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									                                        UNIT PLAN

Subject: Physical Science
Unit #_1_
Unit Name_Nature of Science_

Big Idea/Theme:
Science is a method of learning and communicating information about the natural world.


Culminating Assessment:
    Students will perform scientific experiments and inquiry activities using
     appropriate and proper laboratory safety procedures, techniques, and equipment.
    Using the scientific method, students will design, perform, analyze, and write a
     conclusion for a laboratory experiment.


***NOTE: Scientific Inquiry should be incorporated into all units of study. This first
unit is just a review and instruction of procedures and processes used throughout the
course. The Essential questions should be answered during this unit but also revisited
throughout that year.

Unit Understanding(s)                       Unit Essential Question(s):
Students will understand that…                  What are the steps in the scientific
    credible, accurate, and relevant              method?
      sources of scientific information is      What is a hypothesis?
      used to develop a hypothesis.             How is a hypothesis developed?
    appropriate laboratory apparatuses,        How is a hypothesis written?
      technology, and techniques must be        What are the names and uses of the
      safely and accurately used when              different laboratory apparatuses
      conducting a scientific                      specific to this course?
      investigation.                            What are the appropriate laboratory
    scientific instruments are used to            safety procedures (general and
      collect measurement data in                  specific to your school)?
      appropriate metric units that reflect     What is the difference between
      the precision and accuracy of each           precision and accuracy?
      particular instrument.                    How are the different laboratory
    scientific investigations should be           tools used to collect measurement
      designed using appropriate methods           data?
      of control to test a hypothesis.          What type of tool is need to collect
    data from a controlled scientific             a specified data (ex. Volume,
      investigation must be organized,             length, mass, etc.)?
      analyzed, and interpreted.                What are the parts of an experiment
    Hypothesis are either supported or            (independent       and    dependent
      nonsupported by the results of a             variables)?
      controlled scientific investigation.      How do you create an experiment?
    The multiple aspects of                    What are the types of graphs and
       technological design and how it is             when are they used?
       used in product development.                  What formulas are needed for your
      scientific      investigation    and           specific investigation and how are
       technological design are similar               the data computed using them?
       processes.                                    What technologies are needed to
      appropriate      safety    procedures          help complete you investigation?
       MUST BE USED when conducting                  What is the role of cost, time, and
       investigations.                                materials in the development,
                                                      planning and producing of new
                                                      products?
                                                     How are the processes of scientific
                                                      investigation and technological
                                                      design similar?
                                                     What are appropriate safety
                                                      procedures       for     conducting
                                                      investigations (general and specific
                                                      to your school)?


Vocabulary
Scientific method       Hypothesis             Experiment            Variable
Dependent Variable      Independent            Constant              Control
                        Variable
Bias                    Model                  Theory                Scientific Law
Technology              Standard               SI                    Volume
Mass                    Density                Measurement           Investigation
Data                    Graph


Students will know… / Students will be able to…
    Identify the steps scientists often use to solve problems.
    Describe why scientists use variables.
    Compare and contrast science and technology.
    Name the prefixes used in SI and indicate what multiples of ten each one
     represents.
    Identify SI unites and symbols for length, volume, mass, density, time, and
     temperature.
    Convert related SI units.
    Identify three types of graphs and explain the ways they are used.
    Distinguish between dependent and independent variables.
    Analyze data using the various types of graphs.
South Carolina Academic Standards:
PS-1.1 Generate hypotheses on the basis of credible, accurate, and relevant sources of
       scientific information.
PS-1.2 Use appropriate laboratory apparatuses, technology, and techniques safely and
       accurately when conducting a scientific investigation.
PS-1.3 Use scientific instruments to record measurement data in appropriate metric
       units that reflect the precision and accuracy of each particular instrument.
PS-1.4 Design a scientific investigation with appropriate methods of control to test a
       hypothesis (including independent and dependent variables), and evaluate the
       designs of sample investigations.
PS-1.5 Organize and interpret the data from a controlled scientific investigation by
       using mathematics (including formulas and dimensional analysis), graphs,
       models, and/or technology.
PS-1.6 Evaluate the results of a controlled scientific investigation in terms of whether
       they refute or verify the hypothesis.
PS-1.7 Evaluate a technological design or product on the basis of designated criteria
       (including cost, time, and materials).
PS-1.8 Compare the processes of scientific investigation and technological design.
PS-1.9 Use appropriate safety procedures when conducting investigations.

Interim Assessment (formative)
     Formal/Informal Pre-assessment
     Class Participation
     Teacher Observations
     Graphic Organizer
     Notebooks
     Exit Slips
     Writing assignments
     Laboratory assignments
     Group Work
     Quizzes
     Tests
     Projects

Key Criteria (to meet the standard/rubric)
See rubric guide for the following rubrics:
    Lab Report

								
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