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									Mrs. Larson - Physical Science 1
Course Outline: Unit 1 Chapter 16 Kinetic Theory and Gas Laws Miniunit Chapter 17 Classification of Matter Unit 2 Chapters 18 and 20 Periodic Table- properties of elements Unit 3 Chapter 19 Chemical bonding and formulas Unit 4 Chapters 23 Solutions Unit 5 Chapter 24 Chemical Reactions Unit 6 Chapter 25 Acids, Bases, and Salts Unit 7 Chapter 21 & 22 Organic compounds and Polymers If time: Chapter 9 Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions COMPREHENSIVE SEMESTER EXAM It is likely that we will not have time to complete all of the units in this plan. If we do not have the time, students who are advanced are encouraged to complete additional chapters that we will not cover in class. Students who are interested can speak to me individually for more information. Necessary Supplies: 3 ring binder, pencil, paper, 4 dividers for your binder (or more). Recommended supplies: red pen, highlighter, graph paper, calculator. Class Rules: - Always show respect: to others, your teacher, your classroom, and yourself - Always come prepared - Come to class with a good attitude!!!!! Procedures: - Bring all necessary materials to class, including your textbook*, binder, paper, pencil, and calculator. *We may have a classroom set of textbooks - Turn in your assignment as directed that day. - Immediately find your assigned seat and begin writing your response to the daily question. This will be required for your notebook and will go into the journal section. (Helpful hint: immediately doing this without reminders will improve your chances of earning participation points) - Bathroom Breaks: You will not be permitted to use the restroom during class discussions, notes, or lectures. You may ask to leave during work times for students. Please do not ever ask to leave right after coming to class. Use your passing periods. o You are expected to use your own planner as a pass. You will not be permitted to leave without your own planner unless it is an emergency. - During class, you may not leave your seat for any reason other than to obtain Kleenex or IF NEEDED, sharpen your pencil, unless you are given permission to do so. - PLEASE: - DO NOT drink out of the sinks. This can be dangerous due to the chemicals used in science classrooms. - DO NOT throw anything or spit anything across the room. This disrupts the classroom. Remember that the classroom is a place for learning. - Do not throw garbage into the sinks. - Do not talk when I am talking. - You must be in your seat when the bell rings. Otherwise, you are tardy. - You may not eat any food during class. You may have ONLY water during class, but this is not recommended because of the danger of the chemicals that are used in the room.

In summary, simply respect each other, the classroom, and your teacher. Tardies: - You are late to class if you sit down after the bell has rung. I expect you to be in your seat, working on your journal entry or reading the section for the day when the bell rings. - I will enforce school policies regarding tardiness. This means detention for too many tardies. - If you miss a quiz that was given when you were tardy, you will not be permitted to make it up unless the tardy is excused. Unexcused Absences: - If you are not excused, you will receive no credit for all work done on or due the day you miss. - You will not be given any extra time to make up assignments that you miss. - Unexcused absences are a leading cause of class failure. PLEASE come to class!!!!! Late Work: If your work is late, you will receive ½ the earned credit on the assignment. Definition of late: turned in any time after I collect the assignments, from a few moments to a few days OR completed in class after the bell rings for the start of class. Assignments should be complete BEFORE class time. **You need to complete your work to prepare yourself for exams and to learn the material!! Make up policy: You have one calendar day plus the number of days you were gone to make up work. Labs must be made up within 1 week. You must make arrangements to meet with me within that week! Example: Today is a red day and a Monday. You are back to school Tuesday. This is your first day. This means your assignment is due on Wednesday. You must come see me Tuesday or get the assignment from the wall in the classroom on Tuesday. IF YOU DON’T MISS MY CLASS, THE ASSIGNMENT IS STILL DUE ON TIME!!!!!!! IF YOU ARE GONE: THEN IT IS DUE: Monday Wednesday Tuesday Thursday Wednesday Friday Thursday Monday Friday Tuesday **Assignments given for more than one day (i.e. study guides, notebooks, etc.) will be due the day I have told you regardless of whether you miss one day in the middle of the project. TESTS WILL BE TAKEN THE DAY YOU RETURN! Tests must be made up in the ARC unless you cannot get to the ARC due to scheduling conflicts- then see me. Breaks: - You may turn in any 2 assignments late each quarter for any reason. You must fill out a form and attach it to your work to receive a break. These forms will be given to you at the start of each quarter. - It is recommended you use breaks when you forget an assignment or don’t have time to do the assignment prior to class. I will not accept any excuses for late work. You only have 2 opportunities to turn in late work for full credit each quarter. - YOU MUST STILL COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT!!! If you lose your break sheet, you lose your break. - Due dates for break work: - Quarter 3: March 20th – Thursday, Red day - Quarter 4: May 23rd- Friday, White day

