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2018-2019 Chemistry Syllabus


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHAT WILL I LEARN IN CHEMISTRY?

Chemistry is a rigorous, one-year course designed to cover the basic concepts of general chemistry leading to the understanding of the composition, properties, and changes in matter.  This will be accomplished using a thematic, guided inquiry approach.

Introductory principles covered in this course will include matter, atomic structure, bonding, molecular structure and properties, phase changes, behavior of gases, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, acids and bases, energy, and chemical equilibrium.

WHAT COURSES SHOULD I HAVE TAKEN BEFORE I TAKE THIS CLASS?  To be eligible to take this class you should have completed Algebra I with a grade of “C” or better.

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WHAT DO I NEED FOR CLASS?

No need to carry your textbook, Living By Chemistry (2015), with you.  Print copies of our textbook will be available for check-out in our classroom.

So, to be successful in this class you will need to have the following four items with you daily.

  1. Your school issued chromebook.
  2. Your composition-type notebook.  This notebook will serve as your scientific log.  It is a place to record all of your scientific studies, meaning laboratory results and analyses, informational notes, reflections, etc.
  3. A number 2 pencil with an eraser.
  4. An inexpensive scientific calculator that has capabilities for square root, logarithm, and exponential notation operations.

Colored pencils, markers, glue, and scissors will be provided during class.  However some of you may prefer to bring your own.  Furthermore, rather than Elmer’s glue, you may choose to bring your own glue sticks, tape, or double-sided tape for interactive notebooking.  A blue or black ink pen and highlighters are also recommended.

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WHAT WILL THIS COURSE BE LIKE?

In educational terms, lessons will be conducted using a modified version of the 5E learning-cycle model (e.g., learning sequence: engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate).  This approach naturally infuses learning strategies for scientific thinking and the understanding and abilities of inquiry with real-life, meaningful studies that will allow you to demonstrate mastery of the chemistry concepts and practices.

MORE SPECIFICALLY…  Thematic units (e.g., alchemy, smells, weather, toxins, fire, and showtime) are broken down into lessons.  To follow is a typical set of learning opportunities we will partake in within a lesson.

  • We will kick off lessons with a brief warm-up exercise called a “ChemCatalyst.”  This is our engage piece in the 5E model.  Conduct these to the best of your ability without worry of judgment.  Your response will help me to determine your prior knowledge.
  • We will then work to solve problems, analyze data, conduct a computer simulation, perform a laboratory experiment, build models, watch a brief demonstration, or complete a card-sorting activity.  This will give you an opportunity to think and build your own understanding and to support your ideas with evidence.  Often these activities will be conducted in small groups or pairs.  This experience is our explore piece in the 5E model.
  • Next we will have teacher-led discussions and/or notetaking.  During this portion of the lesson, we will work together to connect your conceptual understandings with the new chemistry concepts.  Doing so provides us with the explain and elaborate portion of the 5E model.
  • To close the lesson, we will have several evaluate activities that will allow us to complete the 5E learning-cycle.
    • You may be posed with a quick assessment called a “Check-In.” Your response will help me to determine if you grasped the lesson’s main concepts.
    • A short lesson quiz may be provided.

Online pre- and post-quizzes will be available in order to encourage and track learning.

Finally, we will close a chapter with a mini-test and close a unit with a test.

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WHAT CAN I FIND ON OUR CLASSROOM WEBSITE?

Our classroom website is an excellent resource to help keep you on track.  Some highlights of our website are listed below.

  • The “Assignment Board” is a great link.  It is where I keep a daily log of what tasks we conduct during class and what homework may be due and when.
  • As part of each "Unit" you will find links to electronic resources.  You may also be asked to complete e-homework here.

As the year continues, I will be modifying and adding to our site.

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WHERE DO I PREPARE AND KEEP MY COURSEWORK?

All coursework must be completed in your chem notebook and hand-written, preferably in pencil, unless otherwise instructed.

WHAT IF I AM LATE HANDING IT IN?  Coursework must be turned in when requested by me.  (An extension may be given for an emergency/special situation.)  If you do not turn in your coursework on time you may be issued a detention.  Late coursework will be issued a 30% deduction.  Thus, it is critical that you submit all coursework on time. 

