Mrs. McClure's Physical Science

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Aug. 27-31, 2018

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

  • Continue notes on volume and density
  • Virtual Lab: Determining Density

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

  • Learning the history of atomic structure and how the models were modified by scientists
    • Brainpop video: Atomic Models
    • Quick Read: History of Atomic Structure
    • Peer Talk: History of Atomic Structure
    • Notes: Interactive ppt on the History of Atomic Structure
      • Atomic Models foldable

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 (Early Release)

  • Students are learning to identify the subatomic particles of an atom, their charge and location within an atom.
    • Quick Read: Students will read each passage silently and then discuss the reading with their elbow partner
      • Atoms
      • Up and Atom!
    • Notes: Atomic Structure
      • Fill-in-the-blank notes
      • Atomic Structure foldable

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 (Open House @ 6 p.m.)

  • Students are learning how to describe electron configuration in shells and how electron orbit around the nucleus of an atom.
    • Studyjams video: Atoms – Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons 
    • Quick read:
      • Electron Configuration
      • Take a Number
        • Peer talk with elbow partners about the reading
    • Students discuss and record information on electron configuration on a graphic organizer.
    • Given an illustration of an atom, students will draw electrons on each shell to show how electrons fill each shell.

Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

  • Students learn to differentiate between atomic number and atomic mass
    • Vocabulary Sort
    • Student View of Digital Lesson: The Atom

Reminder: Check your eBook assignments each night.

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Aug. 20-24, 2018

Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

  • Unit 1 Pre-test (3rd period only)
  • Concept Attainment
    • Is It Matter? yes or no
  • Independent Reading
    • What is Matter?
  • Notes – Matter
    • Matter foldable

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

  • Review Matter foldable
  • “Measuring Mass” activity
  • Quick Read
    • What is the difference between mass and weight?
    • Peer talk on the quick read
  • Notes on mass, weight, volume and density
    • M,V, D foldable

Wednesday, Aug, 22, 2018

  • eBook assignments
    • Students spent the class period in the computer lab learning how to navigate through the website of the new eBook assignments
    • Students were give the opportunity to work on assignments

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

  • StudyJams: Properties of Matter
  • Mass and Weight Lab
    • What is the relationship between mass and weight?
      • Given small objects, students find the mass and weight of each using balances and spring scales.

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

  • Finding Volume by Displacement
    • Students learn how to find volume of irregularly shaped objects.
      • Using a graduated cylinder, students find the volume of an irregular shaped metal ball.






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Aug. 13-17, 2018

Monday, 8-13-18

  • Get to Know Your Lab Equipment activity

Tuesday, 8-14-18

  • Lab Equipment Warm-up
  • Gallery Walk:
    • Get to Know Glassware graphic organizer

Wednesday, 8-15-18

  • Lab Equipment Quiz
  • Learn about Claim-Evidence-Reasoning
    • Back to School Burglar CER

Thursday, 8-16-18

  • Claim-Evidence-Reasoning
    • Bugs-0-copter CER

Friday, 8-17-18

  • Science SGM (3rd period only)
  • Unit 1 Nature of Matter pre-test (4th – 7th periods)
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Aug. 6-10, 2018

Monday, 8-6-18

  • Complete “Personal Shield”
  • Arrange Science notebook
  • Course Syllabus

Tuesday, 8-7-18

  • Lab Safety Stations
    • Explore It!
    • Read It!
    • Research It!
    • Watch It!

Wednesday, 8-8-18

  • Lab Safety Stations
    • Write It!
    • Illustrate It!
    • Organize It!
    • Assess It!

Thursday, 8-9-18

  • Lab Safety Symbols ppt.
  • Lab Safety Symbols Matching activity

Friday, 8-10-18

  • Science Safety Test





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August 7, 2018

Welcome Tapp Families!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and is now ready to jump into an exciting school year!  I am excited to teach at Tapp Middle School this year.  Through classroom activities, science labs, and numerous hands-on projects, we will be examining the physical world around us.

Students will be exposed to concrete, physical-world experiences to help them develop concepts associated with these topics.  During our scientific explorations, I will use a variety of teaching methods and assessments that will allow students to learn and communicate their understanding in ways that are compatible with their learning styles.  Assessment of student understanding will be comprised of quizzes and tests, labs, notebook checks, projects, homework, and group activities. Student participation and cooperation are vital to making this class a positive experience for all of us.

This year students will be using the Interactive Science Notebook to keep up with their assignments. Each student is required to have their own science notebook (3-ring binder) to record labs and science class activities.  The Interactive Science Notebook is an engaging tool that students use to show that they are understanding what has been taught in class each day and gives them an opportunity to share some of their creativity. Students are responsible for keeping their notebooks organized and up to date, as I will be checking them periodically for a grade.

I wish everyone a wonderful school year and I am looking forward to exploring the physical world of science with all of your students!!

Mrs. Valerie McClure


TOPICS OF STUDY:                       EVALUATION:

Nature of Science                           Formative Assessments……. 40%

Matter/Chemistry                           Homework…………  10%

Forces and Motion                          Summative Assessments……50%

Energy and Water


Electricity and Magnetism


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