If you need help: Go to the ARC (open 7:45 to 4:00) or come see me! If you forget an assignment, check my website: I am here from 7:45-3:45 every day. I am also available earlier or later by appointment. My planning periods are Red Block 1 and White Block 3 for 2nd semester. You can also reach me by email at or through my voice mail here at school. If you have questions, you need to ask me prior to class. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL CLASS TIME. Last Days all work is accepted for each quarter: Includes: break work, extra credit, make-up work, anything at all that must be turned in: - Quarter 3: March 20th – Thursday, Red day - Quarter 4: May 23rd- Friday, White day These days are valid EVEN IF YOU ARE ABSENT THAT DAY. They are FINAL deadlines, not just the original due date for assignments!!! Extra Credit: Extra credit is available. You may receive up to 50 bonus points for completion of a current events notebook. (See the extra credit handout for details) This opportunity is available every quarter.

Extra Credit for Mrs. Larson Purpose: In today’s society, there are continual advancements in science. There are far too many for us to keep up with in class while completing the required material. This extra credit opportunity will improve your knowledge of current scientific advancements. Points: You will receive 5 points for each entirely complete notebook entry up to a maximum of 50 points per quarter. To receive all 50 points, you must complete 10 article summaries. If the notebook entry is not complete, you will not receive any points. Requirements: 1. You must select an article RELATED TO SCIENCE and AT LEAST 2 PARAGRAPHS long from the internet, newspaper, or magazine. OR You must watch a program on the Discovery or Science channel. 2. At the top of the page, you must cite your source. Provide the title, the date of publication (or the date you watched the show), and the source of the information. For example: “Anti-aging Gene in Mice” August 27, 2005 Rapid City Journal 3. You must write a summary of the article. Tell me the main idea. This should be a short paragraph (minimum of 3 sentences) and must be written in complete sentences. 4. After the summary, you must write a sentence or more explaining your feelings or response to the article. 5. Advertisements, commercials, and pictures DO NOT COUNT. 6. Each article must be included. 7. Each page must be numbered from one to ten in the upper right corner. 8. You must have your name on your assignment to receive credit. Due Dates: - Quarter 3: March 20th – Thursday, Red day - Quarter 4: May 23rd- Friday, White day

Grading: - 25% homework - 25% labs - 25% tests and quizzes - 25% participation, binders, and projects - Homework: each day you will most likely have a homework assignment. Each assignment’s number of total points varies based on the number and difficulty of questions - Labs: you will most likely have about 1 lab per week. Lab reports will be graded as indicated in the lab rubric. - Binders: You will be expected to keep a 3 ring binder with labeled dividers for your notes, journal entries, assignments, and labs. You are expected to keep all previously graded assignments and lab activities in an organized manner. Notebooks will be graded based on the rubric provided. - Participation points: You may earn up to 5 participation points per day. These are excused if your have an excused absence. They are lost if you skip class. - Quizzes: Quizzes may be given without warning. You should always come to class prepared to take a quiz over what we talked about previously. - Tests: Tests will all be worth 100 points regardless of the number of questions. The only exception is the semester test. - Semester tests will be worth 10% of your semester grade. The rest of the grade will be determined as follows: 45% Quarter 1 and 45% Quarter 2. BINDER SCORING: - Get 4 dividers and label them journal entries, notes, assignments, and labs. (You are welcome to add more dividers, like one for handouts, etc.) - ALL papers generated in class must be titled and filed properly - No papers can be in folders, pockets, or loose in the binder ALL must be in the rings - Each divider section will be graded as follows: Journal Entries: You must have the daily journal entries answered in your notebook. - 5 points: the journal entry is numbered, answers are in FULL SENTENCES, the answer is correct or if it was incorrect, you have fixed it. - 3 points: the journal entry number is missing OR answers are not in full sentences OR the answer has not been fixed if it is incorrect OR the answer clearly shows no effort was made to respond correctly. - 0 points: the journal entry question is not answered. Notes: You will be required to keep your notes in your binder. You will receive 10 points for every day of notes. The notes will be graded as follows: - 10 points: notes are complete with thorough explanations. Handwritten or printed from the internet with hand written additions. (this means the notes, if printed, must be printed BEFORE class) - 5 points: notes are incomplete or explanations lacking or notes are printed with no additions. - 0 points: notes are minimal or missing, or you have a photocopy of someone else’s notes. Assignments and labs: You must keep all previously graded assignments and labs in your notebooks and in order of completion. - 10 points possible per section: You have all requested assignments/labs - 5 points: You are missing from 1 to ½ of the assignments/labs - 0 points: You are missing over ½ of the assignments/labs Organization- total of 20 points possible- lower values may be earned for partial fulfillment of the requirement. - 5 points: all sections are clearly labeled and easy to find, list is in the front of the binder - 5 points: all contents are filed properly in correct order and under the correct sections


5 points: professional appearance- no loose papers or notes to friends 5 points: preparation- you are ready to turn it in when class starts

Lab Reports
You must include each of the following categories. Use the headings provided. Write them to the left of the section in your lab. Skip a line between sections.