WHAT IF I AM ABSENT THE DAY MY COURSEWORK IS DUE?  If you have an excused absence, you must meet with me on the first day of your return. At this time we will make absent work arrangements.  If it is not handed in per our arrangement, the late work policy will apply.

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WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT THE WAY WE TAKE NOTES?

We will blend Interactive Notebooking and the Cornell Note-taking System in order to maximize our learning efforts.  Your notebook will therefore not only serve as a log of your scientific studies, but also as an awesome study tool come test time.  The research on the effectiveness of these two techniques is plentiful and solid.

WHAT DO CORNELL-STYLE NOTES LOOK LIKE?  Below is a quick overview of the system.

Cornell-style Notes

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WHAT IF I GET STUCK WHEN I AM TRYING TO LEARN?

If you should have moments of struggle in this course,

  1. start by being resourceful and try to leap over your own hurdle.  If you can overcome your challenge, research shows that you are more likely to retain your newfound knowledge.  Great resources to utilize include talking to a classmate, reviewing your textbook, visiting our website, completing an Internet search, etc.
  2. However, don’t spend too much time struggling.  Please take some time to visit with me.  I will be happy to help you to get to the root of your concerns and establish a plan of action that provides additional scaffolding (e.g., individualized instruction, graphic organizers, targeted problem-solving opportunities, etc.).

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO MEET WITH MRS. STEINBACH?
Below is a list of options.

  • Before school by appointment
  • During 3rd and 8th hour first semester and
    during 1st and 8th hour second semester
  • During our FLEX period
  • After school, usually until 5 but sometimes later
    Please make arrangements with me ahead of time to be sure I will not be in a meeting.

I will also be monitoring your growth through formative assessment opportunities (e.g., assignments, quizzes, etc.) and will initiate a meeting and/or plan of action if necessary.  Your academic success is very important to me.

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CAN I RESUBMIT COURSEWORK OR RETAKE A TEST?

Absolutely. If you have less than a B- on any of our coursework, including tests, you may resubmit/retake those assessments in order to demonstrate understanding.  In doing so, a resubmit/retake grade of up to a B- will be given for that work. 

In order to resubmit/retake any of your coursework, you must (1) schedule an appointment to meet with me during our FLEX period. During this time, we will review your learning efforts, assess specific areas of need, have a re-teach session, and provide you with a game plan of study. When reviewing your learning efforts, you will be asked to (2) show that you have completed all pre- and post-assessments (e.g., ChemCatalysts, Check-ins, and online quizzes) and lesson studies.

The resubmit/retake must be completed within one week of the due date.

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WHAT IS THE GRADING SCALE FOR THIS COURSE?

100-97.... A+
  96-93.... A   
  92-90.... A- 
89-87..... B+
86-83..... B   
82-80..... B- 
79-77..... C+
76-73..... C   
72-70..... C- 
69-67..... D+
66-63..... D   
62-60..... D- 
  59-0..... F   

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HOW WILL I BE GRADED?

Your quarter grade will be determined through a weighted system.

  • 35% Skills Assessments
    (LAB category in Skyward)
    • Lab Data and Analysis Log
    • Lab Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Statements
  • 65% Written Assessments
    (TEST category in Skyward)
    • Chapter Mini-Tests
    • Unit Tests

Your semester grade will be cumulative, based on your performance over both quarters.

Skyward Gradebook Note: Zeros will appear when coursework has NOT been handed in (i.e., it is late or you were absent).  Asterisks will appear when coursework is in the process of being graded.

SKILL ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES...

Your notebooks will be collected on occasion to evaluate your lab studies. This will be done using a rubric that is designed for each lab. The rubric will be given out prior to conducting the lab.

WRITTEN ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES...

Three levels of questioning will be provided on these assessments. The purpose of providing testing levels is to reward those who meet all foundation knowledge requirements, as well as reward, not punish, those who attempt more challenging test questions. What are levels?

