Reports – 25% • grades for Book report, science project, and Science in the News Report – 5% Excused
Absences/Waived Assignments: Please notify the instructor of excused absences or waived grades on labs or assigned work. On Your Own problems are to be checked and corrected by the student. Module Summaries are to be checked and graded by the
Tests are expected to be proctored and graded by parent and turned in for final grading by the instructor. Completed Lab reports are to be photocopied of PDF’d (scanned) and turned into or emailed to the instructor for grading.
Bring to class every Friday: 1. Apologia General Science Textbook, 3rd Edition (2019) 2. Apologia General Science Student Notebook, 3rd Edition (2019) 3. Any Tests, Lab Reports or other assignments that are to be turned in for grading. 4. Pencils and Pens, erasers etc. 5. Safety Goggles for experiments (these will be given out to each student and labeled at the first class –purchased as part of the lab fee) – they are to be worn during experiments (both at home and in class). 6. Simple Calculator 7. (optional) notebook with lined paper, 3 x 5” index cards for vocabulary words and scientists – but all work can be done in their student notebook. Notes to parents: • You will need the General Science Tests and Solutions Manual, 3rd edition (2019) (Please keep Test & Solutions clipped shut with big clips) You will need to access to the Study Guide and Module Summary Solutions to grade their module summaries. No viewing the TEST by student until actually taking the test. No preview of Solutions to Tests. • Your materials fee will be used to purchase most of the items for experiments in this class. Some supplies may be requested and some experiments must be done at home. If student misses a lab due to an excused absence, the lab cannot be made up in class due to equipment considerations. If the absence is excused, a student may miss up to three labs without harm to her/his grade. After that, all missed labs will receive a score of 0.
General Science Assignments for the first week (to be completed prior to the first class in September): Parents: Before Back to School Night: Read intro pages (TBD) (TEACHER’S NOTES) in SOLUTIONS and Tests MANUAL. Note to parents: Students are asked to write vocabulary words and notes on scientists in their Student Notebooks. As a reinforcement tool to make your own flash cards, you may opt to have them additionally write this information on 3×5” index cards. For scientists: Write the name of a bold print named scientist from your reading on a 3×5” cards. You will have many cards each having a name of a scientist by the end of Module 1. Write small, in pencil, the page number you found the name on the lower right hand corner of each card. Write a brief description of what he is famous for on back of the scientist name card. For vocabulary words: Write the vocabulary word to fill one side of the card. Write the definition on the other side to use as flash cards for studying. Students: Before Back to school night: Read Student Notes in the text on page (TBD) Day 1 – Do the assignments in Student Notebook under Week 1, Day 1, page 21. Read pages 1 to the top of page 5 in the text, Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd Ed. You will be reading section, The Earliest Science: Ancient Times–600 BC, and subsections, “Egypt and Other Cultures”. • Write the definitions to the vocabulary words you find to help you memorize them (they are in bold, blue font). • Write a sentence or two summarizing what you learned in each section under the appropriate section heading. • Answer the On Your Own question 1.1. • Begin your History of Science Timeline. Day 2 – Do the assignments in Student Notebook under Week 1, Day 2, page 24. Read pages 5–10 in the text. As you read, complete the tasks on the following checklist • Use the graphic organizer to take notes on the scientists you will learn about in the section, True Science Begins to Emerge: 600 BC–AD 500, and subsections: “Three Greek Scientists”, “Two More Greek Scientists”, and “Hypothesis”. • Read through Experiment 1.1. Day 3 – Do the assignments in Student Notebook under Week 1, Day 3, page 26. Re-read pages 6–10 as they relate to Experiment 1.1 in the text. As you read, complete the tasks on the following checklist. NOTE: For the lab, at least complete the pre-lab portions of the experiment: introduction, hypothesis, materials, procedure. We will be conducting this experiment during the first class so you may wait to complete the lab until then. • Gather your supplies ONLY if you are doing it at home for Experiment 1.1. Supplies will be available for lab in class on Friday. • Do the pre-lab for Experiment 1.1 (turn to the lab report form in the lab section of this notebook). • Investigate the Explore More. Day 4 – Do the assignments in Student Notebook under Week 1, Day 4, page 27. Read pages 10–14 in the text. As you read, complete the tasks on the following checklist. NOTE: For the lab, complete the pre-lab portions of the experiment: introduction, hypothesis, materials, and procedure. We will be conducting this experiment during the first class so you may wait to complete the lab until then. • Write the definitions to the vocabulary words you find to help you memorize them. • Use the graphic organizers to take notes on the scientists you will learn about in the subsections: “Even More Greek Scientists” and the section: Science Progress Stalls and Then Gets Moving Again: AD 500-1500 with subsection, “Alchemy”. • Answer the On Your Own questions 1.2 and 1.3. • Do the pre-lab for Experiment 1.2 (turn to the lab section of this notebook for a lab report).
Contacting the Teacher: Please contact Mrs. Laurie Reitinger with any questions. I check my email daily and that is the best way to contact me. L.Reitinger@yahoo.com
If you need to reach me urgently you can call or text at (408) 705-6048, or call at (408) 269-9125.