Categories/ Headings: - Title: include an appropriate title (1 point) - Question/Purpose: full sentence related to the lab (2 points) - Materials: all materials to be used are listed (4 points) - Procedures: every step is numbered and written clearly. Full sentences are used when appropriate. (4 points) - Data tables: include a well organized, easy to read, accurately and completely filled out data table (4 points) - Observations: include anything that was relevant to the lab or occurred in the lab that is not in the data table. Use full sentences. (2 points) - Results: answer the questions as directed for each lab o Calculation questions- all work is shown, results are correct and have the proper units (6 points) o Written Response questions- full sentence responses that completely answer the question (4 points) - Conclusion: Conclusion includes whether the findings supported the hypothesis, possible sources of error, and what was learned from the experiment. The experiment is summarized in AT LEAST 3 sentences. (8 points) o Sources of error need to list the error and explain how it could impact the experimental results o Saying the experiment is fun or boring or exciting or sucked does NOT count as a conclusion and is not appropriate for a lab report You will also be graded on spelling, punctuation and grammar. 4 points will be awarded for 1 or fewer spelling/grammar errors Appearance/organization will also be graded: the report must be neatly handwritten or typed, use headings, and skip lines between sections (4 points) o TYPED REPORT: (not the same as anyone else’s report) 5 bonus points o Duplicate reports will earn a zero!!! Do your own work!

We will be performing many laboratory experiments throughout the year, and certain safety requirements must be followed. If you choose not to follow these safety rules, you will be asked to leave the lab area and will receive a zero for that lab. 1. 2. 3. 4. NEVER taste or directly smell a chemical. Waft a chemical only when asked to do so. ALWAYS wear your goggles and other safety equipment as directed by your teacher. Those with long hair must tie back their hair during lab days or sit out and lose credit for that day. Do not wear clothing that dangles down from your arms. If you do so, you must roll up and secure your clothing before lab. 5. Do not wear clothing that may melt during fire experiments. (For example, track suits, fake leather, etc.) 6. It is highly recommended that you do not wear open-toed shoes. If you choose to do so, you wear such shoes at your own risk. If you drop acid on your foot, it will not be pleasant. 7. If you wear contacts, it is highly recommended that you remove them for lab days and wear glasses instead. Contacts, especially soft contacts, hold in chemicals and fumes, which can be irritating or damaging to the eye. These are also worn at your own risk. 8. NEVER engage in any horseplay or goofing off during lab. This is dangerous to everyone, especially in such crowded conditions. You will be asked to leave immediately. 9. Perform ONLY those experiments you are directed by your teacher to perform. 10. If you break something, report it to your teacher immediately! 11. Never remove ANY equipment or supplies from the classroom. 12. Faucets and gas jets are not to be touched without teacher permission. 13. Keep your hands away from your face, mouth, and eyes during lab. 14. Wash hands before leaving lab. 15. Your lab station must be cleaned up before you leave the room. If you choose to disobey any of the class or lab rules or procedures, you may face consequences including: call to parents, cleaning the lab/room/chairs, staying after class, meeting with the teacher at the end of the day, detention, or other consequences appropriate to the offense. Remember, everything you do in class is YOUR CHOICE.

To Parent or Guardian:
Physical Science is your child’s first introduction to a high school science course. There will be some math included. Please remember that if your son or daughter needs assistance, I am at school from 7:45 – 3:45 and available by appointment earlier and later. The ARC (Academic Resource Center) is also open from 7:45 – 4:00. You can also reach me by voice mail and e-mail. My email is You are encouraged to check my website for assignments if your child is absent or forgetful. My website is In addition, please remember that you can use family access to check on your child’s grades on a regular basis. During this course, your child will be working in the lab frequently. It is necessary for your child’s safety and the safety of others that all rules and procedures are followed. If your child fails to abide by lab safety rules, he or she will be removed from the lab and given a failing grade for that lab activity. If this occurs on a regular basis, he or she will not be permitted to attempt any lab activity. Thank you for your support in matters regarding safety. I look forward to working with your son/daughter this year and getting to know you. Hopefully we will have a great year!!

PLEASE RETURN this portion only to Mrs. Larson
I, , have read and understand the guidelines for this class. I agree to abide (Student signature) by the rules and guidelines set up by Mrs. Larson. Date: I, , have read and understand the guidelines for this class. I understand what

(Parent/Guardian signature) my child is required to do to succeed in his/her work. Date:

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