  • Level 1
    • Provides an opportunity to demonstrate foundation knowledge.
    • Question types used will include multiple choice, true/false, etc.
    • Successful completion level 1 earns a grade of C.
  • Level 2
    • Provides an opportunity to demonstrate application of foundation knowledge.
    • Question types used will include completion, short answer, etc.
    • Successful completion level 1 and level 2 earns a grade of B.
  • Level 3
    • Provides an opportunity to demonstrate real-world/complex application of foundation knowledge.
    • Question types used will include short answer, essay.
    • Successful completion of level 1, level 2, and level 3 earns a grade of A.
As a reminder, all students may retake/resubmit assessments.

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WHAT EXPECTATIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR ME?

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LEARNING…  Have pride in yourself and your science studies.  Be curious and ask questions.  Dig in, stay focused, and contribute your thoughts and skills.  Hard work today will help you to have the future life you are dreaming of.

CONDUCT YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY WITH KINDNESS AND INTEGRITY…  Show others your greatness through your kindness.  Inspire your classmates with your ideas, but do so with integrity.  Academic misconduct (e.g., cheating and plagiarism) in any portion of your academic work is a serious offense.  Therefore, it is expected that you will conduct yourself with honesty, integrity, and professionalism.

BE PRESENT AND PREPARED…  Don’t miss a day to learn something new and become a better person.  Be prepared by doing the work necessary to achieve the learning (e.g., take notes, complete practice problems, etc.). Work from bell to bell. To follow are some specific "be present and prepared" school policies:

  • Don't let electronic devices distract you. If you are using an electronic device (e.g., cellphone and headphone/earbuds) without permission or inappropriately, the device will be confiscated and turned into our principal. You may pick it up at the end of the day. Additional consequences may follow depending upon the frequency of the confiscations.
  • Show your classmates and I the respect we deserve by being on time.  Your third unexcused tardy, and every one thereafter, will result in a detention.
  • Don't acquire too many absences. Only tests, quizzes, and projects can be made up if you have an unexcused absence. All other work will be subject to the course late work policy shared earlier.
  • Remain in class. Avoid leaving unless it is an emergency. If you must go to your locker, bathroom, etc. you will need to utilize the pass page in your school issued agenda. You write in the date, time, and location. I will then approve the pass with my signature.

BE SAFE IN THE LAB…  Your safety and the safety of your classmates and I is important.  You will be required to sign and abide by a student safety contract, as well as always follow class lab/activity directions in order to participate in laboratory activities.  If you fail to do so, you will not be allowed to participate in laboratory activities and you will not have opportunity for make-up.

TAKE CARE OF OUR CLASSROOM…  Help me to keep our resources, supplies, and lab materials in great condition.  I love this classroom and I hope you do too.  Keep your lab stations clean and free of doodles.  (If you can’t resist the urge, doodle in your notebook.)  If something is broken, report it to me right away.  If the lighting or room temperature is not quite right, let me know and I will do my best to get it fixed.  We will work best in a nice, neat, and clean classroom.

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IF I MAKE THE POOR CHOICE OF BEING DISRESPECTFUL, WHAT ARE MY CONSIQUENCES?

Disrespectful actions on your part will be dealt accordingly.

DURING CLASS…
     First, you will be warned about your behavior.
     Second, you will be removed from class.
     Severe actions may result in an immediate removal.  I determine severity.

DURING LABORATORIES…
     First, you will be removed from the classroom.
     Second, stern disciplinary action will follow. This will include
          - a principal, parent, and student meeting prior to the student’s return
               to the class, and/or
          - removal from the class for the semester, issue of a failing grade, and
               requirement to repeat the course.

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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM YOU, MRS. STEINBACH?

COMPLETE DEDICATON TO YOUR ACADEMIC GROWTH…

I will be your biggest academic supporter and constantly encourage you to do your best work.

I will challenge you.

I will ensure that other students do not disrupt your learning.

I will do my very best to provide you with a variety of meaningful and fun learning opportunities that will help you to grow intellectually.

I will foster your creativity.

I will help you to boost your understanding and confidence when you feel overwhelmed.

I will treat you fairly with the respect and dignity that you deserve.

I will do all of these things because I believe in you and your abilities.

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CHEMISTRY

Course
Description

Syllabus

Assignment
Board

Units:

      * Alchemy
      * Smells
      * Weather
      * Toxins
      * Fire
      * Showtime

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Questions?
Email Mrs. Steinbach
tsteinbach@thorp.k12.wi.us