Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vocab and questions for B4W2

Expanded vocabulary list for this week, as well as questions from today's web activity. These questions are fair game for the quiz Friday!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Where to find assignments and notes


Just a reminder to students and parents that assignment due dates, rubrics and notes are all now available via Snapgrades' new calendar function. Please feel free to contact me if you can't find something there.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Today's notes are available via the SnapGrades calendar. Assuming all goes well with the calendar, please look there, rather than here, for future updates.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Notes for Friday; Upcoming change in blog


Here are Friday's notes.

The notes are now also posted on SnapGrades, using their new Calendar feature. Please let me know if you're able to access those notes. If SnapGrades works as a repository for notes links, I'll probably start using that exclusively, and begin phasing out this blog.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Notes for Tuesday and Wednesday

Notes from Tuesday and Wednesday are here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Syllabus for the last two weeks of this block.

Link here, or just read the syllabus in all its glory below.

B3W3 Syllabus

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • Explain the essentials of the discovery of the structure of the atom.
  • Explain the three basic particles that make up an atom and give basic facts about each.
  • Illustrate the structure of an atom of any given element based on its atomic number and atomic weight.


Xenophile: Quiz on endothermic and exothermic rxns, acids, bases, atoms vs molecules, combustion, catalysts and balancing equations. You may use only the foldable from last week. Monday W3D1

Yclept: Drawing of an atom of "your" element, showing neutrons, protons and electrons in correct numbers and locations. Heading should include the name and symbol of your element, its atomic number and its atomic weight. Should have nucleus and electron cloud labeled. Also, include information on the group your element belongs to: what is the name of the group and the important characteristics of that group? Due Thursday W3D4. Once this is approved, you can start work on the final draft of your pamphlet for next week.

Zoroastrian: Timeline of major events in the history of atomic studies (from class notes), due Friday, W3D5.

B3W4 Syllabus

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the periodic table of the elements.
  • List the major families of elements and give examples and characteristics of each family.

Amanuensis: Final copy of brochure. Due W4D1.

Block 3 Final. May use one standard sheet of paper (both sides) for your notes. You'll be given a periodic table, though it will not have the names of the elements, just the symbols.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Syllabus for W2

This week's syllabus: sorry for the late posting.

Element brochure directions

The sample brochure, with directions, that I handed out to everyone, in case you lost it:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Notes: B3W2D3

Here are Wednesday's notes on exothermic reactions including combustion.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Notes for B3W2D2

The notes for Tuesday, including endothermic reactions, are here.

Notes for B3W2D1

The notes for Monday, including how to make the folded note "cabinet" are here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Due date change

Please note that the due date for assignment "U" has been moved to Monday from today (Wednesday). Thanks.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A site for help in balancing equations

This site is awesome. It does it differently that I do, but it helps you avoid any mistakes:


(Don't forget to try the practice problems!)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Notes for B3W1D1 - Balancing Equations

Monday's notes can be seen here.

The syllabus for this week is here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rubric for S, Notes on lab reports

If you did not receive the rubric for assignment S (there was a mix-up about this), please find it here: http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddsm58ms_418d3w9fpcp

Monday's notes on how to write a lab report are here:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Physical vs Chemical Changes Lab

By request, here's the link to the directions for the physical vs. chemical changes lab.

Another change: no assignment "K"

To avoid confusion, assignment "K" has been removed from SnapGrades: the final portfolio check will be the only one for this block.

Friday's notes on how to write a lab report:

Can be found here.

Friday, November 13, 2009


The labs students designed for assignment R have been rescheduled from today to next Tuesday. The lab reports (Assignment S) have thus been moved back a week and will be due Monday, the first day of Block III.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rubric for S, plus sites to help with lab reports

Rubric for the lab report (S).

Some good web sites to look at for guidance in writing a lab report.



Monday, November 9, 2009

Directions for Q, rubric for R

Directions for today's lab (Q)

The Rubric for Assignment R. (Please note that the "Q" worksheet is to be turned in with Assignment R.)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Syllabus for W5

The syllabus for Week 5 can be found here. Rubrics will follow soon.

Handout (Assignment P)

If you lost your handout for assignment P, you can find a copy here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Competitive Edge part 1

Last week's handout comes in two parts.

