Physics – Trimester 2

We just (finally) completed our testing for our Space Unit.  Kids worked really hard studying, using Quizlet flashcards, marking text, and reviewing using a study guide.  Some students improved scores quite a bit, others, well, they’ve practiced the process, and the scores will follow eventually.  The recent test was used to assess overall learning, much like an end of year assessment.   The goal was 70% and about 50% of students made that target.  This is actually pretty good, considering the breadth of the exam, and the length of time from starting the unit (back at the beginning of the school year).

We are now on to our physics unit.  We begin with reviewing the metric system.  Students will learn how to accurately measure length, volume, and mass using metric units.  We will then begin a two week unit on density, where students will determine the density of 9 “unknown” cubes, and identify the substance based on their calculations (and measurements).

Next we will study the basics of the atom. And then we will begin our unit on Newton’s Laws – getting matter into motion.

Happy January!  Its been a good couple of days.  Kids seem rested.  Please remember to send a snack for afternoons for your growing kids.  Lunch is early (about 10:30) and I had a few sleepy/hungry kiddos today during that 6th period class.  Happy minds make good students.


A Richards

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