Ninth grade Physical Science students will be prepared to properly and safely participate in high school science laboratory activities.
In order to protect students and school property from accidents caused by carelessness or misuse of laboratory equipment, students must achieve a mastery level proficiency in science safety procedures and rules.
Description of Learners
This unit of study was originally planned for ninth grade physical Science students with little or no previous science laboratory experience, from a rural high school. It could easily be used with advanced middle school students or older students with limited experience in science laboratory safety and skills.
PrerequisitesPrior to beginning this activity, students will be able to use a word processor, surf the web, access, fill out and send web based forms, and create Power Point Presentations.
Subject Matter Description
This curriculum is centered on safety and skills in Chemistry and Physics labs.Information covered:
The National Science Education Standards, page 44 states that, Teachers are responsible to �teach students how to engage safely in investigations inside and outside the classroom.� To ensure students have the prerequisite abilities to participate in laboratory activities safely, upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:
This curriculum web is designed to prepare students to work safety in a Physical Science, Chemistry or Physics laboratory. Some activities are to be completed alone, others with a partner or in small groups. The teacher can assign groups and partners or students can self-select. Students will create two presentable projects. Teachers can determine which projects will be presented to the class, based on time available.
Since this curriculum web is designed to take several class periods, teachers need to plan for computers to be available several times throughout a one to two-week period.
It is suggested that follow-up activities including hands-on use of lab equipment be scheduled upon completion of this curriculum web.
Materials NeededWeb Pages Home
Each group will need:
Other possible supplies include poster board, paper, markers, glue, scissors, tape, colored pencils and supplies as needed for presentations.
This curriculum web will be used with three different classes of ninth grade Physical Science students that I will be teaching, a bilingual Physical Science class (English/Spanish), a Conceptual Physical Science class (for students who struggle with math), and a traditional Physical Science class (for college bound students). This diversity should give me a good idea how effective the curriculum web is and what improvements can be made. After completing the curriculum web, students will be asked to complete an online survey form that will be e-mailed to me for compilation and analysis. By using my own in class observations as well as the students� survey forms, I will have a better idea of the amount of time the complete curriculum web takes as well as ideas for improving the course.