Here is my syllabus for the junior high general science class. Remember that we meet once per week, September through April. There are a few weeks we skip due to holidays, but it ends up being 28 weeks.
The Apologia textbooks are all 16 modules. So, most modules get 2 weeks while 2 modules get only 1 week.
1. Each week, I expect you to read the assigned readings before class, and narrate them, either to yourself or someone else. Here is a video that explains narration really well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ubrs3cSHpw
2. Your nature journal is an important part of your education. Bring it to class every week, as we will add to it every week. You are welcome to add to it during the week, on your own.
3. As you can, take a walk and work to notice how the world around you works. Work to NOTICE, its a practiced skill.
4. I will not tolerate cheating of any sort. There are times you will work with a partner, but you each must do the work. If it is something to be done alone, I expect you to do it on your own. If it is to be done without access to book, I expect you to respect this.
5. If something doesn’t make sense, ASK! I cannot read your mind, and I don’t know when you don’t understand. Exposing your ignorance is the best way to rid yourself of that ignorance.
6. For those students that are interest in delving more deeply into a topic: you may ask for an additional project to do on your time, based on your interest. Or you may propose an addition project/collection (e.g. insect, flower/leaf, rock). Participating in Science Fair will require a fair bit from you. I am available to guide and assist as needed.
7. I will post addition resources on my blog: mamarachael.wordpress.com. Follow the link ‘General Science’ at the top.
8. If you are late to class, there will be a consequence according to the frequency of your lateness, the extremity of your lateness, and the general effectiveness of the consequence according to your character and personality. In other words, don’t be late.
Book: Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd edition (by Wile)
|Assigned reading (pages)||Topic|
|Sept 8||1-15||History of Science|
|Sept 15||16-23||History of Science|
|Sept 22||24-34||History of Science|
|Sept 29||35-58||Scientific Inquiry|
|Oct 6||Scientific Inquiry|
|Oct 13||59-82||Doing Experiments|
|Oct 20||83-94||Science and Technology, aka Simple Machines|
|Oct 27||95-108||Science and Technology, aka Simple Machines|
|Nov 3||109-134||Archeology vs Geology vs Paleontology|
|Dec 15||185-214||More Geology|
|Jan 12||215-222||Life, what is it? Not merely DNA|
|Jan 19||223-233||Ecology of Life|
|Jan 26||233-240||Life, what is it? Could be just a cell|
|Feb 2||241-264||How do we classify life?|
|Feb 9||293-318||Life takes Energy….|
|Feb 16||Life takes Energy…|
|Feb 23||265-292||Human Physical Form|
|Mar 2||319-342||Human Physical Form|
|Mar 16||343-357||Human Physical Form|
|Mar 23||358-366||Human Physical Form|
|April 6||367-386||Human Physical Form|
|April 13||387-404, 417-418||Human Physical Form|
|April 20||405-416||Human Physical Form|
|April 27||418||Human Physical Form|
Yes, this one looks a lot like the Biology one. Consistency makes it all easier for me.
Do you like my late policy? This gives me the flexibility I need when it’s not the student’s fault they are late, e.g. an older sibling is dropping them off and older sibling is the one running late.
I don’t list all the activities of that day because I found students don’t really read/remember those bits anyways. And this gives me the flexibility to set up each week as I feel is most helpful. This will change, likely, as the year progresses and I learn more of who these students are, their academic levels and personalities.
On the other hand, I do have a good idea of what activities we will do over this year. I will plan these out more specifically over this next week. Baby-steps!
I’ll cover how I plan to run class time in a later post. But please, feel free to ask questions!