Syllabus for W4

The Syllabus for this week is here. (Rubrics for N and O are part of the document as well).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reviewing what we went over Wednesday:

A nice image of what sublimation might look like at the atomic level:

One way to draw the molecules of solids, liquids and gases:

Another way to visual s, l and g:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Notes from B2W3D1 - States of matter

Here are Monday's notes. As always, be sure to check out the speaker's notes, which contain important extra info!

Friday, October 23, 2009

By popular demand

I'll start making the weekly syllabi available the previous Friday.

Here's the B2W3 Syllabus (along with the rubric for J). Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Notes from B2W2D1

On Monday, before starting in on assignment "H," we went over the basic definitions of chemical elements and compounds.

Elements: the ancient Greeks thought that there were only four elements: earth, air, fire and water. They thought that every substance was made of some combination of those four.

However, thousands of years of chemistry experiments showed that those four "elements" weren't as simple as the Greeks had thought; water, air, and earth, for instance, could all be broken down into simpler "ingredients."

However, as chemists worked, they built up a list of materials that couldn't be separated into more basic ingredients. They called these materials the chemical elements. It turns out that there are 92 naturally-occuring elements that are the building blocks of all matter. There are 92 naturally-occuring kinds of atoms, and all matter is made of some combination of those kinds. (There are also elements beyond 92, but those are artificial - made if physics and chemistry labs.)

You can think of elements as tiny "Legos;" there are 92 kinds, all different from one another. Everything made of matter - all solids, liquids, and gases - are made of these elements, in different combinations.

A compound is a material whose molecules are made of more than one kind of element. A compound is still a pure substance - it's NOT a mixture. Every molecule of a compound is like every other molecule. But each molecules is made of more than one kind of element.

H2O (water), for example, is a compound. Each molecule of water is made of two atoms of hydrogen and one of helium.

In project H, you'll be investigating other compounds.

Another write-up on elements can be found at here, at Chem4Kids.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Assignment F

The in-class worksheet for Assignment F is here.

If you're out sick this week, you can still do assignment F; you won't have the actual substances, but you should be able to use yesterday's notes to identify the substances on the list.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Notes for B2W1D3

The notes on "Pure Substances and Mixtures" are up.

Please don't forget to look at the Speaker Notes! There's lots of helpful info there.

Also, check out the last page: a list of helpful web links!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Notes for W1D2

The notes from Tuesday are here.

I highly recommend you look over these and fill out anything you're missing or were unclear on. These notes should give you all you need to do Assignment E.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Materials for Block 2, Week 1

Syllabus of this week's assignments.

Lab Safety Rules.

Please note: Assignments E and F will mostly be done in class; so take good notes and use your time wisely!

Also please note: from now on, assignments that are marked "N" ("needs revision") on the rubric will be marked as "Incomplete" in Snapgrades. This should make it easier for you to keep track of work you need to do.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Converting C to F and back again.

If you didn't get the formulas yesterday:

F to C:


C to F:
C(9/5) + 32

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rubric for Assignment D

Rubric for Assignment D

I'll pass these out today (W5D3), but if you don't get it...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Notes from W35D5

Today's notes are here. Don't forget to check the speaker notes for extra info!

Corrected - Assignment D is here.

Here's the Syllabus for Week 5.

Please note that if you scored below 65% on the quiz, you will be doing a makeup assignment for me during IWT this week!

Here's Assignment D. (Sorry for the previous link to the rubric!)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Need help?

Here's a very helpful page that summarizes a bunch of what we've done so far, including practice with conversions.

Here's a page from PBS on buoyancy and density.

Monday, September 14, 2009

W4 Syllabus and Assignments

W4 Syllabus. Note that there are no key questions this week.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Notes from W35D5

Notes from W3D5: density.

Notes for W3D3

Wednesday's notes. Don't forget to turn speaker notes on, as I've put extra info there.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Google spreadsheet where I'll be posting your measurements of water mass; the final average (mean) values should be up by noon today (W3D3).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

W3 Syllabus and rubrics

W3 Syllabus. Please note that the questions on the syllabus replace the Key Questions from now on! (They're actually mostly the same, but there are some important changes.)

Rubrics for the W3 assignments.

Monday, August 31, 2009

More documents!

Week 2 Syllabus.

The rubric for Assignment A (for if you lost it). This is due Tuesday: W2D2

The rubric for KQ part 2. This is due Thursday: W2D4

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Here is a slightly revised version of today's handout with directions on how to make the scatter plot.


Monday, August 24, 2009

The science calendar is online!