NEW!! Chemistry: The WHY Behind the WOW!$120
About this course
NOTE: I expect this class to fill quickly! If you are interested, I suggest enrolling now. Once it’s full, it’s full. No waiting list.
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Start Date: June 1. Course consists of 8 lesson plans. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 17 to complete the course. Enroll after June 1, and you’ll receive class access information within 48 hours of enrolling. Final reports will be issued on August 18. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 17.
What kid doesn’t love to do chemistry experiments? But doing and understanding are two different things!! One of my pet peeves is when people say “My kid mixed baking soda and vinegar together today and watched it fizz! We did science!”. Um, no. You watched a reaction. Unless you know WHY it fizzed, you are simply watching science- not understanding it. Yeah, yeah, I’m an admitted science snob! 🙂 In this class, we are going to have a lot of fun with the WOWS, but our goal is to understand the WHYS. We’re going to go beyond the reactions, down to the molecular level, and see what the heck is really going on!
Even though this class is for the younger crowd, that doesn’t mean we’re going to skimp on scientific concepts! We don’t do fluff or surface skimming science at Next Level Homeschool! That said, unlike my high school chemistry class, this is basically a conceptual chemistry class and a “no math” zone with a few easy exceptions. We’re going to be covering a variety of topics in 8 weeks, including: atoms, elements, the periodic table, matter, mixtures, compounds, solubility, polymers, acids, bases, endothermic and exothermic reactions, oxidations and redicuction reactions, precipitates, and more!! The goal is to challenge students and give them a strong foundation in chemistry that will carry them into future chemistry classes.
LESSON PLANS: This is an 8 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: This is a hands on class!! Each week, we’ll be doing at least one lab. In certain weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.
TIME: In general, expect 2-3 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
All labs are OPTIONAL (but highly recommended!), and I provide a video or explanation for each lab for students who are unable to do the lab on their own. I try to use household items where possible, but there will be some experiments that require chemicals you will need to order. I’ll provide a link for those items. A complete materials list for this course will be finlized on or before May 21. Please wait until then to order your materials.
For certain things, I provide a link to Home Science Tools so you can see what I’m talking about. You can purchase from there or any other source you prefer (Amazon, etc…). If you purchase through Home Science Tools, you can use this promo code/coupon link to get $10 off your first $30 order: http://rwrd.io/nby6v4w
Wall Poster of the Periodic Table
Small object of your choice (can be something like a small toy, can of dog food, bar of soap, etc…)
100 ml Graduated Cylinder
A solid object that will fit inside of your graduated cylinder easily. A rock is a good choice.
Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.